Saturday, April 29, 2017

Delving into the Past

My degree is in Anthropology of all things.  I fell in love with research and archival studies.   I have made the decision to spend some time researching Polish Archaeology.   The field of Archaeology is quite popular in Poland, sending may teams to Egypt and the Mediterranean. Work in Poland itself is plentiful but many of the articles are in Polish or not available online.

There is my quest.  

I have found a path and I hope to bring to light to a land that is misunderstood.  So if you my nose in a book and I am deep in thought, that is why.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017


I was honored to be in on a secret.  A dear friend received her Writ to the Order of the Pelican.

Words  by Baroness Ekaterina Volkova
Calligraphy by me

Miniatum ink was used for the guilding

Timothy and Gabrielle, by strength of arm and inspiration, third by those names to rule over the Sylvan lands of Æthelmearc, to Our right trust and well beloved Juliana Rosalia Dolce da Siena, Greetings.

Whereas by the advice and assent of Our Council for certain exceptional and noteworthy affairs concerning Service to Us, the Kingdom and the Society, We have ordered a court to be held at Our Barony of Thescorre on the 8th day of July next ensuing. And there you shall treat and have conference with all people and Peers of Our Realm. We strictly enjoining command you upon the loyalty and allegiance by which you are bound to Us that you shall be at the said day and place to personally present to Us, yourself and any who would speak for you as to whether or not you shall answer Our call and join the Order of the Pelican.

Witness Ourselves at Our Coronation this 22nd day of April in the 51st day of the Society.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Post Ice Dragon AS 51

AKA the sinus infection from hell.  Always seems to happen.

But let me bring you up to speed.

1) I made art
2) I herald now when needed
3) my term as Backlog Deputy is done (5 years)
4) My daughter is now also my Belt Sister

So here is some art I did and I'll leave it at that.  More to come on a new technique in Calligraphy I am trying.

Ice Dragon Youth A&S winner

Backlog - Fleur for THL Sophie Davenport

Sycamore AS 51 

A hat.. i knit it.  Using more than 1 color so its Art to me

Some mundane art but art none the less.  

Fluer AS51 for a dear friend Juliana.  

Brewers Charter

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Next time I say I want to do the Pent, someone tell me NO

Its 3 days before Ice Dragon.  All my entries are "done" with the exception of the Documentation.  4 items, one doubles.

What was I thinking.

I will post them AFTER Saturday.

I doubt I will win any categories or any of the prizes but it was fun.

Some lessons learned that I can share now.

1) Its possible to do everything in like a month.
2) Never trust the recipe.
3) Saffron dyes everything yellow.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Planning and Prep

I got it in my head that I could enter the Ice Dragon Pent.  Now that my Retainer days are done (well mostly), I can focus on other things.  Like art and stuff.

I am reading a book - "The Good Wife's Guide" ..  basically a how to guide for a very young bride.   Here is my basic plan.. the items for the Pent will be based on the book..
1) Things she would have used
2) things she could have made herself based on direction from the book

It's late 14th century so I have options.  Fabric is ordered.  Image is a maybe.. and recipes are iffy.  I have a theme and I may just run with it.

Now for Documentation..  ah crap.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

and that happened

Look! I'm at an event!! Shocker!!  Naw.. it's a issue of life and stuff.  Hobby comes after everything so these moments are few and far between.  But Champs was good.  Worked hard, retained,  peeled potatoes and managed to do all the feast dishes (with assistance from another washer and 2 dryers) in 25 minutes to beat our "YOU MUST BE OUT OF THE BUILDING" time of 9pm.  I am at home in the kitchen and thank heavens I know the cooks for this one otherwise it would have been horrible.  

and I am catching up on scribal stuff.  From the 13 backlogs i have, 4 are done.  2 were wording that is out.  So not much more to go.  


Yes!!!  I have a tent and the girls have a tent.  And they have sleeping bags and mattresses..  All i need to do some class stuff and make garb for the niece.  I CAN DO THIS!!!

Monday, March 23, 2015

The Ice Dragon has left the building

Another year has passed and Ice Dragon is done.  I didn't enter anything this year as I had no time between work and life but I ran around (sick) and retained.  A few of my scrolls went out in court and I had a chance to Court Herald as well (yes, yes, keep the scroll down, i know, i know).

Fencing Tourney

Heavy Tourney

Category Scroll

Venerable Order of the Ice Dragon 
This one I am very honored to have done - Bovi is a dear friend and I am honored to have worked with him in my Kitchen and his.  

Now that its over, I can focus on the Back Log of scroll and get them done. I have a few and I need to assign several as well. 

On a side note, it amazes me how people act when presented with conflict.  The idea of Peer-like behavior was asked of me by another who is belted and I really didn't know what to say. Over the years I have seen various forms of "Peer" behavior from Lewd and vulgar acts, tantrums, bragging and more tantrums.  I turns my stomach.  Then I see a few who really shine and I aspire to be like.  Humble, teachers, assisting when not asked, doing what they have always done, looking to elevate those around them and not themselves.  Some of these people are not in the Orders at all and probably should be.  Sigh..  I need to remind myself this is a Hobby.  But like all hobbies with large groups of people, its a reflection on life.  Who do I choose to be with?  What do I choose to do?  
For now, I need to step back and offer support and think about my path.   And take a nap.