Something’s Fizzing in the kitchen..

A quick interlude post before I tell you about some adventures in Garb making and a very lovely and relaxing time with fellow SCAdians at the Dun in Mara garb making weekend. There was also  lovely food courtesy of Lady Juliette (OMG deep fried courgettes, I forget how much I adore them)  But before all that I…

Adventures in clay..

My third entry for Champions of Lough Devnaree was an unfired Clay (Terra Cruda) grotesque head.  The idea behind this piece was to mimic a common practice where students wishing to become sculptors would work on practice pieces in clay.  I would very much like to try sculpting in a more serious way, but I…

Helpful advice for ladies who wish to try Woodturning…

Make sure you wear a high fronted top.  Ladies who experience problems with popcorn at the cinema will not need me to elaborate.   Let me just show you some “sawdust” Right, I have about a gazillion posts to make to try to catch up with all the things I’ve been doing because yes! I…

Illumination for a Venetian Lady.

Before Raglan I was charged with the task of creating a scroll for Signora Cassandra della Corona.    Creating an award scroll for someone you know is a wonderful thing.  First you get the thrill of a really good secret –  Cassandra has long deserved this particular award – Second, you know things about the…

Sing ho, for the life of a student scribe

The first Aughrim Scriptorium was small but lovely and I learned lots, most usefully to really look at what is happening with colour applications in a medieval painting – I’m currently working on some example initials that I’ll illustrate this point with in my next post.  I didn’t actually do much practical work, lazy me,…

Inks for sharing..

I recently attended Court of Love, this year without any specific job to do which I enjoyed.  I got to see what it was like to attend an event without worrying about anything at all, just enjoying the activities and talking to people.  I had a spectacular multi-day migraine in the run up to the…

T is for thank you..

The really strange thing about a digital photo of a piece you’ve been working on is that you can really quickly see the mistakes you’ve made.  I got myself all in a fluster with this one forgetting where the lines “bundled” (and the thin cross bars should be conjoining) and I still couldn’t really see it…

Lots of things, including ID Coronet and University

I know, I know, I suck at this regular blogging thing, so I thought I better have a sit down and think about what have I been up to.  I have an event to write up, one piece of news that definitely gets its own post and this post will be a general round up. My…

Fire burn, and caldron bubble

Okay so it’s not a cauldron, it’s the airlock on my demijohns, but there is definitely bubbling going on.  I’m finding I really like this brewing business, though I’ve already messed up a whole batch of elderberry wine.  First up was a blackcurrant wine. Viscountess Susannah kindly invited people to her home to pick soft…

More practice in progress

    I volunteered to do a little illumination at a Dun in Mara demo which happened to be running at a games convention Tuathal and I attend every year anyway (Gaelcon), so I needed a practice piece.  I have completely and utterly failed to remember where I got the piece I based this one…