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Because that's a good place to start.

This weekend was Her Stellar Majesty Queen Amelot Lisette de Blamont's Queen's Champion and Guardian of the Queen's Hope Tournaments.  The Stronghold of Hellsgate hosted the event and evidently, we did well.

The event was held on Camp Mabry, in the camping area and the site was declared a winner by just about all and sundry.  There was a charity race being held on post the same morning, so we had a bit of a SNAFU with the traffic situation and road closure, but overall?  It went really well.  The gate guards were polite, professional and got our folks through the gate with little to no hassle. 

I did the site tokens, and they were pretty well received I think.  Basically, I copied a page from a German fencing manual, then copied that painting with some quotes, to make bookmarks.  The originals were framed for HRM, as her site token.

I also ended up with waterbearing, not that I minded.  It just kinda slipped Liam's mind, and so I grabbed it.  Sara and Ghilean helped like crazy, though, so I appreciated them manning the table when I couldn't or was off being a social butterfly.

Overall?  OMG great event.  Exhausting, but fun, and everyeone seemed to have a good time.  I also made the Queen cry, first thing in the morning, so I count that as a win.  (They have all go to invest heavily in waterproof makeup.)

Uh.  Other than that, not much else going on.  Tired and sore from the weekend, but back at work and trucking along.

This weekend coming up is a quiet weekend, and then next weekend is 3 Whosiwhatsis, where I WILL be fighting.  In fact, I've got ONE scroll lined up for Gulf Wars, and that's IT for a while.  I'd like to concentrate on my fighting, and get at least some of the rust knocked off before I take on another commission, so I'm going to tie my hands to my knees so they don't float up any more.
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Brain has gone asplodey again.

I'm stuck on some of the upcoming projects, and with a four day drill this weekend, I'm not gonna get as much done as I wanted to.  Oh well, it's not like I need to sleep...

I've found the basis for the eagle, as well as the two heads, I think.  I'll use papier mache eggs as a mold, with wire armatures for the wings and necks.

I'm going to use a two-liter Coke bottle as the mold for Liam's lady, since it'll have that hourglass shape.  I'll cut the back of the bottle out, so the back is smooth, but I think that'll work pretty well.  She'll be in a black and gold cote and sideless surcote that will trail out to his mantle, I hope, so it's not like I've got nothing to do!

I've started laying out the letters of intent and think *maybe* I might be going a wee bit overboard.  Nah.  John's is actually pretty easy, the Greek aside, and Liam's will just take a while to lay out, more so than paint.  John's will be a dome, with the Greek lettering in three columns under the dome, and Liam's is a take off from the Manesse Codex, with a knight and a rose tree that forms the border.  We'll see how they turn out.
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I've managed to turn out an archery scroll for Bryn Gwlad, and the invite scroll for TRH Aaron and Amelot Lisette's coronation. 

Pictures of both to come later, after they've been awarded/sent out.

Now, I turn my attention to letters of intent and crests for the Legacy of Lions event in October.  *blink* 

Ioannes wants a demi double-headed eagle or issuant from a tower gules, and Liam wants a woman, holding an a quill and...a flame, I think?


So, papier mache, here I come!
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But you probably already knew that.  I've started on a couple of scrolls.

The first is the archery champion scroll for Bryn Gwlad's baronial.  It's not too fancy schmancy, but I like it!

It's based on this style of ornamentation:

This is what the inked version looks like.  I'm waiting to find out what the text of the award will be, so that I can design a capital, though...

The second scroll I've started is for a friend's Award of Arms:

It's drawn off these two scrolls, almost copied, actually.  I suck at drawing animals right now, so, I borrowed from the Capodilista Codex to find a female knight.  (And no, she's not a knight, but I wanted a woman on horseback and this came up.  Hope I don't piss anyone off....)

The second one I took inspiration from just had a gorgeous border, and I loved the diamonds.

So, I kinda rolled them up together and ended up with this:

Sorry about the size difference!

Anyway, those are the diamonds on the border, with a quarter for scale.

If you'll excuse me, I have to go crazy now.
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And be aware that when I say pictures, I mean like 20 of them.  I'm not kidding when I say this entry will eat your brain bandwidth.

These are some of the photos showing the progress of my new armor kit.  It's going to be gorgeous and I can't wait for it to be done!

You have been warned... )


Jan. 9th, 2011 08:14 am
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These are pictures of the first red tunic, and the start of the second one.

They're AWFUL, but they'll give you an idea.

It's not quite so orange IRL, but it is BRIGHT!  You can barely see the detail on the facing, but I'll update when I have better pictures.

The following pictures are the start of the second tunic.  This is the facing that goes around the collar.  I usually do a double facing, and turn it from the inside out, so that the neckline is totally enclosed and neat.  One, it looks better to me, and two, it avoids the neckline rubbing an exposed seam on Ioannes's neck.

You can see the word "TOP" in one shot,  That's to remind me which side is the top side, or rather, which one will be seen on the outside of the tunic.

And a bit closer.  Not that you can see anything.

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I finished a project.  For the first time in...yeah, let's not talk about that.

Ioannes has at least one new fighting tunic.  Go me!
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(Yes, I really am this excitable in real life, too.)
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I'm currently working on two projects:

This is going to be a personal banner.  I've still got to actually sew everything down (rather than just stitchwitch it down), paint the green leaves, do the eye, the nose and the ear detail, and then paint the ermine.  It's all hemmed and everything.  Both the top and the bottom have sleeves for poles, so it can be tied to a day shade, or suspended in a variety of ways.  

This is the banner for Hellsgate.  It needs to be hemmed along the sides, highlighted and ties put on it, but it's coming along.  I'm industrious and stuff.

However, I really wish I could have gone to Coronation.  These needed to be done though.  I made a promise to get two banners done by FP tomorrow.  Eeeep!

Oh dear.

Sep. 16th, 2010 03:48 pm
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I'm sewing again.  Or at least planning to sew.  I have a bunch of stuff to finish for John, and some good information on a more correct style of tunic for him.  Then, gamboised cuisses, basically, and a new fighting tunic and he'll be all set.

For me, though...Well, now.

Our barony's Candlemas, in February, is themed as "A Night in New Spain."  Set in 1566, it's a great chance for me to play with a style of clothing I've wanted to make for a long time.  Late-period, fancy stuff.  As illustrated by...

Granted, my fabric is not that lucious red silk damask, but hey... I can't have everything, can I?

My fabric is this: 

I'm REALLY hoping it's as awesome as I think it is. If not, I'll be off to the races to find something else...but I'll be able to upholster the couch!
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You mean "about to throw up," I'm good to hook!  (This entry is brought to you by the letter O, M and G, and by the words "TOTALLY FREAKIN' RANDOM.")

God...our first (VERY FIRST) event as a group is on Saturday, and I'm...well, I'm not the autocrat, thank God, but still...I'm worried SOOOO much. 

This is a big, big deal.  It's the Laurels Prize Tourney, and so far, we're on track to have a great event, but still....EEEEEEE! 

What if people get lost?  Or don't want to pay the entry fee to the park?  Or the building burns down?  Or I fall into the lake?  With my portfolio???  It's a good think I'm *not* the autocrat, or I'd be eating Tums like candy.  (I already am, but that's pretty normal, actually.)

Everyone has worked really hard to get to this point, and if I get stupid teary, please forgive me.  This group has amazed me.  They've just been...amazing.  Honestly, we've had some bumps along the way,'s just been amazing.  Wonderful and amazing and the amount of support we've gotten floors me.

Please note, I am displaying at LPT, and since I've never done that before, I'm considering "getting lost" on my way to the event. or being held up at pen-point for my portfolios...*whistles innocently*

This week is getting back into the swing of things at work, and starting in on the Dispatch.  :-D
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is there anything more fun than writing award recs???

In case...

Jul. 23rd, 2010 09:53 pm
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Anyone was wondering what madness I've been up to...

you can click here... )
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Well, the scroll is in Oklahoma by now, and I'm biting my nails to the quick with nerves.

This is the final product.  I can see almost nothing but what's wrong with it, but for a first effort, I'm happy.  I need to work on smoothing out my color, a LOT.



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That's all the progress for tonight.  I was thinking of starting in on the green, but I need time to mix the color right and time to paint it all once I get the color correct.
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Well, it's getting closer!  Here's the start of the calligraphy on the original.  Many, many thanks to [ profile] cenliamgordon for the calligraphy work!

Sorry it's sideways!


Jul. 3rd, 2010 06:22 pm
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So, what have I been doing in my spare time?  Besides wishing some Dallas peeps could go pick this up for me and hang on to it until I can get up there next weekend??

Well, working on a scroll.  Our Stronghold is holding our first event in August, and so, I decided we needed to do invites.  Personally, I blame [ profile] zaphod_groupie , because our group got an invite to an event she was doing, and well...that kinda made me all keen on doing it too!

Well, because I am insano in the braino, I decided to take on the idea of making this invite.

I've done...three...scrolls. I think.

So, what else to do but go all out?  This is not inked yet, but it'll give you an idea.

So I don't eat your friends page... )
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I've had a good few days.  One of the best parts was getting to talk to John twice in four days!  Yay!  He's got a cell phone in Afghanistan, but it's upwards of three dollars a minute for me to call him, so calls are still going to be pretty limited, but at least he's able to call when he gets a spare minute instead of having to wait until he can get to the call center on the other side of the camp.

Let's see-  Friday I noodled around a bit, then took off for Ft. Worth to see Amalia, the Best Friend of Awesomeness and Kittens.  Yay!  (And yes, for all you smart-alecs, I do happen to like going up to Ft. Worth, although I really need to schedule in some time to get over to the Dallas side of the area!)

Got to meet Amalia's mom, and I really enjoyed that.  She's a neat lady.  :-)

We spent most of that afternoon getting Amalia ready to show int the Kingdom Arts and Sciences competition.  Basically, getting stuff printed, doing a bit of copy-editing, and bagging it all up so we didn't forget anything.  By the end of the night, it was feeling a bit like school, pushing to get a big project done, and being a bit punchy by the end of it all.  :-)    However, I must say it was time well spent (including making Egghead the Dress Dummy look right) because we didn't forget *anything* and even brought stuff we thought we might need, but weren't sure about, and it was nice to know we were ready for anything!

Saturday was The Big Day.  We got off to a bit later start than we wanted to, due to problems getting pictures printed.  I finally convinced Amalia that we didn't have the time to stop at one more place to try, and I'm really glad she agreed, because we got to the site with about half an hour to spare before they kicked everyone out of the room to start judging.  We set everything up, make it look pretty and then...skedaddled!

I wandered over to another building to help set up for the Princess Tea, and had a good time with that.  I didn't stay, as I'm not a cadet (I got grumped at for that later, too), but I heard lots of good things about it.  I also heard some good news regarding a couple of friends who have been having a bit of a rough spot lately, and I'm happy about it.  They're good people.

After that, I headed back to the judging area, to sit and wait and wait and sit for the results.  We hung out and chatted, I watched a bit of the youth chivalric tourney, and then...bum bum bum!  It was time to head back in and ogle all the displays as well as get judging sheets back.  Amalia did amazingly well!  I'm so proud that I'll be helping her put it all together again to show at Gulf Wars!  Honestly, her dress is AMAZING, and you should totally come by and pet it.  (Make sure your hands are clean, please!)  Silk velvet  I could SO get naked and roll around on the dress and then, die happy.

We got out of the hall about 1930, and headed off to grab dinner with some friends.  If you're in Athens, Texas, do yourself a favor and AVOID Mazzio's.  The food, when it finally showed up, was good, but the salad bar was disgusting, my pasta didn't come with the chicken I ordered and the restrooms were horrific.  (I mean, so bad that we decided to skip them in favor of a gas station.)

It was close to midnight when we finally got in, and I passed out until about 0800 Sunday morning.  We noodled about, cleaned up a bit for a client that came by, had dinner and I, sadly, had to take off for home.  Liam had left for Houston earlier in the afternoon, so the puppies tried to tell me they'd been crated for YEARS by the time I got in (lying puppies lie.).  He'd gone to work on some new armor, and pick up...a trailer!  Yay!  We're now the proud owners of a one-horse enclosed trailer.  It's in need of a good scrubbing, but other than that, it looks great and will be wonderful for our needs.

I've got two cotes almost done, and hope to have them completed (except buttons and buttonholes) by Sunday.  Amalia is going to come spend Saturday evening with me, so that I can get these finished and I'm happy about that.  It's so much easier to do them when she's around because I can pick her brain about what I'm doing.  I also love my sewing guides!  The Vogue book is so freakin' awesome for when I do get stuck.  It's not as MUCH help when I'm sewing SCA stuff, but good technique is good technique...

Liam got home with the trailer, and John called shortly thereafter, so it was an AWESOME night all over.  :-)  We watched an episode of Farscape and then hit the rack.  I don't want to talk about how badly I overslept this morning, though...


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