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Pennsic is Coming

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IN TWO WEEKS!

AAAHHH!!!!

So that’s the good news, along with the fact that I’m back in the workshop and working furiously to make all the things.

The bad news?

That Pennsic is in two weeks and I’m working furiously to make all the things.

I have to make dozens more Dragon Pins, lots of rings, gemstone pendants, and holy cow, do I need to get to work on some Tudor pieces. Lots of work in the upcoming days, but I am UP for it!

“But Bran,” you ask, “What is Pennsic?”

Pennsic, my friend, is two weeks of glorious escape from the mundane world! We camp in a medieval pavillion tent, wear our wonderful garb every day, fight on the field of battle, compete in tournaments, sample delicious food and drink from long ago, sing songs of glory and honor, attend Court in all its spendor, shop (or in our case, sell) in the marketplace, go to classes to learn about the ways of the past or to teach others our skills. When the sun goes down, there are parties, grand balls, drinking, bellydancers, fires, and over everything the sound of drums.

Pennsic, for us, is home.

If you’ve never been but it sounds like your idea of a great time, head on over to SCA.org and see what’s up! For a good time, go to YouTube and search for Pennsic videos. GoPro videos of battle are particularly fun. Also, feel free to contact me on social media or in the comments, and I’ll answer all the questions I can about the SCA. It’s a great hobby!

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Down for the Count

I’ve been away for a while, which happens when life comes at you.

First off, illness and the Little One’s school year being over. Going from school to summer schedule is always a bit rocky, but compounded with a sinus infection, it was doubly hard. After that, the sun poisoning and poison ivy hit!

On Memorial Day, we helped out a friend who was locked out of her car. In searching for her lost keys, I got sun poisoning. I’ve had it before, and while it sucks, I can deal. It’s the poison ivy that’s been causing the most trouble. I decided to clear it out after we got home, and it’s not pretty. You see, I’m normally immune to poison ivy. I clear it away from our lawn in the summer, and I have no problems. But this year, I’m covered! And new blisters keep appearing, even now! I think the oil got into my bloostream via a cut or a bugbite. Either that, or I’ve lost my immunity, which can happen.

Either way, open, seeping blisters on my arms shouldn’t be in a workshop. I have to dry them out, so they’re not exactly covered, and if the fumes, compound dust and metal shavings get in there, it won’t be good.

So, I’ve been doing a bit of chainmaille in preparation for the Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival, which will be here before we know it, and trying not to scratch. Luckily, the worst of it is starting to heal, and I should be back in the shop soon.

In the meantime, I’ve been doing the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership (PDP) Night Markets every Saturday, and I’ll keep doing them until the Saturday before Pennsic. Then it’ll be Pennsic, and then the Ren Fest, and then MORE Night Markets ni October.

So, yeah – Busy busy busy! Hopefully I’ll see you around!

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Blackstone Raid 2017

We’re back from Backstone Raid and we had a wonderful time!

Aside from manning the booth, we participated in much socializing and mead drinking, which is something we haven’t done in a very long time. Brian cut a gemstone after one of the stones in the Cheapside Hoard, and entered it into the Arts & Sciences Competition. He won Queen’s Choice and Baroness’s Choice! Our friend Anthony (AKA Albrecht) won an Onyx award for his service to the barony in general, Chatelaine duties and his tireless efforts to help things run smoothly for everyone he ran across.

There was also a nasty storm that we thankfully survived with no problems, but several tents were flattened, incliding some fellow merchants. Lukcily there was lots of help on hand to help with immediate damage control and packing the next day. Brian also got to play some music in court, which is something he’s been wanting to do for a long time.

I also took a bunch of pictures, so here they are!

Thursday – Setup & Arrival

Friday

   

Saturday

    

Sunday

Thanks again to everyone who came and visited us in the booth! ^_^ It was great seeing you!

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Blackstone Raid XXVI – Coming Up!

Blackstone Raid is happening this week! We’ll be in West Virginia, and looking forward to seeing a bunch of our friends! ^_^

Lemony will probably spend some time fishing, and otherwise running about and enjoying herself. Brian will be fencing and compete in the Torchlight Tournament. I’ll see if I can go sit in on some classes. I dont have anythign specifically made for the A&S tournament, so I’ll probably sit this one out. Brian might submit a gemstone, though.

Although this is technically “work” for me, I always look at Blackstone fondly. Blackstone is full of firsts for us. It was our first SCA event. It was the first time I ran into someone who had not only read a book I had, but who said she loved it. Brian got to fight. I won an award for my art. Lemony got to try fishing. People understoond what I was doing with my art and they GOT IT.

So this weekend, even though it’s technically work, it feels like we’re going home.

Do you want to join us?

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Pittsburgh Events This Week

We have some local Pittsburgh Events we’re going to this week!

First off is Thursday’s event, the Wyland PTO’s 3rd Annual Mom’s Night Out held at the Narcisi winery in Gibsonia. It’s a gorgeous location, and tickets are only $40! That’s pretty dang good for a night out drinking wine.

On Friday the 21st, we’ll be at the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership’s Night Market! There’s going to be music, food, beer, and (of course) art. It goes from 5:30 to 11, at 8th Street & Penn . You can click the link above to look at the website for more information, or you can click here for the Facebook Page. Please invite your friends!

So, where will we see you?

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A Giveaway, Steel City and the FIRST BOX.

First off, the Giveaway!

In case you didn’t know, Brian is a published author. He’s always made his short stories available at conventions as little mini books, but due to popular demand he’s making them available as 99¢ Kindle books. To celebrate, he’s offering his most popular short, “Insomnia” for free starting today and going through until the end of the holiday weekend. It’s a horror/suspense story about a man’s struggle with severe insomnia, and partially based on Brian’s own personal experience with sleep paralysis. Very creepy!

You can visit his author page here, and get the ebook on Amazon here. Please tell your friends and leave a review!

As for Steel City Con – We had a great time and will be back with his book (potentially more books!) in July. Brian will have two books done by then, and hopefully the second Windsmith City book available for purchase.

And speaking of books – I got the FIRST BOX of my “Celtic Spirals to Color” book in! That means it’ll be up in the shop as soon as I get enough light for a clean photo. Probably later today. Aren’t they pretty?

If you’d rather get one from Amazon, that’s fine with me. Here’s the link to the coloring book.

I have some new local shows coming up next week, and you’ll hear about those soon. Talk to you later!

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Blackstone Raid is Coming!

Yep! There’s a month until Blackstone, which means I have a month to make things. Is there anything you’d like to see? Seriously, aside from helping Brian sell books at Steel City Con this coming weekend (look for me in the Artist’s Alley with books!) I’ve got plenty of time to get some jewelry done.

What I have planned:

  • MOD Medallions
  • Get some Bronze to etch (So, bronze medallions)
  • Antique finish medallions
  • A ~fancy~ award medallion. Not sure which, we’ll see
  • A baronial coronet (or two)
  • More etched cuffs
  • MAYBE a finished Queen’s Rapier Champion Pin

That’s a pretty good list, but that’s a lot of etching and I’ll need something to do while that happens. Leave me a comment if there’s anything you’d like to see!Save

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New in the Shop – SCA Award Medallions

I’ve often been asked for Award Medallions, and they’ve been on my two-do list for a loooong time. During Gulf Wars, I was approached by several people looking for medallions that were nice, but not too fancy. Ones that they could wear on the battlefield, stick on their hat, or wear out socializing. Medallions that they wouldn’t be scared about dinging up, and that were at a price that wouldn’t sting if they lost it.

I listened, and I debuted them at the Donnan Party this past weekend. They’re $20, come in two styles, and are available in either brass or copper. So far I have Pelican, Laurel, and Aethelmearc Populace badges. I plan on adding more awards and kingdoms to the list in the future. Click Here to see them.

If you’re dying for a specific badge, let me know and I’ll bump it to the top of the list!

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Upcoming Events for the Summer!

Our summer is shaping up to be a busy one! We’ve got a bunch of events added to the Calendar.

April: Blackstone Raid and Steel City Con! Steel City is just books.

May: AEthelmearc War Practice

June: We have a few events pending, so we’ll see what happens.

July: PENNSIC!

August: MORE PENNSIC!

So, yeah – Lots going on so far, with the potential for way more, because we have other events pending.

So – Will we see you at any? Are you looking for anything in particular that you’d like to see? Let me know in the comments!

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I Made It! Mine Happening Next Month

Whether you’re into Valentine’s Day or not, it’s coming, and there’s more to look forward to than day-after discount chocolate.

On February 4th, 10 days before, you can join us and a bunch of other local artists and makers to shop!

So, if you’re looking for something for your sweetheart or you’re single and want to show yourself some love, you should come to SouthSide Works and see what’s in store. Carrie and the I Made It! crew always put on a great show!

Here’s the link to the event on Facebook: I Made It! Mine on FB

I’d post an event link to their website, but they’re in the middle of a redesign right now. It’ll be up soon, though!

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