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We’re on PATREON!

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Become a Patron!

Yep, we’re on Patreon, and Patron-only posts are happening! We’ve got $1, $3, $5 and $10 levels full of goodness.

A quick rundown of the tiers:

  • $1 is for jewelry fans. Discounts and first dibs on the jewelry I make! Ideal place for you to start.
  • $3 is for art lovers. You get PDF downloads of all of my books, free art downloads, lots of goodies!
  • $5 is for gemstone collectors/artists who use them. Dibs and discounts on gems my husband cuts and gem info from a pro.
  • $10 is for aspiring artists and jewelers. Tutorial vids, tips and tricks, all that good stuff!

And of course, if you go in for the $3, you get all the $1 benefits, and so on. So, if you’ve been wanting some sweet discount codes, or are sick of getting your favorite pieces sniped out from under you, this is perfect! This is especially good for ring fans. If you see me setting a stone that you NEED on your finger, you can claim it and I’ll make it in your size.

If you love pretty rocks and hoard them like a dragon (seriously, any more gems and I think Brian will start developing scales) the $5 is a great tier for you. You get first dibs on stones he cuts, and if you see a gorgeous slab you NEED an oval or whatever out of it, he can do that. Also, Brian’s working on videos to help take the mystery out of gem buying, and generally sharing his expertise on the world of gems.

So, here’s that button again. Click it and decide if you’d like to join us on Patreon!

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It’s 2018! What’s Coming Up?

Hey! I hope you had a great holiday season! We had a wonderful break, visiting family and taking time to rest up and recoup from the whirlwind of holiday events we did. By the way, thank you for supporting us and helping us have another year of doing what we love for a living. We really do appreciate each and every one of you. We’re not huge, and we don’t pretend to be, so we see each share on social media. Every sale, like, share and encouraging word helps us keep doing this, and I can’t thank you enough. And if you’ve not done any of this, don’t feel bad! Seriously, you’re here, right now, reading this post, and that’s helping this site rank higher in searches, so Thank You! I don’t have an Etsy shop because I kept getting ripped off, so this site and social media are the only places I sell things on-line. Thanks for getting me up in the rankings! ^_^

So, what’s coming up for us? Well, in addition to some upcoming shows, I’m going to set up a Patreon very soon (as in, later today). Once I get it looking good and I’ve got things more or less sussed out, I’ll post a link and scream it from the hilltops. Show-wise, I have one confirmed SCA event happening in March – Gulf Wars! I don’t have any hard details like what spot I’ll be in, but we’ll be there. I also have applications going in for a few local craft shows in February, and I’ll let you know once they’re confirmed. January is the slow month for us, so I’ll mostly be concentrating on getting all of the chainmaille from the Renaissance Faire and the new items I made over the holidays up on the site. Right now, I have things set up so that a new item appears every morning, so check back every few days to see what there is!

Speaking of new, Here’s the latest piece of silver that I’ve put up. Isn’t is gorgeous? I love labradorite so much, and this piece just glows, it has such a strong fire in it. Click on any of the pictures if you want to snag it before I decide to keep it for myself.

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Well, that’s all for now. If you have any ideas of what I can offer my patrons, please comment and tell me your idea! If it’s feasible, I’ll probably use it.

Talk to you alter, and thanks again. ^_^

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Fright Night and Holiday Market Coming Up!

Okay, we’ve got some events coming up, and I’m going to tell you about them!

Fright Night in Market Square

First off, this coming Saturday is Fright Night in Market Square. We’re going to be there, dressed up in our jewelry booth and with a big bowl of candy. No idea how long that’ll last, but we’ll have some. There’s lots going on besides the Night Market for Fright Night, so click here for details!

IMI Holidays 2017

Next up is the I Made It! Holiday Market! It’s a two day event starting on Black Friday and going through Small Business Saturday. It’s indoors, so you won’t have to worry about being cold while you shop, and there willl be literally dozens of local artists there for you to pick from, including us! Click here to learn more about what’s going on.

But Brandy, you say, I don’t live in Pittsburgh. Why should I care?

Since you’re reading this, I’m assuming you’re a fan of our work, so this is still relevant. You see, these are big shows and big shows tend to mean that lots of our jewelry gets purchased, which is awesome for us, but bad for you if you can’t get to the shows. You’ll miss out on that one-of-a-kind piece you’ve been eyeing for a while, because our one-offs tend to go fast at big shows. If I may, I suggest marking the show on your calendar and either snagging what you want before they hit, or dropping some hints to potential holiday gifters.

So, even if you can’t get out to the show this weekend, I hope you have a safe and fun Halloween!

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Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival 2017 Wrap-Up

First off, if you met me at the Ren Fest, thank you for visiting my page! I know that it’s kind of in shambles right now, but I’m working on it as we clean up from the event and get ready for the next ones on the list.

As for the festival itself, it was an amazing time for all of us with surprisingly good weather, first weekend aside. What happened? Well, we had a brief but exciting onslaught of near-hurricane force winds and pelting rain! When we saw the jewelry boards covered in metal start to rattle and peel off the cart, we abandoned ship and hightailed it down to the main shop, Versailles Jewelers. Luckily we didn’t have to wait long until the weather calmed enough for us to go back up top and reset the chainmaille cart. That seemed to be the worst of it, as for the rest of the festival the weather was all right, if a bit hot some days. It felt like Mother Nature got it all out of her system in one afternoon!

Not much else exciting happened, but i did make good progress on my scalemaille armor. I’ll keep the blog (and my instagram) updated on its progress!

Although there was a funny moment on a chilly day. I let my hair down, which I usually have up, and a lady started petting it because she thought I was wearing a Jon Snow cloak! Admittedly, my hair is dark, wavy and there’s, like, three feet of it, so I don’t blame her, especially when I had my friend take a picture and I saw what I looked like from the back. Easy closet cosplay? I think so!

I don’t usually get the chance to take many pictures, but here’s a few:

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If you haven’t been to the Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival, you should come! The food is good, the people are friendly, and you can always stop by the “Spoils of War” cart for a quick chainmaille lesson or to just geek out about things in general.

So, until next time, I leave you with the traditional Rennie goodbye. Sing along!

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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

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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?