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!
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!
Click to buy it! It’s One of a Kind!
Our FAVORITE! Naturally, I’ve got a spooky piece of jewelry to share.
It’s a piece I designed on the 20th in honor of Bela Lugosi’s birthday. In the spirit of the season, I went hunting in my cab pile and found a wonderful piece of red and black spiderweb jasper for this pendant. It’s for sale, and while we normally donate a portion of all our sales to historical organizations, we will donate part of this piece’s price to a bat conservatory.
Since it’s almost Halloween, show me your favorite bat in the comments!
Finally! Charms for us who want sentimental jewelry that’s classy and nerdy!
What you’re looking at are the castings for my new line of charms, which debuted at Pennsic. We’ll be casting another run of them in sterling silver this weekend or early next week.
So what are they, exactly? These charms are meant for parents to wear in honor of their children. You’ve probably seen similar ones; charms that are shaped like people, usually with birthstones. While the idea is wonderful, the current selection in stores is pretty limited in terms of style.
My new line or parent charms was inspired by heraldry and cadency marks indicating birth order. Diamond shapes are for your daughters, while shields are for sons. The symbols on them show which order they were born in. The bridge-like shape, called a label, is for firstborns, the crecent moon for second, and so on. I’ve been able to find records of marks up to the double-digits, but I’ve decided to go up to five for now.
Once the second run is finished, we’ll be able to photograph them and put them up on the site for sale! There will also be an option to add birthstones or other personalization options for later runs.
I have an organizational question for you: Should I add the charms to the Pendant section, or make a new one specifically for Charms? Let me know in the comments!
Look for the finished version of this banner! We’re at the northern end of Plunder Lane.
Yep! We’re SO EXCITED!
Come down and see us! I’ll be in the Merchant Area on Plunder Lane and Brian will most likely be running around with Lemony. Brian’s got his authorization in for rapier and buckler, too, so look for him on the field as well.
In other big news, we’ve got our casting equipment set up and running beautifully! I’m working on birthstone charms right now based on medieval heraldry. If you’d like to pre-order some, drop us a line and you can pick up your order at the show.
This is our first Pennsic, and we’d appreciate any tips or “must-do” / “must-have’ items you’re willing to throw our way in the comments.
See you in two weeks!
My first charms and the mold made for them. They will make their debut at Pennsic!