Archive for April, 2009

28
Apr

Her Favourite Pillow

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Her Favourite Pillow

27 April 2009

I have long admitted a love affair with photographing my cat. Her personality frequently leaves something to be desired, but in the looks department, she’s got the blue ribbon! Artemis is the most photogenic pet I’ve ever known. Her beautiful white fur makes her fairly easy to shoot, even in low light. Her pink features
—nose, ears, toes—are so . . . pink, they’re just precious. And when she’s surrounded by bright colours, it’s a win-win combination! Here she is, taking a nap with what seems to be her favourite pillow. It’s a bright pink fuzzy/furry thing we bought a couple of years ago because it amused us one night in a Wal-mart store. If you throw it, the impact of catching it, or of it hitting an object causes it to make a wonderful “boing-g-g-g” sound! Too funny. But, what Artemis knows is that it feels good on her paws when she kneads it, and it feels good underneath her at naptime.

Monday . . . all I can think of is how much I wish I too, could take a nap. But, instead, I’ll go to bed at ten-something, when Kyle does. It’s the beginning of a brand new week!

~MB

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28
Apr

Maria Smiles

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Maria Smiles

26 April 2009

Well, today’s weather was more pleasant by far, but, once again, we believe the weathermen damned us, and the attendance was sparse. Today’s economic climate does not combine well with an icky weather forecast for those in the renfaire industry!

There was ample time today, to adjust hangers, re-arrange racks, and give generous breaktime to my workers. Even me! I took my first hour or so away from the booth since the show started! And, then, later in the day I actually took another half hour to go see the final show by a performer-friend. (See Kyle’s post for a photo of Rob making a sandwich with his feet . . . yes, really!) I had intended to snap a bunch of photos today, but only ended up with a couple. This one of Maria is my favourite—I hope she likes it, too! Maria is an old friend we are enjoying having around us again. She is a talented woman—seamstress (she’s one of very few stateside kiltmakers I used to recommend), architect, mother, businesswoman—and this year, she wanted to be back in the faire scene after a number of years away. And I’m lucky to have her working for me in this year of staff transitioning.

After the (very long) day, we packed things up and headed toward the local Chili’s where we met George and Delaenya and Ginger and Gypsy, for dinner and margaritas before making the half-hour drive home. It’s a great wind down after a weekend, and tonight the company was special. Next time I get to see George and Delaenya, it’ll be July, and I’ll be in Wisconsin!

~MB

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28
Apr

Gold Medallion on Black Chenille

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Golden Medallion on Black Chenille

25 April 2009

Unfortunately, the weather gods were not thinking about the Renaissance faire when they designed this day. We had misty sprinkles on and off throughout the day, and the muggy factor was through the roof! But, although that sort of weather almost completely squashes my sales, the festival’s attendees didn’t seem to mind overly much. The parking lot was full (we heard) and I talked to other crafters who did alright.

At the end of the tedious day, we rather hurriedly changed clothes and prepared to meet George and Delaenya at the Catfish Plantation for dinner. It has become a birthday tradition—with George’s birthday on the 17th and mine on the 18th, and that being one of his favourite restaurants to visit when he’s here. I was underwhelmed with the idea when we arrived, remembering how all their deliciously-Southern fried foods no longer agree with my delicate constitution (how’s that for a polite euphamism?!). But, Kyle wisely pointed out a grilled tilapia special involving no fried anything. I ordered it, and could not have been more pleased with my meal. Yummy! And downtown Waxahachie being a dry area (is it still?) we drank iced tea with dinner—also good after a hot, humid day of rather freely flowing alcohol of various types.

This photo of this gorgeous black and gold chenille brocade is the only evidence of me owning a camera, today. I had a customer wondering if we could get more of it, so I snapped its photo to send to Nicole to find out. I love it, by the way. I saw this for the first time in a store in Dallas about two years ago, but haven’t seen it in a while. Here’s hoping that in L.A. it’s more readily available.

~MB

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28
Apr

Foot Sandwich

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26 April 2009
A very slow day in the shop, so I left in the hands of my extremely capable manager and stole away to watch a show with my wife at one point. Rob, who we knew and loved as Gyro from the Flaming Idiots was at faire filling in for Christophe the Insultor who was unable to be there. Rob is an extremely funny and very talented man so there was no way of knowing how the show would turn. This time, we were treated to his world famous act – in fact, he owns the Guinness record for this feat – wherein he makes a sandwich with his feet. Every aspect of the sandwich making is done with his nimble toes while sitting in a chair on stage. I had 2nd row seats, so managed to capture a great deal of it while poking the camera between the elbows of the couple sitting in front of us.
This is probably the best shot of the series
The Foot Sandwich.
It’s pretty astonishing. If the photo doesn’t suffice, here’s a YouTube link.
Cheers.

~KR (Written on 27 April 2009)

Listening to:
Whole Day Off by Oingo Boingo
from Farewell

Camera: Canon PowerShot SD850 IS
Exposure: 0.01 sec (1/100)
Aperture: f/5.0
Focal Length: 18.6 mm
ISO Speed: 800
Exposure Bias: +1/3 EV
Flash: Off

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28
Apr

Stratum

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25 April 2009
The fourth Saturday of faire and another new game in the shop. Sometimes, I truly love what I do. This is Stratum. A Family Games game that is a combination of Strategy and ummm…yeah, Strategy. Fun game for two, a bit more fun with three, and a blast with four. It’s an extremely quick game to learn and play with enough strategy to keep a player continually coming back for more.
Stratum
Great fun. In fact, so much fun, I sold through the entire stock in the first day. Here’s hoping I can get some more.
Cheers.

~KR (Written on 27 April 2009)

Listening to:
Rich Girls by the Virgins
from Cut the Crap

Camera: Canon PowerShot SD850 IS
Exposure: 0.04 sec (1/25)
Aperture: f/2.8
Focal Length: 5.8 mm
ISO Speed: 200
Exposure Bias: +1/3 EV
Flash: Off

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28
Apr

Frantic Dog in Leaves

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24 April 2009
Got home fairly early from work so that we could go to faire. Marita Beth, however, had struggled a bit with a costume piece she had to finish. So, I amused myself for a couple of hours.
Frantic Dog
This is ‘Tia, although you can but barely tell. She’s frantically searching for a ball or a frisbee or something, anything, for me to throw to her. Little did she know I was just there to take some photos.
Cheers.

~KR (Written on 27 April 2009)

Listening to:
Hot Blooded by Foreigner
from Records

Camera: Canon PowerShot SD850 IS
Exposure: 0.05 sec (1/20)
Aperture: f/2.8
Focal Length: 5.8 mm
ISO Speed: 200
Exposure Bias: +1/3 EV
Flash: Off

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27
Apr

Oversleeping and Sleeve-making

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Jessie's Sleeve

24 April 2009

Friday: Unintentional Sleep Deprivation Experiment Day Three

“Oh, I wish that I had Jessie’s sleeves!” Seriously—this is some gorgeous fabric! After way too many hours, his project is done, with only one small thing remaining for next week. Whew!

I went to bed around 6 a.m. or so, and Kyle said when he left for work I was “unwakeable.” The phone did the job at 9 a.m. and I spent the rest of the day about two hours behind where I needed to be. But, I did finally get Jessie’s order done, and we headed to faire around 9 p.m.

There will be no more of that.

~MB

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27
Apr

Mouse Pockets

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Mouse Pockets

23 April 2009

Thursday:  Unintentional Sleep Deprivation Experiment Day Two.  It has been too many weeks of too much work and too little sleep.  I feel that it is finally really catching up with me.  Next week I promise to myself that I will try to sleep normal human-type hours.

One funny story from this week was the inspiration for this photo. 

As many of our readers know, in the fall we jump right from TRF into Dickens, and this year, Kyle and I had just a couple of weeks after that to prepare for our two-week holiday in the UK. On the last weekend of TRF, I sold a woman a fancy ladies outfit and she desperately wanted to wear it, even though her skirts were too long.  She struggled with it through the day, and at the end of the weekend when she came back by to ask about having it shortened, I told her I’d be happy to—she should just leave it with me.

Well, she didn’t want to leave it.  She wanted to wear it home and be able to show it off.  So, I told her she was welcome to send it to me during the winter and I’d do the alteration when I could, and send it back.  She thought that was perfect — there would be no rush on it — and I mentally made preparations to receive a box from this woman sometime in December or January. 

So, my winter was crazy, and the spring has been even crazier.  A box arrived, but I had no time to do the alteration, and I was pretty sure she would call me if she was coming to Scarborough.  So, I never even opened it.  Until yesterday.  I had made a frantic last-minute change in my fabric choice for the order I’m working on, and the new choice of fabric had to be washed.  So, I was looking for other things that I really needed to get done and get off my work table, and I caught sight of that box.  I opened it, and was confused to find a Christmas card and letter.  Then, after digging deeper into the box, I realized it did not contain skirts from an Anne Boleyn-style Pendragon outfit.  It instead contained a plethora of wonderful little gifts,  thrift store treasures mostly, and it had come from a dear friend in Michigan as a holiday present!  She had thought of me while  shopping—who knows how many different visits to how many different stores are represented in this collection of stuff.  And, I hadn’t even opened the box.  I felt awful, and immediately dashed off a “thank you” email complete with apology for my flakiness!  But, it did end up being a delightful birthday surprise!  The photo is of my two favourite Disney mice embroidered on the pockets of a fleece jacket.

Now, I just wonder what happened to that skirt that was too long?

~MB

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27
Apr

Super Fabulous Red Chenille Brocade

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Super Fabulous Red Chenille Brocade

22 April 2009

It hurts to admit that I am still working on orders for my beloved performing company folks. This is the fabric I’m using as trim on Jessie’s new cassock. If I weren’t four weeks behind, I’d have time to write more . . . as it is I’m not sure how much sleep I’m gonna get this week.

~MB

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27
Apr

The eMail Sync

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23 April 2009
The joys of learning and setting up a new piece of technology.
Managing Your Email Folders
I spent a huge chuck of yesterday fiddling with settings, changing this, poking that, dialing this. I think I have a phone that enables me now.
Cheers.

~KR (Written on 24 April 2009)

Listening to:
Jack’s Shadow by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
from Your Funeral…My Trial

Camera: Canon PowerShot SD850 IS
Exposure: 0.05 sec (1/20)
Aperture: f/2.8
Focal Length: 5.8 mm
ISO Speed: 200
Exposure Bias: +1/3 EV
Flash: Off

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