Travels with Textiles

At the Ren Fair, my character spins yarns – either stories, real wool carding and spinning, or knitting.

We encounter and enter our richest, most humanly defining experiences by way of a tear in the fabric of things, because we are running late, or because we recognize, across a crowded room, a face whose lack of perfection allows a unique light to shine through and to stir us with uncommon wonder. – Eugene Kennedy

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This was my garb the first year. The chemise and bodice were linen and heavier than I thought they would be.

Doing this allowed me to travel back in time, figuratively, and imagine if that were my daily life. I could feel the linen on my shoulders and scratch my neck, and smell the dank tufts of sheep’s wool.

Travel theme chosen by Where’s My Backpack?

Ren Fair With A Baby

This is my first Renfaire with the Wee One and the first day was difficult for many reasons. But it’s such an important part of my life that I can’t bear to stop doing it. Like all other things with my Wee One, it’s figuring out how to adjust. 

It takes special kind of planning.  I’m still breastfeeding so I don’t have to bring special food for her, but I do have to make period appropriate arrangements for naps and physical activity.

And garb, of course. I loved making her garb.

But you need to drink ample water in the days approaching fair, as well as the day of, and be plenty rested.

Adding Creativty through the 51/51 Challenge

When I create my annual challenges, this one called the 51/51 Challenge, I like to include things that encourage me to be creative. (Wonder about the 51/51 Challenge?  Look HERE!) To that end, one of the goals this year was to build up the Alba Garrison pinterest boards and blog site.

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“Do you know what your sin is, Mal?” “Aw hell, I’m a fan of all seven.”

To come up with a sin that Mal Reynolds would be proud to own, that is how I read today’s prompt.

Also, there is a stage at the Bristol Renaissance Fair that has the seven sins painted on the back of it, and this sin needs to be worthy of a painting with the others.

So, a trait or behavior that I find unacceptable. Gum popping? I hate that. Malapropisms?  Those kind of drive me crazy, too, especially when I hear them a lot. Small talk? My INFJ personality hates that, though I know it serves a purpose.

I think the eigth sin I would declare is snorting.  I don’t mean the I’m-sick-and-I’m-doing-my-best-to-keep-up-with-it-kind-of-snorting that we all have now and again, but the I’m-too-lazy-to-blow-my-nose-so-I’m-just-going-to-suck-it-into-the-deepest-recesses-of-my-brain snorting.  <shudder>

I don’t want to see that painted in Bristol, and Mal probably wouldn’t like that one, Classy Captain Tightpants, but I think that would be it.

 

Two songs that have made my summer

You know how songs call back memories?  I love that (I mean, usually. Sometimes the memories are bad and I don’t want to see them again.)

For this summer, I think I already have my song(s). The first is “Magic” by Coldplay. I don’t know how old it really is, but it was the background music in a video about the St. Louis Renaissance Fair this year. It’s dreamy, soft and other-worldly, just like my memories of the summer and the fair.

Or, the song would be “Moyturra” by Pictus, and Irish drum and bagpipe group, kind of local. My renaissance guild leader knew about them and recruited them to play during our Celtic weekend at the Faire. They used our camp as a home base, and even performed played one of their shows under one of our covered areas when the rain was too bad. Now, whenever I hear this song, I am standing by the tree behind the crowd next to my friend Jason, and we’re both standing in the drizzle, watching this band play their hearts out, watching our glen fill with people. It was gorgeous.  Go to their website and check them out!

What would your song be?

Art/Paint question

Hello friends

I have a paint question for you.  There is a sign painted on plywood that my guild used during the Ren Fair that had our name and a cute picture on it.  We’ve decided to paint over it, and I have volunteered to do that.  My question is this:

What is a good paint to use on plywood that is outside?

Whaaa

Nothing that will run or wash away, and something that takes to wood.  I will be posting pictures as I work on this project: Thank you for your help!

I Sang at my Renaissance Faire

But it was not what I thought it would be, alas.

As part of my 2014 36/36 challenge, I had given myself the task of singing at the faire, either by myself or with a tenor who works the lanes playing a bard. We even talked about the tune we would sing together.

This was part of my 36/36 challenge, but it was not quite what I thought it would be. 🙂

I pictured myself singing a little ditty, or standing with Alex, our Bard, in a lane to sing something else.  Instead, I sang “I’m a Little Teapot” for my guild.

I had left my mug behind one Saturday night and our guild leader had snagged it for safekeeping.  The penance, or cost for it, however, was singing something silly. If I had been someone else, he said, it would have been worse.

So I accomplished this goal, just not in a way that I thought I would.