Activities through 4-17-16 Potluck

w letterWe’re not being as productive as we were for awhile. Real life has reared its ugly head and everyone is fighting it, whether money, job time, having to leave town for work or family obligation,



moving…. argh….. So we keep pecking at things, but not producing at the level that we were, but hoping to, still….

Marcus is going to be out of town over next weekend and Loren has some work obligations that are stopping him from getting to Metal Night, so that’s not happening this week. Sewing is going to be short, as well.

This coming week we have:

  • Metal Night – Tuesday Nights, held as announced – contact for info. In Toledo
  • Sewing – At Ancient Light, Thursdays, 3-9pm (3-5pm this week unless someone calls)
  • Herb Bunch – At Ancient Light, Saturdays, 11am-1pm
  • Project Day – At Ancient Light, Sundays, Noon to 6pm

Here is the direct Portfolio link which has all the past Project Day reports and various projects, original here:  and new one here:

11193264_1598596550410937_6329247394831731444_nHappy birthday to the SCA on May 1! Here is the “poster” for the first event.

green plant div041416 PincSewing Time – Anja spent this discussing Holbein-style blackwork with a new person and working on one of the pincushion tops.

After that she started looking into the embroidery in this article, a case, embroidered with silver thread! Part of a find that included a really well-preserved 17th century silk gown, buried under the sea floor!

Purse from 16th cent wreck dress find

…and some pouches. These are from the block prints a few weeks back.

green plant divHerb Bunch – Since there’s no actual group at the moment, Anja is concentrating on researching and growing period herbs. Lovage was known all through period and is a great addition to soups, particularly cream-based ones and chowders. Oregano is another period herb, as is coriander/cilantro and mustard. During the 11-1 time frame, Loren helped with starting seeds.

…and we started nasturtiums (‘coz they’re easy)…

…and tested some seeds. Anja had some that were really old, a few almost a decade, so we decided to test them to see what might come up.

green plant divRowan’s new Great Wheel!

She wrote, “THIS IS MY NEW GREAT WHEEL!!!!! It’s fully functional! SQUEE!!!

After we (Marcus and I) left the event (Bar Gemels) yesterday evening, we drove up to Brush Prairie, Washington and picked it up. It was a wonderful way to end a nice day. Marcus (aka Joseph Boyd), you are an AWESOME friend, for reals.”

13000103_10153549784103848_1202621584659428170_ngreen plant divProject Day – ….started late, since it was a potluck day and it was hot. Loren and Anja started the day by sorting tools, leatherworking on Anja’s part and woodworking on Loren’s. We found some pieces of projects that have been put away and then Anja settled down with her spoons.

For the potluck Anja made a lentil/carrot/bacon hot pot. Loren fished out some bean pickle and mushroom pickle and butter plus some black olives. Marcus brought bread, a couple of cheeses and garlic olives. We stuffed ourselves!

Afterwards we sat and talked about various projects. Marcus has the coils done for the Latgallian headdress. We’re going to use the catapult materials as scrap. Anja worked on some of the pincushions embroidery, but it was too hot to do much. We quit early.

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Miscellaneous pix

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8 months alone in the Russian winter? Wow! Not sure whether he’s brave or insane…. –

The Coins of Æthelred the Unready –

The Emperor Domitian, AD 51-96 – a bad emperor –

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Anja, Embroidery Lady, Loren, Rowan (v), Gudrun (v), Maryse, Marcus

divider black grey greek key

Largesse Item Count – (includes gifts, auction items, etc.)

  • ASXLVII = 24
  • ASXLVIII = 88
  • ASXLIX = 794
  • ASL = 1862 plus 66 pouches (have 6XXL (+19blockprint), 10XL, 2Lg, 5Med+6bp, 15Sm+26bp, 7 tny), 1 ball, 1 wooden animal, 3 biscornu pincushion, 1 sewing kit (4 more in process), 36 soap ball sets(3), 4 fibulae sets (2), 3 pannonian cap
  • Total as a Household = 2613 handed off

moving writing pen motifIn ministerio autem Somnium! Anja, graeca doctrina servus to House Capuchin
Page Created 4/10/16 & published ??/??/16 (C)M. Bartlett
Last updated 4/18/16

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