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l letter motifLife gets weird sometimes. This week really did. Most of the stuff that happened this week either was at an event or in the virtual world! Anja was down with the flu. Marcus and Loren really busy and everyone else was staying away or on computer because of germs!

012316 GudrunRowanMarcus Allie McNamaMarcus and Gudrun went to the Adiantum Mid-Winter’s Feast on Saturday. Marcus taught and judged as Anja was supposed to have been doing. She just stuck her nose in the cookbook for the feast and finally came up for air last Sunday evening.

This coming week we have:Archer2 motif

  • Metal Night – Tuesday Nights, held as announced – contact for info. In Toledo
  • Sewing – At Ancient Light, Thursdays, 3-9pm
  • 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:

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061415 Rabbit Pie1Early Week

Gudrun was continuing to sew. Anja and Loren cleaned up after the feast. The Duckmeister stopped by for a visit and we talked about the House Feast. The cookbook for that is coming along (and the rough draft got finished on Sunday…)


PDF’s of past years’ cookbooks are here:

Metal Night got preempted by a get-together at Flashbacks in Newport with some of the baronial people… well, one and kids. There were 7 of us and 3 of them. We had a great couple of hours of good food and conversations!

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…and then Anja went down with the flu which nuked Sewing and her teaching at Mid-Winter Feast.

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Gudrun’s Coat – (Gudrun’s words)

Birka-inspired Kaftan (coat) This was a rough pattern to the coat I had made, not detailing some mistakes along the way.

12576359_10204931343794863_1780829602_nIt was supposed to be cut as a single piece, however my fabric was too short to do so with sleeves. The sleeves are sewn inset, against the cuff of the shoulder, and gussets (HATE THEM. EVIL G-WORD). Due to fabric length, the last gore in the center back had not been made, as I lacked the remaining fabric. The mistakes had been, I sewed the gores first, when it should have been gussets. Partially machine stitched with the only thread I had available, a white Polyester cone. The Kaftan as currently remains about 45% completed. It still requires a lining, with the 46% wool blend fabric being lightweight, and untrimmed. However! Wearable!

On a note about mistakes, firstly, in the machine stitched gores, sections where the gores had not quote properly been stitched in, were mended by a bit of hand stitching.

Secondly, whoever had fun colored fleece at Midwinter Feast, Hi! I took home some orange, and red fleece fuzz! Sorry about that!

If someone needs fuzz, or bits of thread, you’re welcome. I am now a walking fuzz, thread, and potentially cat fur collector!

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Adiantum’s Mid-Winter Feast from the Pater Familias. 

012316 Marcus in the kitchen Allie McNamaI was busy at Adiantum’s Mid-winter’s Feast. I taught my 1st SCA class on pins. It seemed to be well received I had 5 people in the class. I spent a couple of hours helping out in the kitchen where I peeled carrots. I also spent some time judging the Adiantum’s Arts and Sciences Competition (which was won by Rafny). That was all before the feast with 4 removes with time periods in Rome, the Visigoths, Moors, and Andalusia.

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Adiantum’s Mid-Winter Feast from Gudrun

012316 Gudrun2 Allie McNamaWe had arrived 15 minutes early, and upon check-in, someone had immediately trotted up to Marcus asking for a judge with the Arts and Sciences championship tournament. We then got checked in, and headed to get settled down in the designated classroom for Rowan and Marcus.

012316 GudrunRowanAdiantum Allie McNamaNo one had shown up, for Rowan’s class, so I had spent some time with her finishing sewing a Kaftan while she spun. Shortly before Lunch Marcus had returned to rest, and set up for his Straight Pin class.

We had then been informed, as serving for lunch had been running late, we were now on SCA time. The class began 15 minutes late, with 5 people (myself included) taking the class. Each successfully made a pin with on the part of some, a few mishaps.

012316 GudrunRowanAdiantum2 Allie McNamaAfter the class, we relaxed a bit, in which I wandered around and socialized, as well as received tips on how to better make a kaftan, including gussets (thank you, Idonia!). Yseult, another girl, who I unfortunately forgot her name, and I discussed museums, trips abroad, and accidentally giving tour guides the tours. We had also discussed period clothing, in addition to a museum in Moorhead, MN. The Museum in question was the Hjemkomst 012316 GudrunRowanMarcus Allie McNamaheritage center, which houses a recreation Viking Longshot that in 1983 sailed from Duluth, MN, to Oslo, Norway. The other object likely of interest also at said museum is a scale replica of the Hopperstadt stave church with hand carved details inside against local North Dakotan/Minnesotan woods. I had fun talking about the Hjemkomst, and even showed some pictures.

Our Princess blowing bubbles

Our Princess blowing bubbles

After that discussion, Marcus, Rowan, and I filtered out into the main hall as we waited for the feast, while more classes were ongoing. All classes except for those added at the last minute appeared to have very good attendance. For the feast there had been a multiple of courses, some dishes for which I unfortunately had not tried. The feast hall was poorly arranged for as many were in attendance, but it 012316 Vestia2 Allie McNamawas a very good attempt! Afterwards everyone pitched in to help on tear down, which went fairly quickly, and then we packed and headed off.

Another thing I forgot to mention, at court, Lady Joanna presented the princess with <<<< pompoms!

012316 Vestia Allie McNama

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Mid-Winter Feast Menu

food motif squash basketLunch Menu (Buffet) 

  • Fresh Bread, Jam/Jelly/Butter
  • Layered Flavored Cheese
  • Stuffed eggs
  • Roasted Chicken
  • Baked Roots, Baked Onions
  • Lentil Soup
  • Salad
  • Baklava
  • Almond Rice Pudding
  • Fruit Pies
  • Warm Fruit with Cream
  • Shortbread
  • Fruit Juice, Sekanjebin

food-motif-shroom-basketEvening Feast Menu


  • Torta From Gourd
  • Cabbage With Cumin
  • Beets Roasted, with mustard sauce
  • Chicken A la Vardanus (Chicken in white sauce)
  • Patina De Piris (pears)
  • Patina De Cydoniis (Quince)
  • Olives
  • Artichoke Hearts

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  • Caccabinam minorem (Chicken and vegetables)
  • Carrots with Cumin
  • Porcellum Corindratum (Pork Roast in Coriander Sauce)
  • Stewed Apricots


  • Rummaniya- Chicken with Gourd
  • Shurba Lamb
  • Rice
  • Candied Anise seeds
  • Olives
  • Marinated Chickpeas

cookie bar motif foodAndalusian

  • Ahrash- Lamb Sausage with Lavender
  • Rice
  • K’ak- Baked dumplings with almond paste and rose
  • Sukkariyya (Almond roca, we are choosing to make it with Sesame)
  • Olives
  • Candied Orange peel

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Lord Iiuri gave us permission to use these of his photos from the feast, as well.

div critter with leaf tailProject Day went severely side-ways. Anja was still home from the flu. She and Gudrun worked on getting Gudrun set up to be able to edit her own stuff.

Marcus was recuperating.

Scribe people motifLoren was at Ancient Light and did some bone-carving. He brought home the camera with pictures and Anja promptly put the camera card somewhere safe. <sigh> “Loren walked in and handed me the camera. I pulled the card and when I went to put it into the printer stuck my hand into some butter that had gotten stuck to a bag and vanished from sight. Cleaning that up, the card vanished. I’ve torn the desk apart and the floor around it.” <sigh>

So no pix….

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 A Slavic group, Marobud,  decided to give their winter gear a real test and went for a hike in the snow! Slava, Marobud! (You can find their page on Facebook under that name….)

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Miscellaneous pix

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Knock Knock! Who’s There?
Scissor who?
Scissor and Cleopatra?

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Links (Can you tell your scribe was laid up at home?)

You have to sign up for for this one:

Next installment in the Purses series –

Rosslyn Chapel –

Only a small amount of this is period, but labyrinths!

Squirrel! –

Need a cane or crutches? –

Anchorites –

Guedelon Castle

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Anja, Gudrun, Willow, Loren, Caleb, Marcus, Herb Bunch(2)

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Largesse Item Count – 

  • ASXLVII = 24
  • ASXLVIII = 88
  • ASXLIX = 794
  • ASL = 1280+84 = 1364 plus 1 ball, 3 wooden animal, 1 pincushion, 1 sewing kit (4 more in process)
  • Total as a Household = 2267 handed off

moving writing pen motifIn ministerio autem Somnium! Anja, graeca doctrina servus to House Capuchin
Page Created 1/18/16 & published 1/25/16 (C)M. Bartlett
Last updated 2/2/16

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