As I'm knee-deep in the pre-Pennsic grind, churning out commissioned garb orders and working out more than I have in years (I'm running again, HOORA---oh my knees!) I often find my mind wandering into just strange thoughts. Sometimes when I get angry, I get these negative thoughts that totally affect my performance, so I'm trying … Continue reading Idle Musings: On favorite court moments.
This last weekend at Palio, and on Facebook, I've been asked on what's the best way to clothe thyself for 2 weeks of camping on the Allegheny. After my last couple Pennsics, I've started to create a system of clothing that works for me. I used to bring everything I own, which ensured not running … Continue reading Auntie Anna’s advice on how to dress for Pennsic.
Wait, what? This weekend is my [new] barony's annual Palio, or civic competition. Stonemarche is broken up into 3 rival contrade, or districts, that compete in games and tournament to determine a winner. Originally, I wasn't planning on going, since this weekend has always been reserved for Vinland Raids down on Cape Cod. Unfortunately that … Continue reading I’m ready to throw cheese!
So I was able to get some calcium carbonate (natural chalk) from a brewing supply store, and decided to, you know, put it on my face with the other questionable materials I've been using. DISCLAIMER: NOT APPROVED BY THE FDA, NOT APPROVED FOR COSMETICS, YADDA YADDA CANCERFACE YADDA YADDA DO THIS AT YOUR OWN RISK. … Continue reading Send in the clowns (Roman makeup research, part 3.)
A pigment used for blush and lip stain from Egypt through Byzantium was red ochre. This is a very safe, non-toxic pigment that is derived naturally from iron oxide (rust) and hematite. It's been used in artwork since the cave paintings in France, so we know it's been around for a very long time, so … Continue reading I’m feeling a bit rusty.
I've decided that since my Kingdom thought I was good enough to get a Maunche (and I got to write OM after my name on a class handout coming up. WEIRD!) I needed to step up my game and get down and dirty. Since I'm really good at making a mess, I decided to jump … Continue reading My Crush with Eyeliner