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Pennsic!

Yet another Pennsic report.

This year we had the smallest encampment ever. There were only six of us. Nevertheless, it was the most Zen encampment ever, although we did miss all who could not make it this year. Bugs were a pain during land grab weekend, but they seemed to die out by War Week. Some ants and the occasional June beetle, but that was it. Thank god for small favors.

Bests:
  • Mad Hatter Tea Party
  • Girls Day Out on Tuesday
  • Bartering with Alina (I swear, we dress each other)
  • Playing Pirate Dice with the gang
  • Exploding marshmallows*
  • Bacon breakfast at Ravenstreet
  • Field Rapier War Point
  • Doing the Macarena to the bagpipes
  • The Atlantian 5 Man**
  • Black Pearl Iced Tea at Your Inner Vagabond
  • Spending time with friends
  • Atlantian Fundraiser (Roxy did a fabulous job as the auctioneer!)
  • Folks getting cool awards at Atlantian Court
  • A totally drama-free encampment

    Worsts:
  • Bugs
  • Rain
  • Smelly laundry
  • Some friends running into health issues and/or injury (they're doing okay, but still)
  • See above

    Shopping:
  • Socks!
  • Pennsic t-shirt
  • Some nifty, inexpensive sparklies
  • Viking era turtle shells from Raymond's Quiet Press
  • Loads of thread
  • Period hooks and eyes from Kass
  • A really interesting book on the history of make-up
  • A nice late-period "B" from Drachestein Treasures (had the winning bid at the fundraiser)
  • Oh! And a "Disgruntled Minion" mug for my trusty apprentice, geoffreyapclwyd.

    I think that's it for shopping. ballistabob, of course, got me a nice intaglio amber Laurel medallion from Darkridge Jewels, and humored me in my new Viking era hobby with two really cool pieces to add to a necklace that will complement an apron dress (an earspoon and a key). He rocks.

    I am sure I am forgetting stuff, but that will come later in other postings. I am still uploading pics, so I will be posting the links later.

    Belfebe out.

    * Wal-Mart marshmallows are almost inedible, but they make terrific firestarters.
    ** We were so Zen about the Atlantian 5 Man that we went from the Angry Seabass to the Slightly Irritated Seabass. And we kicked some serious butt. We have concluded that no one in our team is allowed to get a White Scarf for the foreseeable future. Only two WS are allowed per team and we already have two. A third would scramble wour team. And we can't have that, can we?
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    dante_di_pietro
    Aug. 10th, 2009 09:54 pm (UTC)
    "** We were so Zen about the Atlantian 5 Man that we went from the Angry Seabass to the Slightly Irritated Seabass. And we kicked some serious butt. We have concluded that no one in our team is allowed to get a White Scarf for the foreseeable future. Only two WS are allowed per team and we already have two. A third would scramble wour team. And we can't have that, can we?"

    We considered that too, but ultimately decided that our team was an abomination and needed to be stopped.

    See you in the finals next year!
    belfebe
    Aug. 11th, 2009 02:14 pm (UTC)
    We considered that too, but ultimately decided that our team was an abomination and needed to be stopped.

    I am not sure about that. I think that you just spreaded the evil, LOL.

    See you in the finals next year!

    Oh, yeah baby!
    fiberferret
    Aug. 10th, 2009 11:05 pm (UTC)
    Ooh! What's the name of the makeup book? I'd love to add that to my wish list.
    belfebe
    Aug. 11th, 2009 02:19 pm (UTC)
    The book is The Artifice of Beauty: A History and Practical Guide to Perfume and Cosmetics by Sally Pointer, from the National Museum and Gallery of Wales. It is really good, and it has an extensive bibliography in case one wishes to continue one's research. :-)

    Edited at 2009-08-11 02:19 pm (UTC)
    caemfind
    Aug. 11th, 2009 12:22 pm (UTC)
    Late period French to Viking...woo! That's quite a shift! I could have given you a sterling ear spoon that I made at a jewelry class. It's also a combo toothpick. Ewwww!!!!
    belfebe
    Aug. 11th, 2009 02:27 pm (UTC)
    Ohhh, but there is a story behind it! Alina and I have a tendency for bartering stuff. This is the second Pennsic we do it, and we suspect that it's becoming a tradition.

    Last year it was her hand-stitched farthingale in exchange for an embroidered blackwork coif (actually in red). This year she had woven 5 yards of 26" wide yummy wool, after a Viking era dig. She didn't know what to do with it, and we discussed back and forth what could be done with it. In the end, it was perfect for an apron dress, but she has no interest in making one. So she told me "What would you barter for it?" And since she hates making ruffs, but she wants a new set, we agreed on the five yards of wool in exchange for a new set of ruffs, set and starched in the period way, with a black embroidered edge. So I get to make an apron dress, with handwoven fabric, and she gets her new set of ruffs.

    Later on she decided that she wanted to make a handwoven silk Viking era cap, and we agreed that I would embroider a sweetbag in exchange. Bob says that we need to take a picture of ourselves in our respective garments and point at each other's work. It will be fun!

    And now, you know. BTW, a sterling ear spoon with a combo toothpic sounds wonderful! Who would not want one? Every well groomed woman should have it (with care of not using both ends at the same time!)
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