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Weekend of Coolness

So okay, I didn't make it to Kingdom Crusades. This was part of ballistabob's and mine plans for giving each other a break. By that I mean that most of our weekends are occupied with family matters or SCA events, leaving us little or no time for anything else. And you know? Sometimes you need a little bit of "Me" time, where you can stay home and do laundry, go shopping, work on projects, or simply veg in front of the tv.

The month of October has shapen to be incredibly busy, with no "free" weekends. Therefore, we decided to take turns so the other can do things at home or do something non-SCA related at least for one weekend.

For instance, I am going to University and my sweetie will stay home and take that day as his own. On the other hand, Crusades was my honey's "Boys Day Out" while I made it a "Girls Day Out" with greta_k and reasdream, and headed up to the Waterford Fair.

War of the Wings, we are attending together. After all, the couple who fights together stays together and, what's a little blood among friends?.

Needless to say, we had a blast. I had never attended the Waterford Fair before so everything was new to me. The Civil War reenactors are very cool to watch, and the merchanting was fabulous.

rheabecc and I both brought our cameras, she her Canon Powershot, and I my little Kodak. As things went, I regretted not bringing my Canon myself. Opportunities for cool shots were everywhere and I would have liked to have the better camera handy. However, since I did not know that before leaving home, all I could think of was to bring my little sub-compact, just in case.

Nevertheless, I did manage some very cool shots. Here is my favorite:

Random pretty shots

I also took some pictures of turned wood implements, since we have a certain someone who has taken an interest in that, as well as some other cool stuff. The rest of the pics can be found here.

But the crowning moment of the day trip was when I discovered the booth of Susan Parris, Dollmaker Extraordinaire. This awesome lady is also a reenactor (non-SCA), and her dolls are absolute works of art. I asked for permission to take a couple of pictures, since I cannot afford her art. She laughed, told me that she can't afford it either, and gave me permision to post the pics to my LJ and my Community Webshots online album.

Here is a sample of what she does:

Awesome doll Another awesome doll

In the end, I discovered that although I cannot afford her art, I can afford one of her workshops, where she teaches you about the art of making dolls. She has group, private, and semi-private classes. She said that she doesn't have a group workshop planned any time soon, but that I can schedule a private one any time after December.

I think I'll do that.

And if you want to know more about what she does, here is the link to her website.



( 9 comments — Leave a comment )
Oct. 7th, 2007 04:17 pm (UTC)

We took a tiny bit of flack for missing Crusades, but it's never been one of our favorite events, and we have a boatload of work to do around the house. I'm aiming for one SCA event per month. I suspect that WoWII will rock, but it's going to be perfect planting weather next weekend and are having a 9-foot magnolia delivered on Friday, so we're skipping it.
Oct. 7th, 2007 07:55 pm (UTC)
Re: dolls
Hey sweetie. This is a game, a hobby, not a job. You do it when you want, because you enjoy it, and not because you have to. Otherwise you will resent it because it will prevent you from doing other things you want to do.

If you do it when you feel you are going to enjoy it, you will have a blast :-)

Happy planting!
Oct. 7th, 2007 09:42 pm (UTC)
The dollmaking workshop sounds cool. Would you mind having someone else join you for it?
Oct. 7th, 2007 10:17 pm (UTC)
I don't mind at all. Let me ask her what her rates are for semi-private shops. The more, the merrier. :-)
Oct. 8th, 2007 03:12 am (UTC)
I might be intereste in a workshop too dependin on time and price
Oct. 8th, 2007 12:35 pm (UTC)
Coolness. Let me talk to her and get back to you too. I suspect that the more we can get, the lower the price will be. If we have enough interest, perhaps we can convince her to do a full workshop. But a semi-private class also has very many advantages ;-)
Oct. 8th, 2007 01:34 am (UTC)
I've know Susan as a reenactor fo-evah. Wonderful person. Didn't know about the dolls, though.
Oct. 8th, 2007 12:36 pm (UTC)
She is absolutely awesome, and her art is breathtaking. I want to learn how to do it, and she strikes me like a very patient teacher who evidently knows what she's talking about.
Oct. 8th, 2007 03:24 pm (UTC)
I did, forgot until you mentioned it. She is a wonderful person!
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