In that regard, we had a long, overdue talk with El Brato regarding his plans for the future. Currently, he is just finishing his second semester at College, but he is considering attending Culinary School instead. I must say that, as long as this is something he really wants to do, I have no objection. He is still thinking about it, so we shall see.
In the meantime, we've started doing some research on this. And boy, culinary school is really not less expensive than regular college. And I am not talking Community College fee scale here. Nevertheless, I also believe that if you are going to be in this business -- or any other business for that matter -- you are best served by having the best education you can afford out there.
At any rate, the Boy is still thinking about it, but I think that we have made some good headway on trying to figure out what he wants to do when he grows up . . .
In other news, I took the second part of my dollmaking class with Susan Parris, and I am happy to report that Margot is coming along quite nicely and that she doesn't look like an alien so much.
I must say, I am not taking this class solely for SCA related projects. I really enjoy this kind of endeavor and the possibilities are endless.
As for Margot, she will be definitely dressed in 16th Century fashion, and I may even display her at an event or two. However, I have to clarify that this is an art doll, and not necessarily a copy of any extant doll. For one thing, Margie has glass eyes, and this is a feature that I cannot document at this point in time earlier than 1630 (and that's an if). For another, the only extant doll I know of from the Sixteenth Century is the little doll in the collection of the Livrustkammaren Museum in Stockolm, and she has an actual stuffed and embroidered head. (The stuffing is anyone's guess, as I have been told that it is a stiff material, but that one can stick pins to it.)
This doesn't mean that there were no other types of dolls. Take for instance the doll that Arbella Stuart is holding in her portrait. This type of doll can also be found in other children's portaits. I call them "period Barbies", but I simply cannot prove that any of them, whose heads were most likely carved in wood, featured glass eyes.
But Margie will still be cool to look at, will have a very nice period-inspired look, and will be extremely well dressed.