Felice de Thornton

Sep 112017
 

Jasper has reminded me that not only do I need to get my scroll assignment done, but I also need to work on a set of new garb for him to wear to the October events. I don’t have enough time this morning to work on it (since I need to pin him in one place to do the draping (I also need to find the muslin I have..somewhere…)
He wants a fuller cotehardie than what he has at present, and I need to make him a cloak as well so he doesn’t freeze. I really do need to call about getting an eye exam since my glasses are really getting bad. *sigh* I just feel like that’s an extra bit of effort that I don’t want to have to deal with at the moment (the eye exam crap etc.)

So I guess I’m going to be busier than normal this week! 😉

Sep 062017
 

So the Autocrat’s second (Monickza) asked me to consider teaching a class at Heralds and Scribes in October….

I hadn’t really thought about it (because well, heralds and scribes is bound to have a bunch of classes I’ll want to attend!!)but I figured why not? It’s a local event (held by my shire and I like to support it however I can.

With that in mind, I have taught Gouache 101 twice now, and I would like to teach something else for a change. Which brings me to think about what skills I have that I could possibly share with folks in a classroom setting–that I would feel comfortable with doing.

I thought about it a bit, bounced it off some of my fellow scribes and even though I’m not a superduper, virtual master whitework artist (not yet anyway. Someday though, maybe), I think I know enough and feel comfortable enough to do a whitework-for-beginners class.

Of course, I don’t have any materials /research for it, but I’ve started looking online as well as in my small scribal library (of real, tangible books!) 🙂
I’m thinking to do a handout like I did for the Gouache for beginners class (that way there’s a take home reference handout/ and some practical application. And practice pieces for students. I always like that kind of thing when I am taking a how-to class. I think doing something while learning about it helps it to stick in the brain better. (That’s my thought on it anyway. I am not a psychiatrist, neuroscientist or anyone else who would be authorized to make that claim as a fact rather than my opinion) 😉

So Now I’m thinking about formatting, amount of time needed and what I want to focus on. I think it’ll be fun once I figure out a plan.

Sep 032017
 

This past weekend Jasper and I managed to go to the event. I have to say that for me, it turned out to be the nicest Wildwood event that I have gone to in the past few years. Everyone seemed extra friendly, I got to talk with scribes from all over and of course, I got Jasper to another event (which every event I can get him to makes me happy).

We both got some books from one of the merchants. I got an embroidery book (I was looking for but couldn’t ever find at a decent price for a non-sca project). A book on miniature portraits from the Met’s collection and a very nice book on medieval jewelry. Jasper also bought me a handthrown ceramic cup with some interesting browns and tans on it that made me think of tree bark. It is the perfect size for my hand and holds just under 12 fl oz.

I was dizzy / off balance a bit more than normal but I’m going to put that down to the meds and the heat (I thought the weather report was supposed to be in the low 60’s so I wore my blue wool cotehardie and the teal wool one over it. I was a dork –I spent probably 2/3 or so of the day roasting before I figured d’uh-that I could take off my blue cotehardie and just wear the teal one with my chemise sleeves showing. Once I did that I felt a lot better.

Both courts were interesting to watch (and trying to answer Jasper’s questions about awards that I didn’t know about went on through the day. I loved the fact that he retained for his Majesty, and got to get out there and interact with folks on his own instead of with me there as a buffer. He’s shy and I’m so proud of him for how he handled saturday!

Anyway, it was all good, and it was great to see one of my scrolls handed out at the evening court! Amalie (peri) got a Millrind and I did my best to personalize it for her. I am not the best at drawing or painting animals, but I wanted her little dog o there, and the thrown weapons target, and of course, a windmill to symbolize her being part of the Barony of Delftwood.

It was a great day all around although both Jasper and I basically flopped down and went to sleep after that. ZZzzzzzz

Sep 012017
 

I decided that I was going to do 10 scroll blanks to give to Antoinette, the Kingdom signet when I saw her at Wildwood (which coincidentally was when I needed to deliver the scroll I did for Amalie’s Millrind).

Yea it was crazy bonkers to do that, I know. And I didn’t have any real reason to do it other than to see if I could do it. You know what I mean? Everyone keeps telling me I’m going to burn out if I’m not careful…but I think I’m a good enough judge of when I’m skirting that line. Isn’t that why I have other non-scadian hobbies, after all? (you know, writing, playing with dolls, making miniatures etc.) Yea. It is.

But I do realize everyone is telling me this stuff with my best interests at heart. I know it.

But sometimes I feel like I’m getting push back from family & friends for trying to test myself and my limits. I want to do things and then I do them. I’m an adult (well, my age says that more than my brain or attitude) and can do what I want.

Why do C&I?

Because it’s way waaaay waaaay easier than sewing new garb (If I’m going to burn out doing something it’s gonna be making garb for myself and Jasper because inbetween bouts of sewing and pattern draping I forget the process completely and have to start from square one every time. THAT is what makes me throw things in a pile and walk away.

Annnnnnnnnnnyway, I thought I’d share both Amalie’s scroll and the blanks I managed to get done for Wildwood. I’m proud of Amalie’s scroll.

The Scroll blanks are just OK. Some of them look better than others and Jasper deserves some credit as he kept me from throwing out the ones that I thought were naff.

Here they are:

We’ll see how they go over when I turn them in tomorrow!

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