My Mother

July 31, 2010 § 4 Comments

No doubt waiting for the next shoe
To drop on or around you

No doubt waiting for the next communication
To anoint and in same shame

To hold you up and hold you down
All at the same time

But know that if the world were to end
Tomorrow or the next day

Know that if even everything were different
I would love you anyway

Where once I held you hostage to all the blame
Where once I held you inside my cage

I realize now I was just adding on
I realize now I was playing along

To the idea that it’s all your fault

I know now that it couldn’t possibly be
I know that now better than I know me

And if I had a gun and the guts
And if I had a way to undo

I’d blow his head off
And come crawling back to you

I’d rather beg for your forgiveness
Than wait around for your permission

You are my mother and I love you
And neither is ever going to change


It Just Keeps Going

July 29, 2010 § 3 Comments

Wow, this whole medieval ball is just a rollin’ along.

I’ve got all my costumes in one place, I have found and organized most of my accessories, fabric and patterns.  This weekend Hubby is going to help me get the website back up and running and I’ve found all my old files that have my order forms, business card templates and pamphlet designs.

What boggles my mind is how close I was to getting started with this and how easily I let myself forget about it.  I have literally years worth of work already invested in this project and it’s just been sitting there dormant.

I also worked on a graphic for the website…

What do you think?

More Medieval Type Stuff

July 29, 2010 § 5 Comments

So after foraging through more boxes today I found most of my medieval type accessories…not all of it, but I know exactly where the rest of it is.  I’m just too tired now to go rooting for it.

None of it is terribly authentic or even close to replica status, it’s really just a bunch of stuff that I like, thought was neat and added to my collection.

I’m not a hardcore re-enactor and don’t concern myself too much with being period accurate.  I’m much more inclined to go for the feel of it and just have a good time.  Believe me, I’ve met a few people over the years who take the whole thing way too seriously and I can’t imagine that being so anal is very much fun.

Anyway, the rest of today I’m going to work on a logo for the site and try to print out some business cards…it’s rolling along quite nicely and I’m a little surprised at how quickly my momentum is picking up speed.



Answers for Cate

July 28, 2010 § 4 Comments

In the comments to my last post Cate posted the following:

“Would love to hear more about it all too, ie: how did you get into it? Do you wear these type of clothes? is there a good market for them?……questions, questions…….. :-)

So since Cate was kind enough to ask me, I thought it’d be nice of me to answer her questions.

First, how did I get into (the whole medieval costumes thing) it?

Actually, I rather think of it like the passion for it got into me and I just started expressing it.  First it was being inspired to draw pictures of medieval costumes, everything from casual sketches to full out coloured pictures with back and side views.

Then one day I found an old hand me down leather jacket and right then decided to take it to the next level.  It wasn’t a big leap mind you, but it was an important one.

Isn’t she cute?  Not shown are her boots, backpack and leather cap which are in another box that I can’t find at the moment.  At first I used one of Daughter’s dolls but eventually I went out and got my own.

After that I really wanted to make something life size and it wasn’t long before I hit my nearest fabric store and picked up a pattern and some fabric.  I started with unbleached cotton muslin because it’s neutral and cheap…mostly that last thing.

Stitched completely by hand this article of medieval clothing is a triumph for me and I’m particularly proud of it.  It’s nearly ten years old and has held up to countless wearings and washings and the smattering of fake blood that left a stain on it only adds to the effect.

It wasn’t too long before I felt I needed another costume challenge and the result was this…

The dress is one piece with attached sleeves and cuffs and it can be and has been worn very effectively without the matching bodice.  The bodice is three pieces held together at the sides and shoulders with ribbon through grommets.

When I finished this particular project I knew I LOVED doing this.  Which leads us to Cate’s second question…

Do I wear these types of clothes?

Every chance I get…which sadly in the last few years has only been on Hallowe’en.  But I used to throw costume parties just as an excuse to wear them.

The truth is, if I were more confident – and I one day hope to be – I’d slap one of the bodices over a blouse with blue jeans, call it an outfit and hit the local, with Hubby of course.  😉  And certainly there’s nothing saying I can’t use my skills to modernize my stuff to appeal to a larger market.

Which leads us to Cate’s third and final question…

“Is there a good market for them?”

Yes and no.

If you know where to look and set up shop, which is with re-enactment and larping groups, I could make a killing but the market there is saturated and competition is pretty fierce.  I’m not terribly competitive by nature and having to fight for customers doesn’t appeal to me.

However, the route I’m considering is more mainstream craft and folk art which doesn’t really have a demand for medieval costumes and accessories but it’s more laid back and definitely less threatening.

So there you have it.  Thanks for the questions Cate, it’s been fun answering them.


Like A Medieval Wardrobe Exploded

July 27, 2010 § 4 Comments

So in trying to keep up, encourage and thrive on the momentum that’s swirling around about getting back to my medieval business, I decided the first place to start was to take stock of my present inventory.


This is but a mere fraction of what I found and scattered my living and dining rooms with.  I’ve got gowns, capes and hooded pieces all over the place.

And as you can see from the picture, I also have enough bodices to costume an entire Shakespearan production.

Still, this nothing for the patterns, fabric, coordinating thread and various other tools of this trade that are also part of my vast inventory.  Not too mention the sheer volume of miscellaneous feast gear and accessories that go along.  (I’ll take more pictures later.)

So though my house is a mess right now, I am comfortable that I definitely don’t need to concern myself with start up costs.

The trick is now to figure out what exactly I’m going to do with all this stuff.  I’m leaning towards scoping out flea markets and craft fairs to see about setting up shop somewhere to get started.  It seems like a non-threatening way to get myself out there and get practice selling my wares.

I also have a list a mile long of repairs, hems and finishing touches to do on the costumes I already have and the website to rebuild.

My work is definitely cut out for me (a little sewing pun) but I’m really excited to get back at it.

Getting Medieval…again

July 26, 2010 § 2 Comments

When we pulled Daughter out of school in the 6th grade three and half years ago, it was more a rash decision than a calculated move.

Though I had been researching homeschooling since Son was in the 5th grade, seven years previous, and had read John Holt, done research and purchased materials to work with the kids at home, we hadn’t quite made the leap out of the box.

When we finally did jump ship and ran screaming from our local public school (that analogy is more literal than you might think), I put everything else I was doing on hold.

I dove right into being a 24/7 parent, a teacher and a facilitator.  I’m not saying this is a bad thing it’s just that I did so at the expense of my own projects.

Oh sure, I made attempts at working on my novel, I got out the ol’ sewing machine putting together a few pieces and I even updated my recipe book swearing up and down that I’m going to start cooking again.

But I’ve been unable to start (or revive) something that’s just for me until I know that everyone else is taken care of.

Delusions of grandeur or just Mommy Knows Best syndrome?

Anyway, again I’m going to challenge myself here and argue (with myself) that I should get my ass back to work on the medieval home based business I started years ago.

I still own the domain name and can afford to renew it indefinitely, I still have all the costumes I’ve made and plenty of fabric to make more, I still have all the ideas, inspiration and connections I did before.

Son is now almost 22 and on his own, Daughter just turned 15 and is taking her first steps to forge her path and Hubby is more supportive than he’s ever been, there’s no reason not to do this.

Except that I’m afraid.

Isn’t that silly, bordering on ridiculous?

I think so and instead of spending a great deal of time worrying about why I’m so damn scared of just doing something because I want to and think it’s a really cool idea, I’m just going to stand up to my own insecurities and get ‘er done.

I’ll keep you posted.

Inspiration + Motivation = Cupcakes

July 23, 2010 § 5 Comments

Inspired this week by both Cate @ Moments of Whimsy and Heather @ Swiss Army Wife by their cupcake escapades, it seems all I needed was a little motivation.

And said motivation has come in the shape of the five year old step-son of Hubby’s golfing buddy who is stopping by for a swim and afternoon BBQ tomorrow.

So, along with making sure that we have plenty of hot dogs, clean towels and Lego on hand, I’m going to whip up a batch of…

…yep, cupcakes!

Now obviously they won’t be gluten free like Heathers nor will they be as beautifully decorated as Cate’s but they’ll be yummy and no doubt put a smile on a little guy’s face.

Thanks for the inspiration ladies!  🙂

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