I’m retired now, but during my work-life there were times my employer matched selected donations I made to charity. Usually, these were medical or disaster relief related charities because I always worked for a dentist. One year the whole office was provided hordes of Girl Scout Cookies, even though it was a dental office. Seems the boss meant to bring the staff his daughter’s cookie sign up sheet. He forgot. So he faked it. We got free cookies for months. Did you know there’s a no-brainer way to donate to the SCA? It’s Amazon Smile. Most of us shop there anyway, so why not take advantage of it. Hopefully, I won’t sound like a salesperson now, but AmazonSmile is a simple, automatic way I support the SCA as I shop online. I get the same low prices and even use my Amazon Visa points charge card. Each donation is small because the AmazonSmile Foundation only donates 0.5% of the purchase price. Still, combining the amounts from all SCAdians shopping at Amazon would make a large donation. And it doesn’t directly come out of my income. I think of it as easy, free money for the SCA.
Ever since last Christmas when I first played Cards Against Humanity I’ve wanted to play it again. While it was an odd thing, perhaps, to play at a multigenerational family Christmas gathering, we all had bundles of fun. Recently I purchased my own set of cards and an expansion pack to play with my friends. We’re talking about a girls’ party sometime […]
Looking for ways to punch up my workshop presentation I discovered the tell-tale signs you have when you truly know you are an SCA scribe. I know I have shown several of these. You might be a rabid SCA scribe when… The highlights in your hair are from your gouache, not the Clairol bottle. You know the exact green shade […]
Master William Blackfox (aka Mark Wallace), author and illustrator of the cartoon Warthaven, was, talented in many fields, including playing the bagpipes. He viewed everything in life as fun and generously gave the SCA his time and talents, until his untimely death in 1997. For those of you who never had the pleasure of knowing William Blackfox, Master Chidiock’s poem describes him […]
In the SCA we devote hours to award creation and giving. Whether entry level or the highest awards , from start to finish, their total creativity hours are in the thousands for each six-month reign. With all that consumed time, what’s their purpose? Their obvious purpose is to acknowledge the recipient’s accomplished efforts. Whether novice or peer, we celebrate together and mark […]
I recently came across a lengthy post by Sir Wiglaf Wilfriding on qualifications for peerage. It’s an article worth reading and discussing, but not here. Although I do have two quotes of his to discuss. … To get knighted, you have to meet the standard and stay on it long enough for the knights to realize it. But once you’re […]
Don’t want to think of this, even though I know the SCA is 50 years old now. Taken September 10, 2010 as I was welcomed to the Order of the Laurel. Two people prominent in this photo are now gone. Mistress Luciana della Ridolphi and Duke Ostwald Konrad von Riestoten. She received one of the earliest Laurels in Calontir, a well […]
Calontir‘s Lilies War is XXX. I spent five of its ten days enjoying wondrous sights and adventures. Sadly I could not do them all. Not in the day’s numbers nor the picture possibilities. I missed opportunities. Even so – even with the sweltering heat – I had the best of times. Arriving late I set up my camp then attended […]
In 1990 I sewed some boring brown homespun cotton into my first SCA garb. Using a pattern with princess seams, I added buttons up the sleeves and knotwork detail. My first attempt. Today, my camping garb isn’t much better even though I don’t use a pattern to make it.
My last post,, was about the research, design, and calligraphy of my most recent scroll. This post will be about its illumination. After the calligraphy, I penciled in my design concept. Then I used a black 005 Sakura Micron Pen to make chosen lines permanent. I then erased the pencil with a white eraser. My next step is to paint […]