Shameless Plugs

Spending the day trying not to think about my visit to the oncologist tomorrow, I started looking at the nuts and bolts of my store on Etsy, and ways to get more clicks.

By George, I have a blog! I have only linked to my store, maybe 3 times in 15 months. While it might be a great way to get more clicks, I certainly don’t want to alienate my visitors/readers here, by shameless self-promotion…hmmmmm….what to do, what to do?

I think I will follow the lead of bookbinder & The Smallest Forest author Nat, at Stuff I’ve Made . I already have a “Stuff for Sale” category, so I can limit all my hawking of the things I have put time and passion into creating, up-doing, or finding there.

So, choose to look or not. The category is there. I won’t bombard you.

Oh, but…

Don’t forget to visit my store at:




SCA A&S 50th Anniversary Project: Boy’s Sleeveless Tunic

I got another piece of garb done for the significant other’s son today. I used the same pattern I created for the long-sleeved tunic, but I changed the sleeve and the neck significantly. I am actually pretty happy with how it turned out!


Projects always seem to take on a life of their own with me. I can’t seem to keep something simple. One of the things I did with this piece of garb was make my own hand-made frog closures. (The ones at Hancock Fabrics and JoAnn’s Fabrics were $5.00 apiece). Not only did I make the frogs, but we made the kumihimo cord the frogs were made from. The directions to make the frog closures are here:


And as if making the frogs weren’t enough, I felt a need to “fancy up” the collar line. I made a thicker collar piece on this one, because I didn’t care for the skinny collar.The collar on the 1st boy’s tunic was so thin, it was hard to work with.  I used a blackwork pattern, but used green thread in a similar shade to that of the material for the rest of the tunic. Unfortunately, I am not crazy about it, after I finished it:


And finally, just to drag this project out a little longer, I decided plain sleeves would never do. Fortunately, I had some wonderful black trim that I inherited from the rental house. This is my favorite part of this tunic.


I was going to make a tutorial for this tunic, but I haven’t been able to pigeon-hole it to a specific time frame, with primary sources. I don’t really have sound historical documentation for it. It’s mostly of my own design, and I didn’t want to make a tutorial that someone might replicate, and not be able to document. Everything I used to put this outfit together came from my stash, except for the snaps I put down the front opening (the frogs are purely decorative) so 9-year-old hands can get it on easily. That made my budget for this piece of garb $2.29!

Make sure you come back later, because tomorrow I will be trying another gluten-free bread recipe, and we will start a new piece of garb on Monday. I promise a tutorial for this one!

Sweet Dreams,

Oma & the 2 Crazy Dogs

A&S 50th Year Anniversary Project: Child’s Tunic

I started this project because Jerry’s son may be able to go with us to Gulf Wars next month, and he has outgrown all his current garb. (Which consisted of 1 tunic Jerry’s ex-gf made for him, like 3 years ago.) The kiddo needs clothes! I finished this in less than two days. However, I may go back and make changes to it later. I planned the pattern based on the idea that he will grow, so it has an extra 3 inches in both the length and the arm length, and 5 inches of wearing ease throughout. In retrospect, I think I should have given it up to 7 inches of ease, but that is a lesson for next time. I was so excited to sew something that wouldn’t take a year to finish! I started this the day after I finished the epic crazy quilt, and was completely done before I realized I hadn’t taken any pictures of the process. So here is the end result:



I am horrible at taking pictures! LOL The neck trim came from the stuff I inherited from the rental house. The pine tree is Jerry’s symbol for his heraldry, and this is made to match Jerry’s parti-colored tunic, of which you can see some in the background. The underarm gusset on the left side is sort of poofy, so I may rework it later. After this picture was taken, I made a hand-made button and loop to keep the neck closed. (They tell me safety pins aren’t period…) All of this tunic was done from my stockpile of fabrics and stuff so the budget for this tunic was $00.00 right now! 

Queen’s Champion Event—Kingdom of Ansteorra—May 10-12, 2013

Sorry, folks, I haven’t posted in a few days. I was ill and we moved to Louisiana in the time I was away. Pictures of the new workshop will be posted soon! I finally have a workshop in my house! Time to get ready for Gulf Wars!

The Queen’s Champion Event was held on the weekend of May 10-12, 2013, at the storied Castleton site, in Copper Canyon, Austin, Texas.  The event included Rapier, Cut-and-Thrust, Novice, Equestrian, and Jousting Tournaments. It was a very soggy weekend. It began raining just outside of San Antonio, on the drive up from Corpus Christi, and continued until the wee hours of the morning. It was so bad, we didn’t bother to put up our tent, and slept in the back of my Caravan-a very miserable existence, indeed.

I learned an important lesson at this event. (This was only my 2nd event.) One cannot wear a short chemise with a Viking apron-dress, or one ends up wearing a Viking mini-dress. It never dawned on me until I had to go to the restroom at 5 am that morning that I had made a HUGE garb boo boo! We live, we learn, and try not to cower in embarrassment! Thank goodness for Jerry’s long, heavy canvas cloak. I wore it all morning till we were able to break away to World Market and buy a gypsy skirt to wear under my apron-dress. I am certain I had the worst garb in the joint!

It was exciting to see lots of fighters, across all strata of age. It was also the first event I have attended with equestrian participation and actual jousting. The event was well attended; however, I would have liked to have seen more merchants.

It was my first time attending a feast. All of the food was delicious, though some complained about the dessert, I found it precisely to my liking. Check out the menu below:

  • 1st Remove: Homemade Breads with herb, sweet butters and garlic cheese spread (by Ld. Goldwerd of St. Golias)
  • 2nd Remove: Bedouin Chicken with Roasted Carrots (by HL Sosha O’Rourk)
  • 3rd Remove: Sheppard’s Pie with Salad (oil & vinegrette dressing) (by Ld. Wolf de Granger)
  • 4th Remove: Orange Custards with Sweet Breads & Marmalade (by HL Willoc Mac Muiredaig)

Some highlights from Saturday’s Fighting:   –This Video was not made by me. It was posted by TheMedieval Media on YouTube. The following fighters are featured, at the following times:

Published on May 22, 2013

The final 18 fighters in the Gwen II’s Queen’s champion tourney (Spring 2013).

Ld. Miguel vs HG Aaron 00:00
Don Tristan vs Ld. Alane 08:25
Don Iago vs Don Lorenzo 13:05
HG Miguel vs Ld. John 16:15

Ld. Tomas vs Lady Layla 19:15

Lady Solia vs Don Robert 22:45
Don Mateo vs Ld. Rene 29:15
Don Avery vs Dona Ingrid 31:15
Don Crowley vs Don Robert 37:30
Lady Layla vs Don Tristan 42:50
Don Lorenzo vs Don Mateo 45:15
Final 3: Round Robin 48:00
Finals 51:11

J&M’s Timeless Photography took a lot of really good photos. They can be accessed, here:!i=2505970485&k=zkPwwcv

All images below are mine. I apologize, I do not recall the names of the fighters. If anyone knows who these individuals pictured are, please let me know in the comments!




Jerry, in monk’s garb, Saturday, watching the fights.

Later, during court, the Champion was crowned by Her Royal Majesty, Queen Gwen verch Cywrig de Insula Mona.