Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Summer Siege III

This past weekend was Summer Siege III. Friday we spent a good part of the day setting up hay castles, stringing barriers, and in general setting up mostly soaking wet. It was wet, wet, wet Friday. The rain came down in waves, sometimes so hard it looked like a sheet of water as it barrelled towards us.

Saturday was only marginally better. Saturday morning was very wet and we were glad we had purchased a non-period rain cover for our merchant booth. The wind was blowing in from the south so we had to set up some fabric to keep everything under the rain cover from getting wet anyway.

Saturday afternoon turned partly sunny, with spotty rain showers. Most people set up inside the farmer's market building but since we were already set up we just stayed where we were. With the afternoon clearing up I was very happy we stayed outside. There were enough people to justify setting up the booth, with sales covering our costs for the event and letting us put some money back in the bank.

I entered a painted and carved coffer into the A&S, which turned out was a people's choice competition. I won, rather surprisingly as there was some nice stuff entered. I forgot to take pictures of the box before I presented it to the Baroness who has gone out of her way to make sure PeterC and myself felt welcome and were enjoying ourselves at every event we attended.

All in all it was a good day. And, with all the things I made for the merchants booth not selling I now have a huge inventory for my Etsy store o be entered slowly over the next few days. With much luck I'll sell even more items over the coming weeks.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Busy, Busy, Busy

It has been a very busy couple of weeks since my last post. Between working on commissions, going to fight practice and armouring nights, going with PeterC to riding lessons, and getting merchant booth stock ready for Summer Siege time has just gotten completely away from me.

It has been very hot, dry, and humid these last couple of weeks. Yesterday was the nicest day we've had for two weeks and of course we had to catch up on grocery shopping so spent the majority of it in town. Today is nice and cool but very wet, which is a relief. I've had to water the garden just to keep it from turning into a miniature dust bowl.

In the last two weeks we have adopted another ferret. A male about a year and a half old. He was quite inactive when we first got him, but plenty of space to run and another ferret to chase and wrestle with has done him a world of good. He is finally beginning to respond to the squeaky toy, comes slowly to his name being called, and even likes to curl up in my arms for the famous ferret power nap.

Just for some real cute factor, here is Freya happily napping in the dirty laundry. She is particularly fond of sleeping in PeterC's shirts after he comes home from work. She is such an angel when she is asleep but a little devil when she is awake, and when she is beating the snot out of Bucky. I'll try to upload a video on another day.