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A group of local Doctor Who fen decided to organise on the last day of the Renaissance Festival.
[livejournal.com profile] stormsongk went as Movie!Seven and a friend went as Ace.

Whovians

I didn't costume that weekend, but later showed off my DoctorDonna costume online.

DoctorDonna
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This weekend, I was feeling unusually good about myself, so I asked [livejournal.com profile] stormsongk to take a photo.

me, 11 Feb 2012
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We had a very quiet, uneventful weekend. 
The weather was cold and we got a little snow (which melted by the end of the day).  I think Mother Nature delivers these little dustings to remind us that there is beauty even in the dead of winter.

snow on agave

I holed up in my room and worked on my needlepoint (while under the blankets!).  Hobbes joined me quite a bit of the time; two chilled creatures sharing the warmth and watching the wind outside.

Hobbes and me

By Sunday evening, I had finished the background of the piece, after four weeks of stitching.
I'm a bit in love with this design. 
Stormy and I have been giggling like 8-year-olds for the past few days.  I've been stitching the background from right to left ('cause my brain is wired strangely) and when telling him where I was in stitching the design, I'd say "Unicorn bum!" in a silly Potter Puppet Pals voice.  It's helped me keep my sense of humour when the intricacy of the pattern was getting to me.
 
accomplished and smug

detail of the background

Last night, I filled in the last four flowers and completed the thin blue border around the piece.  It's looking much more "finished", even in this state of completion.  Next stop: spotted unicorn!
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This weekend was the Yule feast with our chosen family.
A bunch of us and a load of food crammed into my sister's tiny 1-bedroom apartment.
Crowded and sometimes loud, but fun.

During the weekend, I started a new cross stitch pattern (yay Etsy!) - a wreath of holly, ivy, and mistletoe.  On Sunday morning, I had some trouble sleeping, so I got up and started stitching.
Hobbes curled up next to me and purred for three hours.

quiet time with Mama

Home now!

Nov. 8th, 2009 09:32 pm
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We're finally back from FaerieCon.
We had such a good time there.
The Guests of Honor were author Charles de Lint and artist Charles Vess.
(As soon as I'd found this out, I'd written to [livejournal.com profile] stormsongk, "We are going.")

We arrived late in the afternoon on Friday - after the panels had finished for the day. We checked into our room, relaxed for a while, then got dressed for the Good Faeries Ball. At the ball, we met up with my boss's sister Sharon (whom I'd never met) and her husband. She'd been told to look for a redhead in a green dress, not knowing that every redhead chose to wear green that evening. :D  Everyone who attended the ball dressed up.  I've honestly never seen so many devastatingly attractive people in one place in my life.
Storm's little goblin character garnered quite a bit of attention, especially from the ladies.

good faeries ball

Also at the Good Faeries Ball, we were excited to see S.J. Tucker (Sooj) and Betsy Tinney play the opening part of the show. Storm was pleased to finally see "Alligator in the House" played live. I danced and sang along.

Sooj

At breakfast on Saturday, I got a tip from an acquaintance that there would be a FaerieCon-exclusive printing of Charles Vess's new art book Drawing Down the Moon, limited to 50 copies in hardcover.  (The book is scheduled to be published next month.)  As soon as the dealers' room opened, I slipped downstairs and bought my copy of Mr. Vess's book and got it signed. Yay!

Charles Vess

At midday, the brothers of the Order of the Greenman, led by our Faire-acquaintance Bramble, marched and sang their way through the dealers' areas bestowing Green Blessings on everyone.  They left me giggling with their "Green green green green" chant and when they went down the center aisle of the dealers' room singing "Magic Dance" from Labyrinth.  Then they went to introduce the main guests, Charles & Charles, calling them "two of the greenest guys we know...they may even be greener than us!"

green men

Charles de Lint signed my copy of his chapbook of Make A Joyful Noise, one of the Crow Girls stories.  In the afternoon, we attended a concert given by de Lint and his lovely wife MaryAnn Harris.  They play a regular Celtic music gig at a pub near their home in Ottawa Canada, so I was excited to get the chance to see them play.  Charles played guitar and harmonica, while MaryAnn switched between shakers and mandolin. 

MaryAnn and Charles

De Lint often writes about musicians, writers, artists, and community.
Songs and poems are interspersed with prose.
This little concert was SUCH a cool thing to witness.

After the concert, we headed to our favourite restaurant, An Poitín Stil, for supper: baked brie, fish & chips, and a wonderful meatloaf.

We went back to the hotel for the Bad Faeries Ball. While the Gypsy Nomads were playing, Sooj and her partner K spun glowy poi in front of the stage.  Extremely cool and crowd-pleasing.

glowy poi

On Sunday, we had breakfast in the hotel and a long chat with Bramble.  At 11, we watched Sooj and Betsy play again, this time in a quieter concert setting.  Storm was smiling all the way through "Cheshire Kitten". 
I enjoyed hearing two-thirds of the "Wendy Trilogy", "Were-Owl", and their haunting rendition of "Tam Lin".
Find them at http://skinnywhitechick.com/ and http://www.trickypixie.com/.

Betsy and Sooj

Aye!

After the concert, we went down to the dealers' room for the last of our purchases.  Storm bought a necklace with an acorn pendant for me and I bought him a pin shaped like a Celtic peacock.  ;)
As we were heading out, we stopped by Sooj and Betsy's table to say goodbye.  You will never meet nicer people than these two gorgeous, talented women. 

Now we're home, the car is unpacked, and I'm happy, tired, and ready to fall into bed.

Faire-well

Oct. 26th, 2009 01:37 pm
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Yesterday, I went to the Renaissance Festival with [livejournal.com profile] stormsongk and [livejournal.com profile] enemyfrigate.
Arrived first thing in the morning and stayed until after dark. 

It was the last day of faire - Day of Wrong.

We saw all sorts of fairegoers in costume - a Star Wars stormtrooper in a kilt, a couple of furries braving the mud, a load of comic book superheroes-gone-Rennie, the dread pirate Roberts (with an R.O.U.S.), Sweeney Todd and Mrs Lovett, Captain Jack Harkness, Captain Jack Sparrow, the 4th and 5th Doctors, Elvis, and Captain Hammer and Dr Horrible.

Storm was dressed as the Mad Hatter.
He ran into the March Hare and Alice.

The trees were gorgeous - all greens, golds, and oranges.
The light was amazing. 

Sunset was beautiful as well. 
And after the sun went down, it was magic time.

Fairegoers brought out candles, lanterns, and torches and gathered at the taverns for singing.
I even sang along with the final song:

"Fhear a bhàta, na hóro eil'e
Oh, fare thee well, love, where e're ye be..."


I also bought a new overdress that I truly love.
It's moss green floral satin and the colour shifts with the light.
I'm planning to wear it to FaerieCon in two weeks.

new dress

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