Pre-faire Chaos Monday, Mar 31 2008 

Pre-faire Chaos

30 March 2008

This is the scene of much work to be done!  When the day started, all the product had been unloaded and moved into the Pendragon Costumes booth, but none of it had been unpacked or displayed, yet.  There were dozens of Rubbermaid tubs stacked in various places, and a jumble of boxes and hangers and such.  And across the lane at East Wind Games, the scene was similar.  Kyle had the help of Marcus and Rod, who both worked hard all day.  And I was fortunate to have Donny and Mary helping me.  We all worked pretty much non-stop from noon ’til just after eight!  And then, it was determined that it was “Margarita time!”

The photo shows Donny and Mary–Donny is hanging a plant as booth decoration, and Mary is hanging bodices as she talks with patrons.  Our work day was made more interesting by the afternoon arrival of the Friends of Faire group, patrons who love Scarborough Renaissance Festival enough to pay an extra fee for better parking and a few special perks.  One of those perks is that they are invited into the faire on the Sunday before opening.  The theory is that they will feel more of a bond to the faire because they’ve been a part of the “behind the scenes” world.  They get to walk around the festival site when most booths are closed and nobody’s really ready for business.  And, the benefit for the faire from this event, is that the performing company gets some live people on which they can hone their improv and acting skills.  And then, the festival provides dinner for any cast members who wish to participate, and all of the Friends of Faire.  There are mixed feelings about this event, from all parties—but I’m pretty sure that if Kyle and I had never taken the fork in the road that led us to working at faire, we’d be Friends of Faire members and we’d be loving that pre-show opportunity to visit “our” faire.

In the background of my photo (over the shoulder of the patron who looks like he’s trying to duck out of my photo) you can see Kyle chatting with Bill Fields, and the big mess in his front lawn, as well. 

When the day wound down, though, we were done with the “must do” stuff.  East Wind Games is now ready for opening, except for the new product that will arrive this week.  Pendragon is mostly ready, too, although Donny and I will be back at faire during the week to dress mannequins, do some shop decorating, and organize our respective living spaces.  I hope to be done with my sewing by Wednesday!  We’ll see!

~MB

Apples Sunday, Mar 30 2008 

27 March 2008
Fruit in the morning. Every morning. For weeks. I need a different kind of fruit.
Apples in a Basket
Cheers.

~KR (Written on 29 March 2008)

Camera: Canon PowerShot SD850 IS
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The Pipes are Calling Sunday, Mar 30 2008 

26 March 2008
The pipes, the pipes are calling.
Another one of the Pocket Dragons in the house. I think this one is my favourite.
The Pipes are Calling
Cheers.

~KR (Written on 29 March 2008)

Camera: Canon PowerShot SD850 IS
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Queen Anne Boleyn Sunday, Mar 30 2008 

Queen Anne Boleyn

29 March 2008

If you happened to be shopping today, at Grapevine Mills Mall, you might have noticed something rather out of the ordinary.  A few dozen cast members from Scarborough Renaissance Festival were roaming the mall, playing with the public, promoting the festival and generally having a good ole’ time.  I hadn’t planned to attend this event, but at the last moment, my delivery system fell through for my last order and I offered to personally drive up there and hand Dan his new outfit.  Kelly met me there, and we had a great time, visiting, primping, and enjoying the company of our actor-friends.  I was proud of all of my work—Dan, Bert, Tommy, Shannon (today’s photo), Nicci—my folks look great and all seem happy.  That makes all the efforts well worthwhile!  When the event kicked off, we watched the opening presentation, listened to Queen Anne’s Lace sing for a while, and then went to the Corner Bakery for lunch. 

I spent the rest of the afternoon searching area thrift stores for a few things I was hoping to find before faire opened.  I was partially successful, and came home to find that Kyle had had a super-productive day of his own, tweaking the East Wind Games inventory, adding in items, packaging up all the product to take to faire tomorrow.  I was very impressed.  I did some sewing, and got the truck ready to pack, and now, I’m finally following Kyle to bed.

Tomorrow’s gonna be a long, hard day!

~MB

White Cat on Blue Pillow Friday, Mar 28 2008 

White Cat on Blue Pillow

28 March 2008

It seems sometimes, like all I ever photograph is cats and dogs and fabric. 

As I worked today, to meet more deadlines (and succeeded in every case, I might add!) I didn’t take time to make the bed.  And, as always, when left to her own devices, Artemis seeks out this blue pillow that Kyle sleeps with, and makes it hers.  In fact, today, the wider view photo would show that she not only claimed the blue pillow, but she had somehow strategically positioned herself so that her body was touching no less than four of the pillows on the bed that Kyle sleeps with. 

Hopefully, Kyle is tired enough to sleep through any potential allergy attack!  The day ended with a delightful dinner at Edelweiss with Terrill and Glenda and her folks and their son, Kyle the Younger, so we are both tired and pleased that morning doesn’t have to come too terribly early.

Only one week ’til opening day of Scarborough Renaissance Festival.  Sure wish I had a few more days . . .

~MB

Dan’s Order Friday, Mar 28 2008 

Dan's Order

27 March 2008

Happy Birthday, Mama!

It’s amazing what a productive human being I can be when I only sleep every other night!  I pulled my third all-nighter of the season Wednesday/Thursday.  It seems that at about four o’clock in the morning, I get super sleepy–but then, that happens at four o’clock in the afternoon on a normal day! 😉  Other than those little slumps, I did great—I didn’t actually feel like I had missed sleep.  It makes me wonder if perhaps I should do it more often just for fun!

I even remembered to call my mama last night and wish her a Happy Birthday!

It’s Friday now—it’s been a good week. Bert’s order has been delivered.  And last night, Tommy took his completed order home with him.  I am very proud of how it looks, and I can’t wait to get good photos of him wearing it.  Dan came for a final fitting, and after just a few finishing touches, his will be done today.  Also picking up today, will be Novie (a stomacher addition to his old doublet) and Shannon (various bodice, sleeve, and skirt repairs and alterations).  With any luck at all, I’ll be able to join my husband this evening for dinner out with friends.  But, that’s for Friday’s KRuMB.

~MB

Night Shift Wednesday, Mar 26 2008 

25 March 2008
Making the mundane mildly interesting.
My gear shift at night in my automatic Mitsubishi Lancer.
Ooooh, exciting.
P R N
Cheers.

~KR (Written on 26 March 2008)

Listening to:
I’m No Good by Brooks & Dunn
from Brand New Man

Camera: Canon PowerShot SD850 IS
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Drinkin’ Dog Wednesday, Mar 26 2008 

24 March 2008
Some days I’m almost embarassed to put up a photo. But, I’ve made a commitment and nothing less than simple forgetfulness will alter that promise. So, *blerrgg* here’s today’s photo:
Cormac Drinks
It’s one of a series and this one sucks only slightly less than the rest.
The blurry bit is my frenetic dog, Cormac.
Cheers.

~KR (Written on 26 March 2008)

Listening to:
Pump Up the Jam by Technotronic
from Billboard Top 100 of 1990

Camera: Canon PowerShot SD850 IS
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Garden Hose Games Wednesday, Mar 26 2008 

Garden Hose Games

26 March 2008

Frisbee. Ball-Toss.  And garden hose games.  These are the things that make life worth living if you’re a border collie at our house.  I suppose if we owned sheep or chickens, it would be different.  But, as it is, these things are big, big fun!

On my list of things to do before the weekend, was to hose down the rugs that both hide the old floor and decorate the booth at East Wind Games.  Our final weekend of 2007 was a muddy mess, and the rugs were special.  I laid them out, and let last week’s rain handle the worst of it, but they were still far from mud-free.  So, today was the day.  It soon became evident that there was no way I was going to be allowed to have all the fun for myself.  Cormac and ‘Tia love to chase the water stream as it shoots from the garden hose—especially on the high pressure setting I was using.  They were a wet, muddy mess themselves before long, and have since been hosed down, dried off and brushed.   But, while the game lasted they were hysterically funny and I couldn’t resist the urge to run and grab my camera. 

The framing isn’t too good, of course; it’s not easy to hold the hose nozzle in one hand and the camera in the other and actually watch what the viewfinder is seeing at the same time you’re trying desperately to keep the camera dry with two energetically bouncing dogs moving at the speed of light.  Or was that the speed of water? 😉  There’s another fun shot that shows how viciously they attack the stream of water, and one of the two of them waiting patiently while I got my camera.

They were awfully happy with our game.  Big fun.  And now, they’re clean and resting and I’m glad once again that we have tile floors!

I’ve about spent all the time I can today on stuff (housework and East Wind Games) other than my sewing.  It’s time to go make sleeves!

~MB

Spring Twins Tuesday, Mar 25 2008 

Spring Twins

25 March 2008

I made yet another trip to the Scarborough site today—I had a couple of items to pick up from the booth, and I wanted to pop into the office and meet our new craft director.  This might be the first time ever, that we have our passes more than a week in advance of opening day!

On the way home, I decided to check on “my” pasture of longhorns where I took the fun photos last spring of the longhorns in bluebonnets.  I had seen my first bluebonnets of the season on a hillside in Mansfield on Sunday afternoon, so I thought maybe . . . As it turns out, the cattle were there, but not a single flower was in sight!  In fact, I even took a couple of photos of the ground and the surprisingly few numbers of visible bluebonnet greens.  It will be interesting to see if that field gets as pretty this year as it was last year.  But, anyway, since I was there, and had walked from the car to the barbed wire with my camera, I decided to snap some pictures of the longhorn herd.  I was especially excited to see two relatively young calves.  Young enough that the largest bull in the bunch was not entirely happy about my presence at first!  I was careful to back well out of his reach—-those horns have to be as wide across as my armspan!  The other worthy photos from this adventure are on my flickr stream.

After the day’s errands it was back to work on Tommy’s sleeves, and then dinner, and now I’m afraid I’m succumbing to the tiredness brought on by fighting spring allergies all day, and calling it a night.

~MB

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