It’s 2018! What’s the Plan?

Well, 2017 was AWESOME, and most of that was because of you, so thank you! I added two books to my collection here, and I have been inundated with ideas and requests for more from you. So – How can I say No? But because I am also an independent art jeweler and I...

Injuries, Pennsic and More!

Wow, it’s been a crazy spring and summer for me! Here’s the short version, and I won’t bore/disgust you with the long version. I got Poison Ivy in my system. Normally I’m immune, but while clearing it out of our lawn on Memorial Day Weekend, I...

Merchant Tales – Blackstone Raid 2017

This past weekend we were at Blackstone Raid, an SCA event. There was swordfighting, thunderstorms, music, rain, two derecho hits, lots of mead, oppressive heat, and art. We had a WONDERFUL time! Now, for those who don’t know, I’m also a jeweler and I...

Injuries Suck

Yep, injuries plural. Let me whine a bit. At some point in the past month, I tripped and turned my right ankle. No big deal, except when you have vertigo and falling/tripping is part of everyday life, it takes a while for things like that to heal. It’s not...

Strange Gifts

Well, not that strange. It’s just an airbrush and a little compressor, that my father-in-law used once long ago. But I have a strange, tingling sensation at the base of my skull that says this is Important. I’ve had this feeling before, and I’ve...

Normal is Relative

On April Fools’ Day, I was asked by my mom’s boyfriend if I would be willing to airbrush a taxidermied pheasant. I never once thought he was joking. While he was setting up his airbrush in the basement, he told me about the large-scale, commercial work...