Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Largesse Tourney, Year 2!

This past January at the Twelfth Night event I coordinated the second Pentamere largesse tourney!  This is a tournament to make sets of a dozen items to be donated to somewhere in the Middle Kingdom - the crown, or a more local group (Barony, Canton, etc), so that they have prizes to give out.

I apologize for the poor quality of some of the photos, but I wanted to share it all anyway. This year, we had 30 dozens of largesse made by 13 participants, with 3 of those participants completing the Over the Top Award.

Scroll through the page to see the table of instructions and photos of all the largesse made this year.  If you want more details about setting up this tourney, also check out my notes from last year.

Start making your items for this year's tourney!  At Twelfth Night January 2017: Gaming Theme - there's an extra prize winner!  In addition to the usual Royal/Baron(ess) choice, there is also a Gamer's Choice.  To fit with the event theme of medieval gaming, if you make a set of largesse with a gaming theme, the Autocrat might choose you to win the Gamer's Choice (pick 1 item from 3 other entries to take home as a prize).

Want to help your Kingdom but don't feel like making a dozen items?  Volunteer to be an Over the Top Award prize maker!  All entrants who make 6 solo entries (72 items!) get to receive a commission from a volunteer prize maker.  Volunteer to make one of those commissions with whatever specifications you want (For example: "Custom Kumihimo: A round braid up to 16 strands and 8 feet in length. Cotton DMC is free or you can provide your own materials."), or make an extra-special item as a prize.  The red bag with the green dragon was donated as an Over the Top Award prize last year.

The set-up table: rules and instructions for entrants and populace; the bag for name slips for the prize pool drawing; beans and cups for the populace bean count; paper and pens; Kingdom thank you cards.

These are the leather burned tokens I made for the various Royal and Baronial pairs to choose their prize winners.  They put it in the bean count cup of the person they wanted to win their prize.  They are all based on the heraldry of their respective group.

And now for photos of the entrants!

The cups below doubled as an A&S entry at Pennsic last year - six pairs of cups, all based on real cups made in SCA period.

Draco Invictus - the motto of the Middle Kingdom!

What are you planning for next year?  I'm excited!

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Friday, May 20, 2016

Garden 2016!

Once again I have a garden!  These photos are only from 11 days ago, and I'm already astounded by how much the garden has grown since then.  I've already eaten two salads from it, and used some kale and herbs in a bean soup.  It's so wonderful!

I'm just so excited to have a garden - this post is just photos of all the baby seedlings.

First: spinach!  Here they are baby seedlings, and now they all have their first full baby spinach leaves and will be ready for eating in another couple weeks.

Kale!  A mixture of some plants from last year and a bunch of newly planted seeds.

The back of the house:

Herbs: Sorrel, rosemary, thyme, french tarragon, basil, and sage.  The sorrel and sage were already there from last year, and the rest I bought and had just planted.

Arugula (already now grown enough for harvesting for salads!) and a couple kale plants.

All the tomato plants!  Hopefully they will grow well and give me lots of cherry tomatoes and some bigger ones.  I adore the little cherry tomatoes.  I had to go to three different stores to find the Sweet 100 plants.  At the last one, I cleared the shelf of the last ones, and as I was walking away a person behind me was talking about wanting some - apparently it was tomato planting time!

Finally, the ever-growing chives plants.  These guys are incredibly prolific.

Food!  Growing in my backyard!  I keep going out to coo at the plants and see their progress every day.  It's such a nice little thing to have.

This year, the only plants I bought were the tomato plants and a bunch of the herbs, costing ~$40 total.  The rest was all seeds I harvested from last year's plants.  So exciting!

Any of you have gardens or plants?  What is bringing you joy this time of year?

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