Back from Gulf Wars!!!! :D

*Wooohooo* I am back from Gulf Wars!

As awesome as Gulf Wars was, it is indeed great to be back home. Several days of camping is always a good reminder how great the luxury of a modern bathroom is. A bathroom which one only has to share with ones sweetheart… 

And after the cold snap during most of Gulf Wars, I now tremendously enjoy our modern heating system at home. Damn, that where some really cold nights but we made the best out of it. Garb layering was tested until it was deemed sufficient and it seemed like everyone pulled out their best furs in order to keep warm. And then there were all this wonderful camp fires around which we gathered. Many tales were told around the fire pits and also many songs were sung. I am quite sure that I am not the only one who made a lot of new amazing friends while warming up at a fire pit.
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Scriptorium – scroll for the “Rose Tournament” at Gulf Wars finished! :D

2017-03_Racaire_scriptorium_rose-tournament-scroll_3_finishedWooohooo! The scroll for the “Rose Tournament” is finished! 😀

After all the recent postings about my progress concerning this project, I proudly present to you a picture of my finished scroll for the winner of the “Rose Tournament”. A tourney which will take place at the upcoming Gulf Wars event! 😀

Looking back it seems like I just started working on this scroll. However, I know just too well that I worked for about 2 weeks on it. It is really amazing how fast time can go by when you are concentrating on a project. Like the hours just flew by as i was adding paint and ink to the pergamenata. But all that really counts at the end is that the project is finished and that I am proud of the outcome! 😀

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Scriptorium – working on the scroll for the “Rose Tournament” at Gulf Wars .1

2017-03_Racaire_scriptorium_rose-tourney-scroll_2…and finally, after finishing the two scrolls which were on my to-do list, as well as the artwork for the vigil book for my husbands knighting, I am able to catch some breath again. And it’s definitely time to show you more of the progress that I made concerning my most recent projects. Well, at least the progress of the projects which don’t need to remain secret until they’ve reached their recipient at war… 😉

In todays posting I am going to show you an update concerning the scroll for the winner of the rose tournament, which will be held at Gulf Wars. I’ve already posted about my very first progress concerning this scroll here: “Scriptorium – working on the scroll for the “Rose Tournament” at Gulf Wars and some new blank scrolls…”  
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Scriptorium – working on the scroll for the “Rose Tournament” at Gulf Wars and some new blank scrolls… :D

2017-02 - Racaire - scriptorium - rose tournament scroll progress - Gulf Wars - illumination - SCA…and now, that I got the “ok” to share my current project with you, I can spill the news and reveal what I was working on during the last days:

The scroll for the
“Rose Tournament”
at Gulf Wars! 😀

Though being asked to provide the scroll for the winner of the “Rose Tournament” at Gulf Wars – a very prestigious and great tournament – was quite a surprise for me, I felt very honored and immediately agreed to take on this task. And knowing that some of my dear friends as well as my husband will take part in this tournament – either as fighter or inspiring “rose” (former queens within the SCA who joined the Order of the Rose after their reign was over) – makes this special scroll assignment a very sweet task for me. But don’t worry – I am a quite “professional” scribe of the Kingdom of Meridies who is not biased and I promise to use my best hand to insert the name of the winner, whoever it might be… 😉

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Gulf Wars preparation & great news for my husband… :D

Wow! Wow! Wow! Wow! Wow!
My husband was asked to join the order of the chivalry during court at War college in Alabama! 😀

It already happened more than a week ago but – gosch – this awesome news still seems so amazing and unreal to me. Like it is just too good to be true. And being the natural skeptic that I am, I might actually not believe it until it really happens… We will see… And… Omg! Omg! Omg! 

Well, sure, I hoped that this day would come eventually but when it finally happened, it completely blindsided me. I can not even imagine how surprised and excited my sweetheart was… And the way I got to know about it was quite funny and has a good potential to become one of the funny stories told around fire pits during SCA events….
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A new shield for my husband for the Meridian Crown Tournament :)

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Photo courtesy by David Fricker – more of his pictures  from the event can be found here: Fall Crown List

I am so tremendously excited!
It took nearly a week but I finally managed to finish my husbands new shield for the Meridian Crown Tournament just in time.

You should have seen his face whenever he talked about his new shield – like a kid with an awesome new toy. But we have a rule here at home, however awesome any new gear is, it’s not allowed to be brought to bed… Yeah, there is no snuggling with new gauntlets or shields in the bed… 😉

And well, my sweethearts new shield and the awesome Crown Tournament event were not the only highlights this very recent weekend. Thursday night someone suddenly knocked at our door and you won’t believe who it was – it was my awesome sister Bella! 
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Meridian Grand Tournament – fighting, banners and more photos…

2016-09 - Racaire - MGT - Meridian Grand Tournament - Conrad vom Schwarzwald and Sir LexWhile writing yesterdays posting about the Meridian Grand Tournament I got so excited that I completely forgot about the other photos and links I wanted to share with you. But postponed is not abandoned! This minor mistake can be easily corrected by writing just another posting with the Meridian Grand Tournament as its main topic.

…and after this posting we can finally return to my (more or less) regular program of “embroidery, needlework and sewing”.
Ok, there might be also some more calligraphy too if the right mood strikes me and I decide to get my nibs and ink out. Well, who knows what the future brings… 😉
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Meridian Grand Tournament – the Order of the Velvet Owl and other great things…

Seeing my scroll for the Armatura tournament go to a worthy and excited recipient was not my only highlight at the Meridian Grand Tournament this very last weekend. So many awesome and memorable things happened throughout the whole day. And being admitted into the Order of the Velvet Owl of my beloved home, the Kingdom of Meridies, was definitely the most amazing surprise for me on this day.

Here a beautiful shot of this very special moment which I got to share with three other friends who were also admitted to the Order of the Velvet Owl:

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The picture above was taken by Becky Cullen.
Becky, thank you very much for this lovely memory!

…and if you would like to also take a look at the other pictures Becky Cullen took at the Meridian Grand Tournament, they can be found here on facebook: Meridian Grand Tournament 2016

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Scriptorium – Meridian Grand Tournament – a scroll for the winner of the Armatura

2016-09 - Racaire - MGT - Meridian Grand Tournament - Legio Ursi - Legion of the Bears - Armatura tournament - scrollLast but not least I have the pleasure to present to you my scroll for the winner of the Armatura tournament!

Wow! The last weekend was truly amazing!
My husband and I travelled to Tennessee – to the Meridian Grand Tournament – and brought a rather special package to the event. It was a scroll for the winner of the Armatura tournament sponsored by the “Order of the Legio Ursi” / “Legion of the Bear”.

But first things first… As some of you might already know, is my husband a proud member of the “Legion of the Bear”, as well as some other dear friends of mine. Therefore I was really excited when I got the commission to create the scroll for the Armatura tournament sponsored by the “Legio Ursi”.
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My pre-Gulf Wars 12th century sewing projects… :)

2016-03 - Racaire - 12th century dresses for Gulf WarsNow, that the pre-war stress, which normally comes along with the preparations for a huge event like Gulf Wars, is finally fading away, I find myself with enough peace and time again to catch up with my pre-war projects like this three “last minute” 12th century dresses.

Well, to be a little bit more exact – I hand-sewed a new purple 12th century overdress (the one on the left) as well as two new underdresses with Trapunto necklines and Trapunto cuffs before Gulf Wars.
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