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Creative A&S 50 Ideas

The A&S 50 Yahoo group was discussing various ways to present research results in addition to straight writing. The lady Anitra made the following suggestions, which I loved:

  • Teach a class
  • Write a book
  • Do a re-enactment
  • Produce a video for YouTube.
  • Write a solo performer play. (Doesn’t have to be long. A Day in the Life?)
  • Write a multiple performer play.
  • Do a demo for a school.
  • Live an entire day – or an entire Event – completely in character (including speech) – and write about your experiences afterwards.
  • Set up a blog.
  • Build a model of the town – then and now.

I love these ideas and my thanks to Anitra for allowing me to share them.

Cooler Cover

I have been wanting to disguise my camping cooler for a long time now. At present the disguise consists of throwing a pseudo-Celtic cotton wall hanging over it — messy and clumsy when I want to actually open the cooler to get something. I can’t do woodworking so won’t be building a box. I looked at some nice looking rustic cooler covers, but they’re meant to be furniture and the smallest one weighs 60 pounds. I don’t think so. I could also buy Panther Primitive’s canvas cover but want something that’s fitted to mine.

So I plan to make a painted canvas cover. I think I’ll make it as a center panel which goes on top of the cooler, and 4 panels to cover the 4 sides. There will be a combination of sewn seams and ties — as few ties as possible and still keep the sides up. The point is to get in and out of the cooler quickly. So there will be a top-to-back seam and side seams attaching all 4 sides. The cover will slip down over the cooler. The top will be cut large and hemmed so the two sides and front edges will overhang. There will be a single tie on the top and front to keep the front up when the cooler is closed. I’ll make a mock-up to check the fit and use that as the canvas pattern, since I want to paint the pieces flat before sewing them. I’m a horrible artist but stencils are my friend. I’ll paint my badge I think, but may do something else. We’ll see.

This is for Estrella… yes, 2010! I also have several wool gowns and a coat to make. Guess I’d better get started!

Projects I Would Like to Do

This list was originally my thoughts for Pentathlon 2011, which is why I chose the categories I did. I was pretty sure I wasn’t going to do it — I’ve already done 3 Pentathlons in a row and it’s time to judge for a while instead of compete. But I still  like the project list. This is separate from my A&S 50 list and one of these days I’ll get around to melding the two. I think.

Visual Arts

  • Period models. I swear that I’m not just inspired by the famous Bog entry, although that was GREAT. I entered a roombox in a previous Pentathlon and want to do it again, but this time model the exterior of it to fit a real-life exterior more than I did before. This would be the firehall of my persona’s Anglo Saxon farmhouse.
  • Heraldic display. This will be the entry I MEANT to do for this last Pentathlon and ran out of time. A peacetime gonfalon.

Culinary Arts

  • Preserves and/or Wine (fruit). The common theme would be to use my own apples. I have 5 gorgeous apple trees and have thought for a long time that it would be cool to use them in a Pentathlon entry. I do not cook in general  but I can do this. Apple butter is another thought… would that be a condiment? Not sure. Anyway, using my own apples would be the deal. Otherwise I’m not that interested in culinary other than eating!

Performance Arts

  • Performance Arts, Other. Storytelling, which is arguably my best performance type.
  • Vocal performance. I sing but I don’t play an instrument, so I want to learn the harp to accompany myself. This is a long-held goal  anyway for me.

Fibre Arts

  • Needlework: Counted Thread Work. I will finish a half-done project that I love, a copy of a piece by Mary Queen of Scots.
  • Surface Embroidery. This will be embroidery on garb, most likely a gown for me.

Functional Arts

  • Leather: Shoes. Another project I didn’t get to on time. This one would be 12th century lady’s slippers with embroidery. BTW, if you hear shrieks of anguish coming from my way don’t worry — it’s just me figuring out how to make a turnshoe.
  • Book Arts. Not sure here — I’m thinking a portable writing book. I can’t remember what it’s called –  it attaches to the belt in its own pouch. It’ll come to me.

Compositional Arts

  • Poetry. Anglo-Saxon poetry is full of the richest images and metaphors imaginable, I love it.
  • Research or How-To Paper. I’m a professional writer so I should be able to get this straight. ;>

A&S 50 Progress

Here is my latest listing for my Persona Challenge. To learn more about A&S 50, go here: A&S Website.


  1. Create and perform period poem #1 — “There is a Fair Fort”
  2. Create and perform period poem #2 – “We Are the People of al-Sahid”
  3. Create and perform period song #1 –“The Lion of the Strand”
  4. Make set of wrapped braids
  5. Make Norman court gown – red/gold
  6. Make Norman ceinture — taupe
  7. Make period tunic #1 for son — green
  8. Crate and perform period story #1 — “The Trial of the Dead”
  9. Create and perform period story#2 – “The Wolf’s Tale”
  10. Make working/war dress #1 – Fuchsia linen
  11. Make working/war dress #2 – Green wool blend
  12. Make working/war dress #3 – Purple linen
  13. Make Norman court mantle – gold and ermine
  14. Make Norman wimple and veil set
  15. Study Gale Owen-Crocker’s Anglo-Saxon Dress in England
  16. Make Norse-style coat

To be done

  1. Complete persona questionnaire from An Tir’s Culturewiki
  2. Write paper on elf charms
  3. Create 10+ period journal entries for Caitlin
  4. Draw up plans for persona farm
  5. Collect 20+ pictures of Cheviots as they might have looked in persona period
  6. Collect 20+ pictures of period farm and household implements
  7. Study and decide what pets and livestock we might have kept; collect and annotate pictures
  8. Take collected pictures, plans and other persona materials and create an online persona scrapbook
  9. Create and perform period poem #2 (“The Lonely Traveler” – written but not performed)
  10. Collect 10+ period stories
  11. Write paper on period folklore and the supernatural
  12. Write a Day in the Life in 3rd person
  13. Write essay describing the funeral for Caitlin’s husband
  14. Embroider shoulder band
  15. Embroider filet
  16. Write paper on historical figures in persona region
  17. Take a slot at Open Arms Bardic
  18. Study Exeter Book; share notes
  19. Study Prose Edda; share notes
  20. Learn tablet weaving
  21. Weave 50’ of trim (note: that’s feet not yards!)
  22. Make period tunic for son #2
  23. Write paper on the typical farm year
  24. Record 3 works and upload to personal website
  25. Make period shoes for me
  26. Study persona’s religious practice
  27. Create annotated timeline for Caitlin’s life
  28. Learn Old English phonetically
  29. Translate Old English into modern English
  30. Translate modern English into Old English
  31. Make period bed covers for war
  32. Create period encampment by studying interiors and furnishings
  33. Hand-sew one complete outfit using period stitches
  34. Make bardic book