Wednesday, August 13, 2014

WOYWW #271 and More Pennsic War Pictures

Woot! it is Wednesday and I am home from the wars...Pennsic War that is. What a fun place and I had a most awesome time! Heather and Michael met at Pennsic War 33 in 2004 and were married 2 years later. They have been after me since 2006 to go to war with them but I wasn't really into a lot medieval but WOW have things changed! I am anxiously awaiting next years war! I have a few more pictures to share but will do that later in the post first... Welcome to my What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday (WOYWW)! Each week on Wednesday we get together to show off the state of our desks and projects we are up to. If you are interested in joining it (trust me it is a lot of fun!) go check out Stamping Ground and Julia has a button you click to read the details of WOYWW! Okay first off a picture of my desk! 

My desk this week.  I started the project in the center on Monday night at the Monday Night Arting at Heathers house but I am not sure where I am going with it.  I think this is just the background in reds and blacks and I will turn it into a steampunk something!  New Stampin' Up! catalog on the left...omg I will be broke the rest of the year!  lots of stuff to look at!
I started knitting again at Pennsic and finished 2 washcloths and started a third on the way home.  I used to knit all the time but somehow got out of the habit as life and work interfered with fun time.  I am starting to get used to being retired and having time to do all sorts of things I used to love doing long ago!
I posted some pictures last week on the blog about the war and was surprised at the number of folks that knew or were interested in medieval reenactment.  I always thought that it was like the medieval fair they have at the university here each year but it is nothing like it.  For 2 weeks each year folks from all over the world get together and immerse themselves in education, reenactment of various war/battle techniques, and relax and enjoy a fun time camping.  There were hundreds of classes offered this year on history, armor, cooking, weaving, knitting, garment making, working with wool for spinning and wet felting etc.  I took a class on book binding, listened in on a mustard making class, a wet felting class and got handouts for making cheese, tying sari's, and Roman dress.  Amazing what was offered.  Next year I am planning on taking at least 2 classes a day...planning you understand doesn't mean I will succeed but there is so much to learn!!

Now a few pictures of people and things....
My daughter Heather and her husband Michael
Nathan playing in the to the youngest kiddo in camp at 3 years of age! I was worried that I would be one of the oldest campers but there were a lot my age or older.  My next photo is of Weezie who just celebrated her 56th wedding anniversary at Pennsic.  (Sorry no picture of her husband.) 
The Ladies of the Lanai...a belly dancing troupe that camps with the McGuire's Marauders each year.  This year was the first time for the 2nd and last (from the l)  The troupe is actually 8-10 women from New Jersey.  I thoroughly enjoyed camping with these ladies!
Ki-lin kept us all on the straight and narrow and was most generous in sharing her provisions and information.  A fountain of knowledge about a plethora of subjects but then she is a librarian/info tech person in mundane life.
John  McGuire, Jenn, and Devon sharing the hammock in the great tent!  This hammock was never empty and was enjoyed by all!  John is the dressmaker and outfitter of all that drop by for a fitting or with a need!  I don't know how many outfits he made or finished during the 2 weeks.
 The Kingdom of Ansteorra, the kingdom we are part of, hosts a Chili supper each war for all who show up for a bowl.  Now the whole war had about 10,400 people in attendance and about 750 showed up to partake.  The chili is a huge affair and besides meat chili a pot of bean chili for vegetarians is produces.  There is a wide assortment of condiments, peppers, cheese, tomatoes, onions, Frito chips etc to doctor it up! 
Heather cooking hamburger!  a total of 160+/- pounds of beef was cooked
Michael cooking hamburger! Isabella the head cook is bent over the chest in the background!  Isabella was kept busy for two days making and serving up chili!
The flag of the Stellar Kingdom of Ansteorra
The great tent where supper was served!  Talk about lines of people just 30 minutes later...oh my!!

These three photos are of the camp that was across the road from our tent on the backside of our encampment.  I loved the artistic work put into their walls and fences.  It was awesome!  The little blackbird with a tabard that had a blackbird on it was just one of the details that set it apart in my mind!
Their device tree telling who all was in the camp!
another camp displayed their devices with a way to track people!

A fun thing was the maze artist that drew period mazes for people to wander through.  Lots of fun for kids or adults alike!
A few last picture's...breaking camp and a view of the arch in St. Louis MO on the way home!

I had such a great time hanging around camp and visiting with these people Heather and Michael signed me up as a registered member of the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA)
A last picture I in my purple chiton!!!  Love this outfit! Yards of fabric! 
Well that's it for my WOYWW 271!  I have already gone over limit for what Dame Julia says is a good sized post.  Hope you enjoyed seeing my pictures! 


  1. Hi Vikki Looks like you had a brilliant time at war !! Really enjoyed seeing & hearing all about it ! Love Ali #7

  2. Fab desk and fab photo's! Wow did it look fun! xx

  3. looks like a good time was had by all, I have seen some of the pictures on Facebook, it looks amazing, so much to see and do.
    Love the inky stampy page on your desk, steam punk it should be
    janet #2Hi Vickie

  4. What fun! You make me wonder if we have things like that in Oregon. I want to play :) Love the peek at your desk and thanks for your comments on my site. HUGS!!

  5. Wow, looks like you all had a fabulous time. What a great place. Love the pretty pattern on your desk. Have a great week.
    Von #30

  6. Looks like someone's been having fun and the journal cover is great
    Happy crafting, Angela x #44

  7. What a wonderful time you all had! I loved looking at your pics, we have a lot of reenactments in the UK too :-)
    Hugs, LLJ 12 xx

  8. It sounds as if you all had a great time, Vickie. Re-enactment is a big thing here in the UK, mostly about our Civil War but there are Roman ones too. Your desk looks interesting this week! Thanks for your visit and your nice comment - I am feeling a lot better now, thank you, and Mum doesn't seem to be too bad. At her age (93) you'd expect things to start going wrong but she finds it difficult to accept because she's been so healthy all her life! Glad you like the teabag stain Zentangles - I'd love to see what you come up with!

    Happy belated WOYWW,
    Shoshi #72

  9. Vickie, what a great event to experience, and so many people!
    Loved seeing all the pictures.

  10. Wowzah! Thanks for sharing. Forget about the desk, that's all fine and usual, the war pictures are fabulous! It looks like great times were had by all! Thanks for the head's up telling me to come over and see them!!!

  11. You and your purple hair with matching outfit looks fab. I have bought pink clothes to go with my pink hair! Love the sophisticated camping...glamping even...with real beds too!

  12. Never mind about the size of your blog this week - interesting and great photos kept me mesmerised the whole time.
    Love the project on your desk too.
    Thanks for visiting me - am late because of being away from home and no signal - again!
    Hugs, Neet xx 11

  13. Vicki,

    What a wonderful fun post this week and so pleased to hear you had a great time with your medieval friends, it really does look like a fun thing to do. Oh and that food has made me hungry. Hope you get some rest don't want to push FM boundaries too much.

    Hugs Eliza & Yoda
    Belated WOYWW Greetings

  14. Wow, Vickie, such an interesting post. Love all the awesome pictures, thanks for all your kind words. Running late this week, Have a great week, Hugs. Shaz #23,xxx

  15. OMG I had no idea the war theme was so organised. You look like you had a great time. Have a lovely week.

    Sandra de @33

  16. Vickie, it looks like you had an amazing job at war camp! Wouldn't it be wonderful if all "wars" could look like this?!! TFS! Hugs, Darnell


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