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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Pennsic War XLVI

 Pennsic 2017 had it's ups and downs. I've been questioning whether or not I've wanted to return for the past couple years, and I still am. I spent several days in pain, first I damaged my knee on day 1, and the tote with my knee brace was forgotten home, luckily a camp mate had a brace I could use. After I was back on my feet from that, I aggravated an old back injury and was in severe pain for a couple days from that. Even after it was relatively better, I couldn't bend or lift the rest of war without pain, which made me reliant on others. Those of you that know me, know the stress of this for me.

On top of all that, it was a very emotionally draining event. The inability to do things for myself on top of some issues I was having with a couple of people there left me emotionally drained and ready to go home. This seems to be a trend the last few years, and it makes me question whether or not it is really worth the stress of prep and set-up, and the exhaustion of tear-down and the after-mass of cleaning once I get home.

On the bright side, our neighbors in Die Fledermaus were wonderful as always. They were there when I needed a smile, and one member in particular had a very infectious laugh that got me through some of my down times. At the end of Pennsic I received so much love from everyone over there, it reminded me why I go.

Another bright side is I got some editing done on Midnight Town as well as some reading of Infinite. I also started knitting a new basic shawl with light lacework. It is a super easy pattern which made working on it while sitting in my camp rocking chair relaxing. The yarn color is Gilda: Queen of the Sea and I picked it up at The Black Purl just for this purpose. It seems knitting shawls at Pennsic has become a tradition for me, and this particular yarn was perfect.

I made it up to the merchants four times (a record for me), and I bought a great Comfrey salve from a merchant called Pine Knoll Herb Shop that worked miracles on my bug bites. I also picked up the most amazing Peppermint Soap from them. From Brush Creek Wool Works, I picked up some amazing chocolate raspberry tea and some fun yarn for socks. I also made one big purchase. After being in the SCA since 1993,  I finally got myself a real cloak. I'm talking heavy, water resistant and warm. I've been putting it off for a very long time (obviously) but there was a merchant that had one on sale for a price I couldn't pass up. So, after 24 years, I am the proud owner of a real cloak.

Now here I am, resting after washing five loads of garb/clothing, one load of my fleece blankets and two sleeping bags, oh and the feast gear (eating utensils). Now to finish one more sleeping bag and 2-3 loads of the bedding from the a-frame and I will be done, which is good because I lost steam a long time ago.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

What Would YOU Like?

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Greetings friends, as an author it is very difficult to figure out what to say on a blog during a dry spell, and well I am having quite a dry spell. It's not that I have not written anything, it's more of I can't seem to finish anything. I will get an idea and run with it for several days, and all of a sudden... Nothing. I even have a full-length, stand-alone novel complete, but I can't seem to get through the editing of it.

But it is now 2017 and I have decided to get things done, somehow.

In the meantime, what would you like to see from me during my dry spells? I tried a weekly blog of my favorite links for the week, but there seemed to be no interest so I let that one drop. I could post pictures of my critters? I have 4 cats, a dog, 4 mice and multiple fish tanks. Although you could see that by following my Instagram. I could post what's going on in my life, but as a self-proclaimed hermit, that might be boring. See why I am having a hard time figuring out how to entertain you? hehe

So, what would you like to see from me?

Friday, November 11, 2016

What's interesting this week?

Another slower week for interesting sites, guess I've not been spending enough time on the Internet or something. hehe

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Well, here is a shop I came across on Etsy that has the cutest little faerie wings jewelry, Under the Ivy.


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Thanksgiving is coming up and I'm sure thoughts are starting to turn toward what to put on the menu. I'm thinking bacon wrapped cheddar and apple appetizers and possibly this stuffing. Caramelized Onion & Apple Stuffing just looks tasty!


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So, I'm sure not many of you know this but the red panda is one of my favorite critters because they are just so darned cute! YouTube has a video that just melts my heart and I want to share it with you.


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Well, that's it for this week. It's been a very stressful and enlightening one. Hope yours was better.

~Pixie

Sunday, November 6, 2016

This Week...

Another week's gone by. Some editing was done but in a bit of a rut. I just can't seem to concentrate. On the bright side, I'm making Crock Pot Apple Butter for the family and the house smells absolutely wonderful.



I used half the sugar called for, adding it after the apples cooked down so as to sweeten it to taste and it came out perfect!

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Not a very heavy link worthy week, and I am a couple days late posting, but here's a really pretty new yarn by one of my favorite online yarn dealers: Kit 1 - November 2016 Insider's Yarn Club - AWE $37.00


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Well, that's it really. Hope you had a great week and see you next Friday (as long as I'm not late again.)

Friday, October 28, 2016

What Caught My Attention This Week

So this has been a very slow week for good finds, perhaps you have something of interest to share? Here is what I did find...

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Spooky Halloween Village // Cardboard Craft
This is an absolutely adorable idea for those with smaller ones, and what a great way to use up all those old boxes you might have in your basement or attic. (Am I the only one that does that?)


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Tuff Puff Woodsmoke Sampler: Included is 2 skeins each of Bark, Ivy, Black, and Silver. Yarn info: Tuff Puff: Super Bulky, 100% Wool, 44 yards, 100g ball.



I came across this in an email yesterday and it looks absolutely divine, perhaps some day I will pick some up and knit something soft and warm with it! If I do, I will be sure to share it with all of you.

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Finally, we have my absolutely favorite Jamberry Nail Wraps ever.What's This!? theme after one of my all-time favorite movies, The Nightmare Before Christmas. Normally I'm not a fan of super glitzy, but these are just so cute!



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Oh, so I made the Hawaiian Sticky Chicken with Pineapple from last weeks post and realized as I was making it I was missing the tomato paste. Still made it up but it was lacking a little flavor so might retry it at some point when I have some paste. Otherwise, it was good. :) Working on my Writers Wristies knitting project, halfway done with the pair using the correct needle, will share next week when they are done.

Now off to make Rice Krispie pumpkins. :)

Have a great day and happy browsing.

XXX
Pixie Brearley - Author

Friday, October 21, 2016

This week's web goodies...

So, I was a bit smarter this week and decided to start this post early, so I can add things to it as I come across them instead of trying to remember what I saw. hehe

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Taozi Night Light Mushroom Lamp Energy Saving Color Changing LED Sensor Night Lamp Light Green Plants on the Wall


This is just so cool! Wouldn't this be nice for that dark hallway or even in the kitchen for going for a midnight snack? I just love it. I wish they had night lights like that when I was a kid, it would have been perfect for my room.

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This one is just an image, but it tells it all. What a great idea, it would have been perfect for the scarves I was working on with multiple colors. Must remember this trick,especially since I've seen these baskets at the Dollar Tree. :D Best part is they can stack, so you can place your WiP (work in progress) in the basket and set another project on top to organize and save space. I definitely like this idea.


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So who likes chicken and pineapple? I came across this recipe and boy does it look yummy, planning to give it a go tomorrow. Hawaiian Sticky Chicken with Pineapple. I will be sure to let you guys know how it came out in next weeks post. :)


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Last but definitely not least,  the Cozy Season Crochet Shawl Pattern designed by Kristina Smiley offered for free until October 27th. This is an absolutely beautiful shawl, and if you have not tried any of Chandi's yarn yet, I highly recommend it! I'm currently working with some and it is absolutely divine.


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Well, there you go, my favorites of the week. What do you think? Have you found a favorite this week? Feel free to share it!

Friday, October 14, 2016

My Favorite Goodies on the Web this Week

So, I know I've been really quiet, the problem with trying to write, edit, design, and have a family BUT I feel as if I have been neglecting my followers. So, I will be starting a weekly post where I share some of my favorite things I've come across this week on the web. Not sure how many to do, this is an experiment, so why don't you guys let me know if this was too short, too long, or just right okay? Thanks!

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So here's the first one. Now who out there actually remembers Q*Bert? Bill and Ted? Well Pop! has come out with these lovelies:


Here's where you can find out more about them: Coming Soon: Q*Bert Pop!, Bill & Ted Pop!s, and MLP Mystery Minis! 

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My second favorite item on the web this week, the book Full Catastrophe Living (Revised Edition): Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness by by Jon Kabat-Zinn 


Even though the book is not new, it was mentioned to me by my urologist on Monday after he told me I have a benign cyst on both my kidneys as well as a small stone against the one on my fight kidney.  I'm also on medication for blood pressure, which means most OTC drugs are out the window, so when I am in pain or sick I have to bear through it. He suggested I read this book and give it a try. So, I'm reading it and so far I am really into the concept. Will keep you updated.

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And for number three, Brown Sugar-Spiced Grapefruit. Saw someone eating this on the television and had to look it up, doesn't it sound amazing? Doesn't it look amazing? I can't wait to pick up some and give it a try!

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And finally, who doesn't like dragon scales on clothes? Well what about on a pair of fingerless gloves? This patter has definitely made my wishlist, and you can see why:


Dragonscale Gloves by Rachel Barlow on Ravelry are just so cool, and different, and right up my alley. Maybe someday I will make myself a pair, perhaps in a purple variegated.

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Well, there we go, my favorite things this week. Hope you found something that interests you and please, if you find something you think I might like, share it in the comments! I would love to see what you found.