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Wordless Wednesday

Loiosh, explorin

Wonder what's in here? Continue

Added by Kate Jones on January 12, 2011 at 1:34pm — No Comments

The Cycle of Life

By which I mean, not anything profound about death and rebirth or any such, but simply that I've brought back a couple of my favourite soaps.

Green Tea Citrus Soap by Om Shanti Handcrafts I'd originally intended to produce a whole line of Japanese-inspired soaps, most of which didn't wind up working, but the Green Tea Citrus soap was a definite… Continue

Added by Kate Jones on January 11, 2011 at 1:02pm — 2 Comments

2010 in Review: And Stay Out

2010 Sucked. (Red no sign covering over a block print '2010'). So a couple weeks ago I blogged about writing without fear, and then promptly went back to the same sort of stuff I've been writing for two years now.

I blame Riley.

But here's a bit of what I was talking about. Over the month of December I participated in Reverb10, a month's worth of questions… Continue

Added by Kate Jones on January 10, 2011 at 8:22pm — 2 Comments

Friday Feature: Twig Soup

I'm pretty sure I met Kenton Stiles of Twig Soup at some craft show or other back in Colorado -- but it's been so long I plain don't remember. Kind of embarrassing but that's how the world works (and this is why I'm trying to catch up on my backlog of people to feature) so I'll just get on with the meat of it.…

Carved tree clock of walnut and birdseye maple


Added by Kate Jones on January 7, 2011 at 10:18am — No Comments

Wordless Wednesday

I climbed it! Loiosh, higher up in a tree than usual.

More Wordless Wednesday back here...

Added by Kate Jones on January 5, 2011 at 1:17pm — No Comments

Valhalla's Anvil

Hello all who will read this! Many things have happened in the last year... Most importantly I am in the process of buying a house in Warren, Ohio. Although it is small and cluttered due to the amount of business stuff we have at the moment, it is a house and the utilities are on, even if we are a bit behind at this time.

This Winter my Mentor Johan passed, this is a very…


Added by Black Angus Silverleaf on January 4, 2011 at 11:33pm — 8 Comments

Things I Didn't Take Pictures Of

Chickens at the Manor of Mixed Blessings

A consideration, in list form, of some of the things I saw on this trip and didn't stop to take pictures of.

  • Chickens (photo courtesy of Andrea of the Manor of Mixed Blessings).
  • My nephew (fortunately my sister took plenty).
  • Most of my family.…


Added by Kate Jones on January 4, 2011 at 11:22am — No Comments

Looking Up!

2011 is already looking far better. Thank the heavens that December is done and gone. Things seem to be moving along nicely here at the Hearth. New features you guys should be looking forward to:

  • Site-wide chat service!
  • Translator (already here!) in the top right corner of the page.
  • Group tabs- groups organized into tabs so you won't be searching through 100+ groups.
  • New text edit buttons (already here!)

If you have questions about any of…


Added by WarMouse -Manager- on January 3, 2011 at 12:19pm — No Comments

New Artisan Groups

If you haven't already noticed, there are new groups popping up all over the Hearth site! You can now join groups dedicated to your favorite artisans.


Castle Life Artisan Groups


Bamboo Nation

Metal Work…


Added by Dept of PMM Castle Life on January 3, 2011 at 11:18am — No Comments


Added by AZureGray on December 30, 2010 at 7:41pm — No Comments

More Riley

It's kind of hard to get enough. He's SO CUTE.

Riley with my old Flyers jersey

Even more pictures… Continue

Added by Kate Jones on December 30, 2010 at 10:48am — No Comments

Wordless Wednesday

Riley meets Loiosh

Added by Kate Jones on December 29, 2010 at 10:37am — 4 Comments

Meeting Riley

He's perfect in all possible ways.

My nephew Riley beneath the Christmas tree, opening one of his many presents.

He's my nephew Riley, and I'd like for you to meet… Continue

Added by Kate Jones on December 28, 2010 at 7:27pm — 7 Comments

I wouldn't read my blog.

Om Shanti Handcrafts blog So I've been doing a lot of thinking over the last while. Y'all have some idea of the kind of crap I've dealt with over the last year and… Continue

Added by Kate Jones on December 28, 2010 at 10:21am — 5 Comments

Kittens and Cats, a Guest Post

Momma said she's eaten too much ham to be able to write anything, so she asked me to post for her.

Oh, I'm Loiosh! I'm Momma's Vice President of Marketing. Here's a picture of me:

Loiosh with pretty necklace!

Here's what I… Continue

Added by Kate Jones on December 26, 2010 at 11:17am — No Comments

True Will and the Inertia of the Universe to Assist

Greetings All,


Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law


   Over the past 10 years I have been attempting to discover more of my True Will, that essential Purpose and Direction in my Life, through Self-Discovery and Self-Knowledge, as well as through the Expression In Liberty of the True Will, or That, that I understand to be my True Will.


   Back around 2000 I started feeling a Drawing, an Attraction to the Ordo Templi Orientis, O.T.O.…


Added by Helel on December 22, 2010 at 2:44pm — 2 Comments

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday

Presents under the tree!

There are many presents under the tree, but my favourite is the fuzzy black one.…

Our beautiful Christmas tree! Continue

Added by Kate Jones on December 22, 2010 at 11:00am — No Comments

It's Christmas... least for me, and I think most everyone has a holiday of lights of some sort around this time of year. And now that I'm in Tennessee, I'm close enough to my family that I can make it back to Pennsylvania for the holidays. It's been far too long.

So Om Shanti Handcrafts will be closed, starting today, for the next week or so. I'll let you know when I'm open for business again. I'll be taking the time to visit family, relax, and get caught up on things I haven't managed to do… Continue

Added by Kate Jones on December 21, 2010 at 2:41pm — No Comments

Staying above water...

Just staying above water for now.

This December has been up and down, but mostly down and Mercury Retro is living up to its potential. I lost a family member earlier this month rather suddenly and unexpectedly. On the other hand, we now have family home for the holidays. Its bittersweet and the house is busy. I am not in a financial position to do Christmas shopping for anyone. I did pick up a box of Holiday cards so I think almost everyone is covered in that department.



Added by WarMouse -Manager- on December 21, 2010 at 1:28pm — No Comments


...somehow I forgot to start blogging here. Oops! Well, I guess it's about time to do that...

Added by Kate Jones on December 21, 2010 at 12:19pm — No Comments


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Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries had its humble beginnings as an idea of a few artisans and craftsmen who enjoy performing with live steel fighting. As well as a patchwork quilt tent canvas. Most had prior military experience hence the name.


Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries.


Vendertainers that brought many things to a show and are know for helping out where ever they can.

As well as being a place where the older hand made items could be found made by them and enjoyed by all.

We expanded over the years to become well known at what we do. Now we represent over 100 artisans and craftsman that are well known in their venues and some just starting out. Some of their works have been premiered in TV, stage and movies on a regular basis.

Specializing in Medieval, Goth , Stage Film, BDFSM and Practitioner.

Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries a Dept of, Ask For IT was started by artists and former military veterans, and sword fighters, representing over 100 artisans, one who made his living traveling from fair to festival vending medieval wares. The majority of his customers are re-enactors, SCAdians and the like, looking to build their kit with period clothing, feast gear, adornments, etc.

Likewise, it is typical for these history-lovers to peruse the tent (aka mobile store front) and, upon finding something that pleases the eye, ask "Is this period?"

A deceitful query!! This is not a yes or no question. One must have a damn good understanding of European history (at least) from the fall of Rome to the mid-1600's to properly answer. Taking into account, also, the culture in which the querent is dressed is vitally important. You see, though it may be well within medieval period, it would be strange to see a Viking wearing a Caftan...or is it?

After a festival's time of answering weighty questions such as these, I'd sleep like a log! Only a mad man could possibly remember the place and time for each piece of kitchen ware, weaponry, cloth, and chain within a span of 1,000 years!! Surely there must be an easier way, a place where he could post all this knowledge...

Traveling Within The World is meant to be such a place. A place for all of these artists to keep in touch and directly interact with their fellow geeks and re-enactment hobbyists, their clientele.

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