As some of you already know for the last 5 weeks I have been in a fever of creating because I was headed to my first ever pagan festival and as a vendor.So I wanted you all to see I didn't forsake your fellowship weeks in vain .It was a beautiful day for my first ever Pagan festival ,the Northern Va. morning was cool and lovely!......Having never done this before ,setting up a booth for people to browse was a real adventure.Thankfully my son Phillip had come with me and our borrowed tent went up quick.Its a good thing too because at that point I had no idea how to set up ! First came tables I had brought two the first one up was filled with Lavender , besoms and herbs .I had a huge cauldron full of fragrant fresh cut Rosemary .

The second table I filled with wands After that I hung Dream Catchers , Wreathes and Pentacles ,then I packed away the mess and finally sat to have a cup of coffee.

The day officially started with an lovely opening ritual by Potomac Circle Ministries ,that really got the energies flowing!

There was something for every pagan of every walk.......
Rowena Brih served up Tarot 101 http://rowenabrih.wordpress.com/

Dorothy Morrison's Magick Down & Dirty ! http://www.wickedwitchstudios.com/

These are just a few of the many wonderful workshops offered .
The festival was well organized ,there was wonderful energy flowing,the volunteers were great.These people really did an awesome job pulling this event off.I didn't manage to get the name of the woman below ,but she played a mean tune that drifted over the crowd making your toes tap :)the fellows with the drums were equally as great!

I met lots of really cool people all the vendors had wonderful things and they were very welcoming and encouraging to a newbie amongst them. .There were several people from my facebook group present and it was lovely to meet some of my "broomies" in real time!.

This beauty is Lily Edens owner of esoterica http://www.esotericanova.com/,she had many wonderful wares to please the eye.

Right next to me were Eleni with Flower Blessings https://www.facebook.com/flowerblessings

She was sharing space with her friend Leslie owner of Faery Circle Herbs.Leslie makes beautiful intricately woven Lavender wands and Eleni makes Flower jewelry fit for the fey!

I bought a beauty of a crystal from Remnants Of Magic ,its energy just sings!!!!! http://www.remnantsofmagic.com/index.html

These are only a few of the wonderful booths there were to visit

I had lots of people come through and look all my things ,all took business cards and I made several sales :)

By the end of the day the huge brass cauldron full of Rosemary was empty. I passed it out free to anyone that needed /wanted some to dry for the winter....... I predict there was a lot of tasty Rosemary potatoes made that night cause I was stuffing brown paper lunch bags full and giving it out with cooking tips .I think 2/3s of the witches there went home with cars smelling of fresh Rosemary.lol. My son Phillip was a Champ I could not have done it without him .He helped me set the tent arrange, everything and he was the credit card device master lol.So there you go a peek at my day at the festival ,I hope you enjoyed.

 

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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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