February 2011 Blog Posts (16)

Project Log: Upcycled Fingerless Gloves

So I had this pair of socks that I loved.

They were my first pair of Smartwool socks, one of the first pair of cute socks I ever bought for myself, and somehow they became a symbol of my new independence.

I wore them all the time.

My Favourite Socks

Alas, I wore them until I… Continue

Added by Kate Jones on February 28, 2011 at 5:38pm — No Comments

Seeking a new housemate in Maryland

What has been on my mind a lot lately is that I need just one more person (that will make 3, total) to live here with me in Bowie, MD in my 4 bedroom split level house (I'm also a renter here).  I'm wondering if anyone knows someone looking for a place and I'm hoping to work this out soon.  So, if you wonderful folks know of anyone that is looking for a place please send them my way.




Added by Ariana Lightningstorm on February 27, 2011 at 9:21am — No Comments

Tuesday Feature: Bamboo Nation

Richard Edwards specializes in handcrafting drinking vessels, canes/staffs, scroll cases, and incense burners & boxes from Bamboo.


Based in Florida, Richard, takes custom orders and performs custom wood burning for your original, one-of-a-kind (OOAK) pieces. The…


Added by Dept of PMM Castle Life on February 23, 2011 at 10:23pm — No Comments

Introducing: Notions!

I really wasn't sure what to call them. 'Accessories' seems so...impersonal. I went looking for synonyms and didn't get anywhere useful. I sew in my free time, and when you're sewing you call these sorts of things 'notions', so that's what I settled on.

What am I on about? Just this: after three years of selling naught but my own work I've decided to add to my wares. I did a lot of searching and a lot of product testing and in the end I've found a couple of things I… Continue

Added by Kate Jones on February 22, 2011 at 11:19am — 3 Comments

Tasty Tidbit: Newsletter!

Tasty Tidbits As those of you who subscribe to the Om Shanti Handcrafts Newsletter already know, I've revamped it again -- this time, by moving things over to MailChimp. They have lovely email templates (thus saving me from having to deal with the HTML myself), they keep track of subscribing and unsubscribing folks for… Continue

Added by Kate Jones on February 21, 2011 at 10:12am — No Comments

Friday Feature: A Menagerie!

Friday Feature on Om Shanti Handcrafts This week's Friday Feature is a bit of a mix of stuff -- some jewelry, some knitting, and some stuff I just couldn't categorize; some Etsy shops and some personal websites.

It's all worth a look!…

Purple Pearls & Smoky Quartz Topaz Necklace by Sophie Luck


Added by Kate Jones on February 18, 2011 at 11:57am — No Comments

Wordless Wednesday

Added by Kate Jones on February 16, 2011 at 12:28pm — 2 Comments

Friday Food: Chicken Salad

Friday Food I don't cook often -- something I want to change -- but I've been cooking more often recently, and I thought I'd share my efforts. If nothing else, it might get me to cook more often...

So there was some leftover chicken in the fridge, and I was hungry. I'm not a fan of plain chicken, but I loves me a good chicken salad. So I figured that's what I'd make.…


Added by Kate Jones on February 11, 2011 at 11:00am — No Comments

Wordless Wednesday


Added by Kate Jones on February 9, 2011 at 1:37pm — No Comments

Tuesday Feature: Vince Conaway - Reprise



About Vince:

A musician and composer, Vince can be found performing a wide variety of music on hammered dulcimer throughout the US, Canada, and Europe. Vince's music is a combination of medieval and Celtic styles, coupling the passion of Irish music and…


Added by Dept of PMM Castle Life on February 9, 2011 at 1:00am — No Comments

Tasty Tidbit: Catgrass

Tasty Tidbits on Om Shanti Handcrafts I thought about making this a Wordless Wednesday, but the story was far too amusing...

So Loiosh is really, really fond of eating grass. This isn't terribly unusual among cats, I know. And he gets to eat grass pretty often, since he gets to gos outside with me pretty often.

Only he really hasn't been, much, because the weather has been kinda crappy. Even Mr. It's All Good… Continue

Added by Kate Jones on February 8, 2011 at 10:57am — No Comments

Polite, Relevant, Interesting

Connection So I talked about finding the right place to feature your work last week; this week I talk about the really fun part, which is actually convincing them your stuff is so awesome they've got to post about it.

Getting a feature in one of the big blogs will rake in the views, too.… Continue

Added by Kate Jones on February 7, 2011 at 11:12am — No Comments

Saturday Spotlight- The Celts


Added by Dept of PMM Castle Life on February 5, 2011 at 5:00pm — No Comments

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday

From the ridiculous... (my very messy cabinet)

...to the sublime. (Organized _and_ classy!)

Thanks… Continue

Added by Kate Jones on February 2, 2011 at 11:12am — 4 Comments


Imbolc (also Imbolg or Oimelc), or St Brigid’s Day (Scots Gaelic Là Fhèill Brìghde, Irish Lá Fhéile Bríde, the feast day of St. Brigid), is an Irish festival marking the beginning of spring. Most commonly it is celebrated on February 1 or 2 (or February 12, according to the Old Calendar), which falls halfway between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox in the northern…


Added by Denise Morgan (Helping Hand) on February 1, 2011 at 4:12pm — No Comments

Imbolc Traditions and History

Imbolc Traditions and History


Imbolc is one of the four principal festivals of the Irish calendar, celebrated either at the beginning of February or at the first local signs of Spring. Originally…


Added by Denise Morgan (Helping Hand) on February 1, 2011 at 4:00pm — 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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