March 2011 Blog Posts (9)

Tonight's Super Moon March 19th, 2011

Tonight we have a very special full moon...

When you step outside tonight, don't forget to take a good look up at the sky.…


Added by Denise Morgan (Helping Hand) on March 19, 2011 at 2:13pm — No Comments

Ancient Instruments- pt. 4 Lute

Lute is almost a general term for any instrument with frets,

strings, and a deep shell or back. The Lute(s) experienced its peak in popularity around the Renaissance and Baroque periods. Though their history is debated, Lutes may have been in existence for over 1000 years prior.

The length of the neck can categorize these fascinating instruments,…


Added by Dept of PMM Castle Life on March 17, 2011 at 11:56pm — No Comments

Saint Patrick's Day

Saint Patrick's Day


Saint Patrick's Day (Irish: Lá Fhéile Pádraig) is a religious holiday celebrated internationally on 17 March. It is named after Saint Patrick (c. AD 387–461), the most commonly recognised of the patron saints of Ireland. It originated as a Roman Catholic holiday but is now…


Added by Denise Morgan (Helping Hand) on March 17, 2011 at 3:30pm — No Comments

A lot of work!

We, the admin, are doing a lot to improve your experience on site and we have a ton of stuff in the works.


Did you notice?

  • Hall of Steel got a lovely makeover :D
  • All of the department groups have been color coded. If its sub text is in color you know it belongs to a department. For example, all Castle Life groups are highlighted in blue. 
  • We've got business cards!!! If you are an…

Added by WarMouse -Manager- on March 9, 2011 at 11:45am — No Comments

Spotlight: Gypsy Vanner Horse

The Gypsy people, or Romani,  traveled from place to place working as tinkers, metalworkers, horse traders, fortune tellers, and entertainers. As their way of living and transportation evolved, they began to switch from tents to wagons. The caravan, or Vardo, was a… Continue

Added by Dept of PMM Castle Life on March 8, 2011 at 4:43pm — No Comments

Friday Feature: Knits by Regina

I met Regina on the Creative Cafe, which I've posted about here plenty of times before. Regina's pretty new to selling on Etsy but obviously not to crafting -- she has a wide and impressive variety of talents.

Her Etsy shop is called… Continue

Added by Kate Jones on March 7, 2011 at 1:14pm — No Comments

Tasty Tidbits: Simplify Your Site!

It's pretty inevitable, and I'm as guilty of it as anyone else -- you've got a website, and there are so many awesome plugins, apps and widgets out there. Plugins that keep track of your calendar, widgets that show your recent Twitter posts, apps that rotate pictures of your adorable kitty for all to see. Who could resist?

So you load up on em. I did. I bet you did. We… Continue

Added by Kate Jones on March 3, 2011 at 3:04pm — No Comments

Tuesday Feature: Beech Boxes!

Peek at these handmade Beech wood boxes from Hip Folk Art. On hand and for sale.

Hip Folk Art Work Box Beech #7 $36.00 + S/H&I



Added by Dept of PMM Castle Life on March 1, 2011 at 11:57pm — No Comments


I've been pretty stressed lately -- and I should post about why, shouldn't I, pretty soon -- and that's led me to another gratitude post, because that's how I roll.

This one's mostly about the cats, because that, too, is how I roll.

Things I am grateful for:

  • Waking up to my Chocolate-kitty, snuggled up and purring.…

Added by Kate Jones on March 1, 2011 at 3:02pm — 5 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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