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Why French Suits?

While selling games from the past at Renaissance fairs and historial reenactment events I've often been asked why the traditional French suits of hearts, clubs, spades and diamonds have become the international standard. Recently I found a partial explanation...

During the 1400's Germany was a major producer of inexpensive playing cards. Although German printers experimented with a wide range of suit signs, cards using the primary traditional German suits of…


Added by Charles Knutson on June 22, 2012 at 2:13pm — 2 Comments

Psychic Pets

I am not sure what passes for psychic in animals. I have a young service dog named Mali. I got her when she was 11 weeks old. I had a trainer come to my home to help with her training through advanced obedience and hand signs, since then I have done the rest of her training and Mali has passed all the rest of her tests with 100%. At this time, Mali is only 15 months old.

Mali had only had her harness for a couple of months. We…


Added by Hedgewitch on May 5, 2012 at 10:39am — No Comments

Imbolc bringer of Spring

Imbolc bringer of Spring

Imbolc, in the ancient Celtic calender was a very important celebration. Being midway between winter and summer, Imbolc is the renewing of the Earth, praying that the seeds will grow and making sure that the lambs and foals would be born. The most important part of Imbolc was the performing of rituals so that they had enough food until the summers months. By the time of February…


Added by PerseH ~Staff Wrangler~ on January 30, 2012 at 11:03pm — No Comments

Donations to the Black Angus Project

Hello I am Black Angus of Valhalla's Anvil!

I am a blacksmith/bladesmith, jeweler and leather worker in the Medieval, Fantasy, Scifi and Steampunk Genres. I have been in business since 1999. As of late the economy and my personal life has stood in the way of my business. I am trying to change this, but I need help. Below is my plan for what I will do if I can raise enough money...

First I need to get some equipment and supplies in order to keep making things, design new pieces…


Added by Black Angus Silverleaf on January 30, 2012 at 12:35pm — No Comments

Artifest 2012 and New World Ren Faire Call Board

Call Board for Artifest 2012

The committee is seeking participants of multi-cultural performers, vendors, and demonstrators for this year’s event on June 9th and 10th.

The committee is also seeking re-enactors of all time eras to demonstrate. Revolutionary War, Victorian age, Civil War, and other times are in interest. As well as the renaissance faire is looking for demonstrators and vendors.

We are also seeking historical groups and…


Added by Woven*Cords on January 21, 2012 at 2:56pm — 1 Comment

New Year

This is going to be a wonderful..New Year,,as we collect,,our positive thoughts,,for the best of life and living,,as we share with good friends,,and our wonderful families.My gift to my friends,,for the,,New Year,,bright and happy days ,,ahead,,as this is a time,,we can make resolutions,,for the better,,and change any negative thoughts,,to more positive thoughts,,may you and yours,,be blessed in this upcoming year,,2012…


Added by Patricia Shettle on December 30, 2011 at 9:21pm — No Comments

Hedgewitch Crafts goes Brick and Mortar!

It has been slow starting. We have had one downfall after another, each time picking ourselves up by our boot straps, but at last we are happy to announce ~*This Wednesday our Brick and Mortar Store opens here in Lenoir NC.

2085 Fork Creek Place

Hours 1:pm to 8:pm Wed through most Sun’s


If you are close enough to come by and check us out, we look forward to meeting you.

We still have our online store;…


Added by Hedgewitch on December 20, 2011 at 9:53am — 1 Comment


this year will be about the same as all the rest i will be in the woods i just love to be there there are things out there that can be eaten,seen and found wished i could get some of them on film but alas they never seem to come out

Added by mississippihippy on October 8, 2011 at 12:06pm — 1 Comment

My art just hangs around...

Added by Cynthia Oakley on September 12, 2011 at 12:11pm — 1 Comment

In This Silent Hour T'ween Night and Dawn...


Greetings and well met. I would like to thank all who gave me a moment of time to send me greetings on the event of my mortal birth. Tis a wonderful feeling I have received from you  (and I  do so hope all will see these words-if someone could let me know that indeed they were received it would be appreciated.  On the other hand, if these letters are not given to those intended..I will let you know of my gratitude in some way).

Today was a day rich in Gifts of considerations…


Added by Christine S.Bell on September 9, 2011 at 4:02am — 1 Comment

Jet Needs a Home!

I admit it — I’ve fallen madly in love with Agate (now Emily), and she’ll be staying here. STOP LAUGHING. But Jet still needs a home, because holy crap, I don’t need two of Loiosh.

I found a place nearby that has a fund to cover getting pets spayed and neutered for cheap, so good news — he’ll be fixed before he goes to his Forever Home! I’m still hoping to raise some money to cover his shots, so if you can’t take him but want to help, I sure wouldn’t…


Added by Kate Jones on August 31, 2011 at 11:23am — No Comments

Announcing Om Shanti Naturals!

I'm sure a lot of you have already seen the new site -- I've hardly been keeping it secret since I launched it last Thursday! But for those of you who haven't, well, here it is, and do please take a moment to look around. Because oh, my beloveds, it is truly a thing of wonder and beauty.

Check out the logo at the top. It's new. Isn't it gorgeous?

Hover over it. See how the leaves change colour? Yeah, Dani made it do that. Not only that, but the green? Is from a photo I… Continue

Added by Kate Jones on July 19, 2011 at 12:00pm — No Comments

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From the staff of TWTW,


The Hall of Steel…


Added by WarMouse -Manager- on June 4, 2011 at 5:46pm — No Comments

Please Help Me Understand What This Means

It was early morning maybe 6am or 6:30am and I started 2 become aware and 2 wakeup. I notice i cant move and was paralized. Had it happen before and have studied it, but this was more then not being able to move. There was this sound in my head that was blinding! It was a very high pitch and it was hurting me but also putting me back to sleep. I was terrified and fought to stay awake. I started praying and fighting to keep my eyes open when I saw three shining gold balls of light(i couldnt see… Continue

Added by Mystic Bridgette on May 4, 2011 at 2:31pm — 1 Comment

I am doing recordings for amusement venues

Step Right Up ...

On the inside of this here tent is the most fascinating  collections of oddities you will ever lay eyes on. Or maybe you have heard Its Ninety Three Inches Long and It’s Hiss can be heard twenty feet away. It’s the largest crawling reptile you ever see and it is here at your fair right now so  come and see for yourself why it’s a man eater. If any of these…


Added by Wade C. on April 27, 2011 at 12:15pm — 6 Comments

Holy Crap, it's been Three Years (also, a sale.)

My Loiosh is three years old today. Can we get a rousing Happy Birthday?

He's chowing down on gooshyfood, and I'll be getting him salmon later today, too.

I'm having a one-day sale in honour of his birthday -- enter coupon code LoioshBirthday and you'll save 25% off. Just for today though!

I can't believe it's been three… Continue

Added by Kate Jones on April 25, 2011 at 12:17pm — 4 Comments

One Word Wednesday


Added by Kate Jones on April 20, 2011 at 11:38am — No Comments


There are a lot of ebooks out there these days, and I've been reading my fair share. Some of them don't do a lot for me, many of them do; and one of them inspired this post.

Read here to find out what I learned about my… Continue

Added by Kate Jones on April 18, 2011 at 5:22pm — No Comments

My Profile Theme...



I've had a few requests for my profile theme so here it is!


First set your profile theme to "UrbanTek" then go "advance" and enter the complete text from the attached document. You should be all good to go. :)

Added by WarMouse -Manager- on April 18, 2011 at 12:09pm — No Comments

Annessence, Unlock the Magick, of Gaia's Green Earth

 The women in my family have always turned to nature when in need of healing. These secrets have been pasted down for untold generations. 

My Comfrey Ointment is one of the best around.

  I use a combination of, Comfrey, Calendula, Plantain, and White Willow Bark to Olive Oil and Beeswax. I add No fragrance to this, it just smells fresh and light. 100%…


Added by Mabon-Witch on April 15, 2011 at 12:47am — 6 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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