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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

(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

Promoting Tips & Tricks Part Whatever: Features & Reviews

I talked about this series a little last week, and I'm still not entirely sure where it's going. But in the meantime, I figured I'd talk about how I find people willing to feature or review my work.

You've seen me post about being featured here before. Sometimes these features show up out of the blue -- I've gotten requests from nowhere (always a yay!). But usually you have to work for them. You have to go out and show off your… Continue

Added by Kate Jones on January 31, 2011 at 2:52pm — No Comments

Friday Feature: Creations with Heart

Friday Feature on Om Shanti Handcrafts I met Julie of Creations with Heart through the On Fire for Handmade network -- a place for crafters like me to hang out, and a group of good folks.

Julie's one of those good folks. She makes some beautiful jewelry, to be sure, and she spends a lot of time on… Continue

Added by Kate Jones on January 28, 2011 at 12:33pm — No Comments


This was going to be part XCVII.2 or so of my Promoting Tips & Tricks series. It's turned into a bunch of somewhat raw, not-entirely-complete thoughts about who I am vs. who I thought I was. Which might still be useful for promoting your small, online craft business, but this post wound up a little bigger than that.

Earlier this week, I dug up a draft of the next post in the above series. It's been… Continue

Added by Kate Jones on January 27, 2011 at 12:16pm — 6 Comments

Wordless Wednesday

A little bragging here -- it's an empty inbox!

Added by Kate Jones on January 26, 2011 at 3:11pm — 6 Comments

On Gratitude

Male Northern Cardinal I'm not sure how I keep forgetting this, but when one is fighting depression, it can be pretty damn useful to focus on the things in your life you're grateful for.

Actually, it's useful all the time, but that's beside the point.

I started Tweeting about things I was grateful for, oh, I don't know, maybe a couple months ago. I thought about calling it 'Daily Gratitude' but realized… Continue

Added by Kate Jones on January 20, 2011 at 1:33pm — No Comments

2010 in Review: Get Off My Lawn

Momma Kate and babycat Welcome to the second (and hopefully last) installment of me spewing my thoughts and feelings about 2010 onto the screen in clear, frequently obscene words!

Okay, I didn't actually use as many cuss words as I'd thought. But I think I was still pretty clear on the COMPLETE CRAPTASTICNESS of my year.…


Added by Kate Jones on January 17, 2011 at 3:18pm — 2 Comments

Friday Feature: Janadebra

Another on my list of 'I don't even know who this is or how they wound up on my list', but it seemed a natural followup to last week's woodwork, and the work is just as beautiful. But on a totally different scale -- Janadebra's Etsy shop specializes in wooden hair ornaments.

Since I haven't got a lot to say about Janadebra I figure I'll go right to the… Continue

Added by Kate Jones on January 14, 2011 at 2:05pm — 3 Comments

And The New Slogan Is…

Sneak Peek (Pink label with 'Om Shanti Handcrafts', 'Crap Free. Guaranteed.' and text that's cut off as a teaser.) I've been redesigning a lot of my labels (you'll start seeing the new ones soon, once I start taking new photographs of everything I sell...but more on that later...) and took a moment to consider the slogan I've been using on my labels, "100% Natural Ingredients, Always".

...I kinda hate it.

It's accurate, sure. And it's entirely content-free. And bland. And… Continue

Added by Kate Jones on January 13, 2011 at 2:06pm — 3 Comments

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

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

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


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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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