Tasty Tidbits on Om Shanti HandcraftsI 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 has limits when it comes to wet paws. So while I was at the pet store, on impulse, I bought him a thing of cat grass.

It cost six bucks. For a little pot of wheatgrass.

So I was a little cranky, whatever, I should have checked the price, but he'd enjoy it, and probably Samson and Chocolate would, too, so it was fine.

I put it in the window, and Loiosh nibbled on it a little, and the other two ignored it.

A week later I moved it to a larger pot, because it was clearly about to grow right out of the little one it came in.

This morning, I decided it was time to mow the grass. With a pair of scissors.

Loiosh, mowin the grass.

Loiosh approved. (I love the unfocused, meditative look he gets when he's grazing.)

But I learned something. Seems the only reason Chocolate was ignoring the catgrass? It was in the window. Which, I've realized, he never gets up into.

So now that he can reach it? He's all over it.

Chocolate peering at the catgrass.

What is this green stuff?

Chocolate decides to investigate, though cautiously.

Perhaps I shall investigate its juiciness.

Chocolate decides that catgrass is tasty!

I find this green stuff quite satisfying.

Chocolate wound up eating a bunch of it, then falling asleep next to the pot, curled partway around it, protectively. Guess it's not going back in the windowsill.

And in the meantime? My office smells like freshly-cut grass.

Yeah, that's a win.

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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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