this faire season is over for us. i'm a little sad at that. this was the most amazing season to date. i worked a booth at KCRF. we slept in period viking tents through a massive thunderstorm. Mark unvailed the super secret costume much to the delight of our pirate family.
the booth i worked at was Goldtooth's pottery. He's been a staple at KCRF for longer than we've been going there. i'm a huge fan of his work, and can honestly say that i use one of his mugs at least once a day. The collection that Mark and I have amassed is truely... massive. my favorites are the jars he makes. They're perfect for spices, though honestly I keep black salt, hot foot powder, and graveyard dirt in mine. (yeah, like you're shocked) This was their last season at the faire, as Capt Ron is moving on to teaching. I WILL take his classes some day. Hopefully if he offers them again in January. I'll trade days away if i need to. It was an honor to help him and Iris out, making their last year as successful as possible. Next year the booth will belong to my friend Woody, who is an AMAZING woodworker (he's very well named). I've already offered to work at his booth every day I'm at the faire next year. So apparently I have a job lined up.
The Mr Gibbs costume was a suprise to almost everyone. Honestly only me, Mark, and three other people knew, and that was to make sure the logistics of getting everyone in the same place at the same time for the unveiling. There's a video floating around of Mark walking in as Gibbs surrounded by the Whores. The faces on Greg and Chip are priceless. I thought Greg was going to die of laughter.
Worth every penny we spent on the costume, and then me recreating the costume because it wasn't up to my standards. Seriously, the origional pants were too distressed, the waistcoat was the wrong color and cut alltogehter, the shirt was too flouncy... there were a meriod of problems with the costume. But me, being who I am, just remade the whole damn thing. There will be changes to the costume for next season though. Even my work can be improved upon. The pants for example, will need to be remade. Canvas is an unforgiving mistress.
The highlight of the Gibbs reveal was when Kevin McNally (the actor that plays Mr Gibbs himself) got to see the costue via Facetime. I never had a prouder moment as a costumer as when he gave Mark a thumbs up. Seriously had to remind myself to breathe. Several other people reminded me to breathe too. I honestly didn't realize I had been holding my breath.
In between weeks at KCRF, we spent a weekend with the Olskapan Vikings at Riverssance in Sioux City, Ia. We helped build the period Viking tents from start to finish, and they were amazing. I loved every second of it. Even sleeping through a MASSIVE thunderstorm was amazing. Lightning strikes a mere hundred yards from where we were sleeping, the wind causing the tents to creek and sway, making sounds like we were on a boat. Not to mention sleeping in a bed covered in a bear fur. Amazballs. I even got to play as Volva for the weekend, doing rune readings and keeping the fire going. I swear I smelled of wood smoke for a solid week, reguardless of how many showers I took.
like i said, im sorry it's over. i wish every day could be as amazing as the faire. but, alas, real life creeps in. i am not a fan.