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There is No Such Thing As an Herbal Magic Bullet

I wrote this a few years ago; still valid, still important. I've been doing a lot of research lately for some family health issues, and of course, as usual, Google is my friend.   But something that's come to my attention is the number of "HERBAL CURE!!" things on the market.   Which is frustrating.   Because in my opinion (and experience--and mind you, I am NOT a doctor nor do I play one on TV, Twitter, or any other media source) is that there is no such thing as an herbal CURE for anything.   In actuality, there seem to be...

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Hey, I love your costume! Did you make that? (spoiler--only parts)

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Hey, I love your costume!  Did you make that?  (spoiler--only parts)

Working at renaissance faires, I get a lot of questions about my outfits.  I'm fond of gaudy, but the outlines of what I typically wear are based on 16th century upperclass merchant garb:  bodice, chemise, skirt.    Now, I can sew, but I'm not patient enough to mess with corset-making; chemises are easy, as are tunics and drawstring skirts (which are two of the components of what I wear to faire--google, you'll find a million designs) but when it comes to corsets, I buy cheap ones from the purveyors of naughty underwear on Ebay and I've had remarkably good luck.  A...

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Advice for Renaissance Faire Merchants--dealing with shows

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Advice for Renaissance Faire Merchants--dealing with shows

I get asked a LOT for advice for folks starting out in an arts and crafts business, and I've given this advice in bits and pieces before, but this I wrote in response to a blog post my friend made, and all of it is valid. As a merchant I have a few golden rules about events: --if the show is new, give them a chance. Usually 2-3 years to really get rolling. (If you go, don't make money, AND they're nasty and mean to you, don't go back, but if they're nice and you have fun, give them a...

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A Good Sale

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A Good Sale

I've told this story a million times, so bear with me. One of my favorite things to make is tiaras/crowns.  I've made them for ritual wear, for weddings, for fuck-it-I-want-to-wear-a-crown,  and I particularly love those sales; it's because those are going to someone who honestly does not give a fuck and is wearing my art because they love it. But one. Oh my goddess, this one. A beautiful woman came up to my booth-- she was 80 if she was a day.  Spent a while looking through all my stuff, and then ended up buying a crown. Over the course...

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Headpieces, oh my!

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Headpieces, oh my!

I've been making headpieces for a while, and really truly love them madly.   But recently got my hands on some LED light strings and my inner fantasy geek is replete.   I love the design of the triple moon, and now I can add stars!  I am going to make silly amounts of this one, I can tell. (Model is my husband, having a good hair day.)

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