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We first met the folks at Auntie Arwen’s Spices at the Connecticut Renaissance Faire, and we quickly fell in love with their staggering variety of spice blends. They’ll be at Arisia in Boston this weekend, and I plan to do a little stocking up while I’m there.

ugiWe of course love one of their signature blends, Ultimate Garlic Insanity (at right) and their many beef, chicken, and pork seasonings, but we’re big fans of many of their sugar blends as well. Try their Get Up and Go Ginger Sugar or their Luscious Lemon Sugar in a cup of tea, or their Vermont Happydance Cinnamon-Maple Sugar on some French toast!

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I had intended to bring you guys one new product or design every week. It really was my intention! But lately, between shows and the large number of custom orders I’ve been getting, I have simply fallen behind. And this week, I find myself without anything new to share with you.

So instead, please enjoy these pictures from the Connecticut Renaissance Faire Time Travelers Weekend! We’re still open for two more weeks, so if you’re anywhere near North Haven, CT, please come and visit!

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The Doctor and Rose Tyler recreate a moment from “Doomsday”. I may have titled this picture “All The Feels” on my computer.

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The Fourth Doctor and Romana visit the Storied Threads tent.

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Shakespeare Approves sporting his Fourth Doctor scarf, River Song, Doctor Donna, and the Fourth Doctor defend the TARDIS.

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Photo by Festival Fotos by Jennifer Provost Photography

Welcome to the latest installment of our ongoing series, Sharing the Love. There are a lot of small and independent artists out there working in all sorts of mediums — writers, painters, jewelry makers, leather crafters, actors…this list could go on and on. And it turns out, I know and admire an awful lot of them!

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Photo by Festival Fotos by Jennifer Provost Photography

Festival Fotos by Jennifer Provost Photographyct is a company that specializes in – as the name suggests – souvenir festival photographs. She visits renaissance faires and other themed events, sets up a booth that is part tent, part Tudor cottage, and takes amazing pictures for you to remember your visit. She even has a wide selection of costumes and accessories you can borrow for your photograph for extra fun and silliness.

Jen is a great photographer who will take a ton of pictures for you, letting you choose up to four favorite pictures to take home as prints or as digital copies, depending on what package you choose.  The best pictures happen when you relax and have fun, of course! Let yourself be a little goofy  in front of the camera, and you’ll be amazed at how that changes the pictures.

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Photo by Festival Fotos by Jennifer Provost Photography

Right now, you can find Festival Fotos for three more weekends at the Connecticut Renaissance Faire. She’s right by the front gate, so be sure to stop and have your pictures done! I promise, you won’t regret it.

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2016-10-02-10-32-38-1What: The Connecticut Renaissance Faire
When: Every weekend in October, including Columbus Day Monday!
Where: North Haven Fairgrounds, North Haven, CT

This will be our eighth – and final! – year vending at the Connecticut Renaissance Faire. We’ve been with them through several locations, and have enjoyed every minute of our time there, and I’m so looking forward to the next four weekends with my faire family that I cannot even express it.

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Yes, you heard me right – giant Connect Four!

This weekend will be the second of the show’s five weekend run, and will be EVEN BETTER, as we’ll be joined by Shakespeare Approves, Zoltan the Adequate, and The Lost Boys (alhtough that last will be for this weekend only, alas).

We’re pretty easy to find once you’re on site — we’re located right between the gazebo where so many musical acts perform, and the giant free-to-play Connect Four.

Every weekend has a different theme – this weekend is Pirate Invasion – so come visit as often as you’d like!

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my-shackIt was 8 years ago that I vended at my very first Connecticut Renaissance Faire. That was back when I thought I would be a garb and clothing vendor, and hadn’t yet made my first patch. I had an embroidery machine, but I didn’t do much with it other than embroidering some pirate sashes. This here? This was my booth, set up in one of the wooden open shack spaces that were on the old faire site. Who ever would have guessed that from those beginnings Storied Threads would become the business it is today?

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Faire Poster - BigThis weekend, the Connecticut Renaissance Faire opens in North Haven, CT. I’m incredibly excited for it, as I love ren faires, and this place has been a second home to me for a lot of years now. I love dressing up for it, I love the interactions I have with both good friends and new friends, and I love the reception my patches and bags always receive there.

This year, however, it’s a little bit sad at the same time – becuase it’s the last time I’ll be vending at this faire for the forseeable future. After this winter, my hiatus from the faire and convention scene begins, and while I intend to still be a part of the CTRF family, I have no idea what role I will play, or how often I will be there after this.

So please come to the faire, say hello, and wish me luck in my new, exciting, and a bit scary future! (Which, interestingly, is the same way I described my future when I quit my last day job. Hmm…)

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With our summer conventions behind us, we’re now gearing up for our last ever Connecticut Renaissance Faire. With that in mind, I thought this week I’d spotlight some of our patches inspired by history.

boleynAnn Boleyn’s Necklace Patch

Anne Boleyn’s classic “B” necklace is embroidered here, with blood dripping from the center pearl, foreshadowing her eventual beheading by Henry VIII as he clears the way for his next wife, Jane Seymour.

Ann’s daughter, Queen Elizabeth I, reigns at the Connecticut Renaissance Faire now, and so this patch seems especially appropriate to highlight as we head into that show.

You can also purchase this design on products in our Redbubble shop.

Equally relevant, coming from Elizabeth’s ancestry through her father, Henry VIII, is our next design.

tudor-roseTudor Rose Embroidery

In 1485, Henry Tudor defeated King Richard III in battle, thus ending the War of the Roses. As King Henry VII, he married Elizabeth of York, and symbolically combined the red rose of Lancaster and the white rose of York into one sigil — the Tudor Rose.

We have made this design available not only on the scarves pictured here, but also on patches and messenger bags. It’s a great way to show of the history nerd in you, using a design that is timeless in its beauty.

Like Ann Boleyn’s necklace, the Tudor Rose is available on a variety of items in our Redbubble shop.

richard-iiiRichard III, No Parking Patch

Show the king some respect, and move your damn car!

This design is one of our best selling historically themed patches. Inspired by the excavation that found King Richard IIII’s lost body buried under a car park several years ago, it continues to send those who get the joke into fits of laughter when they see it.

As with the others on this list, of course, this design is also available at Redbubble.

You can shop our full History section on our website, or join us at the Connecticut Renaissance Faire every weekend in October to shop not only with us, but with all of the other wonderful merchants who will be there.

 

 

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