[personal profile] tudorlady

Anyone who has been privy to the whole recent housemate drama knows that I have been a little short on mental bandwidth in the last couple of weeks. Fortunately, that has been resolved, the earth spins on its axis once again and things go forward. I still don't have a job, but I'm working on it, and feeling much, much stronger because of the kindness and support of my friends.

Last weekend I went to Ursulmas and was accepted as an apprentice by two ladies I am honored to call friends, [livejournal.com profile] countess_e and [livejournal.com profile] dame_eleanor. When I began in SCA (think A.S. 9), there was no real tradition of apprenticing, and even then, I was on the far western border of one of the extant kingdoms in the earliest days, and then went west (for a period of inactivity) when Calontir was really getting off the ground. I've pretty much been doing my thing with period clothing off and on since then. Real life intervened, and I was definitely on the sidelines periodically for several years, although I maintained contact and interest. Basically, it is enough for me to 'do good stuff' on my own, but I miss the interaction, sharing of information, and heck, being really included in the huge, ongoing geekfest. For many years I was nominally an apprentice of my beloved persona cousin Ariel deCourtenay ([livejournal.com profile] otherwind), but we lived far apart, and much of her time was taken by nearer things (like her raising a young family, and a PhD program, for instance). And for years, my time was taken too, but not by anything so momentous.

Nonetheless, we have ended our formal relationship very amicably, and now? Now I'm the problem of those other two ladies.

While I wasn't expecting more than a picnic lunch and a quick sit-down to talk about what sort of projects I wanted to do, I got more. Lots more. Possibly some of the best swag that has ever been handed off to an apprentice, that's what.

First unexpected thing: An indenture.

Yow. This is getting framed. Not quite visible here, [livejournal.com profile] dame_eleanor's wax seal on a strip hanging from the bottom.

Then [livejournal.com profile] countess_e read it: (Watch if you like - the acoustics were bad in the hall and the event was going on around us, but you can hear it.)

The thing [livejournal.com profile] dame_eleanor puts around my neck? It's this:

...which I am totally blown away by. I'm calling it the Prentice Jewel.

Add to that some exquisite lace, wool, linen, some silk embroidery thread, coins (an apprentice's years pay in advance), embroidery patterns, a six-pack of Pepsi, and... I'm sure I'm leaving out something. I'm really glad this got taped, because I honestly don't remember exactly what happened.

I am blessed by the company of two sister apprentices, [livejournal.com profile] chiarafrancesca and [livejournal.com profile] courtierka, who got similar incredible things bestowed upon them. To see their indenture ceremonies, go here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o00NZ -- and here http://youtu.be/2vMldA1WutI It's definitely worth watching these young ladies, and I look forward to short-sheeting their bunks at camp working with them.

And now, to go and try to live up to all of this. :o

Thank you for reading this, and I'll be updating on the modern stuff soon.

Date: 2012-02-05 02:25 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] officerjudy.livejournal.com

Date: 2012-02-05 02:28 am (UTC)
ext_41593: (Buddies)
From: [identity profile] tudorlady.livejournal.com
Did you watch the little video??? OMG!

Date: 2012-02-05 02:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] officerjudy.livejournal.com
I not only watched it, I posted it on Facebook! :D

ps. dimes soon, I swear!

Date: 2012-02-05 02:34 am (UTC)
ext_8684: (Default)
From: [identity profile] gorthx.livejournal.com

I can't decide if I need my hanky, or if I need to run around the house screaming like Olive in Little Miss Sunshine.


Date: 2012-02-05 02:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] meezergal.livejournal.com
That ceremony is SO COOL! :D

Date: 2012-02-05 02:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] elfie-chan.livejournal.com
Congratulations! I am happy to have you as my Apprentice Sister. Sorry I couldn't be there for the ceremony.

Date: 2012-02-05 03:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] slysidonia.livejournal.com
I think you are going to have a lot of fun being Eleanor's 'Prenty
Your Mistress commissioned me to make the emerald and pearl necklaces for you three. They are my exclusive designs.:)

Date: 2012-02-05 03:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fittzwm.livejournal.com
I fell privileged to have witnessed this event, Splendid, absolutely splendid. And the scwag was sweet, too!

Date: 2012-02-05 05:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cleothyla.livejournal.com
Congrats, my dear! I wish I could have witnessed the ceremony but you know where I was. Hugs and kisses! :)

Date: 2012-02-05 05:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jillwheezul.livejournal.com
It was wonderful to behold. Congrats to all of you. I'm all inspired to do late period stuff and cast aside the Norse disguise :)

Date: 2012-02-05 05:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] slysidonia.livejournal.com
Yes, such a good disguise I did not realize who you were even after talking with you for 1/2 hour. Omg, duh.
The only time i ever saw you was @ an event in Ferndale about 6 years ago.

Date: 2012-02-05 05:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sacredchao.livejournal.com
Yaaaay, congratulations! It's wonderful to finally see you, if only on a tiny screen. Also, your indenture certificate and Prentice Jewel are awesome.


Date: 2012-02-05 06:40 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sstormwatch.livejournal.com
I am happy for your happiness!

Date: 2012-02-05 07:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] katanubis.livejournal.com
Congratulations! I'm glad that this happened for you.

Date: 2012-02-05 07:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fjorlief.livejournal.com
I am so very happy for you, wish that I could have been there to add my huzzah to the joyful noise

Date: 2012-02-05 08:03 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sitpadeshu.livejournal.com
Congratulations! I'm sure you will have many a fun court with one or both of those 2 around. :)

Date: 2012-02-05 04:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] daf9.livejournal.com
Congratulations! It looks like a lot of fun.

Date: 2012-02-05 05:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] starlightmasque.livejournal.com
Congratulations! What a beautiful necklace!

Date: 2012-02-05 11:30 pm (UTC)
ext_41593: (kitchen kitty)
From: [identity profile] tudorlady.livejournal.com
Hey, I have some ironing board padding for you! Would you be able to get it this week? PM me and we can make arrangements :)

Date: 2012-02-05 05:26 pm (UTC)

Date: 2012-02-06 10:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sorchekyrkby.livejournal.com
YAAAAAAAAY! So happy for you!
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