I was thrilled! Over the moon! But I felt a bit like Anne of Green Gables when she is nearly perfectly happy, but, due to red hair that she just cannot imagine away, she can't make the leap to perfectly happy. That was how I felt due to my shoes! Then I attended the Northern Collegium where (then) Countess Inga the Unfettered taught a class on Norse clothing!!! On the one hand I wanted to dig a hole and hide! I felt like I was a sitting example of all the "almost" possible! BUT, was I upset by this? No! Okay, maybe a little. But as I sat there and watched and listened to Inga's excitement and enthusiasm and the knowledge that she was freely willing to share, I was absolutely inspired! Finally I was going to be able to give in to my utter geekness for authenticity :D :D :D I left that collegium ready to hand sew EVERYTHING, and have nalbinded socks and leather shoes etc., with plenty of grand dreams and plans. Well, here it is nearly 9 months later and what have I done? Not much. I did get a shoe pattern started when I last visited Boise. But one thing I've learned about me is that if I don't have a deadline and a reason for doing something, it doesn't get done.
Enter Mistress Bianca and her First Annual Artemisian Costuming Challenge. Details can be found here:
I liked the idea of doing this from the first time I read about it, but was also absolutely intimidated! As with most things, I was thinking about it but hadn't really followed up until I saw the email that had been sent out as the final call for entrants! I read over the challenge again and was hesitant, but as I considered how I would feel if I didn't even try, I knew I had to go for it. I realize I may not win (although I would like to have a shot at the Novice category) I will still be further ahead of where I am today as far as being dressed for the SCA the way I would like, and I knew I would always feel like I had missed out on the fun and regret not doing it. So I took the plunge and immediately texted Kari to say I was in, and tonight sent in my formal entry info:
My vague plan is: