I’m not dead yet….

You can time my posts by the semesters at University. I go MIA for many months only to then spew forth information in abundance in the breaks. Please forgive this mother of three and mature aged student. My heart is in my blog, but my priorities must lie elsewhere due to what is right and just. I look forward to my later years where I will be allowed to indulge at any hour in my research and blogging as it would suit me.

The Baroness’s Largesse Swap is about to go into it’s fourth round; and, also I have just begun the first Children’s Swap.Ā https://www.facebook.com/groups/lochaclargesseswap/ The Kingdom is abuzz with all the wonderful new friendships made and the wonderful craftsmen and women that are emerging from the swaps. It is truly a great way to showcase Lochac. I am personally very very chuffed at what it has done for our Kingdom. Ludwig and I joined in the last swap, with him making a wooden Norse comb, and I an Elizabethan Petal Hussif purse.

I am beginning to look ahead to the time when I will no longer wear the Coronet. I am very interested in the research behind largesse in the middle ages and have begun researching this. It will be a long project….

My other big area of interest that I plan on dissecting and exploring at great length is the decoration of halls and table at great feasts. I don’t believe we engage ourselves enough at feasts with atmosphere and hope to encourage this by research and putting into action small changes as befits my purse. My ideas are costly and there are many factors that need be considered before endeavouring on such a task; however, that does not mean that small implementations cannot occur over an extended time period. This will be seen and copied, explored, made better and more efficient. If we do not show what is possible, how will others know what they could do. I like subtle teaching methods šŸ˜‰

I have now been the Baroness of Mordenvale for two years – wow has that flown – I still feel very new in the role as if it has only been months rather than years. Though, in saying that, we are settled into the role and are looked upon as the Baronage now, which is lovely. Our Barony has seen some changes and power struggles, but of late a wonderful harmony has come over us all and we seem to be working toward a one-team mentality, which is so welcoming. What was US and THEM is now becoming a fine tuned coming and going of those who wish to learn and those who are willing to teach and impart knowledge. Those who joined at the beginning of our tenure have stayed, and many of the ‘old-time’ players have returned, making Mordenvale enriched once more. I sit back now at events and watch them all mingling as one, helping each other, having discussions where once that would not have been probable….and I smile, and sigh like a mother fulfilled by the vision of her young playing and laughing. It is a wonderful feeling to have been part of it all.

Now I must update my information I have collected over the months…bare with me, it will take many months to get it all up to date.



IRCC 3 – My journey starts today.

My camica and sottana/gown fabric and trims.

My camica and sottana/gown fabric and trims.

I have entered the IRCC 3, The Third Annual Italian Renaissance Costuming Challenge. April 14 to August 14, 2013. http://realmofvenus.renaissanceitaly.net/challenges/IRCC2013/IRCC3-2013.htm Tomorrow I may begin to put together my entry for this competition. I will use my blog to track my progress.

Baroness’ Largesse Challenge 2013

IMG_1280Ok Mordenvale – lets get our Largesse on. I am going to use my personal web blog to follow the progress of my Largesse Challenge to Mordenvale’s populace. I will be posting pictures here on a month to month basis to see if we reach the 10 newly hand made items per month challenge that I set. Good luck peeps!

The photo here shows the largesse that has been produced in other Baronies and given to me for use inĀ Mordenvale. There are calico beaded covers, silk embroidered linen coifs, silk needle books, jewelry galore. Beautiful craftsmanship and treasures each one of them.

Here is the link to follow our progress: https://anastasiadelvalente.wordpress.com/baronesss-largesse-challenge-2013/

Invest over!

We are now Mordenvale’s 3rd Landed Baron and Baroness.
It was so hot and I was in my 5 layers of Venetian. Why??? I hear you ask. I had seen a gown in a portrait and vowed that I wanted to make that dress as my next big project. (See Completed Projects). When it was announced taht we were to be B & B I just knew I had to make it. We looked stunning – despite my shoulders not sitting properly (they had when I made the gown – not sure what happened). There was a funny moment when Ludwig stood on my train just like at our wedding. But in all it was lovely and we are having a ball as B & B. Still getting used to it all, but we will get there.



I have created this website and blog to keep track of information that is of interest to me in realtion to the SCA.

It is a catalogue of information that I find interesting, that I wish reproduce for my persona (or my husband or friends). As I begin and complete projects I will blog them to show progress and links to which I got the information. I will also show the research obtained and used to produce my persona.

This photo (left) shows my husband and I at a Viking event.