Monday, August 29, 2011

TBAI Has Come and Gone

Alas, it is true.  It really was a fabulous show and just SO much fun.  I'm already looking forward to attending next year! 

I'm very thankful that dear Darlene Allen came to my rescue when I didn't even know that I needed rescuing.  While I was setting up my table, I was getting more and more anxious and stressed.  Right at that time, Darlene came up, put her arm around me, and gave me a gentle pep talk.  It was just what I needed exactly when I needed it.  I can't thank her enough.  She helped me to put things back into perspective and relax--exactly what my body needed.

In the end, I was quite pleased with how my show table turned out and I couldn't be happier with how the whole show transpired.

Here's my gallery piece for the show, Benedict and his Illuminated Manuscript.  Matt did a fabulous job on the writing desk--don't you agree?!

The whole room just sparkled with amazing bears on the day of the show.  It really was spectacular.

I also meet up with many friends including Ginger Brame and Michele Seraphim and, of course, the famous Sebastian (if you don't know about Sebastian you really must visit Ginger's blog--just click on her name above).

Just look at all those buckaneers!  How are they going to top that next year?!!

And I can't forget our "field trip" to the Bundy House Museumin Binghamton. It really had some spectacular architectural details.

Unfortunately, I didn't get to take photos of all the tables and people at TBAI that I had wanted to show you. I was just plain too busy. And then, when things finally did slow down for me, my legs decided it was time to go on strike. Thankfully they waited until there was only one hour left.  Now I just have to be patient until they decide to start work properly again.  They did hint to me today that they are considering cooperating in the near future, but they just haven't committed to it yet. (sigh)
Heaps of Hugs,

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Touring the Twinkie

We're finally home after a week a half of traveling about.  We had so much fun! We do enjoy traveling in this little trailer.  I have so much to tell you about TBAI and the places we visited in Massachusetts and New Hampshire, but that will have a wait for a later post.  My legs are still on "strike" and are going to take some time to get back to "normal" (whatever THAT is).

In the meantime, let me show you the inside of the Silver Twinkie.  This is the view when you enter the door.

And then as you step up into the trailer you see the rest of it rather quickly!

Here's a better view of the side couch which converts into a full-sized bed for Matt and me.  Behind the taupe sliding door is the micro-bathroom which is just too small for me to get a good photo of.

The kitchen features a small refrigerator, microwave, sink, and stovetop.  When the stove (above the microwave) and sink are not in use, they have covers so that there is a full countertop for everyday use.  We attached an old stainless steel breadbox to the counter for a bit more food storage.  Everything has to be attached and tied down while traveling because the trailer certainly bounces and jostles everything.  It's always an adventure to open the trailer after a long drive to see what has managed to wiggle out of place.

This front couch folds out into a bed where the girls sleep--it's a bit cozy for them.  In fact, it's a bit cozy for us all when the beds are out for the evening.  The whole trailer seems to become one big bed inside!  Makes it a bit difficult to squeeze from one end to the other.

But despite the tight quarters, cramped bathroom, and bouncy ride, we do love our little Twinkie.

How can you not love a little something shiny with a "Maxfield Parrish" sky overhead?


Thursday, August 11, 2011

We're Off!

The "Silver Twinkie" (our 1963 Airstream) is all packed and ready to go to TBAI.  We'll be camping in it at the Chenango Valley State Park instead of staying at the Binghamton Riverwalk Hotel where TBAI is taking place.  That way we'll have our "home away from home" to rest in between the festivities.  It's like a little cottage inside--I'll take some photos while we are away and give you a little tour of our Twinkie when we return.  So this afternoon we'll drive down to Binghamton, get the trailer set up, have some dinner, and then we'll head on over to the TBAI gala this evening.

After TBAI, we're heading off for a week to explore the Hancock Shaker Village, Strawbery Banke living museum, and Salem, Mass.  So by the time we get back, I should have loads of things to show you and tell you about!

Enjoy your week!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Clowns, Queens, and Swordswallowers

We saw quite a few characters on Sunday at the Sterling Renaissance Festival.  This gentleman greeted us at the entrance.

There were also plenty of skits going on their many stages.  Just trying to figure out what one wants to see can be quite a dizzying challenge with 17 venues to choose from at any given time plus the multitude of little shops to visit.  To start our day out, we chose to watch the "Queen's Duel"--she's up in the balcony watching Sir Walter Raleigh and Sir Francis Drake sparring.

Our "Good Queen Bess" in person.

And since this was the Highland Fling weekend, we were also able to see caber tossing.  Yes, these men, and a woman too, were throwing telephone poles and trying to get them to flip over.

Unfortunately his throw didn't make it.

And, of course, you can't forget the parade with the bagpipes, minstrel music, characters of all sorts, and our lovely Queen Elizabeth.

Towards the end of the day we saw this fellow swallowing swords.  Unbelievable! 

This photo captures the sword as it's half way down his throat, but it went all the way down to the hilt before he took it out. Needless to say, we got kind of creeped out by it all and could only "stomach" to watch him do this a few times before we were ready to go.

It was a spectacularly fun day and I walked more than I have in years which is a good thing.  However, I'm now having a bit of trouble walking much and when I do walk I have to resort to using my cane.  Hopefully, by resting my legs a lot in the next couple of days, I will be in decent enough shape for TBAI--it starts on Thursday.  Wish me luck!


Tuesday, August 2, 2011