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30 October 2011

The King's 5th Shield ~ My Chain Maille Story

The King's 5th Shield

Many years ago in a land called Florida Institute of Technology (at the time).  I was a Lowly ninja, still learning many important life lessons... I met some people that called their group M.E.A.D. (the Medieval Eating And Drinking society) I was Intrigued by the Armour & Weapons they made, as I have Always Loved Weapons and fighting techniques.  It seems they had an entire society of people who made armour, costumes,  and weapons, fought battles and such and had a whole story line and ranking order with other societies through out the state. 

I was quickly accepted into their ranks as a Free Lance Mercenary.  I enjoyed the fighter training and did not expect to get invited to a Battle, but I was learning many Great things from these people. I also did not have any armour of my own and that was definitely needed for a place on the battlefield.  One day at fighter practice, they all had an especially fun time laughing at me and my techniques... Not just because I was a girl fighter, but because I refused to carry a Shield... You see that was how they fought melee, a Sword in one hand and a shield in the other.  Well, I fought with two Swords and No shield.  Apparently I moved around too much as well, so they got the idea to put me in full armour.  The King himself stepped up and volunteered His armour for me to wear whilst being tested for a battle spot!  "Wait WHAT?!?!"  Too late, I was already in the armour and on the field facing off with my opponent.  Apparently I was fighting for the Kings 5th Shield position (Whatever that was). 

Well, I knew the rules and had been watching for some time, so here it was.  I requested 2 swords and they provided it.  I fought against a man with a pole arm which is a long wooden staff with a blade on the end of it.  Long story short... I had three clean kills on him and they were ALL yelling and cheering... or was it Jeering, they said I moved around too much and really have to carry a shield in Battle.  The King's call was that I won the position fair and square and that if I made some Armour of my own and would put down one sword for a shield, that I could be the King's 5th shield! 

I Gracefully Declined, slipped back into the Shadows of Igga with my new found Knowledge.  The most important being that I had learned how to make Chain Maille Armour!!  AND the King's finest Armourer gave me a bag of rings for which to practice with.

Now, making Chain Maille into Jewellry is coming back Big!  Hmmm... I wonder if I still have it?  Oh I still have the Maille I mde from every last one of those rings given me... But did I remember the technique? And there were so many more different patterns available now!! WOW!!

Longer Story Shorter... Here is my first attempt at a second time around Amateur Chain Maille Armour/Jeweler


28 October 2011

Sneak Peek Pre-Opening Special** Spiderwrulf NDN Supplies

9 days left !
There are 9 days left to enter to win a Dragonfly Angel Ornament.  Please see the original post to enter (and see additional ways to enter) here: http://blogg.sixdirectionstraders.com/2011/10/first-giveaway-dragonfly-angel.html

I have signed up to use Random Picker to choose the winner.  The protocol there is on this page:

I am working on the Supplies shop which will be hosted and part of www.SixDirectionsTraders.com Be sure to let me know if there are any supplies that you would like to see us carry. I know that some of the places we go to pow wow do not have supply vendors and I want to start providing this service. Especially for the people that need specific "Special Order" items. I will have more specifics on this as the site builds. You can get a sneak peak here:

All Supplies available for sale so far are listed in our "By These Hands" online shop until about mid November at this link:

**The "Special" is FREE SHIPPING on the Supplies category until the end of the year! Click the spider to shop~~~~>    //^@^\\

You have to sign up for Free with "By These Hands" in order to make a purchase from that shop, which is another reason I am going to host my own onine shop here.  "By These Hands" is a quick, safe,  and easy online e-commerce shop site, but I am going to try and host the entire shop myself. 

One more thing today before I close, If you were ever thinking about getting a website hosted yourself, Hostmonster.com has quite a special going on right now for $3.95 per month good until 31 October 2011.  I have been very Happy with what I get for the money at Hostmonster, I have been with them for several years now. 

22 October 2011

Chill in the Air... Fire up the Oven!

Well the first Frost has hit some of the "Deep South" which means I can fire up the Oven!!  Living in a camper there are certain things that have to be done.  One being not to use the oven in the Summer.  You do a LOT of crock pot cooking and grilling.  Well it's time to get back to making PIZZA!!! WooHoo  Nothing too fancy, I use the Pilsbury refigerated dough and then get creative after that!  Oh yes and then there is Cookies, Baked Pasta, Casseroles, Biscuts, Cornbread, and various oven-baked Goodness.  Which, BTW helps with the heating bill as well .

Anyway (read like Ellen says it) I pulled out another instruction sheet from a kit I had  bought Years ago, for Beaded Snowflakes.  I had a lot of fun making these, and they make Great Inexpensive gifts.   There's Nothing like
~ Handmade in the U.S.A.!! ~

There is one more pow wow this year for us to do here in Folkston, GA November 11-13, 2011  Then I get a much needed Winter rest.  Rest?!? LOL Yeeaah right... I will be working on re-stocking (a never-ending story) and tweaking up the online shop for the Holidaze.  So, if you are interested in any of these cute Holiday Themed Handcraafted Beadwork be sure to make your orders Early. 
 Halloween is Almost here, so don't forget to stock up on GOOD Treats for the little Gouls and Bats coming to Trick you this year.  I highly recommend Rice Krispie Treats  They are Easy and FUN, and there are LOTS of Really Cool Ideas and Recipes.  Here is my Creation:

Iktomi Rice Krispie Treat

And finally here are a few more .gif files for Halloween that I have collected over the years...

Don't forget to visit the Dragonfly Angel Post and enter the Giveaway!  There are a handful entered so far and it will run through 6 November 2011.

20 October 2011

Comment settings Changed...

I Didn't realize that the comment setting was for blogger ppl only.. Now it is set for Everyone to leave comments... So be sure to enter the contest!!

19 October 2011

First Giveaway ~ Dragonfly Angel

I have been tossing around the idea of a Giveaway for some time... Now that I have brought back the Dragonfly Angel, I think I will give it a go! 
This is the Giveaway Prize!

This year has been important in my life, I lost my father to Cancer 22 years ago.  He was a Jeweler and very much an inspiration in my life.  I am the only one of his 4 children that has pursued the Artistic qualities handed down to us.  I have realized that from this point on, I will live longer without my father than with him.  His birthday would have been November 6 and he would have been 83 this year.  THUS, the ending date for the Giveaway.
How to Enter:
Want to win? Now through 11:59pm EST 6 November 2011 you can enter to
win a Dragonfly Angel!

To enter this contest, simply leave a comment on this blog. Please remember to leave a way for me to contact you if you win. Your contact information will only be used for acquiring your address information should you win this contest.

For additional entries:
1. Tweet this contest. Comment here with your twitter name.
2. Become a fan of SixDirectionsTraders on Facebook and leave a comment about the Dragonfly Angel on there.
3. Blog about this contest. Comment here with a link to the blog

4. Follow this blog with an email subscription.
5. Visit Six Directions Traders shop to see what your favorite item is, then leave the comment here.
6. Make a purchase in the shop and you will automatically get 5 extra entries. 
By random draw, we will choose an entry and notify the winner through email (or method given in entry to contact you.)  If winner does not respond within three days, a new winner will be chosen.

Each one comes with this printed card
Good Luck!

16 October 2011

Fly the American Flag at Half Staff Sunday

Fly the American Flag at Half Staff on Sunday 10/16/2011
National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service

Presidential Proclamation--Fire Prevention Week

Fires, whether caused by people or nature, can have devastating effects. Hundreds of thousands of fires happen in and around American homes every year, killing or injuring thousands of people and causing untold damage to families and communities. This week, we honor the selfless first responders who put themselves on the line to safeguard us all from fire, and we reaffirm the need for Americans to practice fire safety throughout the year.

This year's Fire Prevention Week theme, "Protect Your Family from Fire," encourages all Americans to promote fire prevention awareness both inside and outside the home. Everyone can take significant steps to mitigate the risk of fire, from installing and maintaining smoke alarms on every level of their home to practicing safe cooking behaviors. Families can help protect themselves by designing and practicing an escape plan that includes an outside meeting place with multiple exit paths out of each room. And, with the help of local safety officials, families can work together to protect their neighborhood with a Community Wildfire Protection Plan.

In 2011, Federal firefighting grants have been provided to 16 States to assist with wildfires that have caused destruction to families, farms, and businesses. Those living with the threat of wildfire can safeguard their houses by mowing dry grasses to two inches or less, and by clearing brush, leaves, green grass, and lumber from around their homes. By taking precautionary steps, and by discussing and practicing evacuation plans with our families, we can empower ourselves and our communities with the tools to prevent fires, and to save lives, property, and livestock when fires do occur.

This week, our Nation honors the dedicated firefighters and other first responders who do the hard, dangerous work of keeping our communities safe from fire. Many have laid down their lives to save our friends and neighbors, and their selfless sacrifice defines the nature of courage. As we pay tribute to their memories, let us resolve to maintain our vigilance and take proactive steps to stop fire emergencies before they begin.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim October 9 through October 15, 2011, as Fire Prevention Week. On Sunday, October 16, 2011, in accordance with Public Law 107 51, the flag of the United States will be flown at half staff on all Federal office buildings in honor of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service. I call on all Americans to participate in this observance with appropriate programs and activities and by renewing their efforts to prevent fires and their tragic consequences.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this seventh day of October, in the year of our Lord two thousand eleven, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-sixth.


08 October 2011

Heading for Halloween

Well the leaves are really starting to change now as we head for Halloween.  We just did a stint of 33 days of travelling and pow wows and are settled down for a bit in Georgia.  We are gonna get caught up on some work, restocking, and a couple special orders.  I actually have a small line of Halloween Spirit Beaded Earrings, some of which have already sold.  I will post pictures of the ones that are not in the shop that I am making again.  If you see a pair you might want please let me know, seems they go fast ;)

We have another powwow coming up in November that we do in Folkston, GA.  That will probably be the last event for the season for us, as I say I need to restock.  Here is the info for the pow wow:

November 11-13, 2011 ~ 6th Annual Gathering of Eagles
Pow Wow and Frontier Days 
Host Drum - Spirit Turtle; MC - Gray Wolf & aven Moon Bear; Veteran of Honor - TBD; Head man - Shawn Godwin; Head Lady - Dena Godwin; AD - Ken Cloudwalker; FREE Admission; Eagleville Wild West Show; 19th Century Blacksmithing by Macatee Forge; Train Rides for Kids; Tipi camp & Muskogee camp; Gates Open 10a - 10p;Grand Entry Fri & Sat 1pm & 7pm FREE PRIMITIVE CAMPING -call for reservations More Info contact Chi or Mary Kent (912)-496-4771 info@agatheringofeaglesinc.com website: http://www.agatheringofeaglesinc.com/

We will be working on the online shop this winter and hopefully starting a new section of the shop for Supplies!  Seems where we go up north on the trail, there are not any Supply Vendors.  So I have been selling some "Destash" items (new word I learned LOL) Horn, Bone, Beads and Claws that I have extra and above that are not, as of yet, slated to be used for something.  I will probably get into some hanks of seed beads and stringing materials as well.  Please let us know if there is anything you would like to see in the shop "Supplies" section.  I will be listing the supplies online as well, but I have to determine what venue I will use to sell them, as I do not want to disrupt my Handmade Artifact on Artfire. 

Please see my othr shop at "By These Hands" which I started a couple months ago.  I will be listing other items also not found in my Artfire shop.  I made a trade for some Great Tribal Horn and Bone Carved Earrings and they are listed there.

Well off to work, lots to do.  Stay safe this Halloween and see us at Folkston!