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Yule and other Diversions (many pictures)

So, pictures.

First, I have to show you what we hath wrought using the leftover batter from frying chicken (which is how Bob burnt his finger, as you will recall from this morning's post).  We didn't know what to do with the rest of the batter, not to mention the oil, since we don't have a garbage disposal in the sink, and I don't have a compost heap or food midden yet.  So, I dumped all the batter in the frying pan, to see if it would become funnel cake.  It did not:

However, it did solve the problem of what to do with the leftover oil - it absorbed it.  All two inches of it.  Eep.

We did not eat the horror that absorbed all our oil [TM]; we double bagged it (for safety) and put it in the trash.  Mysterious noises later that night and a trail of oil leading into one of the attic vents discovered in the morning had nothing to do with this, I'm sure. 

But the house smelt funny for a day or two.  Good chicken, though.  Very moist.

We also had some fun when cathgrace  and Isaac and Emmy came over - I have a few toys, and I pulled them out for the kids, but at one point, Isaac and Emmy came to me and very seriously told me they thought there was a ghost in the house.  It turned out the Laser-tag-type game that I had in the toy box had accidentally been turned on, and was beeping and speaking.  As soon as I pulled out the game, they seized on it, and in that way that children have, worked out how to play almost instantaneously.  I still can't work out how to make the damn thing work properly, but they had a ball:

Super-awesome crappy action shot, and Emmy goes DOWN!
(Don't worry; she got her revenge.  Multiple times.)

They spent the evening playing hide and seek while the adults chatted; I had not considered the possibilities of the house, but as long as they don't mind the dust bunnies, they can hide under my furniture any time.  Too bad the wardrobe was full; they could have hid in that (though the only place they would be magically transported would be a 1930s Woolworth's store).

Ah, good times.  We're going to bring the actual vintage toybox (that was holding Bob's ammo, but some Christmas ammo boxes have solved that) down so that the toys can live in something other than a boring cardboard box, and I can bring more toys from the studio (yes, I know.  I'm an adult.  I still like toys) to fill it.

Yule was fun, as I said, and we took the time before the evening started to take some photos.

I dressed lisettelaroux  up as Robert Bedingfield's niece, Elizabeth Bedingfield, on her first real trip to London:


Elizabeth was attended by her servant, Prudence Smith - and as seems to happen to all the ladies around Master Bedingfield, she was rather taken with him:

Robert has rather a time with the women in his life - his wife Isobel is a bit of a spendthrift, his favourite, Fanny (alewife of the Cat's Perch Tavern, whereabouts currently unknown)(The Tavern, not Fanny), and now Prudence.  Life is so hard, is it not?

There were other Elizabethan white trash fine ladies and gentlemen at the party:

Our hosts, Geoffrey and Grace Gamble:

Some manly lads, who were interested in the very single (and rich) Elizabeth Bedingfield:

The wise woman Anna Pickering and her husband, Ezekiel Studley:

Mrs. Pickering is wise in the ways of herbal tinctures, and ran the bar was dispensing for the evening.  Her excellent selection of liquor potions were just the thing needed to get the blood boiling, and some got a little too boiled, though all was made up in the end, and everyone looked splendid:


Even those that I caught en deshabille:

You're so cute, pinkleader.

And an awesome time was had by all.  Isn't my apprentice adorable?  She's working on a hand-sewn jacket of her own as we speak.

Sooper hawt.


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Jan. 27th, 2009 12:10 am (UTC)
Heh heh heh heh heh. I love it!

Promise me you're going to read the Daily Blog next week. I think you'll enjoy it.
Jan. 27th, 2009 12:17 am (UTC)
I always read it. I may not have the time to comment, but I read. Faithfully. :)
Jan. 27th, 2009 12:26 am (UTC)
I didn't mean to imply that you were ignoring me. (But you ARE!!! You BIG MEANIE!!! WAAAAAAAAH!!!!! *ahem*)

It's just that... I've caught the bug and I really think you're going to enjoy where my particular inspiration lately is taking me. =)
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Jan. 27th, 2009 12:40 am (UTC)
veggie oil in compost
I suspect it would attract rodents, and it would probably smell terrible after a few summer days in Virginia.
Jan. 27th, 2009 12:48 am (UTC)
Re: veggie oil in compost
It doesn't break down in the composting and, I think, may actually inhibit or prevent the normal processes of composting.
Jan. 27th, 2009 02:13 am (UTC)
You cannot compost oil, but you can bury it, where it will break down just fine. I plan to filter and re-use my oil several times - using a coffee filter - and once it is beyond usefulness, it will be poured in a hole dug specially for the purpose.

It just can't be used on compost heaps because the oil inhibits aerobic bacteria and turns the heap rancid. In earth, however, it breaks down (anaerobically). I can't do this with meat based fats - they don't break down the same way - but I can strain and use the fat in bird feeders (mix with seed, pour into mould, allow to harden) or in drilled wood for woodpecker feeders.
Jan. 27th, 2009 12:51 am (UTC)
Used cooking oil can be used to make soap. Not appropriate for use on the face, says one website, and probably ought not be used on the skin elsewhere on the body at all until it's had a chance to cure.
But for household cleaning or for laundry, it's acceptable, according to the author:

(Googled, using quotation marks, "used cooking oil soap making") Multiple hits, of which the above is one.
Jan. 27th, 2009 01:34 am (UTC)
If you have a weed problem, left over cooking oil makes a great organic weed killer. Just pour the oil into the patch of weed, or paint it on the leaves in the case of single infestations.

Works great on flat weeds (dandelions etc), and the annoying feathery stuff that isn't wintergrass but behaves like wintergrass. It doesn't kill onion weed, unfortunately, but nothing does.

And those are some lovely photos.
Jan. 27th, 2009 02:14 am (UTC)
It works well on poison ivy, but it's the devil to get out of the sprayer. :)
Jan. 27th, 2009 01:43 am (UTC)
You are all so hot and sexy! :)
Jan. 27th, 2009 02:14 am (UTC)
Thank you; we try. :)

(What you can't see in the photo of Bob and me is that I have my tongue out and I'm threatening to lick his cheek. Hee!)
Jan. 27th, 2009 02:34 am (UTC)
Lovely images, and I can see that *someone* has a walking wheel in the background...ok...more to the right side than the back. But still, nice, big, walking wheel!
Jan. 27th, 2009 03:22 am (UTC)
The big wheel belongs to our hostess, Mistress Grace Gamble of enviable talents. I moved her smaller wheel into her bedroom as we all made space for the period setting.
Jan. 27th, 2009 04:45 pm (UTC)
*le sigh* I really need to get off my butt and have my friend Meg show me how to use my walking wheel. An acquaintance built it for me about five years ago, he has been restoring antique spinners for about 30 years and wanted to see if he could make one from whole cloth, and I have yet to spin on it. *looks ashamed*
Jan. 27th, 2009 04:51 pm (UTC)
If you Private Message me your email address, I will send it onto the owner on the chance she's got hints, etc. I confess I've never seen her use it, but she does spin her dogs' hair among other fibers.
Jan. 27th, 2009 05:11 pm (UTC)
*smiles* Thank you honey! I really do have a great resource, literally right around the corner: Our local Baroness has a spinning and weaving shop less than two blocks from me. I just need to find the time to transport the wheel over there and she will happily assist me in learning to use it.

Sadly, there is no cure for ‘overbooked on my time’. *rolls eyes*

I have done lots of spinning in the past (drop spindle and smaller treadle wheel), I just need someone to sit me down and show me the basics of this style and I should be OK.

Again, thank you sooo much for the offer!
Jan. 27th, 2009 03:23 am (UTC)
Wow. That's exactly the picture I have always wanted taken of myself. ;)

It was an excellently fun evening.
Jan. 27th, 2009 03:26 am (UTC)
You all look so beautiful! I adore that you do those period nights. Thanks again for having us, it was the highlight of my week!!!
Jan. 27th, 2009 03:48 am (UTC)
I'm so in love with the clothes you make! There aren't many things that entice me to get out of my Norse gear but you have definitely inspired me to attempt a foray!
Jan. 27th, 2009 03:55 am (UTC)
OT: A Question/Comment
I love reading your blog. Your costumes are amazing. I especially love your hair and have read the styling info you have on Extreme Costuming. Can you tell us more about the color? Do you do it at home or in a salon? If you do it at home, what product and color do you use? Many thanks!
Jan. 27th, 2009 01:36 pm (UTC)
Re: OT: A Question/Comment
I do it at home, and I order the colour (Garnier Nutrisse Luscious Mango) from Canada because I can't seem to get it anywhere in the states. They've replaced it in the US with a dredful colour called "Hot Tamale" which appears to have a picture of a red-headed Jessica Simpson on the front, and it stains everything, unlike the colour I use.

Jan. 27th, 2009 04:41 pm (UTC)
Re: OT: A Question/Comment
Thank you so much! You're right, the girl on the Hot Tamale box does look like Jessica Simpson. When you have time (only when you have time), for a second question, how much does this product fade?
Jan. 28th, 2009 04:14 am (UTC)
Re: OT: A Question/Comment
It fades a bit, but it stays pretty red for about 2 months, at which point I dye it again (roots, don'tcha know). The really really bright red stays for about a month, then it fades, but still stays very red-head like (i.e., not brown or blah). My profile pic is about five weeks after dyeing (see icon).
Jun. 30th, 2009 09:49 pm (UTC)
Re: OT: A Question/Comment
Thank you so much! Believe it or not, I found this blog because I was looking for someplace I could get
Garnier Luscious Mango hair color, which I used and loved for years. Thank you for mentioning that it's still available in Canada! I just ordered a couple of boxes from a Canadian drugstore. I agree about that horrible Hot Tamale; I tried it once, and it looked like I had dumped redwood furniture stain on my hair. Thanks to you, I will look like my old self again!
Jan. 27th, 2009 04:32 am (UTC)
How fun!

And that Miss Bedingfield is quite comely... :-D
Jan. 27th, 2009 05:57 am (UTC)
Ooooooh! I love the red and black!!!! You all look so nice!
Jan. 27th, 2009 02:33 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much for posting the pics. Love everyone's ensembles. Now THIS is what I wish I could find at a renfaire! Where's a good Tudor living history site when you want one, sigh.
Jan. 27th, 2009 05:08 pm (UTC)
Sounds like a vile pastry I grew up with - Vet Koek. Batter is poured into boiling oil, once golden it's removed, drained -- although it soaks up so much oil you wonder why bother and dredge with sugar.

Thankfully my mother didn't subscribe to going native. Some things about a colonial past are best forgotten.
Jan. 28th, 2009 04:33 am (UTC)
oil absorption has a lot to do with oil temp, from what I've read and tried -- might have been cooling down enough to be overwhelmed by the volume of batter....

but my real comment is to recommend making a refuse trebuchet for items like this. I like imagining the scary and tempting-to-wildlife things flinging away into the night!
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