I love May. Although it is insanely busy, there’s a lot of good stuff that happens in May. I headed to the Oklahoma Renaissance Festival at the Castle at Muskogee over the weekend to see good friends, take in some music, and add to my ever-expanding collection of cool unique things. Mission accomplished.
The girls who introduced me to Renaissance Faires and I piled in the car early on Saturday morning to make the short drive over to the Castle. We ran into my friends who exposed me to the wonderful, terrible joys of Cards Against Humanity as soon as we walked through the gates. I got to meet some new people, and catch up a bit before one of the kids wanted to see knights beat on each other. (Always entertaining.)
From there we headed over to visit the lovely Yolanda Pears of Royal Eggs. She makes the most beautiful things, and she does it all with real eggs. Ostrich, rhea, emu, peacock, pigeon, quail (and probably more that I forgot about) all make an appearance in her art. As always, temptation abounds when I visit her. They’re all so pretty, but I only have so much money!
Fortunately, I narrowed down my list to four pretty quickly, and decided to let fate play a hand in which one I would bring home with me. This time, the newly hatched Pegasus called my name…and my budget, plus the fire dragon went home with someone else. The Pegasus is beautiful, and he now holds a place among the other fantastical creatures I’ve acquired from Royal Eggs along the way.
However, Yolanda is not the only talented artist to cross my path at the Castle at Muskogee. This year, I stumbled across someone new, and was immediately entranced by her designs (she’s just a couple of spots down from Royal Eggs). She makes the most gorgeous and unique hats and jewelry. Lilly B. Haven‘s work pulled me in from the boardwalk to take a closer look. Her hats, in particular, are just awesome, and I wish that I had some photos to show you. Each one is a one of a kind piece, and as I was telling my friend, even if you can’t think of a place to wear them, they are works of art. They would make an amazing addition to any wall they graced.
For me, I was drawn to the jewelry with bullets as a design element. I fell in love with the angel wings surrounding a bullet with stars as an identifier as well as a Winchester Colt 45 in front of a sunburst. Not only did I find them to be cool as hell, but I thought it was also a nice, mostly subtle, way to show my appreciation for one of my favorite shows, Supernatural.
Okay, for those of you who haven’t gotten sucked into this fandom yet, read this. The ultra short version is that Supernatural follows the Winchester brothers as they hunt the things that make you afraid of the dark (unless you watch Doctor Who, then you know that the reason you’re afraid of the dark is the Vashta Nerada). A special Colt with demon killing powers features heavily in the first few seasons, so finding a Winchester Colt 45 bullet at the center of a design that caught my attention, just seemed too perfect for words. Between the angel wings and stars inscribed on the bullet, I had no hope of resisting the pin.
While the designs weren’t inspired by the show, both the ladies in the booth are fans of Supernatural, and loved the fact I made the connection. By the time I finished talking with the lovely ladies there were hugs all around, and I was cursing my hectic May schedule that wouldn’t allow me to come back and visit the festival another day.
The whole day turned out to be wonderful, with friends, music from favorite pirate groups The Musical Blades and The Jolly Rogers. Great stories set to music with Alexander James Adams, who plays and sings beautifully. It wouldn’t be a faire without stopping to listen for a few minutes. There was so much to see and do that we had to pick our favorites for the day, but, as always, it left us wishing for more time.
Even the one negative from the day, I lost my wallet, turned into a testament to the goodness of people.
A couple of days ago, after a rough start to my week, I got a Facebook message from someone I don’t know saying that she and some friends found my wallet. They sent it back to me via Certified Mail. They didn’t even take money for postage out of my cash. Just in case you were wondering, there really are good people out there. (Yes, they are definitely getting a “thank you” card, and maybe a little something extra for their trouble)
‘Til next time,