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by sally
Mon Apr 24, 2006 5:26 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Venetian 14th/15thC silly hats
Replies: 4
Views: 994

Venetian 14th/15thC silly hats

Came back from Venice armed with this photo of a carved finial on the Doge's Palace, I just couldnt resist the silly hats.
Does anyone know what the 'official' name is for either of these?
by sally
Mon Apr 24, 2006 11:26 am
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Help me price this please!
Replies: 42
Views: 6819

Help me price this please!

This isnt actually 'historic', its something I'm working on as a 'filler' for my range as I'm trying a stand at a non-re-enactment fair this year. Trouble is I havent a clue how to price it. Could anyone with a few spare moments have a quick peep at the pics and description and pick a likely selling...
by sally
Sun Apr 23, 2006 5:33 pm
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: Smoked ??
Replies: 9
Views: 1900

what about a smoked risotto mixture? The proper risotto rice, smoked mushrooms, smoked peppers, smoked garlic, a pinch of saffron. Would be a nice addition to the veggie range perhaps?
by sally
Fri Apr 21, 2006 1:32 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: fabric amounts help
Replies: 7
Views: 1326

I get my basic dresses out of 3m, and rarely need more than 5m of the typical wide modern width fabric for something fancier, If there are loads of gores or unusual shaping you can't cut as efficeintly so may need more, but I'm hazarding a guess that this fitted dress (I do have the book, but its at...
by sally
Thu Apr 20, 2006 1:03 pm
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: raw sugar cane 'n' history of other foods
Replies: 2
Views: 1617

Would imagine you'd need to offer it as an 'educational novelty' rather than an accurate addition to a LHE display, great fun to be able to show kids where sugar came from (before sugarbeet that is ) but I believe all the evidence points at sugar coming into the country in loafs or lumps rather than...
by sally
Tue Apr 18, 2006 6:49 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: 14th and 15th century headwear
Replies: 4
Views: 1696

I do a 'knit your own acorn cap kit' which could be a possible addition, I'm also currently working on some truly silly hats based on a carved finial from the Doge's Palace in Venice. Current favourite looks a bit like an onion dome with a really curly point 8)
by sally
Mon Apr 17, 2006 6:07 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Women only! Roman bikini help needed
Replies: 8
Views: 2191

Another thought, if the leather is soft you can do a 'hem' by folding and glueing the leather (I'm pretty sure the museum replica of the knickers used that technique) and that also helps stop the top and bottom edge from stretching whilst allowing the main body to give. Not having a large bust will ...
by sally
Mon Apr 17, 2006 5:57 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Women only! Roman bikini help needed
Replies: 8
Views: 2191

I would imagine that the top will improve in fit after a few wearings once it has stretched in all the right places! My guess is also that it will stretch overall, so you may need to make it a tiny bit tight, then wear it and deliberately stretch the parts that need it. There arent any extant exampl...
by sally
Sat Apr 15, 2006 8:54 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: ebay bargains!
Replies: 26
Views: 3700

Re: ebay bargains!

Karen Larsdatter wrote:And likewise, there's this fabulous pattern for a Tudor coat.

With real Tudors.

:shock:


splutter :shock:
by sally
Tue Apr 11, 2006 4:50 pm
Forum: Creative Works
Topic: Wall mural!
Replies: 20
Views: 5103

Gorgeous work Kate! Well done you, and how lovely to think of the tactile pleasure those will give over the years :D Just waht is needed in such a setting.
by sally
Sun Apr 02, 2006 9:48 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Product Listings
Replies: 38
Views: 7911

I like it, would obviously need more categories (camp gear, food and drink, craft materials etc etc) but as you say its an initial prototype. How easy would it be for potential traders to add their info to such a directory?

Well done! 8)
by sally
Fri Mar 31, 2006 3:45 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Product Listings
Replies: 38
Views: 7911

Adding it to a pre ordering facility would make a lot of sense. So effectively our hypothetical user would go to the site, type in the item they are looking for, and get a list of suppliers, of whom a few might then be flagged up as 'will be at such&such a show, would you like to enquire about p...
by sally
Fri Mar 31, 2006 6:33 am
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Product Listings
Replies: 38
Views: 7911

As soon as I can move house and release some cash to cover the printing costs, a new full edition will come out.[/color] Frances, just a thought but have you considered using one of the print on demand publishers? That way you can update the book whenever you want and buyers know they are always ge...
by sally
Fri Mar 31, 2006 6:29 am
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Product Listings
Replies: 38
Views: 7911

Whilst the Garter and CTA are fantastic publications and do their job very well, I think there is a real need for an streamlined online version where a potential client can pop in a keywork and return a list of suppliers to check out further. No more frills than that needed. So many people today go ...
by sally
Wed Mar 29, 2006 9:01 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Tax and VAT
Replies: 28
Views: 5056

Can someone break down the asset v consumable thing for me? I bought a laptop specifically for business use this year, cost about £600, expect to get maybe 3 yrs hard work out of it before it expires squeaking and spluttering. Do I have to do something esoteric with the paperwork as an asset, or do ...
by sally
Wed Mar 29, 2006 8:27 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Tax and VAT
Replies: 28
Views: 5056

Shadowcat and Pete, these slightly different perspectives are fantastically enlightening. I think I fall somewhere in between the two of you (though in a smaller way of course) as I also have a mostly fulltime job, but many of my re-enactment items I'm rapidly realising could have been tax deductabl...
by sally
Wed Mar 29, 2006 4:56 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Tax and VAT
Replies: 28
Views: 5056

I'm currently running a very simple computer based list of incomings and outgoings, identifying sales under a handful of typical headings for me (books, soap, costume, etc), with any paper receipts and copies of invoices filed in the same order in a ringbinder. Each month this is totted up to show m...
by sally
Tue Mar 28, 2006 6:19 pm
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: Medieval Restaurants
Replies: 6
Views: 2481

Gareth has been known to do a medieval take-away service 'Banquet in a Box' which delivers a properly prepared medieval dinner to your door in a vast wicker hamper just before the guests turn up. Unfortunately no tim eto develop it into a bigger business than just the occasional commission. Had a lo...
by sally
Tue Mar 28, 2006 12:57 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Dealing with a Schedule
Replies: 15
Views: 3178

I find this a very difficult area as I'm also working almost fulltime whilst trying to develop my writing and trading businesses. I try to batch make some of my regular items (pomanders, plague rats, booklets) etc and am always to be found with something like a hat on the go. Even so I still find I ...
by sally
Mon Mar 27, 2006 6:22 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: You Want How Much ? !!!
Replies: 107
Views: 20363

If the answer is yes, perhaps it would be better to set up a members-only area defined by a user group, or set up a forum elsewhere specifically for this? Maybe via the NMTF? Paul. There are already a couple of yahoo groups for historic traders, tend to be fairly quiet but I've always had a quick s...
by sally
Mon Mar 27, 2006 5:56 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Silver Spangles
Replies: 4
Views: 1223

Real silver? Gareth did a few real gold ones once for a project, very pretty they looked too
by sally
Mon Mar 27, 2006 5:54 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: How do you define a trader?
Replies: 29
Views: 6530

Sally are you sure he'll get that much make sure that are deducting everythign you are eligible for Dawn 'fraid so, but its all my fault for not realising there were some things I should have kept receipts for! Will be much more clued up next year, thanks to the 'Pete the Pong school of business ma...
by sally
Mon Mar 27, 2006 3:39 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: How do you define a trader?
Replies: 29
Views: 6530

I would define a trader as one offering goods and/or a service for recompense I would agree with that. If you only made costume 'as a favour' for friends, that might make you a costumer but not a trader. The second money changes hands, even if its only once or twice a year you are a trader. I'm a t...
by sally
Sun Mar 26, 2006 10:38 pm
Forum: 2000BC-55BC
Topic: Flint knappers
Replies: 9
Views: 9245

I've done a little, but can only really do fairly plain neolithic type blades. Have sat adoringly at the feet of John Lord a couple of times as he's magicked me up a complete flint toolset though I love the way he can churn out flint sawblades and drillbits on demand, wish I was even a twentieth as ...
by sally
Fri Mar 24, 2006 12:08 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Traders Pre-Show Ordering System
Replies: 11
Views: 4074

I certainly think its worth trying. A few people who know exactly what they want will always preorder direct, but somewhere that a potential customer can almost browse through what might be available without having to know the name of the potential supplier would be very handy. So someone thinking "...
by sally
Thu Mar 23, 2006 1:46 pm
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: Alexanders
Replies: 3
Views: 1712

Several links and info on other food to look for at the smae hime here:
http://www.downsizer.net/Projects/Findi ... _in_March/
by sally
Wed Mar 22, 2006 7:49 am
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: You Want How Much ? !!!
Replies: 107
Views: 20363

One of the points Andrew makes is something that folks should be aware of however. In the real world if you make clothing to sell off the peg you have to by law have a fibre content, wash care label and if it is going out of or being brought into the country a made in... label. A trading standards ...
by sally
Tue Mar 21, 2006 6:45 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: You Want How Much ? !!!
Replies: 107
Views: 20363

Sorry, got cut off there! Anyway, I've been worrying about pricing, I know full well and would never pretend otherwise that at any point my stall will have a mixture of 'very accurate', 'budget accurate' (ie fine until you turn it inside out) and 'inspired by the evidence but can't show you a real o...
by sally
Tue Mar 21, 2006 5:27 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: You Want How Much ? !!!
Replies: 107
Views: 20363

This has been a fascinating discussion to read. I'm just at the point where items that I've made for years fro my own pleasure and for a bit of pocket money are starting to be offered to a wider audience, and gauging the best way to work out pricing and to indicate the difference between a fully doc...
by sally
Sat Mar 18, 2006 10:36 pm
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: Jerusalem Artichokes
Replies: 8
Views: 2646

Peel em, steam or boil them breifly, eat with lots of butter, I liked them, Gareth didnt