Recovery from two big events takes a few days! We’re gearing up for our Feast, though, coming up with samples of foods and food prep is starting. We’ve several baking days and a couple of days of making candies and sweets coming up very soon.

The invites are taking longer than they should, since the

The working mess

illumination needed to be re-done. We’re talking about just putting out the wording since it’s getting so close.

If you want to come to the feast, drop a note here, on the House Capuchin facebook group or on the Summits group tagged to MaryAnne Anja Bues Bartlett, or just reply to the invite when those are us.

An awesome ladle that Stella found for us.

So this week was all clean-up, food and some embroidery, plus the needle-hitching that Anja’s been trying to learn. This coming week, we may have a baking day, certainly we’ll be making condiments and maybe one of the candies, and there are always the constant projects. At least we’ll have the workshops on time this week!

  • Herb Bunch – At Ancient Light, Saturdays, 11am-1pm
  • Amy says, “Thank you!”

    Sewing Time – At Ancient Light, Saturdays, 3-5pm

  • Project Day – At Ancient Light, Sundays, Noon to 6pm
  • Next Potluck – 3/17 (no Feb potluck) 4/21, 5/19
  • Winter Feast Date is 2/17

Here is the direct Portfolio link which has all the past Project Day reports and various projects, original here:  and new one here: and number three is here:

Amy says, “Thank you!”

Early Week – Unpacking, cleaning, putting away, all got done. Stella stopped by on Monday and picked up some of the soups to try. She and Aleks are both going to be able to come to the feast, so we have our entertainment sorted out!

The fabric & thread (even weave linen and linen thread) is from last weekend ( a gift from Marian) and the wonderful ladle is something Stella found. That’s going to be great for the feast. Amy got her book!

On Tuesday evening some soup samples got dropped off for one of the Newport members to try, since neither of the guys could make it to the potluck. We got the other one on Thursday. Amy got a sample of the cassia on Friday…and I didn’t get any pictures….

Cookery – Pickle Broth is going to be required for foods for the feast, so that got done this week on Tuesday evening. We also found another sauce to try, ginger jance, plus Anja decided to take another whack at the cameline sauce that didn’t work last time.

Sewing – Anja kept going on the tissue cover blackwork, getting a long ways when she was feeling too sick to be up and around.

Herb Bunch – Didn’t happen this week. Mostly what was going on was getting things watered again and discovering that the starts that were supposed to go to the seed swap were either frozen or moldy. 😦

Project Day – We were still digging out and putting away some of the feast serving things this morning! ….but they were things that had gotten “parked” elsewhere over the summer.

… We were supposed to have a home-schooler come for a “class” on making period balls, but things didn’t work out for this week…

We got some embroidery pictures after that (above). Loren had to go run errands and wasn’t back until later. Anja worked on balls while he was gone, getting this one done, hair-stuffed.

Anja started to try to learn how to use string to cover a bottle using this link.  She’s done a lot of macrame in the past so figured it might be easier that it looks. …It is, but the devil is in the details, as usual. The start was awful and the knotting process was pretty bad. It got better as she went, but it was a first try. Later in the afternoon pictures got done.

Miscellaneous pix

Natural Dyes colors

– “By the Emperor´s Hand: Military Dress and Court Regalia in the Later Roman-Byzantine Empire” de Timothy Dawson (2015). (Lots more on the new page!)



Mapping the World –

Herb Garden for a Roman cook –

Tintagle, a Dark Age Beacon – –

Les Feux de Guedelon, Season 2

New Page

Byzantine Clothing Inspiration page –


Anja, Loren, Sasha, Stella, Jay, Amor, Amy

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Largesse Item Count – (includes gifts, prizes, auction items, etc.)

  • ASXLVII = 24
  • ASXLVIII = 88
  • ASXLIX = 794
  • ASL = 2138
  • ASLI = 731
  • ASLII = 304
  • ASLIII – 96 plus 25 pouches for block-printing, 8 bookmarkers, 24 bottles of gall ink, 22 unfinished pincushions, 1 sewing kit (except for bone needle), varnished stuff (124)

Total as a Household = 3780 handed off

moving writing pen motifIn ministerio autem Somnium! Anja, graeca doctrina servus to House Capuchin
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