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Cat Ellen (Eilidh Swann)
Works at singer, yarn spinner, effervescent
Attended UC Santa Barbara, UCSB
Lives in Southern CA
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Had an excellent time at the 5th Annual Solvang Faerie Festival! :)
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Demonstrating the history of spinning thread -- from drop spindles to great wheels to treadle wheels. 
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I've played with wild roving for many a year,
And I've spent all my money on wool-spinning gear.
But now I'm returning with yarn in great store
And I'll never go play with wild roving no more....Oh, who am I kidding...
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Here's what happens when "a Jolly of Santas" get together for a January reunion every year. <3 #FORBS Fraternal Order of Real Bearded Santas
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Looks like a jolly bunch!
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What do you have planned for this Sunday afternoon? Sunday, November 9, 2014 (1-4 PM) -- Please accept our invitation to a FREE Potluck / Picnic / Storytelling Concert in the Park! "True Thomas the Storyteller" will be performing a variety of stories, in character and in costume... AND FOR VIDEO! We would love to have as large an audience as possible.

The park is located at 1379 East Janss Road Thousand Oaks, CA 91362, at the Willow Bend location. The performances (including possibly some guest performers!) will be from 1-4 PM. Please feel free to bring your own personal picnic, bring a few things to share, and be prepared to enjoy drinks and snacks from all of us. [If you could label your potluck shared items with ingredients, that would be most helpful.] 

You can bring your own chairs if you are more comfortable, some chairs will be available for those who cannot bring their own. The stories will be "good for all ages" although sometimes the youngest among us may be happy for the nearby playgrounds. This is outdoors in a park, so please check the weather report to know how many layers to wear. grin And the audience is likely to be in some of the video footage. 

The whole concert is being presented for two reasons: To say THANK YOU to all the supporters over the years and to compile a video demo tape that can be shared on the internet. So again, THANK YOU ALL for coming and supporting a Professional Storyteller in his element. 
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Santa School is an unusual experience :)
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There's nothing quite like going out with more than a dozen Santas to a dinner establishment or walking next door to Jack-in-the-Box for lunch. EVERYONE wants to take a picture of them, all together. :)
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How do I spend an hour in the airport? Plying my yarn on a drop spindle and making a time lapse movie, of course. 😀 This yarn is now imbued with ATS® happiness. 💜

YYZ Drop Spindle Plying Time Lapse:
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It seems I created the bracelet method in a vacuum... No one I know was doing it. But several friends have adopted it. I still need to make a nice How-To video for YouTube. This time lapse was a test. <3
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After several months of work (in my spare time), my gift exchange silk trim has finally been received and I can reveal all the photos.
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Images from Gulf Wars -- for my non-SCA friends, here's what camping in the "current middle ages" looks like in the forests of Mississippi. For my SCA friends in Caid, you have to try to make it to Gulf Wars some year! It's a lovely event!
I am sharing these under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International license.

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IE, please go ahead and share and use them for non-commercial use. Just give me a credit. :)
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-- My thoughts about Easy/Simple and Fun/Pretty as connected to Organanizing. #Mastery #blog
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Hats in the Park: I want to thank Google Photos for the "Auto-Awesome" animated gifs created that truly summed up the finale at True Thomas the Storyteller's Concert in the Park today. No seriously. These capture everything about this twisted fairy tale. :)
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That's awesome!
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This is what happens when you make international friends at international bellydance festivals: You help launch an international website. Welcome to Tribal Calendar! <3
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO US! +TribalCalendar is proud to present one website for worldwide bellydance events!
Tribal Mafia for Tribal Calendar homepage
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Playing with "Photo Sphere" because LOOK! NEW CUBICLE! I'm no longer working on a folding table... I have a "REAL" desk now. :) [Click through to watch an animated tour of my new digs.]
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singer, yarn spinner, effervescent
Effervescence is a state of mind. It's about choosing to bring sunshine to the day. Every person I meet matters.

I'm a singer, songwriter, fiber artist, amateur webdesigner, photographer, and generally over-committed gal, with an (excessively) optimistic look at life

Some of you know me as Cat, once upon a time I was called Chris, and many of you know me as Eilidh (AY-lee). You can even see some more bio information about me at or

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Earned General Skills (GS) in ATS(R), Recorded and published 3 CDs, toured with 2 groups, performed in 3 countries, launched a crafts business...
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Chris McGlothlin, Eilidh Swann
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