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Jennifer Guyton-Bohlen
Attended Cedar Crest College
Lives in Port Ewen, NY
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Friends...this coffin which Ryan and I have lovingly dubbed this, is in our enclosed porch. It is filled with soil. We can't necessarily completely remove it because the wall of the porch is built on to it but we aren't sure really what to do with it or hell what it was to begin with. So we ask you friends in the googleverse for suggestions on what to do with it. We aren't averse to tearing out one of the walls butt figured we'd turn to you for some ideas. suggest away!
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If you empty it out would it be big enough to make it into a hot tub?
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It is a failing of human nature to detest anything that young people do just because older people are not used to it or have trouble…
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Two new Elizabethan freehand blackwork embroidery patterns, transcribed from extant Renaissance era redworked smocks.
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I was thinking that too =)
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Thank you for sharing these!
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90% moved in. Holy cow we did it thanks to our friends! Couldn't have done it without you!
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Congratulations again. :)
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There is freedom waiting for you,
On the breezes of the sky,
And you ask "What if I fall?"
Oh but my darling,
What if you fly?
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Ok, now that I am home a few thoughts....I speak here as a member of the maunch who will not participate on the polling lists because of the nasty, judgmental commentary. In fact, I no longer care about any of the SCA awards (exception of Baronial awards. Those matter more to me for some reason.) I speak also as A&S competitor and judge, more than a few times for both.

First, the idea that A&S competitions are about getting noticed and counting toward a laurel, is fundamentally flawed.   Its not, or rather it should not, be viewed that way. The idea that everything we do is about getting recognized and awarded is insulting both to a competitor and the order of laurels/maunches.   You do embroidery because you love it. You look forward to it each and every day (or SOCKS ON ALL THE PEOPLE). This is what drives you. You literately light up when you talk about it.  Its wonderful to see and talk to you about.   A competition or display should provide you a place to share your work, both to get feedback from those who do your thing, and to inspire those who are not as good at it as you are.  It also can provide you with a "hard deadline" or "goal" to help motivate you to push yourself.  To imply that you are delayed in reaching your laurel because you no longer do competitions or displays is insulting and demeaning to your efforts.  If someone told you that you could never get a laurel in embroidery would you give it up and try something else or would you give up the laurel?  (not even a hard question to answer, really.)

Second, I hate to see that ONE voice, no matter how good or bad, has that much power over you. I encourage you to enter again if you can get something good out of a competition or display.   Or if you can give something good. As I said above displays can be also about helping and inspiring others too.  However competitions are not the only way to get feedback and I know you have that covered.

So I don't see this as a broken system of competitions and judges (although we could certainly work on judging and competing skills, says the teacher who is teaching those skills at Pennsic this year...). This is a symptom of a broken award structure in the East Kingdom (and perhaps the larger SCA, although it is harder for me to speak to this personally.)  We assume that if you do arts and sciences in some public way that you intend working for a laurel or other awards. This is not always the case.  We assume that the best way to spur artistic endeavors is to reward them publicly, which is not always true either, although encouragement is helpful.  We assume that competition brings out the best in people. Not always true either. Its as if we are mimicking the fighting field in the A&S environment.  We assume that though anonymous judging in both competitions and in polling orders, we are able to speak with honesty.  When we do so, mentors become lawyers, voters become judges and not mentors, and communication breaks down between those who have an award and someone they are considering for inclusion in the order (as if there was any communication to begin with...grrrrr).  

A judge/voter/expert in any SCA environment, is not a critic, but rather a mentor. (IMO If you are not prepared to be a mentor don't act as a A&S judge.) A competition is not the end of a "goal" but rather the start of a conversation about your subject with both mentors and students.  Personally, this is why I enter competitions; the hard deadlines also help me.  Although I'm getting less and less of this sort of response over the years. This is why I'm happy to judge competitions too.

Boy do I sound like a long winded fortune cookie.....or Don Quixote.
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I don't recall having a swollen lymph node before. Omg they hurt!
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I've had them too. Warm compresses gives me some relief. 
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Oh man I totally missed this display.
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Mood has taken a severe downward turn. Time for funny movie quotes....and maybe puppies. Please!
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(the above quote is one of the few from that movie that I could post publicly, I mean, the context of "it's twue, it's twue!" and the purported follow up line is ... off color at best)
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I am an embroiderer, photographer, seamstress, knitter, singer, reader, avid movie watcher, painter, online gamer, cub scouts assistant den mom, Scadian & shire officer and SUPERMOM to two very handsome and wonderful boys. Of course, I am biased. :D

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Earned a college degree WHILE having two kids in the process!
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    Art, 2005
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