Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Making an 18th Century Fire Bucket

Hi everyone!

So on my neverending historical studies, I joined Gunn Klass, a class that is presented by a couple board members at the museum. It focuses on skills like making flint locks, leather sewing, blacksmithing, and more. For the first project of the Fall semester, we are making fire buckets! This has been a fun and challenging project so far and here are the beginnings of it. :)


1.) We started with a slab of leather that is to eventually be the bucket. It is marked on the side where the holes will be punctured.



2.) Next, we punctured the holes so the sides could be stitched using a saddle stitch to make the seam.


3.) Right before the stitching started, Paul (one of the class instructors) predicted that some of us would break the needles while stitching (by pulling too hard with a pair of pliers). And...I ended up breaking a needle right away.


Epic fail...

4.) But I was able to start again with another needle, and this time successfully completed my stitching.




5.) After stitching what would be the side seam, the leather had to soak for a while...




6.) Then it was taken out and put into a mould that would shape it into its bucket shape (I had to hammer in the mould with a heavy "Thor" hammer, which was loads of fun).




That's it for now, folks. I will return with more progress on the bucket and another real blogpost. Also some news...


A hint at one of my newest projects...










*****


For first access to giveaways and other content not seen by the rest of the world, sign up for the free Messages from the Labyrinth Newsletter!

Paperback copies of Descent (The Birthrite Series, #1) and Sacred Atonement:Novelette (The Birthrite Series, # 1.5) available together for the low price of $21.00 at my Official Website


My music projects are available at CDBaby
My filmwork is on IMDb
"The Birthrite Series" and other books at Smashwords and Barnes & Noble NOOK
 My books and music are also on Amazon and iTunes
Tiffany on Goodreads
Support great authors and independent bookstores at Smashwords and Indiebound

Thursday, September 8, 2016

New Music Video and Halloween Blog!

Hi everyone,

During this very  busy week, I was able to post my newest music video for my song, "A Prayer." The video was directed by my filmmaker friend, Matt Jefferson and also starred Jason English, Jason Fuller, and Eric Prestley. The song is a fan favorite, so enjoy!



And check out a little behind the scenes action from when we were shooting it! :)


And stay tuned for some more footage from shows, including a forthcoming 18th century tavern night performance with the Wayward Companions. I will also be posting photos of an 18th century fire bucket that I'll be making, and of course I will be back to blogging about topics I love.

Stay tuned and have a lovely rest of the week.

PS- Also stay tuned for my 31 Days of Halloween Blog... (I'm experimenting with having this as its own separate blog this year)










*****


For first access to giveaways and other content not seen by the rest of the world, sign up for the free Messages from the Labyrinth Newsletter!

Paperback copies of Descent (The Birthrite Series, #1) and Sacred Atonement:Novelette (The Birthrite Series, # 1.5) available together for the low price of $21.00 at my Official Website


My music projects are available at CDBaby
My filmwork is on IMDb
"The Birthrite Series" and other books at Smashwords and Barnes & Noble NOOK
 My books and music are also on Amazon and iTunes
Tiffany on Goodreads
Support great authors and independent bookstores at Smashwords and Indiebound

Monday, September 5, 2016

News and Fall Happenings...

Greetings!
Summer is almost over and Fall is just around the corner. And Autumn is my favorite time of the year. :)
There has also been a lot going on over here. First, I am happy to announce that my novel Descent (The Birthrite Series, #1) is part of a special edition subscription book box this coming October. This year, Author Ashley Nestler started up the Go Indie Now! Subscription Book Box as a way of helping to promote independent authors (authors that are either self-published or on a smaller indie press) to new readers. My book Descent will be part of their special edition Celtic Lore - Myths & Legends Box. I am also honored to be helping curate this box (along with the Shadows that Linger October themed box) with items from my forthcoming scent line, Antiquity & Illusion, which will be released later this month.
Antiquity & Illusion will feature potpourri, candles, aroma beads, wax tarts, and more made with very high quality essential oils, beeswax and soy wax. I have had wonderful experiences with "previewing" my product line by donating some of the items to be raffled off at a couple charity events. Now, I am thrilled to be officially releasing them this October through my online store and the book box. There should be still time to subscribe to both the Celtic Lore and Shadows Linger boxes. Both will be going out in October and are featuring either my literature or/and items from my Antiquity & Illusion product line:

Speaking of books (mine, as well as the books of others), this passed April, I participated as an author in the Brain 2 Books Cyber Con. Because I was relatively new to something like this, my participation was minimal, meaning I had my own virtual booth and entered my novel Descent in a raffle. In next year's con, I will be participating on a greater level, including hosting blog tours at my blog. This won't be taking place until April of 2017, so I will be posting news as further developments for the event are made. But in the meantime, check out the website:


On the music front, I am now officially involved with two historical music acts (in addition to my own musical projects). I recently performed with the Pittsburgh Historical Music Society at the Depreciation Lands Museum's Ice Cream Social back in July. Here are a couple videos from that performance:




I will be making more appearances with the orchestra in their future concert dates (which will also be posted on the Shows & Events page of my website). I have also been invited to join the Wayward Companions (a sort of 'off-shoot' from the orchestra). My first performance with them will be at the Depreciation Lands Museum's Tavern Night, taking place in Allison Park, PA this Saturday evening (September 10). In addition to my Wayward Companions performance at Tavern Night, I will also be entertaining patrons with stories and other songs of the 18th century taverns (or 'ordinaries').
For more info, visit the following links:

Thanks everyone and have a wonderful week. :)









*****



For first access to giveaways and other content not seen by the rest of the world, sign up for the free Messages from the Labyrinth Newsletter!

Paperback copies of Descent (The Birthrite Series, #1) and Sacred Atonement:Novelette (The Birthrite Series, # 1.5) available together for the low price of $21.00 at my Official Website


My music projects are available at CDBaby
My filmwork is on IMDb
"The Birthrite Series" and other books at Smashwords and Barnes & Noble NOOK
 My books and music are also on Amazon and iTunes
Tiffany on Goodreads
Support great authors and independent bookstores at Smashwords and Indiebound