Friday, March 30, 2018

Friday fragments, literally and figuratively

in which our plucky heroine finishes a task...

... back in December, at Tri-Baronial Yule, I was added to the rolls of the Order of the Mountain Sun here in Three Mountains, a Baronial award "given in recognition of exceptional performance in the Arts and/or Sciences in the Barony" To my delight, my dear friend Marya made my original scroll. Only now have I managed to complete matting for the shadowbox frame so it can be added to my Wall of Honor here at Acorn Cottage.

There were a few unexpected complications between bringing the scroll home, and hanging it on the wall... The seal on the scroll shattered to flinders, so I needed to acquire a replacement seal from the Barony. This ended up taking months, and when a new unbroken seal finally made its way here, when it arrived, it was not flat, but rather curved like the rockers on a rocking chair...

I dealt with that by applying gentle heat (about 100F) in the little convection oven, just long enough for it to nicely flatten out. However, in moving it from the baking paper to the tabletop, it just barely tapped the edge of the table, and promptly also shattered, though only into two pieces. The wax used for the Baronial seals is apparently extremely fragile, more than any of the other seals on my other scrolls and charters...

Sigh... rather than wait another three or four months to acquire a third seal, since the cracked pieces aligned near perfectly, careful gluing attached the seal neatly to the document/scroll. (after much conversation on the Book of Face, apparently this sort of cracking of the wax seals is very common) I was able to cut a custom mat, with a curved section to properly accommodate the seal, and finally this lovely piece is safely on the wall where I can enjoy it every day...

The text of the scroll reads, in a faux-cyrillic hand:
So We, Sebastian and Erika, Sovereigns of Kaldorness, of Three Mountains, Magistrates of the ports, Rulers of the Mountain Passes, and so on, for the fact of your many and continuing contributions to the arts and sciences of Our realm, do give you Fjorlief in haga, entrance into our Mountain Sun.

Be then inspired to ever make, learn, and teach, for the good of this Our realm. None may speak against this without risking Our wrath, and so we give our hand and seal, December 16th AS 52

March SMART goals (x=extra)
1 stone wool mitts hook added to mirrorsidebag of fabric
2 skystone wool mitts quince tree plantedbag to Goodwill
3 12 jars applesaucesoles on house boots yard waste bin
4 charter #5 2 cutting boards 1300# deck debris
5 original scroll #1framed Mountain Sun 3 bags to Goodwill
6 Red Hart pendant x x
7 Tigers Claw scroll x x
8 charter #6 x x
9 x
x x
10 x x x
11 x x x
12 x x x
13 x x x
14 x x x
15 x x x

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