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Good to Know: Copper Shining

Hi, all! So recently, I was made aware that I was chosen to work as a volunteer at the upcoming Connecticut Renaissance Faire. I’m super excited to be participating this year, and I’ll be working the Treasury (box office) selling … Continue reading

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Holding a Tune

Under the threat of a tornado watch today, I’ve begun to restring my lyre bit-by-bit. The zither pins came in yesterday, and I immediately noticed a difference between them and the lyre’s original, Pakistani pins. The new ones are made … Continue reading

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What’s in a Name?: The Naming and Backstory of Melodie

I think that one of the most important parts of creating a new character is coming up with the name: It’s something you have to stand behind, react to, and be able to explain to others. Even if this doesn’t … Continue reading

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Harp Parts

While looking through Google tonight, I came across a really neat online store that specializes in unusual instruments. Not only can you buy these instruments on their site, but you can also order kits and parts and decorations and such … Continue reading

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Elf and Elf

I don’t think that it was a very big surprise to anyone when I wanted to make my bard an Elf. What can I say? I’m obsessed! But I was really happy when Denya decided that she wanted to make … Continue reading

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More on the Epoch of the Journey Harp

So tonight I did a little research to figure out how I can fix my pretty little lyre (ha, get it?). After making a few calls, I found at least one place on Long Island that would be willing to … Continue reading

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Rating eBay

After writing last night’s post regarding my harp buying experience, I’ve received some negative feedback from readers of my blog, chastising me for giving this company a positive rating at all. Luckily, I moderate all of my comments. My life … Continue reading

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My “Journey Harp”

About a month ago, I purchased a lyre harp on eBay to use with my Melodie costume. I was a percussionist in school, so I really have very little experience with stringed instruments. Despite that, I was confident that I … Continue reading

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On Second Thought…

I’ve been working on my bard costume for about a month now. It’s been a long process, since I’ve been crafting everything myself and have had to wait for some findings to mail or to actually be able to afford … Continue reading

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“What Has It Got in Its Pocketses?”: Accessorizing a Bard

Bards are travelers that have wandered the world seeking their livelihood. This was probably done by picking up songs and tales from different cultures and performing them before eager (drunken) crowds for a bit of coin. This in and of … Continue reading

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