It’s official.  Elizabethan Mafia has completed it’s move to the new GoDaddy servers.  I’m very excited.

I did notice during the transition that there are some things I need to clean up and add in the project galleries that I had forgotten about so I am going to try to work on that over the next week.  I’m also going to see if I can clean up the layout since I was never really all that happy with it in the first place.

If you follow Elizabethan Mafia via Google Reader or another RSS feed reader you may need to go in and adjust your settings or change the address as my blog is not located at “www.elizabethanmafia.com” not “www.elizabethanmaifa.com/blog” as it used to be.

If you find that you are having any issues at all please do not hesitate to email me (my address is on the About page) or leave a comment.

While I was at Dragon*Con there were apparently some major problems with my website.  It has since been restored, although I am missing my last post on starting the research for my new rapier armor because I apparently had not backed up the site before leaving on Friday like I thought I had.  Well, one post is a small price to pay for having everything back up and running correctly.  Over the next several days/week I will be transferring hosting companies.  I have become very unhappy with the security and customer service offered by my current host and I have begun the process of transferring my site to GoDaddy.  Every effort will be made impact you all as little as possible and I will keep you all up to date as the transfer progresses.  Wish me luck!

27. November 2011 · Write a comment · Categories: Website · Tags:

In October I decided to take the plunge and begin migrating everything on my site over to WordPress.  Maintaining what was effectively two sites on the same topic was taking too much time and since most of my updates were to the blog I just felt like moving everything to WordPress just made the most sense.  Yesterday I finished the migration.  I never did find a pdf plugin but since I was already using drop box I just decided to store my articles and tutorials there.

I hope all of you had a very happy Thanksgiving.  We spent the holiday with my husband’s family and had a lovely day.

19. October 2011 · 4 comments · Categories: Website · Tags:

I’ve finally decided to take the plunge and move my entire site over to WordPress.  I started it last week and I’m only able to work on it a little bit at a time but I am really looking forward to having everything in one place rather than having half my stuff on the website and half my stuff on the blog.  Now to find a pdf plugin that I like.

My Recreating Elizabethan Bodies tutorial is now available in the tutorial section of my website.  I got it uploaded over the weekend.

Grettir has also made the class notes for is I.33-Liechtenauer Symposium available online.  You can download them here.

This past weekend was Atlantian Crown.  I had a fabulous time but, as usual, I brought my camera and didn’t take it out all day.  I really need to stop that!

Finally, I spent most of Sunday working on it and I’m now nearly finished with my current Foundations Revealed article.  Now I’m hoping that if I really dedicate the rest of the week to it and don’t allow myself to get distracted I can finish it early and possibly be free to day trip Tourney of Friends this weekend.  We’ll see how it goes.

Yesterday was my birthday and it was quite frankly one of the best birthdays ever.  My hubby took me out to dinner with friends and we had not one but two sushi boats!  Well, to be honest we had a sushi Titanic and a sushi life raft comprising a total of 58 rolls that met a tragic fate on the high seas of our dinner table.  It was epic.

I’m still in the process of organizing my plans for the wardrobe project, what I want to work on first, and what I’m going to do about the Flanders gown.  I’m almost ready to make a fabric order but first I need to make a couple of pairs of brais and maybe a new fighting shirt to send of with my husband to Gulf Wars.

One thing I have been debating is whether or not I should merge my website with my blog moving everything into WordPress, or whether I should continue to maintain both a separate site and blog.  While I still think Joomla is better than Worpress for creating a stand alone site, I do like the idea of having everything together and I think WordPress would work better for merging the two since it’s way better at handling static pages (its weakness) than Joomla is at blogging.  Still weighing things out though.

I’m in the middle of preparations for Ymir so things have been a little quiet here.  Currently the weather for this weekend is supposed to be amazing so lets hope that the forecast holds.

I’ve done a little reorganizing on the website and I’m in the early planning stages of two major projects.  I’ll be able to talk about them in more depth once I’ve finished outlining my plans a little better.

I have been looking through a 1591 edition of A Book of Cookrye and I wanted to share one of the sauce recipes with you all.  The following is a rough transcription of the recipe.

To Make Sauce for Capons or Turkey Fowles

Take onions and dice them thin, and boil them in fair water until they be boiled dry, and put some of the gravy into them and pepper grore beaten*.

From reading through the recipe I believe you are to thinly dice the onion and boil it, allowing the water to reduce until the onions are nearly dry.  Once the water is reduced add some gravy to the sauce from you birds and a little ground pepper to taste.

I’m planning on trying this recipe for myself in the next week or two.  I’ll let you all know how it goes.

*I believe “pepper grore beaten” means ground pepper but I am very new at working with period recipes.

I did get pictures of my Flanders gown.  They are still currently on the camera with my KASF pictures because I’ve been totally lazy about downloading them but I should have them up before the end of the weekend.  In pseudo related news I discovered at KASF that I have to take in my last last pair of bodies and I expect I will have to alter my Flanders gown now as well.  That was pretty cool.

KASF was really inspiring.  I’ve been rather uninspired project wise lately and it really helped to get my juices flowing.  I’m currently brainstorming a couple of projects and I’m getting back to my long sidelined jacket project.  I am doing some reevaluating of the jacket project though.  My vision of where I’d like it to go has changed a bit and I don’t know whether it’s better to alter to project to suit my vision or to continue to push on to finish it as is.

I’m also considering a website reorg and maybe a new template.  It’s been about two years since the last one and since I usually get this itch every 2 years or so this one is hitting me pretty much right on schedule.

26. January 2011 · Write a comment · Categories: Website · Tags:

I’m still pondering all four options but for the time being I think I’m just going to leave things as they are.  This gives me more time and doesn’t rock the boat too much so to speak. :)  So for now I will probably just make an “Other Timeperiods” section to my portfolio for the couple post 1600 projects I have going.  If it starts to dilute the focus of Elizabethan Mafia though I will most likely go ahead and create a sister site for them.

Sorry there was not a practice update this week.  I was very busy with work on Thursday and unable to make it out.  Hopefully this week will be easier and I will be able to make it out.  I’ve really enjoyed the last few practices and it feels good to be out again even if it is freezing cold in NC this winter.

Not much happened with the Flanders gown this weekend.  We helped friends move into their (very beautiful) brand new house on Saturday, Saturday and Sunday I had to go into work to check on a freezer that decided to start acting up Saturday, and I spent Sunday afternoon running a low grade fever, drinking lots of juice, and working on a web design project.  I’ve been thinking though that I would really like to wear the gown to KASF in a couple of weeks (Feb 5th).  Everything is cut out and the interlining has been stiffened so I really think I could finish it up by then if I set some time aside for it.  So my plan for tonight is to make sure everything is ironed and sketch out a rough schedule for myself.

The other thing I’ve been considering over the past week is what to do about my site and my expanding costuming interests.  I’ve been branching out more and more into 19th and early 20th century fashions.  However discussing them and putting them up on “Elizabethan Mafia” seems out of place.  I’d like to continue to keep Elizabethan Mafia focused but at the same time I’d like to start discussing my other costuming endeavors.  Currently I have several options running around in my head:

  1. Just keep everything at Elizabethan Mafia.  I’ve spent six years building a following here and this is already how everyone knows me.
  2. Make a second site dedicated specifically to 18-20th Century costuming and keep my 14th-16th Century costuming and HMA research at Elizabethan Mafia.
  3. Refocus Elizabethan Mafia around my HMA research and move all my costuming to a new site.
  4. Build an entirely new site from that would cater to all my interests and redirect traffic to it from Elizabethan Mafia.

Thoughts?  Suggestions?  Am I over thinking it?  Am I crazy?  (Most likely but it would be nice if you all told me no.  :) )