Friday, September 21, 2018

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5 Tips for Visiting King Richard's Faire with Teens

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5 Tips for Visiting King Richard's Faire with Teens | 3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires
 Visiting King Richard's Faire in Carver, Massachusetts is a fall tradition for our family, like picking apples, except with far more fun, excitement, and laughter.  This year, our children are a bit older, with our oldest being just a few months shy of 15.  For the first time in 7 years, our children did not ask to go through M'Lady's Shady Maze.  It was the dawn of a new era.

For all you Renaissance faire goers who have older children, I've put together a few tips to help ensure a fun time is had by all.  Aside from common sense tips, like telling your teens to stay together, to keep their phones on and with them at all times, to not leave the faire, to stay away from axe and knife throwing, and to not take candy from strangers, these are some things we found to be helpful during our family's visit to King Richard's Faire this year . . .


5 Tips for Visiting King Richard's Faire with Teens:

1.  Renfaire t-shirts - If your children are getting older and are reluctant to dress-up in costumes, Renaissance faire-themed t-shirts are a great option. They are fun, festive, and comfortable to wear, especially if you plan to stay all day.  I purchased custom renfaire t-shirts from The Paisley Hanger Boutique because I couldn't find exactly what I wanted online.  It was super-easy to order once I decided what I wanted.   The three shirts below were created for me, my husband, and our daughter.  My husband received many thumbs ups throughout the day for his shirt.
Custom Renaissance Faire T-Shirts from The Paisley Hanger Boutique | 3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires

I really love the way the 'warrior princess' t-shirt came out for my son's girlfriend.  The design was perfect for a teenage girl.

2.  Enjoy some shows together as a family - Before you let your teens go off on their own, try to catch a few shows together.  We made a list of what acts everyone wanted to see and tried to time it so we could see as many as possible.  Believe it or not, being organized enough to get to each stage early enough to get good seats is not an easy feat.  For example, we missed The Great Cats of the World Show this year because we had to squeeze in a bathroom break.  By the time we got there, the audience was packed and we couldn't get near it.  Luckily, we were able to get great seats for some very fun, laugh-out-loud shows.  Part of what makes these shows great is they always ask for volunteers from the audience.


Our Teens' 3 Favorite Shows at King Richard's Faire 2018 . . . 

#1: Kevin Armour was new to King Richard's Faire this year with his 'Up in Arms' act.  Our usually not-easily-impressed teenage son declared this act to be his new favorite.
Kevin Armour at King Richard's Faire 2018 | 3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires

Yes, he does put his whole body through a tennis racket. 😮
The 'Up in Arms' Show at King Richard's Faire 2018 | 3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires

Our daughter was selected to be one of the volunteers.  It was not her first time as an audience participant at King Richard's Faire.  She did great, and she got to keep a beautiful yellow rose as a souvenir.

Kevin Armour at the 'Up in Arms' Show at King Richard's Faire 2018 | 3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires

#2: Although the Washing Well Wenches are a King Richard's Faire classic, it was our first time watching their show.  I have to say that I have never laughed so hard in my entire life, and tears ran down my face more than once during the show.  Although there was no profanity, the humor is very suggestive and over-the-top.  You will need to decide when your children are mature enough for the Washing Well Wenches.
Washing Well Wench Gerty at King Richard's Faire 2018 | 3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires

Gerty (pictured above) and Sprout (pictured below) were such animated, charismatic characters.  The entire family enjoyed the show immensely.
Washing Well Wench Sprout at King Richard's Faire 2018 | 3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires

Washing Well Wenches at King Richard's Faire 2018 | 3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires

#3:  Jacques Ze Whipper has always been a favorite of the whole family.  We always watch his show at least once per visit to King Richard's Faire.  My husband secretly wishes to be chosen as a volunteer from the audience every year. Maybe next year . . .
Jacques Ze Whippeur at King Richard's Faire 2018 | 3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires

3.  Set aside some free time - Be sure to set aside time when your teens can explore King Richard's Faire freely.  There is so much to discover between acts they've never seen and the many artisan shops.  This year, I feel like we did not leave enough time for exploration because we had to leave an hour before the faire closed for the day.  If possible, I recommend allowing two hours for your teens to walk around without being rushed.

4.  Make sure your teen has cash - Although most shops take credit or debit cards, some shops only take cash, and some only take cards with a minimum purchase.  In addition, all food vendors only take food tickets, which can only be purchased with cash.  All games and rides only accept cash, as well.

A new treat at King Richard's Faire this year are the 'unicorn donuts'.  They are delicious plain, but can be drizzled with maple glaze or the very special pink and blue unicorn glaze topped with edible glitter.
Unicorn Donuts with Edible Glitter at King Richard's Faire | 3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires

Some of the rides our teens chose this year, were the Pirate Ship Ride and the Pony Ride.
The Pirate Ship Ride at King Richard's Faire | 3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires

Pony Ride at King Richard's Faire | 3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires

5.  Set a time and place to meet up - Set a time 10 or 15 minutes before you actually need to leave to all reconvene.  This builds in a buffer in case your teens lose track of time.  Also, set a meeting place that's easy to find, such as at the Remembrance Shoppe or at the SKY Chairs.  They can likely ask anyone at the faire how to get to either of these locations.

This year, King Richard's Faire is open every weekend between now and October 21st, 2018.  They are even open on Columbus Day!  Check out the schedule of themed weekends and special events to help you decide which weekend to attend.  You can purchase tickets online, which is what I recommend,  or at the gate.

See more photos from our 2018 visit here.

If you're a faire regular, let us know what tips you have to share for visiting King Richard's Faire

Monday, September 10, 2018

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Personalized Star Wars Pet ID Tags

Personalized Star Wars Pet Tags | 3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires
 Since we adopted this pair of kittens in July, life has been interesting (and lots of fun).  These are not our first kittens by any means, but they are the most mischievous kittens we've ever welcomed to our family.  If you follow me on Instagram, then you already know that Yoda is the one with the big ears, and Kenobi is the one with the smudge of black on his nose.

Although we had purchased some basic ID tags at our local pet supply store on the way to picking up these 9-week old brothers, we later decided we needed tags more fitting of their personalities.  That's when my online search led me to stumble upon the TagNTrail shop on Etsy. This shop sells handmade pet ID tags, waterproof collars, and more.  There were several Star Wars-themed pet tags to choose from, but I ended up with the Obi-wan pet tag for Kenobi because he's so lovable, and the Jedi pet tag for Yoda because he can jump so high that you'd swear he could fly.  I had a great experience buying from this Etsy shop.  I was able to choose the font color for our pets' names and contact info located on the back of the tags. The shop owner was even nice enough to change the lightsabers on Yoda's tag from red to green for me (because you know, Yoda's lightsaber is green).

At first I thought the tags, which are about 1.25" in diameter, would be too big for our little kittens, but they were very lightweight and didn't seem to get in the way of their daily mischief at all.  You have the option to ask for smaller jumprings if you have smaller pets.  I forgot to do that (oops), but it worked out well for us to simply put the tags on the ring that came with the kitten collars.  I'm pretty happy with these tags, and I'd definitely return to this Etsy shop next time I need dog or cat ID tags.

More Etsy Finds . . . 
Plush FuzzyNipper Catnip Toys | 3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires
Fuzzy Nipper Catnip Toys from the Auntiemcreations Shop

Handmade Kitten-sized Collars from Etsy | 3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires
Kitten-size Collars from SusansSewingStall Shop 

Do you like to shop handmade?
Share your Etsy finds with us in a comment here!

Also, check out how these talented Etsy shop owners are Making It for some real life inspiration.

Thursday, August 23, 2018

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Easily Attach Iron-on Patches Without Ironing or Sewing

Attach iron-on patches with no sewing and no ironing | 3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires
 This past July, our oldest son competed in the USA Taekwondo National Championships for the third year in a row, and brought home a bronze medal for poomsae.  I was so proud of him because, although he had earned a medal in sparring in the past, he had yet to medal in poomsae, which is his true passion.

While at Nationals, we picked up some patches for his competition uniform and for his competition team jacket.  We had the patch sewn onto his uniform by a local tailor for $5.  Easy!  Attaching the patch for his team jacket was not so easy.  Since the jacket has a polyester nylon shell, I was told that puncturing it with a needle could cause damage down the road, and that it cannot withstand an iron hotter than 300 degrees.

I researched the issue online multiple times, watched many tutorials, and even reached out to Sport-Tek, the manufacturer of the jacket.  Still, I could not find a definitive answer about how to effectively and safely attach this patch, which has an iron-on coating on the back, to this polyester nylon jacket.  I did not want to experiment with any iffy methods, and risk ruining my son's jacket.

Then one day, in a last ditch effort, I tried to Google the issue again.  I came across quotes from reviews on Amazon for a product that did not show up in my searches before, so I clicked through.  The product was called Badge Magic.  I read the reviews, and they looked very promising.  Still, I did not see any that stated that this product would work on a nylon jacket using an iron-on type patch, so I asked the question.  Several past purchasers replied that it should, but one finally replied with a definite "Yes!".  That was what I was waiting for, so I ordered one sheet to give it a try.  It worked GREAT!!!  Since I had so much trouble finding the information I needed for attaching our patch, I wanted to share how easy this process turned out to be . . .


How to Attach a Patch the No-Iron, No-Sew Way:

Supplies Needed:
Sharp Pencil
Scissors
Ruler
TIP #1:  Be sure the fabric item to which you will be attaching the patch is clean and wrinkle-free, if possible.
Step 1.  Place your regular or iron-on patch right-side up on the printed side of the Badge Magic sheet.  While holding the badge in place with one hand, trace the shape of the badge using a pencil with the other.
TIP #2: Using an automatic pencil worked well for me because it gave me a fine line, and I was able to trace as close to the patch as possible without making any marks on the edges of the patch.
How to attach iron-on patches with no sewing and no ironing | 3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires

Step 2. Following the outline you traced, cut out the shape of the patch from the Badge Magic sheet.
Easily attach iron-on patches with no sewing and no ironing | 3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires

Step 3. Peel off the printed backing from the shape you cut out, exposing the sticky surface.
How to easily attach iron-on patches with no sewing and no ironing | 3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires

Step 4. Carefully position the patch right-side up on the sticky surface, trying to line up the edges exactly.  Press down firmly to adhere the Badge Magic shape to the backside of the patch.
TIP #3:  The adhesive is extremely sticky, so try to be precise when attaching the Badge Magic to the back of your patch.  It would be best to have an adult complete this step.
Attaching iron-on patches with no sewing and no ironing tutorial | 3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires

Step 5. If the Badge Magic shape is larger than your patch on any of the edges, trim the Badge Magic shape with scissors until its edges match up with those of your patch.

Step 6.  Using a ruler, determine and take note of the desired position for the patch.  (For example, I measured how far down from the shoulder seam the patch should be while my son was wearing the jacket.  I also noted that the top right corner of the patch should hit the edge of the red stripe.  Then I used those same guidelines to position the patch with the jacket sleeve laying flat.)
Attaching iron-on patches the no-sew and no-iron way | 3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires

Step 7.  Carefully remove the plain white backing from the back of the patch, exposing the second sticky surface.
TIP #4:  According to the Badge Magic instructions, at this point you should fold back any extra adhesive seen around the edges of the patch, however, if you had trimmed the Badge Magic shape (Step 5), then this should be unnecessary.
How to attach iron-on patches the no-sew and no-iron way | 3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires

Step 8.  Position the badge in the desired position.  When the position looks correct, press down firmly on the badge.  Rub the handle of your scissors over the entire badge, especially the edges, to make sure there is a strong bond.
TIP #5:  Since my son's jacket has a nylon shell, like a windbreaker, it was shipped to us with creases all over.  I did not have a way to remove these creases, so I used both hands to put tension on the area where the patch was to be placed to flatten the material while placing the patch on the jacket.
Learn how to attach iron-on patches the no-sew and no-iron way | 3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires

That's it!  The process was super-quick.  The Badge Magic is said to be washable, but I have not tested that yet.  My son's jacket is new and has barely been worn due to the warm weather.
Tutorial for attaching iron-on patches the no-sew and no-iron way | 3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires

Below is the Badge Magic instructional video.  According to the reviews on Amazon, this product works great for Boy Scout and Girl Scout badges too.


What other uses can you think of for Badge Magic?
Share your ideas with us in a comment here.