Folklore and Humanity – a review of Botanical Folk Tales of Britain and Ireland

Have you ever noticed that when you’re walking the lanes of a Renaissance or medieval faire, there is a distinct love of all things connected to the United Kingdom? A generalization, to be sure, but Renfest enthusiasts are often devoted Anglophiles who love tea, kilts, Celtic knotwork, and may even be able to quote sumptuary […]

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Learn to bead a beautiful egg!

We love these beautiful, detailed beaded eggs that make gorgeous, unique spring decorations. If April is for celebrating the arrival of warmth and the blossom of flowers as the Earth becomes fertile once again, a bowl of wildflowers with one of these eggs tucked in amongst the blooms would be beautiful on your table! Angela […]

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The Sacred Art of the Pysanka

Those of us who love Renaissance festivals tend to have an eye for beauty and a passion for history. And though we are often quite familiar with the history of Europe and specifically the United Kingdom, there is rich heritage and art to be celebrated to the East! We think these exquisite eggs are worthy […]

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Valentine’s Gift Guide: For Him. For Her. For Them. For You.

For the upcoming holiday, we looked all over the country for unique gifts made by companies with a heart. If you’re looking to support a small business whose values are part of their mission, may we suggest any of these, as well as the catalog site of Renaissance Festival artisans you’ll find at the bottom […]

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Every Rose Has its thorn: Love, Loss, and Funeral Traditions

“Love was both the softest edge and the sharpest edge of what made life real.”~Susan Meissner, A Fall of Marigolds Grief Begins With Love The Renfest can be such a romantic place, with marriage proposals held on joust stages, knights reciting poetry to flattered and flustered patrons, and flower sellers carrying baskets of floral delights […]

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Celtic Yule Cakes

The Winter Solstice of 2020 in the Northern Hemisphere takes place on December 21. While the solstice is now considered the official beginning of the winter season, for many ancient faiths, it marked the beginning of the slow return of the sun from its lowest spot on the horizon; the first signal that the dark, […]

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How to holiday like a mother

Our intention at LadyFaire is to make our readers’ daily lives a little better, because as much as we’d all love to be at a Renaissance Festival every day, it’s not reality! We all live and function in the everyday world of family, chores, jobs, and relationships. Our motto, “Renaissance Woman, Modern World” speaks to […]

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Ten Things: A cooking hack that will change your life.

The holidays are busy. Heck, we know every day is busy, what with costumes to make or mend, swordplay and archery to practice, serfs (aka children) to wrangle. What’s a Renaissance woman (or man, we’re not sexist) to do? Get sharp in the kitchen, that’s what. Kristen Johnston, staff writer, archeress extraordinaire, Renaissance Festival vendor, […]

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Please Good Missus, a soul cake!

By Christine Boyett Barr Forget the twelve days of Christmas – did you know there are three days of Halloweentide? Starting with All Hallow’s Eve on October 31st, Halloweentide also encompassed All Saints Day on November 1st, and wrapped up with All Souls Day on the 2nd. In a precursor to trick or treating, mummers, […]

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The Path to Heaven passes through a teapot

Americans have a caffeine addiction; our hurry-hurry go-go pace requires it. Coffee feeds into our souped-up view of ourselves as overachievers on the cusp of our next idea, project, or promotion, thus the coffee culture with its plethora of coffee shops around the country.Tea has a different chemistry though it does contain caffeine, some blends […]

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