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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Epic Royal Breakups: The historic, the mythical, the Legendary

There is a thin line between love and hate, and if you’ve ever been involved in a passionate relationship that ended suddenly, messily, or smashed your heart into a million tiny pieces, then you get it.  Heartbreak is one of life’s guaranteed rites of passage – virtually none of us make it through life without […]

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Tarot Painting Lesson

One of our favorite sights to see when we visit a Renaissance Festival are the evocative, beautiful paintings of the immensely talented artists who show and sell their work at faires; from fantasy-styled works to portraits inspired by Renaissance masters, we’ve seen abundant beautiful works or art. Have you ever wanted to paint a canvas […]

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Beyond Cupid’s Arrow: Women in Archery

As I stood on the field of competition at Sherwood Forest Faire in 2016, I grasped my bow with a sweaty palm and shook from the nerves. I had shot a few times in front of an audience previously, but no one was watching me, I faded into the background as there were plenty of […]

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Featured artist: Lily hufnagel of lilystrations

I recently had the sheer pleasure of chatting with Lily over Facetime, she’s a delightfully positive woman who radiates joy. A native of Pennsylvania who loves Barcelona, her playfulness was evident by the cat ears popping up behind her shoulders, courtesy of a cute pillow case. Who are you and what do you do? My […]

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Falling in love at the Renaissance Festival

“The God of love, a benedicite! How myghty and how greet a lord is he! Ayeyns his myght ther gayneth none obstacles, He may be cleped a god for his myracles, For he kan maken at his owene gyse Of everich herte as that hym list divyse.”- Chaucer, “The Knight’s Tale”    Chaucer’s Knight weaves […]

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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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A Playlist For Breaking up: A Choking GAll

Is there anything more bitter than an epic breakup? And there’s no better way, short of slashing your ex’s tires, to process fury and heartache than blasting a playlist that veers between melancholy and rage; named, to quote famed lover Romeo, “A choking gall”. Our team curated a fabulous, diverse music playlist for you, our […]

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A Playlist for falling in Love: A Preserving Sweet

Ah, the joy of falling in love! And what better way to celebrate being in love on Valentine’s Day than a happy playlist named, to quote famed lover Romeo, “A preserving sweet”? Our team curated a fabulous, diverse music playlist for you, our Renaissance Festival aficionados and readers. It’s a mix of styles and moods […]

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Featured Business: Saorsa Beads

At LadyFaire Living, we want to celebrate and support female-led businesses that operate within, as well as without, the gates of the Renaissance Festival. We hope to appeal to our readers’ sense of style and moxie, while exposing them to artists whose work will delight! Walk into Connie Cooper’s adorable, tiny booth and you’ll find […]

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