[Elfsea] Gift baskets for Defender

lisa duke ladyarabella at home.com
Sun Sep 2 21:03:44 PDT 2001

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Greetings from the Acquirer of Items for Defender Gift Baskets,

It's that time again.  We should impress all those who seek to be our Defenders. Currently I have very little to go in the baskets and chest.  Here is a list of ideas.  Everyone should donate something. Many donations make for very full baskets and a full trunk.

Bring all your donations to the Baronial Pavilion at Defender and HL Robin will see they get into the correct baskets.

Thanks - Arabella

Table linens
period looking coffee mugs
An  illuminated page from a period book
hand knitted mittens
necklaces made of semiprecious stones
handmade glass bottles
crocheted lap warmers
pouches with tablet-woven edges
a   children's activities book about knights
a   full apron for a cook
tablet woven trim
magnifying glasses with a nice handles
Damask napkins
Basket cloths
A   full set of hand-turned wooden feast gear
Hand-made tassels,
Champleve' medallions of the Kingdom's arms.
a   bag painted with the Kingdom's arms,
big turned wooden candlesticks from Hobby Lobby,
chip necklaces,
handmade paper
a   hand made ocarina
long-distance gift cards,
beanie-baby dragons,
silver vases,
sandalwood fans
a   soapstone box and candleholders,
boo-boo medicine,
bath salts
painted wall hangings in Celtic motifs
Honey Mead
Herbal cough remedy
A   pair of vambraces
a   necklace of coral and bone
yardage of damask brocade
a   selection of various trims
wooden chests
napkins painted with the arms,
some really spiffy jewelry pouches
extra long wooden hangers
an  extra long garment bag in kingdom colors
bath oils
little glass jars with various dried/fresh herbs or honey.
hand made cake of hand lotion,
hand made bruise balm
embroidered pouches
dress hand kerchiefs
fresh water pearl necklaces
Giving edibles can be a bad idea - they tend to get shut into boxes
    for  travel and forgotten about.
Getting potables is always nice
Hoods in kingdom colors are really cool!
matching goblets.
Battery powered hand-held fans, socks, little chemical hand-
    warmer  packets to go in your gloves on chilly nights, tiny
    flashlights, etc....
Canvas tote bags
Material(esp white for veils/shirts)
Feast gear
Artificial sinew
Duct tape
Embroidery floss
Books on art in the Middle Ages
Embroidery hoops
A   belt blank
Books on heraldry
Books on armor
A   seam-ripper with the little light on the end
Good paper (ask for 'elephant paper' at a paper shop)
A   piece of good leather
Paintbrushes (ten bucks can get the good ones rather than the
    cruddy  ones)
A   length of trim
A   length of lace
A   basket
Some ostrich plumes
Some pheasant feathers
A   Nine-men Morris game
nice period looking buckles
Rivets for armor
A   strap-cutter
A   rawhide mallet
A   brick of beeswax
A   hydrometer
A   wine thief
A   package of corks
Patterning paper
Books on brewing or vinting
Decks of renaissance style cards
A   yeast culture
Period cookbooks
Hooks and eyes
Good thread
Some antler
A   cows horn
A   yard or two of buckram
Tracing paper
Blank tapes
Brewers logs
Carving linoleum
Some 550 cord
Tent stakes
Banner Poles
Seeds for different herbs
Lamp oil
painted banners and "tapestries"
small binders or booklets in which to list gifts given These binders
    can  have embroidered, painted or leather-worked covers put
    on them.
period belt findings,
period table ware,
antler buttons,
bone/bronze needles,
hand-spun silk or wool thread,
small yardages of brocade that can be used as trim.
award insignia


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