Monday 26 November 2012

With Warm Regards

I received a message yesterday from a person who was at the boot workshop I presented. I asked permission if I could post the message on here, as it touched me very much. So, here it is.

"Hi Berith,

i hope it is ok that i message you here even though you were so kind yesterday to give me your email address (which i no doubt will use in the future!).

i just wanted to say again how much i enjoyed your workshop yesterday. i felt incredibly honoured and privileged to sit with you and Your Sir while you finished His boots. i have to admit that i never have really gotten the whole "bootblacking" concept. Sir has tried to explain it to me, the depth, the connection, the feeling of it all ... but it escaped me ... that is, until yesterday. Dont get me wrong, i have done Sir's boots and i have enjoyed it to a certain extent, but i knew there was "something" missing. After watching how your Sir watched You, quietly sitting, soft smile, the light in His eyes ... gave me goosebumps. Although you were teaching and focused on many things at once, i was absolutley bowled over by the connectiong between the two of You as you did His boots. And i'm very happy to say that i think got "it" ... i dont want to be so bold to say i completely understand, as that will be my journey going forward, but You both opened a door to me that i am very excited about.

i am very excited to venture forth and start obtaining the items that will grow within my own bootblacking kit (with your guidance i hope!). i have a feeling your handout will be referred to often ... :)
Again, thank you so much for your time, your hard work, the sharing of your energy, and for opening my eyes to such possibilies. i do hope that we can stay in touch ...

Warm regards, vixengrl"

Saturday 24 November 2012

Boots: Foundation of a Bond

Today, I gave a workshop with the above title. It went very well and I had lots of positive feed back from people who found it interesting and people who seemed very intrigued and eager to learn. It was a pleasure to teach, learn and make new friends.

From what is in a kit, to history and basic technique and even personal flare. Some people got down and dirty with me getting their hands covered in Huberd's and having a grand time. I learned a few things and came a little more out of my shell. It was wonderful. Thank you all for making the experience possible and making it a great one. I will save some information I shared for another post, but I will leave you with one quote I hold dear, that I heard from a friend.

"Boots tell a story, and it is our turn to get them ready for the next chapter."

Tuesday 13 November 2012

Blanched By Boots

I had made another observation while at Taboo. Of course to the main population, the dungeon area seems "extreme" and/or "hardcore". However, I found it odd that people seemed to be more ok with flogging, than they were with boot blacking! I believe I got more odd looks with my boot blacking than anything else in the dungeon (maybe with the exception of the hook suspension). Sure it can be a very intimate, but I just thought it was odd that people seemed to be more afraid to get their boots shined than they were to walk up to the cross and touch it.

Sunday 11 November 2012

A Beacon Of Light, In Kinky Times.

Taboo this weekend was a grand time. I got a nice fill of boot blacking and met some old friends, and made a few new ones. Even some friend I already had and didn't know where into certain things!

The big highlight was seeing a friend from high school. It has been pretty much exactly a year since I saw her last (at Taboo nonetheless) and reminiscing of her, I always thought of her as a little beacon of light on someones shoulder. Little miss open minded, but innocent and well behaved. I still see her that way, but I little less innocent. I always loved being around her as she made me smile and laugh. She commented that last time she saw me I looked as if I was "a kicked puppy", as I was not happy with my life. Now, I was feeling down because of the job I lost, but when she said I looked happier than last time she say me... Things sort of just clicked right then. Yeah, I lost my job but everything else is great. She may not be as innocent as I thought she was, but she is still the open minded and beacon of good that I thought she was. This is a bit of a thank you to her, that little angel that likes to sit on the left shoulder now and then.

I also got to run around in a giant inflatable hamster ball in a pool. What a fucking blast that was!

Thursday 8 November 2012

A Taboo Experience

Yup, it is that time of year again. The Taboo, Naughty But Nice Sex Show starts tonight. It one place where I don't feel super anxious and nervous with the amounts of people that are there because I guess I just feel... in my element.

Yours truly has been offered the chance to work at Taboo this year, in the dungeon. I will be bootblacking and I am quite excited. It has been a while since I have blacked due to the Eagle closing. I was hoping I would have my home made custom kit up and running by now, but alas I do not. I will be spending my morning today coming up with a good set of rags and system going because I will be blacking for a couple of hours and I want to make sure that:

                    A) I am comfy, 
                    B) The "blackee" is comfy,
                    C) I have enough rags to do a good job,
                    D) have good access to my supplies with out making a mess, and
                    E) Have a grand time

Since I just lost my job too (which sucks big time) I hope I make at least a little bit of money, but you know me... I hate pushing for tips for boot blacking. It just seems wrong to push.On the bright side, I guess it is cool how something that I get excited for every year and have fun at has happened to fall on the day after I am fired. I will do my best to take it as a pick-me-up. That being said, I am off to go work on things. See you all at Taboo this weekend!

Taboo, The Naughty but Nice Sex Show info can be found here.

Friday 2 November 2012

A Boot-iful Lesson

Well, finally something exciting to post about. And a shout out to awful puns.

Your truly has been offered to opportunity to present a workshop class on bootblacking. I thank Draxa for pointing those putting it on in my direction and Sir Lionheart for allowing this circumstance to befall.

I am very nervous as I have never done anything quite like this before, but at the same time I am very excited. I know this event is not... a 101 workshop. It is more than just a "how to". It is about the connection that is or that can form between those involved. The sensuality and sensuousness of said connection and the emotions that occur. The voluptuousness. Naturally, I am a bit apprehensive. Am I good enough? Well I suspect if I wasn't, no one would have suggested me, nor come to me to ask. I surmise I am more overwrought than fearful in this case.

I suppose I should stock up on my blacking supplies. Perhaps I should even work on that custom boot kit box I've been dreaming and rambling about. Yeah, I think I am just getting really excited now. Here I go, off to put together my lesson.

For those of you who have Fetlife, here is a link to the event posted on there: In Leather Spirit, Fall Workshop

Not Long Forgotten

Well, Since I started my new job, it feels like that is all I have been doing. It isn't but it feels like it. I have nothing to really rant about. To point out or explain. Or to even ramble on about. That being said, I felt as if I needed to make a post.

I feel as though I have been slacking off for procrastinating my duties for the Calgary Kinky Kennel Club. Granted I haven't had as much time as I used to for it, however it still is important and dear to me. Things have and are being planned!