Droughtlander Reprieve: The Spider and the Stone

Droughtlander takes its toll on each and every Outlander fan. We scramble around finding books, shows, and events to fill the void while awaiting a new season. As Voyager comes to an end, we find ourselves in the doldrums, like Claire and Jamie, without our weekly episodes.

Often times, we search for a reprieve from these long never-ending months seeking anything Scottish, especially something historical. In our quest to find some sort of diversion, an opportunity arose for us to dive back in time to the era of Robert the Bruce with a novel entitled The Spider and the Stone.

Let us take you there with our review of this story…

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Prickly Thistle: Returning Tartan To Its Ancestral Home

“Life is a one ticket journey, and we do not all need to follow the same path. Be kind to others who wish to create a new one.”

– Clare Campbell, Prickly Thistle

We at Sass3 passionately believe in leaders who have an innovative idea to create change within their local communities. Yet, sometimes, we are lucky enough to meet pacesetters or pioneers who have greater goals and higher purposes to use their vision to spark change well beyond their borders. When we think of these qualities, there is one particular person that immediately comes to our minds – Clare Campbell, the founder of the tartan and textile company Prickly Thistle. We are proud to present her story through our most recent interview where we discussed her passion to forge changes in the tartan industry by establishing The Black House Mill Project and her journey to create the most authentic tartans in the world.

Clare Campbell embodies strength and courage, becoming a trailblazer for transformation in her industry. Come and learn about her campaign, synonymous to a modern day uprising, to support this important endeavor of bringing authentic tartan production back to its roots in the spiritual and majestic Highlands of Scotland.

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A Timeless Adventure, Dear Canada

We never would have predicted the beauty and diversity we would encounter on our last visit to this beautiful country, Canada! Our prior travels have brought us here before, but somehow this trip felt different. This visit was a welcomed escape from our usual Southern California heat. We enjoyed the ability to experience Vancouver’s physical change in seasons, while also being greeted by fresh mountain air and the splendor of the colorful landscape. From the breathtaking hues of red, yellow, and gold found in the autumn trees to the mountains that made their presence known on clearer days, we each immediately felt serenity being in this magnificent country.

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Our Thanksgivings for Outlander and Beyond

This time of year is full of activity – shopping, Black Friday deals, Cyber Monday mayhem, cooking, and baking. It’s an extremely busy holiday with very little downtime, and we know you can relate. However, as Thanksgiving approaches, we ponder upon things for which we are grateful: family, friendship, our passion, and our health. Our year has been fortunate so, in today’s blog, Sass3 would like to express gratitude for all that we have accomplished, especially through Outlander!

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Celebrating The Artist Among Us: The Journey of Teri Biglands

Outlander has the ability to make you feel as though the world around you has been forever changed. It is this visceral attachment to this fictional world, the transformative insights we can draw from the passages we have read, and the superb manner in which the content has been visually adapted to the screen that enables the audience to wholeheartedly invest in the story and all that surrounds it.

For many of us, we show our devotion by following fandoms and reading as much as we can gather about the production of the series. However, for others, Outlander has been the catalyst for creativity and design. As we look at the wealth of talent that is within our marvelous fandom, it is always special to meet and discover the artists among us. We have found, on many occasions, that we are taken back by the level of innovation and craftsmanship these individuals bring forward as they express their admiration for this series. If you have a curious mind like us, it is only natural to want to follow their journey to discover what Outlander means to them.

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Following the Footsteps of Jamie Fraser: Printing Press + Tea = A Memorable Afternoon

Outlander has forever changed us. With all the choices of book authors and genres to choose from, nothing seems to compare to the writings of Diana Gabaldon. The length of her books are not for the faint of heart. However, those that begin the journey soon discover a whole new world awaits. It has led us to broaden our horizons by expanding our adventures and allowing us to meet others who share the same admiration for this series. As our appreciation for each character grows, we have been inspired to search for ways to walk in their footsteps.

Today’s adventure was no exception. We found a way to get closer to Jamie Fraser by exploring a local printing press. We couldn’t wait to discover more about the history that surrounded Jamie at this time and what defined him as The King of The Press in our eyes. Travel back in time with us as we explore the history and workings of the printing press in historic Old Town, San Diego. Following this adventure and fun photo opportunities within the Print Shop, we decided to head to Afternoon Tea at the historic Cosmopolitan Hotel. Needless to say, it was a day we will always remember! 

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Insight Editions: Outlander Notecards and Stationery Set

We love all things Outlander! …and this new fan product by Insight Edition is one you will definitely want to add to your collection. As mentioned in a previous Timeless Sass3nach Journeys blog article, Insight Editions carries a wide array of fandom merchandise. From posters to journals, one can find something fun and useful.

For those who enjoy sending a message the old fashioned way, Insight Editions has produced Outlander Notecards and a Stationery Set that even includes sealing wax – replicating the 18th century.

Let’s take a look at these pieces as we delve into the lost art of letter writing…

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Outlandish Vancouver with David Berry and Àdhamh Ó Broin

Last weekend a series of Outlander events took place in Vancouver, Canada where fans assembled to meet the honorable character Lord John Grey, played by David Berry, and the lively Gaelic specialist, Àdhamh Ó Broin. The intimate gathering was organized by Koko Pipkin, founder of Outlandish Vancouver, and her team. The three days included a list of activities where Outlander participants had the opportunity to interact with the TV star and language consultant. The Outlander function, which also coincided with the Surrey International Writer’s Conference where Diana Gabaldon presented, began October 19th and ended on the 21st.

The festivities of Outlandish Vancouver brought in people from Canada and the United States, providing a variety of options to choose: meet-and-greets, autograph sessions, panels, and hotel suite parties with David and Àdhamh. This extremely unique opportunity delivered the ultimate fan experience because of its small setting. It was, in my opinion, one of the most cherished Outlander affairs I have ever attended – I’m still on cloud nine!

Today, I would like to share with you what this group had to offer. Read on to see the timeline of sessions that guests were able to attend and a short description of each. I hope you have a chance to go to one of these functions in the future because my experience with David and Àdhamh was priceless.


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Halloween Costume Ideas for any Outlander Fan

With Halloween around the corner, we look forward to expressing our love for Outlander through costumes and character dress from the books and television show.  There are so many creative ideas we have seen at the various gatherings, meet-ups, conventions, and Comic Cons that we feel would be just right for that October 31st party. Whether you’re honoring Terry Dresbach by re-creating her beautiful designs or reproducing a character scene from the TV show, you will find some interesting and unique ideas to fashion your own Outlandish Cosplay.

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Our Journey to Cosplay with AbbyShot

Outlander is a story that is appreciated well beyond the boundaries of traditional entertainment. For us, it will always be more than a book or television series. Diana Gabaldon’s stories speak inherent truths we all can relate to within our own lives. The journey she takes her readers on allow moments of reflection, enable deeper understanding of relationships, offer hope, and, most of all, encourage strength and resilience. It is easy to identify with each character in some way – perhaps through the emotions they expressed, the choices that they made, loss they experienced, or in the traces of humanity that easily come to life through the poetic words of Diana Gabaldon.

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