Monday, September 4, 2017

Labor Day Sale

I hope everyone who has today off is enjoying it!
I listed the remaining Breyerfest 2017 halters to my etsy shop and created a sale especially for Labor Day.
It runs until Wednesday. :)

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Step Forward

Right before Breyerfest I decided to buy some new leather. It'd been a while since I'd last had some thin calf leather and after searching I'd finally found some. The seller is located and is called The Hide House. I highly recommend them. I have more than enough calf leather now and it's smooth and thin. I received the hide and it's been sitting since I'd bought it.
Until last weekend. I dyed a piece and had been slowly but surely cutting out pieces. 
I finished putting it together Monday night. I changed up how I do the knee rolls and am pleased with that adjustment.
It went together smoother than the last saddle but upon looking (and staring at it) I see some changes I need to make for the next one.  Sometimes you make things and can't pinpoint what looks off and then it hits you. My biggest issue for my current saddle pattern is the pommel,skirt, and twist section. The panels I just need to thicken some since before covering them they always look thicker than they really are. 
But still, I do like this saddle. It's an improvement over the last one. 

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Wordless Wednesday

I took a lot of Breyerfest pictures. So here are more custom performance photos! Enjoy!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Breyerfest Live- Custom Performance

The last time I showed at Breyerfest was when I was still eligible for the Youth Show. But this was Tai's first Breyerfest and she wanted to brave the open show. So I was her plastic pony helper for some of the day. She showed her custom Totilas and another custom in performance for the majority of her performance entries.
I stayed the majority of the time at the performance ring because
The entries were phenomenal to see. Performance is my favorite part of model horse shows and Breyerfest didn't disappoint.

But I did make it over to a few of the collector class entries. So cool!

Around 10:30 I left the show to go to The Hall of Champions. And to buy special runs! But I did return to continue watching

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

NoNANSense and A Good Vintage

One of the pre-Breyerfest events I went to was NoNANSense. The North American Model Horse Nationals didn't take place this year, so it was decided that a hobby fun day filled with demos would occur instead.
I haven't gotten to show at NAN yet, even though it took place in Harrisburg in 2012 (believe me I still ask myself why I didn't enter lol). So I really enjoyed participating in NoNANSense.
I didn't show, but that doesn't mean I didn't show up to see stuff!
There was a call for artists and I watched it and watched it and watched it. I'm so glad I made the leap to join up. Being an artist is a constant cycle of doubting your work and then loving it. I ignored the doubting to so I could be a part of the event.

A Good Vintage went on concurrently with NoNANsense. Sarah Minkiewicz-Breunig hosted it. So before starting my demo I looked at the models.

They've held up very well through the years. Most of the models were created before I was born, so it was nice to see early customized models and see how the techniques and such have changed through the decades.
Everyone got tickets to vote for the best within their time period and demostrators were given a tile to vote for models too.

For my demo I decided to do name plate halters. The halters in an earlier post show what needed name plates.
People came and watched and asked questions. I finished most of the halters I'd brought with me.

I met phenomenal artists and caught up with others I haven't seen in a while. I also met fellow blogger Jennifer Buxton. Her blog has been my favorite model horse blog for years so I enjoyed meeting her in person. She also is on top of taking pictures of hobby people, which I managed to forget to get a picture of myself at my table! Thanks Jennifer.
Copyright Jennifer Buxton
NoNANSense and A Good Vintage were a success and it wasn't even officially Breyerfest yet!

Friday, July 28, 2017

Mother Knows Best

 My day totally didn't go as planned yesterday. I wasn't feeling great but thought I'd be able to ride, take a shower, take some medicine and proceed to bed. If I felt up to it maybe even start editing NoNANSense and A Good a vintage pictures too.
Thank goodness my mom didn't let me do that.
 I arrrived at the barn and realized my breathing wasn't up to cantering, jumping and other horsey things so I started home. The closer I got home the worst I felt so since I had a slight itchy throat I stopped and bought myself a smoothie. Not the most brilliant thing I've ever done but I didn't see myself as being as bad as I was. Inconvenient but not dangerous.
So I got home, sat on the couch, said I just needed to catch my breathe, and my mom said no Patient First.
We got there and the doctor and nurse followed us into a room. By then I was struggling to breathe and happy I wasn't sitting on my couch. They took my vitals and that's when EMS was called.  They started talking about low oxygen levels and acute respiratory failure because my pulse/ox level was 65 and shallow breathing was 44. So in a flurry of motion I was put on oxygen. Which completely freaked me out since the most hospital like thing I've ever had done was my wisdom teeth and that was in an dental practice. I rode in an ambulance car for the first time, had X-rays done, and the doctors didn't find pneumonia. Initially Hershey Med was going to keep me overnight but my breathing improved to where I didn't need oxygen and I was more alert. One doctor thought it was a reoccurrence from an upper respiratory infection from early spring but it's still unknown what triggered this. So I was discharged.
This was a definite case of mother knows best because my solution probably would have ended with me not breathing at some point in the night.
I do feel much better today.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Etsy Shop

I made an Etsy for Five Paws Studio!
Here's the link for it

I love Etsy and have been a consumer of both model horse and book related products. I finally broke down and made one for Five Paws Studio. It'll make the business side of model horse tack selling much easier which will allow me to focus on making things. The least fun part of tack making is shipping and figuring out the best way that benefits the buyer. This will take away that stress. Hopefully. :D
I'm currently stocking it with some left over nameplate halters from Breyerfest. After that I'll keep it stocked (anyone have any suggestions for what they'd like to see?).
When I add anything new I'll make sure to make an announcement here first, so don't worry about not knowing about new items.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Puppy and Foals

I stayed at the Jordan Farm for Breyerfest 2017. It's the same place I stayed at last year, but this year I had more down time and was able to walk around the grounds more. It's within fifteen minutes of the Horse Park and Clarion. Isn't it pretty?
While the Clarion is buzzing with hobbyists and the Kentucky Horse Park is the ultimate hub for plastic pony people, I got to wake up and play with a puppy and foals in the morning. Staying at the Clarion one year is on my list of hobby things I'd like to experience one day.
Anywats, I meandered down to the pastures where two mares and their foals lived. The pastures were located right outside of our door, so we could watch the sun rise over horse pastures.
The permanent farm dog named Fly followed me. She's an older Border Collie.
She stared while I took pictures.
The horses happily walked over for rubs.
Look at that face. How couldn't you pet that muzzle?
There was another baby too. The farm owners also owned another border collie named Bandit. Isn't she cute? Since she's a puppy she didn't have full farm freedom like Fly.
That face.
I enjoyed the farm and found it to be as beautiful and quaint as last year. Next up is A Good Vintage and NoNANSense.