I got a VERY VERY VERY exciting package in the mail yesterday from Kenzie Williamson! If you saw my instagram, you know that I competed in her barn raising challenge, and made a new arena and decorated it for Xmas.
Well a couple days ago I got a package including a feed pan, a pitchfork, a grooming kit, and a mounting block! It also came with some business cards from the people that donated the prizes and a very cool sticker!
But seriously, what a nice surprise! I needed some new barn accessories!!!
Okay, I'm insane.
I decided to make a 1:9 scale pine tree because why not.
This tree is complete with working lights, ornaments, a star tree topper, presents, and a tree skirt.
I also decorated my barn, with holly, garland, more presents, wreaths, and snowflake lights! I guess you could say I love christmas
I also ordered ANOTHER Design-a-horse! No sneak peeks, but his name is going to be Twix! Hopefully he will be here in February!
I apologize for not updating in a while, and as Nichelle Jones of www.desktopstables.com said, "Once you get out of a blogging rhythm, it's hard to get back into." But now, it's time for breyerfest loot and things! As many hobbyists know, Breyerfest is probably the largest model horse convention. And, I got to "go" to it this year! I spent wayyyy to much money on lots of ponies, but I had fun so thats all that matters! My loot includes
Yesterday, Amber and I went to a horse show! It was
hunt seat equitation.
I am not to bad about my riding position but here in the midwest, its cicada season. (They come back every 17 years) and in my last class, one landed right on my face and almost my eye.
All my friends and my family know I am deathly afraid of bugs, and so is Amber. In our second class, one landed right on her butt and she spooked right before a ground pole. (Thank goodness we weren't in a jumping class!) My foot came out of my stirrup, but we managed to still get fourth place!
In the studio I have been working hard on a tack set (and may have had a breakdown about my leather not cooperating) But guess what!!!
I ordered a Peter Stone design-a-horse! (My bank account regrets this decision.)
My trainer was so awesome and gave me a ton of her old Breyers for FREE. Including some horses like Chubasco and Carvelle that I have been looking for for a while! They had a few flaws, but fixable. Today, I am going to show you how to fix them!
This was the biggest flaw out of them all.
All you will need is access to clean water, dish soap (dawn,palmolive, etc.) a PINK eraser, and NEW, UNUSED,OUT-OF-THE-BOX toothbrush. Do not use a magic eraser as it could potentially take away the matte or glossy finish, and a polymer eraser does the opposite, it ADDS shiny marks.
First, wash your models off! Get rid of all of the dust and oils!
Next, add dish soap to your toothbrush, and scrub your model not too firm that it breaks, but not too soft that it does nothing.
Afterwards, take your eraser directly to the flaws. Put your back into it! But again, be careful not to break your precious ponies!
Once done, wash them with your soapy toothbrush and water! I can't guarantee that you could turn a body quality into a live show horse, but if you have a model that shows well and accidentally scratch him, you could use this method! This will definitely help restore horses to their (mostly) former glory!
If you have a dark horse with a paint chip, my best suggestion is to find a craft paint or two that look super close and to mix them and put it on your horse directly. I would say to just leave it unsealed as I don't have much experience with this type of flaw. If you have any tips feel free to comment them for other readers and me to use! If you have any questions don't be afraid to ask!
Ginger has a few paint rubs, but isn't she CUTE?!?! 😍
Infinity Breyers on her youtube posted a "Tack maker tag" and I immediately knew I had to do it!
Q: How long have you been making tack?
A: I first started collecting in 2016 and made my horses bridles out of rubber bands. I really didn't discover the community of model horses and tack makers until quarantine of 2 0 2 0.
Q: What inspired you to make tack?
A: my rubber band bridles were made because I could simply not afford the breyer tack. I started making tack in early 2020 out of boredom and a spur of the moment decision!
Q: What scale do you mainly make tack for?
A: Mostly traditionals, but I do have a neat schleich scale tack set in progress!
Q: When/ How often do you make tack?
A: Mostly about 1-3 days a week :)
Q:Favorite/ least favorite piece of tack to make?
A: I love making halters and blankies! My least favorite would probably be leather bridles with dee rings instead of standard buckles.
Q: Favorite/Least favorite mold to make tack for?
A: I Love making tack for most any mold that either A) has a bridle path, or B) has no flowing mane. Overall though I would have to say Valentine/Giselle for my favorite, and Croi for my least. She has a flowing mane AND no bridle path. *Dun DUn DUN*
Q:First creation/most recent?
A: My first was technically rubber band bridles, but my first bridle from leather was this ugly thing. note how it has an EXTREMELY low noseband, skinny braided ugly reins, nothing but the throatlatch is unadjustable, and it isn't even made properly!
Now my most recent work is this beauty
An adjustable bareback set! still has room for improvement but looks better! (somewhere I have a hackamore to go with it but now I can't find it!) also please excuse my terrible basement lighting and weird streaks. I promise she doesn't have those in real life.
Q:All time favorite tack piece you've made?
A: definitely this bareback set!
Q: One piece of tack you would like to learn how to make?
A: Saddles! I have made some, but they are super ugly... I need to probably buy some nice trees instead of making terrible ones DIY style.
Q:Do you have a tack shop?
A: technically not yet, but I am in the process of making some items for an Etsy store! I mean I do have a blog/website... (obviously)
I just want to give a huge thank you to Infinity Breyers on IG and Youtube for making this epic tag!
Her IG: https://www.instagram.com/infinity_breyers/
Her YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPqYOsc6weJY-7nlFK09QVg
If you follow me on Instagram, you have seen me post about my new vintage Breyer donkey.
I also saw some other horsey things :D
I saw a vintage (what seemed to be saddleseat) saddle. The last time I have seen a saddleseat saddle was about 2 years ago at my old barn. The stirrups were bothering me so I ran them up!
I also saw some horse signs! :D (and a bonus buckeyes one too!)
It felt amazing to be back at antiques village as in December, a car crashed into the front of the building. I got my five gaiter there, and his show name is now Burn 'em Up! There was also a booth entirely cowboy boots but I forgot to get a picture.