Rhian and Cadell

Rhian and Cadell made it to Montana this week!

These two are the first of the 2019 Premier Club horses, and were sculpted by Josine Vingerling.

They are adorable. I love their soft color and detailed eyes. The mare has very subtle dappling, and both have a white basecoat to give them a more chalky appearance.

I can’t get over how cute the foal is.

They are both pretty small. Here’s the mare with Bouncer, who is similar in size:

And with Copperfox’s Welsh Cob:

I’m so glad I decided to join the club this year and I can’t wait to see what’s next!!

I’ve been working on another dinosaur themed blanket. This one has dino skeletons! I love this fabric and have been wanting to put it to use. 🦕

This one is very similar to blankets I’ve made in the past. I’ve used a thinner binding though, and the front closes with two tongue buckles.

This piece is for sale, listed again over on Model Horse Place as an auction. I’ve set the auction to end this Saturday night, so it’s a bit shorter than the last one. If you are interested please check it out!

Thoughts While Skiving

Is it weird that I find skiving leather almost therapeutic? I used to hate it.

This weekend has left me kind of down… partly from my own “you suck, stop trying” demons (don’t compare yourself to others, don’t do it IT’S A TRAP) and partly from bigger hobby problems. I love this hobby but sometimes it makes me feel incredibly sad, and when one hurts, we all hurt.
(on a side note, I also think witch-hunting is wrong and won’t make the first wrong right)

Anyway.

Lately I’ve been trying to figure out how to balance the hobby side of my hobby (aka personal, fun projects) and the “work” side. (aka sales pieces) I’ve come to the realization that I need to make some changes with this, because a) I’m unhappy b) there isn’t enough time for everything because I have a full-time physically demanding job and am always so tired and grouchy that my boss pokes fun at me and c) Etsy is… UGHHHH right now. I’ll save that for another post. Maybe.

I’m so grateful that Model Horse Place exists, and if you haven’t checked it out yet please do! The direction I want to take with my work (and to help this Balance thing) is to focus more on higher quality, one of a kind pieces that I can list as they are completed. I’ve been experimenting a little with how I sell my work, and I’m hoping that MHP works out. It could be exactly what I’m looking for.

The second part of Balancing is to stop working on sales pieces on the weekends, using that time instead for personal projects or *GASP* non-hobby stuff! (I mean summer’s coming! It snowed this morning but summer is coming!)

Will it help? I don’t know.

In an attempt to put this idea into practice, I put my current dinosaur blanket aside for the weekend. It needs leg straps but they can wait till Monday dangit.

I’ve been wanting to make more bridles lately. I want to get better at them but never will unless I put the time in soooo…

Close to 8 years ago I started a dressage bridle. I got as far as the noseband and quit for reasons I can no longer remember. I don’t know what happened to it.

I decided on making a simple bridle for my Strapless this time, suitable for lower level Dressage. I started off with the crown piece. Split crown pieces on bridles stress me out because it’s so easy for me to mess them up. In fact, as soon as I cut this one I thought I had butchered it, but after some careful trimming, I think I’ll be able to make it work.

Still, this was really aggravating. I put the project aside and told myself this was a stupid waste of time and that I should stick to sewing and and and and…

Today, I put together the noseband and cavesson. The process went a lot smoother, but I still have a lot of work left to do.

The weekend isn’t totally over yet, and I doubt I’ll get this bridle done, but it’s a nice change of pace.

Anyone else struggle with finding balance? Any advice??