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Christmas is right around the corner! πŸŽ„ I like celebrating with a giveaway, as a way to say thanks to those of you who have stuck with me throughout the year. πŸ™‚

This year I’m giving away a set of quilted blankets, made to fit Breyer’s Clydesdale mare and foal.

I went with a light blue for a cold, wintery sort of feel.

But they can be used year-round as well.

Rules for Entering

  • Enter by leaving a comment on THIS post by Sunday, December 23rd at 11:59 pm MST
  • In the comment box, there’s a place to enter your name (can be a username or nickname, as long as it’s something I can use to identify you) AND a working email address. Your email will not be published or used for anything. It’s only to contact you if you win.
  • If you are a minor please get a parent/guardian’s permission before entering, as I will need a physical address if you are chosen!
  • One entry per person – commenting multiple times will not increase your chances of winning
  • Open worldwide!

*If WordPress is not playing nice shoot me an email at desktopstables@gmail.com (or personal, if you’ve got it) and I’ll get your name entered!*

One winner will be randomly chosen on December 24th. I will announce the name of the winner here and privately through email. Good luck!

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For several weeks, I have been trying to get a big batch of Christmas themed items ready for my shop. My main focus has been blankets. I have 11 total in different sizes.

The largest was built on Wintersong:

I have another large one (built on Smart Chic Olena) that could also be a draft sized blanket. I didn’t expect Wintersong and Smart Chic to be able to share blankets, but hey…

The smallest was built on S’Justadream. This one fits smaller horses, such as the Cantering Welsh Pony, Misty and Henry the Fjord. It miiiight fit larger Classics, but I can’t confirm that.

The others were built on my typical blanket models, Giselle and Idocus.

I also want to note that most blankets, except for this bright Christmas tree one, have the updated straps I rambled about a little while ago. πŸ™‚

The two quilted blankets have a single tail strap instead of the leg straps as well.

Blankets aside, there is also a small handful of English…

…and western pads.

They will be listed for sale this coming Wednesday (December 5th) around 6pm MST, so keep an eye out if you’re interested. My Etsy shop can be found here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/DesktopStables

This will be the last batch of listings on Etsy in 2018. As for 2019… it’s up in the air. I’m unhappy with some of the changes Etsy has made, so I’m going to be looking into different options for future sales. Thank you all for your interest and support of my work! ❀

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Strap Improvements

It’s November, so you know what that means!

To be honest, I’ve been working on Christmas stuff off and on since early October. I need the time because Christmas sneaks up faster every single year. But I won’t decorate anything till after Thanksgiving… I do stick to that fairly well! πŸ˜…

Anyway, a lot of my Christmas themed projects are (surprise!) blankets. Annnd since that’s what I’ve got on the workbench right now, that’s what this post will be about. 😁 Here’s a preview of a couple I’ve been working on:

Somewhere between these two I realized that all this time, I have been attaching my leg straps wrong. Well, I don’t know if it’s actually wrong, but it is strange, and not something I’m seeing on real horse blankets now that I’m aware of it.

To overlook it for this long makes me feel pretty stupid. Have I mentioned I’ve never blanketed a real horse? Well, uh, yeah, now you know. BUT I also see this as an opportunity to learn and make improvements in my work.

The blanket on the left has its leg straps placed high on the hip. It was convenient to place them over the hip dart stitching so I never thought twice about it. Looking at it now, I think this could be very uncomfortable if it were on a real horse. That’s where a tail cord/strap would attach… not the legs. πŸ˜‘

So on the pink one, I lowered them to leg-strap level instead of tail-strap level.

Another change was making the straps out of one adjustable loop, which eliminates the free end and makes adjusting a lot easier. This is also something I see on real blankets but never applied to my own work.

I also did this with the belly straps, and I wonder why I didn’t do it sooner?

It gives a much neater appearance without the free end.

The new leg straps have a loop one one end and a hook on the other. You loop the strap around one of the rings to attach it. I liked this design because it avoids more hardware and secures the strap in a non-permanent way. It’s based off real straps, so it’s both more realistic and less likely to get lost when off the model.Β πŸ‘Β And if they don’t fit the horse at all because of weird leg positions off they go!

Doing a little more research on this made me realize that I’ve been crossing them wrong too. (but that seems like a debatable subject in the real horse world…) So here they are, properly looped around each other instead of crossed in an X like I’ve been doing for years.

Learning new things is good but I still feel kind of dumb and embarrassed. 😳 If you have one of my blankets and the straps start to annoy you, those rings at the hip can be removed and lowered as they’re not sewn in place. (or new, lower rings could be added instead)

Even though a lot of my blankets (especially lately) are more novelty/fun styled, it’s still important to me to design them in a way that’s realistic, durable and safe, even though they’re for plastic models. Since they’re not exactly show-able pieces like saddles/bridles/etc, I’m not sure how much that matters to anyone else. Let me know your thoughts!

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