Archive for the ‘Props’ Category

Last year Breyer had me design a prototype for a set of show drapes to fit their wood barns. It’s taken me the majority of the year, but now I finally have these in hand, and I’m so excited!!

I got two, one to keep in box and one to set up because I know I wouldn’t be able to stand it otherwise.

Here’s everything freed from the packaging. The drapes were actually sewn to the box, so I ended up using my seam ripper to carefully remove them. All the pieces were really anchored in there!

Here’s the tack trunk cover. I don’t have one of Breyer’s trunks but it fits my custom one, which is very close in size. I think I picked it up from Michael’s years and years ago, and I’ve seen similar for sale at Joann’s and Hobby Lobby.

I didn’t have any say in the other accessories, but they’re super cute. You get a wood bench, and two potted plants. I can see them being used with a jump too.

The ribbons are printed on cardboard cutouts, with a folded edge to hang over the drapes. I do have a tutorial on how to make custom show ribbons here, and I’m hoping to update it in the near future, so keep an eye out for that. ๐Ÿ˜‰

And the drapes themselves, on the barn!

The set comes with three wood dowels and two metal tubes they can slide into. To fit the large barn, connect all three dowels with the tubes, and for the smaller two stall barn, only connect two. The drapes slide on like curtains. ๐Ÿ™‚

Mine are slightly too long for the large barn, so there’s a bit of bowing in the middle. That’s an easy fix with some trimming or sanding though.

My overall opinion? I am super impressed. There were some things that were changed from my original design, but they make sense with mass production in mind. These are very, very close to the prototypes, and I’m so happy with how they came out in the end!

This is a limited edition for 2019, and will be retiring at the end of the year. If you’re interested in picking up a set, don’t wait too much longer! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Show Ribbons 2.0

Earlier this month I finished a set of ribbon pillows for Jennifer’s birthday:

Not a bay Bristol bowl, but I’m so happy she liked loved them anyway. ๐Ÿ˜€

Ever since then I’ve had ribbons on my mind. I’ve made mini NAN and Breyerfest inspired ribbons, and today, a set of basic horse show ribbons.

The centers are gold, but it’s tricky to pick up on camera. Annnd of course I messed some of them up, but it’s given me ideas on how to make the next ones look better.

Unlike the first set, the backs have a lot more detail, modeled after the full sized ribbons I own:

The possibilities are endless with these things, and I really want to try making some bigger, fancier rosettes like I did with the pillows. Remaking the first set of ribbons has been on my to-do list for ages, so I’m happy I got to try it today.

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Trailer Organizing

My to-do list is huge and I have in-progress pieces all over the place, so it only made sense to start something else. A form of procrastination, I think.

Last year I purchased a Breyer truck and trailer lot from someone locally. The price was too good to pass up, and even though the adult in me was saying “NO NICHELLE YOU DON’T HAVE ROOM GROW UP ALREADY” the kid in me won.

It’s fun for pictures. That’s my excuse.

Anyway, I’m not sure what inspired me to create a door organizer for it yesterday but well, here it is…

The hardware was made from wire glued to scraps of card. I think it would be better to solder the wire to metal strips instead… but I haven’t learned how to do that yet. :3

It’s attached to the trailer door with hot glue right now. It’s enough to keep it in place but isn’t as permanent as other glues. The loops velcro in place.

Filled with stuff!

I guess I really need to stop procrastinating now.

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