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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. 😉

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. 🙂

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! 🙂

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I am so excited for Breyer’s 2019 releases. The lineup this year is excellent!

But what makes me happiest are these! I have been sitting on my hands about this all year long. I’m SO happy I can finally share with you all!

Earlier this year Breyer approached me about creating a set of Show Stall Drapes and a tack trunk cover for their 2019 line. (just want to add that I didn’t have any say in the rest of the pieces, but aren’t they cute?!)
Stall Drapes are often used at horse shows to promote a stable/farm’s name, as well as provide privacy. Some set ups are simple, others, extra elaborate!

I was really excited to take this on! Breyer wanted it to be able to fit both of their current barns, the Deluxe…

… and the two stall:

This was actually the most challenging part of the project. (sewing everything? Piece of cake 🍰) My original plan was to have the drapes set up as a stand-alone piece, but that quickly proved to be too complex, too big, and likely too expensive to manufacture. The solution actually came from the way both barns are assembled. There’s a small lip or ledge right above the stalls, which is just big enough for a dowel to rest. The dowel breaks down into three parts to save space, as well as convert it to fit the smaller barn.

Here’s my prototype on the large barn:

And on the smaller, with the middle section removed:

The drapes were also designed to be opened or closed, because plastic ponies need their privacy, right?

Here’s the prototype of the tack trunk cover:

I had never made anything with mass production in mind before (which is a challenge in itself) so this was a really good experience. I’m anxiously awaiting to see what the final product looks like! (I can’t tell if Breyer’s image is one of the prototypes…) I also want to see if I can customize them so they can be used with or without a barn. If so I’ll be sure to share how to do that here. 🙂

Just like with Justify’s garland, I am so, so grateful to Breyer for recognizing me and giving this opportunity. It is a dream come true. It’s mind-blowing that something I designed will be in stores all over the country. 🤯 I can’t process it! But I am so very happy. ❤️

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In June, Justify became the 13th horse to win the Triple Crown:

Shortly afterward, Breyer announced that they would be creating a portrait model of Justify:

In-between this, Breyer approached me to create the prototype for his garland, which I happily agreed to!

They wanted a garland that had rows of flowers from all three races. In order to win the Triple Crown, a horse has to win the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, and Belmont Stakes. The winner of each is draped with a garland of flowers: roses for the Derby, black eyed susans for the Preakness, and carnations for the Belmont. So Justify’s garland has all three to represent each race.

Here’s the final version of the prototype. (the roses should be in front, but in my airheadedness I flipped it backwards and didn’t notice til later 😅)

And Breyer’s final version:

I was so excited to see how it came together in the end!! Mostly though, I am so, so grateful to Breyer for allowing me to have a small part in the creation of this model. ❤️

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