BreyerWest

Last weekend BreyerWest was held during the Rocky Mountain Horse Expo in Denver, Colorado. I’ve been looking forward to and preparing for this trip for months, so I’m a little sad that it’s over already. I spent a week in Colorado and really enjoyed my time there, but it’s good to be home.

The first day of BreyerWest, Friday, was the day of the live show. Since I wasn’t showing, I wandered around the expo instead. I did stop by the Breyer area to watch the show and get a look at the Breyerfest special run models:

A few more have been revealed since then and all of them are amazing! 😍

This expo was a lot bigger than the one in Oregon last year, and it took some time for me to figure out the layout of the place. A lot was going on at the same time. I did watch a couple clinics…

Or rather, admired the horses in the clinics.

I visited some horses in the stable areas…

…and found a couple Breyers, like this one.

Saturday afternoon there was a horse auction going on. The place was packed. I have never seen an auction before so I thought it was interesting to watch.

Saturday was also workshop day! I participated in two: Pastelling with Stephanie Blaylock and sculpting a head with Maggie Bennett.

What I really like about these workshops is that they provide an opportunity to try something new, or something you may never try on your own.

In Stephanie’s workshop, we used Pan Pastels to paint a Stablemate.

I’ve heard good things about these pastels and was excited to play around with them. My horse ended up chestnut-ish, and is far from perfect but I had fun painting him.

There’s a part of me that wants to try customizing, and I really liked this medium so we’ll see! I do have a couple unpainted critters around here I could practice on…

In Maggie’s workshop, we used Monster Clay to sculpt a horse head over a 3D printed horse skull.

I have never tried to sculpt anything horse-shaped before, so this was challenging, but I’m glad I decided to give it a try anyway. My attempt is rough and blobby and cartoony… in fact he looks a lot like the cartoony horses I draw. (weird how that happened!) At least he’s kind of shaped like a horse??

Monster Clay doesn’t dry out, so I can continue to work on him, or rip it all off and start over if I ever feel like it.

Thank you so much Stephanie and Maggie! Both workshops were great and I’m so happy I signed up for them! ❤️

The swap meet was held on Saturday night at the host hotel. I failed to get pictures of this again, but here’s a quick shot of my table. (a bunch of stuff had already sold at this point 😅)

Thank you so much to everyone who stopped by!

I managed to do a little shopping too, and came home with two Breyer cats, another one of Maggie’s skulls, a Blobby Buddy made by Margaret Balch, and four of the Fairytale Friends micro minis. (they’re so sparkly I love them! ❤️)

For me, this was the end of BreyerWest. The next day I spent at the Denver zoo…

… then drove down to Colorado Springs to visit my grandma for a few days. I got to see the Garden of the Gods…

… and we took a short trip out to the Air Force Academy.

It was such a good week, and a much needed break from work. I’m really happy I was able to go again this year.

A HUGE thank you to Erin, Kat and Heather from Breyer, and everyone who volunteered! Thank you for making BreyerWest happen, it was a lot of fun!!

BreyerWest Preview

In a few days, I’ll be flying down to Colorado to attend BreyerWest in Denver. I can’t believe it’s here already!!

Over the last several months, I’ve been working on pieces to bring with me to the swap meet. I’ve had so many other things going on in life that I was worried I wouldn’t have time to make enough. I piled up everything yesterday and realized that I’ve probably worried for nothing, as usual.

I’ve been working a lot though, which explains why I haven’t been super active on my blog or social media accounts. I’m definitely at a “done” point!

Here’s a preview of what I will have available, starting with the blankets. Some of these I’ve shared before, or only on social media.

With the exception of this set…

All of these blankets were built on Breyer’s “Idocus” mold. It’s not a one-size fits all pattern, but it does fit many different models.

The turnouts have lots of detail in them, including tongue buckles, adjustable leg straps and shoulder gussets.

The quilted blankets are a bit more simple, with a single tail strap and sliding buckles in the front.

These I’ve been calling the Novelty blankets. They have sliding buckles and do not include leg straps, making them a little less fiddly to adjust. They will have a lower price than the others.

Unicorns:

Dinosaurs:

Stars and this fabric I saw and needed to buy just BECAUSE:

I will have the braided reins I shared a little while ago:

As well as a handful of western pads:

I have some English pads too:

Last year I wanted to bring miniature ribbons (I have NOT forgotten about updating my tutorial on them!) but ran out of time, so I got some together this year. I have a few each of Champ/Reserve rosettes and some inspired by the NAN ribbon colors.

I also have two sets of 1st-6th placings:

Late summer/early fall I was making a lot of dog-related minis, so I have a batch of dog collars and leashes. These were built on Breyer’s Labrador:

And, I have no idea if there’s any interest in this stuff or not, 😅 but I also have several pet beds. Included with each is a little set of dog treats/toys.

Aside from the Milk Bone box spoof and knotted rope toy, the other pieces are cabochons (“kawaii cabochons”) I found on Etsy. People tend to use these for phone cases, jewelry, slime or whatever. I found a few that I thought would make cute dog toys in miniature. (the carrot reminded me of Bolt’s carrot toy!)

Annnd aside from a couple other little things, that’s all! Well, I do have a few more pieces in progress, but we’ll see. I’m practically out of time again and only have so much luggage space. 😬

I am uncomfortable with taking any pre-sales or holds online, I’m sorry! I’ve had too many people flake out on me and don’t want to add anything else to my list of “things-to-worry-about.”

As for any leftovers, I will either list them online for sale, hold them for any future show donations or keep them for my own collection. It really depends on what I have left. I don’t know what to expect this year!

If you’re coming to BreyerWest, I hope to see you there! I’m really excited to visit Colorado. BW is part of a longer, much-needed vacation, so I’m hoping to have fun. 😊

Charleston

I had forgotten about the free/bonus Stablemate in the Premier Club until I saw others appear on Instagram. Mine arrived earlier this week, so here are a few photos of him.

Charleston is a brand new mold sculpted by Laura Skillern Sailer.

He is such a cute horse!

Like previous PC stablemates, he is a mini-me of one of the releases. He shares the same pattern as Hamilton:

I’m not really a Stablemate collector, but I’ll enjoy this guy for a while longer. ❤️