Posts Tagged ‘Rambling’

When I was leaving work last week, I spotted two robins.

I get really excited when I start seeing robins again, because to me, they are a reminder that yes, spring is coming and yes, winter will end. Even though this winter was unusually mild, some Montana winters definitely feel like they’re going to last forever.
Those two birds brought some much-needed hope after a horrible week.

With everything that’s been going on in the world, I’ve found it really hard to focus. Last week I was having panic attacks, and this week the anxiety has (so far) been replaced with anger, frustration and sadness, mostly towards people who still refuse to take this seriously. Working from home is not possible for me, but I don’t work with the public and can practice social distancing easily. Still, I’m stressed out about it, but trying to be grateful and careful. I’m feeling very uncertain about what will happen next.

Local news is about as much as I can take at the moment. I do try to keep an eye on what’s going on worldwide but it quickly becomes overwhelming.

At times I’ve found it necessary to shut everything off so I can focus on reading or model horse tack instead. I’ve been wanting to make a show headstall to match the western saddle I made last year, so that’s been my current project. I finished it up yesterday.

This one I made to fit my Zippo, and I tried really hard to make sure everything fit correctly.

I’m really glad I had enough silver beads to make two ear loops.

Off the horse:

Like the saddle, I tried to cram as much detail in this piece as I possibly could.

The curb strap took at least two hours to put together because my first attempt was too big and bulky. It’s glued in place, so it can’t be adjusted, but I never want to have to adjust it anyway!

The reins annoy me… I might go back and notch the folds so they aren’t so tight in the bit. But aside from that I’m really pleased with how this bridle turned out. It is a personal piece and will not be for sale.

Wherever you are in the world, I hope that you’re well and staying safe. ❤️

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I felt super-motivated to start the new year. We’re two weeks in already and everything’s gone quiet on my blog. Ok not really but I always feel that way when I don’t post for a couple of weeks. This happened last year too, what gives?

Even though it’s been kind of quiet I am working on new stuff. Mostly, I’m trying to get ready for Breyerwest because HEYYY six months has magically turned into two-ish! WHAT HAPPENED. This doesn’t really surprise me BUT STILL.

(I blame everything on my job)

I have been participating in a January photo challenge on Facebook/Instagram, which has been fun and given me something to post when there hasn’t been anything else ready to share yet.

Aside from that, I’ve been re-working ribbon rosettes. These were inspired by NAN and Breyerfest:

My desk is a ribbon factory at the moment…

I really want to remake a full set like this, just need to make time!

A secret project got put together…

As well as some other things…

Magical prints… and plaid for the Muggles 😛

I got all giddy over Breyer’s website update the other day:

I will not stop being excited over this #sorrynotsorry

And Leah (who is awesome) of Shoestring Stable surprised me with a NIB Justify, which was super sweet and very generous of her. Thanks again, Leah!

Squee!

Breyerwest really is my main focus right now, (I’m not quite in panic mode but almost) so things will probably continue to be quiet around here. We’ll see!

Is that it? I think that’s it. Back to work.

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At the end of every December I set myself goals or resolutions to stick to throughout the new year. This doesn’t always go according to plan, and 2018 was a perfect example.

In 2018, my goals were the following:

  • Focus more on my Etsy shop
  • Complete at least one tack project a month
  • Keep blogging

Out of the three, keeping up with blogging was the only one I managed to stick to.

I didn’t keep up with “one tack piece per month,” but I still made a lot of other things, mostly blankets. This year was The Year of the Blankets… I think I made around 40?

The tack pieces I did make I ended up really happy with.

Creating for Breyer was a distraction from that goal, but it was also a dream come true so I’m not complaining!

And “Focus on the Etsy shop” definitely didn’t go according to plan. 😅

With 2019 quickly approaching, I’ve been wondering about making new goals. Blog and make tack? That’s going to happen anyway, as they go hand in hand nowadays. Limit new herd members or sell to make space? 🐴 Um no… (I’m out of space but I’m ignoring it for the time being)

To be honest I don’t really want to make any specific hobby goals this year. What I do have in mind is on a more personal level… I need to work on being kinder to myself, to stop overthinking, second guessing and worrying about things that don’t need to be worried about. And, hopefully, keep telling those “you aren’t (fill in the blank) enough” lies to shut. up.

All easier said than done of course.

I do want to pause and say thank you to everyone who has been so kind, supportive and encouraging. The hobby and the community was such a huge, positive force in my life this year. ❤️

I’m really looking forward to 2019. I’ll be going to BreyerWest in March, and I finally caved and joined the Premier Club (Eberl, Scott and Vingerling? YES PLEASE) so there’s already a bunch of fun stuff to look forward to. My blog’s gotten an upgrade with it’s own domain – it only took me a decade! But it’s worth it. (on the plus side, it got rid of all the ads! I didn’t realize how obnoxious they were as they never showed up when I was logged in to WordPress…)

I have high hopes for the new year. 2019, I’m ready for you!

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