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Looking back on 2016…

2017

Happy New Year! I have to admit that I’m having a hard time looking back on this year. 2016 wasn’t the “Worst Year Ever” like so many internet memes going around… at least not for me personally. It was more of “just another year” and a rather static and lonely one at that, which bothers me now that I think of it.

However, I do like the start of a new year as it’s like an opportunity to start fresh, to dust off old goals (and forgotten resolutions?) and try again, hopefully with a more positive look on whatever the future will bring.

I did meet some personal goals this year, like saving enough for my first car and taking up music lessons again.

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I also got to visit Hawaii, which was wonderful and amazing and sad all at the same time.

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And I spent a day at Rebecca Farm, taking a bazillion pictures of the competitors and their horses.

Show Jumping - Open Novice

Show Jumping - Open Novice

But aside from that, this year has mostly been about work and hobby stuff, which meant loads and loads of sewing!
I am grateful for both though. I was kept very busy for most of the year with Etsy orders. I did manage to complete some personal projects, like saddlepads,

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blankets,

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a bunch of miniatures,

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and a new saddle.

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The herd grew by ten horses, several of which were very sweet gifts.

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One of my hobby goals for last year was to get my Woodbridge painted, and I did, hooray!

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My others were to thin the herd, (haha like that happened..) finish some projects I had in the works and continue blogging every week. I didn’t manage to finish my old projects and chose instead to start a lot of new ones, which is something I need to tackle as I hate having in-progress stuff everywhere, taking up space.

But I think I did ok with blogging?

I have been thinking a bit about my 2017 hobby goals, and here’s what I’ve come up with so far.

  • Concentrate more on tack/prop/miniature making. Last year I managed to hoard a lot of supplies and really need to put them to use before getting any more.
  • Limit my spending on said supplies until I use up what I’ve got
  • I’ve said I’m out of room for months now and am finally at the point where I can no longer squeeze any new horses on the bookshelf. So another goal is to strictly limit the number of new herd members this year.
  • Keep up with the weekly-ish blogging
  • Attempt to get better with time management. I really suck at this so it will definitely be a challenge!
  • Attempt to NOT procrastinate bookkeeping because it’s a huge pain to deal with when I do.

I am planning on continuing with new Etsy pieces as I complete them. My shop is open again after a much needed break, and I’ve added a listing for made-to-order English saddle pads, much like the western ones I already have available.

Here’s hoping for a good 2017!

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Sorry for the lack of posts here… I’m stuck in the middle of this weird hobby burnout. In January, I feel like I started full speed ahead, then immediately hit a wall. I’ve been working on a lot of Etsy orders but aside from that, haven’t felt motivated or inspired to get anything else done… which is frustrating because there are things I’d really like to get done.

I want to get back into blogging but it’s been tough to get into that again too. Recently Copperfox posted a 10 Day Challenge on their blog, and in an attempt to get back into the swing of things, I’m going to give it a go. (scattered over the next few weeks/months or so? Cause ten days in a row is too much for me right now)

So, Day 1: Inspiration Day.

“An easy start to our challenge! Find something that inspires you. It could be a picture of an unusual colour of horse that you would like to turn into a model, a how-to tutorial video or a piece in your favourite magazine about collecting things that you love. Or it could be a song, film, piece of poetry- whatever it is, find something that gets your creativity going!”

My inspiration comes from a mix of things. Real horses, obviously, a life-long fascination/love for miniatures, and my younger self’s desire to own a horse of my own.

I’ve always liked horses, but the “horse crazy” didn’t quite hit until I was in my early teens and taking weekly riding lessons. It was all very basic, casual and laid back, but I loved it. I was obsessed with anything horse related, whether it was books, movies, music, and eventually Breyers.

I *think* this was one of the last rides before moving to MT

I *think* this was one of the last rides before moving to MT

Owning a real horse wasn’t possible so the models became the next best thing. I had been making miniatures of sorts for years, so I was really drawn to making horse-related miniatures, whether that was tack, props or buildings. I think I still have the plans for a huge stablemate-sized ranch, loosely based off of the one I rode at. It had stalls, pastures, a tack room, arenas, wash racks… the works.

Start of the madness collection:


First halter and “arab” halter:

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First western saddle… heyyy there’s the tack trunk in the back!

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It’s been at least 13 years but the “horse crazy” phase is still going strong… maybe not quite as strong as it was at one point, but strong enough. I am still unable to keep a real horse, and I don’t see that changing anytime soon. I guess, in a way, models are still the next best thing.

My account on Pinterest is stuffed full of things that inspire me… real horses, tack, minis, etc.

Aside from that, I get a lot of inspiration from the people in this hobby. I have since I discovered it and will continue to do so as long as I’m involved with it. The level of talent and creativity in the hobby is awesome, and it’s always encouraging to know that there are people like me out there… who get excited over tiny stuff and new colors on plastic model horses. XD

There are too many individuals for me to list as inspiration here, so here are the first few who come to mind.

Juliane Gartska of Luckenbach Ranch – her photos have fooled me multiple times, as many of them look like full sized horses instead of models.

European hobbyists in general… some of the photos of models and miniature scenes I’ve seen are incredible and extremely realistic. It’s a side of the hobby that I rarely see among hobbyists in the USA, but I LOVE it. I have a love of haired models as well and am sad that it’s not very popular nowadays. If I ever get into customizing I think all my horses will be haired… 😛

CharArt – Char’s work is amazing. Whenever she updates with new tack photos I feel inspired to start working on my own pieces again.

Liz Shaw of Arabian Acres (now Tick-Tock Studio) was a HUGE inspiration for me and my interest in Arabian tack. I’m not sure what she’s up to nowadays, but I remember spending so much time on her old website, admiring her beautiful horses and Arabian costumes.

Last Alliance Studios – one of my very favorite hobby blogs, and always a huge inspiration! I love the amount of detail in all of her miniatures and dioramas. Plus, Julips are fantastic. 😀

Jennifer Buxton of Braymere Custom Saddlery – Jennifer’s work and blog have been a source of inspiration for several years now. Her tack tips and tutorials are a huge help and her photography is always a treat.

Outside of the hobby, there are several miniature artists that I take inspiration from as well. Here are a few of them:

Sugar Charm Shop – she makes 1/12 scale food, miniatures, animals and dolls. (and makes it look super easy!)

Mimine Mini – her miniatures are incredibly detailed and often work exactly like the real thing. She’s from Korea, so even though I don’t understand what’s being said in her videos, they’re still easy enough to follow along.

1 inch Minis – While I haven’t been following her for very long, I do admire the way she shares step-by-step photos of the creation of her miniatures.

Writing all this out has helped somewhat, so I’m off to finish some bell boot orders and hopefully get some miniature Breyer boxes completed as well… the digital files are so close to being done!

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Until then…

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It’s hard to believe that another year has come and gone. I keep reading that the older you get, the faster it goes by, and am finding this to be true whenever January comes around. 2015 came and went, leaving me with good memories, not-so-good ones, new experiences and new challenges.

Looking back on it is proving to be another challenge in itself, as 2015 left me with mixed feelings. However, I did devote a lot of my free time to the hobby during the year, and feel like I was really productive for once. Last year, my goals (which rarely change) were to make more tack and keep this blog updated. I think I did well there.

The biggest thing for me was opening up a shop on Etsy. The response I’ve gotten from that is rather mind-blowing, but I’m incredibly thankful for it and for everyone who has supported and/or shown an interest in my work. I get all giddy whenever I see one of the pads/boots/etc I’ve made make an appearance in someone’s pictures. 😀

Usually I can make a list off the top of my head of the tack pieces I finished, but seeing as I literally made hundreds of tack-related things this year, I’m not going to attempt to try. 😛

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I FINALLY got one backdrop made though. Took me ten years BUT I DID IT!

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I also made a bunch of miniatures this year, my favorites being the first aid kit:

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And a little grooming tote, with tiny brushes and hoof-picks (with more to come…)

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The herd’s number increased with two OF horses:

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And two Artist Resins, one of which is still nekkid:

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My Copperfox Cob also arrived, but since he’s technically a 2014 horse I probably shouldn’t include him but yeah…

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This year I also got to spend some time at Rebecca Farm, watching the last of the competition and wandering around, photographing jumps and obstacles.

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And while that’s pretty much it, I still think it’s been a good hobby-year for me. I have high hopes for 2016. My blog’s gotten another makeover and my Etsy shop will be opening up again in the next few days. I will be offering a few things as made-to-order items so keep an eye out if you’re interested. 🙂

As far as making new goals or resolutions, my hobby ones are the usual: Make tack. Blog often. I’m also going to add “finish the projects I’ve started” to this list. (I’m looking at you, western pleasure saddle)

Happy New Year! I hope this year will hold plenty of good things for you all. 🙂

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