Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Littler Things and Bigger Things

The biggest news for this post is that two (raw) copies of Sarah Rose's Mini Khemosabi resin landed here today!  They weathered the trip to Japan very nicely and are out stretching their legs in the studio.

I've long admired her work and I'm so happy to finally have a couple of small pieces of it.  I think it is so cool that she has been making small versions of her highly popular Traditional scale resin horses.

From making ponies smaller, we move to...  making saddle stands bigger!

That was one task I accomplished today:

During my visit to my friend Jennifer Buxton last month, I discovered that my saddle stand design is a bit too small (mostly too short) for Western saddles (oops!)  Of course, I might know this if I ever finished my Rio Rondo saddle kit that I started...  years ago.  I did use what I have of it (lower skirt, fenders, and stirrups) to help decide just how much I needed to embiggen the design.

A bit of time in the software, a prepped board fed to the laser, some wood glue, and clamping later, I had a prototype for saddle stand version two - or what will be the Western saddle stand.  It is roughly 3/4" taller and almost 1/2" longer than the original version.  

In other news:

I had a request today for a saddle stand in a custom color scheme that I think will be very fun to make!

Also, I will be moving plans to experiment with the laser and leather (cutting out saddle pieces, anyone??) to the short term list.

Also, also...  Jeff declared today that he will be ordering a 3-D printer.  (eee!)  That's been on his list for some time now.  He had one on order during a Black Friday sale last year, but they oversold them and refunded his order.  He was quite sad, but it appears they are back in stock.

Oh, the ideas!

Monday, May 22, 2017

Motivation Monday - Hustle

Wow, so I really fell into a blogging slump.  I had hoped to post about the Epic Trip (as I have been referring to my 6 week adventure around the U.S.) as it was happening, but:  

1) I highly underestimated how much the trip was going to take out of me, physically, mentally, and even emotionally.  I carried my laptop the whole way, but only took it out of my battered backpack a few times.  

2) At several stops along the way there was no Internet, which meant no laptop connection, and blogging from my phone is not such a great thing.  I took a lot of pictures along the way and I'm hoping to do a series of posts about the trip - well after the fact now, but I'd still like to share.  I think I'm finally recovered from the jet lag - and the horrible cough that I brought back as a souvenir - so I'm ready to "get back on the (blog) horse".  

With that in mind, here is a small edition of Motivation Monday to kick things off.  As always, I hope everyone has a great week.  Look for my first trip post tomorrow, or even later on today if I get froggy.  *wink*

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Pretty Pond, Pretty Kitty

We are currently staying at Jeff's mom's house in upstate Pennsylvania.  It is a beautiful place, complete with a pond.  This was during sunset, last night, on the far side of the pond.

In addition to the pretty scenery, there is also a pretty kitty to be found here.  My beloved little "Kitten" - now dubbed Patches, by Jeff's mom and step-dad.  I was quite anxious to see if she would remember me, or hide as she has always done whenever strangers appear.

I'm very happy to report that she remembered me!  She greeted me with excited tail shaking and requests for vigorous chin scratching.  I in turn greeted her with happy tears.

We will be here for a few more days.  Tomorrow I have an exciting side trip planned.

Also tomorrow: I have a scheduled blog post full of Bo spam, from my most recent visit to see my boy.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Motivation Monday - Create a Vision

I was already way behind on blogging before this trip and spending a month on the road has left me even MORE behind.  I'm actually not struggling much with motivation these days, what I have is more a lack of time to get much done (and a limited amount of supplies *wink*).  I'm already eager to return home and get back to work, fueled by things I learned at BreyerWest (more on that in other posts coming soon) and after inspiring visits with family and friends.  In the meantime, I present a (short) edition of Motivation Monday.  As always, I hope you have a great week!

Saturday, April 22, 2017

The Trip So Far

I have several more in-depth posts planned, but I thought I'd post a quick summary of the great adventure so far.

First up was BreyerWest in Albany, Oregon.  The first day was the Open Show; here's my table, complete with a display of horse-shaped-objects from Japan.

That night was the Swap Meet!  I had taken a selection of laser-cut things, along with saddle pads, CM SMs, my first ever Arabian presentation offerings, and a few other random things.

The next day was the A Good Vintage show, I entered a bunch of my oldies and won a few tiles!

After BreyerWest, I flew to Rapid City.  While there, I visited a few friends, including Paula, who has Friesians!  I watched her take a lesson on her newest horse, a Friesian cross mare named Lexi.  After the lesson, Paula asked if I'd like to ride.  Yes!

Then it was on to Aurora, where I visited my friend Heather for a couple of days and then went to see Jennifer,  That visit was filled with foal visiting:

a trail ride (!!):

and a fun day of models and tack making!:

Next up it was on over to my hometown, where I stayed with my Granny for a few days.  I also visited with my dad and Grandma (his mom).  I got to see their family cabin up in the mountains.  It is beautiful up there.

After Colorado, it was down to Arizona where I saw Bo and his friends.  This is his best friend, Houdini.

A few short days later, it was off to Texas!

There, I reunited with Jeff.  We did a bit of sightseeing in Texas and then went up to Arkansas to see my daughter.  

We had a good visit together, including a whole day spent making mosaics and going to the Little Rock Zoo.

The very next day, Jeff and I set off for Virigina.  I was feeling depressed and drained from the emotional goodbyes (again) of Granny, bo, and my daughter, all one right after another.  Jeff asked me if there was anything I'd like to do along the way to Viriginia.  I did some research on the road and decided that the Memphis Zoo sounded neat.

So, we ended up going to two zoos in two days.

We have been in Virginia for a couple of days and are already packing up to move on.  That's been the theme of this whole trip, for me anyway.  

Today we set out for Pennsylvania.

There may be a stop at Chincoteague and Assateague islands on the way...