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Blast From the Past

This weekend I took two days to drive down and see my parents and my horse. On Sunday I helped build a tack room! That was wild. And rode my wonderful pony round and round of course. He likes it when I come to visit because I ask more of him than most of his regular lesson riders. I was taking him over these little jumps and he was sloppy as can be, and then we bumped up the height and all of a sudden he was striding ride and cantering straight and jumping beautifully. Lots of fun.

At my parents house I continued the never ending chore of purging and cleaning. This time I found a real treasure: old pictures! About ten years ago, during my first foray in the model horse hobby, this guy was my pride and joy. He was the OF Show Special Cream of Tartar, shown as the POA stallion Doc Holliday (after  the real stallion, who I knew).

Winning 1st in Novice Trail at the NW Expo. Check out that sweet homemade bridle.

Photo show performance picture - western trail, I guess?

Novice Pony Champion at the NW Expo

I also discovered some more misc. horse goods that are now for sale on MH$P, so if you’re interested in a traditional sized youth doll or some flower pots, I got ya covered.

Hobby Skills for Crafty Gifts

Most of my recent crafty time has been eaten by another favorite activity, present wrapping!

My favorite present this year was (it was delivered pre-Christmas) this sign for Robyn’s stable. I’m proud of the idea I came up with and it was an absolute blast to make. I meant to do simple drawings and painting but it was so fun that it turned into this:

I’m tickled to say that I used some of my hobby-honed skills to make this gift. For one, I learned to do detailing and color-mixing with acrylic paint from my model horse customizing. I also have and use my dremel tool for the hobby, and it came in very handy for carving that arrow and drilling holes. And of course, I was thrifty- the base is just a recycled piece of art from Goodwill, sanded and repainted.

Coincidentally, both of the horses painted on this sign have already been used as painting references for models. In the “noon” position is Alice, who I did a portrait of last year as a gift for Robyn. On the bottom is Charlotte who was my reference for Nightfox. So now I’ve painted them in 2D and 3D!

As of today my holiday shopping and crafting are finished. I’ll be spending the weekend with family and returning to home, work and maybe even blogging next week.

Thanksgiving Tidbits

This post was supposed to go up on Wednesday the 23rd, but when I logged in yesterday there it was in my “drafts” folder, waiting to be published. Alas, at the moment I have little else to post- I have finally finished the Super Secret Distracting-From-Models Crafty Christmas Gift and am nearing the finish line (teehee!) on my racehorse diorama. But that shall have to wait. Until then…


This week I’m down in California visiting my in-laws for Thanksgiving. I probably won’t be back to ponies until Saturday at the earliest. I imagine many people are spending this week with family and have less time for models. But if you’re looking for a quick fix, check out some of these cool links.

Lipizzaner custom by Cindi Evans – this custom (just sold) is a great example of how a bit of nuanced, well-executed sculpting can make for a very unique and interesting model. No drastic customization, but a drastic change nonetheless. Just lovely!

Dreamflite Design video – Anna Kirby was interviewed on TV for a segment on her amazing stablemate tack. It’s cool to see our hobby getting some press, and with such a talented representative!

Two video tutorials on grey hooves by Jaime Baker, pastel artist extraordinaire.

Dreamflite Designs galloping boots tutorial – Anna Kirby’s ingenious design for stablemate boots.

Cavalia – the famous horse-themed circus extravaganza, coming soon to a city near me. Have you seen it?

image from Cavalia website

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Peace Through Ponies

The other day I was feeling grumpy. And I couldn’t figure out why. And I said to myself, I have a lot of things to do. But I don’t want to do them. I want to pastel ponies.

I didn’t actually have anyone who was ready to pastel- I’ve been prepping for what seems like years. But then I remembered the promise I made to myself when I started back into this hobby: do it for fun. For enjoyment. So I stopped obsessively prepping and perfecting, and went for it. And what a lovely, grump-free evening it was.

I started with some pastelling (the beginnings of two chestnuts):

Then I happily moved on to more prepping and priming:

And then got out my dremel for the first time in too long and chopped up some ponies that needed drastic alterations.

The poor head down mare is once again decapitated. But it’s for her own good, I promise.

The two ponies in the primer picture will soon join in on the pastelling. I love having finish work in progress because it’s easy to do a little bit each day, even when I’m busy. Just today, in a pocket of time before work, I put another layer on the two chestnuts.

In other news, I’ve updated both the My Showstring page and Sales. Model Horse Blab is opening it’s forums to unpaid members this week in honor of the site’s 8th birthday so I’m taking advantage and exploring lots of cool threads. Plus, they’re hosting a free, open photo show. Good times.

Blab Thread: Your Collecting Goals

There’s a thread going on Blab about model collection goals. I’m always intrigued by other people’s collection goals and thoughts on the whole plastic pony pandemic. Some highlights:

“My goal is to be able to display all my models in a way they can be appreciated I’ve sold off a bunch and now have room to spread out the ones I really love, and I would like for it to always be that way.” – Amy on page 1

“I want to appreciate every model I have and absolutely love everything about it.” – Jonesbug on page 4

“My goals are adding horses to the herd that I’ve been wanting for a long time […] I’ve challenged myself to purchase them with money (mostly) earned through the hobby. ” – Nichelle (of Desktop Stables) on page 7

“In 11 years of model horse collecting, my goal has not been attained and never changes: Tighten my focus. ” -Susan B on page 7

“I’m supposed to have goals? Uh oh…” – happytrails on page 10

I’m definitely on board with a constant focusing and downsizing to prevent overflowing. This morning, even before seeing this post, I had made a new model horse resolution to only have one simple custom on each mold- no doubles unless it’s a drastic custom! That will maintain uniqueness and keep the numbers down. I want every model to be special, and if I have too many in my collection I don’t see how that can be. I’ve been thinking about selling quite a few of my customs (you may notice I added a Sales page on here). We’ll see.

Also, Happy Star Wars Day! It’s May Fourth, as in “May the Fourth be with you.”

Hobby Hodge Podge

Today I’m sharing a few fun things that I’ve found in my online hobby wanderings as well as the fruits of yesterday’s labor.

A member of the Fallen Leaves discussion group asked “What are your hobby rules?” I have always had my set hobby rules (at least, since I got back into the hobby in winter of 2009) but I had never written them out, which in itself was a good exercise. Check out the thread to see what other guidelines people have set for themselves.

The always-brilliant Laura Skillern of Don’t Eat the Paint replied to my question about paint storage (my post is at the bottom of the page, in the comments). I had no idea that mixed acrylic paint could actually be stored for future use. This could be revolutionary… if I ever get the nerve to try acrylic painting again. I would have to buy those special glass jars (egads! spending!) but it might really be worth it.

Jennifer Buxton of Braymere Custom Saddlery is in Texas judging the Lone Star Live and posted some totally inspirational photos of Lyn Norbury’s performance entries. Everything in these pictures was made my Lyn- that’s my dream and goal!

The two pictures below are screenshots of Jen’s post. All credit to her and Lyn.

Correction: Jen says that these photos are by Kellye Bussey. The Lone Star resin is owned by Susan Hargrove with custom sculpting by Sherry Clayton, and is painted and shown by Lyn Norbury.

What phenomenal entries, made 100% by the owner! So cool. And that Hazel resin is totally scrumptious. As I said I found these entries very inspirational, and I’m happy to say that yesterday I did finally get some photos of my Trakehner mare Doublet in her new bridle with handler. Everything in the photo is made my me.

Doublet, chestnut Trakehner mare, CM PS Chips Warmblood by me as a semi-portrait of the Thoroughbred gelding of the same name owned by Princess Anne.

And yesterday’s other achievement, perhaps less exciting but still pleasing- a halter photo for my finished POA mare, Diamond.

Diamond, blue roan leopard POA mare, CM PS Chips Pony, a portrait of the real POA mare who taught me to canter at summer camp

It’s intriguing to note that both of these models are portraits- it sort of ties into my model horse rules #3 and #5, that all CMs are by me and I have to really love all my models or they don’t stay in the collection. Both of the above models are portraits of horses that I dreamed about as a child, so now I have them-albeit in miniature form-and my childhood dreams are immortalized and treasured. Here’s a photo of the real Diamond and one of the real Doublet, from The Encyclopedia of the Horse.

Why Miniatures?

This has been circulating among hobbyists but if you haven’t seen it, it’s a good quick read. It’s an article about why adults place with miniatures.

The Smart Set: Railroad Ties – February 7, 2011.