Friday, 12 December 2014

Update

I haven't posted for a while as things are so busy my end at home. We are currently having our bathroom completely refitted and it's like living on a building site, dust everywhere! I keep doing bits of work when I can but my work desk is now surrounded by the new bathrooms things and it feels very claustrophobic. I'm hoping things will get back to normal after Christmas, in the mean time I'm trying to catch up on finishing painting some ponies so I can show them this season.

I have managed to finish one horse recently, he is a customised Uilleam resin. I have redone his mane so he is tack friendly as I wasn't keen on that huge flowing mane, great for halter, not so for performance so it had to go. I then decided to paint him into a traditional Clydesdale as in hand he is a BIG boy. I love the way he has turned out and plan to have a lot of fun with him at the shows! Proper photo's of him will have to wait until I can get to my photo light box which is currently lodged behind our new bath. Hopefully I can get them soon. 1 pony down and 5 yet to go! :)




Thursday, 6 November 2014

All Purpose Set

This is my most recently completed set for Erika. She asked for something versatile with a few options for her to do a few things so I have include a extra saddle pad and a full stud girth. This should allow her to do Hunting, Show Jumping and Cross country if she wanted to. Hopefully she will like it.

Misty my Memphis Belle resin is a little super star, i use her a lot for tack orders and she always shows it off to her best! :)




Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Orange Carriage Cones

I have finally managed to spray some of my new Carriage Cones orange! It wasn't helped by our weather which has decided to rain ever since I mentioned painting them.....guess I jinxed it :(

I love these! They look fab painted up but I have decided that when I offer them for sale they will be unpainted as it will save me time, plus it will save you guys pennies too. The balls will be yellow or white and included with them.

 They will end up being $12 per pair plus $6 shipping (worldwide). I have had interest in these so will take down names soon with how many you would like, these will then be cast to order and shipped out. I will make these until the moulds are wasted, once they are no longer able to cast cones that will be it! I won't be making more. :)

Here is a quick pic taken with my IPad to give an idea of the height of the cones, I'll get proper ones a little later on. :)


Thursday, 30 October 2014

Very good week so far!




I thought this was kind of fun when i put all these saddles like this on my work desk, reminded me of our local Tack Shop! This is the fruits of my labour so far this week! Ok, so I already had the tree's cast and the templates cut ready to go but its still not bad going! 2 Dressage saddles are commissions and the top 2 saddles are just going to be sales pieces.




 I thought that since I was already making some that I would throw in a few extra. The GP saddle at the top was actually 75% complete and just needed putting together, It has been sat waiting for well over 4 months now so it was about time it took shape. On to the girths tomorrow........

Sunday, 26 October 2014

Halloweenies Live 2014

 Halloweenies is a Live show just for stablemate/mini model horses and is held here in the UK every year by Claire Goss. I suspect that as I type this, the show will be ending as it was held today. I'm not a collector of mini models so I didn't go this year but I did send along a little Customised Friesain I won in the raffle at BMECS earlier this month with my friend to proxy for me. At lunchtime I received this....




My little boy won his class and went on to win Res Champ! I'm so pleased as he is so cute. A big thank you to Franceyn Dare of Australia for donating this boy to BMECS....he is a little star!


Also Congratulations to Jaime, who took Custom Champion with her horse! Thank you for showing my little guy for me, I now need more minis so I can attend in person next year! I hope everyone had a great time, congrats to all the winners and a big thank you to Claire for holding the show. :) 


Saturday, 25 October 2014

Order Book Update


Ignore little Toodlesnoot above, I just figured every post was better with a picture in it, plus he is cute! :)

I wanted to give a heads up on my remaining orders, these are commissions. After sorting out my work desk a few weeks ago I have managed to loose my main tiny tack orders book...Eek! I do have a back up book BUT it is missing some information. I therefore will post every ones initials in a small list with where they are (country), if you can't see yourself on the list but you know I have you down for a slot, can you please contact me to give me a nudge. I will also go back through my emails via the senders to check but this may take a while sadly.

Commissions -

J.B - In progress
C.W (Aus)
Y.E (UK)
L.HB (UK)
S.C (Aus)
O.M (UK)
G.B (Germany)
C.J (UK)

These aren't in order. All pending Trades I do have noted down and I know to be correct. :)

As you can see, my orders have dropped down considerably! which is great as I want them entirely gone before I reopen my books again. When I do start to take on some orders it will be a few at a time, I'm not overwhelming myself again. Please also note, I will announce slots HERE, and not via facebook but I will make people aware via FB that slots could be coming. I find my blog much easier to update than FB which is very selective as to when it allows me to message people.  

My order Books will re open in 2015, watch this space for slots!

Friday, 24 October 2014

Driving Obstacle Cones Progress....

Now I have a little more time and am not in a rush I can do a little Driving Cones update. I haven't really had much time to work on theses but I have managed to cast the first batch of cones! They turned out really well. Over this weekend if the weather is nice I shall get them in primer ready to be sprayed their final colour. I also have the little balls to create too for the tops, these will be either yellow or white, you can have either but I haven't decided yet. 

My next post on these will most likely be with them completed. I'm actually quite excited! If I do release these they will  be as a set of Four, they are working out at around $25 a set. That's taking into account me casting them in resin, prepping them and painting them up. I'm hoping that won't be to much. :)


Below, FEI approved real version of my mini Cones. 




Racing Set

Quick Post :) I have finally finished a racing set that has been on my work desk for ages now. Its new owner has been incredibly patient which I'm so grateful for. I had a few issues with the saddle and ended up designing a whole new tree for it as I just wasn't happy at all with the old one. This version I like!

The set is actually to small for Victrix but she is doing a good job modelling it for me. It is made to fit a PS jumping horse/pony as a portrait set for the client. I hope you like it Claire :)





Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Carriage Driving Cones

While browsing through driving photo's and deciding what I could possibly do next with my carriage I came across carriage driving cones. While these aren't new to me, I realised no one that I know of offers these in Model form?

If you have never come across them, they large cones designed for carriage wheels to pass by with a ball on top. If the ball is on the ground it indicates the cone has been hit.




Since these seem like a fun performance entry next season, I have decided to create a cone to then mould and cast in resin. If they go to plan, I may offer them as sets of 4 with the little balls included loose. Would there be any interest for them if I were to offer them as props? 

They are currently at the mould making stage now, so I will see how they work out and do another blog post about them too. :)



Monday, 13 October 2014

OOAK Set For Sale

I have decided to offer my Memphis Belle tack set for sale. It's mainly because my Belle and Hazel resins will now be retired for 2015 and it seems a shame for such a lovely set to be sat in its tack box not being used. I have new plans for showing next season and don't really need this set.

It is up for offers over on MHSP here - http://www.modelhorsesalespages.com/view_details.asp?id=1116876

It is open to offers until I receive one I am happy to accept, I don't want to drag it out longer than necessary. Of course if I don't receive a offer I'm happy with them I'll be very happy to keep it. :D

Now SOLD - Thank you to everyone that enquired. :)





Thursday, 9 October 2014

BMECS Championship Show 2014


On Saturday 4th October it was BMECS 2014 (British Model Equine Championship Show), this was my first year attending and although I only had a small show string it was very exciting!
Jaime and I travelled up the day before, which was a nightmare due to road works. What should have been a 2.30hr journey, ended up as 5hrs stuck in traffic! urghh! we then went straight to the train station to pick up another friend and headed to our hotel, shattered.

We arrived just as the doors were opening and found our allocated tables. Fortunately I had been placed with friends who I think might have wished I wasn't so near by, I managed to fill their tables with my stuff as I began to run out of room, Eek!





Anything at the front of the tables with a rider on is mine, apart from the half passing grey at the end....oops!

The hall filled up fast and before I knew it the showing had started. Luckily for me the workmanship classes were 1st in the performance ring, so I had extra time (and help) to set up my entries.

Prepare for some photo spam. I started off taking photo's of the performance but then things got a little busy and i just didn't have the time. These are what I did managed to take. :)




















My performance entries all did very well. I only had 4 as I had to pull one at the last minute due to forgetting her belly rod. they all placed first and went in to the performance Championship!

I took Perfomance Champion with Razzle!







Reserve Champion with Misty!



Reserve to Reserve Champion with Scooby!



And my chestnut half passer won a Top 10 Rosette! I also got another Top 10 rosette with my tiny OF Zebra too.



All in all, a VERY good show! :D


A huge thank you to Lynne for helping me with my set ups (and Dave for carrying things for me!), and also to Glenys and Jaime, for puting up with me for the whole trip and show. The BMECS team were fantastic! The show ran on late and we had to leave before the end so I missed the resin Championship, however, it all ran smoothly and everyone had a great time. Roll on 2015! I can't wait to go again next year!

Photo credits to Jaime Hall & Liz Hibberd.

I'll leave you with some other photo's I took....







Oh!! and the giant pony who got a 3rd!! LOL :)