Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Recycling Scrap Leather

I think it is fair to say I have 2 drawers that are literally over flowing with odd pieces of scrap leather and lace, it has got to the point now where I need to do something about it as I do tend to hoard anything that looks like it might be useful later on. Some of this stuff has been there for well over 5 years now! eek!

Having some waiting time during my commission orders I thought I would grab some bits and see if I could do anything constructive with my drawer leather. I also went through my hardware drawers and found a few Stallion bits I must have also ordered years ago but never used. These gave me an idea of a Stallion in hand bridle. After about 5 days grabbing bits of time here and there to working on it I came up with this.....

Pretty Smart and hard to believe it was scrap leather! I love how it turned out especially with my more modern twist of silver hardware instead of brass. The only thing i did have reservations about was the bit. This style is only available etched and not cast, normally I would steer well clear of these as I just don't like them and probably why its been in a drawer for years but having given it a little tweak it actually looks really nice....

The bridle and its matching number holder will now go into my personal collection and I'm certain it will make an appearance at a Live show next season!

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Break from Tack Work...

I'm sure most people within the model horse hobby have a 'Want list' of horses they would love to add to their collection, I know I do. Admittedly mine are nearly all warmbloods and mostly sculpted by Brigitte Eberl so my latest herd member was no exception. I have been after a Eberl Ricardo for ages (long sold out) and while doing my normal sweep of MH$P one suddenly cropped up! He was a good price, not to far away and I liked his paintwork so hit that contact vendor button and crossed my fingers he was still available.

Thankfully I managed to buy him but he arrived damaged (I swear they kick the boxes about!), the seller honestly couldn't have packed him any better and short of hand delivering him in person there was nothing she could have done so I said he was an easy fix for me and I would just sort him out. This meant fixing a cracked back leg and a ear tip that had been sliced off. Unfortunately this also meant a new paint job as I couldn't get away with just a minor repair on that leg which was such a shame.

The fix went smoothly and within a few days I had Ricky ready for paint. Next up was colour? After a mistake years ago I no longer just pluck a fancy colour from the air then hope for the best in picking a breed for the horse, it is a very frustrating way of doing things plus most warmbloods, hunters and native ponies here just do not come in those colours, like it or not! So I now pick a breed for my pony and then research which colours are possible within that breed....hasten to say I normally get Bay, Chestnut, Grey, Black and sometimes palomino.

With this in mind and knowing what I want my horse to be doing performance wise I chose a nice dark Bay with minimal white. This is the first bay I have done since completing my last custom horse Rogue (few years now) and I was a little rusty as to which colours I normally mix. Thankfully he turned out great and I'm really pleased with him.....One fresh new pony!

I just love Ricardo's face, it is so much like Willoughby's.....full of character!

Saturday, 16 August 2014

Thank you!

I'm amazed to see my blog now has over 100,000 views! for someone that rambles on now and then its a big achievement as I'm far from a regular blogger. Its also heading towards nearly 100 followers too which is just fantastic, thank you so much for all of your continued support!

 My friend Glenys has been sending me so many fun items lately and I have been planning for next seasons showing to use some of them. Unfortunately naughty Scooby decided he can't wait until next year! lol.

Sunday, 10 August 2014

Final Trio of Posts!

The picture above is from Summer Lovin Live yesterday. I hadn't planned on having Misty enter another show BUT the New Forest Show she previously qualified in very nearly end up disallowed as the host failed to get the results into the championship team in time. So my only option was to ask a friend to show her again for me and see if we could re qualify her as I plan to travel to BMECS in October.

Thankfully Lynne did a marvellous job with setting her up etc and she won her class and also took Performance Champ and Reserve Over All Champ! The Judge later told me she would have taken Supreme if Yvonne hadn't got a little thrown over that hedge and had moved on her saddle when being judged....oh well, these things happen, lol. I'm still thrilled and I gained that ever so important BMECS card! yay!

In my Studio

My Studio work desk has been a very busy place lately, i have managed to compete various projects. the first up is a Harley D Zip tack set that went up for sale via MH$P (now sold). I will admit to very nearly keeping this set for my personal collection but unfortunately I need other things more so it had to go.

Next is a dressage Set for Tina, this set I'm really pleased with as it looks extremely smart on my Depeche. We must have very similar tastes in horses to as her Depeche is almost exactly the same in colour as mine! At least she will know what he will look like tacked up, lol. :)

These saddles below are also completed, the first one now belongs to Jaime for her Memphis Belle and will evenually become a set. And the second one was another sales piece. I think I broke my record on this one for selling as it was quite literally sold in 10 seconds flat! I have to thank the wonderful people within this hobby who are so supportive of my work....Thank you! x

Major Updating.....

It seems I have a lot of updating to do to my Blog so prepare for a few posts as I think they will be better split up. I will start off with Southern Round Up 5 which was last month.

This lil guy is Scooby, he was my pony club entry doing Apple Bobbing! he came 2nd in his class to my driving entry which came first. The driving entry also took reserve performance Champ too.....maybe my driver really should have  had a shave, lol.

Next was my Cross country entry, this set up was actually hard work to create and took me a while to do. Just before the show I almost pulled it out of my performance string as its such a big diorama, as it was it was a good job I didn't as it went on to take Performance Champion and the Over All Supreme Champion!

This last picture I actally love! it was taken by my friend Jaime Hall, what a great way to view Quiver my mare and her rider! :)

On to my next post....... :)