Sunday, November 30, 2014

Studio Update: November 30

Today I...

...continued having fun taking pictures in the snow...


...both the saddles for an order: this medium brown hunter guy....

...and this pretty dark brown eventing one.

Both have adjustable stirrups, which have been fun to play with!

I also (finally!) added the little excess stirrup leather keeper things to the raffle saddle....

...made some tiny presents for my tiny tree...

...and started a figure eight bridle that is just too chunky on poor Seabiscuit's face!

I think I can salvage the noseband (thank goodness), but the rest is getting scrapped. 

Tomorrow is a dedicated boots and bridles day- I have my soothing playlist at the ready!

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Or Not

"Looking forward to a day of tackmaking, hot cocoa sipping, carol listening, and cookie munching!" -A Young and Foolish Me, This Morning

"[The snow is] never more than a few inches overnight that looks pretty in the morning but has melted almost completely away by the afternoon." -also Young Foolish Morning Me

Little did Morning Me know but the snow did not end up melting away this afternoon.

Here's what actually happened.

I got cozy in the studio, ready to knock out a hunter saddle and start a figure eight bridle, and the snow saw my post. 

"Melt away by the afternoon?" it said. "I'll show her!"

So just as I was ready to work, the power went out. And didn't come back on all day. And just in case I hadn't learned my lesson, the temperature has been dropping all day so we're now at the stage where no new snow is falling but the snow already on the ground is frozen solid. Seattlites don't know what to do when it's 20 degrees outside. 

Making tack (or enjoying hot drinks) is kind of hard in the dark, so just about nothing got done today...

...except these fun snowy pics. So some eye candy!

Thank you to everyone who's already entered the raffle, and I hope you're all staying warm!


As you may be able to tell from the blog's new wrapping and the whole holiday raffle deal, I am a Christmas mega-enthusiast.

Now, I personally celebrate Christmas, but it's more the feeling of December that gets me excited than the specifics of the holiday. Whatever gets you excited this time of year is just as worthy as Christmas, just be prepared for lots of Christmas-y posts on here in the upcoming weeks. 

To those of you rolling your eyes at me and saying, "It's not even December yet!", I hear you and I respect you but I have struggled to contain my holiday cheer until after Thanksgiving, so in my mind now is fair game. 

I hit up Micheal's earlier this week to stock up on joy, and lo and behold they had half an entire aisle dedicated to holiday-themed miniatures in just about SM scale!

This tree had to come home with me. 

It's cute, but its fresh-from-the-package condition was less than incredible. The base was a solid flat white, the tree was a bit crooked, and its decoration situation was weak.

Luckily, I keep a little box of little things handy just in case of emergency miniature tree decorating.

I ended up using the little pom-poms (originally purchased with corona pads in mind) and gold jingle bells as bitty ornaments, a pendant from a thrift store necklace as a star, and gold chain I'd bought back in my Traditional tack adventure phase to be curb chains as a sort of garland. 

The tree's base also got brushed over with shimmery gold paint to give it a more dimensional, well-loved look.

And voila! A SM scale Christmas tree. 

Speaking of cheery...

...we got our first snow this morning!

Where I live is great because we do occasionally get snow, but it's never more than a few inches overnight that looks pretty in the morning but has melted almost completely away by the afternoon. So all the fun and beauty of a fresh snow, without the stress and worry that "real" snow causes in a place like this that is not at all equipped to deal with it. 

Knowing that this winter wonderland will be a slushy by this afternoon, I rushed out in my bare feet this morning to snap some pics of the raffle set with a real snow background.

I love the glow-y light snow makes!

That railing is my trusty picture-taking spot, perfect because I can kneel down and get level with the horse without having to get on my belly on the ground.

Looking forward to a day of tackmaking, hot cocoa sipping, carol listening, and cookie munching!

Friday, November 28, 2014

Holiday Raffle!

I am so, so excited to finally announce this!

My best friend Anna Yager of Ebb & Flow Studios and I have been quietly working away for the past two months on two complete tack sets, aside from our sales and commission work. We're thrilled to let them see the light of day at last, as the prizes in a holiday raffle!

From now until December 25th, we'll be selling raffle tickets for just $1 a pop (less if you buy more- more details in a minute) for your chance to be one of the two recipients of these sets.

What we're most excited about, is how 100% of the money we raise will go straight into a donation for the charity Free the Children.

FTC's Core Values
Free the Children is an amazing organization which advocates for local and international change by way of empowering young people. Self-described:

"An international charity and educational partner, Free The Children believes in a world where all young people are free to achieve their fullest potential as agents of change. We work to empower youth to remove barriers that prevent them from being active local and global citizens."
I personally love Free the Children because it doesn't just talk about getting stuff done; it gets stuff done. Their impacts in developing nations include new schools built and ran in areas that direly needed them, the empowerment of women with self-sufficient economics, clean water to over a million people, sanitation and health services internationally, and much more.

Over the summer, Anna teamed up with Free the Children's travel organization Me to We and jetted off to Kenya to spend three weeks helping to build a dormitory for a girl's secondary school.

Anna and I are both absolute holiday nuts that just relish in this time of year, and we feel like it's only right to try and use the skills and hobby we have to help someone else who needs it.

So our goal is to raise $50 from raffle tickets to be able to buy a family in a developing nation a goat, which provides them with not only a source of nutritious milk but also a sustainable income, which can be life-changing.

(Of course we can adjust our donation gift to fit however many funds we raise- there's never a donation too small or too large).

The tack sets up for grabs are one western pleasure set by Anna, and one hunter/general English set by me. The western set is a deep brown, with gorgeous vine & flower tooling and silver stamping. The one ear bridle has snazzy western buckles and classy silver beads. Comes with two appropriately holiday colored pads, one red and one green.

The English set is a pretty dark brown color, and includes a basic hunter saddle, contour girth, snaffle bridle complete with faux tongue buckles and laced reins, and two pads: one basic white fitted, and one green square.

Both sets are made for the G4 Driving mold (pictured), but the saddles will fit other molds with similarly sized barrels.

Now that you've been thoroughly hit with pictures of the sets, and have an idea of where the ticket money is headed, here's the nitty gritty:

  • Ticket prices:
    • 1 for $1
    • 6 for $5
    • 12 for $10
    • 25 for $20
  • (Email me if you're interested in more than 25 tickets, and we'll work out a price!)
  • Each ticket counts as one entry and will be assigned a unique number based on the order we receive payments.
  • For example, if the first person to enter buys 6 tickets, they have tickets number 1 through 6. Then if the second person buys three, they have tickets 7 through 9, and so on. (I'll be keeping a running list to keep track of which numbers belong to whom.)
  • We'll use a random number generator to pick two numbers between 1 and the total number of tickets sold between now and December 24th. 
  • I'll post a screen shot of each number being picked and post it here when I announce the winners!
  • The first number drawn will be the first winner and will get first pick of which set they would like, and the second number drawn will get whichever set the first winner didn't pick. 
  • All ticket sales will count as entries between now and December 24th at 11:59pm (USA Pacific Time).
  • Paypal is the only method of payment we're accepting for ticket sales, and make sure you designate the payment as a donation/gift! I realize that not everyone has a Paypal and I apologize if this is a disappointment for you!
  • The winners will be picked on December 25th, and announced here and on Anna's blog, along with screen caps of the random numbers generated. A screen cap of the donation receipt from Free the Children will be posted by the 27th. 
  • Shipping to the winners is on me. 

How to enter:
  1. Email me at with the following filled out:
Number of tickets:
Shipping address:

(Letting me know your shipping address when you're entering is totally optional- I'd love to send every entrant a little thank-you in the mail, but if you'd rather not provide it, no problem! Of course, if you end up winning, you can always get me your address at that point.)

I should get back to you promptly letting you know your payment total for the number of tickets you've selected, and directing you to the Paypal address you should send your payment to. 

2. Send your payment to that address. Remember to send it as a donation/gift!

3. Your part is done! I'll get back to you again letting you know when your payment is received, confirming your entry, and giving you your ticket numbers. 

I know that's a whole lot of information to absorb- if you have any questions at all, don't hesitate to comment or shoot me an email! 

This is a fun win-win-win for everyone involved- we got to make some tack, you could win said tack for $1, and all the money is going where it can really help make a difference. 

Also, I get to take pictures with itty-bitty Christmas decorations, which is incentive enough for me.

Thank you in advance to anyone who enters, and here's to a great upcoming holiday season!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

I'm running off to the grandparent's house for a thorough stuffing, but I thought I'd wish you all a happy holiday!

I hope all your tummies are full and loved ones are near.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Saddle Surgery


And post:

The difference is subtle, but the stirrups hang much better now that the stirrup bar is ever so slightly closer to the front of the saddle. 

It was a pretty invasive procedure...

...but once I get some nailheads in there, the saddle will be done!