Thursday, October 27, 2016

Fall break postscript

On our way back down the mountain, I spotted a grey horse in a field along the highway.
I always brake for horses, so I pulled over to take his photo. The horse took this as an invitation. He left his food and came right up to the fence.
It was then that we noticed...
he only had one eye. 
Such a sweet boy! 
And what an attention hound! Every time we'd start to head back to the car, he'd make a big show of showing us how itchy he was. 
So very itchy! 
Itchy horse needs lots of scratching. 
That's better.
Wait! Don't go! Still itchy! 
 If you ever find yourself on Highway 93 just outside of Golden, please stop and pet the one eyed, grey horse. He's very itchy!

Fall break

The kids are on Fall Break this week.

James and I planned to go riding today. I was really looking forward to this, but Santana turned up a little ouchy. 

"No big deal," I thought. "James isn't that into riding. I'll go out with Mary Jo instead."

Then James asked to go hiking.

At first, this didn't thrill me. I like hiking and I like doing things with James, but I really, really, really wanted to go riding.

And yet.

It is Fall Break and he is my kid and we don't do enough things together.

I told Mary Jo I couldn't make it, and James and I made plans to go hiking.

This morning we got up semi-bright and semi-early and headed to Kenlyn, not to ride but...
to give Sprite her noms. 
While she was eating... 
we checked in with her neigh-bors (James' joke, not mine). 
James snapped a few photos of Delilah for his friends. 
"Yep, that'll do!" 
Then we got back in the car and headed toward the mountains.
Our destination was the Buffalo Trail in Golden Gate Canyon State Park. 
 We hiked through trees...
and an old ghost town. 
Although part of me still wanted to be riding...
it was impossible not to enjoy the company of this kid... 
and the magnificence... 
of this scenery. 
James did give me a few minor heart attacks with his insistence of climbing on everything.
Still, I had a really great time hanging out with him today. 
I'm so glad we went hiking together, but tomorrow? Yeah, I'm riding.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

So much awesome

If I was just a performance shower, I would already own enough tack to last me for the rest of my life. And if I somehow needed something I didn't have, I could probably make it myself.

But where's the fun in that?

I love collecting tack as much as I love collecting models, and I am so happy to have recently added a couple exciting new pieces to my model tack room.
The first is a pink Eskadron English accessories set by Jana Skybova. 
It includes a fly bonnet,
saddle blanket... 
and pull on bell boots. Hummingbreeze's feet are teeny tiny, so I had to substitute an older set of Jana's bell boots for the tacked up photo. Here's the new pair.
My other new addition is a pink and brown bosal by Danielle Hart. 
Everything about this piece blows me away. I just can't get over the perfection of these knots... 
and this mecate. How does she do it? It's amazing.
So much pink. So much awesome. 
Thank you, Jana and Danielle. Your work inspires me, and I am so happy to have it in my collection.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

I love tools, too

Tack making is slow, painstaking work, so I am always on the lookout for tools that will make my job easier. Today, I was at an office supply store looking for a new pencil punch when I discovered this X-acto knife.
It has an LED light built into the handle. 
Who could resist that? 
Not me, obviously. 
The handle is a bit thick for my taste, so this will never be my favorite all purpose knife. However, I absolutely love it for splitting lace. That focused light really helps make this often frustrating job just a little bit easier. Yay! I am so pleased with my new knife.
I am my father's daughter, and I also love tools.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Blobby Buddies

Because they arrived just a few days before the Jennifer Show, the Stick-stangs have taken up residence in the Jennifer Show section of my studio.
This is a place of honor. I love these items, and also, the people who created them. Most have been featured here already, but not this little guy.
This is a Blobby Buddy.
Photo by Marilyn Jensen
He is part of the amazing Blobby army created by my friend, Margaret Balch, for the Jennifer Show exhibitor bags.
Photo by Margaret Balch
Every Blobby was unique.
Photo by Erin Corbett
Some were standard model horse colors.
Photo by Margaret Balch
Others were "decorators."
Photo by Dayle Steinke
This one is Bronco colored
Photo by Heather Malone
I love this photo Cheryl Farrens took of her Blobby. He looks so elegant!
Photo by Cheryl Farrens
Marilyn's Blobby found his way into her dog-filled scene entry. I love this, too!
Photo by Marilyn Jensen
Margaret also made one special, bejeweled Blobby for the raffle. 
Photo by Margaret Balch
He was won by Vicky Kitzman. Yay!
My personal Jennifer Show Blobby is camo colored.
Here is with his big Blobby brother, who was also made by Margaret.
Every big, uber-competitive live show needs something fun and whimsical to offset all the seriousness. Margaret's Blobby Buddies filled this niche perfectly. I can't thank her enough for making them!

P.S. If you'd like a Blobby Buddy of your own, please check out Margaret's Facebook page and Etsy shop.