Thursday, October 31, 2019

October horses, snow + Halloween

It's too slick to ride, but the weather has been just fine for taking pictures. Here are a few from the last two days. Enjoy!
Beamer
Beamer
Guaranteed
Psyclone
Stealth
Stealth
Stealth
Stealth
Stealth
Stealth and Guaranteed
Guaranteed and Stealth
Boomer
Lucy
Santana
Scarlett

October horses, Santana

Santana's owner took some time off this summer, and she spent most of that time at the barn.
photo by Mary Jo Stark
I was happy for her, happy for him and since I have plenty of horses to ride, having one taken off my list didn't seem like a big deal.  And it wasn't, at least not at first, but as the weeks turned into months, I realized that I really missed riding Santana.
I missed it so much.
Santana went back on my riding schedule two weeks ago. I don't know if he's happy about this, but I am delighted to resume our bareback wanderings.
I missed this so much.
It's so good to see the world through his ears again.
I may have plenty of horses to ride, but I'll always have time for Santana.
I love him so much!

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

ICEE update

We woke up to snow on Sunday, and it's been coming down ever since.
This isn't a typical October snowstorm. 
The snow is deep and powdery...
and the cold is unrelenting.
In a word, it's icy.
It's ICEE inside, too.
I have spent the last two days happily holed up in my warm studio working on my ICEE horse's tail.
It's hard to tell from the photos, but there has been significant progress on both sides.
The area Angelo helped me with is no longer an eyesore, and the entire thing is beginning to feel organic and flow-y.
I don't love it yet, but I definitely like it.
Fortunately, ICEE is a two month event. There's plenty of time and plenty of bad weather in the forecast. By this time next week, I fully expect to love that tail!

Monday, October 28, 2019

Projects and ponies

Yesterday, Angelo and I braved another October snowstorm to attend a fun project day at Fabian's house in Thornton.
Everyone brought a project - or three! - to work on.
Mine was my ICEE horse, whose tail was in need of some serious help.
Fortunately, Angelo is really good at hair.
 She identified and removed the main problem areas...
and helped me start over again.
The dremel was also used to behead several stablemates...
and debulk the shoulder and chest of Fabian's long-term Cleveland Bay project. I really hope he finishes this one. It's going to be an awesome performance horse!
Legs were straightened...
and new goodies were ogled. It was a very productive morning!
Eventually, however, we decided to trade the plastic ponies...
for the real ones!
It was really cold...
but Cisco is worth it!
That was a fun day. Thank you for hosting, Fabian! Let's do it again sometime.

Saturday, October 26, 2019

It's a small world

I resisted dioramas for a really long time.

I liked the way they looked, but I didn't want to deal with them. They were too big, too bulky and too hard to store and transport. Plus, I was doing just fine without them.

Then I bought a really nice Bill Duncan sleigh from Tiffany. She offered to lend me a white, sparkly, "snow cloth" to go with it, but I thought the sleigh deserved better. I made a winter road diorama, and showed in several classes at last year's Rocky Mountain Spring Fling. I've been low-key thinking about new dioramas ever since.

Shortly before the Jennifer Show, Erin Corbett mentioned that she was thinking about selling her Tabletop Studios pond diorama. Kim and Kathi Haymond's props are the gold standard of hobby excellence. I immediately decided I needed a pond. Here it is in the Scene class with Erin's Treats?!?
And here it is without a horse.
All the little details are amazing. I love the fish in the water...
and the cattails growing along the shore. 
Another big bonus is that it came in its own custom storage box. It's still big and bulky, but this makes storage and transportation a lot easier.
But that's not all...
photo by Elaine Lindelef
I also came home with a second diorama.
This was an unexpected and very generous gift from Allie Davidson. 
This is one of several dioramas she built to use at the Jennifer Show.
I love it.
I love this one, too.
I resisted dioramas for a really long time, but now those days are over. Viva les dioramas!