Thursday, June 14, 2012

Tabletop dressage

I know, I know.  You were expecting Springamathing resin photos and you're getting a guest blogger piece instead.  Blame it on the heat or the kids or Trillium or the puppies or the plain and simple fact that I am just so darn excited about my new props!

Jennifer's Dressage Arena--AKA We Can Make Anything Complicated

by Kim Haymond

It started off simple exchange for an awesome tack set we were asked to do sections of dressage rail with a pair of lattice flower planters like these:
I have always loved these planters but we've never made them before since doing them correctly was definitely going to be tricky. But this tack set was the right incentive to figure out the construction issues and make lattice.

Tricky was the right word, as each planter has over 80 pieces of wood in it *without* counting the lattice! But the credit belongs to my mom for figuring how to build these, and they turned out really well: 
And then inspiration struck! Flowers are neat, but wouldn't it be *really* neat to be able to change out the plant in the middle? The new owner was on board with this idea. 

Of course...if the flowers are going to be removable then you need something different to put into the lattice planters, and the flowers that you remove should really be presentable on their own outside of the planter. We also noticed that the new owner had a natural wood jump, and thought it would be nice for her to have the option to use these new flowers with any of her jump sets. 

So that's how we got to this: 
 And of course, if you have tall planter boxes then it would be nice to include short planter boxes too so she could use everything together, which is how we ended up with this:
My favorite thing about these, which doesn't seem like a big deal until you try building props that are consistently the same size, is that each of the flower and topiary boxes are completely interchangeable. Each one fits into any of the planters in any direction--there is no right side or wrong side, or need to match one flower box with one planter. 

The finished dressage set:

I really like how it all came together, and hope the new owner has as much fun switching out the flowers and topiary as I did just taking photos. Thanks for looking! 

P.S. To Kim--The new owner is having way too much fun playing with her new toys.  Thank you, thank you, thank you!


  1. Awesome set!
    That must have been so hard!
    Great job!


  2. How *long* did it take to create that beautiful prop set?! The detail and realism is just amazing!

  3. Looking soo great! And what a neat idea about he removable plants!

  4. I still hate you ;)