Friday, May 05, 2017

The Annual "Whoot I love living in Louisville, KY this time of year post"

State Of Honor

Sailor's Valentine

Sailors Valentine







Fast and Accurate

Fast and Accurate

Practical Joke



Unfortunately I only made it out to Churchill Downs' Backside once this derby season.. it's just been very cold and rainy : /  and I have a hard time getting to sleep and getting up early these days.  Here are some photos of some Derby and Oaks Contenders - shot by me... enjoy!

Saturday, April 22, 2017

I'm better.. and i'm trying :)

I finally got the reins completed on my braided bridle. That weird piece over to the left is the connector for the reins.  I had headaches and shoulder aches this morning and most of today so I was not as productive as I would've liked.  Low pressure weather really wreaks havoc on my body.  So I had to take headache meds and it made me unable to create a good knot so I just stopped.

Hope that you have a great weeked!

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Braidwork Journey

Early Braided Bridle

Early Braided Bridle

early Braided Bridle

Anna Tackett's Revamped Bridle

Blue N Black Bridle Owned by Susan Bensema Young

Model HOrser Anonymous donation owned By Robin Smith

Model HOrses Anonymous Bridle Owned By Robin Smith

Nan Donation Collaboration between myself and Susan Bensema Young

Today, I decided to Teach my Son how to do knots.  I realized as I looked at his eye hand co-ordination and his lack of ability to make things with his hands, that his school no longer teaches art and crafts.  Most schools don't. Budget cuts I suppose.  He also doesn't like to "color" (I would color for hours at his age).  His brain is like mine and that is a WHOLE LOT Of sitting around for long periods of time focusing on one thing for our brains.  Coloring is a monumental task for him.  I've learned to focus my ever busy brain by making things with my hands, or drawing.  He doesn't have that luxury... yet.

I also find that he spends a lot of time on his Ipad and reading. But we don't do a lot together. I want to change all of this and mentor him in engineering things with his hands.  I think this is a valuable life skill.

I realized as I was teaching him the spanish ring knot of three passes that:

1. I broke up the whole knot into parts and only moved onto another part when I had the first part down.  That seemed to help him.

2. I taught myself to do knots when I was in my 30s... so he'll have a jump on me.

3. I am teaching him much more than knots. I'm teaching eye hand co-ordination,  focus, dealing with frustration (he was in tears due to frustration but we worked through it) and perserverence.

4. I love spending time with him like that. No Tv. NO music, just talking and learning.

Just now, I asked him to do the first part that we learned today- and he did it in seconds. He was SO PROUD Of himself!  He even asked to learn more tomorrow. :)

I'm hoping that in the future he'll want to do more knots and maybe I'll learn some new ones on the way too..

Saturday, April 08, 2017

Lets catch up quickly shall we?

Ok, so since my last post about mom:

My mom pulled through despite the dire warnings from the doctor.  She is mentally much better than she was in October and is almost back to her "normal" self.  But she is not 100% and probably won't be again. We had to move her out of assisted living and she is now in a full time nursing facility.  But shes still with us and that is really amazing.

Sahara Kitty last summer

In January, I lost my beloved Sahara kitty.  I almost lost her around Thanksgiving of last year but I was able to keep her around and having a good quality of life until the First week in January.  She had a tumor next to her heart that was leaking fluid. The vets drained it at Thanksgiving which gave her another 6 weeks of hope and life with me. I did not take those 6 weeks for granted. Not even one day. She got whatever she wanted to eat; she got to be in my lap constantly if she wanted; I made sure she laid in the sun and was as happy as any old lady kitty could be.  I took her to the vet on January 11. She had stopped eating and was not moving around much anymore but her mind was as bright as ever so "the decision" was especially hard...  I miss her every day. Every. single. day.  The first couple of weeks I cried every day.  I considered it to be a good day when I didn't cry.  On facebook. when they decide to dredge up memories for you to "re-share"- most of them are of sahara. She was a huge part of my life..  I Have a little remembrance corner for her. I have two little black cat figurines (one given to me by a friend!) that rest atop a wooden box with her ashes.  I will miss her forever.

Lill Kitty this winter

On lighter note, I still have her Sister, Lill.  Lill has always been my sweet, silly, big kitty.  She is now entirely enjoying being the center of my attention.  She does not leave my side. She goes from room to room with me.  She gives me a lot of "lip" when leave the house and come back and she insists that I do not sleep past 8am.  She is enjoying being an only kitty.  She is territorial so I don't foresee getting another cat any time soon.  She is a thickly built critter and could and would probably do some damage against an "Interloper".  She gets extremely upset if she sees another cat in our yard and I don't have the energy just now to go through the desensitization process of bringing in another cat..

I am still slowly plugging away at making tack.  I am so exhausted from my job and from life in general that i have to push myself into the studio.  Also thanks to the funky weather I've been battling a ton of headaches - almost daily.  I have learned though that laying down for days on end doesn't help. Walking however does.  Since the end of December I've been walking a lot in a park nearby and that has helped my mood and my waistline which is good because I've been eating everything in sight. (HA!)

I have to say though that being in the Morlan Gallery Show last year really boosted my motivation and I'm keeping an eye out for more opportunities.

And I've been shooting pool again and doing well... Thursdays and Sundays.. my favorite days :)

RJ is doing great in school.  HE is my "Mini" me. Sometimes that works out great and sometimes, when i'm stressed it makes me crazy.. lol  THat poor kid.  He's sensitive, and sweet and very very smart.  I'm trying to bring him up to not act entitled and be respectful of Adults, other kids, and animals. He loves cats (Surprise).  I want him to be a vet..  We'll see what path he chooses.. lol  He keeps me going most days...

Finally, the bridle above, is still in process.  I've been working on it so long that I've had to redo some things on it because the knots got dirty.  But I consider the browband a  triumph.. lol

I hope you are having a great spring!!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Real Fast.......

My mom has been in the hospital on and off for about 3 weeks with complications due to advanced multiple sclerosis.  IT's two steps forward one step back and then a 50 yard step back.. I've tried to spend my time wisely and work some and then spend the rest of the time in the hospital.  No studio time at all. no time.. 

I hope that your october is better :)


Sunday, September 25, 2016

Sunflowers and Miniatures Exhibit

Above is my plan in progress for a new gaming saddle.  I chose sunflowers because I'm really in love with all things sunny, yellow and bright right now.  My new little house's bottom floor is almost totally a sunny yellow color and when the sun hits it, It's just amazing! 

I'm so happy here. I love my little neighborhood, I love that everything is so close and I love being in the middle of it all :)

Also I tend to share any tack that I make and keep with my friends and we all have green and blue as our main "theme" colors when we show so I figured that a sunny yellow flower on a gaming set would be perfect to use.

I'm almost totally finished with Evelyn Mundy's bronc nose halter. just need to put some finishing touches on it before it gets sent out.

I'm "stupid exited" to announce that my work has been accepted into an exhibit at Transylvania's Morlan Gallery called "Enough to Swear By". 

I will be exhibiting my Parade Saddle, My western pleasure set and Anna's green Braided bridle.  My stands were cleverly made by Robin Hudson and the Morlan Gallery is excited to use them.  The Gallery is on the Lexington Art Hop so I'm hoping to maybe get some new folks looking at my work.  That being said; I learned from the last time I branched out to Art Galleries that My model Horse following is loyal and wonderful and I will forever be grateful to them.

I will be selling the Western Pleasure Set and the Parade set for $1000 each.  Please contact me if you're interested.

I hope that you guys are having a really great fall!

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Little things

Above is my very first Bronc Nose Halter.  IT was inspired by an amazing piece that I received from Evelyn Mundy for helping her with braidwork.  I'd love it if eventually there was like a tackmaker halter exchange but I don't have the cycles to organzie it.   Seems like I never have the cycles to do much of anything anymore.. lol!  I've always been this way but now I admit it :)

I also will have pieces in a Juried Exhibit at the Morlan Gallery at Transyvania University in Lexington, Ky.  I'm so excited about this! :)  I'll be exhibiting "Anna's Green" bridle and My Opus set and Parade Set.  The parade set and the Opus Set will be for sale.  Anna's bridle will not be unless Anna wants to sell it!

I hope that you guys are having a great weekend!

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Only Took Four years!

Its done! No one is more shocked that "Oak Leaves and Acorns 4" aka my "opus saddle" is finally finished.  It's taken me 4 years to get it completed because my life sort of blew up in my face. To be fair, I lit the fuse but I'm pretty happy that it's done now. I'm really looking forward to showing it.  I didn't realize it but it was stopping me from starting other projects. I just don't like doing another big project like this unless the last one is done.  Also I've been kicking myself a bit for not getting my butt in gear and finishing it up.  But it's done now!

Next up is to finish up the Braided bridle and a Gift halter to a friend!

I have not forgotten that I have NAN photos to edit and put up.. so no worries!

Happy Almost Labor day!

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Inspiration again lives!

Haute Aire Resin shown by Robin Hudson with a DNC bridle

Sushi Resin shown by me in Western Pleasure. Tack by me.

I'm all fresh back from NAN (North American Model Horse Nationals) and Breyerfest and inspired!!  I had a really great time reconnecting with old friends and making a few new ones and for the first time, bringing RJ with me.  In the past he's been at Breyerfest but he didn't really comprehend what was going on.  This year that changed and he's interested in collecting the "Super Rare" horses.. which, So am I but dang if I haven't found that long lost relative to leave a trust fund lying around for me.. lol

I am happy to report two DNC Tack Top tens and one Champion of Saddlseat.  The First Top ten was shown by Robin Hudson on a Haute Aire Resin with a DNC double bridle.  The second was a western set made by DNC and shown by me on a Sushi Resin in western Pleasure.

There are more things to say but I'm exhausted (still!) so that will have to wait for another blog post!

Saturday, May 14, 2016

annnnnnddd..... another set back...

I broke my finger at work this past tuesday.  No one is more frustrated about this than I am.  It's also uber painful, not just in my finger but in my whole friggn hand.  Anyway, just your saturday update/whine.. lol

Hope that your hands are useful and you have a great weekend!

Sunday, May 08, 2016

Happy Mothers Day 2016!

About 3 weeks ago, I was able to attend a day of the Equine Photographers workshop.  We had the good fortune to shoot at an arabian horse farm.  In Honor of Mothers Day 2016, Here are a few mares and foals. :)  Happy Mothers day to the patient women that raise and deal with their kids every day! THANK YOU!