Sunday, December 23, 2012

Holidays and everything..


Fender Drawing in Progress

Happy Holidays to everyone!

Yesterday was my birthday.  I am now the Age of "the answer to life the universe and everything".  YEs, thats right, I'm 29 again hehehehe..  My birthday was wonderful and peaceful, full of good food that hubby cooked, and hugs and snuggles from my son as well as a copious amount of studio time.  Also, all of the wonderful people that said Happy Birthday to me on facebook.  That is always a humbling experience..  I always feel so grateful that anyone remembered at all, let alone all the people that typed it on facebook..  I do have "issues" with having a birthday around a holiday but I'll save that for another time. (don't EVEN wrap my birthday presents in christmas paper! LOL)  They get less important though as I get older..

Still plugging away on my saddle set and for whatever reason it's going slowly.  My brain is flying and the pattern isn't what I really want it to be but I think it's going to look good when I'm done. I've finally started on the tooling pattern drawing for the fenders.  Yesterday I spent at least an hour or more trying to draw the leaves the right way so that they would be "Sheridan Style" but I"m having a hard time wrapping my brain around it.  I have tons of reference books on the subject but I guess sometimes I just can't focus.  I think that sometimes I could probably get a life sized tooling pattern, or a 1/2 sized tooling pattern and shrink it and use it but to my "Fine arts trained" brain that's cheating and I won't do it... at least this time...  I have a really bad habit of putting "rules" to things and making everything as hard as possible. I have no idea why...

 The Black spot on the skirt above and the tool marks won't show because the saddle tree is going to cover those areas.  In fact, you probably won't see most of that tooling unless you hold it in your hand and look very closely.  When I make a saddle, I make it and tool it as if it were going to be taken apart.  Thinking to myself that hoepfully, if someone does take one of my sets apart, they won't see shortcuts taken.   I'm hoping that they will instead comment on how I'm a bit of a nut and I tooled places that I didn't have to :0) .   Straps holding D rings, Fender Straps, insides of stirrups..etc..  I feel a sense of completion when I do these things..  Like something is done "Right"... There was a time that I was a "shortcut lovin fool" but now, not so much...

I miss my dad a lot around this time of the year.  His birthday is New Years eve so at home when I was young, we had a lot of celebrating to do...(My birthday, the 22nd of Dec, christmas, and then my dad's bday)  My mom was an excellent baker, being brought up poor on a farm, so the cakes were always made from scratch and had her own orange sugar icing.  Not orange in color but citrus/orange in flavor.  He really loved traditions and christmas.  Sometimes that made things stressful and awkward because of his larger than life personality but it was always nice at the end because we had all made an effort to get along and get together..

Wherever you spend whatever holiday you celebrate, I hope that you're with folks you love and who love you :-)

Saturday, December 15, 2012

New Stuff..

For the First Time in 14 Years, I do not owe anyone any orders.  I have completed my backlog.  I honestly didn't know what to do with myself for a couple of weeks.  It wasn't that I didn't have the time, its that I didn't have the focus to pick one personal project!

  Then I started on "MY" western pleasure saddle.  Then I put it down because the pattern wasn't quite what I wanted.  After a couple of days though I started just banging on it to see what it would look like when the bottom skirt was done.  Then I started to like it more... so now thats where I am. .. working on a western pleasure set for myself  I still haven't completed the toolign patterns for the fenders or the side jockeys.  Sometimes (and more often as I get older damn it!) ideas come slowly but I have learned to wait.

My saddle set Sort of going match Anthony's Saddle in that it will be a natural color with a black border.  I'm also going to "bling" it up with spots and real silver.(A la Dale chavez style)  I have a headstall started to match it but I'm getting the "itch" to make my own silver bit instead of using the lovely one I bought from twmhc on ebay.  So that bridle will probably be completed and sold.

I am thrilled to say and announce (in case you didn't know) that my mentor Susan Bensema Young has a B L O G now!  I'm thrilled to see it!  I'm going to try to get it added to my links as soon as I have time.

I hope that everyone is having a wonderful holiday season and is enjoying time with their family... Or if your family gets on your nerves I hope that you see them as little as possible and you spend time with someone that you love. :0)

If you have the extra cash and you want to donate it, please don't forget your local animal charities.  2011 and 2012 has been rough on them and they always need your help.

Sunday, December 02, 2012

Real Fast!

I have been doing a lot of "family" things due to the holiday and not a lot of finished things.  I'm drawing more and slowly working on a western pleasure saddle but nothing to really show off..

Hope that you all had a great holiday!