Thursday, January 29, 2009

T-Minus 145 Days!!

Days until NAN.  The National Show.  The Big Shebang.  The Whole Burrito.  The Giant Fiasco.  The ... well, you get the idea.

Yesterday I got an e-mail that informed me that somebody nominated me to judge at the show as well!  This is neat, even though I won't be able to judge more than half of the show since I am showing in most of it.  I can judge on Sunday, for the china classes and the OF collectibility.  It'll be fun if I get picked!  I sent back my little judging resume this morning.

I'm still going in circles in my head about my NAN donation saddle set.  I know that I want to make something super flashy, but I'm stuck on the tooling pattern.  I have made a lot of progress in the last year on leatherworking, but I'm still not at the level I would like to be at.  I think I just need to sit down and get some practice done, so I can figure out what's realistic to try and do, and what will just look cramped and busy.  

Either that, or I need to perfect the technology on my shrink-ray as well as my burglar skills, so I can sneak into tack shops, shrink their real saddles, and get out in under sixty seconds!  

It's also ten days from Hearts N Horses, the show I am putting on!  I'm very excited about this.  Two of the judges are flying in from out of state, one is Jennifer Buxton - she does incredible tack, and we're going to have "tack time" on Sunday!  Two tack-makers picking eachother's brains - it's going to be so fun.  I'm already generating a list of questions, I hope you know what you have gotten yourself into, Jennifer!  :-p

I have another blog entry that has been floating around in my head to do for a while, but it requires some time with MS Paint first.  So that'll be coming after my show is over, and I feel OK about setting aside time to play with MS Paint again.

Lastly - one small rant - I'm getting kind of sick of all the lols on PunditKitchen being about how awesome/smexy/cute/magical Barack is.  Yes, he's awesome, and yes, our country is better now that he's going to be running it.  But you can only lol about it so many times, people.  

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Cats Like Stinky Things.

Take, for example, my cat Sita.  She is pretty much the cutest flufftailed tortoise shell little kitty I've ever seen.  Here she is as a wee kitten:

I KNOW, cutest thing ever, right?  

Here she is cuddling with our other cat, Bumper:

But she does some REALLY gross stuff!  Several times now, I've busted her chewing on the ends of used q-tips that she retrieves from my bathroom garbage can.  Like they're the bestest treat ever.

When I thought about this last night when I couldn't fall asleep, I guess it makes sense.  Cats have to have a whole different set of "things that taste like candy" than we do.  If you think about it for a second, you'll know why.  

She also LOVES to carry around my dirty socks.  I have a habit of shedding socks all over the house.  I'll take off a pair while sitting on the sofa downstairs, and then the next morning one sock will be upstairs at the end of the hall, and the other one will be hidden in the corner of the living room behind a speaker.  I have busted her in this act several times, too - but there is something absurdly cute about a kitty carrying something in it's mouth, so I let her do it.  

The last sock-related thing she does is this - she loves to open my  sock drawer, then jump up on the dresser and scoop out the contents of the drawer.  Then she climbs inside the open drawer and sleeps.  For a long time, Ben didn't know that it was Sita doing this, and he just thought I was being incredibly frantic about searching for socks in the morning.

I wanted to post a couple really cute stories about Bandit, too - but I am not prepared with pictures.  So that'll be another day.

Anyway, there's not much substance to this post.  Really, it was just an excuse to post cute pictures of my cats.  Expect a lot more of that.  :-)

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

An Observation

It seems like there's a very obvious progression that people go through, in regards to where and how they record their thoughts as they age.  I know many people, mostly girls, that started off writing in paper journals.  Mine even had a miniature lock and key, to keep my most secretest crushes and pre-teen cat fights safe.  I still have several of those old journals, and when I'm feeling incredibly bored I leaf through them.  It's pretty entertaining.

Then when I was in high school, I got a laptop.  I think it was my Junior year.  This CHANGED EVERYTHING.  I started a word document, put a password on it, and went to town.  I used this for about five years, until the laptop became embarrassingly heavy and huge to lug around.  I still have it, although for the right price YOU could be her new owner!  Any vintage mac collectors?

Back to the original subject.  Right around when I was ditching my ancient laptop, The Internets were becoming more and more present in my life.  I discovered MySpace.  At first, I resisted - MySpace is for children!  Children and pedophiles.  

Eventually though, peer pressure won.  I was still living in Corvallis, and travelling to Portland most weekends to visit friends up there, so they insisted that we had to have an easy way to stay in contact when I wasn't in Portland.  That seemed logical enough, so I signed up.  For a long time, I didn't blog at all - but after a while, the center-stager in me won over, and I started writing stuff down.  It was fun!  I also have a TERRIBLE memory, so I could look back and see when things happened.  This came in handy more than once.

Until a few months ago, when several of my friends started leaving MySpace for Facebook.  Because as it turns out, MySpace *IS* just for children and pedophiles!  At first I resisted, as always - Facebook is confusing and irritating with the bajillion applications!  I resisted a long time.  Until finally, one day I devoted some time to actually learning facebook, and I was switched.  I pretty much shut down my myspace, and moved on over to Facebook.

Which brings me to present day.  I feel like I finally might have interesting enough things to say to warrant starting an actual blog that the public can see.  I don't think many people will read it, but to the few of you that do - thanks!  I'm sure I will do a comment contest like Jennifer did, and try to offer some kind of prize for taking the time to see what's going on in ErinLand.

I still LOVE Facebook, though!  The My Stable application over there pretty much makes my world go 'round.  My most recent purchase is a Suffolk Punch drafter named BeefCake.  

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Link to Website:

It would  be good if I posted a link to my "real" website here, since I just discovered that I don't know how to add that to my 'user properties' over there on the right.

It is:

Thanks to any who visit there, let me know what you think!

*Edit* - I'm adding it to my model horse links!  This blogger thing takes a few run-throughs to get right...

You Can Call me Lemming #84

Yeah, I started a blog.  I have been posting notes in facebook, but the only people that can see those are the people... on facebook, logically enough.  I wanted to have a place to write where all can see.  So you won't see any work drama here, or really anything that the General Public shouldn't know about.  

I also have been asked to participate for the first time in the NAN Auction, which is exhillerating and terrifying at the same time.  I needed a place to post a narrative of what's going on with that project, so here we are.  I expect a roller-coaster of small victories matched with crushing bumps in the road.  Maybe I'm over-exaggerating, but this set really will need to be PERFECT.  At least I still have several months to finish it...

In other tack news, I'm very close to finishing my first ever parade set.  It's light oil, which is very different from most parade sets.  I think that will make it stand out.  The embellishments are red painted carved poppies, and leaves, and then loads of studs.  The part I am stuck on (I guess not really STUCK on - I'm simply avoiding it all together) is making the tapaderos.  I haven't even attempted to start to form them yet, and already I know I will hate them by the end of it.  Hopefully by the end of this week, I will have two hunks of studded leather that look something like tapaderos!

I'm also making my first classic sized show set, for Carra's show.  She was kind enough to buy the silver plates, tree, and cast bit and have them sent to me.  It's fun to work in a smaller scale - SO much less real estate to fill with tooling!  

I'll post pictures of all of these projects as they move along, or links at least to my website.

And, in closing - WELCOME, OBAMA!  It's a wonderful day!