Saturday, February 28, 2009

Parade Saddle: For Sale!

I did some sobering math earlier this afternoon, and decided it is best if I go ahead and list this for sale.  I have a couple more on the horizon, and I'll just keep one of those if I decide I need to have a parade saddle for myself!

The MH$P ad is here:

You can also see more pictures of it on my website, here:

Thanks for looking!

Friday, February 27, 2009

Movin' Along!

It has been an exciting week in my horse room.  (Side note - I can never decide if I want to call it my "studio" or not.  I suppose it qualifies, as I do create things within it.  I think my hang-up is that I still don't consider myself a "real artist" in any regard, I'm just playing with leather and metal and glue.  Anyway.  That's why I still call it my horse room.)

I am trying a couple of new techniques in construction, namely the early stages of making the saddle pieces and tooling them.  I'm trying it in a different order, and so far it is working really well.  I'm on the fence about what sort of tooling to do on this set, though... Originally I was going to do tulips.  But then I thought that roses would be a better idea, since NAN is in the Rose City after all.  But the problem with that?  Roses are HARD to tool!  So I might go with tulips for this set I am working on now after all, and then try to tackle roses on the next one.  

I also re-discovered an old tool that I had originally discarded as being too hard to handle.  It is doing a great job on edging!

Anyway, there's my random 'working on stuff' musings for the day.

Oh!  I did have a question.  If anybody is reading this and has good suggestions for engaging but not too hard to follow audio books, send 'em my way!  Books on my iPod are my new favorite thing to listen to while I am working on stuff, but I'm about to finish the one I am on right now.  Genre doesn't really matter, all I care about are good and interesting and engaging stories.  A smexy voice reading it doesn't hurt either.  :-)

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Finally - NAN Auction Item Chosen!

I have spent a lot of time over the past weeks noodling over what I wanted to do for the NAN auction.  Today I finally am committing to a project - it will be a parade saddle set.  There isn't anybody doing one for the auction this year, and this way my project will be distinctively different from each of the other tack lots.  It will most likely be a saddle tan base colored, tooled of course, with painted accenting.  Similar to this one:

The main difference will be the base color obviously, with a new tooling design and different colored painted accent points.  I am hoping to learn a really neat tulip pattern for this one - inspired by the reading I've been doing about The Netherlands!

Unfortunately it will still be a couple weeks before I can sit down and start pounding this out - but now that I have a solid goal, I'm SUPER excited to get started!

Monday, February 23, 2009

Busy Weekends: The Double Edged Sword

This weekend was fun.  We have a visitor from The Netherlands who arrived on Friday - Ben's long time friend Marloes.  Friday we mostly relaxed, which was nice.  She brought us the entire contents of The Dutch Store!  Tea, soup, licorice, and a lovely book all about Holland!  I've been reading that most nights before bed.

Saturday morning, we got up and headed downtown at about 9:30.  Dropped Ben off at work, and Marloes and I headed off for some beauty treatments - I had my usual eyelashes done, and she had her first ever manicure!  After that we picked up Ben, and spent the rest of the day cruising around downtown shopping, punctuated with a lovely early dinner at Portland City Grill.  That night, we stayed low-key and played a new wii game we got - Carnival Games!  It was really fun, and I wish I had more time I could spend playing it to get more stuff unlocked!

Sunday we got up and went to Multnomah Falls, which is always very pretty.  On the drive back from that, I saw a BALD EAGLE!  I know it's dorky, but I have never seen one in the wild.  My dad and I have an on-going "ID the bird of prey" game while we drive, and I was SO excited to finally see the Big One.  He was so pretty.  

Once we got back into downtown, we had a quick lunch at Chipotle!, and then off to a Blazer's game.  I've never been to a Blazer's game, so it was a new experience for me too.  We bought foam fingers, and cheered them on to a decisive victory over the Clippers.  They scored over 100 points too, so it was free chalupas for everybody!  Unfortunately we exited out of a side door, and didn't get our chalupa.  Oh well.  After that, we headed back home, and I cruised right upstairs to pack some sold horses.  I love selling horses to clear off my shelves, but I *hate* packing and mailing boxes!  I packed up about 15 horses last night, so when further payments arrive they will be all set to go.  Five boxes go out today, YAY!

That was my weekend, in a nutshell.  It was a ton of fun, but I sit here at work wondering where my restful recharging time went?  I'm not ready for it to be another work week, and it's going to be a SUPER busy week at work, too.  Next weekend is going to be more running around doing fun stuff (The Zoo and Mount St. Helens at least!), so I'm looking at another two weeks before I can barricade myself in my horse room and really get some work done.   First weekend of March, I'm looking at YOU!

Friday, February 13, 2009

My Cookies are Famous!

OK, so maybe not "really" my cookies, or "really" famous.  But check out this link:

The first cookies pictured, with the nasty expressions - I bought those from Fred Meyer, and gave them out at my show this weekend!

Speaking of my show - it was pretty grand.  I'll post a "real" blog entry about it this weekend - right now I'm sort of avoiding all things show related, as per usual for the week after a show.