Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Like a Lemming Over the Cliff...

Today, I purchased my very first Custom Glazed China horse. Her name (the run name, this particular one will need a new name once she gets here and tells me what it is) is Jellibaby. She's a traditional scale miniature horse foal, and is THE CUTEST THING EVER. Here's proof!



I KNOW! SQUEEEEEEEEEEE!

In other news, the weekend was pretty good. Saturday I wasn't feeling too hot, but figured it was just a little sore throat that would go away like they usually do. Tracy came over after work, and we had a wonderful productive afternoon Getting Stuff Done. I finished three headstalls, one pair of reins, and most of the construction on the hip drops. Sunday was more of the same - except that I started to feel a wee bit more sick.

This morning I woke up and knew it was all over. I still went in to work to do a couple of things that I can't miss on Monday mornings, but then I headed home. I really hope this goes away. It's an odd illness - I have an on-and-off fever, sore throat, and a cough. Not much of a runny nose, almost no sneezing. It seems like it's all lung. I really hope it goes away soon. I'm going to keep looking at pictures of my new bebeh to sooth myself.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Another weekend - here I come!

Last weekend went well.  I scratched a miserably small number of things off my list...  but one of them was the results from my show!  Of course I still have some stragglers that are just now getting their horse lists turned in, but I would say they are 95% done.  I'll add the latecomer's info tonight probably, and then get them sent OUT!  GONE!  DONE!  :-D

The other thing I got mostly done is a set of hip drops for the red poppy parade set.  I didn't originally make them because I thought the set had a lot going on already, and I'm always paranoid about making things look too busy.  But the buyer really wanted hip drops, so instead of having her make them herself or send it to somebody else, I decided to go ahead and do them.  They were actually pretty fun!  I have all of the main components tooled, sealed, and painted.  This weekend I need to do some simple construction, and then they will be all ready to go.

I still have some other stuff to finish - three headstalls, and then I need to get moving on the next few saddle sets.  I am thinking I'll be able to make a LOT of progress on everything this weekend, since those results are done!  Last weekend I spent TWELVE painful hours on Saturday just cranking through them, so I only had one real work day.  This weekend - TWO!  Wheee!

I've also been base coating several of my horses so they are more ready for painting!  YAY!  One of them is a lonestar that will be painted after my old appy gelding - bay varnish/leopard.  We call him Moldstar, because of all the moldy roaning he'll have all over.  He also has a new mane and tail - Mel gave him a banded mane and braided forelock, and then a lovely long banged show tail!  I can't wait to use him in performance!

I also can't wait for this day to be over - joyful weekend, commence!

Thursday, March 5, 2009

This Weekend = PRANCEVILLE!

That's right.  This weekend is going to be PRANCETASTICAL.  I got a new office chair this weekend!  If you can believe it, for the past two years I have done all of my tackmaking in a wooden dining room chair with a little cushion on it.  NO MORE!  

I got a real-life padded adjustable office chair, with wheels and arm rests!  I am just over the moon at the thought of not crouching in my wooden chair for hours.  

I am SO SO SO excited about getting back to work on a bunch of stuff that has been bouncing around in my head for a month.  I didn't get to work on much in February too, because most of my time was spent getting ready for HnH.

I have several things I need to finish this weekend, and for fun I'm going to list them (because lists are my favorite thing):

1) RESULTS from my show!  I am really good at not doing this part, because I just hate doing results.  But those need to go in on Sunday, so that's the first thing that needs doing.

2) Ferruled Headstall for a customer.  Yes, I never take orders, but this is a headstall I was making anyway, and somebody asked about it when it would be finished.  It's a sort-of order?

3) Cutting and Tooling on 2.5 western sets - one Parade (probably for me to keep), one Parade (For the NAN Auction), and one classic set that is a show donation.  One parade set is mostly tooled, so I would really love to get the first coat of dye on these as well.  Then next weekend can be construction time, which is the most fun anyway!

4) Box up and prepare to ship everything that will need to go out this month.  That includes several horses on payments that are almost paid off, as well as the remainder of my "thank-you" mailings from Hearts N Horses.  I feel bad that they have taken so long to go out, but the past three weeks just disappeared without any trace.  

5) Misc. House stuff that has been neglected for the two weeks we had a visitor.  I need to do laundry, pet the cats, and spend some time with Ben.

ETA: I totally forgot about two other things I need to do - another headstall, and possibly some hip drops for the sold parade saddle!  It's going to be a busy weekend!

The weekend can't get here fast enough.  The only thing that worries me is this plague that has been going around... this morning I woke up with a bit of a sore throat and the sneezes.  I will NOT let some germs take away my precious work weekend!  >:-(