Tuesday, October 18, 2011


I'm still here! Some of you will have already heard the big news that happened in my life - I moved back to Oregon from Holland this summer. Living in Holland was wonderful, and I'll always cherish my time there and the friends I made, but it's been wonderful to be back in Portland.

I got a job managing a construction company, which requires that I work 50-60 hour weeks, so naturally my tackmaking time has taken a big hit from when I was able to do it full time in Holland. I am not currently accepting new orders, and won't be for the foreseeable future - I will be clearing out all the orders I have now before thinking about taking more.

All of my possessions (clothes, studio items, collection) arrived this past Sunday, finally! So I'm working on finishing the move-in process, and looking forward to having my fully functional studio back.

If you have an order with me and you are concerned about when it will be done, please email me - I'll be doing my best to get things done in a timely manner as my new schedule allows.

Thank you all for your continued interest in my work!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Finished something different!

This is a fun order I just finished this morning. I can't figure out exactly what category it fits into - it has elements from old style mexican and spanish saddles, as well as older American saddles, but then with new style tooling! It was certainly fun to do though, in spite of some challenges from working with this totally new (and customized to match the reference pic) tree. Anyway, here it is!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Show photo raffle!

I am going to be holding a raffle on my blog this August (for my birthday!), and the winner will get a western headstall with reins, made to their specifications.

A few bridle options I've done in the past:

To enter, just e-mail me photos of my tack items at model horse shows, with any winnings. Each photo gets you entered once - send me five photos and get entered five times! Of course, within reason - the five photos should be of different classes or callbacks, not five photos of the same thing. ;-)  Photo show photos count too, just include text of what awards have been given.

Thank you all very much for supporting my tack making endeavors!

Show photos!

Long time no post! I've been working away here, after hosting my big live show in February. Things were crazy around that time, and this blog suffered!

Anyway, I have some show photos to share! These were taken this past weekend at Carolina Gold Classic. This set is owned by Brooke Smith, pictured on her lovely Rose Reiner painted by Angelica Nelson.

Here he is in trail:

for the Western Championship callbacks:

Winning Reserve Champ Western!

Thank you Brooke for sending in your photos! For anybody else with saddles from me reading this, don't forget to send in those show photos - I'll be holding a raffle in August this year (for my birthday) for everybody that has sent in show photos. The prize will be something really neat!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Almost forgot!

I made an EverAfter Stables Facebook page!  It's here.  I figured it was finally time to split out my tack making stuff from my personal page. After all, people that are interested in my tack may not be interested about everything else I prattle on about on Facebook, so now there's a choice!

Back in the Saddle!

Literally... sort of!

My trip to the US was just amazing, and I loved every minute of it. I got to see almost all my friends, even though I don't feel like I got to see any of them for long enough! I even got to a small live show the weekend before I came home, which was great! My goal for 2012 is to make NAN and Breyerfest, so it was wonderful to get a bunch of minis qualified for the big show.

I am back now though, and getting back into my Dutch routine. I felt really rusty getting back into tack making though, so I have started rather slowly with this set that will be a donation for the Northwest Congress show. It's coming along nicely though, and has really served it's purpose as a "ease back into it" set. I hope to get it put together in the next couple of days, and mailed off to Washington.

My live show, Hearts N Horses, is coming right up as well! It's on February 12th, and I have some guests coming the week before, so it's going to be busy around here until the middle of February.

I hope you all had a great holiday!