Sunday, March 9, 2014

Miniature Food on my Desk

Recently Jennifer Buxton did a blog post on the miniature food Lauren Mauldin has on her work desk. This isn't the first time miniature food has been discussed on Jennifer's blog. Or mine really. The model horse hobby is filled with people that enjoy miniatures. Miniature horses, miniature tack and sometimes just anything tinier than normal sized. I collect miniature food as well but I am very particular about the pieces.
This is the miniature display case on my desk and my collection of miniature food (so far). All of the pieces are artist made from polymer clay. For me to add a food piece to my collection it has to be something I like, obviously, super realistic and priced well. I have no desire to pay someone $50 for a plate of cheese and crackers (they don't take THAT long to make). Plus the lower priced items are often from lesser known artists and I have always enjoyed supporting new artists as well as all artists in general.I made the soup, the ice cream sundae and the pancakes.
I also have this tiny cake made to look like my wedding cake. The artist charges about half to 2/3 less than any other artist that copies cakes and she did an amazing job! It's just about an inch and a half tall.
   I enjoy miniatures of all kinds and I always have. Miniature food is my most recent choice for collecting but I am always on the lookout for other cool miniatures. Things that are smaller than usual are just cute.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Doll year in review 2013

 This past year has been a pretty great dolling year for me. Things have clicked into place nicely for the business end and I am very grateful for it. Some people think it is luck because they figure that what I do is easy. Well sometimes it's not overly hard (I've been doing this for 7 years after all) but it's still work. Sometimes it's a lot of fun, but it's still work. I feel that I am doing well because of hard work and a little bit of luck thrown in. And I am grateful for all I have managed to accomplish. Not only can I have a job that is pretty fun (most of the time) but I can stay home and be here when my kids need me. I have the ultimate "mother's hours".

I have made a lot of dolls this year. And a good variety. This year brought us the new Yvonne doll by Zica Toys. I love this doll! She is super realistic and very fun to work with and show with. The first Yvonne I made was a western pleasure rider. Which is fitting since I made the most western pleasure dolls (as always) with 64 made this year. That also includes a few working western ladies that I put in because they fit better than in the "other category.


coming in second place in the year end doll count was hunt seat dolls. These versatile dolls are useful for most English classes including lower level dressage if they are wearing a dark colored coat. I made 20 hunt seat dolls, mostly in traditional navy blue or black coats

 But also a few special ordered huntseat type dolls. This one I believe is used for hunter hack.

There was a tie for the third place spot in the how-many-I-made list. I made 18 cowboys

 including this cute little junior cowboy.
and I also made 18 saddle seat dolls.
The "other" dolls won out in the fourth place spot with 17 made (but I will show them later)
and then came the youth hunt seat dolls with 9 made.
side saddle would have beaten the youth hunt seat dolls if I combined western (5)
 with English (5) but I felt they each needed their own category. Several of the side saddle dolls both English and western, were convertible dolls with removable aprons so they could be used for other classes.
in the number 7 spot I have dressage dolls with 6 being made. This one was reserve champ in OF dressage at NAN this year. Photo by Joan Fauteux.
and speaking of NAN, this is the first year I had horses entered. I sent Caramel Latte to go in 4 performance classes and she came home with NAN champ in CM huntseat pleasure other type! I still hope to go to NAN myself one day but it was sure fun to be part of the action by watching on the NAN cam, stalking the results and the near constant texting with my friend Marisa. She was my co-proxie for NAN. This photo was taken by Erika Ipes.

So now some of the "other" dolls I made. This is Rick Grimes from the Walking Dead. He has been in some very cool set-ups that have grossed out some showers. That's a win in my book.
and there was this cool military/action type doll that I made for my daughter for Christmas. She wrote up a wonderful character profile and I copied that. She was a fun doll to make and very different from the average doll I make. Though at some point I might have to make some casual dolls with cargo pants and combat boots. Why not?

So in all here is the rundown of the 2013 dolls:
64 western pleasure ladies (with a few working western thrown in)
20 hunt seat ladies
18 cowboys
18 saddle seat dolls
17 "other" dolls
9 youth hunt seat dolls
5 English and 5 western side saddle dolls
6 showmanship dolls
6 casual English dolls
6 upper level dressage dolls
2 cross country dolls.
for a grand total of 176 dolls made in 2013! I wonder if I can beat that in 2014

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

A quick post to share...

A bunch of years ago I had a model horse showing friend named Lauren. She was always a very creative shower and fun to compete with (because creative people are fun to compete against/get ideas from). She moved away and I had no idea where she ended up until now. I just saw this blog post from her. She hasn't been active in the model horse hobby for awhile and is trying to rehome some of her remaining hobby items. Part of entering the drawing the win the goodies is answering a question; basically what will you do with the items if you win them. Well that's easy, I will donate them to MEPSA to be used as fund raisers or for year end prizes at the champs show. And I will be reading Lauren's blog now that I know where she is :)
This photo was one I snagged from her model horse post. I am looking forward to reading the rest of the series she has planned.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

TRXC halter day

I am not a halter shower. Anyone that knows me knows I am not a halter shower. I don't have fancy horses, my horses have a lot of accidents so I try not to have things that are too valuable. I care almost nothing about breed assignment. I am not a halter shower. But TRXC is a fun show and staying an extra day to sell dolls and hang out with hobby friends is worth it. Even though I might not win anything or even remember to put my horses on the table. Surprisingly though my horses did pretty well.
 Jazira got second in breed in the open show. She often does very well in breed. I joked after everyone put their horses on the table that I should get a prize for having the smallest horse on the table. Then I joked that I DID get a prize for the smallest horse. I don't have a very large collection of minis but the ones I have are very carefully chosen.
 McQueen added to his medals for the weekend by getting a top 5 in workmanship. I have no idea who painted him but he is very pretty and I love him.
 Bootlegger doesn't get much love in halter but he did get 3rd in workmanship. I think that's the best he ever does. He's still an awesome performance horse though and that's what matters.
 Halestorm is my new (to me) custom Stone pony. She got second in her breed class...
 ...and then a top 5 in the pony stakes. I was very impressed with her. She is doing better in halter than in performance. Yes, I will be fixing that shortly :)
 Then there is Pacific Redeemer. P.R. was named after my son's favorite horse at the therapeutic riding barn. P.R. is actually a very old horse so I thought it would be fun to have Meghann Hoscheid (Lorei) paint my Little Man Mango (sculpted by Morgen Kilbourn) as P.R as a baby. It amuses me. P.R. got first in his breed class and I got to show Morgen because she had come up to judge at the show.
Then P.R. got champion in the foals workmanship stakes and I was thrilled! Partly because of who the horse was named for but also thrilled for Meghann. She is a fantastic artist and I don't think she gets the recognition she deserves. Though I do believe it's coming.
   So that was my TRXC experience this year. I did very well and I'm very grateful to all the artists who contributed pieces of my performance entries or paint work or the sculptures. I love this hobby and I love all the talent in it. I'm not a halter shower but I had a really good halter showing day. I think next year I will judge.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

TRXC CM performance

This past weekend was the the region X championship show (TRXC). Not only did I have my big yearly doll sale but I also did a decent amount of showing. Here are my placings of the day:

 Bootlegger won champion in patterned performance stakes
 Hurricane Deck won reserve champion in Action western stakes.
McQueen got a top 5 in the Action English stakes (even though I forgot the gate piece for my jump)

and then McQueen also got top five in games
 Enchanted Eve won reserve champion in the pleasure stakes
 and then a top 5 in the trail stakes
 Caramel Latte got a top top in the other performance stakes
 and Flash in the sky got reserve champion in the other performance stakes.
 Lady Liberty is the only OF horse I brought and she only showed in one class in the OF performance stakes. She got a top 5 for her showmanship entry (and in the open show she got one more NAN card towards her superior event horse award...almost there).
 Cranky Pants received a top 5 in the costume stakes. My plan is to redress the doll so she looks nicer. I had nothing to do with the creation of this Native American costume and I don't even know who made it. I do know that it is stunning and intricate and I love it very much.

I did get some nice placings in the open show but I did also mess up several things because my mind was wandering or I was distracted by something else. It was a fun day and my horses did very well. I even stayed for halter day. Maybe some photos tomorrow.

The TRXC doll sale

   Every year region X has a championship show in November. The region X championship show (TRXC) is a slightly scaled down open show with stakes classes. It's a lot of fun and also a wonderful place for me to try to sell dolls.
   Every year I mean to get started early. Like July. But somehow that doesn't happen. I might make a doll and put it away for the sale in November but then I might take it back out and sell it on ebay (that happened at least 4 times this year) or I might offer the dolls in trade if I find something I want and people are interested in a trade. If I started in July and didn't sell and trade the dolls getting a good stock of finished dolls ready would be pretty easy. But things don't work out that way. My lofty goal for this year was to have 20 dolls to bring to the sale. I did it. And I even got to take most of the week before the show off. Here is what I ended up with:

Black and white western pleasure doll (sold)
 upper level dressage doll (part of a trade)
 western pleasure cowboy (available for sale)

 red and black western pleasure doll (sold)
 royal blue and black casual/working cowboy (donation for Miami Valley Live)
 Super bendy cowboy. He has bendy arms, legs and neck. (available for sale)
 Youth doll in gray coat (available for sale)
 Casual English lady on the Breyer body (available for sale)
 Yvonne hunt seat doll in navy blue (sold)
 Yvonne hunt seat doll in black coat (available for sale)
 Yvonne side saddle doll (possibly sold)
 casual/working Yvonne in royal blue (available for sale)
 green western pleasure Yvonne (sold)
aqua western pleasure Yvonne (sold)
gray and pink saddle seat doll (sold)

 turquoise and black showmanship doll (taken for my personal collection)
 royal blue, black and white western pleasure Yvonne (available for sale)
 casual hunt seat Yvonne (sold)
 youth hunt seat doll in navy blue (sold)

western pleasure Yvonne in tan, blue and yellow (sold)

It is a lot of work and many long days as the show day nears to get ready for my big TRXC sale. But it's also fun to meat a big goal and have a good variety of dolls for people to play with. Maybe next year I will start early and not sell or trade the finished pieces. Stranger things have happened.