Monday, December 6, 2021

Tack Making

     Recently, I seem to have been getting some new horses that seem like they would be excellent for performance, if only I could find tack to fit them correctly. I already ran into the issue with Astrid, who has a surprisingly dainty head, and I also ran into it with Ansel. He's shaped like a Morgan, not surprisingly at all, and tack fitting has not been simple. Though I semi-recently bought a black pleasure saddle from Joan Yount, which she had made to fit a short backed Arabian. That happens to fit very nicely on my very round, short backed horse. but his head was way too big for any of my bridles. So I decided I would make one. And since it seems Morgan horse pleasure favors romel reins (at least in the majority if the photos I saw) I decided to go that route. I ordered a bunch of supplies from Rio Rondo... and then they sat. 
     But Saturday was the day! I was going to finally make that bridle. So I pulled out a pile of bits and piece I might need and I got to work. 
     First I discovered the joys of trying to get two piece of leather lace through the crimp bead so I could make loops. It was hard, but not impossible.
    Once I had a finished cheek piece I tried it on the horse again... and discovered the joy of taking apart a thing you just finished because it is a bit too long. Grr!
     Eventually though, I have most of a headstall, minus the curb chain I forgot, and minus reins since for some reason NONE of the beads I had ordered from Rio Rondo fit the 1mm lace, only the .5mm. Another grr. I started looking into putting together and order but quickly realized almost everything I wanted for beads was out of stock. And then I remembered Joann's has crimp beads. I thought I might be able to find stuff there. And I was right. So I got some stuff locally, came home and finished the bridle. I also got the saddle on and a doll, and I felt everything had come together well. Though it was way too dark to get any decent photos. 
    Sunday morning though, was bright and sunny! The perfect chance to get out and get some photos of Ansel in his new and new-to-him tack. I think he and his rider look pretty good together. 
     I also think the bridle came together pretty well considering I have never made one like this before. 
        It is not overwhelmingly complex or super plain. It's a nice look for this horse. 
And this particular shot just makes me happy. 
      I have a western side saddle ordered for no particular reason other than I don't own a western side saddle. From what I have seen western side saddle also has a preference for romel reins so I have another bridle planned, though who knows when I will make it. And Astrid needs a western bridle for her little dainty head. Looks like I have plenty of tack projects in my future.
 

Sunday, December 5, 2021

Maid Marion, Sort Of

       My Black Friday sale is mostly wrapped up at this point. I am still working on finishing some dolls that were ordered as ride-along-dolls to go with order claims. I am still waiting on some partial payments, but mostly everything is paid and shipped. It was efficient and didn't make me completely crazy to get it all done. I allowed myself the luxury of waiting until this weekend to ship the items that were not paid for last weekend (those items all went out last Monday). My work pace has been a little bit slower partially because school is so much more hectic at the moment. Sometimes I am just too mentally exhausted and I need some downtime. Which, let's be honest, I get like that even if I barely have anything to do at school all day. Now I just have a better excuse. 
       Anyway, one doll that was not part of anything to do with Black Friday was this medieval doll. The reference keyword I was given was Maid Marion type. So that is what I googled. I also was sent a variety of different dress options and I really liked this one. She is not exact to the reference, almost nothing is in 1:9 scale, but she is very similar and I really like how she came out. Though her sleeves don't seem to want to cooperate well for photographs. I wish they were flowier, but the material just isn't. I think she came out well though. 
     Saturday was an excellent mail day and my new micro came in from my Maggie's Monthly micro subscription. I saw a photo of this pony online early Saturday before mine arrived and was not sure I liked her enough to keep her. Now that I have seen her in person I am not sure that I can let her go, lol. Though I do have way more unpainted micros (still) than I need. She may stay for a bit. She may go to a new home. I have not decided yet. But she sure is nice!
      Something really interesting I have noticed about school. I am super busy trying to keep all the balls in the air, and the days go by incredibly quickly. Which is sort of to be expected. If I am actively teaching something that definitely takes time, and the time passing is usually not super noticeable. If the kids are working independently and I am working on some other aspect of my job, the time passes super quickly. Even the most frustrating class I have (which is only sometimes frustrating, sometimes they are great) goes by quickly. Maybe it is because last year we had 90 minute block classes, I have no idea. But anyway, the days passing quickly is not surprising. The amount of energy I have is. It might have a bit to do with the supplements I have been taking. I have had more energy since I started with them. But I think it is that my energy builds on itself. The more I do, the more energy I have. And when I stop, to sit and write an email or a blog post, I don't all of a sudden crash. My energy has been fairly steady for a while now. I like it. Sometimes my brain just needs a break and I spend too much time screwing around online, but I have heard that I do too much so I guess some times of zombie brain are not horrible. 
     Anyway, things are going well at school, home is great as always, and the other day I let Travis leave me in a store, to walk all the way across the store (out of sight) to get something he wanted. After a minute I was a little nervous but he came back. I figured he would, he needed me to buy the thing he wanted, but it was a huge (scary!) step to let him do that. I guess the Dollar Store, which is just one medium sized square store with aisles, was a good place to do that. I would not do that in a Walmart or anything, but it worked out the other day. Progress.
     
 

Saturday, December 4, 2021

Give Me a "T"

      In honor of Karen Crossley, a Canadian hobbyist and active blogger who unexpectedly passed away in July of 2020, Lynn Isenbarger and I are finishing Karen's alphabetical tour of her collection, with tours of our own collection. Today's letter is T.

       Today we are going to talk about Time Lord. He is my Indian Silver resin painted by Liesl Dalpe. I already talked a lot about him when I repurchased him last year from my friend Iva, but we can talk about him again. 

       I love this horse. He has not done all that much as a show horse, since he is not particularly performance friendly. Don't get me wrong, any horse can be shown in performance with enough creativity. But he is never going to be a particularly versatile performance horse. Still, I love this mold. Something about him just makes me really happy, and the beautiful bay that Liesl painted him is my favorite shade of bay. I was definitely happy to add him back into my collection. Even if he mostly just sits on the shelf and looks pretty.

      So Time Lord isn't a particularly performance friendly horse, but he was perfect for the first Mares in Black Spooctacular show. I believe the prompt for this was Just Dance. He looks like he's doing a little spooked dance at the evil plastic bag. He's pretty good at spooking. 
      So then this year I decided I was going to use Time Lord for my main horse at the Mares in Black Spooktacular 2 show. The class list this time around was a traditional horse show class list with a Halloween themed twist. So I set up a Halloween themed arena and took a bunch of traditional horse show photos with a very untraditional performance horse. Though Time Lord is not bad at the trail gate. 
      And he worked well for my Jester entry. It really didn't matter what the horse was doing for this. 
     I have not been to a live show since November of 2019 and currently I have no desire to go. It's weird. I remember a time when I could not imagine not going to shows. But right now the idea is not appealing to me. I like being able to take as long as I need to set up an entry. I like that if I find a piece of tack I thought would work for a horse doesn't, I have everything I need, and the time I need, to try to find something that works better. Time is something I have in very short supply these days. Time Lord (a Doctor Who reference for anyone that missed it) can't seem to travel through time. Being able to take all the time I need is a luxury that I have been enjoying. Plus I don't have to put on shoes. 

     Some day I will go to a live show again, though I likely won't show Time Lord in performance, at least not much. For now I will just enjoy looking at him on the shelf and being glad that he is mine. 

Ember

     Last night I set up this post... and then I forgot all about it apparently. But then I woke up at 5:00, could not get back to sleep (bummer) so decided to get up just after 6:00. On a Saturday. When I didn't have to. *sigh* there are worse things I guess. I am thinking about maybe finally making a bridle today. Maybe.
     So anyway, yesterday's mail brought me a new painted micro! I wanted an Ember for a long time. I finally found an unpainted one last year, but as with most of my unpainted pieces, it has sat since then. I saw this one for sale recently and had to pick him up. This is a terrible no-flash, cell phone, kitchen table in shadow photo, but it's a really cute horse!
     I could see having more of these in my collection, and I don't typically get multiple copies of resins (except there is Barnaby... and all the other horses I have in all the sizes they come in...). There is another painted Ember I have been eyeballing. But I am trying to show some restraint. It's gifting season, I have savings goals, I should probably stop buying things for myself. 
     Here is another really horrible photo for you to enjoy. This is my small (lol, small) but mighty painted micro collection! The ones in the front on the bottom shelf were all painted by other people. The Jewel, Duke, Jumping Mule and Harmony (back row on the bottom) were painted by me. The top shelf was mostly painted by me. Sixjay was not. One of these days I will get better photos of these little horses. My new camera can get some really excellent photos of micros!
     My school day finished up a bit strangely yesterday. I had to actually say to a class "we don't need to be talking about whatever so-and-so did in 5th grade" and they made me worried for the last day of school before winter break. Everyone gets antsy right before the weekend, and I imagine it will be amplified right before a long break. This could get weird. 
 

Thursday, December 2, 2021

StudioMaire

       I was just about to go to bed last night and I remembered that I had no post scheduled. These days I definitely don't have time to write one at school, or before school. So today you get a picture of my lovely new saddle pads from StudioMaire. I branched out into some new colors this time around, but I know I could still go further. Maybe. Some day. 

       Happy Friday everyone! School is going well and I am optimistic about all of the things I have to do. I will sort all of it and make everything very efficient. I just need to keep on ironing out the wrinkles. I'll get there.

       I was a little afraid that my doll work would suffer. And I will admit, I did slack off a bunch of times this week. I likely could have finished the dolls I was working on yesterday, or even the day before, but I kept getting distracted. Going out and doing errands, going down random rabbit holes on the internet, all pretty time-wasty stuff. But things are going well. Today I need to get heads and boots done on 2 dolls and they should be finished. So that is good news. 
      
      Right this very moment I have nothing else to write about. I will see if I can think of something. I have managed a post every single day so far this year, some days had more than one. And last year I also had a post for every single day. I would love to keep that up. It may be time to start talking about some horses in my collection. That was a really good suggestion. 

Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Live Sale Start to Finish

        I am scary organized. That really may have been one of the best compliments I have ever gotten (I think it was from Jennifer Buxton). Yesterday at school I realized not only was I all caught up on grading, but I was also planned out in all 4 of my subjects through Friday. Most are about halfway planned through next week. I also have some more ideas gathered to figure out what to do for the next plans. For most of the classes I have a good mix of stuff from a book, worksheets (that go with the stuff from the book), power points, coloring activities, and so on. Everyone likes variety. And art and learning together help you remember. Anyway, school is going pretty well and I in a good mental space. I'm going to keep aiming to find a good mix of different kind of assignments. Not only is it interesting for the kids, it's interesting for me. 
      In other ways I am scary organized, lets talk about my Black Friday Live sale. So the sale was on Friday, and ran for 2 hours and 25ish minutes I think. After I turned off the camera I resisted doing any more work. It could wait. 
     Saturday I did all of the invoicing. Elecktra helped me out by weighing and measuring all of the packages. That is the step that gets them ready for postage. It is a really useful step. After the invoicing I resisted doing any more work. 
      People had started paying their invoices as soon as I sent them out so by Sunday morning I had a good chunk of them ready for postage. Which meant they were ready for sorting. I alphabetize the bags throughout the sale to make sorting claims easier and I alphabetize packages to make it easier to locate them for labeling. I always start with whoever paid their invoice first and work up from there. But before I could get to printing, this mess...
     Needed to be turned into this. Nice even rows of packages in easy to locate alphabetical order. It really made things very easy. Once I was set up I stood in my room checking packages and printing them. Elecktra grabbed each label as it came off the printer, that made it so I could finish one at a time, eliminating the danger of mixing up labels, and sped up the process for me. It was really efficient. So with a chunk of work on Sunday, some help from Elecktra, and sticker labels (worth every penny in saved time!) I had 32 packages ready to bring to the post office. They went out on Monday. 

     A couple more invoices have been paid since then, but I have decided I need to have less stress so I have not gotten them shipped just yet. I will likely do that tomorrow. I do still have a small number of packages waiting to be paid for. Or waiting for me to make an extra doll to go in them. But from start to finish I did the sale on Friday, invoices on Saturday, shipping labels on Sunday, and handed off to the post office on Monday. I am pretty impressed with my restraint. I have in fact done a sale and invoicing all in one day and then everything else the next day. I think I can be content to work just a tiny bit slower. 
      To wrap up I just wanted to share a fun pair of photos that shows it is not just Breyer's shippers that send stuff in incredibly oversized boxes. This looks like I put in a massive Ulta order. 
     But this is what was in the box. For size reference, that is a mascara primer on top of the two boxes of makeup erasers. This stack of stuff is maybe 8x6x5. That box was ginormous! There was also almost nothing in it for packing material. Very reminiscent of this summer's Breyerfest shipments. 
     I have some stragglers but mostly my last live sale of the year is wrapped up. I have been doing some holiday shopping, for myself and for others, and school is going pretty well. Though today a kid actually said that I just do it for the money. That may have been the most foolish thing that I have heard this week.
 

Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Now I Can Breathe a Little

     When I started teaching, this time around, I came in with the vaguest of plans. I was going to have a day to chat with the kids, since I only actually knew one of the classes, and then we would have a day of some fairly easy review work. It's rough starting into new classes, let alone 4 new ones (and one old one) a quarter into the year. It is even harder going from being the para in the classroom to the teacher. But I have done it before and I was sure I could do it again. If only that nagging voice that tells me I don't know chemistry that well would get out of my head... I can learn it. I have excellent resources (teachers!). 
     So I had my day of chatting with the kids about expectations, both mine for them and theirs for me as their teacher, and Friday we did some review work. Nothing horribly taxing. We had a weekend and Monday morning was not too bad. Tuesday wasn't bad either, but then Ethan told me that he got a call to pick Travis up from school. We had to bring him for a COVID test before he could come back to school. So I got coverage for my 7th period class, missed my prep (6th period) but had enough of a plan for Monday after the Thanksgiving break to make it so I wasn't completely freaking out. Travis does not have COVID by the way. Or flu A or B. He has a cold. And it's mostly better. 
      Anyway, so we came back from Thanksgiving break and I had to wait in line in the copy room, I had way too much to copy to get ready for my first 4 classes, and then for some reason every packet had an extra blank page in between every printed page. So I had to pull all of those out to even make the packets. I managed but it was a rocky start to the day. But then I managed to get a bit more prep done for one of the classes, and just enough ahead on the others (as in, plans for the morning), that I didn't leave school in a panic. Mostly. Tuesday morning I got the copies done quickly that I needed for 2 of my first 4 classes, it didn't take forever, and I got back to my room in time to start getting things sorted. And then I took a day to let the kids work on their own, instead of having the majority of the class time us all working on things together. I reminded them to ask for help if they needed it, checked in every now and then, motivated some to get working or to keep going, and eventually got through the enormous amount of grading that has been piling up since I took over. OK, it wasn't huge, but it was a mess, sort of everywhere, and I needed to get that taken care of to clear my head. And I did. 
     
       This bulging folder is all of the graded/checked assignments since I started. Sure, it has not been a lot of days, but now it is all finished and I have a master list of every class, with every kid in the class, and every day, with their grade from that day's work, so when I get a refresher on how to use the grading part of the computer, I can actually put grades in the portal for everyone. Definitely progress was made. 
      During my prep time I also managed to get plans together for more days, for most of my classes. My biology class I think I am still only one day ahead, but I have material gathered and just need to get the details worked out and I believe I can get several classes ready. I also managed to find my desk!

       I only started on November 18th. The 19th was the first day we did any work. Then we had the 22nd and 23rd and after that was break. Monday the 29th had me rethinking my life choices again, but then by the 30th I remembered that I can do this. I am also insanely organized! So everything should be fine. Now that I am caught up I can work on finding things for the kids that are a bit more creative. Most of them seem to like that. 
 

Monday, November 29, 2021

Legacy Miniatures

     I forgot about another recent purchase that I could have added to my Black Friday Haul list. I ordered a bunch of awesome miniature food from Legacy Claussen, who is Joan Yount's granddaughter. They just seem to be a super talented family. Not only is Joan an excellent doll maker (and tack maker), her daughter, Mandy, is also an excellent tack maker. And now Mandy's daughter, Legacy, is making miniatures. And I am excited about it! 
     Yesterday my package arrived and I was prepared for little ziplock bags or folded paper towel, which is how a lot of us ship things. Legacy's stuff had a very nice, very professional presentation. I was immediately baffled though, I only ordered three types of miniatures. 
    I got these incredibly realistic oranges that look good enough to eat. 
These super cute strawberries, which again, are super realistic. 
    Let's talk about these cookies for a second. Holy cow these look so real! All of these photos are horrible kitchen table cell phone pics taken after the sun went down. And the food still looks amazing! I don't yet know what I will do with any of it, but does that really matter?

     The mystery package (when flipped over said free gift, lol!) was some potatoes. Another incredibly realistic tiny food item!
     Legacy has an etsy shop, LegacyMiniatures, and I can say that her work is definitely top notch. If you are in the market for some really nicely made miniature items I suggest you check out her shop! I know I will be checking back often to see what new items she comes up with. 
 

Sunday, November 28, 2021

Black Friday Haul

       Have you noticed that over the years things take up more and more time? "Special" times of year are no longer a day but can be a week or even a month, or more? That is happening a lot with special sales (which is why "special" was in quotes above). President's day sales used to be a day and then went to a week. I have heard of them being a month as well. Black Friday used to be the day after Thanksgiving, and still is, but it also can start much earlier, and often does, and goes much later. 
      I did some Black Friday shopping this year. I usually do. This year I also installed the honey browser extension, which made finding online coupons so much easier. I started my shopping searching out my own coupons, which is not impossible, but often not super easy. I started with a pair of boots I had been seeing in my Facebook ads for months. 
      I may or may not actually be able to wear these boots. I have a lot of issues with my ankle and the less-than 2" heel height may be too much for me. But I really love these boots! They are all handmade leather, at least according to the claims of the website, and so much more colorful than anything I have bought before. Pretty much I wear black shoes. Black boots, black flats, black sneakers, black sandals. But I feel that everyone needs a pair of red shoes. And these are a nice dark red (they are not actually burgundy, even though the photo sort of makes it look like it. Not only were they already on sale on the website but I found an internet coupon that made them even less. The boots are on this website.
     And what do you have to do when you buy an awesome pair of boots and almost all of your socks are ankle socks? You have to buy new socks. Now I am a sock snob, I admit it. I pretty much only wear Bombas socks, and have for years. Not only are they incredibly high quality socks, but for every pair you buy a pair is donated to people in need. For people without a home socks can literally be the difference between life and death. 

     Anyway, I am a big fan of Bombas socks. This batch that I bought (with a coupon I found!) will last me more than a year. Typically, I have been buying 1-2 new pairs a year to supplement the ones I already have. You know that brand new sock feeling? That lasts for months with Bombas socks. So yeah, they are very pricey, but they are great quality and you are also giving to people in need. If you need/want great socks, here is their website.
     Next on my list was more Overtone. That is how I get the colors in my hair, conditioner. Yes, I do get it bleached so the color actually shows up, but the bleach is about a once a year thing. Then I condition in the color. I was all out of pink (that is not OK!) So I put in an order. Overtone was having a black Friday sale, 40% off I think, so I stocked up. I definitely like to save money. Here is the website where I buy my fun colors.
       People who know me well know that I love Ulta. They have a great mix of drugstore and prestige brands which makes it a very convenient trip. I also am a member of their club so I get points when I shop. And they send me sales emails. A lot. This time of year is usually the only time the prestige (expensive) brands go on sale. They are pretty much always excluded from coupons so it is hard for me to talk myself into some of the high-end stuff. But the skin care I use is high end, and a few of my favorite makeup items are high end. So I put in not one, not two, but three orders with Ulta in the past couple of weeks. 
     Why not just one Ulta order? Well, Ulta likes you to come back and keep on shopping. So they parcel out the sales and sale items. I found a bunch of things I wanted for myself and for some gifts and ordered them. Then I got an email about sales on some of my favorite pricey things, so I ordered them (40% off is nothing to sneeze at!). Then I got a coupon in the mail that was 20% off any single item, including prestige and fragrance. So I went and bought a perfume that I love. Usually for perfume I buy the travel size because it is so hard to spend that chunk of money on the larger bottles. But the Valentino Born in Roma is such a favorite that I have nearly run out of the travel size. That is a sure sign that buying the full size (even the small full size) is worth it. And 20% off made it a lot easier for me to hit place order. Ulta's website is here (they have stores too). 
      It turns out I am also sort of a soap snob. I started using goatmilk soap several years ago and that seems to be the best thing for me. Especially in the winter. My favorite goatmilk soap is from Sage Meadow Farm, which is actually really local to me. I can buy it at Big Y (grocery store). But when they are having a sale of 21% off for Black Friday, and you get 1 bar free with a gift box of 6, it makes it worth it, even though you have to pay shipping.  Plus I am sure that box will be great to ship something to someone. And I likely now have enough of my soap to last me most of next year. If you are not local, and want some awesome goatmilk soap (and other goatmilk products) check out their website. 
     I have too many unpainted micros. Even after selling a bunch. Which means obviously I had to buy another one. Sarah Minkiewicz-Breunig shrunk her Otto resin. And he is tiny and adorable so I had to buy one. Obviously. Will I ever get him painted? Hard to say. Will he be adorable even unpainted? Without a doubt. If you want your own Bean (Micro Otto) you need to order by December 6th.
      I may have also bought an Evelyn Munday saddle. Again. It happens. But really, they are an excellent investment. They are gorgeous, well made, and definitely retain their value. The last one I bought helped fund my new camera. So, since I sold mine, I was in "need" of another one. This one will definitely be worth it. If you aren't already, make sure to check in often on Evelyn's page. She does not have a separate studio page from her personal page. And if you see something you like, maybe ask her about it. She's friendly, I promise. 

        I was late to the party for the StudioMaire sale. She had a whole bunch of her awesome English saddle pads for sale. And I didn't know about it until the next day! So I missed out on many pads that would have been perfect in my collection. I did pick up a few anyway. Because they are awesome. And because sometimes there are other colors besides pink. Sometimes. I don't know how I keep missing studio sales until after the fact, if someone has a trick to make Facebook show me important things, please let me know. For Maire's studio page click here
     I think there were some other odds and ends that I picked up this weekend. Did I spend a whole bunch of money? Yes, I did. But some of it was for gifts, and a lot of it is supported artists and/or small businesses. Do I think people will like this weird post about the things I bought? yes actually. For some reason people like to know what other people bought. I know I am not the only one that watches haul videos on YouTube. Not from every content creator, but from some of my favorites. Will someone be really pleased I imbedded links to all of these places in this post? Absolutely. 
 

Black Friday Live Sale; Before and After

          Guess who forgot to write a post last night? It was me. I thought about it, twice at least, and then it just went out of my head. It happens. I spent the evening with my family for the most part, and then did a bunch of reading. And I pushed all of the thoughts of printing shipping labels away. I was even mostly successful at it. 
          Before the live sale I had everything nicely organized and ready to go. At least that is what I thought. I think, this time around, I was even mostly right about things. My semi-live sale set-up is a storage tote for a desk, with my laptop, external battery (for my cell phone), sharpie, and my rules, schedule and trivia questions. I also have all of the different types of items nicely sorted. The plan was for a low-key, not crazy sale. Mostly I accomplished that. 
      The end of the sale had a similar level of organization, but also a whole lot of bags with people's names on them. The great thing about the semi-live sales is I have a really easy to look at record of who claimed what if anyone, myself included, thinks I made a mistake. The "loves" on each comment can easily show me who was first to claim. It doesn't mean I won't goof if two people with the same first name claim the same exact item. It happened the last time. I "loved" the comment of one of them and put the item in the bag of the other person. Oops. I did however just remake the item so the one who should have gotten it did get it. 
      This time around I didn't lose anyone's bag. Everything was paced slowly enough that I could easily resort when a new person claimed an item. I got behind on sorting and "loving" comments once in a while. Some of that was chit-chatting. Some of it was never actually knowing exactly how long I need to sort things. I think I did pretty well this time though. There were not too many times where things dragged. I didn't goof on my math and leave 13 minutes between items. I can probably cut down the time between trivia and the next item a bit. But in general I think the pacing is good. It still means that the sale is roughly 2 hours long. But knowing that ahead of time might be helpful to someone. It's kind of helpful to me. Anyway, I am now back to the place of struggling to come up with things to post about. Let's see what, if anything, I can come up with. 



 

Friday, November 26, 2021

Small Business Saturday

     So yesterday I had my third annual Black Friday Live sale. And really, I should be doing them for Small Business Saturday. But I have always done them on Black Friday. Which is a weird day really. A lot of people work on Saturday. Though I had it off and Elecktra had it off. A lot of people are out and about in the craziness that is Black Friday shopping. I did some myself, though mine was all online. 

       Anyway, I have a handful of items that are still available for claiming. I have this hunt seat doll in a navy blue coat. She has a bendy neck so she is great for over fences. I have four removable helmets that fit the Yvonne-type dolls; blue, pink, black and green. I have a red cross country kit. I have a whole bunch of green blankets still, and a bunch of the tan/black blankets. I even still have a bunch of mystery boxes. So if there is anything you are interested in, let me know. I also have add-ons which have a link in the post from August. The stuff is still available, even if the post is old. 

      Thank you to everyone that came to my sale, both the live portion and just to my studio page to claim. I had a good time. This one was pretty laid back, which I liked, though there was still enough silliness that people seemed to have a good time. Today starts the invoicing! We'll see how I do. 

Thursday, November 25, 2021

Black Friday Sale Schedule

As promised, here is the schedule of when each group of items will post today at the sale. As a reminder, the sale starts at 3:00 pm ET on my studio page on Facebook. A full catalog of items is in this post. And there is also an album on my studio page. 

Micros-3:02

Lemondrop medallion: 3:03

Breyerfest Kaleidoscope: 3:04

Group A- 3:05

Group B- 3:10

Group C- 3:15

Trivia- 3:20

Group D- 3:25

Group E- 3:30

Group F- 3:40

Trivia- 3:45

Group G- 3:50

Group H- 3:58

Group I- 4:05

Trivia- 4:09

Group J- 4:13

Group K- 4:17

Group L- 4:21

Trivia- 4:25

Group M- 4:30

Group N- 4:38

Group O- 4:45

Trivia- 4:50

Group P- 4:55

Group Q- 5:00

Group R- 5:05

I hope you get exactly what you want! And in case you are wondering, I have made 1564 dolls to date!

 

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Thankful


       I am thankful for so many things. 
I am thankful for my family, who are amazing people. 
I am thankful for my friends, both the ones I get to see in person, and the ones I have never met in real life.
 I am thankful for my jobs. Most of the time I like them both, and enjoying work makes the work a bit easier. 
I am thankful for my health. Even though I just had the first cold I have had in years, it was not a bad one, I am almost better. 
I am thankful for a warm home and food to eat.
I am thankful for my LHS family. So many people have helped me with supplies, plans, or just moral support while I transition to teaching (again) for an unknown amount of time. 
I am thankful for my crafting skills. I worked hard for them, but I am grateful that I have them.
I am thankful for patience. Working in a school after the last two years is a test of patience every day. Usually I pass. 
I am grateful for the model horse hobby. While it is full of drama, most hobbies are. And this one also has horses, and tiny horse things to play with. 

It's so easy to decide that life is hard, everything is bad, and we can wallow in our misfortunes. My life has had a lot of extra stress and trials recently. My mental health was wonky for a bit. But I can (and do) still sit back and think about all the good things. I have many blessings in my life. There are days I have to search for the good things. But if you look for them, you will find them. 

Happy Thanksgiving!
 

Black Friday Live Sale 2021 Catalog

       I always forget just how long it takes to do the catalogs and everything else involved with the semi portion of the semi-live sale. It is a ridiculous amount of work. But All of the items that will be for sale this Friday, November 26th at 3:00 pm ET on the Field of Dolls Studio page on Facebook, are below. I have ad-on items, which are in this post.  I know the title says August but I am mostly sure I still have all of those things. For how the sale works, please see this blog post. If you have any questions please email me at fieldofdolls@gmail.com. 
Little Elecktra is not included, just to show the blanket size.

hoodies

Cross country kits include vest with attached pinny, watch, and medical armband

Dog sets come with adjustable vest, blank pouches, and velcro tags that say service dog and search and rescue. 

Dog sets include a bed, food bowl, ball, bag of food (with food in it), a bone, a rope toy, and 2 other toys

bareback pads

lunch sets include a lunch bag with working closure, a sandwich, cookie, chips, apple and drink

lunches include a sandwich, chips, apple, pastry, and drink.

backpacks have working closure


Saddlebag sets include opening saddle bags with mesh pockets, 2 water bottles, a map, first aid kit, trail mix, cell phone, poncho, apple, hoof pick and pommel bags. 

saddle bag stuff is a map, first aid kit, trail mix, poncho, cell phone, hoof pick and an apple. 

cat sets include a bed, feather toy, catnip mouse, little box with scoop and litter, food dish and food bag with food. 

Removable helmets. Have multiples of some colors. 

Western pleasure dolls

Hunt seat dolls all have bendy necks for over fences. 

Casual dolls have fully haired heads and the casual western dolls have removable hats

Mystery boxes! No two are exactly alike! LOTS of new items!