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Weekend by the Numbers

Weekend by the Numbers

Stephanie at Hand Gallop has these great little “weekend by the numbers” posts that I always enjoy reading. She somehow makes all the numbers even out, because she’s a rock star. They’re cute & well planned out posts. I, on the other hand, am all “I did things this weekend and there were numbers!” Expect no cuteness here. My Dad was visiting Austin-town this weekend and helped me on a ton of house stuff. He builds fancy custom homes and I assure…

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Fixer F’Upper

Fixer F’Upper

When I was in the height of my artistic days, people would often look at whatever piece I was working on and exclaim. “Wow! I can’t even draw a straight line!” “I can’t either,” I would answer them. Remember this – it’s important later. Part of the reason I bought my house is because it has really good bones. It’s been well maintained with a nice layout, and I thought I could do a lot of “little” things to improve…

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DIY Post Fail

DIY Post Fail

I’ll be the first to admit it – this is one of those rare times where I’m not feeling very prolific. We’ve had a lot of rain, and even a little of this… So there’s not been a ton going on in the horse front.  I wasn’t able to ride at all on Saturday, and Sunday lessons were cancelled due to the crazy thunderstorm of death the night before.  We did make it out to the barn for a little…

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So You Want to Blog? – Part III: SEO

So You Want to Blog? – Part III: SEO

I’m trying to do this blogging series in the order that a new blogger would have to consider.  Part I was about getting started and choosing a blogging platform.  Part II was all about layout, but today’s Part III is unique in it’s something that both new bloggers should think about before they start and current bloggers can benefit from. SEO stands for search engine optimization, otherwise known as how high your blog ranks on Google.  If you do not care about…

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Equestrian DIY – Make Your Own Baby Pad

Equestrian DIY – Make Your Own Baby Pad

When the saddle fitter told me that I needed to ride with thinner baby pads that had wither clearance, I hit the online tack stores to shop.  Unfortunately, most baby pads are square with no room for Simon’s shark withers.  I still want to order a custom Ogilvy or two for showing, but in the meantime I decided to hit up my sewing machine to get some baby pads for schooling. I started with 1 yard of quilted cotton fabric,…

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DIY Horse Show Ribbon Shadowbox

DIY Horse Show Ribbon Shadowbox

I will never be one of those people who throw away ribbons. Being able to show horses has been a life long dream for me. I’ve worked really hard to win and also pay for all of these ribbons. You can bet that I want them out where I can enjoy them instead of locked in a box or thrown away! Even that being said, my ribbon area was looking a bit hodge podge lately. I had stuffed Elvis’ entire…

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Crochet Fly Bonnet – Finding the Pattern

Crochet Fly Bonnet – Finding the Pattern

Ever since my last DIY Crochet Equine Fly Bonnet post, I’ve been working on my crochet and bonnet making skills.  The crochet part is going great.  My stitches are getting more even and quicker, and I’ve tried out some different trim techniques that look really good to me. The problem is the damn pattern. People have been emailing me and asking on instagram for my bonnet pattern, and my response should be that I wished I had one!  Honestly, I’m…

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DIY – How to Crochet Your Own Fly Bonnet

DIY – How to Crochet Your Own Fly Bonnet

Epic DIY post of epicness today.  We all know my fascination with bonnets, but I get sticker shock every time I look at one… even the more reasonably priced ones.  So I did what any rational horse lover would do, and I asked my mother in law to teach me to crochet. She gave me a tutorial, which you can re-create by going to youtube and watching videos.  For my bonnet, I used the single crochet stitch the entire time….

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Needlepoint Belts

Needlepoint Belts

I have a lot of dorky hobbies, and one of them is needlepointing.  I love to stitch equestrian stuff, and although I’m good at finishing the stitching part I lack follow through on turning them into actual things.  Example?  I have five beautiful equestrian ornaments I finished last spring… and they’re all still in the canvas waiting to be turned into actual ornaments. I’m hoping to break my “not finishing” streak this year, because I got a belt canvas for…

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DIY Hand Painted Stall Sign

DIY Hand Painted Stall Sign

While I used to love the plain, copper looking engraved stall signs lately hand painted stall signs for your horse seem to be on the rise.  My absolute favorite ones are by Simply Equine Design.  They are beautiful, and the woman who makes them does a great job.  They are also pricey, but worth every penny. Since I’m a) cheap b) somewhat artistically inclined, I decided to make my own.  It’s not as fancy as the professional ones, but it was…

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How to Make a Ribbon Belt With Horse Show Ribbons

How to Make a Ribbon Belt With Horse Show Ribbons

The ribbon idea post hasn’t been sitting here in vain. After I out most of my ribbons in the jars, I wanted to get creative with some leftovers. I have a ton of ribbons from a popular show series in NC that thought traditional ribbon colors were boring, therefore a ton of my ribbons have a very un-boring rainbow streamer. I didn’t want to include these rainbow streamers in my traditional colored pillow, but it’s the part of the ribbon…

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Horse Show Ribbon Recycling

Horse Show Ribbon Recycling

On Monday, I wrote about equestrian design in the home which featured my current way of showcasing ribbons – throwing them in glass vases. Several of you asked for different ways to display horse show ribbons, and I remembered a Pinterest board that L. Williams (who is just as satin obsessed as me… maybe more so) showed me a while back. This lead to me combing through about 100 other Pinterest boards and then compiling this list… enjoy! Make a…

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