Saturday, July 21, 2012

Owen's Pride Custom Tack Box

As someone who has ridden a horse exactly twice (and not very successfully!), I admit to not knowing a whole lot about the work and care that goes into enjoying one. 

My friend Leigh-Ann, on the other hand, knows it well. She has a sweet horse named Cooper who, I've learned, comes with a lot of stuff! 

Leigh-Ann mentioned how much she longed for a nice - and big - custom tack box for the barn and, of course, I was happy to oblige. 

***Insert funny imaginary montage of me trying to figure out how to build a tack box!***

Here is the result....

The closed piece measures 5' high x 2' wide x 2.5' deep.  

I customized it with black trim and a black hand-painted decal of Leigh-Ann's horse show (Owen's Pride) and tattoo design. 

Here is an inside shot. Places for saddle, helmet, gloves, grooming gear, etc., etc.

Detail shots.

The whole piece has a little shelf on the top that came to be completely by accident - but I'm told it works well for hanging some sort of more horse stuff (see how educated I've become?!).

So, now that I know what a tack box is and how to build one, I can make some more! 

Send me an email if you want one for yourself!

Monday, May 14, 2012

Pinny's (AKA cute little half-aprons)

I'll confess - I'm not usually a pinny kind of a girl. I'm not particularly domestic. I don't bake or cook well. And, I don't usually do cute and sweet.

But, when my good friend Debbie over at Granny McNab's introduced me to this sweet little pinny pattern from her Mum,  I couldn't resist. Pinny's may not be put to good use in my kitchen, but I have a couple of friends who would love them.

So, I headed over to Fabricville with Mrs. Lee's pattern in hand and had a great time picking out fabrics.

For my friend, Rebecca, a funky combination of a bright green Nordic-inspired print with a yellow polka dot trim.

For my friend, Dawn, a pretty combination of small print roses with a fun turquoise polka dot trim.

Now part of me is tempted to couple a fun zebra print fabric with a hot pink trim for a wild pinny of my own! We'll see.....

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Glitter Art

If you're drawn to all that glitters, I recommend taking a trip to Las Vegas!

My husband, some good friends and I were there for a few days in March and it was fantastic! And now, one quick trip to Vegas and I'm all about the glitz and glitter!

When we got home, I decided I wanted some sparkle in my house. The results came in the form of these two art pieces.

The first piece was made with almost 800 individually glittered 1" x 1" squares. Crazy, I know...but, I'm happy with the results.

And, the second piece is my glitter bulls eye!

I think it brings just enough sparkle to my dull we-are-selling-our-house-and-this-is-what-the-stager-told-us-to-paint beige walls!

Friday, May 27, 2011

Sneak Peek

This is my proof of concept board for my new dining table design. Stay tuned.

Faux Capiz Shell Chandelier

I don't know if it's my personality or something that's hard-wired into my brain - but, why don't I ever go for the quick and easy projects? Produce 1 or 2 little round wax paper circles? Nah, I'll make hundreds and hundreds of them. Then I'll sew them together in rows and rows and rows....and then wonder why it's taking so long!

But, look at the result! It looks pretty close to the real deal.

As I mentioned, I had my camera stolen. On it were a stack of how-to photos for a couple of projects, including this one. So, knowing that I'd spotted this project online at some point I did a Google search and found this tutorial by Freshly Picked .

I made my chandelier basically the same way. A couple of differences include using a great little wire fruit bowl for the base and securing the basket using the existing threaded screw system that held up the original glass fixture.

Who knew that ironed wax paper could look this good?!

Thanks to my friend, Sylvia, for letting me borrow her hole punch for so long!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Lost camera

In the blogosphere, if you make something and have no way to take a picture of it, did you really make it?

My camera has been stolen. I'm heartbroken. Not because of losing the camera itself, but because of the 540 photos on the memory card that are now lost to me - only half of which I uploaded! That's a hard lesson to learn!

So, I'm heading out to get a new camera. I have lighting, pillow covers, new shelving and a toy design to share. Oh, and a sneak peek at my newest project!

Stay tuned!

Friday, May 6, 2011

I have a winning rack...ahem, bike rack

The Halifax Regional Municipality recently held a bike rack design competition. Design a rack for placement at the Dartmouth Ferry Terminal. Fun, right? And, with the added bonus of winning a new bike (I love new bikes).

The marketer in me couldn't pass up submitting a marketing statement/bike rack design-hybrid for the city.

Here is the transit logo -

Here is the design I submitted -

With bike (config 1) -

With bike (config 2) -

The results are in. I've been named "second" winner. I'm not quite sure what that means yet -other than not looking awesome on my new bike (I'm not saying I begrudge the 16 year-old first place winner her bike. I'm just sayin').

My design has been submitted to Metro Transit with the recommendation they be placed at various bus terminals around the city. That would be cool. (Yeah, but, can I ride cool around town...?)

Thanks to HRM for picking my design and loading me up with great alternative prizes!

And, Aelyn Murphy, your winning design is awesome! I'm just teasing. Enjoy your new bike!

Public announcement -