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DIY- Custom Horse Key Ring 


I love art supply shops, most of the time I’ll go into them just for fun or to have a look around rather than needing to buy something specific. Anyway on one such trip I was looking around when I came across sculpey which is an oven dry clay. I used to love this stuff as a kid so on impulse I bought some, cleaning out my bag today I found it and wanted to make something so I thought why not make a 3D version on my Patrick illustration and it kind of evolved from there! 

You will need

  • Sculpey (or similar over dry clay)
  • Acrilic paint (I bought white clay then painted it but you could buy coloured clay)
  • Jump ring and lobster clasp
  • Paintbrush, wooden kebab stick or toothpick, stanly knife or exacto knife to help mould- you can buy specialist tools but I found the back of the paintbrush the most efficient) 

I broke up Patrick into basic shapes from the image I already had but I had to create a basic mane shape since my origional illustration doesn’t show one.

I started by making the head by creating a ball and then making one side thinner for the snout. After creating triangle shaped ears I stuck them onto the head an using the back of a paintbrush so attach them and smooth the edges. 

I created an oval shaped for the body and attached the head, used a small ball of clay the back of the neck to make it more secure before attaching the mane and a forelock.

I made a long sausage shape and cut it into four to creat the legs and attached them to the body the same way. 

Creating a small sausage shape that’s smaller on each end creates the tail and then I used a toothpick to give a hair texture to the mane and tail. 

I cut a small slit in the neck and inserted the jump ring with the lobster clasp attached and added a bit more clay to secure it.



If your using coloured clay you would want to add all your details like eyes an markings then bake according to the instructions on your clay.

After it has completely cooled you can paint it to look like your horse and seal using a clear drying sealant like modpodge.


And your done, a totally one of a kind key ring for your keys, riding bag, grooming bag or pencil case! 

The Great Blanket Debate

Rugs are a giant pain in the butt, should I put his rug on now even though it’s not that cold but it will get cold later, is it to hot for them to to have it on, should they just have a rain sheet on??? Ahhhh! 

There is always a debate on whether horses should be rugged and of course it depends on we’re you live and what kind of horse you have, whether or not they’re clipped, etc. 

Maybe it’s because I’m a design student or maybe it’s because I love order and organisation but I love me an infographic ❤️📊📈 and this one is great, it’s informative and easy to read and understand!


Image credit: http://visual.ly/complete-guide-horse-blanketing

Oscar rocking Prince’s hand me downs ❤️

This photo was taken before the little devil broke one of the front clips 😈 #justlovemakingthingsdifficult #goodthinghescute

I can’t be the only one who wishes their horse could talk right? Why did you throw me off? On a scale of 1-10 how bad the pain? Do you want your rug on or off? Well your wishes have come true! Well the rug part maybe.

This amazing article talks about training horses to communicate weather they would like their rugs on or off using simple symbols: http://australian-rider.com/2016/09/22/new-study-claims-your-horse-could-tell-you-if-he-wants-his-rug-on-or-off/

Lemons 🍋


Yesterday’s meme Monday was about life giving you lemons and ironically I have lemons. I visited my mum this weekend and she has the most glorious lemon tree in the backyard.


When life gives me lemons I don’t make lemonade… I make cake! 🍋🍰


I baked a version of this recipe on Saturday but my mum’s oven is terrible and while the flavour was great it didn’t cook very evenly. So here goes take two! 🎬

Lemon tea cake (recipe from taste.com)

Ingredients 

  •  Melted butter, to grease
  •  200g (1 1/3 cups) plain flour
  •  150g (1 cup) self-raising flour
  •  285g (1 1/3 cups) caster sugar
  •  150g butter, melted, cooled
  •  3 eggs
  •  100ml milk
  •  1 tablespoon finely grated lemon rind
  •  125ml (1/2 cup) fresh lemon juice
  •  150g (1 cup) pure icing sugar, sifted
  •  Lemon rind, zested, to decorate

Method 

Step 1

Preheat oven to 180°C. Brush a 22cm bundt pan with melted butter. (I didn’t have a bundt pan so I used a spring form pan lined with baking paper. When ever I think of a bundt cake I’m reminded of that scene in my big fat Greek wedding where the soon to be in-laws bring one for their dinner hosts and the Greeks can’t understand why the cake has a hole in it and “fix” it by stuffing a vase of flowers in the middle!) Sift combined flour into a bowl. Stir in caster sugar. Make a well in the centre. Whisk the butter, eggs, milk, lemon rind and 100ml of lemon juice in a bowl until combined.

Step 2

Add the lemon mixture to the flour mixture and stir until well combined. Spoon into the prepared pan and smooth the surface. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until a skewer inserted into cake comes out clean. Turn onto a wire rack to cool completely.

Step 3

Place cake on a serving platter. Combine the icing sugar and remaining lemon juice in a small bowl. Spoon icing over the cake and decorate with lemon rind ( I lacked the sufficient tools to rind my Lemmon so I just added some zest to the icing mixture). Set aside to set.

Optional but I served mine with a little thickened cream but yoghurt would work too! Enjoy! 

Helmet awareness day 


Happy helmet awareness day! 

You know they’re important and you know why! ⛑ you will never regret wearing one but not wearing one could cost you everything. 

Celebrate helmet awareness day by treating yourself to a new helmet, a helmet monogram or getting involved in one of the great awareness campaigns like #helmethairdontcare or #Iwouldrathergonakedthannotwearahelmet

Read more:

http://www.horseandhound.co.uk/news/where-will-you-get-naked-this-august-578976#3cFldQQY4Fw2wJZW.99

http://www.equestrian.org.au/news/international-helmet-awareness-day-2016

But I don’t work here…

I had planned to do a riding diary type post after my lesson on Saturday but sometimes things don’t work out the way you thought. Instead of a lesson I ended up on a tiny little grey pony named Rosie taking two Danish tourists on a trail ride.

Welcome to my crazy life! 

My riding school has two locations and the other location is much smaller and doesn’t have the same turnout facilities so during the school holidays their horses are moved to our stables. So when I got there it was crazy, ponies everywhere! 

This little guy was doing in hand lessons and I fell in love, how cute is he?!

Anyway it was chaos, double the horses, double the tack, double the lessons. I got mr Patrick out of his paddock which required a change of footwear, I had to put gumbooots on because it’s been so wet the area in front of his paddock is under water. He’s still not himself ☹️ I was happy to see that all his tack had been properly labeled though so he won’t end up in the wrong saddle again. So in all the craziness there ended up being lessons double booked so I took a lesson with two little kids, the boy’s really cool he loves Patrick too! I miss being that carefree and fearless, why is it so much harder learning as an adult? Afterwards I hung out in the stable locating tack and getting new people to sign waivers and find helmets, they just kept showing up! 

I ended up taking another lesson for a girl who I used to ride with when I first started and she’s just comeback after a break which was nice. The instructor from the other property came into the ring asking where the groom who was meant to be getting her horses ready was and to be honest I nearly laughed at her. My poor instructor is always on her own and has to tack up and organise all the horses for her lessons and always ends up working late and this woman was complaining about having to tack up one horse and work for an extra hour. I don’t blame her the two schools run really differently, it’s easier to be organised and on time when all the horses are at arms reach in stables and you don’t have to faff around finding a lead rope with a functioning clip (harder than it should be) and getting horses in from paddocks, taking off rugs, tacking up etc. I think everyone was just a little stressed working on top of each other! 

I think I probably said I don’t work here like 12 times. Don’t get me wrong I love helping out and I love all the girls that board, take lessons and teach but it was hard seeing everyone stressing.

Anyway I ended my day with a trail ride with some tourists on the cutest little pony, one of the girls who rides every week thought my choice mount was laughable but she was really cool. It wasn’t much of a trail ride since the cross country course and all the riding space at the back of the property is just one giant mud puddle but we rode around some of the side paddocks. I took some extra time to give Patty a good groom before taking him back to his paddock (after changing my boots again, so annoying I feel like winter is lasting for ever even though it’s technically spring). 

While not the day I thought I’d have I had fun, I find I learn heaps whatching others ride. I usually notice things that my instructor has been telling me about either how I’m riding or how the horse is moving that it’s hard to grasp when your mounted up. 


Bridget is embracing Spring! 

I don’t know if it comes across in either this post or others that I’m not exactly happy at the riding school I’m  at now but rest assured I will be making some changes soon, I’ll make a post about it soon I promise!