Breyerfest Day 1 & 2 - July 16-17, 2021
Thursday, August 26, 2021
Wednesday, August 25, 2021
June 19, 2021 - Breyerfest Prep
I wasn't really impressed with the results of this photoshoot, but it's always good to try new locations to find what works and what doesn't. This one absolutely does not. It probably would have worked better if the sun was at the right angle. That is, if it was, it'll be behind the house as this is in the front yard. Oh, well.
Stay tuned for more sporadic out of order updates.
Friday, August 6, 2021
Breyerfest Open Photo Show, Friday, July 16, 2021
Yes, competition can get extremely hard when there's hundreds and thousands of people entering when presented as a photo show. No matter how many models you enter, there's someone else with tons of models who also has a chance in winning something as well. So, the possibilities of winning a lot of placings is rather quite slim, unless you entered all classes with a small number of entries (which isn't a bad tactic).
I still did have some placings regardless. One thing for sure, is that I was more relaxed about getting photos together. I remember last year scrambling trying to re-take pictures accordingly to Breyerfest's standards. But once I saw the other entries from people who primarily photo show - I was like, "Oh, I could have just used my regular photos." So, that's what I did this year and it was much better.
Anyways, here they are:
Thursday, August 5, 2021
Pre-Breyerfest: Thursday, July 15, 2021
Believe it or not (and Jennifer, I'm sorry if this makes you feel old), I have been following Jennifer Buxton's Braymere Custom Saddlery Blog since I was 17....which comes out to be about 12 years this year (OK, now I feel old - I'll be 29 in October!!)
You might be wondering, "How did you find her blog?"
Well, I think it was on Identify Your Breyer's website.
It's not there anymore, as it has been long updated since then, but there was a page of resources on customizing, tack making, collecting, history (I think I found Breyer History Diva blog here, too. Either that or from Braymere), pedigrees, and other hobby sources.
OK, now how did I find Identify Your Breyer?
I vaguely remember finding it in the Questions & Answers page on the Official Breyer Horse Website.
Mind you, I did not have Facebook to tell me all the hobby updates....not until I finally jumped in early last year.
OK, done with reminiscing. Long story short, I have ALWAYS wanted a piece of tack from Jennifer Buxton ever since I first started following her blog. And I KNOW I'm not the only one who has that dream! So, when I found out that she was going to do an Etsy shop - I thought that this is my chance to get a piece! Uh...yea...who knew everything would go like hot cakes! Aand....everything was usually posted while I was still up on campus (this was while I was still going to Utah State University a few years ago) over lunchtime. Well, I had missed several of her sales until this year's Breyerfest sale.
Guess what? I Didn't Miss It!
Etsy was being finicky and it made it look like I missed it, until I started clickn' on stuff. I had to really act fast to decide on a piece and had settled for a Western Show Halter. Got it into my cart and went to checkout. Then something weird happened. It wouldn't let me use my shipping address like something was wrong with it when there obviously wasn't. I even tried using my grandparents' address and it STILL wouldn't do it. Well, come to find out, someone bought it within the amount of time I was wrestling with Etsy and the internet. And our internet is horrible because we live in an old house with weird reception and wiring. Weird thing is that I was in the same room as the modem and I STILL had problems! This is a normal occurrence in our house.
As far as the issue with the tack goes, I kind of already figured I would have to as her to make me a basic, all-purpose tack set in the end. However, I still have not fully decided whether I want an English Set or a Western Set yet, since post-Breyerfest has been revolving around my health and changing my diet (very, very expensive, ugh!)
So, after that fiasco, I ended up browsing through Etsy and bought an assortment of doll food and props for my model horses. It made me feel much better that I still got something that I had been wanting to get, but hadn't done so.
Friday, July 16, 2021
Well, sort of.
My health issues amplified in the middle of June and therefore caused me to simplify what I can produce....which....included all the new customs-to-be designated for both the sale and the photo show.
I did try to get out of Breyerfest Marketplace, but was unable to because it was so close to the event. I literally thought that Breyer had some sort of special platform to upload all of our wares to....only to find out that really it's my studio's name in the program and have a link that goes directly to my Facebook Studio page. Yeah, my brain complicates things a lot of times.
As far as inventory goes, surprisingly, I actually have quite a bit.