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National Retro Vintage Month 2022 is Here!

National Retro Vintage Month is a customizing challenge for artists working in a vintage style. For the month of August you can join Sarah Minkiewicz-Breunig and others on Facebook as you work on your project. For me, this is a great time to break out a G1 Stablemate! I think I’ll work on a Maureen Love Standing Thoroughbred foal. Such a cutie! So to participate in NaReViMo, just follow these parameters: ~ Customize any model in the vintage custom style. ~ Use any methods and media, old or new. ~ Don’t copy any vintages or other people’s work. However, if you created a vintage custom in the past that you’d like to attempt again or it’s been destroyed and you’d like to recreate it, go for it. ~ You can just do a repaint, a repaint/hair, or a full blown repaint/remade/hair, it’s your choice. Sculpted manes and tails or original manes and tails are okay. ~ All participating models must be signed and dated for posterity. ~ All models must be created only within August as defined as August
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Breyerfest Prep 2022

I've had a bit of a bumpy road to Breyerfest 2022. My Boston Terrier, Nicki, is elderly and needs lots of care, so leaving her is hard. I have my fingers crossed that she'll be good while I'm away. I'm keeping my trip short this year and not showing at NAN or seeing the sights. Nicki I had hoped to reserve a table at the Breyerfest Swap Meet like I had in previous years. (I had my fee returned for the table I reserved in both 2020 and 2021.) And this was the bumpy part... this year, Breyer decided against having custom models at the Swap Meet and limited them to the Artisan's Gallery. But, not surprisingly, the AG didn't have enough space to meet the demand. While I was waiting to hear back from Breyer, I had been to two large live shows in Ohio and Michigan and didn't sell models just in case I would need them for three nights of sales. When I got the  news that I didn't get a table at the AG, I posted cuties on my website and shipped models to collect

I made a video!

  I don't know about you, but I enjoy model horse videos on YouTube! YouTubers in the hobby have such great energy. I'm always inspired by them. It's so nice to see hobbyists sharing projects, tips, and crafts. There was a time (this will date me and how long I have been in the hobby) when artists were tight-lipped about how they customized models. There was this vibe that these techniques were secrets not to be shared. Myself and others disagreed with this and published books (read photocopies) on how to customize, hair, add glass eyes, etc. My first book was called Creating Champions, and while very dated today, I feel it is a tiny part of the welcoming and sharing culture the hobby enjoys today. Since I am new to making videos, I kept my first one simple. In it I share some customs on one of my favorite Breyer Stablemate molds: Rivet. Enjoy!

Lake Erie Live Show

​The inaugural Lake Erie Live Model Horse Show was originally scheduled for April 2020 and was rescheduled to 2022. Let me say that it was worth the wait! The show hall at the Kalahari Resorts Convention Center was roomy and lovely. Many thanks to Tiffany Rufo and Katie White for hosting this amazing show. In Custom and Resin Breed the little ones showed alongside the big ones. The Customs ring had a wonderful variety of manufactures represented, like this WIA Sharif. This little one was a Papo mold. And Peter Stones The Breyer Stablemate Customs were adorable... The shading on this MFT was stunning! The Appaloosa class had some cuties! Glad I wasn't judging. Ponies the custom mini ponies were sweet... And a little spicy... My cell phone photos didn't capture just how nice these paint jobs are. A seasonal decorator on clear ware. Great color on this sweetie! The Custom Fantasy Class was something else! Every ring was filled with beautiful models... I couldn't keep up with t

Breyer Value Guide Live Show 2022

A detailed little pinto pony with loads of contrast.   Tricia Singer hosted BVG Live in Jackson, Michigan on April 2nd! What a wonderful way to start out a new year of model horse shows. The America 1 Credit Union Event Center was new, bright and spacious--perfect for a large show with many divisions. I focused on customs to keep things simple and not miss (too many of) my classes. The little guys were up against the big guys in the custom ring, giving the judge, Karen Zorn, a herd of competition as she judged for both breed and workmanship. A lovely Fjord with hearts in its mane. A beautifully shaded bay with a flippy mane. Another handsome bay boy, this one on a CollectA mold. A splashy leopard Appaloosa pattern. Two of my new girls: Horchata, an Azteca, on the left and Gingersnap, a grade stock horse, on the right. A sweet but spicy Pintabian with a lovely splash pattern. A Peter Stone Pebbles Arabian Custom giving your that mare-look. My new rolling Anglo Arab in all his sillyness.