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We are two weeks into the new year and I’m already struggling with my resolutions. (no surprise there!) I’m also struggling with bad back pain from work. What is with my body lately? I swear something is always hurting enough to cause problems. :/
Sooo I’ve been trying to sort out the cause of that as well as focus on what makes me feel better, like stretching and heat and not standing and… anyway…

As far as hobby stuff goes, it’s been really helpful for me to set small goals to complete by the end of the day. I’ve found that it gives a nice feeling of accomplishment. So even with stupid pain, I’m still getting stuff done, yay!

First, I completed another trio of foal blankets:

These will be going up on my Etsy shop (which is re-open) sometime in the near future, so keep an eye out if you’re interested.

I’ve gotten a few saddle pad orders done, including an updated Hogwarts-inspired one:

I also managed to solve the “I-have-no-room-cause-I-have-too-many-horses” problem, (for the time being) by switching the hobby closet of doom’s shelf with a big plastic one, leaving the small one free for moar ponies.

My goal of making a piece of tack every month isn’t going well at all, but that’s because I can’t decide what to make. I’ve got two and a half weeks left, aghhhh!

But I am working on a few new blog posts, the first of which is very wordy so it’s been taking a while. Also, last month I started putting together a hobby resources page, which I made visible around the new year. I’m still adding to it so if you have any suggestions, feel free to mention them!

I think that’s it. Now I’ll go clear off my desk and try to figure out what tack piece to make. Maybe.


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A brand new year is right around the corner. I don’t know about you, but 2017 went by incredibly fast. It wasn’t a bad year, but I’m finding it hard to look back or reflect on it. Perhaps that means I should just focus on looking ahead?

Every January I like to come up with a list of goals or resolutions to keep throughout the year. Actually keeping them is a different story, but I do try, and that must count for something.

Personal resolutions are well, personal, but hobby goals? Let’s see, what were they last year again…?

Last year I wanted to “strictly limit new herd members” and that turned out to be a spectacular FAIL, especially in the last few months.

“They followed me home – can I keep them??”

Managing my time better and staying on top of bookkeeping was another goal that also didn’t go according to plan. Now I have a big mess to go through before tax season, YAY! Good job, Nichelle.

However, I did make a lot of tack this year, (and made a small dent in my hardware stash!) which is always a hobby goal. A lot of the motivation for that came from participating in NMTM in April, where I put together an in-hand set for my Woodbridge resin.

That led to several bridles and halters in addition to sewn pieces like saddle pads and blankets.

I did manage to keep up with the weekly-ish blogging, put together several tutorials and started a massive barn project.

Stall in progress

So I guess the goals I managed to keep balanced out the ones I didn’t. Maybe?

Now that 2018 is almost here, I’ve been trying to come up with some new ones.

The first is to focus more on my Etsy shop. I’ve been toying with the idea of releasing some patterns + instructions for some pieces I don’t sell often, like saddlebags. Would there be any interest in that?

Another is to try and complete one tack project, like a bridle or saddle or anything involving leather, per month.


And, as always, keep blogging!

What about you? Do you have any goals or hobby resolutions for the new year?

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Looking back on 2016…


Happy New Year! I have to admit that I’m having a hard time looking back on this year. 2016 wasn’t the “Worst Year Ever” like so many internet memes going around… at least not for me personally. It was more of “just another year” and a rather static and lonely one at that, which bothers me now that I think of it.

However, I do like the start of a new year as it’s like an opportunity to start fresh, to dust off old goals (and forgotten resolutions?) and try again, hopefully with a more positive look on whatever the future will bring.

I did meet some personal goals this year, like saving enough for my first car and taking up music lessons again.

2/366 - Grey

I also got to visit Hawaii, which was wonderful and amazing and sad all at the same time.

Beach on Oahu

Kualoa Ranch

And I spent a day at Rebecca Farm, taking a bazillion pictures of the competitors and their horses.

Show Jumping - Open Novice

Show Jumping - Open Novice

But aside from that, this year has mostly been about work and hobby stuff, which meant loads and loads of sewing!
I am grateful for both though. I was kept very busy for most of the year with Etsy orders. I did manage to complete some personal projects, like saddlepads,




a bunch of miniatures,




and a new saddle.


The herd grew by ten horses, several of which were very sweet gifts.



One of my hobby goals for last year was to get my Woodbridge painted, and I did, hooray!


My others were to thin the herd, (haha like that happened..) finish some projects I had in the works and continue blogging every week. I didn’t manage to finish my old projects and chose instead to start a lot of new ones, which is something I need to tackle as I hate having in-progress stuff everywhere, taking up space.

But I think I did ok with blogging?

I have been thinking a bit about my 2017 hobby goals, and here’s what I’ve come up with so far.

  • Concentrate more on tack/prop/miniature making. Last year I managed to hoard a lot of supplies and really need to put them to use before getting any more.
  • Limit my spending on said supplies until I use up what I’ve got
  • I’ve said I’m out of room for months now and am finally at the point where I can no longer squeeze any new horses on the bookshelf. So another goal is to strictly limit the number of new herd members this year.
  • Keep up with the weekly-ish blogging
  • Attempt to get better with time management. I really suck at this so it will definitely be a challenge!
  • Attempt to NOT procrastinate bookkeeping because it’s a huge pain to deal with when I do.

I am planning on continuing with new Etsy pieces as I complete them. My shop is open again after a much needed break, and I’ve added a listing for made-to-order English saddle pads, much like the western ones I already have available.

Here’s hoping for a good 2017!

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