Recycled Breyer Miniatures

Breyer’s holiday catalog showed up over the weekend.

Aside from a beach towel and a new shirt, there isn’t much in there I haven’t seen online already. I did see potential for a lot of instant miniatures so I chopped it into pieces instead.

Here’s everything I got from it:

There were several images that could be used as wall art for a miniature tack room/barn office/etc, as well as a perfect miniature calendar.

The other pieces required a bit more effort to put together. The magazines were made by cutting around the front cover, leaving enough for the back as well. Once that was cut out, I used it as a template to cut spreads from other pictures, then assembled them with a glue stick.

I covered the backs with more images cut from the magazine.

I loved the print on the beach towel and decided to make a miniature folder from it. This was made from a long rectangle, with one edge folded up.

I covered the inside with a strip of blue that was on one of the pages, glued it in place, then cut off the excess:

I used a pin to punch a few holes in the side. I wish I had this in full size now. 😭

The tote bag was made by tracing the image onto a piece of cardstock. I added 1.5 cm to each end, traced the image a second time and added tabs on the bottom. I normally do this on a PC so it’s a bit sloppy.

Edges scored, folded and glued in place:

I gently folded the sides in, added a ribbon handle and the image:

The mini notebook was created by cutting out two rectangles, then gluing those to cardstock:

Once that was dry, I used one to cut several rectangles from scrap paper. These got stacked together so a top and side edge was flush, (if that makes sense…) and held together with clothespins.

To punch the holes I pushed a safety pin through the stack into an eraser:

I used a very thin beading wire to loop through all the holes. The green piece is an unfolded paperclip, which is helping keep the loops even.

Here’s the notebook finished, after being trimmed:

I’m sure more could be made from other pictures too, and not just with this catalog, but any you might get in the mail. (especially this time of year!) It’s all about training yourself to look at things differently. 🙂

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Gracie

Yesterday a new rider doll showed up in my mailbox.

This is the new Yvonne doll being produced by KC’s Galloping Gals. (they’ve renamed her “Gracie”) The Yvonne doll is by far my favorite doll in 1:9 scale, and whenever she shows up in my photos…

…I get a few questions asking about her. So I hope this post will help clear some things up!

Yvonne was originally produced by Zica Toys. She is very popular among hobbyists because of how posable she is. Field of Dolls Studios wrote a blog post comparing her to the riders produced by Breyer, which you can check out here. I’m not a doll customizer, but from what I understand, she requires far less work/altering to create a great LSQ rider doll.
I’m more interested in using my dolls for silly photos rather than showing, and they all need major makeovers, but until I get around to doing that I enjoy them as is.

I missed out on the earlier versions of Yvonne, but I did get a couple that were produced later. As much as I love them they are a little weird. The blonde doesn’t match her body skin tone at all, and I have trouble with her legs staying on.
The second is a lot better, but she also has a problem with one of her arms always wanting to come off. Part of her right arm was molded from a pinker shade of plastic too, which is annoying but whatever.

Annoyances aside, I still really love these dolls, so I was sad to hear she would be discontinued.

Luckily for the hobby, KC’s Galloping Gals stepped up to purchase the tooling and restart production. They were offered for pre-order several months ago, which is how I got mine.

Gracie has a slightly lighter skintone, with dark brown/burgundy-ish hair and a more natural face paint. Her hands are also molded from hard plastic instead of the rubbery material Yvonne’s were made from.

KC is also producing a male doll, which was originally produced by Zica Toys as the “type S” body. (a reproduction Mego body, I think? I know little, sorry!)

I didn’t pre-order this guy but I do have a few of the bodies I bought from Zica through the 8 Inch Superstore. (which is down for maintenance) These bodies are not as flexible as the female; you can get a 90° angle at the arm and leg. Later an add-on set of double jointed arms and legs were made available, so I purchased one and attached them to one of the bodies.

He’s still not as flexible, but I can get more movement from the arm and leg joints, as well as rotation in the upper arm.

I’m not sure if these pieces will be made available again, but I hope so.

Right now the dolls can be purchased through White Elephant Toyz but I’ve also heard that they’ll be available through the 8 Inch Superstore…? Honestly I don’t know, it’s confusing. It is still a new company so I imagine things will be sorted out with time.

I am very happy to see this doll being produced again, and am so glad I decided to get one. I’m hoping that later on we’ll be seeing different skin tones and face sculpts. It would be amazing to see different body types and ages too. For now though, I’m happy with how this doll turned out.

The clothes I have all the dolls in I made myself. I’m trying to make patterns for basic, removable clothing but it’s slow going. Sewing for horses is sew so much easier than it is for dolls!

The recent backlash over GoldieBlox’s Breyer sponsored video really hit a nerve. It’s been bothering me for days. I’ve wanted to respond somehow, and I’ve written and rewritten this post nearly a dozen times, trying to get my point across while still remaining tactful. It’s not exactly working.

Maybe it just comes down to this: Haters are gonna hate. Yes, it’s unfortunate. It’s sad. It’s embarrassing. It doesn’t represent the hobby, or adult Breyer collectors for that matter, very well at all.

And thinking on that made me realize that nothing I say could change anyone’s mind. What I can do, and maybe what the rest of us can do, is choose to be the bigger person, to be a voice of kindness and not add fuel to the fire. Re-reading the hurtful comments makes me angry all over again but the positive, kind ones are standing out a lot.

Personally, I don’t know if I would still be in this hobby if it weren’t for the older hobbyists who were kind, welcoming, patient and encouraging when I was younger. I want to be that person too. I’m not perfect but I want to try.

I really liked Goldieblox’s video. It’s lighthearted, positive and fun. I don’t know much about her channel, but I have heard of her before from other Youtubers. (there was one craft she made, a neck pillow/hoodie combo, which I thought was brilliant 😄) The Breyer ideas are unique and something I have never seen before. Well, I have seen ribbon pillows BUT it’s nice to see an easy no sew method. Sewing slippery material like satin is tough! I liked the bowl too. (I want one in silver)

I definitely wanted to give one of her projects a try, and as soon as she mentioned the Snowman-sized ribbons, I knew that was it. Miniaturizing stuff is what I do, and this is one way I can try and show support.

I was so intensely focused on these that I failed to get any in-progress pictures at all. I tried to cram as much detail into them as I could. They’re just under two inches tall in size.

Are they Snowman (well, in this case, Ravel) approved? I hope so!

GoldieBlox – thank you for encouraging young girls to get into science, engineering and to think outside the box! Keep up the good work! 👍

The full video can be seen here: