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DIY Fly Bonnet Pattern

DIY Fly Bonnet Pattern

Winter is hanging on by a thread and I’ve officially got cabin fever. Let’s face it, there’s only so much housework I can stand at once and I’ve run out of TV show marathons on Netflix. So what’s a girl to do when the temperatures remain below zero for days on end? I got crafty… or rather, Betty’s Customs got crafty and I’m here to tell you all about it.

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Printable Stall Card Example

Printable Stall Card

Since my last freebie went over fairly well, I thought I’d try another. This time, I created a printable stall card that you can download and add in your horses’ information! Yup, you read that right — you can type in your own info and voila! you have a beautifully designed custom stall card. I love stall cards for horse shows [I use this very design myself], so that others in the stabling area can contact me during an emergency, or even if they just have a question. At my barn, we don’t bring staff to shows so we divvy up the chores amongst us riders, which means someone who doesn’t usually feed my horse is now responsible for his breakfast, lunch and dinner. To minimize mistakes, I like all of Miles’s info prominently displayed… and I always remind everyone to call for even the simplest of questions. I even like stall cards for home. I think it’s nice to have emergency contact info handy for staff so they never have to go looking for it.

I keep my stall card in a fancy fabric holder my mom made that matches all of my horse show stuff, but you could certainly put this one an everyday clear plastic page protector from your local office supply store or even get it laminated if you so desire. That way it stays dry and clean throughout the show and nobody is caught trying to read blurred emergency phone numbers. Brilliant, I know!

This particular card has spots for your horses show name, barn name and identifying information, emergency contact names and numbers, plus feeding instructions. I also left a section for additional information for any allergies, warnings… or other details I haven’t thought of. It’s currently black and white to be extra printer-friendly. Just make sure to tell your computer to print the card “LANDSCAPE.”

Printable Stall Card Example

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Equestrian Art Printables from FlyOnOverEq.com

Equestrian Artwork

Ever since Miles started feeling not quite right [all the way back on July 5] I’ve obviously been spending less time in the saddle, which means I’m not at the barn for hours on end and thus leaves me time to *gasp* do other things. It’s really a tremendous notion. I mean, what do normal non-horseback riding people do in the evenings and on weekends? I can only eat so much sushi and watch so many TV shows on Netflix before I get an itch to get up off my butt and get something done. And I’m not talking about being motivated to do chores around the house and run errands; I’ve been getting the itch to do fun stuff. So since Hubby and I resigned our apartment lease for another year, I thought I’d spruce the place up and change some of our decor. We’ve been in the place for almost four years, so I think a change of scenery is well over-due.

I’m not going to bore you with all the details about how I bought a new shower curtain and moved a lamp in living room, but one thing I did do [that I know you’ll like] is design some new artwork. Sure, I bought a few pieces from Etsy.com and Amazon.com, but wall decor gets expensive fast and I’m not looking to break the bank here. So I decided to make a few pieces of my own that turned out quite well, if I do say so myself. But once I was done, I still had all this creative mojo going on… so I kept designing. Lo and behold I created a set of four equestrian artwork pieces that I thought I’d share with all of you, au gratis. I tried to include a few different disciplines in my equestrian artwork designing endeavor, so hopefully there’s something for at least a few of you. Each equestrian artwork piece is design in black and white, size 10″ x 8″, but if you’re really in love and want them in a color, just send me an email and I’ll see what I can do.

Personally, I think they’d look so cute with a black frame, maybe as a set with a few photos of you and your horse. I could see them in an office [especially a barn office] or even in the tack room, if you like to decorate in there. Anyways, I hope you enjoy! To download, click the blue button below the design you like best. A PDF will pop-up [or download, I’m not sure which since I’ve never done this before], and voila!

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Betty’s Customs

I am not crafty. I love to read DIY blogs about all the fabulous things people make, like ribbon belts or Christmas ornaments, but it’s just not a talent I have. I’m always a teeny, tiny bit jealous looking at the beautiful things that some people can make.

But I do know someone who is very, very crafty. She has loads of experience making all manner of equine-related items. We joke about opening an Etsy store all the time, and I might be a little bit biased, but I’m pretty sure she could quit her day job and make a ton of money. So who is this amazing artist? My mother.

Betty’s Customs (my mother’s future Etsy store) has been hard at work perfecting the art of equine inspired crafts for many, many years. Growing up, I showed 4-H in all manner of classes, including western and she made almost all of my western outfits. Slinkies, vests, Showmanship Jackets — you name it, she made it. Custom for me!

She shined in the costume class at County Fair,  where she made numerous fabulous costumes for horse and rider including BatHorse and BatGirl, Pirate and Parrot, and Pink Panther and Inspector Clouseau.

Alterations? No problem! When I bought the widest horse known to man, she altered blankets to fit him. When I bought new show shirts with sleeves that hung down to my ankles, she fixed them.

Today, she’s specializing in horse clothes of all manner. Alterations or custom items for the hard-to-fit horse is her specialty.

Need some examples? Her latest endeavors included many of Miles’ Christmas gifts, including recycling an old slinky into a shoulder guard, the fabulous custom quarter sheet and five matching ear bonnets for all of Miles’ barn friends (pictured left). They’re not quite De La Coeur, but damn they’re a helluva lot cheaper!

I’m currently trying to convince her that we need an embroidery machine so we can put my initials and Miles’ name on every single saddle pad I own. And maybe some of my show shirt collars.

Her next project is all things wedding though, including lace applique shoes, gift card box and escort card holders. I told her that she’s at least picking areas of expertise where people are used to a huge markup! I mean, face it, if it’s for a wedding or a horse, it costs at least 20% more.

So if you could have one thing custom-made for your horse, what would it be?