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Our newest project :)

Postby wishiwere » Jan 30, 2006 3:36 pm

We've been building a barn! :)

24 X 30. Inches that is! :) For grand-daughter Cailyn who's into horses!
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Postby wishiwere » Jan 30, 2006 3:39 pm

And where we are currently with it. Quite a bit more as we have nearly 2000 shingles to put hot-glue on, as well as the roofing trim. And interior finishes, such as a bench/storage and pegs for bridels and such.
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Postby janet » Jan 30, 2006 5:03 pm

Hmmmm, sounds like Breyer scale to me! Is your GD into Breyers? If so, WATCH OUT!!! Great looking barn, Jane, and what a terrific gift. She'll treasure it always...this I know from experience! :wink:
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Postby wishiwere » Jan 30, 2006 6:25 pm

:eek: Watch out for what?

Yes, She's into Breyer but also has the 'My Little Pony', so it's not always the expensive ones. The Cools things they come with are awsome though!

And hey....... as a grandparent, aren't we allowed to indulge in those little extravangances :) I've buying and planning for the interior for months! :lol:

Done to the turds for the stalls! :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Postby Deb118 » Jan 30, 2006 10:27 pm

Way cool! How old is she? Does she know about it? I cant help but think of the playhouse DH built for Sara when she was about 5. He spent days and nights in the barn, working on it. He told her he was building me a boat :o When the day arrived to haul it out (before he put the roof on, or it wouldnt come out :lol: ) He took her out to show her... she looked at it and said... "Where's momma's boat?" :lol:
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Postby Old earth dog » Jan 30, 2006 11:34 pm

VERY nice! I had to take a second look to realize it was a miniature. Looks like traditional timber framing.
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Postby wishiwere » Jan 31, 2006 12:38 am

She's 6 Deb, and no, she or family don't know about it. There 12 hours from here, so no chance of that till it's ready for play and we figure how to get them up or us down there :)

Thank OED, that's the look he was hoping for. We've had a riot doing it of course. We keep saying we should keep here (not to play mind you *snicker*).
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Postby Kas » Jan 31, 2006 11:52 am

Jane! That is awesome! I was a collector of Breyer horses when I was a kid. My mom has over 200 of them in various sizes in storage for me. :eek: Some of mine were actually hand me downs from my cousin, Nancy. She is twenty years older than me and passed hers out to all her little cousins one Thanksgiving. Oh, the hours I spent playing with those things and making tack for them. I have to say the western and English saddles I got thirty years ago (gulp!) were much cooler than the new ones I have seen.

And yes, Santa brought Heather her first Stablemates horses this year. She is hooked!

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Postby wishiwere » Jan 31, 2006 2:00 pm

Okay then! You sound like the woman I need to talk to! :)

Just how did you go about making tack? I've thought to do, as dh has an old leather jacket I've kept for just this type of thing, to try to tool if possible, but don't have an idea where to start! Also, any ideas on what I need to make. Some things I suppose I could come up with, but........

Oh! Do you have pics of things you done that I could use to get ideas from?

We are hoping she enjoys it!
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Postby Ginger » Jan 31, 2006 3:51 pm

I have never heard of Bryer horses, but I think I wish I had! That is just the coolest miniture barn I have ever seen. I would be hard pressed to let it go to DG house, I would want to keep it and play with it myself! I have often hinted to DH that I wanted a big doll house to play with. I just love the furniture and stuff you can get to put in them! She is just the luckiest little girl!

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Postby Kas » Jan 31, 2006 4:53 pm

Jane, I don't have any pics of what I made. In fact, the only pics of my horses were taken with my old Kodak 124 camera. It had the square flash bulbs that had 4 flashes each and turned to a fresh one when you took a flash shot. Wow. My first camera and what got me started in my love for photography. I could never get my shots to come out like I saw them in my brain.

But back to the horses. I never used leather, just cloth. I hand sewed horse blankets using a Breyer one as a model. I also made halters, lassos, bandages, and saddle blankets. My mom sewed, so there were always scraps to be had. I always wanted to get into miniatures. Breyer used to put out a little booklet/magazine and one of the articles was about a lady that made all these elaborate "outfits" for her models and showed them. I had no idea there was a model horse circuit. Maybe do a google search on the subject. I'm sure the hobby is still around.

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Postby patsue53 » Feb 28, 2006 7:36 pm

How did I miss this?? What a cool barn! That is one lucky little girl. :)

Did you ever figure out how to make the tack?
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Postby wishiwere » Mar 13, 2006 8:08 am

No, I actually haven't even attempted it yet! Thanks Pat, I'll be begging suggestions and instructions when we get to that part! :)

Currently he's shingling it and I'm working on more quilts for all the grandnieces and nephews and our grandson!
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Postby newtohosta-no more » Mar 13, 2006 8:38 pm

Awesome looking barn, Jane! I ,too, thought it was a full sized one at first! :)
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Postby PeggyC » Mar 21, 2006 7:02 am

You've done an outstanding job on the barn! I can't wait to see the pictures when you finish! DG is going to be thrilled!

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