Blog Contest Winners

Olivia   October 17, 2016   27 Comments on Blog Contest Winners

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I finally mailed out my last contest prize last week so I thought I’d do a round up of all the signs and bonnets. When I set out to do this contest, I anticipated having a bunch of free time on my hands. That didn’t end up happening and I ended up putting the prizes together rather slowly and erratically.

First up, a stall sign for the famous dressage mule, Dyna. Won by Paola from The Aspiring Equestrian. You can check out her blog and review of the sign at that link.

Dyna Stall Sign

Next up was a fly bonnet for Emma of ‘Fraidy Cat Eventing. Emma’s review in the link.

whale bonnet

Appydoesdressage wanted a stall sign for Mia. However, Mia doesn’t have a stall and she was planning to hang the sign in her tack area, so I did the sign on a wood plaque with attached hook. There’s a review at her site: Musings from LogDog Acres.


When I set out to do this, I warned people I would maintain some artistic control. Teresa originally asked me to do her stall sign for Carmen with a graphic she had made using a picture of Steele. While I understood her intent –  to use the Steele image like a logo – I thought Carmen should have her own sign. Having lost my own heart horse years ago, I’m sympathetic so I sent her a little sign for Steele in addition to Carmen’s. Her review is here: Journey with a Dancing Horse.

finished journey signs

Because I have the attention span of a squirrel on crack, I quickly got bored of doing traditional signs and decided to try something a little different for Stephanie of Hand-Gallop.

The string art horse stall sign worked out so well that I did another one for Carly at Poor Woman Showing. I did change it up a bit for hers though and added some purple:

The stall sign I made for the infamous MightyBobbyMagee. #horsestallsigns #horseblogger

A photo posted by Olivia @ DIY Horse Ownership (@diyhorseownership) on

Back in bonnet land, I made one of my half mesh fly bonnets for Sara @ The Roaming Rider. I really like these bonnets for endurance as they keep flies out, but allow more airflow than regular bonnets.


Back in Squirrel Brain land, I switched up my stall signs again. This time I was making a sign for two horses for Megan at Howling Owl Farm. She has two adorable Haflingers.


For LoveLaughRide of Grain Before Groceries, I tried multiple times to do another type of stall sign, but eventually failed my way into giving up on that (for now at least) and did a reverse string art sign. I hope to add a how to for this one soon, but it’s very similar to the other string art one if you want to make one.

Finally, I made a stall sign for Fig of Topaz Dreams.  Since I actually know Fig in real life, I had hoped to give her sign to her in person, but the ride we were going to together got delayed and I didn’t want to make her wait so it got mailed off. I couldn’t do a string art sign as they don’t hold up to the elements, but I wanted to do something a little different, so I made this:


When I did my original contest winner announcement, I missed including Alanna of Pony Express even though she was a winner. I ended up making a bonnet for her, but forgot to take a picture of it before I mailed it. Alanna, if you have a picture, please share.

Thanks to everyone who participated. I tried to track down links to posts/reviews if I could. If you wrote a post about one of my prizes and I didn’t link to it, let me know and I’ll update this post.

If you didn’t win and you want to make your own stall sign or fly bonnet, here are links for DIYs on how to make all of these for yourself.

Wooden Stall Sign-2 DIY How to Make a String Art Stall Sign DIYFlyBonnet-2 Fly Bonnet 2 - Cover Image-3 Reversible Fly Bonnet-2

27 thoughts on “Blog Contest Winners

    1. Olivia Post author

      I like that fabric a lot. I thought about getting the same pattern in teal for myself, but I already have so many bonnets.

  1. Megan

    Thank you again for the stall sign for Max & Maggie. I still love the way you did their faces. I’ve been meaning to do a blog post on the sign. Maybe one day soon.

  2. emma

    these are each such awesome prizes!! i love the bonnet so much and your stall signs are all to perfectly unique to each horse!

  3. Appydoesdressage

    It was so awesome that you took the time to make something for each of your bloggers. I haven’t actually used my tack hook for its intended purpose, I have it in my office to look at it each day! Thank you for the tack sign, maybe one day I will be a little creative myself!

    1. Olivia Post author

      You can take the hook off on the back if you’re just using it as decoration. I took it off to do the artwork and it’s pretty easy to remove.

    1. Olivia Post author

      I’m probably going to make a few string art signs for family with for xmas gifts since they work well as desk art and not just stall signs.

    1. Olivia Post author

      I don’t think I’m that talented, but thank you! Most of these are easy projects that anyone can do with a bit of time and practice.

  4. Carly

    I’m so impressed seeing all of these together! That’s a whole lot of creativity, and I for one am so appreciative of my sign!

  5. Liz

    I’m so slow to read and comment that commenting is closed on your other posts. But I hope things in your life have calmed down stress wise. I adore your Diy projects. So cool. Definitely need to try some of them one day. Your post on burning the E into the table. I have done similar things when I craft. Definitely not the greatest but the challenge is so enjoyable !

    1. Olivia Post author

      I enjoy the challenge of crafting too. The E was rather unfortunate, but luckily I really don’t like that table. My chaos has only increased sadly, but there is an end in sight.

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