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