vendredi 12 mai 2017

TBT: My love for Little Ponies...

You may have noticed that I'm frequently using vintage toys in my BOD pictures, like...
Grand Champion
Fashion Star Fillies
or even...
My Little Pony
They all were part of my childhood, and if today I'm only collecting Appaloosa's toys horses... As far as I remember, I am just a horse addict.
When I was a child, I wanted a real one, but as most of the little girls I didn't have one. But I had plenty of toys ponies instead. They mostly came from secondhand market, and may have been the start of the collector I'm today.

***Important note: Breyer werent's commercialised as toys in Europe in the 80/90's and are such pretty rare now**

I had a rocking horse, of course. But as miniatures, my first ones came with my wood farm, with all the little wooden animals. Still got the farm at my mother's house, with all my little horses, ponies, donkeys, cows and more...

Picture from 1993, with my beloved cat Nuage.
But that wasn't all, you know little girls always love horses and they came in such a lot of realistic and less realistic brands,
I'm not sure wich one was the first in my life, but I had Grand Champions and Barbie's. I didn't really liked the Barbies girls as much as their horses, but I didn't have one of them before I got the stable with the matching horse in 1996.

Credit Picture
There's not such pictures of my plastic toys as my parents didn't really enjoyed them. This is the only one... (I still got the horse btw)
Picture from 1997 (if I remember well)
But those Barbie's horses were my playground to a lot of things I still do today with my figures, as much as this...

This is my first know "model horse" picture, takend around 1998/2000
Yes, I did learn to photographs early, even if it wasn't brilliant at all.

My favorites, were the toys from the 80's (Wich is funny, as I am a 90's child) and that's not because Barbie's got an appaloosa horse in 1989...

It was because of... well... My Little Ponies!
When I was a child, I enjoyed the "Show Stable", it was my mother who got it at work from a coworker. She didn't really loved this kind of toys (as explained) but she cannot refuse...
It's something she confess, she did regret a bit, because the playset was huge (and ugly to her).
This *ugly* Stable with the colored *ugly* plastic ponies were really, really my favorites!

And still are. That's why, way before I start collecting Breyers then AR, I collected My Little Ponies.
If I wasn't such a collector of figures, I'm not sure I even started with modelhorse one day.

That's why, because I've got a lot of fun with my realistic plastic ponies, I decided to have the same with my *ugly* little ones...

Imagine if their plastic toys horses were unrealistic to them...
The most exciting things about this for me, is that I can totally plays with my props with them too...

Didn't the little girl/boy in yourself wanting the same?
In any case, I decided to open the pandore box with a brand new blog...
Dream Valley - Of Spots Blog
Facebook Page
All about my from outer space *ugly* ponies. And I hope you will enjoy it too!

And if you aren't interresting in it at all (what's I understand of course), I hope this dig in my personnal Modelhorse history did entertain you.
See you soon for more realistic ponies pictures!

mardi 18 avril 2017

The Noriker

The Noriker horse, also called the Norico-Pinzgauer and historically known as the Pinzgauer horse origins cames from the Roman who started the breed in the historic province of Noricum.
At the end of 19th century the original name Pinzgauer horse was changed to Noriker horse, due in part to the Romanophile attitude in this time.

Up to the end of the 19th century, Noriker horses were an important link in the trade between central Europe and the Adriatic. Very early in the breeding history of the Noriker horse, baroque horses also played an important role building it before a refinement with Andalusian and Noplitan blood.
Down to the present day this influence is visible in the conformation of these horses: Roman heads with a powerful and compact topline, long manes and tails. Baroque influence is also visible in coat colours, with a large number of black horses as well as blue roans and leopard spotted coat colour, who is still an active breeding objective of the breed as well, which is unusual for nearly all other European horse breeds.

In 1903, the stud book was closed. Since then, Noriker horses are strictly purebred.
There are 5 approved modern sire line:

 Since the foundation of the Noriker stud books this sire line has been the most popular one. The reason for the dominance of this line was the fact that the founder stallions and their descendants represented the heavy draught horse type favoured in those times.
The Nero line is the second largest line in the Noriker breed. The reasons for the major influence of the Nero-line are the same as for the Vulkan-line.
The Diamant-line started promisingly in the early 20th century, but after 1950, it was surpassed by the Nero-line. Horses of this line are very typy and agile.
The Schaunitz-line was founded by the stallion Amor, born in 1888 in Tirol. In former times, Schaunitz horses were famous for their lively temperament and their durable constitution. Their sometimes difficult character could be the reason for the decline of this line in the 1980s.
The stallions of the Elmar line are mostly leopard-spotted. The line was founded in 1896 by the stallion 80 Arnulf 55. For this line, the baroque influence is seen in the special coat colour. It is a small sire line, but valued for its leopard-spotting.

I choose my Bacchus, named by the sculpture Roman name "Familiar Fox's Grape" to be an historic baroque Noriker, with the famous spotted coat.

lundi 10 avril 2017

Ugly Pony Pouches

All outdoor & shower breyer/AR collector, knows that pony pouches are the basis.
I'm often asked about how I did pack my horses, the answer is: a great bubble wrap pouch.

But, recently, I acquired the official Breyer pony pouches, and the first thing to say is:

How ugly they are. Yes, I do LOVE all kind of kitsh, but to be honest, this is going way to far my tastes.
But, past this first look, they are really usefull:
-soft inside
-easy to carry
-with ugly but strong fabric
-I'm only not convinced about how THIN they are.

That's why I decided to have some more, thicker ones, and asked my mom' about sewing some more ;). (Because you know, moms are always better than you about that)
First, we'd have to choose fabrics, and I decided to match them with awfull ones...

Do you feel as ashamed as I am?

My mom so did an awesome work... doing ugly homemade pony pouches...

And because she's perfect, she also made me different sizes, bigger than the breyer ones, to match my longer/heavier horses...

Do you know how much I LOVE my ugly pony pouches? As much as I've asked more to my mom, and bough another *awesome* fabric for them...

Don't you want to die for, right now?
My mother already promess me she will need sunglasses to work on these new ones, not kidding.
Then, I need so say a BIG BIG THANKS YOU to her for those.

Best mom ever, and you know why ;)

samedi 8 avril 2017

Winners Announcement

When I launched my Challenge, I used to receive a lot of enthousiastic mails.
But in the end, I only received 3 full complete challenge, that's why I decided to reward all of them,
for those who haven't saw them, there was:

"A Grass Story" (France)

My favorite of her pictures was this one:
Picturing a Portrait
 It reminds my a painting by Alfred James Munnings, and you know HOW MUCH I love old paintings? In fact, it was kind of the thema for this whole challenge.
Congratz Cléclème, you catched the spirit!

"Ulrike" (Germany)

She kindly asked me if she could participate, and of course the answer was yes. I was really excited about her final contribution!

My favorite of her pictures was this one:
The Masters
And I must admit, I really don't know if it's a model or a real horse (and that's quite rare that I didn't figue it out), but the whole picture is awesome, perfect lighthning and movement.

And don't ya know Ulrike, I'm not really found of Christmas and traditional festivities, as much, I did prefer Halloween too ;).

Brent Graat

"Pomponette" (France)

Hard to pick my favorite, as I really loved two in particular.

But because, we are speaking of painting, this one is a perfect classic:
Daily Lifestyle
We could thinks this horse is really in side of his barn, fiery steed. Really love the colours and compo with the tree behind.

Jacques Laurent Agasse


And so, all of you girls won a mini painted figure (schleich size) OR a drawing (portrait of the animal of your choice). Just let me know what you want to pick ;)
Thanks a lot to all of your for your interrest, questions and interresting ideas!