Friday, October 8, 2021

Arts & Crafts, Part 1

So in my prep for POSSIBLY entering a schooling show at 1st, I reacquainted myself with the current tests. And remembered that many moons ago when I DIY'd my existing arena letters, I only did ones for a short court (because at the time I was happily bopping around intro/training on the first of several green horses I started from scratch, sigh). And I wanted them easy to move and store, because at the time I didn't have an arena at home, and then boarded somewhere where I couldn't leave a court set up all the time.

FB searching for this photo tells me I made these in 2013 😳

A few years ago (hahaha I did the math I mean like 6 years ago Christ) when I was schooling a lot of the pieces of 1st with Topaz, I did buy more of the trash cans I used to make my original letters, but never got around to painting them, and they gradually got absorbed into my life for other functions/misplaced. No matter, I thought to myself, my Walmart has carried that $1.97 white plastic trash can for YEARS, I'll just go grab more. Jokes on me. Our Walmart recently underwent a massive renovation and apparently is now too bougie to carry things like cheap plastic trash cans 😭😭😭

You know what they do carry? These heavy duty plastic plates. For $.50.

So. I improvised! I bought all of the plastic plates they had in that color, and a can of heavy duty spray paint/primer/all in one. A few minutes on Amazon Prime produced a set of plastic letter stencils. And I explained my weird idea to DH (who is more than used to them at this point), so he'll sort out some way to permanently hang them in the arena. Considering I've had the arena for....5? 6? years?... At this point, it's probably time for a permanent solution lol. 



I was hoping this update would include photos of them painted and actually HUNG but DH and I are both struggling to get back in the work groove after a nice vacay (#firstworldproblems, amirite?), so it's been everything I can do to fit in a ride before I collapse on the couch in the evenings. No matter, three day weekend kicks off tonight and Mondays weather looks garbage so maybe we'll have a painting party! 😁

8 comments:

  1. Brilliant! Will the letters be a dark teal?

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  2. Cute!! I’ve seen people use big coffee tins filled with cement too - tho that’s mostly when they’re also trying to secure boards or a chain too, which you might not need

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    1. Yeah I definitely don't need something to secure boards or a chain too, since my arena is fully fenced. It would also take forever to collect that many coffee cans! This is much simpler 🤣

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  3. That is a great idea. Two ideas:
    1. Drill a couple small holes and then screw to the fence. But I don’t remember if you have a wood rail.
    2 look at plate holders (like how my grandma displayed her fancy plates). But not sure if they woul hold up to wind.

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    1. My arena is mostly metal railing (round pen panels repurposed into arena fencing lol) but my initial thought was drilling a hole through the top and bottom of the plate and attaching it to the fence with wire or zip ties. The front does have a few wooden parts but I don't think I'll need letters there.

      I hadn't considered the plate holders! But I'm afraid I might end up chasing my letters like frisbees all over the property 🤣

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    2. It could be a whole new sport. 😁 the zip ties sound like a plan

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    3. Haha I think DH would be bored of the new sport quickly ;) but I think we're going to work on putting them up today, so we'll see how it goes!

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