Getting ready for Christmas…..DIY Christmas

Equestrian Wreath that lasts all year long –    Do you have any spare tack laying around or ask friends for any old straps, leathers, etc…..  You can turn them quickly into great things!


First start out with a regular wire wreath frame and some florist wire.


Then select straps- all sorts of straps- stirrup leathers, martingale neck straps, reins, breastplates, etc….  whatever you can find that easily wrap around the frame.

Next- Get to wrapping!  You may need to add the florist wire wrapping around as well so that it secures the leather as you go around the frame.

Keep going till you’ve covered the entire frame!



For Christmas-

  You can add greens and berries easily- just tuck them into the strap rounds.  Im in Australia and evergreens dry out pretty quickly so I used gum tree leaves and painted the gum nuts red for that festive look.

Merry Christmas-

Funny observations in Australia from an American

OK confession time- Here is my American, Pony Club brain, making a totally wrong assumption for something that I saw the other day. … Get ready to laugh a bit-

If anyone is familiar with the United States Pony Club & probably Pony Clubs in general around the World, the encouragement to label everything with your last name has been embedded into you.  Am I Right?

Well, the other day I used a wheelbarrow from a stable in Australia.  The person’s wheelbarrow I borrowed, was not named Sherlock, but I just assumed somehow, they acquired the wheelbarrow from someone  named Sherlock! This person who I borrowed the wheelbarrow had worked on the race track and in my American brain, I just figured someone’s stuff got taken or mixed up.

I mean what would you think if you saw this wheelbarrow?  (Australians are excluded from this question.)


WRONG!  Here’s your laugh for the day- no one’s last name is Sherlock who has a black wheelbarrow!  It’s a national company who’s wheelbarrows all look like this!  You can go to the local hardware store, in Australia, and there are at least 1/2 a dozen of them waiting for you to take them home with you!  :)

Have a great day and I hope I was able to make you laugh!


What’s Trending-

Here’s a few tips to keep your eye out for to stay stylish and trendy:


One piece of clothing that I encourage everyone to pick up- is an Off the Shoulder piece.  There are many options in all budgets.  Try something new and different to wear and be stylish at the same time- you never know you might like the look!

Look in your closet, your moms closet, thrift shops, and in stores for any 60′s/ early 70′s items.


Layers for the cooler months are trending-


For your Hair- Lucky for most of us- we are well rehearsed in braiding and a messy braid is very trendy- So do a good tight braid before you ride, and by the time you’re done riding and you’ve changed into a non horsey outfit- you won’t have to do anything with your hair!  It will be windswept, styles by sweat under the helmet, and dried by the sun!


Here are some ideas to share and save:




Off the Shoulder
Summer off the shoulder
off the shoulder
cooler weather


Don’t forget green in the house and stables

Green is great to use in the house and around the farm as well!


Don’t be afraid to paint a room green for a change.  Here are some examples why:


Or try green wallpaper!


Play with mirrors and prints in the bathroom!


Does the stables need a new coat of paint? Why not green?


How to wear green year round and who makes green items!

You don’t have to stick to the exact Greenery color-


For spring, pick a pale green or a bright apple green

For Summer- go for a classic Kelly green or a neon green!

Autumn is a great time to go for a moss green

and for Winter, there is nothing more beautiful than that rich jade deep green



green throughout the year
Brands that are producing great green items:


who's making greens?

Other Green items for throughout the year:


Green findings

Its good to be greenery this year- Wear Green for 2017

This year the colour of the year is Greenery according to Pantone, which dictates colour trends in everything.  It’s good to be green this year.


To stay trendy-

Comb through your closet and pull out all the green coloured items and put them in the front of your closet.

Keep your eyes out for green accessories- scarves, earrings, bracelets, handbags, etc…

When I think of green, I think of the original colour of HUNTER Boots::

Classic Green items to lookout for:  Hunter Boots!  Here are some examples of how to wear your Green Hunter Boots year round:


Green 2017 Spring
Green 2017 warm temps
Green 2017
How to wear green, who makes great green items next blog!
Green to be continued…..

Feeling Dry…Exfoliate made in 2 mins

Around this time of year, wherever you are, your skin might be feeling a bit dry.

Some causes: Sun, Wind, Cold, Artificial & Natural Heat, Stress, not enough water consumption, low humidity, hot showers…The list goes on

I’ve found my skin in the last few weeks dry.  It’s summer here in Australia and between the sun screen, ocean, air, water, dry air, etc… moisturizer doesn’t always cut it- I need a little exfoliation and deep hydration.

Its soooooooooooo easy to make a quick sugar scrub, even minutes before you take a shower or bath. I find myself thinking, why don’t I do this more often???

Give yourself a quick treat for the shower or bath tonight!



1 cup of Sugar(white or brown)

Coconut oil, grape seed oil, olive oil(I prefer the first two)

Scent: Essential oils are great: Lavendar, peppermint, tea tree, eucalyptus, citrus


Find something in your cupboard or frig or garden: Green Tea, Chamomile, Coffee grinds, cinnamon, ginger, lemon, vanilla extract, banana, strawberry, blueberry, mint, sage, fresh herbs, orange

Place sugar in a small bowl and add enough oil to coat while stirring- add scent- Consider if you want an uplifting scent like Peppermint or Coffee or Citrus or a calming scent like lavender or Chamomile or Tea Tree.

AND THATS IT!  Mix and enjoy- exfoliate your arms and legs, in-between your toes and fingers, shoulders, etc…

Rinse when done and towel dry.  Your skin will feel smooth and moisturized.  Try to do this once a week, change the combination of scents.

My favorite combos:

Chai Tea: I add 1 bag of English tea loose, ginger powder, nutmeg, cinnamon, and a little vanilla for a uplifting warm morning scrub.


Theres nothing like good old beautiful Lavender and sage together to relax at night with.




Eventing in the Park

Eventing in the Park

Spectating at a Campdraft? What should I wear?

Going to a Camp Draft

Spring Race Fashion-

Keep it fresh, clean and classic with Zimmerman & add pops of electric blue like the Australian Sky



Spring Racing
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