Don't let the title confuse you, this will make sense. In my last blog post I briefly mentioned another new addition on its way, and it's finally here. After being held hostage at customs for two weeks due to dumb and completely untrue reasons - customs declaration missing my ass, it was right on the box when I finally got it - I finally was able to bail this guy out for a hefty fee yesterday. He wasn't alone in his box, I had him packed with a (very) late birthday for my ever supportive, lovely boyfriend.
In any case, he's here, he's big and beautiful, and he came with a show name I couldn't help but laugh at. Had I not already submitted a roster of my horses for an upcoming show with a different name, I might have kept it. In any case, meet Ciabatta, formerly known as Pineapple Chunk.
He's a Bacchus resin by Emilia Kurila and painted by Sara Gifford of Friesian Fury Studio. He's got some great metallic sheen in his paint and lots of details - truly lovely and an addition to my collection I am over the moon about!
His new name, Ciabatta, does come with an interesting and fun story, too. Last year when I went to BreyerFest with my friend Rachel, she impulse bought a $500 sorrel Andre resin - a huge steal of a deal, the seller was originally asking $800 but wanted him out so she could close up her room and offered him to her at $500 - that she ended up naming Cornbread by my suggestion. He did look like tasty cornbread, so it worked out nicely. Almost exactly a year later, I impulse bought that toasty guy above for almost exactly the same price ($515), making it a weird coincidence. Two sorrel draft resins, one year apart, of course this guy needed a bread name also! Rachel suggest Ciabatta, and that was quickly decided.
So, he and the rest of my resins will be off to PonyPallooza Live in Germany in a couple months, where we'll see how everyone does across the big water. Here's hoping!
A massive box arrived here in Rotterdam from back home in the US. My mom was so kind to as pack up a bunch of boxes that I had sent there of recent purchases and forward them to me. There was one last minute impulse buy that didn't make it into this box, but quickly followed and should be here in a week or two. In the mean time, here is a bunch of things I have acquired in the last few months since I moved.
Some of these were purchased quite a while ago. Pierre, the big drafter on the right, was pre-ordered and paid for back in December, shipped in April, and is now here in July. Aerosmith was a trade from a month or so ago, I purchased the Orion from Stacey during a sale a while back. The Stablemates, of course, were sent when they were released in the Stablemate Club.
Lola wasn't a recent purchase but a recently completed paint job. She was painted to a soft, beautiful appaloosa by Jaime Castleman. She did an incredible job on her and I couldn't be happier. Here is a closer shot of her:
I have been trying to set up commissions for the new naked horses, and others that are still back home ready to ship out to painters, but thus far have been unlucky. Every artist I've contacted has not replied. I have decided to wait until after BreyerFest craziness dies down to try again. It is frustrating, but I don't want to bother anyone. I am not in any rush, I will wait for the right paint job opportunity to come along. Back in my earlier days of resin collecting I was always wanting to get things painted as soon as possible by whoever happened to be open. Waiting for a more limited, sought-after artist wasn't something I was interested in. Now, however, I am increasingly picky on who I want to send my horses to.
In any case, my horse cabinet keeps getting fuller and with the other horse that's still on its way, it'll be jam packed! It may be time to get another cabinet...
This will be my personal blog I'll use to talk about the going-ons of my hobby experience and who knows what else with rambles.