Speaking of old costumes, let's take a closer look at the one with the white pom-poms, glimpsed at the lower left. It was made for this mare:
When I bethought myself of the possibility of CollectA-size blankets in this ancient treasure trove and dug them out, I began remembering that the colors had significance. Felt colors were assigned to individual horses, who became associated with those blankets. Some of them have names written on them. It's rather obvious from the above pile which colors King got to wear. : )
Over so long a span of time, my herd's ruling hierarchy has of course changed, but there has always been a royal family. To this day, King's son, Tesoro, the charcoal FAF, wears only light blue - the lightest of light blues. The slightly darker light blue was assigned to his forever-girlfriend, Payasada, the white FAF. (If you can tell these names came from Van derVeer's Hold the Rein Free, more points to you!) Tesoro gets to permanently wear his own costume halter, made for him somewhere in the 1990s (I think). Other ornaments (Windy's necklace) were made (by me) from floss, only for Arabians, inspired by Marguerite Henry's great classic book, King of the Wind.
Kits and books! Look where they've led just one girl...
Today, Lucky's dark blue blanket is worn by my only china Trad foal. I named him Gillantown. This name, inspired by Gilen, is of an actual central PA town. Gillantown gets to wear it more or less permanently, as he is fragile (already broken once - thank you Jenn Danza for repairs!) and in need of some padding, around so many plastics.
Up to this point my CollectAs have suffered through the most ill-fitting of blankets. Here we have, left, a 'Blitzen' blanket, made for a Running Foal, and "Fightin Fillies" made for the Miniature Horse mold, Midnight Tango:
Don't you think Breyer's much-issued Classic Foal blankets would fit? Well ... sort of ... :
But now, with the FAF felts, everybody is much better fitted. The blankets are still a bit big:
Another state that cannot last is that of my CollectAs having no blankets made especially for them. I predict, given this tackshop's long history, it will be a race between tack and blankets. And I can only be very, very grateful I can make them both.
Speaking of grateful, Thank You to the stopped-counting-hits... : )