October 2017 - Holiday Gift Buyers Guide
Written by CRM
Thursday, 28 September 2017 22:44
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“Think Unique” is the theme of this first of three editions of our annual guide to great gifts for equestrian friends and family. All three artists featured in this issue create one-of-a-kind, hand-made items that should thrill recipients and remind them of your thoughtfulness for years to come.

Dara James Designs
This diverse collection started with pink-themed stock ties and saddle pads to honor breast cancer patients and support a cure. Since then, artist and dressage rider Dr. Susan Ward has followed her muse into making belts, spur straps, browbands and purses using various leathers. Browbands made of leather-on-leather designs are among her latest creations and they can be custom made to match stock ties and show coat details. Vintage stock tie pins and belt buckles are another of Dara James Designs’ specialties. Along with creating beautiful things, DJD is a big supporter of dressage organizations in California and the Reno area, where she lives.

Visit www.darajamesdesigns.com or follow Dara James Designs on Facebook.


Mary AnnToinette Leather Studio
Pictures don’t do these wearable works of art justice. Created from precisely-cut pieces of various types and colored leather, these boot tops, spur straps and belts are beautiful, fun and remarkable to behold for their creativity and detail. Suggest your own ideas and color schemes or give designer Mary Jensen free rein to do her thing. Mary is the longtime partner of noted horseman Allen Clarke, so she “gets” horse people and the horse world. Her studio at their ranch in Temecula is a colorful maze of wonderful leathers and western artifacts with horses hoofing by just outside her window for daily inspiration.

Visit Mary AnnToinette Leather Studio on Facebook.


Knottie Tawnie

Tawnie Osejo describes the latest incarnation of her artistic vision as “three dimensional wool paintings.” With animals as a main subject, Tawnie started working in a blend of crochet and needlefelting materials and skills and her process and style has evolved from there. She lives in the High Desert area’s Phelan and has received top honors from county fairs throughout Southern California.

Follow Knottie Tawnie on Instagram and on Etsy for this creative young person’s latest offerings.