Custom Hat Step by Step

I’ve waited and they finally did arrive!  Thanks to L. at Greeley Hat Works, I have photos of my custom hat being made!!!  I mean, really?  How cool is this???

Then to finish the story off, I have my own photos of T. shaping my hat!

If you’d like to see the process in action, you can watch this short video from NCBA’s Cattlemen to Cattlemen.

Please like them (on Facebook or Youtube) … and tell them you heard about Greeley Hat Works from me!  (we have no connection, other than being a happy customer…)

finger blockerGHWbrimsandingsteamcrownlookingbrimbrimhappyThank you, T. and L. for making me a great hat!  Definitely have some #hatisfaction!

#TBT : Snow on the Ground

Since most of Wyoming is reeling from a winter storm… and we are dry but cold… I pulled up a winter photo for you.  I assume they are putting more hay in the top of the barn.  That’s where we keep our good horse hay, with all that snow on the ground, perhaps they ran out????

I haven’t a clue.

No date.


Wordless Wednesday – “Lap Dog Wannabe”

previewLap Dog Puzzle

Eight Strand Gaucho Braid

I haven’t made a movie in a Very Long Time.  Since I just finished braiding my reins on our trip to Colorado, I decided to film that tutorial.  It’s one of the most difficult braids I’ve done because it’s is very hard to find where you left off if you get interrupted!

In fact, I had to do three takes on my video because I messed up twice!!! Then I sound like I’m a drill sergeant on this take… don’t ask me why.  I was trying to do it precisely and fast… I hate videos where people just rattle on and on.  Give me a break, people, teach me and let me go!!

I tried to finish my “keepers”, aka turk’s head knots, but discovered my scrap pieces aren’t long enough, so I’ll have to go out to the studio and get more paracord… but not tonight!

Anyway, for those of you who like round reins (or dog leashes) this video is for you.  This is a larger size than what I’ve made before.  I’m hoping they’ll be easier to hold since sometimes my fingers get stiff anymore…

8 Strand Gaucho Braid from Carol Greet on Vimeo.

Gold Star

Well, I did something today I’ve never done before!  It was a blast, in more ways than one!

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is radio collaring and blood testing some elk in this area.  A friend and I crashed their party… wanting to learn more and see what we could see.

What we could see was not much, the helicopter miles and miles away doing their thing… but we were filled with information and details and techniques and stories from the professionals on the scene.  Each question we had was thoroughly answered by the guys.  I won’t remember it all because Elk Capturing 101 is a fast and in depth class!

First, there’s the radio collar… they can track the elk… are they going over the Big Horns or out in the badlands?

radio collarThese collars, hopefully, will transmit data for three years!

After a hour or two of waiting, learning, and asking more questions, the helicopter showed up.

helicopterA pilot and two assistants are in charge of netting the elk and collecting the data.  Once they’ve netted one, it takes about 5 minutes to gather the needed information and set it free.  Fast and efficient, it was very clear that these guys are quite the experts in the field.  Evidently, after hearing stories, the new techniques have improved the process so much, that there is minimal impact on the elk.

netWhile the pilot hands over the blood samples and data to the wildlife biologist, another team member repacks a net.  It was quick and easy and I was curious about it all.  So curious, the ground crew let me check out the netgun…

Do I look like I know what I’m doing??

netgunThank you to the Wyoming Game and Fish for letting this landowner get a full picture of where, what, how, and why of the studies they’re doing and how it impacts me.  Being very open and honest goes a long, long, long ways these days!  Good job, guys.  You get a gold star!