When In Texas….

It's go bold, go big or go home! Lol!

So here I present the 'I Love Texas' outfit that I made for Pistol Packin' Pami.

You would have seen it boldly worn at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility in Phoenix at Winter Range 2018! (Tuesday over there)

Others desiring this similar theme were a little disappointed when I said I couldn't do a corset for them because 'somebody else' was already getting it.

Pami wanted a Texas flag corset incorporated with blue bonnets and the main part to be like the flag. We put our heads together and came up with the star embroidered on the blue, the red and white on the left as per the flag – perfect – and at the back the two middle sections would be white and feature the Texas state flower, the Bluebonnet. (The 'lupinus texensis' the bluebonnet was adopted as the official state flower by the Texas legislature in 1901)


Pami, being a colourful character who I treasure, loves colour and so we went with a red top with a small blue and a white frill in a style she is familiar with.


Her flamenco styled skirt in red features a blue frill with white embroidered stars, the white frill has a smaller version of the blue bonnets and a plain red frill – see where I went with that? Keeping it in similar order to the flag itself.


With, of course, a quick little headpiece to boot!


The final product and one very happy cowgirl! You look amazing my friend, can't wait to see more photos of you in this outfit on range.


Somebody please post more pic's on Facebook so I can see it in all her glory!

Kat xo



When In Lawrence….

Here at 'Beerandbullshitcorner' it's all fun and games!


This morning after the pups woke us up, it was breaky time for them, breaky time for us and I decided I needed to clean the back and side patios. Knowing that it was green waste recycling week, I picked up the previously pulled thistles but not content with my view from the window – or the spa – I decided to keep going and pull out more, totally filling the green bin for Tuesday pick up. The grass is still a little on the long side but the thistle and milkweed has gone.


Jack and I, being light on the wifi at the moment, took to playing the Wii today with a few hits of tennis and then some awesome games of ten pin bowling. I tried out some boxing, canoeing, downhill ski jumps and then got put in my place with the fitness set calling me a 'couch potato' and that I need to balance more working on my core. How rude! Probably some truth to that at the moment though haa haa haa.

As the day drew to an end, we enjoyed a spa and a sampling of Garry's home made Blonde Lager! Noice one Garrrryyyyyy! (Lol, if you watched any othe the cricket you would have heard that before) It was exceptional, we shall talk more about what you did! 😉


Ahhh the serenity!

Hope you are having a good one!


Kat xo


Days Have Flown

It doesn't take long for days to pass and from last I wrote we have been to Newcastle to the girl grandbabies and caught up with them and all girly things.

A dip at the beach, a catch up with Jack's daughter as well, lunch with them all, a BBQ on Sunday and in between its dolls, puzzles, scooters and playing.


We dropped off Jackrabbit Johnny's sombrero and vaquero coat and had a great catch up with him and Ruth on the Sunday night.

Yes his jacket does fit him and he was over the moon. I look forward to seeing it with his whole outfit together.


Monday it's on to Sydney to catch a quick flight to Adelaide to see the boy grandbabies. Cars, planes, swimming, beach, bubbles in the backyard. You can fit a lot in in a couple of nights and a full day but still wasn't long enough. They have grown so much but I did get to see Archer go to Kindy this morning and Jack went with Charlie to day care before our flight back to Sydney.


Had a good morning with Dad and Mum checking out their new house, breakfast and coffee with Aunty Lynn as well before heading back to Grafton to house/dog sit for a few days.

Side note: this now includes a tyre change before we can go anywhere North.

It's humid here in Taree and warming up fast for the day, once the tyre is fixed we can get on the road to Grafton.

Make each day count, hope yours is a good one.

Kat xo


Shoot Low! They’re Ridin’ Shetlands!

In some form or another this line has appeared in songs (Texas…….), movies (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid) and a book title (by Lewis Gizzard).

Bloody funny and for some reason came to mind when I finished the new horse prop for the livery.

Keeping things proportionate when enlarging them meant my horses ended up a little on the short side and perhaps if I'd just done two, then their heads would have filled the window a little more than the 3.



That's okay though, we are getting more air flow through which is what we wanted to maintain.

I took a scrap piece and created the 'Greenhill Farms' sign to install above the window. Injecting a hint of another shooters alias into the range. Greenhill Bart has made the horse table props for the range and being from a farming background so I thought it appropriate to use that for this piece.


So welcome to the Greenhill Farms equine establishment! Today we are selling Shetlands! Cheap at half the price! Haa haa haa


At the mine I'm creating a couple of neat pieces featuring miners – they are still to come. Another scrap piece however I've created the tag board. Miners would place their tag on the board upon entering the mine and at the end of each day you would remove your tag as you came out.


We saw a display in Walsenburg, CO which had been called 'Numbers Up' meaning if work was completed for the day or something had gone wrong in the mine, who's ever tags were left on the board meant your number's up, you weren't going home and miners could be identified.


That's it! See ya!

Kat xo


Weddings, Parties, Anything!

With the recent wedding of Ace McKenzie to Scarlet Assasin, I can now reveal her gorgeous gown, Ace's vest and Dallas Roarke's corset gown that I created for the wedding party.

Measurements were obtained 12months ago, sourcing of fabric and lace from various parts of the globe took place and then it was time for getting it together.

I tried a new corset construction, or boned corset bodice I prefer to term it, much more suitable for a wedding gown. Mock up corsets were sent over for fittings, with progress moving on from there.

Scarlet was to have a recreation of a gown she had seen with a couple slight alterations from the original picture. Suffice to say I was happy with how everything turned out but was still waiting for it to arrive safely in Australia to her and know that everything fitted perfectly.

A couple conversations with Aspen Filly confirmed what I was to do with the skirt and a tip on the horsehair use with the satin frill to get just the right amount of bounce and wave was greatly appreciated. New technique learnt! 😉

Satin taffeta underskirt and overskirt with satin and crystal organza frills on one yoke to create less bulk beneath the bodice.


Corset bodice of satin taffeta and full pearl bead, sequinned lace, piped edge finish, rigilene and steel boning.


The finished product in full – spectacular!


Ace's requirements were for a vest. Simple enough, just needed the Ace cards embroidered on the front and in a red shot black taffeta. Some playing around with embroidery designs and figuring out placement, I nailed it first go with the hoop change in the middle. Happy day's!


Dallas wanted the Ace cards down the front of the corset on the same red taffeta coordinated with gorgeous lace skirt overlay. I did however, have to do her front section twice over to get the cards lined up. Slightly frustrating but I got there.

The red and black is always a sensational pairing.


Then came the 'how are we going to get this back there?' To which came a number of expensive options finally arriving at a more reasonable one. I found and used Luggage Free, sending my luggage ahead with the said wedding items inside. What a fantastic service and was there in plenty of time to steam and let set as needed.

I've been waiting until the 10th February for this reveal and so glad their wedding turned out to be a sensational day with family and friends and that I was there in spirit and thread! 🙂

Ace sent through some photos taken by The Boneyard Wrangler so now can share the beauty of the final production.


Congratulations once again Ace and Scarlet!

Kat xo


Where Are We?

Not in Kansas anymore Toto, or further south in Oklahoma! We are back in the land of Oz though – Australia that is!

After a few flights and some fun in Los Angeles we arrived back in Australia to Brisbane last Sunday.

We headed to Burpengary to stay with wonderful friends Pearl Starr and Chuckwagon for a couple of nights! Sensational, plenty of talking, more than a few drinks for the boys, plenty of laughs and catching up.

I enjoyed my mornings with Pearl immensely, getting up early and going for a half hour walk, followed by a lazy swim in the pool, breaky on the patio all before 9am. Feel good moments with my besty – priceless! Didn't want to leave after a couple really nice days with her.


We left them on Tuesday mid morning and went a little further North to the Warbirds Museum in Caboolture. John our guide was funny and very knowledgeable with his pet love, and of course had been his mechanic life, the F111's.


We saw some of the guys working on restoring a Mustang and a Gypsy Moth with a Dak standing outside waiting it's turn. When the Dakota is done it will be taken over to Normandy and a flight recreation of the battle of Normandy will take place. Check out the nose cone art!


They do joy flights here in the old planes and I think Jack should just bite the bullet and go for one. He's been talking about it for long enough so maybe July for his birthday is going to be a good time to do it.


A small Museum with big hearts/big kids running it.

Heading down to the Gold Coast, we spent a couple nights with Dug Deeper and Trixie. Catching up with them is always fun while discussing shoots, holiday destinations, laughing, chatting and more! You guys still work too hard and need to come play more. We very much appreciate you looking after things and having us over.

With doctor visits, trips to the unit, and some shopping done we are off to Lawrence along the mighty Clarence River for a quick catch up with Paddlewheel and Emerald and of course the pup-ettes – the dogs, Bundy and Coke!


It's always a joy to sit and talk with them and make sure they are doing okay. Our discussions often include outfits, sewing, shooting and where we will all meet up next or places we've been, there's never a shortage of conversation.

We will see them again next week as we come back to look after the pups while they are away.

Back in the car we get and its down to Newcastle to see the grand girlies, Jack's son and daughter-in-law and on Sunday we will also see Jack's daughter. It's been a while and will be great to catch up with them all.

That's it on the travel and family front at the moment. It's a busy week ahead and we'll be shooting the following Saturday! Woohoo!

Have a wonderful wedding tomorrow Ace McKenzie and Scarlett Assassin!

Kat xo


Off to Santa Monica

This morning we headed for Santa Monica, taking in the sights of Venice Beach along the way.

The Hop On and Hop Off Bus service is great and we were able to pick it up not far from the hotel.

Marina del Rey has lots of money tied up in yachts and luxury motorboats. It is the largest small boat marina in the US. When it was first built and dredged by the Army Corp Engineers in the 1940’s it was the largest small boat marina in the world. The county owns all the land in this area and receives rent for all the properties developed here. This keeps it viable and profitable.

This stop we change buses and started the next leg from the marina to the coast.

Driving through the streets of Venice to Santa Monica you’d be forgiven for thinking we were somewhere like Byron Bay (on steroids). It’s an eclectic mix of shops and street art, people walking their dogs, exercising, bike riding, skateboards etc

I imagine this place would be packed during the summer months and would be very limited on parking areas. Unlike the almost empty car parks at the moment.

Next stop Santa Monica Pier and the end of Route 66.

September 1909, after 16 months, the first West Coast concrete pier was opened for public access.

The Merry Go Round has since been designated a National Historic Landmark, the building itself is old and beautiful but the Wurlitzer player and merry-go-round are exquisitely preserved!

We then walked from here along the pedestrian path all the way to Venice Beach, this we did not enjoy so much. Full of interesting people selling unusual and for the most part ‘crap’ wares. There were some who had really decent artworks though. I do however understand their need for trying to make some money and for that I give them credit for.

We didn’t even make it down as far as the ‘muscle’ Beach for which we have seen in movies. We decided to get up off the strip and onto the main road to catch the bus and were thankful for where we had got to with the bus approaching the stop as we arrived!

We were ready to get back to the hotel, retrieve our luggage and relax for the afternoon.

For now, we are resting easy in the lounge, having checked in, a few drinks and showered waiting for our flight.

Aahhhh life is good! What another fabulous day with my darling Jack, filled with adventures at many a twist and turn!

Kat xo