Sunday, November 30, 2008

Horse people

I bought an interesting book a few days ago, Horse people, Writers and Artists on the Horses They Love. When I got it home I pulled it open to a story called Angel Foot, a Double Portrait. Here are small excerpts from this fabulous writer Tess Gallagher..... I hope to someday put down words that live and breathe like this.

She was the gift of my uncle and my maternal grandfather, but she had been hand-raised for me by my uncle Porter. " Your filly is born," he wrote. " I have named her Angel Foot for the white on her hind foot where God must have held onto her when he dipped her into black "........
Why not recall Joan of Arc as remembered by Guy de Laval in a letter to his mother: "armed all in white, except her head, with a little ax in her hand, on a great black charger," and further, how the horse , with divine discretion, no doubt, would not let her mount until she led it to the cross......
And even now she would know me if I came to the edge of her field and called to her. She would gravely swing her swoon of a neck round to to fix me in her world-glossed sight. Then, her tail lifted and spread, she would jigsaw over to me as if she won me at some lottery of expendable humans, hiding all the while her tender eagerness for reunion by walking the velvet cathedral of her beautiful black head to me the last few angel steps.

This story will transport you to a magical place as the writing is wonderfully lyrical and lofty and carries you dreamily along. I haven't read the whole book yet, but something tells me " Angel Foot" will remain my favorite. It is nice to know there are others out there who feel as strongly, and deeply about their horses, as I {and I'm sure you} do, and can put it so eloquently into words for us to enjoy.
{Artwork is from the book }

Lucky me !

I was lucky enough to win this glorious deco brooch, in a blog giveaway from Whimsical Jewelry & Accessories
Trust me, the photo does not do it justice ! I don't decorate in an art deco style, more like shabby chic, grabs some french country on the way out west, but I do love art deco, especially the jewelry. By the way, she is having another giveaway so hop over and enter ! She has some lovely things on Etsy too. Lucky me ! Thanks Pam !

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving !

Wishing for everyone, good food and a nap !

Monday, November 24, 2008

It's a dogs life

Trouble wrapped in an adorable package is still trouble. Please see "Tessa" in the dictionary, under "folly." She believes the world is her oyster, and she does make me say - "OY" alot. In her mind it all makes perfect sense -
If you don't want it shredded, put it away. If you don't want holes in the yard, make the ground "undig -able." Oh, I thought it was a game, you plant it, I dig it back up. If you don't want me to go over there, you will have to watch me every minute, as my secret identity is " Houdini," master of escape. I like to smile at you, and make my blue eye twinkle when you scold me, as I can tell you aren't really mad. Aren't you having fun? I know I am. Rules ? What rules ? I don't remember any rules. What would we need them for?
And if you have ever wondered why you never see collars on my dogs, it is because Hannah uses them to drag everyone else around. That would be in between my throwing her balls to chase, keeping Bitsy from acting like she is going to have Indi for dinner, and all the while making Luna believe she is an only dog. If you have ever wondered what happiness is... it's a dogs life.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Life quotes

"We are here on the earth to do good to others. What the others are here for, I don't know. -- W.H.Avden
{photo, my collection}

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Horse court

Last evening Indi wasn't in her usual spot waiting for dinner, and if anyone is "Johnny on the spot" to get their grub, its her. I called, and when she didn't come up, I was starting to worry. I went down to the back pasture and there she was standing by the fence. The gate had some how swung shut behind her and nestled snug against the post. I know she thought I closed it. I had been gone most of the day running errands, so she may have been there awhile. Indi uses the back pasture, but doesn't like to be locked into it, even though sometimes she has to be.
I opened the gate, and her usual hesitation to visit with me was cast asunder in her flying hooves.
Once back at the barn, she cast her eye on me in obvious scolding. "I did not shut the gate on you Indi," I said, pleading my case, but she was not convinced as she ate her grain in fervor.
I went on to take out some hay, and as I passed her, she grabbed a mouthful, swung it over my head and showered it all over me and down my back. Now, if you have ever had hay down your back, you know it ranks a big fat zero on the fun meter. Then I got the look again. "I DID NOT shut the gate on you Indi," I tried to explain my innocence, as I was removing every layer of clothing to be rid of the hay. My appeal fell on deaf ears, lost in eager munching, and disinterest. Railroaded in horse court, convicted of a crime I did not commit. Punishment served.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Gypsy vanner painting

Here is the gypsy vanner horse painting, in completion. Watch for it in some new projects, from canvas collage to jewelry.

Thank you !

I was honored this week with a blog award from FairyJane. Please visit her blog, and Etsy shop to see her fairy art.
See Fairies Thank you !

Friday, November 14, 2008

Bunny love

Did you know you can house train bunnies ? After having this sweet fellow in my life, I have never seen bunnies the same way. This is Touché, also known as Bun's. He was a so much fun and as darling as they come. He would come when called, was a snuggler, and loved to rip the paper off of Christmas presents. It would take too long to tell you all of his endearing ways. Suffice it to say his personality was bigger than "Harvey" and he was loved to the moon and back again. ♥

My son Chad {early 1991} & Touché snuggling.

His favorite napping spot, in front of the return vent.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

In the works

Look for projects that will include these, my {just started} painting of a gypsy vanner, will be part of a collage art piece, after it is finished of course ! My original art photo called "Winter Horse," will be made into a necklace along with a color variation of it. You will see them here first, when they are completed, along with where to find them.

Friday, November 7, 2008

I'm on a magazine cover !

Meaning, I made a photo to look like a magazine cover! So fun, and a lot of creative uses, party invitations, etc. You can do this on or create your own like I did. The horse I am riding in the picture is Chadon, a.k.a "Petey." He is a Swedish Warmblood, that was boarded at the dressage farm I used to work at a few years ago. He was adorable, and a bit of a snob, but you loved him all the more for it. If you weren't one of the people who did things for him, you would get the big white cold shoulder. I was lucky enough to be one of those people. Petey competed in the Pan Am Games awhile back, and his owner was so kind to let me take a dressage lesson on him once. She didn't offer that to many, and keep in mind I am quite the amateur, so that shows just how generous it was. I found out a few months ago that Petey is gone now. Whatever special place he is at, I hope they remember to stock his peppermints. That old saying - "For the love of Pete," will always hold special meaning for me.♥

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

An outing with Tessa

There IS something in there.....

The tip of my tail is camouflaged at least !

My form is nearly perfect !

My " I know, I'm adorable" shot by the thistle.

I so love the water, and when I get out, I will share some with mom.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Vote !

"I don't make jokes, I just watch the government and report the facts."-- Will Rogers

Project updates

Some new original artwork amulet pieces are now on my website,{one shown here is already sold} with more in the works. I am creating some new pieces that include vintage & costume jewelry elements in their composition. I am also working on a variety of things, from more vintage photo textile wall hangings to original paintings. I will have some new things to show you here, and in my Etsy shop soon. I also have another giveaway coming up so check back !

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Life quotes

I don't mind what Congress does, as long as they don't do it in the streets and scare the horses. --- Victor Hugo
{Photo from my collection}