Thursday, December 24, 2009

All is calm... all is bright

At this moment the wind is howling and it is snowing. Looks like we will have a white Christmas this year, which is rare. I am tucked inside, all my shopping done, listening to Christmas music finishing the present wrapping. I wish you a holiday of peace and joy.

Monday, December 21, 2009

I checked my Christmas list.... you two weren't on it...

The other evening just before dark, just as I was finishing up feeding my furry loved ones, I saw headlights down at my gate. Now, no one should be there on this particular nite so I started walking up my road towards them. I live a bit off of the main road, so I have a little walk to get to my gate. I saw someone pass from the passenger side of the vehicle to get back in the driver's side. They backed away and took off before I could get close enough to see what they were doing. I walked on up to my gate to check things over, then saw two small shapes red, and black moving around. With a look that could kill, complete with mental daggers, I glanced in the direction of the escaping suv and muttered under my breath, they have dumped two dogs.
Sadly, that happens a lot, the reason I have a small herd of dogs. As I got closer, I realized these were not dogs, but a red rooster and a little black hen. Incredulous, I just kept saying to myself, who dumps chickens???? And the old standby " This could only happen to me." Well I had to round them up for their own safety, so after some crawling around under my cedars for the hen, I finally had them both secured.
They have since gone to a proper chicken friendly home, much to the disappointment of my dogs. As one of my co-workers stated, " Isn't it always the way, people giving you something you really don't want for Christmas."

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Oh Christmas tree......

Did, or are you putting up a tree this year? Mine is this smaller tree set up in a shabby chic urn. My tree is decorated in silver, turquoise and white, with only white or silver horses, one black one to represents Indi. I mixed vintage and new, and love that look. I wish the photos would show it as pretty as it turned out. There will be an old pull toy horse under it soon, and if I would get some wrapping done, a few gifts too! Hope you are getting the holiday spirit!!!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Let it Snow, let it snow, let it snow....

A few of my favorite past images of Indi in the snow.....

Monday, November 30, 2009

Quote of note

" I figure if a girl wants to be a legend, she should go ahead and be one." -- Calamity Jane

*photo from my collection *

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Giving Thanks

I have so many things to be thankful for {including my blog friends}, I hope you too, will take a moment to remember the blessings in your life. "Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!"

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Before & after

Before, he was a "not so chic" child's riding toy, I found for $3.00. After, he sports a western paint job and now sits proudly beside my antique sidesaddle, under a beautiful equestrian print. Amazing what a little paint can do!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

My head in the clouds...

I love thunderheads, and have not seen the stage set for them again like my shots of the clouds at sunset and the moon. Take a moment of your own to have "your head" in the clouds....

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Hauntings!!!

The headless horseman is still my favorite scary thing!!! ✫ ℋѦ♇⒫Ⓨ ℋѦℒℒ✪₩ℇℰ₦☾ everyone!!!
photo courtesy of the internet

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

An introduction

I want to introduce you to someone special, her name is Constance Funk. A most interesting as well as kind and engaging fellow artist and author. Her mosaics are fantastic, and she writes too! I was lucky enough to meet her through Kim McElroy,{well know amazing equine artist} and felt I had to share her and her wonderful work. The large mirror mosaic shown includes the phrase" It is never too late to have a happy childhood," and "Ponies Nicker." She has also written two soul touching books, "Beauty from Brokenness," and " Holy as Thou," bittersweet tales about remembering to love. Please visit her website Woodylane Farm to see more of Connie's work.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009


Hello all ! First of all this photo has nothing to do with my news, just thought I would put up something fun to look at.
I have been commissioned by artist Kim McElroy, to create some pendants for her, and I am working with her to use her gorgeous artwork in some of my jewelry designs. Color me thrilled !!! She is a favorite artist of mine, and you could have knocked me over with a feather when she contacted me. Not only that, but through her I have met another wonderful, and interesting artist. I will be doing a blog post on her, so you can meet her too! I am awake aren't I ???

Saturday, October 3, 2009


The month of pumpkins, black cats, ghosties, goblins and witches. Speaking of witches, apparently " ApPrenTicE WiTChEs" ride sidesaddle......

photo from my collection

Friday, September 25, 2009

Little acts of kindness

I was browsing on Etsy the other day, when I came across an interesting shop there belonging to Katherine Pauley . I found a cute card she had made, with the vintage image of a cowgirl and horse on a barrel. I inquired about the photo used, and offered to buy the original. Turns out it was a reproduction museum card. Katherine offered to just send me the card, and she did just that. I really appreciate this little act of kindness and want to repay it by letting everyone know about her shop and her unique items. Seems to me a little act of kindness is something we can all add to our day that makes a difference in someone elses!

Friday, September 18, 2009

Be STILL my heart

Okay, with a post title like that you had to know there would be something about the object of my obsession...... uh, I mean affection. I wanted to share two new additions, movie stills, to my old photo collection. The first one is, well you know who, and the horse from the movie "Tumbleweed." If you haven't ever seen it, you will love it just from a horse lovers point of view. It is a great story with some humor, and I recommend this movie!
The second is a fabulous image from " The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing." Don't bother with that movie, I just love this image!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Belle Starr's Grave

" Well behaved women rarely make history."

*** Her grave as it is today ***

I made the trip to Eufaula Oklahoma a couple of weeks ago for a family get together. I was going to visit the grave site of Belle Starr on this trip, but read up on the burial location before going. The site is rather run down, on private property and on a dead end road. You have to rustle up the owners and tramp through an unkempt weedy trail. The original stone has been removed or is gone from what I understand, so I decided not to go.
I find this disheartening, that a well known historical figure, albeit outlaw, from the old west does not have a more revered grave site. I think the sad fact is, most of the famous people we know from that time have also been left in obscure places and have faded away, forgotten.

***Her grave as it was originally***

Belle Starr was "The Bandit Queen," associated with Jesse James and the Youngers.
She once made the comment to a newspaper reporter -" I am a friend to any brave and gallant outlaw." She was shot in the back one evening as she was riding home, which proved fatal. Some say it was her son, whom she did not get along with who killed her. She had beaten him with a riding quirt just two days before for taking her favorite horse without permission. He had said he would kill her for that. After her death, an Oklahoma farmer wrote the following:

"When night settles down over that canyon yonder you can hear the sounds of guns firing along the river, the clanking of chains of the prisoners marching to their cells. All through the night, Belle Starr's favorite mare can be heard pawing the ground near her grave, and if a gun is fired into the ground near Belle's grave the sod will flare up and pop like the pistols of bandits a-firin' from the hip."

On her gravestone was a carved stallion, and the words her daughter Pearl wrote:

" Shed not for her the bitter tear,
Nor give the heart to vain regret.
Tis' but the casket that lies here,
The gem that filled it sparkles yet."

Google Belle Starr to read more about her and her fascinating life.
All images courtesy of the internet.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Feather Creek Farm

A couple of miles from my house, is the farm equestrian olympian Mike Huber used to own. The next owner did not keep the place up, sold some of the land and left it in disrepair. Luckily a someone new is returning the farm to its former glory, with new cross country jumps,a stadium jumping set up, a dressage arena, and repaired and refurbished fencing. This weekend Feather Creek Farm held a recognized show, so I stopped by to capture a few images.

Loved this horse's earnest expression.

Waiting their turn to jump.

My favorite pair of the day.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Necklace giveaway winner!

Whew, life is busy! Sorry for the slow posting as of late, will pick it up now!
The winner of the cowgirl necklace is Jen from Gypsy Mare Studios Congrats Jen!!!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Cloud's Herd in Peril

Hello all, today's post was supposed to be the winner of the cowgirl necklace, I will post that next. Now, I like to keep my blog light and fluffy, so that it is fun to visit. But once in awhile I pull out the old soapbox,{mine is decoupaged with horses} to let you know when foul play is afoot {yes I've been working on my murder mystery.}
The bureau of land management is planning a September 1st round-up of Cloud's herd in the Pryor mountains. Many fear the worst for the herd, and the horses removed. The data says the numbers are not high enough for any removal and that the range is in better shape than it has been in many years. The round-ups alone are dangerous and six horses died in the Challis herd round-up. Please visit The Cloud Foundation
If you would like to help by lending your voice. Click on" what you can do to help." Time is short, so please send emails today.