Wednesday, October 2, 2013


By Becca

   When we were on our vacation in Michigan we went 'junkin' with our Aunt Barb.

'Junkin' is what Aunt Barb calls going to garage/rummage sales, thrift stores and antique shops. 
In one such place I found a sweet wooden rocking horse. Well, Mom saw it first and showed us.
 It looked a bit like this:

 I say 'a bit' because this picture was taken after I had taken his leather bridle, ears, and plastic eyes off.
(I'm still having a hard time remembering to take that 'before' picture)  
I liked him, decided to take him home and after paying a small adoption fee, he was mine. 

But I didn't know what I wanted to do with him.

Sand and re-stain him?
 Paint him all one bright color?
Make him look kind of realistic?

I couldn't decide, and so I ignored him for a while.

 I began playing with design ideas again, then remembered my favorite color horse:

Dapple gray is so pretty!

Using that for inspiration, I painted Whimsy. ( Yes, I named him. ) 

Isn't he a handsome boy?

I painted his head, body, and legs with some gray paint we had, and used black, white and sliver to make the varying light/dark dots. 

I painted a white mark on his forehead that went down his nose, and his nose got a nice not-too-pink skin color. 
His shiny black eyes where previously owned by a fluffy stuffed dog; it was silly how terrible I felt ripping them out. 

I love those soft gray ears! 
They came from bag of leather scraps, and they where the perfect color.

His mane is mane from a roll of twisted cord fringe,
 it has a lovely shine don't you think?

Yes, the tail is a little thin, but only so much material can fit in one small hole : )
 It was pretty tricking getting that on.




  1. Aw, beautiful! I love his face.

  2. Junkin sounds like so much fun! And I am amazed at how great you made that horse look. That's some talent, right there. Also Whimsy is a fantastic name. It suits him :)

  3. Our family goes junking a lot too. You can tell by our house.=)

  4. Love him!!!!! And going junkin sounds fun:) I absolutely love thriftstores and yard sales. ~ Keturah

  5. Thanks everyone! You're too kind : ) We love junkin, it's how we find most of our treasures.

  6. You did a really good job. He looks really nice and Whimsey fits him. Dapple Grays are one of my favorite color horses as well.

  7. Caiden rode him for the first time last week, and he didn't get bucked off ;-)

    1. Yay! I'm glad you're enjoying it.


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