Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Whimsy

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.

Before

After


8 comments:

  1. Aw, beautiful! I love his face.

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  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 :)

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

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

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

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  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.

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

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

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