One of a kind homemade Christmas gift - I made another one! Post #15
I decided to make stall plaques for my neices' and my daughter's ponies for Christmas this year. I got a late start, so I'm not done (), but I have one finished, only I still need to seal the whole thing with an outdoor varnish of some sort. The pony whose plaque is complete is an adorable Haflinger named Applesauce owned by my 10 y.o. niece. He jumps out of all of our fields, including the stallion paddock, so I've depicted him doing just that. The seated palomino on the left is Hattie (12 y.o. niece's pony)and she's a bit of a snob, so she's unimpressed with Saucy's jump and gives him a low score. The 2 Shetlands at the bottm are Smokey and Dancer. They're indifferent to Saucy for the most part, but both are characters! The grey pony who is smiling and giving Saucy an enthusiastic 10 is my daughter's little guy, Pee Wee. He and Saucy are BESTEST buddies, hence the perfect score.
I think my niece will love this and I had such a blast making it that I just had to share. What do you think?
Last edited by JackieBlue; Dec. 25, 2010 at 12:32 AM.
Oh MY - that is too adorable!! And you are so freakin' talented!! I think however, that your niece will hate it and I'd be more than willing to take it off your hands b/4 you go to all the trouble of wrapping it.
Thank you all so much for all of the kind words and encouragement. I have been having a blast planning these plaques, photographing the ponies doing all kinds of things, sketching them, and now painting. It is so rewarding to find that you all think they're as special as I'd hoped they'd be.
I was busy today making another one for my niece, Shelby. Again, Shelby's pony, Hattie, would be one of the mean girls if she were in high school. She's a gorgeous blonde and she knows it. So I've depicted Hattie with some pink lip gloss on, puckered up and admiring herself in a tiny pond. The remaining cast of characters, Applesauce the Haflinger, Pee Wee the Welsh (grey) and Smokey and Dancer the Shetlands, are laughing and making fun, light heartedly of course. Here it is:
Oh, and to those who've expressed an interest in their own custom stall plaque, I think I would really enjoy making them to order. I have a nasty surgery coming up on January 10 (having 2 plates and 27 screws removed from my left tibia and fibula due to pain and bone infection) so I'll have some time on my hands.
Hope I don't get JackieBlue in trouble for advertising but, for those of you who don't know, she makes gorgeous horse hair jewelry. I'm planning to have something made next year. Just waiting for my retired event horse's new mom to send me some of his tail hair.
"Everyone will start to cheer, when you put on your sailin shoes"-Lowell George