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Ideas for a special "photo" type horsey gift-anyone done a photo blanket/throw?

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  • Ideas for a special "photo" type horsey gift-anyone done a photo blanket/throw?

    I would like to give my friend a photo of her on her horse before she goes away to college, and was thinking about a "throw" type thing that Smart-Pak does with a photo, but open to any other ideas in the $100-ish range.

    It's a memento as the horse is now retired, so want something really special. Any ideas welcome, or any cheaper options, too!
    Please buy my tack!!

  • #2
    We did it with Walmart and it only cost around $50 and it came out beautifully. We were actually kinda surprised. It is definitely a great gift!
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    • #3
      OH - is it a nice blanket? Like would you want to snuggle in it on the couch, or hang it on the wall?
      "For some people it's not enough to just be a horse's bum, you have to be sea biscuit's bum" -anon.
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      • #4
        She hung it on the wall, but it was pretty snuggly too It was a landscape of our pasture, pond, with horses grazing in the foreground and the dude ranch main house in the back ground. It came out so well even with all that detail.

        We actually submitted the photo online and picked it up at the store.
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        • #5
          Does they dye sit on top (so it would rub off over the years?) or are the fibres different colours?

          (we've been thinking getting one of the grandkids of nana for a few years... but if they are that nice we may have to do one of the ponies for me too!)
          "For some people it's not enough to just be a horse's bum, you have to be sea biscuit's bum" -anon.
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          • #6
            My husband gave me a gift package for one of these a couple of years ago. Wish I could remember the name of the company!

            Did it with a picture of my Aussie Shepherd that passed away and it came out amazing. The one I got is the woven blanket so it is made up of colored threads to form the picture as opposed to a silk screen type image.

            this is similar to what I have

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            • #7
              Haha...oddly enough...just like LoriO, I gave my father one of these for Christmas a couple of years ago, made with a picture of his Border Collie who had passed away that fall. I think I bought mine from the Discovery Channel store online and it was very nice--woven yarns, not a silk screened picture, and very snuggly. He loved it. I think they make a very nice gift.


              • #8
                Not only would this be cool to do do of the horses, but it might be a perfect present for my son who misses his father, so much, and sadly only knows him from pictures and stories. That way it would be like he could still snuggle with him.

                That is really cool that you can get ones with woven threads. Wonder how critical they are of photo quality? I have so many great photos that when you go to print them they suggest not to enlarge them :-(
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                • #9
                  A photo blanket is the best gift I have ever recieved!

                  I had no idea what my friend was up to when she asked me to share my favorite photos.

                  I love, love, love the blanket and will cherish it FOREVER!!

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by M.K.Smith View Post
                    ... Wonder how critical they are of photo quality? I have so many great photos that when you go to print them they suggest not to enlarge them :-(
                    There are people who specialize in photo restoration of that sort. I haven't done any of it myself, I think it would depend on what sort of size/resolution you are starting out with.

                    But I would think the best thing to do would actually be have someone digitally paint a portrait and use that for the blanket. It would come out looking like the person and probably better then the photo.
                    "For some people it's not enough to just be a horse's bum, you have to be sea biscuit's bum" -anon.
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                    • #11
                      lovemytbs, if you are looking for a unique way to put a horse's image on a gift, I saw these gorgeous custom made art quilts on etsy that combine the photo image of your horse with hand painted text on a beautiful background. They are really cool: