Posts Tagged ‘horses’


When I was in elementary school, my best friend Dara, whom I did pretty much everything with, was a horse back rider. I went with her to a few of her competitions as a kid and more than a handful of her riding lessons as well.

At the end of each lesson, I would help her wash her horse off and brush him, and I remember thinking that horses were the most beautiful creatures I’d known to that point. Even after I was bit by one in the shoulder (it hurt so bad!).

So anyway, when I started to write today’s post about Apples and Oats, all those childhood memories came rushing back to me. And I am so glad that they did. I haven’t thought about Dara or the horses in years. Do you ever have flashbacks like that?

If you are a lover of animals, and horses especially, you will love this photography shop.

Have any fond childhood memories to share? Leave your response in the comments below.


Ever have the urge to run through a wide-open field or meadow, as though you haven’t a care in the world?

Yeah? Because I can feel that bubbling up in me right now too.

Granted, I have no idea where the nearest meadow would be to, kind of, fulfill that urge in myself at the moment, BUT I am feeling rather zen this afternoon after exploring Erin Johnson’s photography shop.

Love her photographs! And actually, I am wondering where these images above were shot because the landscape is absolutely beautiful. Perfect that magical run (with a few spins) I am picturing in my head.

And the horse? Oh, I love horses. They are such magnificent creatures.

What about you? What is your favorite animal?

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Are these amazing or what? Cast Iron Horse Hooks $18 each

By Monkey & Squirrel


I am so excited to show these off to you all… A golden (and a little spotting of silver) band of horses! Some of you may remember the Dino Pendant tutorial from the week before last, where I mentioned that horses were a great option for the project as well. But at the time, I didn’t have any done to show, so I just made a quick mention of it and moved on.

But now they are done, and I finally found the time to take photos, so I thought I’d share. The more I play around with these, the more I think how perfect they would be for photography props. They photograph really well. A child’s birthday party would be a great place to use these little guys as well. Click on the any of the images for a larger view.

And if you are interested in making these yourself, here’s how…

Materials: 1. Small plastic horses (the harder the plastic the better) 2. Paint (I used a special liquid gold leaf for mine) 3. Paint brush (small sizes work better here) 4. Clear gloss protective coating

How To Step by Step: 1. Choose your paint and begin applying it with a small brush. Applying the paint in thin layers works best, so you can get in to all those crack and crevices. 2. Wait for paint to dry and apply a second, thin coat. 3. Wait for paint to dry and apply a clear, gloss protective coating (such as gloss medium or something similar). And that’s it! You’re ready to use these little guys for product photography or display them on your desk with other notions.

And as a final note, these little guys, along with the dino pendants, are now available for purchase if you are interested.

You can check for available pieces, by visiting laur.

For more ideas for quick and easy projects, click here to visit the tutorials page filled with more than 40 diy’s.


I am a self-proclaimed animal lover. I don’t have any children, so my pets are like my kids. Yep, I am one of those people.

So naturally, I am currently going crazy for these animal photographs from papernstitch alum, Laura Evans. They make me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Aren’t they great?

You can find more of Laura’s work at her etsy shop, Love Laugh Believe.