Hobby Horses

Hobby Horses

Hobby Horses

Stick horses like these were a favorite at my son’s kindergarten when we lived in Germany, and since the kids are so into horses these days, I thought they’d like some for Christmas.

There’s a great tutorial for making your own here, but I’m finally doing a slightly better job of estimating just how much crafty-juice I’ve got in me for one Christmas season. So the horses you see here are courtesy of Mimi’s Whimsey, an etsy shop. Aren’t they cute?

One of the great things about these is that you can order them sans sticks, then put them together yourself, which kind of made me feel crafty even though I can’t take much credit.

As expected, they’ve been useful for horse racing and imaginary trips of all kinds.

Hope you have a great weekend! We got a tiny bit of snow here last night, but it wasn’t cold enough to stick around and keep the kids home from school. They took the news on the chin. And now, another writing morning for me!

Artwork and Etsy Finds


Want to see what’s new in our apartment?

We met local artist Franz Betz on a recent open studios afternoon. He does  a lot of light sculpture, and it was a blast to see his studio. He’s also created an alternative alphabet—-so interesting—you’ll have to go to his website (I’ve linked to the English version above) to read about it. My husband and I zeroed in on these prints. We looked at each other and  just had one of those moments on the same wave length—-somehow they just spoke to us.

We didn’t buy them on the spot but went home, waited a few weeks, and then returned to take another look. This time we had the feeling the prints really belonged in our home, so happy late Christmas to us! These two pieces are part of a series Mr. Betz created for a show in a library. His alphabet spells out the words, in English, “PLOT” and “LOOK.” This really cinched the deal since these words are close to my heart.

I love the reference to language, to printing, the architectural feel, and the way there’s lots of space for imagining with these images. We’re going to hang them near my workspace to inspire me.

I got these earrings (below) from my husband for Christmas. Aren’t they cool? They’re made of leather, really lightweight and comfortable. They’re from this etsy shop, which also has lots of other cool things. Looks like her shop is on vacation right now, so check out her website to see more of her work.

And I gave myself one of these hand-screened desk calendars. Love it! I am still so attached to hand-printed things. As we move further and further into the digital age they seem more and more precious. Yeah, I have a calendar on my computer, but it’s just not as pleasant as glancing over at this one.

Okay, back to work on my young adult novel.