One of my favorite pastimes is to stitch. I wish I had the thousands of hours it would take to stitch all the pieces I want to create. I hope I've inspired some of you to pick up this wonderful hobby. It's so much fun to stitch gifts for those you love. I've made two belts in the past year - for other people.
I've selected some lovely Christmas items. You'd better start now, getting these ready for 2014! Enjoy! Email me if you want more information on any of these fabulous pieces.
Wouldn't it be grand to decorate one year with an equestrian theme? Alison at The Polo House (you can view her magnificent blog here) has come pretty darn close and some of these photos are from her blog. Below are additional pictures that will inspire you to decorate if you have not pulled the boxes from the barn (mine is not finished yet). If you have ideas please share them!
I've been looking for an equestrian nutcracker for years!
This Equestrian Santa is 18 inches high, at Horchow:
It's December 1st and is your shopping list in good order? Much of my shopping is done and I'm happy to report that I did not venture out on Black Friday. But in case you did and could not find the perfect gift for those on your list, here are a few suggestions.
I love candles and who can't use them. Lafco and Nest are two of my favorites but this one has also been suggested. Amazon.com is a great source for all the brands!
These cute soaps can be found online at Malvern Saddlery just outside of Philly:
I've seen these in the stores, salt and pepper shakers in pewter, so cute, also from Malvern Saddlery:
I saw this at the Caspari store and loved it. The best price I have seen is at Malvern Saddlery. This large carafe could also be used for flowers:
These adorable fox napkin rings are from Horse Country in Warrenton, Va, one of my favorite stores:
These placemats are also from Horse Country:
More salt shakers:
And these I adore! You can buy the pieces separately too. From Horse Country in Warrenton, Va.
Have I given you some ideas? I hope so. Happy shopping!
Many of you have inquired about the status of my injury. Thanksgiving is a good time to say "thank you" to thousands of readers who have become "pen pal-like" friends over the past few years and have sent words of encouragement. I'm thankful for that. I'm also thankful for the physicians who have cared for me since July and who operated on my arm the second time in October. I still have a long road ahead, months of physical therapy to get me back as close to normal as I'll ever be.
It's the small things we are thankful for - can't wait to be able to care for my horses again, to clean their feet, curry them, pull their manes, put on their blankets easily and to be able to sweep the barn aisle. Hoping in a few more months "barn chores" will again be 100 percent mine and I'll be back to the old routine! Stay warm, dry, travel safe and care for your loved ones, furry, four-legged or otherwise.