With summer upon us and more things to do, my thoughts have shifted to other topics beyond the normal blog posts. Yes I still intend to host fellow authors and offer reviews of books I’ve read. But how about something else? Just for a little while?
I was thinking of sharing some of my favorite hobbies. None of these will be book related, since hobbies are supposed to get you to step aside from your normal daily passions. Right? So here goes… a start…
I adore carousels. They hold a special allure of belonging to the past as well as the present. Their appeal is ageless and timeless. They have a beauty that is hard to deny. Anyone who knows me knows my house, particularly my den, is filled with various sized carousels. Most are ceramic, some are old spring Wonder horses we rode as kids, now refurbished into larger carousels.
Did you ever ride a Wonder Horse like this? I call this one ‘Lilac’ because of the lilacs decoupaged on it (my favorite flower). Bridle and reins are leftover pieces of different ribbons I had. When I moved south, it was just base-coated black and had no base or pole yet. I had to tie it to the roof of my SUV. You can probably imagine the curious glances I got with a black pony tied to my roof!
This is another hobby-horse, pony sized. The legs start out black, graduating to various shades of green to reflect mountains. In the middle are clouds, with images of horses superimposed within the clouds. It is topped with a rainbow and more wispy clouds and even a star on the forehead. And snowflake blue ribbon for the bridle and silver cord for the reins. Very abstract.
Close up of cloud formations on one side and close up of head shot.
Now– on to the ceramic versions:
With her base, she is about three feet tall and two feet long. She has a peacock ducoupaged on her left flank and satin rosettes ‘tied’ in her mane and tail to match the ceramic roses painted on her saddle. More ribbon for the reins.
Here is an assortment of mid-sized ceramics: (the best fun is working out the colors)
If you didn’t notice, all 4 legs on the gray (1st pic) are broke. In 8 months I still have not gotten around to fixing them. I can’t tell you how many broken legs and tails I’ve had on these things over the years. Most of them are repaired to one extent or another. Sometimes entire horses fall and shatter. I’ve lost two that way that were beyond hope of repair. I have one white one, with green saddle and bridle. One day I hope to get around re-painting it a better mix of compatible green colors.
This little fellow is palm sized, the smallest carousel I own. And yes, he too has suffered the dreaded broken leg syndrome. One leg was lost somewhere in transit. But he’s still cute as a button.
Here is a horse of a different sort– a Hippocampus. A mythological creature supposedly part horse and part fish. Since there are no recorded photos of them, I played fancy with what color one might be.
And this pair are probably my favorites, at least among the ceramics. They are the War Horses, standing over a foot tall. The black has 23 different colors on him, and the gray has 26. They took me months to paint, albeit a lot of relaxing fun. When I moved, three legs on the black broke and I had to reconstruct two of them, plus the ceramic base. I call them ‘The Pastel’ & ‘The Bold’ because of the color schemes.