I saw this wooden ornament when I was out shopping, I can not remember where or how much I paid for it.
But I knew what I wanted to do with it.
Paint it! My Mother in-law has a 28 year old Paint horse named Apache. He is a pasture horse now and lives the good life. She had his mother as her first horse and has had Apache since he was born.
This is the only photo I could find of old Apache and it was a year he got VERY skinny! He does not look this skinny now, he gets hay & grain daily and is back to his old self. But he will not be here forever, so I thought it would make a nice gift for my MIL.
I started out by painting the reddish part of the horse with an acrylic paint I bought
at Joanne's called spice tan, It was a perfect patch!
Next I painted the main, tail and spots with Annie Sloan's Old White. Except i kept getting a pink cast bleeding thru. So I waited a really long time for it to dry and tried again. Still pink.
After painting this little horse 15 times, I decided to just add a little of the spice tan over the
old white and give it a little wash. That worked. Plus it aged it a tiny bit.
I love how it turned out!
Now when Apache is gone, my MIL and the kids can just look to the Christmas
tree to get a glimpse of the old Apache.
We will not be spending Christmas with my in-laws, so when they were here this weekend I gave
my MIL the ornament I painted for her. She liked it very much!!
Have you made any of our Christmas gifts by hand?? I have really gotten into it this year!!