29 March 2016

Salvage the Beautiful




I've never shown this rocking horse. It's my daughter's, and it use to be in her room, but now it is in  our Madhatter library beneath the window.









She has always adored rocking horses. I don't know if her admiration is related to the rocking horsefly in Alice in Wonderland or a flying horse as in Madeline L'Engle books,
but one of the first toys I gave her
was a rocking horse with two sides; the child sat in the middle, a seat, and then rocked.
Small metal horses, brass horses that she attached feathers to for wings, pictures saved from an old Alice book that fell apart... she has always adored rocking horses, and of course the magnificent carousel horses in Florence and Paris. She bought this with her own money.






















She is a worn antique, but found and loved by my daughter.
Though missing stirrups, reins, and a handle, her original tail had been replaced by the previous owner with a gorgeous ribbon: a clever idea. But, she needed a touch more magic; so, we gave her a handmade lace regalia in the palest of pinks and a sparkling, golden, sequined headband of cat ears.













When one enters the madhatter's library, and sees her in front of the window dressed for her next gallop, one smiles.

Alice: "How long is forever?"

White Rabbit: "Sometimes, just one second."























I hope you enjoyed this and have a magical day.
My Easter post is here.
Thank you for your lovely visits.
xoxo
Su

Featured at:

Kerryanne's

Shabby Art Boutique

and

A Tray of Bliss Five Star Frou Frou


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73 comments:

  1. It does look magical and I love that tail!

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    1. Thank you, Maya. I thought it was really clever of the person that added that. xoxo Su

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    1. Thank you, Debbie. She can look sweet at Christmas too. xoox Su

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  3. What a really neat piece...

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    1. Thank you, Kim. We moved her dressup trunk to storage, and then moved this out of her bedroom and into its place. xoxo Su

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  4. The rocking horse is magical. Creative, artistic and imaginary is what I think of your blog. And I enjoy visiting it very much.
    Have a nice coolish day, Kathleen in Az

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    1. Thank you, Kathleen. Isn't the temperature wonderful! I am going to enjoy it in case it is our last cool day! xoxo Su

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  5. That is so sweet! We loved the Madeline L'Engle books! Swiftly Tilting Planet was my favorite. Hope you have a nice day, Su. xo

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    1. She is one of my favorite authors, and those are my favorite books from childhood tied with C.S. Lewis, and then Tolkien. Of course I have reread them as an adult too. I really like her poetry book, her Christmas book, and her Giotto chapel book as well, and the older series the Austins, though I have no read them all. xoxo Su

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  6. Oh Su, how incredibly beautiful and enchanting! I agree, the horse is ever so whimsical and magical :)

    Always a delight to visit you! Hugs!

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    1. Thank you, Stephanie. I think that is worn is what makes it so charming. xoxo Su

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  7. Love the rocking horse and the rag garlands are adorable on it!

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    1. Thank you, DD. Have a wonderful week. xoxo Su

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  8. I'm in love!

    When we downsized, my rocking horse collection didn't make the cut. I have been noticing them lately on Instagram and think I need to find one.

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    1. Thank you, Carol. I empathize. Sometimes we part with something, and then miss it. I have this wooden santos collection, some are quite large, but they are all hand carved and unsteady. I decided to put them in storage, because they kept getting knocked over in this home, and all the pieces have to be put back together. Fortunately, I didn't give them away, because I thought I might miss them, and I do, but I can get them out if I ever figure out or have room to once again display them. xoox Su

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  9. What a beauty! A great piece to show your artistic flair on.

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    1. Thank you, Lori. Have a wonderful week. xoxo Su

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  10. Poor baby being so damaged. Is it wooden? If so, maybe the missing parts can be made for it.

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    1. Thank you, Rose. I think it is all wood. You can see carving marks. The handle to grasp is wood. The one on the other side has snapped off. I might be able to find stirrups in a horse shop. It's missing it's reins, but those were leather, the saddle is leather. I think it is pretty even like this. xoxo Su

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  11. Wauw what a nice blog you have - thank you so much for the inspiration
    best

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    1. Thank you, Thyde Living. Have a wonderful week. xoxo Su

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  12. Dear Su a visit to your newest post is always a delightful diversion from daily tasks and work. Rocking horses give flight to fantasy for kids. But this indeed magically charming vintage horse now in the Madhatter library is working on its own storybook legacy. Perhaps one day to be written by your daughter to her child to rock and imagine time away. We will keep this between ourselves, since I'm only writing this comment in cyberspace, ha ha!!! I occasionally wear a cheetah cat ear headband I own while cleaning and needing humor in my day. Our secret - OK, lol. I love that Sara purchased this horse from her own money. Have a fun day in wonderland my friend.
    xoxo,
    Vera

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    1. I just love this story. I sent you email about the cat ears. xoxo Su

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  13. What a beautiful treasure! Love the sweet memories ~ thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thank you so much. Have a wonderful week. xoxo Su

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  14. When you first mentioned this was a rocking horse I was surprised because it looks so much like a carousel horse, it even has the pole beneath it. but upon closer look the rockers are there. What a treasure. This piece is so lovely. I too have a soft spot for worn pieces. It may be a bit of sentimentality but to me it seems that they were much loved.

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    1. Thank you, Lorri. I agree with your sentiment. There is something sentimental about a lovely worn piece. Have a wonderful week. xoxo Su

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  15. Oh this is beautiful and while quite different in style it instantly transported me back in time to a wooden rocking horse that my grandfather made for my first son when he was two years old ! Then all of the boys enjoyed it as they came along : ) YOUR treasure reminded me of one of mine XO

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    1. Hi, Deb. What a lovely memory to have. Have a wonderful week. xoxo Su

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    1. Thank you, Brenda. Have a wonderful week. xoxo Su

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  17. She's a Beautiful Treasure! Blessings, Cindy xo

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    1. Thank you, Cindy. Have a wonderful week. xoxo Su

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  18. How wonderful that your daughter has already started vintage collections! The rocking horse is a real treasure, and the way you've personalized it to fit your home is stunning!

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    1. Thank you, Vickie. Have a wonderful week. xoxo Su

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  19. That is a beautiful rocking horse. I love the sentiment and the personal story of it, too :)

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    1. Thank you, Julie. It really is so sweet to look at. xoxo Su

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  20. This horse is magical and the laces on it are very romantic
    Hugs
    Alessandra

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    1. Thank you, Alessandra. Have a wonderful weekend. xoox Su

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  21. Hi dear friend !! Que caballo más hermoso !! Es una gran pieza de arte.. Que tenga un buen día
    Cariños

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    1. Gracias, Angelica, and sweetness to you too. Have a wonderful weekend. My reading of Spanish is much better than my written or spoken. xoxo Su

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  22. I love the magic I feel and beauty I see when I read your posts. I enjoy it so much. Thank you!
    xx oo
    Carla

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    1. Thank you, Carla. That is such an endearing compliment. Have a wonderful weekend. xoxo Su

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  23. What a beautiful horse:-) It looks like taken from a fairy tale:-)
    Marvelous:-)

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    1. Thank you, Nitka. I agree. Have a lovely weekend. xoxo Su

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  24. Enchanting, Su. I love the regalia and headband, and the tail is delightful. She really is a beautiful horse. Perfect in your home. xo

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    1. Thank you, Nancy. She really is an enchanting piece. xoox Su

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  26. This is a beautiful piece and your daughter was very inspired to bring it home.

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  27. Pinned, and a new follower. Just beautiful. I'd love you to come and share at my Five Star Frou-Frou linkup. I'd be thrilled to host you. Mimi xxx

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    1. Thank you, Mimi. I followed you as well. You have a pretty site. xoxo Su

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    2. Thankyou Su. And thanks for sharing at Five Star Frou-Frou this week. Hope to see you again on Friday! Love, Mimi xxx

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  28. Such a beautiful rocking horse and she looks so regal. I can see why your daughter wanted her - she is stunning.

    Thanks so much for sharing this with us. Sorry to be so tardy in commenting, but I am way behind on my posts.

    Have a wonderful week ahead.
    Mary

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    1. Thank you, Mary. That's okay. I empathize. xoxo Su

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  29. What a treasure this little rocking horse is! It is so special that your daughter bought it herself, too. I love her beautiful ribbon garland - she is truly magical. Hugs xo Karen

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  30. Your Daughter gave this rocking horse a beautiful chance at life right there in a window where it can shine.

    Beautiful horse.

    Xx
    Dore

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    1. Thank you, Dore. She has lovely taste. xoxo Su

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  31. Wow! the rocking horse is absolutely stunning!!

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  32. Such a beautiful piece to have in your home Su and I too love that tail.
    Thank you for sharing this fabulous rocking horse at Shabbilicious Friday. I'm delighted to be featuring it at tomorrow's party.
    Have a great week. Hugs ~ Kerryanne

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    1. Thank you, Kerryanne, for the wonderful feature and all that you do. xoxo Su

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  33. Su, I loved your horse so much I've featured this post at Five Star Frou-Frou this week. Thanks for linking! Mimi xxx

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    1. Thank you so much, Mimi. I just saw this. So sweet of you . xoxo Su

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  34. Su, the horse is just beautiful! I think it is the colors that are so whimsical and romantic. I am visiting from Five Star Frou Frou :)

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    1. Thank you so much, Jes. I agree. I think it is the soft faded colors that make it special. xoox Su

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  35. Wow I love your daughters pretty horse! You both decorated her so nice.
    Hope you have a nice weekend.
    Julie

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    1. I just saw this. Thank you so much, Julie. I hope you are having a nice weekend.

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  36. Gosh what an amazing-looking rocking horse! Yet another beautiful and whimsical addition to your home! I love it! xoxo Jen

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