Wednesday, July 21, 2010

WOYWW 59: Rocking the night away

What's On Your Worktable today? If you're a WOYWWer, I promise to come and visit, now that my company will be gone today and all my art obligations are out of the way. I know I didn't get around to everyone last week even though I tried, but I've had company and had to clean, something I hate to do. So today ONLY, I am the If you don't know what this is all about, go to Julia's blog and find links to people who aren't afraid to show their work spaces, regardless of their conditions.

Today, as WOYW Wendy looks on, I have a postcard from my dear friend Cindy McMath which fits perfectly in the WOYWW easel. I also have my arches bound, but don't have the covers decorated yet. The coffee cup is a stencil I drew on a plastic lid back in April, and finally got it cut out. I will use it one of these days. Last week Maz suggested I put a rocking horse somewhere on my work table, so I made it easy this week.

I was totally blown away by all the people who wanted me to show my rocking horses. Now Julia's husband makes ones that are more fabulous than anything I own. You can see the post here, if you missed it. It must be a British thing, because they are NOT popular in the US, except possibly at Christmas.

The brass horse was the most asked for. It lives in my guest bedroom and it was hard to get a good photo.

Here it is and stands about 2 1/2 feet (0.762 m) tall at the saddle and about 3 1/2 feet (1.0668 m) tall at the ears.

Here is a not much better view.

It lives with a lot of other rocking horses that keep it company.

The one in the main floor bath (do you gals call it the loo?) can also be ridden by a child, but it's not as tall. You can see the seat is not quite the height of the bath tub.

One of my favorites is this stained glass rocking horse in my living room.

There are many more, but I'll let you discover them.

Did you see the one sitting in the basket on the wall in the upper right? How about the one nearly hidden by the mini blinds in the window?



Kate asked if I had made any rocking horses. Well, sort of. I stenciled the rocking horse onto fabric and framed it in the oval hoop. Of course, that was back in the 80s!







Lots in this photo on both the enamel surface and the top of the cabinet.

And these glass candle holders aren't much easier to see in this view.

Here are but two in my kitchen and yes, that's one on the second shelf.

Key holder looks a bit crooked, but it's my poor photography skills. And yes, I have tons more, but you have many places to visit, so the other 425 or so will have to wait.

I mentioned earlier that I've been cleaning. I don't love cleaning, but I do love tidy. There's a big difference in my world. If the dust settles on the furniture I'm OK with it until someone puts a hand print in it. But if something is out of place, I go a bit OCD, Maybe a bit of an exaggeration, but sort of anal. All that is leading up to someone who is as tidy as I, and that is Tracy Evans, today's blog pick. Always tidy, well organized, and beautifully photographed desk and projects, it's no wonder Tracy's blog is one of the first I get to visit each Tuesday. Tracy is a design team member for The Stamp Attic, too, so you know she's a stamper. And those stamps are probably some I would have in my arsenal if I were a stamper. She also makes stunning mixed media art, colorful journal pages, and drop dead gorgeous detailed tags. I swoon over her lovely garden, too. Tracy is from Cheshire in the UK. Please pay Tracy a visit today. Neatness really DOES count!

90 thoughtful remarks:

Darcy said...

OMG seriously, your horses are gorgeous. The brass one is just beautiful, I love the one on the dresser on wheels. Thankyou for sharing, I feel all nostalgic now. Will come back later for another look.x

Doone said...

Morning,

Oh I am coming back tonight after work for a long long look, super Blog today, fab photo's (don't put yourself down) I'm as interested in yoru funriture as yoru horses, all so very beautiful, you have a lovely home, and I love your arches by the way,

Dx

bad penny said...

Lovely horses - yes the brass one is very special. I think it IS a British thing - Victorian " nurseries " would always have one.

Over here ..a bathroom contains a bath - where you bathe or shower. A loo is a nickname for toilet - watercloset in the US ? - they were called this origionally & shortened to WC. You still get this on signs in pups etc with an arrow pointing the direction.

Yvonne said...

How can any one not LOVE rocking horses, they are a treasure. I have always loved them, never had one, but would love to get one for my Grandchildren. They are just the most beautiful ""Toys"" I have ever seen, and I would just be in a drean in your home.. the brass one.. just so graceful!

TinaB said...

Oh wow!! The horses are amazing! xx

peggy aplSEEDS said...

oh, that brass horse is amazing! thanks for sharing your collection with us!

Helen said...

Your desk looks great, but your horses are wonderful!

Nikki said...

Wow all of your rocking horses are just stunning that Brass one is just amazing :)
hugs Nikki

Spyder said...

OGM!! (oh goodness me...I won't admit to spelling OMG wrong!) your horse are fabulous and I'm now wondering why I haven';t got any! Great pictures, love the bubblegum machine too! and when you mentioned 'arches being bound' why did I first think of feet?? have a great WOYWW...off to work now
(Lyn)

kath said...

thanks for sharing all your gorgeous rocking horses...hugs kath xxx

Wipso said...

Wow wow wow Thank you so much for sharing your passion. They are really gorgeous. You have a beautiful home.
A x

Sue said...

Hi
wow all your rocking horses are beautiful, lovely house you have, thank you for showing us, fabby pics, tidy is good, dust i can live with! lol, have great day, sue,x

Andrea - Wales, UK said...

What a fantastic snoop in to your collection...Thank you for sharing, they are all amazing!

xx

Cardarian said...

What a lovely post, those rocking chairs are just sooo beautiful! I love your collection it is truly amazing!
Hugs,
Cardarian

Nikki said...

LOL no you didn't miss me last week I had a little heat stroke so avoided my Hot Attic it was a very muggy that week YUCK!!
hugs Nikki

Mandy - Crafty Angel said...

oh my I am in LOVE with your collection! amazing! thanks so much for sharing :)

Tracey said...

oh wow this is a lovely snoop of your house. Its beautiful. You do love rocking horses dont you and what a fantastic collection you have. Thanks for letting me have a good nose round
Tracey

Kate said...

Lovely horses, I think Wendy needs you to sew her one!

** Kate **

Cheryl said...

oh wow love your horses how fab are they really stunning,hugs cheryl xxxxx

Anonymous said...

Love thos horses your house is vvery organized. I guess it follows, though, since you are so togeter.

Julia Dunnit said...

Your rocking horses are beautiful - they fit right in at your place...Iknow it wasn't intended as a house tour - but your home is beautiful. I love your tidy. I like useful and beautiful (apparently my Maiden name of Morris counts for something then!) and my fave today is the napkin holder horse and the key rack horse. More soon, huH!

Liverpool Lou (Anne) said...

Hi Elizabeth, nice to see Wendy putting in an appearance this week ;-) Great post! Can't wait to see the arches completed. Fabulous collection of rocking horses and I did spot the one showing through the blinds. Just to let you know I used a Primula cheese spread tube a couple of days ago to cut out a flower using Tim's Tattered Florals die hehe.
Anne xx

Liverpool Lou (Anne) said...

Oops meant to say the postcard is wonderful :-)
Anne xx

Lothian Crafts said...

Aw I love your rocking horses. The brass one is stunning. The postcard looks really good.
Elaine

Diane said...

Great collection!! I still have the old rocking horse (quite large) that was mine and my brothers and passed on to my kids. It's right by my washer and dryer in the basement. It's been there so long that I forget that it's there.

Yours Artfully said...

Your rocking horse collection is amazing but the brass one definitely gets the crown, it's simply beautiful!

Lin

angeleef said...

What an amazing rocking horse collection!!
** Evi **

craftytrog said...

What an amazing collection! TFS!

Linda Elbourne said...

A lovely horse collection ... my thing is safari animals ... maybe one week I will share X

Bettythebaglady said...

Elizabeth no wonder you have visitors-what a stunning home you have. I would love to stay in your guestroom but I couldn't offer you a guestroom in return as we have a spare bedroom as my workroom, a spare bedroom as a study and the attic bedroom is my DH's workroom so it's a blow up mattress on the floor or nothing! Hugs BettyXXX

Healing Woman said...

Your home is so tastefully and warmly decorated. i especially like the rocking horse key holder. On our desk, the arches look like the makings of a fabulous book. Thanks for posting your personal spaces..beautiful.

Thistleblue said...

Thank you for a fabulous post, i really love all your beautiful rocking horses! they're fantastic and i bet they all have lovely stories! Hope you have a wonderful day
hugs
Michelle
xx

ScrappySuzanne said...

What a superb collection...thank you for sharing with us! The one in the "loo" brought back memories. My very nearly adult teenagers had one of those....and loved it! Thank you for the memory

The Crafty Goat Girl said...

Wow so much to be nosy at today, lol! Love love love your rocking horses, they are beautiful! I have always wanted a wooden horse, so many memories remembered when I saw your photos. Thanks so much for sharing hugs Heidi x

Anneliese said...

WOW ! .. what a fantastic collection of Horses ... LOVE the brass one in the guest room ! Thank you for sharing it with us ..oooh & I really like that arched book your making too :o) x

Cath said...

Can I come and stay please? I love your guest room. You have a lovely home and I love all the horses, I realy enjoyed this post Thank you for the peek.

Cathx

Alix said...

oh my i love your rocking horses! thanks so much for showing them :0)

Cath Wilson said...

Gosh, what a neat and tidy house - not to mention the work desk, lol. It DOES look interesting, though. Love that book and would love to see it when it's completed.

Tracey said...

Fabulous rocking horses, do love the brass one and I'm a semi tidy semi clean kind of girl. LOL.
xx

Dianne said...

enjoyed the tour of rocking horses...really love them & hope to see more! have a great day...

Maz said...

I see the horse on your desk! Go me! Love the brass horse...and the stained glass one is lovely too. I'm guessing this collection has taken a while to amass?! (The reference was Twilight BTW - love it or hate it!) x

scrapcat 1 said...

that's a lot of rocking horses they all look fabulous thanks for the snoop all round your house today.

FlipSyde said...

Elizabeth,
I love your house, and I am moving in. Don't ever be fooled into giving me your address or you'll find Opal and me in the Amy (errr, I mean guest) bedroom.
Amy

mckinkle said...

oh they are adorable! Ive thoroughly enjoyed viewing your lovely collection!

Keryn x

La Dolce Vita said...

wow! that is a large collection, love the brass horse and the guest bedroom, I will be right over and wells go antiquing!!!!

MosaicMagpie said...

Elizabeth,
I live in KY, horse country, and I think you have more horses than we do. I love the little one next to the antique sewing machine.
Debbie

Jane said...

WOW! thats a lot of rocking horses....Love the brass one!!
x

Twiglet said...

Oh what a brilliant blog - you have a fabulous home and those rocking horses are wonderful - thanks for sharing.

Martha's Favorites said...

Hi: What a beautiful home you have. I love all the antiques, just stunning. I want to tell you how much you ministered to me today with your words. It is a lesson that I will continue to get in my heart. You are a dear lady. Thank you so much for caring about me. Blessings, Martha

Ikki said...

Wow, do you have some horses! Love looking round your house, thanks for sharing. ikki

Foil Play said...

What beautiful rocking horses - thanks for sharing!

Esther said...

What amazing photos - you've treated us to a special tour of your lovely home via the rocking horses, enjoyed looking, thanks so much...Estherxx

Carmen said...

Oh your horses are so beautiful. I can see the attraction - is it just rocking horses or do you like carousels too?

That doll on your desk looks VERY interesting.

Ally Pally is a huge craft show twice yearly at Alexandra Palace in London. I am usually on a complete stash ban inbetween shows (April & Sepetember) it works out well because by the time each show comes around I am usually running on empty and have to get VERY creative with my supplies ;) It's also a lovely chance to meet up with other bloggers and put a face and voice to people I already consider friends :P I'm quite lucky in that I only live about an hour and a bit away from London.

Violets Corner said...

Awesome collection of horses! And your workdesk is very interesting, love the doll!

Hugs
Maarit

chrissy xx said...

Your Horses! Wow! They are Fantastic. Oh! and I nearly forgot i had come to see your workdesk! It's different.
Chrissyxx

Kay said...

Elizabeth, your home is beautiful, thank you for sharing it with us, and I love all your rocking horses, they are amazing!
BTW Ally Pally is short for Alexandra Palace, a venue in London where twice a year they have something called the Big Stamping and Scrapbook Show. Being starved of decent shops here in the UK we all flock to the show to see demos and samples and spend, spend, spend.

Penni said...

Wow, I love all of your beautiful rocking horses.

Hugs
Penni
x

Marlynn said...

Good afternoon Girlfriend and Wendy and Bleubeard! It was great clicking on your blog and seeing your rocking horses! Loved your post. Love the headboard of the bed you first showed. Hope you have been healthy and happy while Harley and I were out and about traveling to Boston. Great to be home. Hugs! Marlynn

downrightcrafty said...

thank you for my perfect 10 on the messy scale, wow I love your idea of tidy, which reminds me must dust the TV stand as the dog wagged her tail across it. You just never get time to clean when your a craft a holic. Thanks for sharing your beautiful home with us
Hugs Kate xx

Ann said...

What an interesting post and a beautiful home. I especially love the brass rocking horse. All of the others too!

kayc said...

WOW what a beautiful collection. Your home is so lovely. Kathleen x

Toucan Scraps said...

oooooooooooh I love rocking horses. And thank you for the lovely tour of your beautiful home.

Erin (Homemade Cards by Erin) said...

I'll never win the neat award! Thanks for sharing the pictures of the horses.

Sid said...

Ohh positive equine heaven there !

Jingle said...

Your horses are so neat! I really love that doll on your desk!!!

Tracy Evans said...

Hi there, sorry its so late, only just got back from the Tatton flower show about ten mins ago (half eight uk time). I was so so pleased when you gave me a special mention in your post today, a big THANK YOU, I really appreciate it. Enjoyed my visit to your desk today, WOW WOW you have some amazing rocking horses, I love the small one in the loo. I so love Wendy too, she should make an appearance every Wednesday. Love the arch book and postcard too. I like the fact that you make me feel normal because I am tidy, I love everything to be in its place and a place for everything. You are so tidy and a woman after my own heart. Must be a lot of dusting with all your rocking horses though. Mind you I collect hearts, anything really, jewellery, ornaments, garden products etc etc. Have a lovely evening and thanks once again for making my day. Tracy Evans x x

~*~Patty Szymkowicz said...

Fun fun fun seeing more of your super collection Elizabeth! You have your work cut out for you visiting so many bloggers on Wednesdays!
Good Luck and Stay Cool!
oxo

Wendy said...

Wow lots of Rocking horses, some are really nice and some big.
You asked what was in the little boxes at the back of my desk, Promarkers, a colour in each drawer

Sarpreet said...

Thank you for sharing your workdesk, its fab, i love all those horses.

Kaz said...

Oh wow, that's a lot of rocking horses! So much variety (and a good nosey at your house too)!
The round storage on my desk also comes from Tando-Creative and comes from there direct (there's a link on my blog) but they only sell in the UK at the mo due to the cost of postage x

joey said...

Hiya

fabulous woyww!!! sorry I am so late getting around. I love all of those horses how cute and how vintage I think they are beautiful

Joey.xxx

minnie_mac said...

What an amazing collection. Thanks for the tour.

Marilyn

Handmade with Love said...

I love the look of the book you are making! I also love all of your rocking horses, you have so many! And I really really love your bed, its gorgeous! Have a great week! Tracey x

Alicia.R. said...

I love your furniture, am so envious as I still have one littlie with no respect for anything old and fragile. He would have to ride the rocking horse (his gets a good workout). Your book looks interesting and Wendy looks impressed.

Melinda Cornish said...

I love your guest bedroom...so pretty and the rocking horses are wonderful!

Cindy McMath said...

Elizabeth, I enjoyed seeing all of your horses, and thanks so much for showing my postcard - I feel very special!

Cindy :)

Alisonw30 said...

Love the rocking horses, especially the cute little ones! Have a great week x

itsamistry said...

OMG you have an amazing home thank you for sharing. The rocking horses are just gorgeous my dad made one for my niece very similar to the one in the bathroom.

Sam said...

Love all the rocking horses hun they are just fab! And was that a trestle sewing machine I spied too - I love those old beasts so much nicer looking than new sewing machines. Your table is looking lovely and uncluttered and it's a lovely postcard too. The arch book is gonna be fab too when it's done
Take care now
Sam x

Lynne said...

Your rocking horses are beautiful, your collection is fantastic and your home is gorgeous. Thanks for sharing.

Rachael said...

So many rocking horses!! :)

Sunshine Girl said...

What a fabulous house you have! love the rocking horses! I didnt get a perfect ribbon yesterday so I have caved in and dyed a white ribbon with a distress ink so am a lot happier with the gift now! just need to finish one more off and then will post them on my blog - thanks for comments by the way.

JoZart said...

Love your rocking horses and loved looking round your fab house. Just called back in reply to your question...to tell you that Ally Pally is one of the most popular and biggest stamping/craft shows in England and Ally Pally is a short nickname for Alexander Palace. This was built some time in the late1800s as a recreational, exhibition centre for the people of North London and it is still an exhibition/conference centre to this day. If you want the full story look it up in Wikipedia, but hope that solves the mystery.
Jo

The Paper Princess said...

Well, as you can see, late to post, late to visit - but, here I am, :-) ! Now, the funny thing is - no Legend - no Tsunami - AND no Bluebeard this week! What's up with that! Well, I know what my excuse is (anniversary photos are coming!) - I guess for you, you've been busy (and perhaps Bluebeard is jealous of) all of those AMAZING rocking horses! That is one mighty fine collection you have!

That brass one is a beaut! I like the wall one that holds all of the keys and the one in the photo above it on the shelf too. Oh heck, I love them all! I don't know that I ever had a rocking horse per se as a little girl (always wanted one!) BUT I had a Tony The Pony and he was by far my favorite toy!

Have a great weekend!
Ramona
http://create-with-joy.blogspot.com

Chrissie said...

What a FABULOUS post! I just love your house and that collection of rocking horses is sensational. Sorry about my tardy response, but I've been slightly hors de combat since Wednesday.
I think I'll be spending a little while examining your collection a little more closely!
Thank you!
Chrissie

Piddawinkle said...

wow what a fabulous post, love your horses and that craft shop looks to die for

Heather x said...

Wow Elizabeth, you have such a beautiful collection of horses....never seen a brass one before! I am so glad that I have found the time to pop in for a visit, I have missed this and last weeks woyww and needed to get my fix lol, I have so enjoyed my tour around your beautiful home today :0)
Take care hun :0)
*hugs* Heather x

Hands to Work, Hearts to God said...

Wow! Glad I didn't miss this post! Your rocking horse collection is a SERIOUS one! The one in the guest bedroom is super! But it's hard tpo pick a favorite! Patsy from
HeARTworks

Lisa said...

Thanks for your lovely comment on my blog, apologies for taking my time to get to yours but it looks lots of fun and hey i love the easel Julia sent you too xxx

I could do with a bleubeard on my bed for company whilst i wait for my op and then recuperation!

sending you love

xxx

Minxy said...

wow, that sure is a mighty fine collection you have there, look forward to seeing where the others are hidden in the future