Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Friday, November 26, 2010
gifts that you just stood in line for or even roughed-it by camping out in parking lots to get this year's "Toy of the Season."
Click here for a quick refresher course in wrapping before you start.
Friday, November 19, 2010
Jen has become my favorite equine artist, and across the miles, a good friend. I share with my bloggers just a sampling of her draft horse ornaments, but her website has other breeds and animals to choose from.
These ornaments are reproductions of her original artwork over the years, and I am fortunate enough to say that this Shire ornament (above) is from an original piece that I own and is featured in my home, front and center, especially during the holidays. Jen modeled this work from my mare, Misty, and I love it.
Her artwork also appears on tee-shirts and sweats, mousepads, mugs, totes, water bottles, and NEW for this year, Christmas Stockings!
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Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Saturday, November 13, 2010
Normally, St. James has a sword in his hand when he is depicted in art, but Dali chose to have him raise up Jesus on the cross. The heavenly arches are a direct representation of the 13th century Church of the Jacobins in Toulouse, France, where missionaries would stop over on their way to Santiago. Note that there are 11 scallop shells in the arches, with one more on the breastplate of the horse, symbolizing the 12 Apostles. There are angels above and behind St. James and Jesus with two angels capturing the horse's attention. If you look closely, you'll see identical angels within the horse's neck.
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
As mentioned in my previous blog entry, Halloween II was last year's addition to Covington's claim to fame.
Once again, Covington strikes again, and has been the home for the film crew of The Vampire Diaries for many, many months. They evolve the town into Mystic Falls, the setting for the Diaries. The photo above is a shot from a scene for tomorrow night's show where First Draught Farm's good friend, Stephanie (President of Georgia Ladies Aside) became involved in the show. This week's episode, Katerina, is all about Katherine's big flashback to her late 15th century Bulgarian origin.
Stephanie's awesome and trusty horse, Romeo, nailed a part in the show.
Here he is during filming in front of the Cottage. . .
and is seen here with his stunt rider, Mary, who aced his scenes all in one take.
Romeo travels all over here in the east, and loves his job being ridden sidesaddle in great venues such as the Kentucky Horse Park and Inaugural Parades in Washington, D.C. exhibiting Stephanie's grace and ease in riding aside.
She makes it look so easy at the Kentucky Horse Park demonstration. . . .
And looks absolutely stunningly FROZEN at the 2009 Inaugural where she joined
the Southern Ohio Ladies Aside troupe. . .
Steph & Romey both participated in the Be the Boss of You Breast Cancer Ride last month. Stephanie makes some of her costumes, or "habits" and whipped up this cool Cammy number just for the Boss Ride on October 2nd.
So if you are hooked on the Diaries, keep your eyes peeled tomorrow night (Thurs) for sweet Romeo, another fantastic horse down here in the southeast. You can visit Stephanie's website in the right column - just look for Georgia Ladies Aside, and see even more ladies with amazing talent.