I *LOVE* Swedish Dala horses! I think they are so sweet. I had a childhood friend, Kirsten, who was Swedish, and for years now have been friends with my adorable and talented friend Maria, who is also Swedish. I obtained the lovely images above from dalahorse.com, and should you choose to click on their link, you will be pleased to find a brief but interesting overview of the history of dala horses, among other things.
This is going to be MY dala horse. Years ago, in the basement of a funky antiques store in Cayucos California, I found this paper mache horse. At that time it had not been painted so it's coat was newspaper. It cost $8. I brought it home and painted it black, intending to turn it into a dala horse. But it never happened.
So the years have passed, and I've bought and sold a lot of things, but I've refused to let go of my horse. Besides, everyone that sees it thinks it's a big black dog. I can't figure that one out, but whatever... I guess seeing the amazing horse of a different color in my previous post must have stirred something in me - I feel like now is the time for my horse's transformation to finally take place. He's waited long enough.
So the transformation begins! No more big black dog. I want those dala colors to really stand out. This is going to be one pretty dala horse! The horse he deserved to be way back when. Back in the basement of the antiques store in his coat of newspaper.