I have deduced that my adult fascination with beautiful hand made toys - specifically any toys having to do with horses, has to do with the fact that my parents tried so hard to sway me away from my passion for them when I was a child. I use the excuse that my Grandchildren play with them.. but I guarantee you that I have as much fun, laying down on the floor on my stomach playing make-believe, as they do!
I had the chance to purchase this amazing toy barn at an auction over a year ago. I bid on it until it was mine and am happy to report that although not a steal, it was a good deal.
My heart skipped a beat when I saw this antique German toy stall. Oh how magnificent. Sadly, this treasure went for more than the above barn.. but would it not be so much fun to try and make something like this!!!
On a more 'normal' front, here is your typical Barbie sidesaddle horse.. but who would not want one!
..this one is much nicer than the above. It is made of leather and is more detailed.
...and here is a donkey outfitted with not just any sidesaddle.. but one with a rail! This may be more of a collectible than a toy though. Not sure even my make-believe self would want to jump aboard this guy.. look at his freaky eye!
Okay my fellow children (in heart) .. this will be continued tomorrow ..