Friday, November 11, 2011

Needle Little Christmas


Hello, Dear Ones! I'm joining How Sweet the Sound for Pink Saturday. Thank you, Beverly, for hosting!

Now as I've been recooping from my illness, I just couldn't sit and rest so I managed to pick up my crochet hooks and yarn and go to town! :) I'm so talented like that! :)

Christmas is around the corner so I thought I would crochet some little things for my little grand daughter, Carter!

The Christmas Pony! Isn't she sweet?

I sure hope little Carter will enjoy her pony.

Just look at that face!

She is a very relaxed pony, too!

Really a button or little animal eye would be used but I didn't want to risk
Carter pulling a button off and poking it down her little throat,
so...being the most talented creative one that I am ~
I just crocheted a circle for the pony's eye.
That'll work, won't it?
I thought green eyes would work well with a magical pony.

Look at that mane! Gorgeous!

Chest and neck area ~ no plastic surgery needed!

Long lanky legs, yellow hoofs and a glorious bushy tail!

Here she is again and I did enjoy crocheting her.
I got the pattern from allfreecrafts.com and here it is if you'd like to make your own magical pony.






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How to Crochet a Horse or Unicorn Toy



contributed by Grandmas Hookery


Here's a great free crochet pattern that shows how to make a crocheted horse or unicorn - either is sure to be popular with the younger horsey set in your family!

Horse or Unicorn Crochet Pattern


Materials List:
  • Knitting worsted weight yarn
  • 8 oz. main color, MC
  • 7 oz. of contrasting color, CC
  • Quilting thread
  • 4 (1/2") flat buttons
  • crochet hook size G
  • Tapesty needle
  • Stitch Markers
  • Fiberfill
  • 6x6" piece of cardboard
  • 2 (5/8") half-round shank black buttons OR 2 (15mm) Wiggley Eyes
  • Copyright 2005 Allfreecrafts.com
    Do not reprint or copy except for personal use. Please see our Terms of Service for more information.

    Crocheted Horse or Unicorn Pattern


    Instructions:
    HORSE and UNICORN:

    Legs: Make 4

    Do not join rounds. Mark the first stitch of each
    round (a safety pin makes a good marker).
    With Leg Color
    Rnd 1: Ch 2, 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook (6sc)
    Rnd 2: 2 sc in ea sc around. (12 sc)
    Rnd 3: Repeat Rnd 2. (24 sc)
    Rnd 4: (sc in next 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc) 4 times, sc in each of next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc.. (29
    sc)
    Rnd 5: (sc in next 5 sc, 2 sc in next sc) 4 times, sc in each of next 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc. (34
    sc)
    Rnd 6: Working in Back Loops, for this round only, sc in each st around.
    Rnd 7: Sc in ea sc around.
    Rnd 8: Repeat Round 7.
    Rnd 9: (sc in next 7 sc, sc dec over next 2 sc) 3 times, sc in each of next 5 sc,
    sc dec over next 2 sc. (30sc) Rnd 10: Repeat Rnd 7
    Rnds 11: (Sc in each of next 5 sc, sc dec over next 2 sc) 4 times,
    sc in each of next 2 sc (26 sc)
    Rnds 12-14: Repeat Rnd 7. At end of Rnd 14, fasten off.
    Rnd 15: With Main Color, join, and sc in each sc aroundsc in ea sc around. (52 sc)
    Rnds 16 & 17: Repeat Rnd7.
    Rnd 18: Sc in each of next 5 sc, (sc dec over next 2 sc, sc in each of next 5 sc) 3 times (19sc)
    Rnds 19-27: Repeat Rnd 7.
    Rnds 28: (Sc in each of next 4 sc, sc dec over next 2sc) 3 times, sc in each of next 3sc, sc dec over next 2sc. (19sc)
    Rnd 29: Repeat Rnd 7
    Rnd 30: (Sc in each of next 3 sc, dec 1 sc over next 2 sc) 3 times, sc in each of next 4sc (16 sc)
    Rnd 31: Repeat Rnd 7.
    Stuff bottom of hoof area of leg firmly and remaining leg lightly.
    Rnd 32: (Sc in each of next 3 sc, sc dec over next 2 sc) 3 times, sc in next sc. (13 sc)
    Rnd 33: Repeat Rnd 7
    Rnd 34: Sc in ech of next 2sc, sc dec over next 2sc, (sc in next sc, sc dec over next 2sc) 3 times (9sc)
    Rnd 35: (Sc in next sc, sc dec over next 2 sc) 3 times, sl st in next st, leaving a length of yarn, fasten off (6sc)
    With remaining length, sew opening closed
    Weave in end.

    Head:

    Rnds 1 - 5: With MC repeat rnds 1 - 5 of leg.
    Rnds 6: Sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc, (sc in each of next 7 sc, 2 sc n next sc) 4 times (39sc)
    Rnd 7: Sc in each sc around
    Rnds 8 -9: Repeat Rnd 7
    Rnd 10: Sc in each of next 2sc, 2 sc in next sc, (sc in each of next 8 sc, 2 sc in next sc) 4 times. (44sc)
    Rnds 11-25: Repeat Rnd 7.
    Rnd 26: Sc in each of next 2 sc, (sc in each of next 4 sc, sc dec over next 2 sc) 7 times (37sc)
    Rnd 27: Sc in next sc, (sc in each of next 2 sc, sc dec over next 2 sc) 9 times. (28sc)
    Rnd 28: Sc in next sc, (sc in next sc, sc dec over next 2 sc) 9 times (19sc)
    Stuff head with fiberfill.
    Rnd 29: Sc in next sc, (sc dec over next 2 sc) 9 times, sl st in next st, leaving a length of yarn, fasten off.
    With remaining length, sew opening closed

    Ears Back: Make 2

    Row 1: With MC ch 7, sc in 2nd chain from hook, sc in each rem ch across.(6sc) turn.
    Row 2: Ch 1, sc in each sc across, turn.
    Row 3: Ch 1, sc in each of next 5 sc, turn.
    Row 4: Ch 1, sc in each of next 4 sc, turn.
    Row 5: Ch 1, sc in each of next 3 sc, turn.
    Row 6: Ch 1, sc in each of next 2 sc, do not turn.
    Row 7: Sc evenly sp around outer edge, working 3 sc in each of the bottom corners of ear, sl st in next sc, leaving a length of yarn, fasten off.
    Ears Front: Make 2

    Rows 1-6: With CC repeat rows 1-6 of ear back. At end of Row 6, fasten off.

    Body:

    Rnds 1-5: With MC repeat Rnds 1-5 of leg. (34sc)
    Rnd 6: (Sc in each fo next 5 sc, 2 sc in next sc) 5 times, sc in each of next 3 sc,
    2 sc in next sc. (40sc)
    Rnd 7: Sc in each of next 5 sc, (2sc in next sc, sc in each fo next 4 sc) 7 times. (47sc)
    Rnd 8: Sc in each sc around.
    Rnds 9-17: Repeat Rnd 8.
    Rnd 18: Sc in each of next 2 sc, (sc in each fo next 7 sc, sc dec over next 2 sc) 5 times.
    Rnd 19: Sc in each of next 2 sc, (sc in each of next 6 sc, sc dec over next 2 sc) 5 times. (37 sc)
    Rnds 20-29: Repeat Rnd 8.
    Rnd 30: Sc in next sc, (sc in each of next 2sc, sc dec over next 2 sc) 9 times. (28 sc)
    Rnds 31 & 32: Repeat Rnd 8.
    Stuff body with fiberfill.
    Rnd 33: (Sc in each of next 2sc, sc dec over next 2 sc) 7 times. (21sc)
    Rnd 34: (Sc in next sc, sc dec over next 2 sc) 7 times. (14 sc)
    Rnd 35: Sc dec over next 2 sc, (sc in each of next 2 sc, sc dec over next 2 sc ) 3 times, sl st n next st. leaving a length of yarn, fasten off.
    With remaining length, sew opening closed.

    Neck:

    Rnd 1: With MC ch 42, using care not to twist chain, sl st to join in beg ch to form a ring, sc in each ch around. (42sc)
    Rnd 2: Sc in each sc around.
    Rnds 3-6: Repeat Rnd 2
    Rnd 7: (Sc in each of next 5 sc, sc dec over next 2 sc) 6times. (36sc)
    Rnd 8: Repeat Rnd 2.
    Rnd 9: Sc in next sc, (sc in each of next 5 sc, sc dec over next 2 sc) 5 times. (31 sc)
    Rnd 10: Repeat Rnd 2
    Rnd 11: Sc in next sc, (sc in each of next 4 sc, sc dec over next 2 sc) 5 times. ( 26sc)
    Rnds 12 & 13: Repeat Rnd 2.
    Rnd 14: Sc in each of next 2 sc, ( sc in each of next 2sc, sc dec over next 2 sc) 6 times (20sc)
    Rnd 15: Sc in each of next 2 sc, (sc dec over next 2 sc) 9 times, sl st in next st, leaving a length of yarn. Fasten off.
    Partially fill neck with fiberfill.

    Assembly:

    Ears:

    Line up bottom edges of ear back and front, with front centered on back. With a length of MC st around both pieces. Leaving a 5 sts on head between ears, position ear between Rnds 22 and 23 of head and sew in place.

    Eyes:

    Thread long tapestry needle with double length of quilting thread. Working over Rnd 17 at each side of head, sew black shank buttons with several sts through the stuffing of head indenting slightly, know to secure, weave thread end into head.
    If using wiggly eyes, glue eyes in place using picture as placement guide.

    Nose:

    Thread long tapestry needle with length of MC. Working through both sides of head at Rnd 7, sew from side to side several sts indenting slightly, knot to secure, weave yarn into head.
    With yarn needle and length of MC using photo as guide, position head on neck, adding more stuffing as needed to fill any voids, pin in place until desired position is reached. Sew head to neck.
    Position neck on body at a slight angle so the head is upright, add stuffing in neck area as needed, pin into place until desired position, then sew in place.
    For hind legs, thread double long length of quilting thread, make a knot that will not pass through crocheted sections. Insert needle through the 10th Rnd from back of body, (insert the needle through approx. Rnd 32 of leg, holding a button in place at Rnd 32, insert needle back through button, leg, body and out opposite side of body) twice, pull gently to indent. Continue to pass the needle back and through legs and body from button to button secure legs, knot to secure, weave remaining length into body.
    For front legs, repeat the same as hind legs, securing front legs at junction of base of neck and body.

    Mane & Forelock

    Thread needle with long length of CC. Beg at top of head between ears, draw yarn through until there is about a 4 inch length of yarn remaining, then take a short tight st near the first loop st. (Work another 4 inch lp st, then a short tight st near the first loop st) repeat this process between ears, making 2 or 3 rows of loops and short sts from the back of neck near the ears to near the back of neck.

    Tail

    Working with CC cut a 10 inch length and set aside. Wrap CC around cardboard 35 times, pass the 10 inch piece under center top, knot ends to secure, remove from cardboard. Attach tail to center back of body.

    Decorative Leg Buttons

    Rnd 1: With CC, ch 2, 6 sc in 2nd chain from hook. (6 sc)
    Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc around, sl st in next st, leaving a length of yarn. Fasten off
    With remaining length of yarn, sew crocheted button cover over button that attached leg to body.

    FOR UNICORN ONLY: UNICORN HORN

    Rnd 1: With white, ch 2, 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook. (6 sc)
    Rnd 2: (Sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc) 3 times. (9 sc)
    Rnds 3-9: Sc in each sc around. At the end of Rnd 9, sl st in next st, leaving a length of yarn. Fasten off.
    Stuff horn with fiberfill and sew to center front of head above eyes.
    Weave in any ends.

    Be a bunch of sweeties,
    Shelia ;)

    I'll leave you with a little Note Song~

    Watercolour Ponies


    There are watercolour ponies
    On my refrigerator door
    And the shape of something I don't really recognize
    Brushed with careful little fingers
    And put proudly on display
    A reminded to us all of how time flies
    Seems an endless mound of laundry
    And a stairway laced with toys
    Gives a blow by blow reminder of the war
    That we fight for their well-being
    For their greater understanding
    To impart a holy reverence for the Lord
    Chorus
    But baby, what will we do
    When it comes back to me and you
    They look a little less like little boys every day
    Oh the pleasure of watchin' the children growin'
    Is mixed with a bitter cup
    Of knowin' the watercolour ponies
    Will one day ride away
    And the vision can get so narrow
    As you view thru your tiny world
    And little victories can go by with no applause
    But in the greater evaluation
    As they fly from your nest of love
    May they mount up with wings as eagles for His cause
    ~ sung by Wayne Watson





    53 comments:

    1. Adorable! And the crocheted eyes are JUST the perfect finishing touch. A button would have spoilt the whole effect. This little pony is going to be a big hit.

      Happy Pink Saturday from the UK!

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    2. Oh my goodness, Sheila, that is one handsome little pony! I'm sure Carter will love it. I love it! And I'm sure my little granddaughter Jenna-Lynn would love it too. {She's eleven months old}. Carter has a very talented and thoughtful grandma! Happy Pink Saturday and have a delightful weekend.

      Blessings and hugs,
      Sandi

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    3. How precious! I'm not sure I can follow instructions well enough to make one but it sure is cute...and magical! I bought a bunny at the thrift store today that looks like it would go with your pony! ♥

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    4. She is just the sweetest pony ever!
      Carter is going to love her to death!
      She so colorful, soft and pretty!
      You did a wonderful job, Shelia!
      Glad you're feeling better!

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    5. Carter will just love this very sweet gift made with such love from her grammy! Love the softness and the color. Very nice, Sheila!

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    6. Shelia, Carter is one lucky little girl to have a Grammy who is so talented. She will love the cute pony! I hope you feel much better.---------Shannon

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    7. Miss Sheila....I LOVE LOVE LOVE IT! I'm sooo going to pass this along to my Momma. I don't crochet (can't get the hang of it!) and I don't knit either...but my mom can and she is going to flip out over this!

      Thank you girl~xoRebecca

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    8. That's about the cutest little diddle daddy I have seen this week. Love it. Great job. Richard from My Old Historic House.

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    9. What a sweet little pony. And speaking of music, we just moved my MIL's piano over to our house and my daughter is really enjoying learning to play it. I figured she was too old to be interested but she loves music.

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    10. I wish I could do that. Simply adorable. Grandbaby will love it!

      HPS

      LL

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    11. I know this is the cutest little pony I've ever seen. You are so good at this, Shelia...and I am sure Carter will just love it forever.

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    12. So adorable, what a precious gift for your little granddaughter.

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    13. OH!!!! What a little sweet beautiful pony!

      Happy Pink Saturday!
      Big Hugs
      Charo

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    14. That is the sweetest little pony and I'm sure Miss Carter will love it. You are so talented with your needles! I hope you have a great weekend and feel better fast! Hugs, Pamela

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    15. Aw, what a cute little magic pony! Carter is going to love it!

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    16. That pony is so sweet Shelia. Carter is going to LOVE IT! Martina

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    17. Oh...he is so cute!! He reminds me of the little pony my daughter carried around with her when she was little. It was made of baby blanket fabric with the satin trim. It became dog earred but I saved it. Carter will always treasure this!!

      XO,
      Jane

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    18. What an adorable pony! It will be a perfect gift for Carter.

      If you decide to add the mesh to your tree it's really easy. I know there are probably several ways to do it. I just scrunch it and wrap a tree branch around it to secure it. Fluff out the mesh, scrunch and wrap again...repeat all around the tree. Ok, that probably didn't make sense. I will try to do a tutorial when I redecorate the tree with the green mesh next week.

      Thanks for your nice comments on my decorating! Kristen

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    19. Oh, this pony is so adorable. What a sweet Christmas present for a little girl.

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    20. I love it and she will love it...make sure to whinny like a pony when you give it to her! I think is is most dear, just like it's creator! ;D

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    21. Happy Pink Saturday Sheila Sweetie...
      What a gorgeous share and I simply adore this pastel colored pony of love. Carter is going to LOVE this pony. Lots of lovin going to happen at the site of this pony when it gets opened for the holidays. I love it. A precious pattern. Can't wait to see the pictures when Pony gets opened for Christmas.

      Happy Pink Saturday sweetie. Have a beautiful weekend. Country hugs and much love, Sherry

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    22. That is so sweet! Happy Pink Saturday! ~Diane

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    23. your pony is the best! if i were a little girl and had that pony i'd never put it down! happy pink saturday and i'm so glad you are feeling better. xo

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    24. I love him. He needs me.
      That is all.

      xoxo
      Andie

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    25. HAPPY PINK SATURDAY!!!!!!!
      Thankful for a warm house and cups of coffee...children running and laughing through this house..pray you are having a good day!
      This is really cute

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    26. HAPPY PINK SATURDAY!!!!!!!
      Thankful for a warm house and cups of coffee...children running and laughing through this house..pray you are having a good day!
      This is really cute

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    27. How sweet, Shelia. I know she will love it. My goodness, that looks complicated. I wonder who was able to figure out how to do all that. :)

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    28. how adorable, my MIL would love to do that for her new great grands!

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    29. Precious, precious! I just love his lanky shape, colors, and cute green eye! I'm sure Carter will cherish this little guy for years to come! :)

      Thanks for the reference to that site! My MIL knits, and is always on the lookout for new patterns! Going to call her right now and tell her about it!

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    30. She will just love it! It's so sweet. you're lucky to be able to make homemade items like that. That takes time and patience and good knitting skills.

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    31. Oh this little pony is absolutely ADORABLE, Shelia, and thanks for sharing the pattern!!! Carter will LOVE it, I'm sure!.. I thought the song was sweet too. I've never heard of this one before.. Hope you and yours are enjoying the weekend! ~tina

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    32. Awwwww, Shelia, Your pony is the cutest little toy ever. You ARE talented my dear friend. I mean it from my heart. I have to say the instruction are 'Greek' to me. HA! Baby Carter will love it all of her life because her grandma made it for her.

      I do hope you are feeling better Shelia. If you need a big smile, come over to see my pink today.

      Love, Jeanne

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    33. Oh Shelia..she is the sweetest little pony I have ever seen..so soft looking for baby Carter!! They eyes are PERFECT!
      I have not crocheted in years and years. And..YES..you are so good at that..not to mention everything else. Piano, crochet, decorating, tablescapes..cooking..and certainly traveling! :) You are just a little whirlwind of activity even when you are not up to par! DO take care..ok??
      Much love,
      Mona

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    34. It it soo Cute! Your little pony is going to be a hit! You are good! Thanks for sharing,JoAnn

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    35. Great job Sheila, you talented creature you!
      She will love her snuggly little pony from grandma!
      Hugs,
      Cindy

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    36. Oh, Shelia, you have amazing crochet talents. The pony is just adorable, & I'm sure she will become a real treasure to your precious little Carter.
      CAS

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    37. Absolutely adorable! Shelia I haven't crocheted in years.. maybe if things slow down a bit I'll take it up again... Thank you so much for your sweet comment about the shop, it means the world.. hugs ~lynne~

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    38. Oh Shelia, Absolutely beautiful. You talented gal. Your little Carter is going to love this. I have already printed the directions and will try to make one for my grandchild. Thanks you so much for sharing. So cute. . .Hugs, Karie

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    39. Your little magical pony is just darling!!! I know your little Carter will love it.
      Hugs, Cindy

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    40. Yes the crocheted circle will work well its better to be safe then sorry. She will just adore her Christmas Pony. Trish

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    41. Happy Sunday Shelia *hugs*
      I love that pony! Thank you so much for sharing the pattern also. Your little Carter is going to adore that little pony. What a lovely grandmother you are. Now will you give it to her for Christmas or just one of those little special gifts.
      Hope you have a great day
      Judi

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    42. Shelia this is so cute. Cutie pie Carter is going to love it!

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    43. Shelia,
      What an adorable little pony!!! Little Carter isn't going to let that little pony out of her sight! Appears to be the perfect size for squeezing tight! You are a very talented lady, indeed. As I saw the instructions...to me...it was as if I were trying to read a foreign language! Ha!
      Fondly,
      Pat

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    44. I love the color combination of the pony Shelia! The colors are so refreshing and relaxing. And please get well soon.

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    45. This is the sweetest, most adorable pony! And the song, oh it brings tears to my eyes it's so sweet.

      Thank you, sweet Sheila, for sharing at Potpourri Friday!

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    46. Absolutely adorable. I wish I knew how to knit/crochet because if I did I would definitely make this. Thank you for sharing.

      Hugs, LisaKay Belles Roses Romantiques

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    47. The pony and the frog are just adorable, Shelia! What wonderful animals you made for Carter and I'm sure that these will be around for years to come.

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    48. Shelia, I have just scrolled through these recent post, and I can see what a lucky little girl Carter is. This horse and the frog are just as cute as can be, and will be so much more special because of the love that went into making them. I also loved the photo of Chloe Dawn in the shadows. Sorry you haven't been feeling well. Hope you are back to normal very soon. laurie

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    49. Hi Shelia!
      I saw your pony featured over at Honey's and thought it was the cutest darn thing ever! I know your little Carter is going to love it! Girlfriend are you ever talented! Is there anything you can't do? *winks* And I hope you're feeling better now. Vanna

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    50. Given the number of comments, by now you know this little horse is the sweetest thing EVER!! What a precious gift for her. I hope it'll get lots of love, and that it'll show!

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    51. If I was a little girl I would want a pony just like this one!
      ~Adrienne~

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    I'm so pleased you would come to see me and so please leave me a comment and I'll do my very best to respond back to you. Be a sweetie...Shelia :)