Sunday, August 26, 2012

Doodle Pantry - Saddle Up

Our vacation this year was to the famous Chincoteague Pony Penning Week. We go nearly every summer to Chincoteague to visit my mom and step-dad, but this was the first time we attended Pony Penning Week and all of the festivities. We had a blast, but one story in particular made it a VERY memorable vacation for my 9-year-old daughter. We attended the Pony Show at the Chincoteague Pony Centre as we do every visit, but because it was Pony Penning Week, they had a special guest in the show: Minnow the Painting Pony. Yes, this pony paints his own works of art. During the show, he painted a picture that was auctioned off. My daughter still had about $80 left from the money she had brought (all collected from Daddy's pocket change all year long!) and wanted to bid. The bidding began and she was doing great, but then it got to her "threshold" of how much money she had, and I gave her the signal to stop bidding. This wonderful woman sitting next to me that we had chatted with earlier began bidding all of a sudden. The bid was going higher until she finally announced to everyone, "That little girl is going to get the painting no matter what it takes!" Well, needless to say, she won the painting for my daughter. Kaylie was on top of the world! The kindness of strangers is an amazing thing to witness and affirms that there are LOTS of "good" people in this world.  This card was made to thank Candy K. of Ohio for the generosity and kindness she showed my daughter.

This card uses the Saddle Up set from Doodle Pantry.  The sentiment is also from a Doodle Pantry set, but I don't remember which one!  I used ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon and cardstock from Stampin' Up.  I am also entering this card in the August SFYTT challenge at

Here's a photo of Kaylie, Candy, Minnow the Painting Horse and the masterpiece!


  1. Love the card and love the story even more, what a wonderful stranger she turned out to be and what a 'teaching' moment for your daughter!

  2. Awwww, what a lovely story! Darling pic of you three!! Gorgeous card too, love your coloring and the sketch.


  3. What a wonderful thing that lady did! I'm so happy Kaylie got the painting. And I love the horse card. So pretty!
    sandy's crafty creations

  4. Great story and pic - one happy little girl! And beautiful card. What a great take on the sketch and coloring is beautiful.

  5. OMG! this story almost made me cry with happiness for Kaylie! Being a horse-lover I understand how much Kaylie wanted that painting! What a precious memorable experience! Wonderful pic of Kaylie, Candy, the pony and painting! Awesome thing to scrapbook about! Absolutely LOVE this card! I'm going to have to get that image!

  6. Allison, what a sweet and wonderful story! And just think that Kaylie will always remember one person's kindness! I also love your card, and can't stop chuckling at the name "Minnow", the horse, lol.