Now, for the fun part. As a Christmas gift, I found a jewelry company online and had similar dog tag necklaces designed for Paint Girl and my mom! I had them choose from a list of short horsey quotes, but didn't tell them why. They chose To Ride a Horse is to Ride the Sky, and Horses Lend us the Wings We Lack. I had their quote engraved on the front and their horse's names on the back. So now we have matching dog tags necklaces. Another great western way to wear them is to take the tag off the bead ball chain and string it onto a piece of leather. I actually just used an extra saddle string!
Paint Girl got me a personalized gift for the holiday. She printed out all of her favorite photos of me and My Boy in black and white, then framed them together. I have thousands of pictures of my horse online, but very few are actually in frames! It was a really special gift!
My other fabulous gift, this one from my parents, was a western style cowgirl purse. Over Thanksgiving my cousin and I were shopping and I saw this purse on sale (we are a bargain shopping family, let me tell you) and I said I liked it and tried it on. But it wasn't marked down quite enough for me to splurge. My mom was Christmas shopping with my aunt and cousin a few weeks later and must have gotten the hint from my cousin that I liked it! Paint Girl got a similar styled purse, too. Now we will be matching bling bling cowgirl sisters!
I just love the hobo style. It has leopard print hide on one side, brown leather on the other, faux crocodile trim, and many, many amber-colored crystals on the belt-like shoulder strap.