You can’t visit the province of Dalarna—the heart of Sweden—without some exposure to Dala horses!
While at Sven-Eric’s I took photos of the Dala horses that he’s had since he was a child. I like the old ones for several reasons. I love looking at the different styles of decorative painting, for one.
I don’t mind the worn paint at all. In fact, it makes me happy to think of the hours someone spent playing with this horse. I also love his round tummy!
This little fellow must have had a cart at one time, like the horse in the book Karl’s Wooden Horse.
There was even a pig!
It’s not hard to find Dala horses to buy when you’re in Sweden.
Shops are full of them.
They’re lined up like little armies!
Already have a horse or two? How about a chicken?
Or a Dala horse on skis?
Even though I’ve been many times, it’s always fun to go to the factories. The horses are still hand carved.
Oh, my, that’s a lot of horses waiting for paint!
Seeing them like this makes me think of story lines for a Dala horse thriller. ”Let me out!”
Oh dear. The carnage! Oh wait, that’s just paint.
Ah, this is better. All dipped and ready for decoration.
I love how rapt the expressions are on these kids’ faces.
More horses waiting for a new home.
We bought a special one for our youngest granddaughter, Peyton. This color is a limited edition.
My collection is already, shall we say, “extensive?” So I just bought a couple of novelty things, like this jigsaw puzzle horse.
And this paper one, that was a card that I punched out.
I couldn’t resist these two that I found in an antique shop.
I hope they’ll be happy joining the “herd” I already have!