A Horse Tale

by Chris on February 27, 2012

Believe me. The wit behind that title is ridiculous.

Sooooo months ago, I found a print (half off at Hobby Lobby) that was perfect for our guest bedroom. It was “the one”. I’m not a fan of artwork behind glass, so I needed to make some adjustments to a frame I already had for it. Like any other blogger, I started taking pictures. I thought, “Oh. I can show my readers how I used a mat and frame I already had. Cool.


Look at that. A nice “before” picture, some great detail shots to talk you through the process…it was gonna be great.

artwork   artwork

trimming artwork

Why do I show you these pictures in past tense, you ask? Let me fast forward a couple of months and walk you through a conversation I had with my family the other day—the day I was going to finish the project and post about it.

Me: “Hey, I’m looking all over for a horse print. It’s not in the guestroom. Where is it, guys?”

Family: {cricket….cricket….}

Me: “Hello??? I can’t find that print I need. It’s of a horse. Who moved it?”

Husband: “Como?” (This was the moment I knew divorce was in our future.)

Daughter: “Mom, I told Dad not to do it! I told him not to throw it away!”

For the next few moments I unleashed my wrath of fury on my husband as he tried to explain that “we’re not horse people” and it was “in his way”. I don’t know. Everything went blank after that.


And then I went shopping. I’ve spoken of my passionate and undying love for HomeGoods before. While I don’t have one near me, there can be no doubt as to why I love them so much.

horse on canvas

When I saw him (yes, it’s a him), I literally gasped and startled the woman next to me.

canvas horse

He’s not in his permanent home just yet (thanks to a closet project that haunts me), but he’s here. In my home. Where he belongs. Apparently, dear husband…we are horse people. Viva la horse!

horse on canvas



Rosie February 27, 2012 at 7:37 am

No he didn’t. My husband has learned over the years not to do things like that (fortunately for him). Love the new horse print.

Chris February 27, 2012 at 5:32 pm

Yup. Yes he did, Rosie. :) But he won’t ever do it again!

marie February 27, 2012 at 7:39 am

my husband has finally learned not mess with ANYTHING. if we aren’t horse people, i’ll be the one to decide that. LOVE the horse print, btw. .maybe he did you a huge favor and you ended up with the better steed in the end?

Kelsey February 27, 2012 at 7:50 am

Not gonna lie, we are NOT horse people either.
infact we make fun of one of our best friends for all his horse prints.
But this horse print I actually LOVE LOVE LOVE
I love the colours, the size EVERYTHING
It compliments the accents on your table perfectly!
Great find :)

Chris February 27, 2012 at 5:29 pm

Exactly, Kelsey! Why do we have to be horse people for me to have it in the house? Believe me…he got an earful. :)

Judy February 27, 2012 at 7:56 am

That’s a great story. My husband knows I would flip out if he threw anything out. He’s learned the hard way as well. Lol

Jill Flory February 27, 2012 at 8:17 am

Oh.MY.Word. What do men think? Or I guess they really DON’T think! haha! My husband knows too he’d better NOT throw anything away without checking with me FIRST! And I bet yours does too now!!! LOL! But hey, at least you found one that is every bit as neat if not better!!!

Susie February 27, 2012 at 8:28 am

I love it!!!! I want it!!! It would be perfect for the kid’s family room in the basement.

We weren’t horse people either until my daughter started riding and competing. And then we bought a pony eight years ago and became horse people (not by our choice…LOL). We have a few small horse things in our home.

Kim @ Plumberry Pie February 27, 2012 at 9:02 am

I love that backstory. I know that each and every one of us can relate:). What a great find!

melissa*320 sycamore February 27, 2012 at 9:17 am

Oh, I needed this post on a Monday morning! Loved the story (como??) and I think he’s gorgeous. (the horse!)

Chris February 27, 2012 at 5:28 pm

Yes, Melissa. As soon as my husband answers in Spanish, I know it’s gonna be bad. :)

Alicia February 28, 2012 at 10:33 pm

I’m laughing out loud over here! When I want answers from hubby (and he knows he could be in trouble), I hear “no habla”! LOVE that horse, by the way. Does he realize his action resulted in you spending more money at Home Goods to replace said horse? What a great story!

Jessica @ Decor Adventures February 27, 2012 at 10:48 am

I’m a horse person. I have all these pins of wild horses and I swear I’m goign to have 1 (or many!) in my house soon.

The one you found is lovely, the colors are perfect. Tell your hubs horses are the thing!

Chris February 27, 2012 at 5:27 pm

I tried, Jessica. It didn’t work. :) I’m not too worried about it. Who knows what our house would look like if he decorated it!

nicoleigh February 27, 2012 at 2:31 pm

Well, the print you have now is amazing! I would love to have that in my home. A ‘mistake’, turned beautiful. :)

Chris February 27, 2012 at 5:26 pm

Yes…I will admit. It was a good mistake. But I won’t be telling him that! :)

Laree @ Ever Heard of Euless February 27, 2012 at 4:11 pm


Thank you for helping me to remember I’m not the only one married to someone who just plain doesn’t get my fabulous decorating!

Chris February 27, 2012 at 5:26 pm

Ha! Exactly, Laree. What do they know? ;)

Courtney {a thoughtful place} February 27, 2012 at 5:05 pm

“Apparently we are horse people!” That is hilarious. I LOVE that and would have scooped that up as well!

Mimi February 27, 2012 at 10:54 pm

Ok so I just had to click over from my google reader and tell you that you are hysterical! “Apparently, dear husband…we are horse people. Viva la horse!” that was my favorite part! Love it! (p.s. I know the commenter before me said that was hilarious also but I still had to tell you!)

Chris February 27, 2012 at 11:31 pm

And I LOVE that you told me! A Reader certainly cuts down on comments, so I appreciate anytime someone is willing to click over. THANK you for telling me that! It makes me laugh too! :)

Katherine @ Grass Stains February 28, 2012 at 11:55 am

OH NO HE DID’N! I can’t believe it! So glad you were able to find the replacement … and what were the odds of that?? Crazy luck. :)

Erin @ How to Nest for Less February 28, 2012 at 3:54 pm

Haha!!! Love how the kiddos can’t even cover for your hubby :) Lesson learned Im sure… well, at least for now. Not a huge fan of horses either, but LOVE what yours stands for!

Nancy February 28, 2012 at 3:57 pm

Home Goods saves the day again! We are horse lovers here ( and owners..well, they own US ) and I can totally relate to your disappointment.But so glad you found a giant horse canvas- I saw it there and almost bought it, too. Love it!

Lisa February 28, 2012 at 4:00 pm

I love the horse print! It would be perfect for my house. I am a horse person. I see a trip to Home Goods in my future!

Leanne February 28, 2012 at 4:30 pm

I am not a “horse person” but I love that picture. That picture makes me want to be a horse person. Heck, if that was a picture of a crab fish in the colors and strokes I would totally convert to a “crab fish person”. Picture. Rocks. (oh husbands. *shakes head sadly)

Leanne February 28, 2012 at 4:32 pm

(I just realized I wrote crab fish. I am pretty sure crab fish isn’t a real thing. That is how awesome your picture is. It just invented a new species.)

Chris February 28, 2012 at 6:08 pm

This made me laugh out loud, Leanne! Thank you for that! :)

Stephanie@cre8tive February 28, 2012 at 9:52 pm

Lucky for him you found a better one! I bet he says he is a horse person now! Oh the joys of being married…takes awhile to get them trained but he will get it. Great story! At least you got to go shopping because of it :) Love, love the horse painting, the colors are so beautiful!

Janet February 29, 2012 at 4:14 pm

Don’t hold me to it but I heard a rumor today that…wait for it..Home Goods is coming to Center Pointe Mall??!!?? In the old Klingman’s space. It could just be a cruel, vicious rumor, but a girl can dream right??? Love the story!

Chris February 29, 2012 at 7:15 pm

Oh, Janet. That would be a cruel, creul joke. :) I’ve heard a rumor before, but never a specific location. That gets my heart fluttering! I SO hope that’s true. Thank you!

Christine August 19, 2012 at 11:22 am

I had to mail this to my girlfriends! I also have a hubby that has learned the hard way! His grandmother sent me a box of her OWN vintage wedding and valentine cards. My intent was to mod podge them onto a keepsake box. Unfortunately, for him and myself, I got a “como?” Let’s just say it was his “learning experience.” A HARD ONE! ;)

Chris August 20, 2012 at 2:56 pm

I love it, Christine! We are definitely not alone in this, are we? Men. :)

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