Lots of girls love horses, and some very lucky ones get to ride them, but how many little girls get to ride their very own seahorse? Well, I’ll tell you, not very many! Little Esme is a bit unusual as equestriennes go and her seahorse, Ampersand is quite a special fellow as well. Outfitted with a giant mouth funnel so he can blow a parade of bubbles en route, a handy nightlight and custom sea-horn, Ampersand is one top-of-the-line seahorse. Esme has donned her quirky bubble hat and taken hold of Ampersand’s reins and the two of them look forward to a day ambling through the briny deep. If you happen to meet up with them, remember: Ampersand always appreciates a sugar cube or kelp cake dropped into his funnel.

This piece is part of an original seahorse shrine (here: http://www.etsy.com/listing/51236029/seahorse-s...). Here’s the description of the item: This utterly unique 5 1/2” x 3 1/2” x 3/4” (total height with hanger is 8”) shrine is constructed in a hinged tin with thick acrylic “window” looking in upon a handpainted watercolor background and handcut vintage images. It’s accented with handmade paper “sand”, crystal “bubbles”, lovely shell & coral specimens, silvertone brass corners, silver charms and watch gears and a real starfish. Esme the Equestrienne and Ampersand are raised from the background for depth and Ampersand has heavy thread “reins”. Small nail can be hammered through the top hole of hanger. Finished on the back with beautiful art paper and signed.

This original artwork and story are copyright Ramona Szczerba 2010. Copyright to this material is in no way transferable with the sale of this item. The buyer is not entitled to any reproduction rights – neither image nor story can be reproduced without my express written permission. Thanks!

When Ramona Szczerba (a.k.a, Winona Cookie) is not being a psychologist in private practice in San Diego,she enjoys creating whimsical children’s illustrations in watercolor, but also loves working with collage and assemblage. Her artwork and short stories have appeared in several publications including The Steampunk Bible and can be seen at www.winonacookieillustration.com. Originals available – check www.winonacookie.etsy.com for availability.
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  • © Kira Bodensted
    © Kira Bodenstedover 4 years ago

    Fabulous work Winona – I love it :o)

  • Thanks, B!

    – WinonaCookie

  • RobynLee
    RobynLeeover 4 years ago

  • Thanks for the feature, Robyn :-).

    – WinonaCookie

  • © Kira Bodensted
    © Kira Bodenstedover 4 years ago

  • Thanks so much for the feature! :-)

    – WinonaCookie

  • Clare Colins
    Clare Colinsover 4 years ago

    Fabulous work! congratulations

  • Thanks, Clare :-).

    – WinonaCookie

  • Scott  d'Almeida
    Scott d'Almeidaover 4 years ago


  • zoequixote
    zoequixoteover 4 years ago

    i love the color-style you have, and these characters are fabulous!
    and the wheels! :D

  • Caterpillar
    Caterpillaralmost 4 years ago

    Great work!

  • MagsWilliamson
    MagsWilliamsonalmost 3 years ago

    We’d really love you to add this image to the Fishlike Group!
    !linked text!

  • MagsWilliamson
    MagsWilliamsonover 2 years ago

  • Thanks so much for the feature, Mags :-)

    – WinonaCookie

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