One of my nieces has her birthday a few days after mine; this year she turned 12. She is really into horses and plays field hockey but at first I wasn't sure what to make for her.
I searched my favourite craft site craftster.org using the simple search phrase horse and came up with all sorts of inspiration. Crochet head covers for her horse, a beanie with a mane and ears made to look like a horse, machine appliqués on a tshirt or bag, etc. One of my favourite inspirations was a pieced quilt pattern. I am not much of a quilter so I didn't know what I would do with this great image:
In the end, I drew the design out on a letter sized piece of paper and let it stew a while. Then I added a mane and tail for more interest. Finally, after much thought and a little research on what favourite colours the birthday girl liked, I decided to put the picture to canvas, then down the side of the canvas I wrote a birthday message.
All done! And looking pretty cool if I do say so myself. Thanks to my husband for helping out getting enough layers of paint on there to make it look nice and opaque over the black.