While standing in line at the grocery store the other week, I picked up the latest issue of Cowboys and Indians. After flipping through it in line, I decided to buy it. In the last few days I've thought a lot about a story in the magazine about a little business called Sophie's Horses Handmade.
When Sophie was 7 years old, she started making tiny sculptures out of blocks of beeswax. At the ripe old age of 8, she attended a camp where she learned to ride horses. Anyone who knows young girls knows that an 8-year-old girl who learns to ride is going to find some way to get her own horse, and Sophie was no exception.
Soon Sophie started making tiny wax sculptures of the horses that she knew. Before long, the entire family became involved in a new business centered around Sophie's hand-carved horse charms.
Now at the ripe old age of 14, Sophie has her own online shop where she sells her horse charms, and they're also carried in numerous high-end shops in places like Santa Fe and Sundance. Each horse charm was created based on a horse that Sophie knows, and they are packed in tiny pine boxes with a copy of the horse's story.
What makes the story more amazing is that Sophie's equally talented siblings also help with the business; her 11-year-old sister is learning web design and is "good with numbers" so she's doing the accounting for the little business!
If you're looking for the perfect gift for the horse fanatic in your life, be sure to check out Sophie's shop!