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Sunday, November 6, 2016

I Wasn’t Born in a Barn…But We Built One…

…. Well…Kinda. 

Welcome back!   I am glad you stopped in to see what’s new!

I WAS going to share another room in my house that I did a little work on…but decided that it can wait.   This post is WAY more fun to share!

As you remember, my little family moved out to the country …it was one full year ago on Halloween to be exact.   I recently shared a little bit of where we live.   Click here to see what home looks like to us now.   And if you have been following Tootsie Time a while, you know we have a horse.


A spoiled...






brat of a horse.


He has a saddle, and all the things that a horse needs...but ...Well…Cruise…(that’s his name) didn’t have a house!  He does have an annoying magpie friend though...ugh.  That stupid bird hangs out on him quite often.   ugh ugh!


Not having a house to live in is NOT an option at our place.   Every pet we have is loved to bits and pieces and well, lets face it…treated pretty much like royalty and spoiled rotten.   Cruise is no exception to this rule.


The previous owners of this place had horses…but they didn’t have any kind of shelter for them.   There’s a tack shed…and a garden shed…and a quad shed…but no barn.  This would NOT do!

When Cruise came to live with us, the plan was to be that before winter got to this part of the world, he would have some sort of shelter from the elements, should he need them.

Now…if it were up to me…he’d be living in the garage with the heat on and a blankie to curl up in…but the Cowboy says that is not good for him on any level…so that isn’t going to happen.  That is when the plan was struck.

We happened to have some of the second cut spruce slabs left over from the tree house that the Bickering Builders put up about a month ago…and we had some other wood sitting in storage from another project that we had done…so we decided that all we needed was another bundle of the slabs, and some screws…and we were good to go.   We like the rustic natural look of the spruce slabs…some of them still have bark on them, they are imperfect and they seem to be just charming enough to use around the yard.   We didn’t want the ‘brass and glass’ look…we wanted it to kind of blend in with the trees.

This is what we came up with.


Easy…simple, and very inexpensive shelter.   It measures 16 feet by 14 feet.  Nothing fancy…but big enough to hold a couple of horses.  (hint - hint Cowboy) *)

Cruise seems to be okay with it.   He ‘helped’ us with all of the building…snoopy bugger that he is…and he’s super calm, so the sound of the chain saw and other tools didn’t even phase him.   ha-ha.

barn 1

Here he is checking out his new digs…gotta inspect every corner…

barn 2

I gave him a little grass in there to see if he’d stay…


…he did!

barn 4

He went in and out a few times… it was cute to watch him checking it all out.

barn 5

I think his winter hair makes him look all wooly and snuggly…

barn 7

Say Cheeeezzze!   Ya…I know…But I just adore him.

barn 8

So that’s the little house that my Cowboy and I made …it took us one full day to start and finish it…and we are pleased with the end result.

I might ‘cute it up’ a little bit down the line…but for now I think it will be fine the way it is…that way Cruise can get completely used to it before I go hanging decorations on it.

That’s it for me today!   Thanks again for stopping by!

Until Next Time…Happy Building!

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Tootsie said...

Thank you to all of you who already left me comments on my private facebook page. I love to see what you think! :)

Terra said...

I think Cruise gave his house the horse stamp of approval; you did good.

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

What a wonderful 'barn' Cruise has! I'm sure he'll appreciate come snowy, freezing weather. His own little rustic castle. I love the look of it. You guys did great and all in one day too.

Happy Fall ~ FlowerLady

Linda said...

Beautiful photos, and I love the shelter!

Karen said...

Wow! Lucky Cruise! (And such a pretty fellow he is, by the way!) This is excellent. You are always amazing us with the work you do. If we could only build Castle Aaargh as quickly as you built an entire barn. Sheesh, we're slackers. Cruise will be comfy come winter now, for certain.