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    Posted 4 months ago

    Ms.Crystal…
    (114 items)

    I always wanted this figural made by D & E. I was holding out for a grey one with “silver balls” as his load. But finally gave up and decided on my second favorite color, amethyst. This little guy came in so many colors, green, red, grey, topaz, blue, etc. His “load” of three beads are called “sugar beads” by D & E collectors. He always has a red eye, and his ears, slim navettes, are open backed. Plus his tail articulates! He is 2 inches from back hoof to tip of nose. He really is quite well made, as are all of D & E figurals. He is not of the “Juliana” line, but close having been made in 1966 ( Ann Pitman).
    Seeing so many wonderful D & E posts lately, I wanted to join in the fun!
    ENJOY!

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    1. valentino97 valentino97, 4 months ago
      He's darling, I agree! I've never seen mixing sugar beads with rhinestones.
    2. jscott0363 jscott0363, 4 months ago
      Such a BEAUTIFUL little D&E pack mule Eileen!!
    3. plein-air-painter plein-air-painter, 4 months ago
      I love those sugar beads. I saw a flower with them recently but the paint looked worn. This guy looks like he is in perfect mint condition. Brava! Another wonderful post.
    4. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 4 months ago
      He is almost lovingly clawed, such a beautiful backing to him also, love his speeding gallop look, glad you got the purple one here !~
    5. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 4 months ago
      This one really grows on you, the more I look, the more I love, love the big stone making up his belly too !
    6. RichmondLori RichmondLori, 4 months ago
      I love the color, appropriate for the Pisces in the House! The sugar bead sure do add a special touch. Lori
    7. Mrstyndall Mrstyndall, 4 months ago
      What a cutie, glad you were able to get one!
    8. plein-air-painter plein-air-painter, 4 months ago
      Eileen, Do you know how they made the pink spots on the black beads look sugared? They really look like icing! Happy to push this back to the top, too.
    9. Ms.CrystalShip Ms.CrystalShip, 4 months ago
      I need to apologize for the late response. I haven’t been home all week, and I want you to know how much I appreciate each and every sincere love given my little Pack Mule!
      Sadly one gave love, then took it away, but I am not surprised.....

      fortapache
      Patricia ( Watchsearcher)
      Mary ( valentino 97)
      Scott ( jscott0363)
      Maureen ( plein-air-painter)
      dav2no1
      vetraio50
      Phil ( PhilDMorris)
      Ken ( nutabotas6)
      Thomas ( Brunswick)
      Vynil33rpm
      Manikin
      Lori (RichmondLori)
      aura ( you are a dear, always loving, thank you so kindly!)
      Mrstyndall
      KinkiPlz
      Kevin ( kwqd)

      Mary, D & E made several designs with these beads, also called polka dots! I really never cared for them, as I said, I wanted the silver beads, but these will hold up better, as the “sugar” wears off the ones fully covered. Thank you for your sincere comment my dearest friend!

      Awe, thank you Scott, I know how much you love animals! Any donkeys or mules in your collection you haven’t posted? Ha!

      Maureen, he is in very good condition for being over 55 years old. Yes, the “sugar” wears off eventually if one is not careful. It took a while to find one, and though I wanted a grey mule, I am happy with my amethyst!

      Phil, as always you know your comments mean everything to me. He does look to be galloping! Maybe that is why his tail articulates! And though the beads hide his “big belly”, it’s there, fully pronged!

      Lori, that’s right! Amethyst is for February , as my cousin has a Birthday ( today!), and she loves her amethyst! The beads are a cute touch, reflecting his “load”!

      MrsT. Me too, lol! I love D & E figurals, but they can be very pricey, but I really got lucky with this one! Paid less than half of what they go for originally! I catch a break once in a while :)

      Maureen, as you know I answered your question on your post dear.

      A little story...
      I had a mule “friend” who lived up the road from me when I lived on my Apple Ranch in See Canyon. I would pick 20-30 apples, core them, ( not good to feed horses or mules or goats apple cores as the seeds have strychnine in them) get on my bike and rode a mile or so to Willy’s pasture. He would see me and come plodding up the small hill to the fence. He was very large as mules are much bigger than donkeys. His teeth could take a finger or two without even knowing it, but he was always so gentle with me, carefully taking the fruit from my hand. His lips were leathery and his whiskers used to tickle. He shared his pasture with two mares, who would try and shoo him away so they could have all my apples. ( they got some. but I didn’t let them get away with such behavior)
      If Willy went to the other side of the pasture to get away from them, I would follow. No, I didn’t feed 20 apples to my dear mule friend, but he got his share, along with the mares, a young foal, a shetland pony, and a bunch of goats. Ever see a goat eat an apple? It’s a funny site. I used to do this about three times a week. I think about Willy now and then. He was 30 years old, when my neighbor retired him to pasture, a little over 5 years ago. I miss him so, but I can’t go up the canyon, not yet, maybe never...too many wonderful memories, and I miss my land so.....ANYHOO, this post is for Willy the mule :)

    10. jscott0363 jscott0363, 4 months ago
      Hi Eileen!
      No donkeys or mules in my collection. I do have a horse though.
    11. plein-air-painter plein-air-painter, 4 months ago
      Eileen, I saw your cute story yesterday and thought I had commented. I guess I didn't hit the submit button. That is so sweet to have a four-legged friend up the road. I hope you'll be able to go up the road soon. Was your land up the road, too?
    12. Ms.CrystalShip Ms.CrystalShip, 4 months ago
      No comment was needed dear, just wanted to tell you about Willy. I should of put the story in the post, but as always , in too big a hurry. “The Ranch” was 4.2 miles into the Canyon, 45 acres, with 14 English Walnut Trees that were/are the oldest in the County, close to 200 years of age, an acre of apple trees, scattered fruit trees including pears, peaches, apricots, plums, French prunes ,nectarines, green seedless grapes along the back fence, and pomegranate bushes too! It got to be way too much to keep up, I miss the property, but not the work! Willy was a mile and a quarter from me, at the end of the road, past “The Ghost Gate”! ( another story sometime)
    13. RichmondLori RichmondLori, 4 months ago
      Eileen what a wonderful story, I bet Willy knew the labor you put into his apple snacks, I have a soft heart for animals, 2 cats, 2 dogs and 7 fish live with me. Lori
    14. Ms.CrystalShip Ms.CrystalShip, 4 months ago
      Thanks Lori, yes, those are the times I miss the most. The little shetland I mentioned was penned in with a bunch of goats. ( it was a huge pen) The owner used to take him to children’s birthday parties as he did “tricks” ( for free). The goats, of course, would get in his way so to get my attention, he would stomp one hoof like a bull. “I see you”! and give him his treat! :)
      One day I came by right in time to see one goat give birth. They do it standing up! And the kid just flops on the ground, ( there was hay)! A couple hours later, he was climbing up a tree stump! Amazing animals!

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