With no longer having a commute to work as a result of COVID isolation, I found I had a little more time each day for hobby activities, and here is what I'm working on!
The Model Horse Customs
It's mini mania in my studio, and these aren't even all of them. 2020 is the year I dove into micro mini customizing. It started with just wanting to replace the stubby ears on the mini Wixom a dear friend sent me, and then she got a new mane. I snatched up a few more micros and oh no, semi-drastic customs.
I am in desperate need of adding new horses to my show string. My own string hasn't really grown since 2016 and you can tell now that it is my older work. Time for a revamp. Many of these will join my string and, with luck, they will do so this summer before things get busy.
The Great Studio DeClutter of 2020
My husband and I began the Kon Mari method of decluttering and organizing our entire house shortly before isolation began. The heart of the Kon Mari method is about keeping only that which brings you joy. We start with clothes, proceed to books and paper, and finish with each room of the house. We are nearing the end, which means my studio is next.
The cat had to inspect and supervise my paper decluttering.
Kon Mari is ESPECIALLY challenging from a model horse standpoint. How does a person de-clutter a model horse collection by holding each model and asking if it sparks joy? Each one has childhood memories or something special about the art of it, and hence why it became part of my collection. But part of the method is to first gather all of our things, pile them, and take in the amount of it. We then ask ourselves, are we happy with the size of the pile?
I loved my childhood collection of Breyers, but the short answer was no, I didn't enjoy how many there were and how much space they occupied, and I even have a small collection by most people's standards!! I decided I wanted to reduce my whole collection by about 60 percent. I wanted to have less than half of what I had collected over the years.
Even that isn't as simple as deciding who stays and who goes. I'm sure many of you can relate when I also had to declutter all the paperwork associated with these models. Oh my. I had started keeping records on my model horses as a teenager, but I wasn't great at making an effective filing system or deeming what was even worth documenting. So. Much. Paper. Clutter.
I started with four binders each 4-inches thick and an additional 2-inch binder. I now have everything in a single, 4-inch binder. Getting rid of horses helped, but condensing how I recorded model information and show records greatly helped. I also threw away a lot of paper ribbons I didn't care about and excessive pedigree information, like endless photos of ancestors.
I also began the large undertaking of digitizing my model horse records with spreadsheets detailing all the model info for each horse. My entire collection is now logged on a few spreedsheets, which further reduced printed paperwork.
Then finally, there was the studio part of the decluttering process. In some ways, this was easier for me to decide what goes, but having so many boxes ready to ship the Breyers I was getting rid of made it difficult. I had to pull all of the horses and packing supplies out of the room, and for one brief moment, my studio looked glorious, as you can see here. That is one impressed doggo.
But that didn't last long. With art-supplies decluttered, I'm back to thinning the herd. Wish me luck!
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