Erin Corbett, her boyfriend and his two kids are driving through Colorado on their way home from Breyerfest. Naturally, I invited them to spend the night here. I was really, really excited about this visit until I realized that I was going to have to clean my house again.
Even worse, I was going to have to clean the studio.
Yesterday, I rolled up my sleeves and decided to tackle the mess head on. It wasn't long, however, before I ran into the problem I always run into: too many horses and not enough space.Not for the first time, it occurred to me that what I really need is shelves. Lots and lots of shelves. I asked Seth if he could help me...
and just like that, my space issues were solved. Hurray for handy husbands!
The shelves are sturdy, but I always worry about storing expensive - and heavy - resins on such a precarious perch. In the end I decided the top shelf would be original finish models only - Breyers on one side and glossy Stones on the other.
The bottom shelf is sort of a catch all right now with a few resins, several customs, a North Light or two, one Beswick, three dogs, some assorted minis and a Bill Duncan cart. I'm not sure it will stay like this forever, but for now I'm liking the eclecticism.
I also decided to address the mismatched shelves over the left side of my work desk. This is how they looked before:
And here's how they look now. The two six inch top shelves are gone. They've been replaced with twelve inch shelves which will be far more useful to me. I used one of the narrow shelf boards to build a little shelf on my desk.
All these new shelves have allowed me to really open up my work space. Look at how clean my desk is! Now Erin and I can actually have a tack day in my studio. Woo hoo!
The change in the little book case on the left side wall is even more impressive. This used to be one gigantic jumble of models and paper and boxes. Now it is neat and organized.
My favorite part is the the top. At long last, I've created a spot for Abbie and Maggie's ashes. Abbie is displayed with her model by Tiffany and a rock from Eaton Canyon, which is one of my favorite places. The picture is of Abbie at Wonder Cave, which is a favorite place the two of us shared.Maggie's picture was taken at Cherry Creek Dog Park, where she loved to run and play. Her box is accompanied by a horse that was owned by Seth's grandmother, which feels appropriate since we inherited Maggie from Seth's grandparents. A bird's nest made almost entirely from horse hair completes the display.
There's still a lot of work left to do, but I am quite pleased with my studio's new look. I can hardly wait to show it Erin... and it might be the only room I let Erin see, since I haven't cleaned anything else at all!