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Studio Cleaning Day and Other Random Musings

It's been a very busy week out here.  I kept the studio going as much as I could, but after a week plus of general chaos it needed a little help.  Okay, a lot of help.

Originally, this post was going to be about patterns.  Then I kept taking pictures and writing the post in my head while I was cleaning and realized that this post wasn't really about patterns.  So now it's a cleaning and/or organizing post, but without the all-important 'before' picture and a lot of rambling.  That's okay, though...I'm sure you can construct a fairly accurate "before" image from this, this, and this,

I was going to just organize the patterns a bit and then work on commissions, but...I had to tidy up before I could do that, and things snowballed.  The patterns did get done first...

Then I organized the box that holds glue, extra tools, extra dye, anything that I don't want to walk across the room to get from the closet but isn't important enough to have a home on the top of the desk.

That didn't take a lot of effort, but it's worth mentioning just for the assortment of glues that I have collected. In reality, I only use the Eco-Flo, Super Glue Gel (blue cap just in front of Eco-Flo), and Jewelry Metal Glue.  I really like the JMG (by Aleene), but it stinks to high heavens and I wish glue manufacturers would just do away with the tubes. I can't even remember when I bought the Fast Grab Tacky Glue.

I don't have a before photo of the next area I tackled, but the plastic Dixie cups that I used to hold in progress stuff had gotten really out of hand.  In fact, by not taking a before picture, I spared you the pain of seeing it.  See? Forgetfulness isn't always a bad thing.

I had one cup crammed full of old Traditional scale strap goods that needed to be torn down for salvage. The hardware was the only thing worth keeping on most of it, but I did have some white leather stashed in there! Woohoo!

The rest of the cups were a hodge podge of unfinished projects, left over bits of leather (dyed and undyed), and who knows what.

There's an unfinished harness, a side saddle, a couple of bridles, and unfinished western saddles in that mess.  The bridles were torn down for hardware, but the saddles and harness have been stashed away just in case.Which really means that I'm procrastinating about throwing them away, because I can almost guarantee that I won't touch them until the next time I clean.

Look! My first and only rope halter resurfaced.  I had intended it for the Chips Quarter Horse, didn't fit right.  The new draft horse looks pretty spiffy in it, if only I could get it to tie!

I found some sketches for western tooling patterns, too.  Someday I'll do something with them...if I remember where they've been stashed.


Are these not the cutest little containers you've ever seen?!

The cutting mat below them is measured out in inches, to give you an idea of size.  I found mine by the dozen at Dollar Tree, in with the other plasticware.  They're "snack cups" but I have no idea what kind of snack you could stash in them.  Not a whole lot of room for that sort of thing, and they are definitely not air tight.  The lids keep me from stashing random stuff in them and make stacking a breeze.  Plus - no worries about things flying everywhere if I tip one over!

I will have a post about the patterns and some updated pictures of commissions soon, I promise! Random studio musings will have to suffice for today.


This was my studio as of 4:09 PM, Sunday.

A weekend's worth of tools, scraps, and projects are littering the desk. Somewhere on there are two english saddles, a saddle seat saddle, and part of a failed attempt at making a basketweave pattern on a stablemate saddle.

And this is my studio as of 4:29 PM.

Ah. Peace. Quiet. My brain was getting overwhelmed by the carnage and now it's starting loosen up. I can breathe again! I am not necessarily a tidy person, but I do have limits and this afternoon I had had it up to here. Now the studio is nice and clean. Or as clean as it's going to get.

And a photo of the saddle on the tidied desk:
This is a commission piece and my very first attempt at a five-point breastplate! It took a while to get done, but I'm really happy with the result.

A pattern of school-during-the-week, tack-on-the-weekends, is developing and I'm plotting out some posts that don't require any sort of productivity during the week. I'm thinking posts on favorite tools, organization, and patterns might be coming up in the future. If there's something you'd like to see, let me know in the comments!

Random Studio Photos!

So, because this has been a crazy week and I have no other progress to report, I'm posting three random studio pictures!

The fluffy yellow cat has decided that he needs to be my studio buddy. He's too much of a wimp to jump two feet to my lap (probably because he's fallen a few times) so he sneaks up behind me and paws at my side until I lift him up. I was trying to get a shot of him pawing me (that doesn't sound quite right...) in the second photo, but it didn't quite work out.

The last photo is a shot of the cups that I use to keep track of tack orders (also in the photo: the reminder that I need to call the vet to get my cat and dog in....sent a month ago. Whoops.). I write the customer's name and the date I started the order on the outside of a Dixie-type cup in sharpie and make sure that anything associated with the order makes it back into that cup. I started hanging them on the board after I got really tired of knocking cups over on my desk. The only problem with the big alligator clips is that they unbalance the cup when it's on the desk. I set them down and WHOOMP they fall over.

So, that's it for today! I've got homework to finish up and then I'm going to turn on some music and CLEAN like a maniac! I'll be able to spend most of tomorrow in the studio and I should be able to finish up Barb's tack and get a start on the WeeJay order!