In housecleaning this week, I’ve come across several conundrums, such as three trash bags full of the stuffed animal collection belonging to my brother and me. I cried as I said goodbye to each by name. (Okay, so a third of them are staying for now…until we get our family museum built)
I haven’t tackled my bedroom yet, because I know what awaits me. Not the least of which is a large box full of ribbons from my 4-H days. What can I say? I went to a lot of competitions. I can’t help that I placed in four individual categories and four team categories with my rocking ‘mates at the Fort Worth Livestock Show and Rodeo Horse Judging competition. Among others.
But that was seven years ago.
Now the beautiful rosettes lay fading in a cardboard box. But how can I throw them out? But how can I keep them? Clutter is eating me alive in my bedroom, but I’m attached to it. Too much of good memories and pride?
Retired 4-H Horse Judging Champ
As you may know, we at Connecting Now are not clutter-bugs at all. We are ruthless with our sentimentality.
However, we also have a lot of respect for creative problem solving. In light of this, we've done some research for you. We're sure that many of your fellow equestrians have "walls of fame" where they display their winnings proudly. You can even make such a wall look totally shabby chic, like this:
But why try to be Martha when you could be Awesome?
Why not take your two loves, stuffed animals and ribbons, and combine them into this little gem? -------------->
That's right you should get to work on making a stuffed horse out of your horse show ribbons! This works on so many levels! When you are done, don't put him in the bedroom, display him proudly on your coffee table! Think of the conversations this lil guy will spark!
If sewing isn't your bag, we know of an extraordinary animal seamstress—not to be confused with a taxidermist. Or you could go back to the "Wall of Fame" suggestion—conventional, but less time/money-intensive.
To do it right, though, sort through your ribbons and pick the ones that mean the most to you. We suggest tossing most of the team categories, since everyone knows that team sports are a lie from the government designed to let the weak ride the coattails of the strong and get a false sense of the feel-gooderies. Case and Point: the UN.
Or maybe not. Case and Point: Cricket. Also played with horses.
But anyway, we hope this helps, and we know that The Readers will have some great ideas for you. When you're finished, we want pictures!!!
All in Goodwill,
Maddie and Lisa
P.S. The next stop on Rita's Her Safari Blog Tour is a wild ride over at Mari's! Her title gave me a caffeine-like jolt! And here's an article about the book and HGIM by our Hanne M. for Off The Grid.