Watson Mill - circle library, part 1

by brae  

I've taken the plunge and purchased a crafting machine.  :]  I opted for the Cricut Explore One, even though there are more advanced models out there.  I wanted to keep costs down, and I don't foresee needing to speed through projects or having the ability to write and cut in one step.  They were running excellent sales at the end of the year as well, so I was able to pick up a starter set with a deep cutting blade, mats, tools and sample materials for a good price.  The Bluetooth capability was not a necessity for me, but if I change my mind, there is an adapter for the machine I have.

I have not explored the creating software very much, but I did have a look at some of the included projects and I can see a lot of value here.  I'm looking forward to trying out some ready-made projects as well as developing my own.  :]

I fired it up today to help cut some consistent 5/8" wide cardboard strips.

So much faster and easier than measuring and cutting by hand.  Plus, no variation in widths.  :]

What did I need all these strips of cardboard for?  To make the starting base for a circular bookshelf.  I moved the circles down and over after my first dry run, so my lines are a little off.  I've marked tall shelves so I can make large books, which take up more room and will require me to make fewer of them.  There will also be room for knick-knacks.  Gustav seems to approve.

Here's my inspiration photo (no discernible source, unfortunately).

While I can't put in a bay window due to the rotating sails, I can put in a sliding window to let in more light and a spring breeze.  This is a new old stock Houseworks window.

14 comments

Comment from: Debora [Visitor]

Beautiful! And clever! :D

04/15/17 @ 15:12
Comment from: Julia [Visitor]  

Interesting and original! You do not get boring projects. Curious device, nothing like this has not seen.

04/15/17 @ 15:52
Comment from: azteclady [Visitor]

Oh what a wonderful idea for a bookcase/library!

I can’t wait to see your spin on it; it’s sure to be wonderful!

04/15/17 @ 16:25
Comment from: Keli [Visitor]

I don’t think your inspiration photo is a bookcase. I’m pretty sure that’s a portal to another dimension.

04/15/17 @ 19:17
Comment from: Barbara [Visitor]

A wonderful idea indeed! Do you suppose Gustav is a fan of mysteries? Those crafting machines have me very intrigued, but sadly I am known as being a magnet for unfortunate accidents.

04/15/17 @ 21:53
Comment from: Pepper [Visitor]

That’s a pretty cool bookcase :0) I am so excited that you have a Cricut and I’ll watch with interest what fabulous things you make with it. :0)

04/16/17 @ 00:35
Comment from: Megan [Visitor]  

That is going to be just stunning!

04/16/17 @ 06:47
Comment from: brae [Member]

I think you might be right, Keli! :))

I’m eager to finally get to the build portion – time to have fun! :>>

04/16/17 @ 08:09
Comment from: Jodi [Visitor]

Welcome to the Cricut club! You are going to do some amazing things with it! It is lots of fun, but beware of it’s gravitational time warp! The shelves are tasty little bread crumbs and I will follow every one!

04/16/17 @ 10:14
Comment from: elizabeth s [Visitor]

How Marvelous! I have never seen a bookcase like the circular inspiration photo before, but trust you to find one. I know that your mini interpretation will be Really Special.
The unit has a “Hobbit look” to it which makes it feel kinda magical! :))

04/16/17 @ 11:42
Comment from: Cyra [Visitor]  

Your creativity amazes me every time I visit your blog, and now, with the Cricut, I am in wonder of what will appear next. I can see why the inspiration photo ‘grabbed’ your interest (I’d like a real life-sized version of that bookcase).
I shall be following your Cricut journey closely as I was thinking about getting one but wasn’t sure if I would use it enough to make the purchase acceptable.

04/16/17 @ 15:57
Comment from: Linda Ford [Visitor]

Hi Brae, Everything is so interesting on your windmill and the inspiration is pretty cool as well. How inspiring.

04/18/17 @ 00:36
Comment from: brae [Member]

Thank you!!! :>>

04/18/17 @ 14:49
Comment from: Jane [Visitor]

Love that bookcase!

And I took the cricut plundge a few months ago. It’s honestly amazing when I’m making items in bulk. I’ve also started using it to make my own custom cards for family and friends and etching cups.

04/23/17 @ 16:17


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