Tribal Foxes Rug - 99.5 hours

by brae  

Continuing work on the Tribal Foxes Rug.  I'm now at 99.5 hours.  Hitting the final stretch, though there's still a lot to be done.  :]

I am stitching full cross stitch with single thread over 32 count Jobelan.

Laughter is the best medicine

by brae  

This past week, I was waylaid by the plague that's been going around, and it was a doozy!  :\  I've been either on the couch under a blanket or asleep in my bed for days, but I am finally feeling human again.  Jasper has helped by being his amusing self.

Mom bought me a pet blanket for the guest bed since Jasper thinks he's a guest and often sleeps on that bed.  When a guest comes, I have to clean the bedding due to all the cat hair.  This blanket was intended to cover the bedding and be easily removed for clean bedding.  Did it work as intended?

Nope.

Back soon...wishing you all good health and lots of laughs.  Avoid the plague. :P

Happy New Year - on to 2017!!!

by brae  

Coming to you live from The Aero Squadron Lounge!  Wishing you all a safe and Happy New Year!  :D  It's ok to get a little crazy, just be sure to drink plenty of water.  Cheers!!!

Easy Cutter Ultimate

by brae  

I bought an Easy Cutter Ultimate from Hobby Lobby back in 2009/2010.  I raved about its usefulness and found changing the blade to be straightforward.  It was a quality product that I recommended to other crafters.

I made a mistake and tried to cut something too hard, marring the plate.  I knew I could change the blades but not the plate.  It still worked well, but I had intended to replace it once it was time to change the blade again.

A few months ago, I bought a new one from Hobby Lobby then immediately returned it after opening the package.  My previous one had a rivet on the bottom; the new one had a screw that kept loosening.  The angle selector swung freely and had a lot of give in the newer version.  I had to tighten the screw constantly but then it loosened when I changed the angle.  This slows down the work and means I always have to have a screwdriver nearby.

Thinking it might be a fluke, I recently tried again from Amazon.  This one had the same issue with the screw, so I returned it as well.  I now understand why people I've recommended the tool to are not impressed with it.

I just bought a new old stock Easy Cutter Ultimate with the rivet on the bottom from eBay.  It has the same great quality of the original one I had.

You can see the difference without opening the package since the rivet/screw sticks out from the packaging.

I've sent my concern to Midwest Products hoping they return the product to its former design.  I'll update this post if I receive a reply.

Watson Mill - sails, part 2

by brae  

Continuing work on the windmill sails.  I did a foam core board mock-up the last time I worked on the mill.  These gave me the measurements I needed for each sail.

Before I do all the work of cutting tiny pieces of wood to make a true sail frame, I wanted to mock them up further.  I used cardboard scraps to make a grid approximation for the sails.

I wasn't especially careful in cutting so it went reasonably fast.  I taped the new grid sails to the bamboo skewers and inserted those into the hub.

I put the sails on the foam core mock-up front to see if these still look good for size.  Yep, I think that'll do.  :]

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