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.  :]

A year of minis for 2017

by brae  

I had a 2017 wall calendar featuring my miniature scenes and dollhouses printed and listed it on etsy.

It runs from January to December 2017 and has a different dollhouse or miniature scene featured for each month.

At the end of the year, you'll have 12 matte finish prints if you want to cut them from the calendar.

Not all months are shown here, but there are no duplicate images.  I have signed the back as well. :]

I am happy to ship this item to other countries outside the U.S., so international buyers can contact me for postage costs.

Merry Christmas 2016

by brae  

Wishing everyone a wonderful Christmas!!

Jack and Zero are all in the holiday spirit decorating the tree and sorting out the presents.

Zero has one he's eager to open.  :D

Jack is a bendy doll and Zero is a wind up toy, both of which I've had for a long time.  I made the presents and the wrapping paper rolls.  The tree is from The Newport.  It was a bare Lemax tree that I lighted and decorated with mini bulbs, star garland and a tree skirt.  The wallpaper is Ornate Quatrefoil by The Paper Studio.  The rug is from Iklectic Kollectibles.

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