Making, Crafting, Creating... aka Whatcha workin' on?

Finally finished that hat I was working on.

I made the “slouchy” version of the hat, adding an extra lace round. I think it’s just a leeeeetle bit too slouchy.

I may throw it in the dryer for a bit and see if it’ll shrink a smidge. Hmmm.

Otherwise, I like the pattern!


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Mostly my wife’s work, but this was our “suck it, Hasbro!” in response to the lack of Rey dolls. (My daughter requested one for her birthday). I’m still working on the accompanying BB-8.


Finally managed to exceed the crashability limits on the Trainer; still not enough aileron throw for snap rolls…

No worries; it was due for a rebuild anyway. The layers of repair tape were starting to get a bit weighty.


One of these for the next one, methinks.


Ah, an elegant instrument for a more civilized age. A landline.


Something that works equally well during storms, power outages, and general heavy use times, and doesn’t drop calls or have so much static or delay that you can’t understand the caller?

Landlines are not entirely dinosaurs yet.


I just picked up the twin pack (P51 & Corsair). I already have a Corsair so I’m starting the P51 build first.

Re: ailerons - take them to the edge of the wing, that will give you better response & might be all that’s needed to get the rolls you’re chasing.


I’ve been working on installing wall-mounted shelves in my new dining room, but it’s taking me forever.
I had to paint all the metal parts- that’s 7 x 100" of uprights and ~40 shelf brackets. That means de-stickering, sanding, painting (all the sides!) and finding a place warm for them to dry and cure. Great.
Shelves are built, but staining them is turning into a pain- the stain we got is really thick, and it’s a paint-on-wipe-off deal, and I’m not sure I’m liking it. In fact, I may abandon it and get something else. Then (after staining), I get to layer on polyurethane. In the winter. So that’ll be fun. But I need the freaking thing done already.
I’ve gotten virtually no other useful projects done in the meantime- besides tuning some of my bikes for (maybe) riding in the upcoming spring. I need to overhaul the suspension forks and whatnot before any really serious riding, too.
The list is too long.


Update: I made another accessory. With a super high-tech self-balancing mechanism even! (I glued some fishing weights inside a ball).

ETA: here are the two together. The birthday present was a hit!


Is this one of the little spore’s characters? Sure is one of my son’s favorites.

You use Testors paints? Well if you are not adding a clear coat that will last longer but such a pain to work with compared darn near anything else out there. Otherwise that some nice work.

New plane ready to go, maiden flight tomorrow:


The dress is complete:

Now to attempt a glowy Eye of Agamotto:


Test flight of the FT Arrow: launches easy, lands easy, flew beautifully right up until the heat of the motor softened the glue holding the firewall in place and the motor/prop assembly fell off. Oops.

It glides well, fortunately. :sweat_smile:

Repaired with a more heat-resistant glue and some twist-tie safety straps.


Just made some stuffed animals for a rainy day project. My kids did the conceptual design work for the sock monster and the bat.

I’m afraid that I had to make the ultimate sacrifice in the process of making them though. (It’s OK, I have a spare.)


My knitterly friends all swear that knitting really helps with their mental health. I believe them, for the same reason the “relaxation response” is known to work.


My landline connects through the modem (probably to force me to pay for more than one service). If the power is off or the modem stops working for some reason, I get nothing. My mobile is much more reliable.


Are you sure that’s not a VOIP line?

If you have a modem, there should be a phone jack in the wall that it plugs into (as well as an electrical outlet). You can get an attachment that turns one phone jack into two, so that your land line is attached to the phone jack directly, not the modem. Then it would work like a landline.


I have cable internet, and everything goes through the cable connection. There are telephone sockets in the house, but they’ve been cut off from the system. I agree that traditional landlines are still useful (and my in-laws get a lot of use out of whatever it is that we’ve got), but what we’ve got loses a lot of those benefits (and I’ve had much more reliable modems in the past too, TBH)