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Living Free in America

I have just opened my store on Etsy!  It only has 165 items (Susanne Russo Brasses) as of 3/31/2014 but more will come as I get the chance to make and list them.  I'm also getting back on eBay after a 10 year hiatius, to sell my other antiques. I'll add a link to them once I get it going.



"The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry"

Oh well, I guess the saying -"the best laid plans of mice and men often go awry" is true! At least for me. I don't want to bitch, but what the heck, I'm going to anyhow. I've been planning to travel the country in my motor home for the last 5 years or so.

I bought the motor home - I restored the motor home, I built a workshop to pull behind the motor home - and finally when I retired a couple of years ago - I started to put the finishing touches on my plans to travel the country.

Well as time went on, my strength and stamina began to vanish. And then in September, I started having trouble taking a deep breath, so I went to the emergency room to get some medication for what I thought was pneumonia. Well I was promptly put into the hospital where I was diagnosed with a whole shopping list of problems, Congestive heart failure, Diabetes type 2, Peripheral Arterial Disease, Coronary Artery Disease, and COPE, which ended up giving me a very small chance of living another 6 months. Well I've lived 5 months already and still feel pretty good, so who knows. But then according to the Doctors, my heart will just stop - no warning - just stop.

The ironic thing is -- there is a solution for the problem - a heart transplant, but I don't qualify because I don't have the right support in place to allow the transplant to take place.

They've given me a list of hospices that will help me die - but no one has offered a place to help me live. I find this to be both surprising and sad. Not just for me, but for many that are in my situation.

Well enough negativity for now - I just wanted you all to know that if I disappear and quit updating my sites on Face book, Twitter, livingfreeinamerica.com, and zooplies.com -- I'm probably dead. I promise that I won't continue to bitch about my problems -- although I will report as to my current health issues. I will do my best to update each site at least once a week.

Thanks for listening.

How do you like my new look?

I'm still working on the site, so things will change as the days proceed.  Because I migrated the site to a new host - some of the picture & article links have to be rewritten - if you run into one that isn't working, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Zooplies Miniature Haven is where I share what I know about miniatures.  Use the tabs above the navigate the site.  Visit often - Use the comments to ask questions - give advise. But most of all - Just have fun!  If you want something - just ask!

Living Free In America is another personal site where I am currently sharing my motor home restoration progress, as well as a place where I'll share my photos and vent on occasion. Once the motor home is fully restored, I plan to live and travel across America, sharing my adventures with my readers. This will be a working retirement - and I hope it works out as I'm tired of working so much, that I don't have time to enjoy life - and to me - that is wrong.


New Additions & Places to VisitAnd Why! We Like Them


Zooplies Miniature & Scale Community

is not gone, just down.  It will take some time for me to rebuild the site - but I will get it done eventually.  -  -  -  Has been totally revamped to make it easier for everyone to share -- it is now open to the public -- Visit our sister site and check out what you can do there for for your hobby community . . . . Share your knowledge with the world, archive your creations, and share your tutorials with others.


Ray Keim's Haunted Mansion Pintables'

I've added a new link to Miniature Artists -- Ray Keim's Paranormal Papercraft Projects are phenomenal!


Tool Box

As I collect tools I will describe them here, and offer advice on which ones I feel do the job the best.  This section of ZMH will also offer my complete reviews of these products .

If you have a tool that you would like to comment on, Review or offer, just leave a comment!


Miniature Folding Porch / Beach Reclining Chair

This 1/12th Scale miniature chair may be used for many applications, including beach scenes, garden scenes, porch scenes, picnics scenes and many others. It was a very popular style chair from the 1900’s through the 1950’s.   If you need another scale -- Just This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Me and I will make a PDF file for you.

I've added a couple of more scales for the Folding Porch / Beach Chair.  It now includes 1/12th, 1/6th, and 1/4th Scales.


Miniature Mission Style Oak Occasional Chair

This is a relatively easy chair to make - most commonly used for dinning room chairs, it can be used for almost any occasion.


Miniature Cardboard Stand-ups

Make your own collectible cardboard stand-up with this tutorial.  These stand-ups can be made from almost any picture.  They can be used for theater venues, wall hangings or as advertising p.o.p. displays.  They are easy to make and the tutorial includes an assortment of printable stands.


Miniature PEI Potato Bag Tutorial

A Printable offered in Three 1/12th scale sizes 10, 25, and 40 lb bags.  Easy to make and the results are very good.  If you need another scale just This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. me and I make it for you!


Miniature Hand Fan Tutorial

A small collection of miniature hand fans - including a hand-hand fan, a fan-hand fan, a superman-hand fan and many others.


Miniature Pizza Box Tutorial

Here's a new pizza box complete with a corner holder for sauces.  I've adding a tutorial as the box might needs some adjustments depending on the weight paper you use.

Now I just need someone to come up with a tutorial on how to make the pizza to go into the box, so visitors can share them as well.

Laura Miller is the host of Yahoo's Mini Patterns Group a group dedicated to the sharing of miniature printable patterns and all around miniature talk, stop by and take a look.  When you get the chance take a look at some of Laura's other work on her Webshots.

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Jim Byrnes Model Machines

Are by far the best equipment you can buy, if precision and durability are important when building your miniatures.  I've owned a lot of equipment over the 30+ years I've played with miniatures and nothing I've found, compares to the equipment Jim makes. Make sure you visit the reviews in the Tool Box section above.


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