Feb 2, 2013

Computer weary!

That's exactly what I am.  Greetings to all you readers, stitchers, bloggers, and friends that helped calm me during this week of frustration.  Thank you.  I'm pretty upset about the funds wasted on repairs for the completely dead laptop and since it sounds like a baby's rattle, recovery isn't possible.  If I owe you an email or you made a request, my mail is gone.  My settings were to have all mail forwarded with no copies left on the server, which I am changing today. I've learned backup needs to be constant, not every few days.  It took me two full days to get the printer recognized and all the forums and live chat help couldn't come up with a solution.  I wish I would have taken notes as to what I did, but it's working - for now.  Then it was the cameras - Canon no problem, the older Kodak was a problem.  After a week of this and a bottle of Advil for the neck, I thought - grow up girl.  With all the people dealing with heartbreak and illness, you're whining about a computer??  I always tell myself this, but sometimes it's just human nature to want to complain. I still hate 7. 
 So I ordered three charts from Scarlet Letter. 
First off, here's my progress on Mary.  She's brighter than I usually stitch and quite colorful for a small marking sampler.  I'm using unbleached linen but I probably worked it over with bleach and dye at some point.
Its wrinkles are deep and you can see they are not coming out with pressing.  I always press the design face down on a thick washcloth but not the fabric around it.  I should have removed the creases before stitching since smoothing them out in the stitched area will also flatten the floss.  Really not a concern at this point since Mary will probably be displayed without a frame and I like the primitive style, but I should still do this before starting projects.
 A few things I found on distraction breaks.  This manicure set was my mom's and I may change the inside to hold needles.  Or not.  Sometimes it's best to leave a remembrance piece as is.
 










I also found this old spool of silk ribbon that has paper lining between the wraps.  I have no use for something this nice!











 
I made this tissue holder...















And when I opened the door to check on the brat cats, this tiny guy came in, scared and shivering from the bitter cold.  Smart owner had phone tags on him, stupid owner lets him outside without supervision.  Stupid owner came to pick him up.

Faye posted her finish of the Remembrance chart and you can see her lovely pouch here.  And if you're interested in floss storage, check out Three Sheep Studio here
 This weekend I will be stitching will changing my mind continuously about the wood for our floors.  We currently have ash that will join the new floor in several places.  I planned on pine, and although many people were gracious enough to answer my emails about their pine floors, saying it holds up well, several said every chair leaves a mark.  I certainly don't mind a beat up floor but for a dining area, I'm wondering how it would hold up with heavier guests sliding the chairs in and out.  Right now I'm thinking wormy red oak or ash.  But we all know that until the wood is nailed down, that can change.  As my husband says, why bother making a decision - I'll always want what I didn't get.

Thank you to all for visiting with me, welcome to new followers.
Stay warm and safe this weekend.  I hope to catch up with reading since I've only caught glimpse of a few blogs this week.
Enjoy your weekend!
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27 comments:

Bertie said...

Oh Marly, sorry to hear about your emails, I can recommend gmail, you never lose them again! Stitching looks lovely, wow those tissue boxes are wonderful!
I wonder if the dog owner reads your post ROFlol!
Have a good weekend!

Krista said...

I like your style, Marly. When the going gets tough, the tough go shopping! :) love the new tissue holder. and what an adorable little visitor you had. Enjoy your weekend!

jonette said...

Love the tissue holder!!!! Would love to buy one if you offer them for sale. We have had pine floors in every room in our house for 35 years and love them. They have held up really well.

Solstitches said...

Beautiful sampler and the tissue box you made is gorgeous.
What an adorable little puppy :)

Margaret

Margaret said...

So sorry about your computer woes. Not fun. :( I don't blame you for complaining -- it's a frustration. Love your Mary WIP -- very beautiful. The tissue holder is so cool. And that little scissor case holder thingie -- wow, I love that!

MJ Hunt said...

Marly sorry about computer woes! So frustrating! Carbonite is the best to save everything on your computer. Cheap yearly rate, does it automatically AND whenever anything goes on your computer it is saved. That poor little dog!!

Ricamo a Doppio Filo said...

Il set manicure è meraviglioso!
Il tuo blog mi piace tantissimo!
sei molto simpatica.
Ciao
Anto

Primitive Stars said...

Oh Ya, love hate relationship with the computer.....such a sweet little dog, some owners drive me mad!!!! Love the tiny manicure purse,pretty, also the Kleenex box is so wonderful.......Blessings Francine.

Vickie said...

My eyes almost popped out of my head when I scrolled down and saw your little visitor. I thought, "Wow, Marly's gone and got herself a dog!"

Melody said...

Sorry to hear about your computer problems. They can be so frustrating! If you don't like 7, don't get 8. We have Windows8 and I am struggling with it for sure.

Cute pup, glad the owner claimed him. Also the little purse is too cute, and the Kleenex box is great.

Lanie said...

Hi Marly! I'm sorry for your computer problems. Oh dear can they get frustrating! Your Mary Moseley is looking great! I'm loving the colors against the linen.

Your mom's manicure case is just the sweetest! I have a slim pencil/pen case that my grandmother stitched that still holds a pen that was her favorite. The case would be perfect for holding scissors and other small essentials, but I just cannot remove that pen. Some things are meant to be cherished "as is" I guess.

Good luck choosing your wood floors. All of your options sound beautiful! We have cherry wood flooring which I love but if making the decision today I would choose something a little more primitive. Recently I saw reclaimed cherry at a lumber company near us ... to die for ... with a nice little price tag to go with it! Let us know what you decide.

Maggee said...

What an adorable puppy! But he looks so sad... Hope he is happy now. I haven't had problems with 7 on my desktop or netbook. But the internet we have truly stinks! Cox just cannot handle all their customers! And if you call and complain, they tell you you have too many users. TOUGH!! We PAY for that! Oh well, getting off my soapbox now... Going to start stitching your latest pear tonight! Spent another afternoon looking for the mylar, and no one even KNOWS what it is! Gonna check online... Hugs!

Peggy Lee said...

Ah yes, those distraction breaks can sometimes lead to great treasures!
Always enjoy gazing at your stitching and that tissue box is awesome!
Cute visitor. We also had a visitor today of the canine persuasion. A few bacon treats and she was on her way.
Hope your PC problems straighten out.

Kathy L. said...

Such a cute little visitor! I hope the computer woes end soon love your blog!

Kathy

Pam in IL said...

Sorry that you're having such computer problems. It's so frustrating trying to get all the accessories set up.

Love your stitching too!

Jackie said...

I'm so glad you were home to rescue the little guy. He's so little that a couple of more hours and there could have been a different outcome.

Your moms manicure set is lovely!

Ginny said...

Me, too. Computer weary, that is. All I can say is you are fortunate to still have Windows 7. I had to upgrade to Win 8. It's a nightmare, mostly because it was designed for tablets, not desktop computers. I think we ought to spend more time stitching and avoid our computers.

Barb said...

So sorry to hear about all those computer problems.I do the same thing, that is , I tell myself not to complain I have no real problems but we are only human!! Love that tissue holder!

Carole said...

Absolutely love the tissue box! Computers can drive you absolutely crazy! Hang in there!!

Shirlee said...

I hope your computer woes will soon be a thing of the past. Mary looks great & the wrinkles add to the prim-ness of it.

Bonnie said...

Love your Blog What breed would that dog be he is so adorable. I have had cats most of my life and a small dog with them every once in awhile. Always when someone could not keep them anymore. That dog would have been a keeper for me. It is so easy to forgot the small dog I live in Wisconsin I now put a loud timer on when the dog goes out. Love your pears. Bonnie

Rebecca said...

Your tissue box cover is to dye for. Grate idea and love the samplers you chose to feature on it.
In referrence to your wood floors and scratches. I have used the small round felt furniture pads on the bottom of chair legs and they work well. Several years ago my mother had wood floors redone throughout her house and to help save after a couple scratches were made my brother went and found the felt pads at the discount box store. They are self adhesive stick but dont ruin the furniture either. Good luck with your wood decision.

cucki said...

Beautiful sampler and the tissue box you made is so pretty..
aww sweet little puppy :)
big hugs x

Michele said...

Please check out QVC for a back up easy peasy exteror hard drive ..You plug it in---- it takes everything and saves it on a little box and if stuff happens you fix computer and plug in and it puts everything back..Click it i believe it is called.99.99 and it has easy pay. Saves a lot of heart ache. Michele

Cricket-bug Corner said...

Love your blog today - so many good pictures. You and I either have the same husband or the same "condition" my husband says I never want what I get.... oh well! Whaddya gonna do?

Carol said...

Oh, Marly, your tissue holder is wonderful--I'm sure you would have great luck in selling those, too, if you ever decided to! So sorry about all the computer junk--blech! Can't live with 'em, can't live without 'em!

I'm sure you'll come up with the perfect wood flooring choice for your beautiful house :)

Patti-Rocky Mtn Stitcher said...

Is the tissue holder printed and glued or stitched? Love you WIP. And your comment on the dig owner made me laugh lol

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