Monday, September 28, 2009

A Little Something

Well I haven’t meant for it to take so long in finishing the doll but “life” has been happening and so I had to work on her whenever I got the chance. She is finished but I haven’t any pics yet as the weather has been rainy and gloomy and I am waiting for some sunshine.

However I do have this little piece to show that I made last month and forgot to show it. It measures 6 x 8 inches. I named it August Lollipop Flowers.

You can click on image for clearer details.

Hope everyone had a good weekend!

Monday, September 14, 2009

A Computer Saga

I have owned one sort or another computer since the mid 80’s. And I was always hearing from one person or another about having major problems with their computers at some point. Well a week ago it finally happened to me, or so I thought. I had been having some little hiccups off and on since last spring, and last week my computer finally decided to not work properly. It didn’t die or anything but when I plugged it back in and turned it on (after we had a thunderstorm) nothing would come up on the monitor. Now I suppose most people would think right there and then that it was the monitor, but not me. Why? Because I had just been on the computer a few hours earlier and no problems then.

As I said before, I thought there must be some sort of problem with the computer such as a conflict with software or some such thing, as it seems every time I install something new little things seem to change and some times cause problems. I knew I wasn’t going to figure this out on my own so I called The Geek Squad and arranged for an agent to come to my house last Friday to run diagnostics on the computer. He came in and sat down. I turned on the computer and told him about the problems I had been having for months (meaning it was taking several minutes for anything to come up on the screen when I “woke the computer up”). He took a quick check of the plug wires on the monitor and promptly told me after about two minutes that I needed a new monitor. I mean I really thought it was any thing but that. His 15 minute visit cost me $130. And then I had to go buy a new monitor!!

After coming home and installing the monitor, I get on the computer and notice there is no sound. I do everything I can think of (which doesn’t say much) to try and get the sound fixed. Finally I gave up and called the store and spoke to another Geek Squad agent only to be told that the monitor I purchased doesn’t have built in speakers and that I could either return the monitor or I could purchase speakers. Now tell me, am I the only one who doesn’t know not ALL monitors have built in speakers? I mean every one I had before had speakers built in. And don’t you think the salesperson could have mentioned this when I asked him if there was anything else I needed to buy. So I went online and did some comparisons and after chatting with customer service to make sure the ones I picked were compatible with my computer, I placed my order. They are supposed to be here by Thursday.

Guess what I am getting/got for my birthday?

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Doll Progress

The past few days here have been gorgeous. We have been having unusually cooler weather than we normally have for the end of August and going into September. It is normally very hot and humid, but the temps have been in the mid to upper 70’s and lower 80’s during the day and lows in the low 60’s or even into the 50’s.

I mentioned before that I have been working some on one of the dolls and so I thought I would give you a little peek at her.

The things that look like little white beads are pinheads that were holding everything together in this photo. I have everything on her headdress stitched now. I still have to stitch up her robe/dress as it is only pinned on right now and attach her head permanently to her body.

I spent some time today looking through my stash for fabrics for clothing for the second doll. It will be a good while before she is finished, but I hope not too long as there are so many other things I want to get started on.