Tuesday, September 11, 2012

WOYWW 171: the apology edition

Today I want to begin with an apology. I was able to visit about 25 people last week, then my computer shut down. I'd get back on, visit one or two people, then my computer would shut down again. I finally ran several virus programs and it appears I got a virus from a blog. Thankfully, it was not a WOYWW blog, but a blog none-the-less. It has taken me forever to try to get my blog running smoothly again, and it still is shutting down at the most inopportune times, mostly when I am trying to create a blog post, or leave someone a comment. Further, I cannot leave more than two blogs open at once, which means I can leave Julia's blog open because hers has the links, and YOUR blog. Any more than that and my computer freezes and quits. Add to that the fact my computer is now running so slow it takes forever to open a blog, and forever to get to the comments. I tried. I really did. But it's not any better today than it was yesterday or last Thursday. I'm so hoping I can find a way to speed things up a bit. So please excuse me if I put in only a brief appearance this week.



Now let's get to my desk and the three projects that are on it. One is the "mystery sneak peek" from last week, which as many of you guessed, was polymer clay. Under my altered book are some papers I have painted and trying to uncurl flatten. In back are some fabric pieces I'm starting for either flags or quiltlets. They're in their first stage at the moment.


And of course, the Rocking Horse, which hangs in one of my windows. I got it years ago at a craft fair.


And a final view of the page I made using all that previously hidden polymer clay. Thanks for stopping by. I'll try to reciprocate as I explained. And when you leave your number, it makes it so much easier to find you.

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54 thoughtful remarks:

...the yorkshire fox... said...

...oh gosh Elizabeth thats awful and very frustrating, I was there not so long ago myself and it was devastating as I lost a lot of work and that virus was attached to a blog I used to visit everyday...I do hope you get back on track soon...great journal page, loVe the bold colours...thanks for sharing hope your week gets much better...Melx :)

Candace said...

know the feeling well, I picked one up the past 2 weeks and need to get some back up disks sorted as need to reinstal windows so will lose all my photos and music

Thanks for sharing your space

Dandelion and Daisy said...

That a really cute page. I really like the clever little houses. Sometimes it seems a hammer maybe the best repair tool for computers! LOL. Good luck solving the problems!

sandee said...

I am so sorry that you are still having computer problems, maybe it's time to admit defeat and take it into a professional for help? I think it needs a hospital stay, home remedies don't seem to be working! Loving how the page turned out!waving hi from the hills of North Carolina :)

butlersabroad said...

Your 'puter may be running slow but you're still quicker at typing in than I am, even though I only have 6 characters to type! Hope you can get it sorted out, hate those viruses. Very bold journal page, like it.

Hugs
Brenda 3

sandra de said...

Nothing as annoying as a computer with a bug. Love your little rocking horse and lovely to see all those bits of polymer clay come to life on the page.
Sandra @23

scrappymo! said...

Hopefully your computer problems get sorted...mine is a bit slow but i need my DD to come and run a defrag! I have no idea how to do that!!!
Yor journal page looks fab!

Danielle said...

I hope your computer troubles get fixed soon. I was without internet for a whole week during hurricane Isaac and I don't know how we ever managed before technology.

I love your page-great colors! I was one that guessed polymer clay. Have a good week! dani #18

JoZart said...

What a complete bother, so frustrating having such problems with your computer. We get so used to using them nowadays. Thank you so much for your lovely kind comment and I am so lucky to have met so many of the lovely people from WOYWW. Great weekend ahead too with Dona and Jennie for the workshop.
Love your page, the colour combo is so striking too.
Lv Jo x

Neet said...

How awful for you. I have been spitting feathers this last week with a change over of computers and getting used to the different ways this one performs. Nothing like what you have had to put up with though. Hope it soon gets sorted for you.

Yeah! I guessed right last week. It reminded me of something I had done in those colours not that long ago. Now I never thought of incorporating them into an altered book - brilliant idea. They really work on those pages.

Gentle hug to Bleubeard and hugs to you
Neet 17 xx

505whimsygirl said...

Hi Elizabeth,

Ouch, I hate computer issues. Hopefully you'll get it completely sorted out soon.

What a great page - love the colors and the ruler running along the bottom.

Happy WOYWW
Hugs, Kay #33

peggy aplSEEDS said...

thank you for already dropping by, Elizabeth. oh, i know what you mean about s - l - o - w connections! it makes it so hard to go visiting! i am also having interent problems. apparently caused by a thunderstorm that did something to some of the equipment. we already bought a new whatever that is and they told us it just needed calibrating and after calibrating, the new and old one still didn't work! the colors and layers in your altered book are great and i really like how the polymer pops up.

Hands to Work, Hearts to God said...

Hi Elizabeth! I'm so sorry you're having all those frustrations! Yesterday we had a brown out and the internet stopped and my husband is in another part of the Philippines so I could not depend on him to fix it. This morning I couldn't make a blogpost until I went and used Peggy's internet connection! I would have been super frustrated if I couldn't make my WOYWW post! You always make such thoughtful comments, it would be a pity if we gave you a hard time. I've started removing from my blogroll but I haven't made such leeway cause I have such a long list of blogs I like to visit! One day I'll get it done and hopefully all those bugs would disappear! Never thought of using polymer clay in an AB! Patsy

Krisha said...

What a great journal page, love that you used polymer clay on it.
Krisha #50

Annie said...

Poor Computer and how frustrating. Love your journal page....absolutely fabulous.

TFS annie x

Helen said...

You seem to be plagued by computer issues! Hope they resolve themselves.... Great page, I've never worked with clay. Helen, 20 but you've already been!!

Spyder said...

oho dear and I moaned and yell at my computer for being slow! I think I had 15 plus windows open at one time, plus, more tags, my poor thing kept slowing down to nothing, or the error would come up, plus the fact it has add on hard drives. I will be kinder to my computer from now on! Poor thing, it too could have the start of the flu or another bug too! And, there's always the internet connection it#s self...loading loading...white space, it drives you mad. Or some blog starts playing music and no matter who you turn off, it's still there!!
Your journal page looks fantastic, as always..I've still yet to finnish a page I can show! Have a great week
((Lyn))
Happy WOYWW
Love the little rocking Horse picture too!

Tuire Flemming said...

Great page! Especially I love the background with all the layers on it.
Hugs
Tuire #80

Redanne said...

Sorry about your computer issue. I had a bad virus a few months ago, also from a non WOYWW blog and I used a programme called Malware, it's free and it did help cleaning up my system. Love your journal page and the rocking horse is so cute. Happy WOYWw, Anne x

Redanne said...

Sorry! #82

scrappystickyinkymess said...

Really, the easy solution is get a Mac :D I had plenty of computer issues (well, mostly ISP issues but still) and I know the WOYWW crowd understands. Love the horse, as ever.

And yes, my name is a little shorter :)

Mary Anne (1)

Julia Dunnit said...

Oh the computer thing really must make you mad, it's sooo frustrating. I don't think anyone minds at all, it's just so good to see you. Now you see, I saw the sneak peek last week, hazard-ed a guess, and I saw the lesson about the polymer clay which was so utterly absorbing that I failed to make the connection between the two..how embarrassing! The page looks absoultely fab, and hey if generally the pages don't want to sit flat, what the heck!

Cathy said...

Great altered book, and I love the rocking horse. Computers can be pants can't they!!! Thank you for sharing your space.
Cathy #52

Angie said...

Good luck with your computer problems .I hope you sort them... so frustrating.
Love your page ... you always come up with something different and interesting.xx

donnalouiserodgers said...

you need to come over and quit with the virtual - grab the real -

ditch the PC and fly over and meet us in person...

you know you want to - and the bed and board is here waiting...


dxxxx 106

Glenda said...

Sometimes our machines just get sick! Love your page!
Glenda 108

Helen said...

Poor you Elizabeth - how frustrating for you. I should put my computer in to have a light in the screen fixed and I have been putting it off as I will be without it for a week so I can imagine ....what a pain. Your little flying houses look fab. What a great idea to make your own embellishments for your journal page. Happy WOYWW to you from Helen 5

Emily said...

I hope your poorly computer recovers soon and you can get back into leaving lots of lovely comments.

I love the use of fimo on your pages... another to add to the must do list.

Hugs
Emily #104

BJ said...

Great polymer clay page but I'm still not wanting to get into this area of crafting. I am however itching to do a quiltlet. I even had my sewing machine out again this week (if you pop over to see) I have some 20cm of the netting left over too, perhaps I need another window in my book - LOL. BJ#102

Elizabeth said...

After reading about all the problems you've been encountering, I am so pleased that you managed to leave me a comment at all this morning. I've got to admire your persistence, I'd have thrown in the towel by now I think.

I've been having problems with curling pages too - having applied gesso to some Kraft for the Hero layout, it curled and then it was almost impossible to get a decent photograph - I had to do a tiny bit of cropping to the photo make it look acceptable. If I gesso again, I'll put something heavy on top of it, hopefully that will flatten it.

Happy WOYWW and I hope you have a lovely week. Elizabeth x #12

crafty....du said...

Thanks for sharing your lovely full desk :)

Kerry # 7

Lothian Crafts said...

Love your rocking horse and your book looks good. I hope you get your computer fixed as it shutting down can be so annoying.
Cheers Elaine

Daniella said...

Your book is totally awesome! I love all the elements you use. Beautiful!
xxDaniella #10

Katie said...

That's awful! I didn't think blogs could have viruses :( Love your book page!

Katie 40

Halle said...

Love the fun patterns and bright colors!

*jean* said...

oo bummer! i worry about that when i see weird traffic sources on my stats...i've been thinking about going private...love your background on this piece!

Princess Judy Palmer said...

Love the journal page with its colors, patterns, and the clay pieces. So fun! The dark page sticking out of the pages looks interesting.

Tertia said...

That is a relly cute journal page. Love those little houses with wings.
Bummer about your computer. Mine also picked up a virus and has been at my SIL for more than a month. I am currently using my laptop (thank goodness I have one!)
Happy WOYWW!
Tertia #48

Bernice said...

Isn't it just so frustrating when these things don't work the way they're supposed to - hope you get it sorted soon.
Bernice #10

Corrine at sparkledaysstudio.com said...

The page looks great. The blue is making me really happy like a brilliant sunny day sky. I have had no business email for two days so I can sooooo appreciate the fickle nature of this technology we so depend on.........ah well, more time to make art, maybe that's the message!!! xox

fairy thoughts said...

sorry to hear you have been having soooo much trouble with your computer, it can be a real pain, but what did we do without them.
great page glad to see it hasn't stopped your creativity
janet #39

Terrie Purkey said...

Nothing is more frustrating than computer issues! You're much more patient than I - it would be in the shop by now. A virus is SO nasty and I just don't get why people feel the need to add them and ruin computers for others - hopefully karma comes back to kick their butts! Go snuggle with Bleubeard, make some art, drink some tea and forget the whole mess! :)

May said...

O my goodness that must have driven you crazy computers when they go wrong is soooooo frustrating, it's such a worry that just by visiting a blog the damage can be done..This happened to a friend of mine last year also...
Your page is fabulous.. love those little houses the wings is a fab touch.. Have a great week, big cuddle to Bleubeard Hugs May x x x#65

trisha too said...

Computer problems, ugh, everyone has them now and again--they are maddening!

Great journal page, all that texture!

Happy WOYWW!
:)trisha, #144

Paula Gale said...

Hi Elizabeth - so sorry to read of your frustrations. Lovely work in progress as usual. I need to get messy more.

Hope that you soon find a solution to the slow and freezing up PC - actually, that describes me pretty well lol...

All the best, hugs
Paula x x x (#155) xxx

Joynana said...

Great page and a rocking horse. Hope your computer problems get solved soon. #122

okienurse said...

sorry to hear about your computer woes! I starting working with Mac's years ago for that reason...virus don't like Mac's although with the new operating systems it can be tricky at times. Love that polymer page. Love blues! Thanks for sharing. Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a comment! Vickie #114

melinda alpha said...

sorry for your computer problem... too bad. i love the way you incorporate polymer clay elements on your page. brilliant! thanks for sharing ... melinda alpha #101

RosC said...

Great persistent, Elizabeth.
Good work on the page you have here and the little rocking horse is sweet. The polymer clay is interesting - I've never used it but often looked at it in the shops.
Enjoy the weekend.
Ros. No.157

Sue from Oregon said...

Hope your computer is fixed by now...can't live without mine, so I can only imagine how frustrated you are! Love how you fit in your rocking horse onto your journal page!

Eliza said...

That is terrible news having your computer gremlins doing that to you, you could try kicking it, or punching it, or one better come into the house with someone elses laptop or ipad and pretend you are replacing it with better technology. You must be at your wits end, have a stiff drink you deserve it. Now onto the serious stuff your journal page is great love the clay touch, just perfect. Thanks for sharing and happy WOYWW it's been nice to visit.

Eliza #88

Jojorenee said...

Beautiful work! I didn't see WOYWW when I came on Wed and all of a sudden I see a 100+ I need to check out for yet another week! Like you Ill try and do all this week!

voodoo vixen said...

Nothing worse than computer problems and not knowing what is causing it! Maybe it needs a good spring clean for bugs? Love the page, such vibrant colours!!

Jan Hennings said...

Lookin good :) Love having a peek into the spaces of fellow crafter's! If you happen to peek in on my blog, be sure to wear a hard hat! LOL!