Saturday, February 27, 2010

Hello again!

My computer is back again! Hopefully for longer this time. At least HP assigned me a case worker who was very helpful and if I have any problems again any time soon I'll have someone to call. Hopefully I'll be getting back to blogging more regularly. I've been wanting to try putting some things on Etsy, too, but haven't dared because I can't count on my computer holding up. I think I'll wait a bit and see how this thing holds up.

I had taken these pics a while back and wanted to share this amazing quilt. It's hanging in Lolly's Fabric store in Shipshewana, Indiana and it looks like it's made up of one inch pieces of fabric! I'd love to have more details about who made it and how long it took, I'll have to ask when I get back there again.

The only thing that disappoints me is the quilting, they machine quilted it in a meandering pattern which clashes a bit with the squares. I think I'd have either quilted some straight lines in the ditch or just stretched it on a wooden frame. Still, it's really something to see. And what have I been working on? I got a lot done actually, I finished hand quilting my granddaughter's quilt, just in time as she just got a big girl bed. She really liked it, even though she's only two. I had kept it here for a while to get pictures (we've had so many dark days it took a while), and I'd get it out when she was here so she could lay it over her when she's watching movies (Winnie the Pooh is her fave!). So one day she was over and wanted to watch a movie so she went over to the quilt rack and was looking around and saying "Pretty, pretty.", turns out she was looking for her quilt! How sweet is that?

I still didn't get very good pics of it, with the patterns and colors it's made of the pictures just don't work out well, it just looks like a big mess (actually it's really pretty, I swear!), but this pic gives the general idea. There's a cute pic of Ryla with the quilt on my daughter's blog, if you'd like to see it just go here and scroll down a few entries.

I also finished another carved Santa, I'm working on painting him now. I've been having some back problems & can't sit for long periods in a chair so I'm not getting as much done as I'd like. I've got an SI upslip, which probably doesn't explain much to you, but basically something in my back is slipping out of place and it hurts a LOT when it's out of whack. I'm in physical therapy and they say I'm 'fixable', so hopefully I'll be able to get back to a more normal life eventually.

I also got some work done on the albums of old family pics that I'm working on for my kids, I'll have to take a few pics and show you what I'm doing with that. It's a fun project but I'm doing three at once (one for each of our kids) and I work on it sporadically so it's taking a while.

I also got a few baby quilts done, I hope to donate a few again this year, but the way my daughter's friends are getting pregnant lately, so I'm going to have to keep a few on hand!

Thursday, February 04, 2010

HP Pavilion laptop nightmare

If you've read my blog before you might be familiar with my computer problems. I finally got a free replacement for my previous HP Pavilion laptop because it had to be sent in for repairs so many times. It's a new HP Pavilion dv7-1240us Entertainment Notebook PC. I had it two weeks and the monitor went white one afternoon while I had left it sitting for a while, so my brand new laptop was sent in for it's first repair about a week ago.
I got it back today, the only thing the enclosed paper said was that the display was repaired, so I started it up and played with it a bit. I noticed immediately that the screen was flickering, and the colors weren't right. After playing some more I'm finding some more problems with the web cam and the sound systems.
I just CANNOT believe this, after all the problems I had with the last HP Pavilion laptop you would think they'd take extra care and double check to be sure everything was working before they sent this back to me. I would love to take a sledgehammer to this thing, but instead I'll be calling them tomorrow to tell them to fix it AGAIN.
I have a one year warranty on this thing, so we'll be saving up for the next 12 months and I'll be taking my sons' advice on what to buy next time. One thing I can guarantee you is that it won't be an HP product.