Category Archives: Personal notes

Attention, Attention….

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To all my many, many, abundant readers aka Rebekah lol  I’ve changed my blog.

I decided a change was in order.

My new blog is located here —- > http://fiberplusalgia.blogspot.com/

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Broken Hearted

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The news is so full of pain.  I have been praying for the families of the people on the missing Malaysia plane.  My heart hurts for them and I wish I had the power to help them find their loved ones.  I just keep praying.  I made this graphic to show that these people are always in my thoughts and prayers and my heart is hurting right along with theirs.

MH370 in my broken heart

Come home or let us know you are home.

I am using this as my facebook profile and anyone else that likes this image is welcome to use it.  It is just my little way of showing I care….. and I do care for every single one of the 239 passengers, regardless of their nationality, faith, or any damaging remarks made about their character by anyone.  I will continue praying and watching for news.

Making Cards

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It is 20 below zero f and I am in a lot of pain.  I have not been fairing well this winter but I’m doing the best I can.  Most of my projects have been put on hold because my hands and arms hurt too much to move.  Although, whenever possible, I have been playing with paper.  When my body tells me I can’t do what I want to I just find something else that I can do.

Crocheting really is the thing that I love to do but whenever I just can’t do that I visit this group on facebook called The Craft Hole.  It is a group that is into all kinds of multimedia crafts and they are big on keeping only active members.  Anyway, I was having a really horrible, awful time with pain and feeling down because I couldn’t even hold my crochet hook and I popped into that group. Right away something caught my eye.  This lady had made these beautiful pop up box cards and she posted the video she used.  I couldn’t do anything else so I watched the video and as it was playing all kinds of wonderful ideas were popping into my head.  As soon as I was able I made one….. and then another.  I can’t get to all my rubber stamping stuff right now so I just used printed graphics and clip art.  They are so much fun to make!  I noticed several other people posting their versions of the card and that is when someone clued me in.  This card is the March card challenge for the group.  duh.  So I was able to add mine.  Too bad they already knew I was a big dummy or I could have just pretended I knew all along LOL

The first one I made is my favorite but I am not going to post a picture because it is in the mail and I don’t want to ruin the surprise. When I went in to find the event page for the challenge and read the rules I noticed they had picked three themes and mine didn’t really fit in any of them.  So, I went and made a vintage themed card.  I love vintage anything so that was easy.

Vintage pop up box card flat

This is what it looks like when it is laying flat.  This picture is showing the back panel which is for writing whatever you want to say to the recipient.

This can then be slipped into a large envelope or a mailer.  I made a custom sized envelope for the one I mailed out.  I think the card was 6.5″ by 5.5″.  The other side has the the decorative paper with the flowers on all the panels.  The back for writing on is the only part that is different and it also is the only side that doesn’t fold.

Below is what the card looks like open.  There are two strips of card stock that run across the inside of the box for adding images so the man, woman and the car are all on different sections so it looks more 3D.  It is really hard to see all the dimension in the photo.  I love the car the best.  It is affixed to the back panel with double sided tape only at the very front and then a little further back it has a double stacked foam square to pop it forward.  The rear of the car is not attached but it meets the level the lady is on.

Pardon the junk in the background.  I didn’t have another good spot with good light to take the picture.

Vintage pop up box card open

One thing I used on the first card was a QR code sticker for stkr.it. I found a bunch of those on clearance at Joanns a while back. They were so so cheap that I just grabbed up a ton of them. I think they updated their stickers and the ones I got for cheap are the older version.  They still work though.  They are a fun way to make the card more interactive.  So the first card I sent out has a link to a cute song/video on youtube.  You can also link a picture or a document…. or just any link.  They would be great for Christmas cards because you could link to a photo of the family or even link your Christmas letter.  You just might have to educate your family members on how to use them.

After somebody that is pretty awesome receives their super cute card I will post some pictures of it.

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Okay, here is a picture of the first card I made for my cousin.

Box of flowers pop up box card by Donna J Capps

Long time, no post…

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Yeah, it has been a really long time.  I haven’t been feeling well for about that long….  Fibromyalgia is sucking the life out of me.  I need to put up more of a fight.

I think I’ll get back to writing here because I need something to keep me going.  I’m working on getting back into reading too.  I didn’t read much at all last year.  It is so hard to focus and I find myself reading the same line over and over again and forgetting what I read.

Anyway, when I went to the doctor last week (I think it was) I had planned to do something before and changed my mind.  Whenever I leave the house in the winter the cold makes me start to hurt all over.  Usually, my husband drives me.  He picks me up in a warmed up car and drops me off right at the door so I spend as little time as possible in the cold.  Well, something came up and I ended up driving myself.  So, forgetting that I can’t do what I used to, I planned some other stops along the way.  Once I left the warm garage though and the cold air started seeping into the car I quickly changed my mind.  Instead I stopped into the Literacy Council’s used book store which is close to the clinic.  I picked up two books: The Inn at Rose Harbor by Debbie Macomber and Spirit Walker, a beautiful book of Indian poetry and artwork by Nancy Wood with paintings by Frank Howell.  I bought a copy of Spirit Walker for my mother in law and read it before I gave it to her.  I started tagging the poems I really liked with sticky notes and realized I had nearly tagged the whole book.  I was so surprised to see that book there so I bought it for myself.  The artwork is beautiful!  I saw the Debbie Macomber book when it first came out in hard back and decided to wait for it.  I finally found it in paperback and because my punch card was full I got it for free.

After my appointment I stopped by Joann’s to get some stuff to dress up a wallet box left over from Christmas.  I have grand ideas for this box.  I also joined this group on facebook called the Craft Hole that has challenges and swaps.  One of the challenges is “trash to treasure” and I signed up since that is right up my alley!  I’ve been sick with a cold though so I have’t been able to work on it.   I was getting worried I wouldn’t finish before the deadline which is the end of the month.  I’m feeling a little better though, so I started working on it last night.  So for I’ve just been painting it with gesso to cover up their logo and all the orange inside.  So it looks rather ghostly at the moment.  I’ll make a post later for that.  I’m still not sure exactly what I’m going to do next.

Anyway, I think it was Wednesday when I slept all day and woke up when my husband came home from work.  I wasn’t feeling well because of the cold but I wasn’t as achy.  I realized I was feeling more clear-headed so I decided to try reading the Debbie Macomber book.  I read several chapters and Ahhhhh!  I sure missed reading.  I even did 10 minutes on my stationary bike while reading since my doctor wants me to do at least 10 minutes of cardio a day.  Reading sure makes it easier and I managed to get through it without too much pain.  Hopefully I can continue doing that.

American Idol started Wednesday also and I love that show.  I didn’t love it as much last year but I’m loving it this year.  Harry is great! Adding him as a judge was such a great choice.  No more drama or cat fights between judges.  Maybe this year the show can actually be about the contestants.

Okay, back to work on my ghost box.

~ D

Printer hatred

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I have this love/hate relationship with my printer.  First, I must say, it really is the best printer I have ever had as far as how well the printed pages and photos look.  I had an HP printer before that was a special (and expensive) photo quality printer but after I printed something (especially a photo) I could see horizontal lines in it.  When I really needed a scanner I just went to Walmart and picked up this Canon MG5220.  It was on a great sale and it is also wireless.  I really didn’t expect it to print so well since I didn’t pay that much for it and it is a printer/scanner/copier.  It does though and I love how wonderful and sharp the printed images look.

Well, that was until I decided to print last month and the box on my computer says it is “offline”.  I look over and it is on and smiling.  The first 10 times or so this happened I just turned it off, unplugged it (or this doesn’t work) and re-plugged, restarted and then it worked.  After that nothing seemed to work other than getting out that usb cable and connecting my computer to it.

Usually, I eventually found some kind of sweet spot accidentally and it just worked for a while.

Well, I just had some more problems with it and thought I would share in case anyone else needs the info.

I got a new laptop with windows 8 recently.  I had no problems at first and it automatically found my printer and I didn’t have to set it up at all.  It just printed – like magic :O)

It worked for a while until someone reset the wireless router.  After adding the new wireless password it printed once and then said it was offline again.  The trick that did work that time was to go to the devices and printers screen in control panel and make sure that work offline box is not checked.  It is just a check box at the top left corner on my computer.  After un-checking that box and restarting my computer it worked.

Then, my laptop updated to windows 8.1 and my printer wouldn’t work at all.  I checked and it wasn’t even installed and couldn’t be found.  After reinstalling it, it said it was “offline” and I was also getting this weird message telling me my printer can’t communicate or something and that I needed to enable Bi-directional support in the dialog box in the printers property screen…. which I couldn’t find.  Anyway, I did some searching and I found out that windows 8.1 doesn’t like my printer and my printer doesn’t like it…. and they were not talking to each other.

I downloaded the new driver that makes everything happy from Canon’s website.

I installed that and restarted my computer and it still said offline.  Finally I restarted my wireless router.  I really didn’t have a clue how to do that but it seemed like a good idea…. so I just pulled the power plug from the back and plugged it back in.

And now it works.

My laptop likes my printer and my printer likes windows 8.1.  I’m not so sure about it yet though.

If you have similar problems but have a different printer make sure and check the manufacturers website to see if they have a new driver you can install.  All I did was google my printer name and found it.

If this info helps just one person I’ll be sooooo glad because I was fighting with this for way too long.  Grrrr!