Tuesday, November 19, 2013


Good T is For Tuesday morning!
I guess the T stands for Ticked off for me today...well, yesterday.
Things were going just fine.
I had used an iconic example I found on google images to draw some simple ornaments--doodled on them and then colored them with copic markers. 
Meanwhile, my kitchen cleaning had dominoed into the hall closet...
...where my "junk drawer" box is kept. 
Some of the things from the kitchen junk drawer needed to go into the overflowing box in the hall closet...and so it starts, right?
  When I moved here from Moorhead across the river--well, I used to have two normal sized junk drawers in the kitchen over there (plus a kitchen utensil drawer and a silverware drawer--all much larger).  When I moved here to one 9 inch wide 2 inch deep junk drawer--well, I had to start a junk drawer box for the overflow...which has since become a big catch-all in the closet...especially for furniture construction and techie leftover parts.  Trouble is, I don't know what half these cords and multitudinous do-dads are for.  So I am hoping Dagan will help me when he and Leah come over tomorrow night and we can toss some of this mess and sort it. 
BUT I need the craft table free because Leah and I are planning to work on Christmas projects...so out came one of the folding tables and I moved everything off the table...right in front of the printer--LOL!
I needed the printer to print the Christmas cards.  There was a lot of table sliding...and then some cursing!  
I have decided I hate my printer.
No matter what I did my printer would not print the cards framed in black--evenly.  It would cut off the sides or top of the black frame no matter where I tried to adjust or move or which way I flipped the sheet in the scanner--awk!  So I thought--okay--what if the entire background on that side is just black?  But my printer will not copy without leaving a white border--no matter how much black paper I added...and it still cut off black on the tops or sides!!!  GRRRR!!!
So, I eventually I had to just give up.  Decided to copy the original white picture...
...and even with white on white paper my printer makes tell-tale dark lines...but somehow managed to fade out the original colors even though the copies were brighter to start with that very afternoon and my touchy printer was not out of any of the inks.  AWK!!
That's an hour and a half of my life I'll never get back--LOL!
But at least now I can cut these apart--manually frame each one with colored paper (which we need to buy now because I don't have near enough for 70-80 cards)--do some layering--bling them up a little--and we'll have our Christmas cards.  Will take longer than I thought now, but I think we'll be done to mail at a decent time so they will arrive before Christmas--whew!
Anyways...that's why I was ticked off yesterday.
I am hoping to be up to going craft shopping with Leah on Saturday to look for card stock, so there may be a silver lining after all.  ;)
Whisker shot!
Face shot with flash. 
Karma says hi!
She couldn't imagine what in the world I had to be upset about with the noisy black paper contraption.  Paper was coming out, for goodness sake.  After all--I can go out on the porch whenever I want to, can get my own food and treats whenever I feel like it, know how to scoop a cat box, and she's there for lap sitting more often now that it's colder in here.  Humans!  Who can figure them.  ;)
Wasn't bothering me last night.  Once I changed the stubborn plan in my head to adjust to the stubborn computer...I simmered down.  ;)
Butting heads with a printer, eh?  
Was kinda silly--ROFL!
Happy Tuesday!  :) :)
"Who is it that can make muddy water clear? No one. But left to stand, it will gradually clear of itself."


TexWisGirl said...

i sometimes have trouble with my printer, too. black smudges or dots or bad resolution on photo paper or...

Shelly said...

That look on Miss Karma's face says it all- Humans! Cute little whisker shot of her~

Zue said...

I can hate printers and computers too at the moment. My laptop is the subject of my sincere hatred just now, it is so naughty. My iPad is easy, but won't do all the jobs!
Card problem solved......only send five. That's me :)

Halle said...

Sometimes technology can be more harm than help it seems. You luck with the organizing. That's not my forte. Luckily Mr. G is good at it so every so often I ask for his help...mostly when I'm desperate. :)
Happy Tuesday!

Intense Guy said...

Unlike Will Rogers, I don't think I've ever met a color printer I liked...

Anonymous said...

Cursing! How fun! :-)

~*~Patty S said...

Technology can be a blessing and a curse that's for sure!
My son tells me "it's a first world problem" ... well alrighty then ;)

Good luck on your card making...extra fun with a pal

and organizing stuff can really be overwhelming...
once you start pulling things out of drawers and boxes it seems to puff up and never want to go back in the same layered way!

Nice whiskers Karma!

Happy T Day to you Rita

Janie Junebug said...

Those cards are very pretty. Sometimes my printer acts up. Favorite Young Man usually takes out the ink cartridge and blows or spits on it and then it works. I know how the organizing snowballs.


GrandmaG said...

That quote is my husband's philosophy about chores he puts off. Leave it be long enough and it no longer needs to be done or it's fixed itself. I've lost count as to how many times that's worked in his favor! LOL

Your tech leftovers reminded me that I have a large plastic tub in the basement filled with the same items. I'm thinking if I haven't needed them in the last five years they need to be tossed or donated.

Have fun Christmas crafting!

Dianne said...

Oh my goodness...the perfect example of the domino effect & Murphy's Law! It's why I don't send Christmas cards anymore. When it no longer is fun...and takes up soo much time. Yours are really going to be cute though...sweet little design, and it will be fun doing it with someone else too...a fun crafting time! Happy Tuesday!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Your overflow table reminds me of the mess I have at my friend Sally's house. Trying to organize her is like pulling teeth. She won't get rid of ANYTHING, even if it's broken and one of the pieces is missing. Her philosophy is the missing piece will show up and it can be glued back together again.

I've had my same printer since 2000. I've put handmade paper, fabric, vellum, vinyl, and all sorts of things through it. I suspect I am very lucky, because I would hate to have to shop for a new one. I feel your frustration, though. The trouble appears to be between the way the software and the hardware "talk" to each other.

Thanks for sharing your T time today, though. At least it didn't take 3 hours of your time to do so.

Craftymoose Crafts said...

Printers and our family don't get along that well either--it seems like they always have a hiccup when you need them most.

In any case, your cards look beautiful! ...and so does Karma!

DJan said...

I feel fortunate to have a hubby who won't allow things to hang around that are not useful. He goes through drawers and organizes them, asking me if I still need this or that. I hardly ever use my printer, because it hates me, too. :-)

andi filante said...

Oh, the cursing...if I swore on my blog like I do in real life, I'd probably be down to 2 followers!!!


AliceKay said...

Printers can be a real pain sometimes. Hope all goes well once you get rolling along on your cards. Very nice cards, too.

Serena Lewis said...

Technology can be a joy or a PITA!!! I dislike it when programs don't behave the way they're supposed to.

I used to have that problem with cords for this and that...when I'd be looking through the stash months later, I could never remember what was for what. So, I started using little card-stock price tags which I now tie onto each cord when it's packed away. I note on the tag which particular item the cord belongs to. Problem solved.

Looking at all your organising impressed upon me just how badly I need to reorganise my wardrobes and pantry. Chaos currently reigns!

Awwwwwww....Karma, you're too sweet!

Love and hugs,
Serena xo

Jenny Woolf said...

What a wonderful quote from Lao Tzu. So true. And I am glad you are able to laugh about your printer now. If it was me I'd be saving for a new one.No sense in living with someone you hate, even if that someone is a printer! lol

Jo-Anne's Ramblings said...

I have to say thank you seeing that mess made me clean off my table, more or less it looks a bit neater.

Love the look on Karma's face yeah she thinks her human is strange but she loves you anyway.

Harvest Moon by Hand said...

Oh my gosh...I laughed so hard when I read, "That's an hour and a half of my life I'll never get back."

Aren't printers frustrating at times?! Jams, fading ink, misprints...the endless things can go wrong! :P