Sunday, 29 July 2012

Handmade Monday 77

Welcome to another Handmade Monday!

If you'd like to join in with your craft blog, you'll find more info here.

This week, as you may already know, started out with a mini-catastrophe when my hard drive crashed.  Pretty dreadful stuff, especially for someone like me who is so-oo bad at backing stuff up - fortunately I didn't lose much (apart from sleep, time and a little money funding a new hard drive!) but it definitely taught me a lesson!

I'm now backing everything up at Just Cloud - after the initial downloading it backs up atomatically every day for me, which is just amazing as I don't need to think or worry about it.  It means I can access it anywhere, too, and it doesn't take up any space.  If you sign up for it using this link I get some free storage space, apparently, but I do have bucketloads of space to use anyway.  If you don't use cloud storage, make sure you do back up. 

Some things are just irreplaceable.  Like...

My granddaughter Emily is fascinated by eggs (she plays with some wooden turned eggs at my house, plus she loves to collect eggs from the chicken coop - she loves the chickens, too).  Last week, she watched me break an egg and then tried - very carefully - to put the shell back together again!

it really won't fit...

I'm trying really hard...

hmmm...

well, it just won't fix, will it?

She gave up in the end - but she wasn't happy about the idea of putting it in the bin! 

In other news this week, it was lovely to discover that Abakhan had linked to my beach huts bag on their email newsletter!



It was also nice to discover that Popular Crafts had mentioned Handmade Monday in their magazine!  Unfortunately, the link was to my website, where most people probably just got lost and gave up, as there's no mention of Handmade Monday there.



Ah well, it's always nice to have a mention (and I did get a lot of people visiting my website)! Perhaps I should email the editor and maybe we'll get another mention!

I've not managed to get much done on the sewing front this week, but I have two deadlines looming so my sewing machine will be whirring into action very soon.  There's a couple of upcycling commissions on the horizon, too, which is quite exciting!

Over to you - and this week I'm hoping no disasters prevent me from enjoying a good mooch around your blogs. 

25 comments:

knitnrun4sanity said...

I love children when they are like this. You can see their minds working. Really moments to treasure. I am glad that you got things sorted out. I hope that you have a good week.

CHRISTMAS PIE CRAFTS said...

I do sympathise with you regarding your computer - having been through something similar about 18 months ago, I now how frustrating it is, especially when it costs money. I love the look on your granddaughter's face in the first pic - real determination to fix it. Well done with the Abakhan link and also that Popular Crafts mentioned Handmade Monday - they are very supportive of all crafters. Hope you have a good week.

Hannah said...

I am very lucky that I live with a tech savvy person, he has had to retrive info for me on a dead hardrive on more than one occasion :) Good news about the mentions, I would defiantely email the editor she would've done that issue a while ago so I dont know if you had started this blog then :) (took me a while to realise) hee Ive taken part this week! yay! Hannah x

Highland Monkey's said...

Glad I got a savvy DH who I throw my computer at if it goes wrong! Your little g'daughter is such a cutie.
Nice to be mentioned in the magazine. I would email them and tell them about your other blog.

Fiddly Fingers said...

I would email the magazine again you never know, you may get another mention! Love the pictures of your granddaughter, wouldn't it be lovely to find such simple things so fascinating again!!! Here's to a better IT week!

Made in Suisse said...

Learning from your disaster, I have invested in 2 external hard drives this week to back everything up. I have been meaning to do it for ages and finally decided to go and do it! Glad you're back to normal now :-)

Caroline Nash said...

Must have been the week for computer crashes, we had the same only this was DH's. We now have a time capsule that back's up every hour brilliant.

Good on the mentions always help to drive traffic as think we could all do with some more sales atm

Free Spirit Designs said...

poor you with your hard drive catastrophe! i'm glad you didn't loose too much stuff in the end. This happened to me once and i lost loads of things - that's when i got an external hard drive (which is pretty much invincible apparently and backs up everything automatically) the only problem being that the wire that connects it to my computer is far from invincible and has been completely chewed through by the dog! I will follow your link and check out 'just cloud' - sounds like it could be the answer!

Your little granddaughter is sooooooo adorable :)

What a shame that Popular crafts published the wrong link (although great that they mentioned you and HM!) i think maybe you should contact them, no harm in some extra publicity :) x

Stephen @ Soy of the North said...

Personally I don't really trust cloud backups. Having all my data, work and information held somewhere far, far away by someone else's computer just not fill me with coinfidence. I prefer to use an external hard drive to backup my information.

I'm guessing Popular Crafts didn't check that Handmade Monday had moved house. It would be worth e-mailing them again with the correct web address, in case it brings about a second mention :-)

Stephen @ Soy of the North said...

Forgot to mention that this blog post is missing a title :-D

Kat Shenton said...

Kids are great. I wish I were that innocent again. Actually I think in my bubble it pretty much matches that of a child. :)

Ros Made Me said...

Wendy, I love how all your hard work is being rewarded by the publicity in so many craft publications. Fantastic pics of Emily... I love the focus of toddlers when they want something to work :)

Wendy said...

Stephen - thanks for pointing out the lack of title!

It wouldn't have mattered if HM hadn't moved house - the mention goes to the website and not the blog (if it had mentioned the blog, the links are all there). Ah well, I guess it's an easy mistake - the URL's are similar.

fatmonica said...

Your grandaughter made me laugh.What is it about eggs?My son used to sit on them to try and hatch them!I went past Abakhan on the bus the other day-must go in and look at the fabric etc.Congratulations on the mention.

Tickled Pink said...

Daisy loves to go and collect our eggs too - she is fascinated when they are warm. What lovely photos.

Helen said...

I love how completely fascinated little ones get with simple things:)
Well done with the couple of mentions!
fingers crossed you have no more problems with your pc!

Helen said...

I love how completely fascinated little ones get with simple things:)
Well done with the couple of mentions!
fingers crossed you have no more problems with your pc!

Susie said...

Glad you got the computer thing fixed without losing it all. I've had a near miss myself and now have mine back up to a big hard drive in the back room wirelessly every hour. Maybe sounds like overkill, but it saves me from myself.

Seems that everything is going well with you. I'm so glad to be back!

Ali said...

Hi Wendy
Glad to see your up and running again. Your grandaughter really made me laugh. Those memories are great. My mum once had moles and my son wanted to know where they kept their spades, priceless. Congratulations of featuring at Abakhan, I'll be checking that out. Have a lovely week. Ali x

Chris Powell said...

Love the photos of your grandaughter,and glad to see you got your computer problem sorted out :)

Clare Lewis said...

Argghh a reminder to us all that we must back up, I'm also terrible for this, its top of my procrastination list, now where did I put that zip drive :)

Picto said...

I have some but not all of my things backed up, I need to get me an external hard drive. Glad you've now got yours all sorted.
I don't think I'll get a chance to take part this week but I'll try and get around a few for a lookee see.
Love the grandaughter pics, I usually crush my eggshells and place them around plants, they help keep the slugs and snails at bay.
Have a good week

Jan x

Wendy said...

I tried that once, Jan, and the slugs just crawled straight over the eggshells and made a meal of the plants anyway. We must have tough slugs round these parts!

I usually just put them in the compost now (the eggshells, not the slugs, although the slugs rather like compost, too).

Handbags by Helen said...

Sounds like a good week for promotion - even with all the gremlins!

Martha said...

Just paying a late hand-made Monday visit :) trying to catch up with the posts as I've been away for a few days :)

great news about having your computer back! there's nothing worse than your daily use equipment failing you unexpectedly. brrr... stressful and annoying. I hate when mine does that to me. I hate pc maintenance but it's a must and after every pc crash I promise myself I will be backing everything up... yeah, right... until the next crash happens and the story repeats itself. terrible, i am!