Coma but the brain was showing signs of life.

My computer is finally back home from the repair shop.

For nearly a month it was showing signs of trauma.  It succumbed to coma after some really weird power outage events here at home.  The stress was too much for the poor thing.

My poor computer’s brain was scrambled.  Valiant attempts it made each time I took it to the repair shop where it worked just fine and without any problems.  Bring it back home and it would not work.  This went on for several days…in and out of the shop.  Until it was finally determined that my computer needed to have a full diagnostic run on it and some “medical” tests run.

Once my computer’s guts were opened, poked, prodded, and thoroughly cleaned it was determined that the hard drive was in such a state it needed to be “defraged”.

Computer being defraged

Computer being defraged

Bob, from The MacMan in Moore, Oklahoma, sent me an email telling me that my hard drive was all in the “RED”.  Defraging was necessary in order to have it back in working order.  As you can see, from the photo above, my poor thing was in critical condition.

It is back home and I am finally able to get back to doing what I have been doing.  Making tutorial movies for my YouTube channel, getting back in touch with friends and family on Facebook, (which I did do with my smartphone) and making an attempt to catch up on the blogs I have missed reading, and finally to begin the posting on my blog.

While my computer was down I worked on the cork bulletin board.  Sharing my progress in photos to Facebook.  As a test to the abilities of my newly “unscrambled” hard drive I made a video for my channel on how to alter a picture frame from the Goodwill, with a lot of help from my Joe.

If you are interested in the process, you can watch the video below.


Altered Goodwill picture and frame.

Back in January I purchased two pictures with frames from the Goodwill.  The pictures and wet stained cardboard backing I threw away but kept the frames.  Total price for these two large frames….$5.00

Picture frames from the Goodwill

Joe measured the inside of the frames and we went to our home improvement center to have some plywood cut down to size.

Getting the plywood cut for the framesI found a place in Oklahoma City that sells industrial self healing cork.  Much more heavy duty and durable than the stuff I’ve purchased at Hobby Lobby, Michales, Dollar Store, and the home improvement centers.  This stuff is expensive but it is going to hold up so much better than the cheap stuff.

Heavy duty industrial self healing corkJoe and I cut the cork to fit the plywood, to my specifications anyway.  He administered the contact adhesive to both the wood and the cork.  Then we carefully placed the cork in the designated areas and Joe went to town banging on the cork to seat the two surfaces.

Now it is finally time to do something with one of the cork boards.

Gluing paper to the cork

The papers I’m using are mixed.  DCWV Family Connections, K&Company Life’s Journey, and Graphic 45 Romantique.

The oval frame piece is DCWV Family Connections, the antique documents paper is K&Company Life’s Journey, as is the border of the roses.  The focal collage (sort of) papers are from Graphic 45 Romantique, as is the bridal image within the oval.

Papers glued to the cork board

I’m thinking of giving this to Carissa.  She has some framed art work on her walls of men and women around this time period.  The colors are deep red and black so maybe these colors will be too tame for her.    I’m also contemplating hot gluing tear shaped pearls strung together around the inset of the frame.  The outer part.  The white might fade out.  I tried black ribbon in the area of the frame and didn’t like it.

The bulletin boards I’ve made before I’ve used foam core board for the push pins.  Cover the exposed foam core with ribbon and glue it all together.

Foam core push pinsI wasn’t thrilled with the results then and I’m not thrilled with them now.  So I’m going to try my hand at coloring with Copic markers and use Tim Holtz Facets for the push pins.  This should prove to be interesting.


Hampton Arts rubber stamp set

The Graphic 45 Romantique collection has an advertisement for women’s hats.  I have used the advertisement on the board now the push pins are going to reference the ad.

Graphic 45 Romantique paper and the push pun tops

I had a bit of trouble with the coloring.  The Staz-On ink smeared just a tiny bit.  The next push pin tops will be from the Graphic 45 paper and the Facets.

Graphic 45 and Tim Holtz Facets

The push pins are just some clear things I’ve purchased from Hobby Lobby.

Push pins

I’m going to try the Beacon 3 in 1 glue to adhere the tops to the pins.

Beacon 3 in 1 glue

I have quite a scrap stash of foam core board.  I’m using it to poke the push pins in and be held upright while the tops dry after they are attached.

Scraps of foam core board

The support system seems to be working really great.  The jury is still out on the glue!

Foam core support

Foam core and push pins

A couple of the push pins will be some beautiful pieces I found in the gift that Shelly gave me.  They are not buttons.  I don’t know what they are….besides beautiful.

Push pin topPush pin top

So that is the project I’ve worked on today.  Are you up to altering a Goodwill find?  If  you do, leave a link to your blog so I can go see.