by Carol Browne on October 29, 2014 · 0 comments

in Festivities, Photos

#TinType #Hipstamatic getting ready for the big day!

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It's not looking good in the pumpkin carving department. I've waited too long, seemingly because I don't believe in calendars and cannot believe that Halloween is the day after tomorrow. WHAT? How did this happen? I am doubting my ability to manage celebrations. It's becoming very clear that I am losing track of time. It's just going by so fast these days. It feels like we just celebrated Christmas 2013...and here we are...almost to the 11th month of 2014. Well, at least I got my costume ready and bought candy. I got the important things covered. CANDY and a RED CAPE! In other news, apparently today is National Cat Day (in Canada? Or just the USA? Shouldn't they call it International Cat Day?) Can't we all celebrate together? Well, let's, shall we? In celebration of International Cat Day, here are a couple of my favourite photos of the boyz. Here's Donner back in the day when he had all his teef.
Whoa. I just checked. That was 3 years ago. I wonder if he had a mouth infection then? He certainly looked fabulous. I love that little guy. And here's one of my favourites of Oscar:
Sadly, neither he nor Mike are in focus. But look how little Oscar was in 2009! Just a little boy. Here's a photo of Oscar in focus. He's chattering. I love it when he does this.
Mean old birds.


Tiger blood

by Carol Browne on October 28, 2014 · 0 comments

in Family and Buddies, Festivities, Photos

That's me as a tiger I'm pretty sure my mom was thinking of Charlie Sheen when she made this Halloween costume for me circa 1974. I hope you are all enjoying Halloweek. I think this is the last of my childhood Halloween costumes, but I do have one more of me and my sister I'll save for later. I stopped by the local Sally An after work to pick up a couple of items for my Halloween costume. We have a theme for Halloween this year - it's super heroes or  villains, so I'm dressing up like Little Red Riding Hood. What? I couldn't think of a super hero or villain that wore a red velvet cape with a hood, so Little Red Riding Hood it is. I re-read the story and it's a little creepy. Little Red Riding Hood goes for a visit to her grandma's with a basket of treats. A wolf eats her grandmother (in her own home! Good lord!) and pretends to be her grandma. Then Little Red Riding Hood gets eaten by the wolf. Thankfully, a lumberjack comes by and cuts her and her grandma out of the wolf and everyone (but the wolf) lives happily ever after. GROSS. Also, always listen to your mom! Don't dawdle in the forest. JEEZ. I'm going to switch it up a bit. I'm going to be the Little Red Riding Hood that killed the wolf. Hopefully I can get a couple more items before Friday to complete my costume. Sadly, this means I'll have to stand in line at the Dressew - that place is bonkers for Halloween. But it should be worth it.


Chucky’s back

by Carol Browne on October 27, 2014 · 0 comments

in Festivities, Photos, Vancouver

A few days ago, one of my work pals said, "Hey! Someone's got that doll from that movie in their window dressed up like a mummy! I think it's that Chucky doll." THIS is how I found about Chucky? Sad, kind of. I wish I had discovered him myself. I did console myself by knowing I had found him first, ages ago, when he was in a different window, while I enjoyed some coffee across the street from his creepy gaze. Meemers and I went out to see the eclipse (did not happen) so I took that opportunity to seek out the sinister doll. Sure enough, over by Rexall, we spotted him peering over Pender Street. Chucky's back! This seemed a bit odd as last time, he was looking over Granville Street. Someone is moving him around. Who are these people? I love them! Over by PacMan Whoever these people are, they certainly love the 80's. See the Pacman Ghosts and Ms. Pac-Man made of post-it notes in the windows? I think I need to go introduce myself to these people. However, there is just one thing. Chucky's back! Actually, there are two things. Firstly, a plastic plant? EW. Tacky. I'm sure those leaves are covered in dust. But those loose wires...I don't know about that. Also, is that place abandoned? Is this office filled with squatters? Is the landlord aware of the state of this building? It looks so dodgy, I wouldn't want to go there alone. Because you never know, maybe it's just Chucky. Alone. In this office. AND THE LANDLORD IS MISSING AND THERE'S BLOOD ALL OVER THE PLACE!! Forget it. I'm not going over there at all.


Happy Halloweek

by Carol Browne on October 26, 2014 · 1 comment

in Family and Buddies, Sewing

Halloweek - I stole this term from Vancouver fashion blogger, Jessica Luxe. It's the perfect name for this whole week. And what better way to spend the next several days before Halloween on Friday? All Halloween week! Guess who? Guess who? My mom made us so excellent costumes when I was growing up. This one was reused for several Halloweens. I remember really liking this costume because the fabric was very soft (I think it was flannel) and it was really baggy and confortable. Mom made those pompoms, too. Happy Halloweek to YOU! In quilting news, I actually made some progress today. I finished up the 30th Quilt As You Go block, and have now started joining the blocks together. Three blocks connected I used this youtube video to connect these already quilted blocks together, and while I don't really like to see the stitching on the joining pieces, I think I can live with it for this quilt. A little bit closer now Sewn close enough to the edge, it is not very noticeable. It also sews up fairly quickly (Yay!) and I really like how it feels while I'm sewing it together. The 3 pieces all fit together nicely, like puzzle pieces. I didn't want to stop sewing to make dinner. I certainly need more practice sewing that close to the edge (kind of like machine sewn binding) and my first try was not very good. I had to pull it out once. BUT, the more I do it, the better I'll do and by the end of the quilt, my edges should be in pretty good shape. Even the back looks pretty cool. sewn up the backDefinitely not perfect, but I'll keep at it.

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Delicious matcha tea cheesecake (not shown)

October 26, 2014

My favourite layer of all the layers – scones & cream. So. Good.A photo posted by Carol Browne (@carolbrowne) on Oct 10, 2014 at 3:22pm PDT This weekend, well, these last two days, actually, have been filled with awesome things I suddenly love. Today, Johanna He-man-way and I dressed up in animal sweaters, hopped in the […]

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Horses in the city

October 24, 2014

My work buddy, Mimi, and I went for a little walk to see the solar eclipse. We walked down to the Vancouver Sun & Province building at the foot of Granville Street to get the perfect view. Sadly, it was so cloudy that we couldn’t even find the sun, let alone see the moon action […]

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Circle skirt #2

October 22, 2014

At the last quilt guild meeting, my guild buddy, Helen, gave me this pirate fabric and I turned it into a circle skirt. Another one! Call me a one-trick pony – I’ve made the same skirt twice! Woohoo! I’ll take it. I have to tell you that this time I am very proud of my […]

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BOO! For 4 bucks!

October 22, 2014

I’m showing another thrifty win from the weekend. Mike was reluctant to buy this quality Halloween decoration, but he relented after a little discussion and BOO is sitting in the living room right now with Doug. YES! I didn’t want to leave him outside because he is very light and would most likely blow away. […]

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The thrill of the hunt

October 21, 2014

I snapped this photo on the photowalk where we ended up shopping in thrift stores down by the water. And the only reason we walked up the street was to see if there were more thrift stores. What can I say? We’re hooked on reducing, recycling and reusing. Also, I think it’s the thrill of […]

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Halloween bunting COMPLETE!

October 19, 2014

I did it. I have successfully completed the Halloween bunting! Hooray for us! I used this tutorial and made my own template. I made the triangles pretty big and I used about 5 1/2 metres of double bias binding. I’m so glad I went the double folded pre-made binding route. It looks really nice close […]

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