Global Game Jam 2015 – Vancouver Edition

by Carol Browne on January 24, 2015 · 0 comments

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I had no idea THIS would be what 325 people would look like last night when I set up the signage for the Global Game Jam at UBC (The University of British Columbia). I got there around 8:30 pm and it was in full swing. Even though there were SO many people, it was strangely quiet in this huge room. All these men and women were focusing every bit of their attention on the games they were making. Some were making characters, some were coding, some were editing sound and/or making soundtracks for the games. It was a very, very busy bee hive.
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Charm squares

by Carol Browne on January 23, 2015 · 0 comments

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Be joyful

I started working on a new, scrappy quilting project tonight because I’m waiting for some fabric to come so I can finish up my kitty challenge quilt. I must tell you, I’m afraid I won’t finish the cat quilt, or this quilt for that matter. I’ve got plenty of partially started projects in my closet and not too many finished ones. I figure if I tell on myself, I might stay the course and finish SOMETHING.

We shall see about that.

Off and on this year (For the last 3 weeks. SNORT!), I’ve been half-halfheartedly trying only to use what I’ve got for fabric. In my stash, I found 3 packages of mini-charm packs – the cutest little 2 1/2 inch squares in Christmas fabric. I bought the packages because they were cheap and cute, but had no idea what on earth I would do with them.

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So, that went well.

by Carol Browne on January 22, 2015 · 0 comments

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Artist Trading Card

Worky work alert! Tonight’s portfolio show was a success. Employers! Alumni! Friends! Work pals! Many of our alumni are working now, so it is SO good to see them and hear what’s happening. Also, *PHEW*. In some cases, they are already referring their fellow grads for jobs. Seriously. It’s happening. AND, animation and VFX is going gangbusters still. It’s all very exciting!

I have to say, my schmoozing skills are improving with every show. No one is more shocked by this development than I am.

One thing about many of the students I get to work with is that they are great illustrators. They can draw so, so well and they draw constantly. Many carry sketchbooks with them and draw any spare minute they can find. I love looking at their sketchbooks and that is one of the things I like to ask, “Do you have a sketchbook? Can I see it?”. I actually forgot that people draw until I started working at the school nearly 3 years ago now.

Tonight I was gifted an Artist Trading Card by one of those people who carries a sketchbook. An ATC is a small piece of art – created on a playing card-sized base. I love this little character. She drew him with pen and used a bit of paint (I think) and gel-pens. I have a tiny easel and will put him on my desk tomorrow.

Photo to follow (of course).


Valentines on the ledge

by Carol Browne on January 21, 2015 · 1 comment

in Crafts

The decorative ledge

I hung up a decorative ledge in the entrance of our house. Our place is a little bit odd that way – when you come into our place, there’s a hall and it’s very skinny, so there’s no where to really put stuff down. Stuff just ends up in the kitchen or in our dining room (like mail) BUT there’s a closet there, so the shoes and jackets get put away nearly every time. Yay. ANYWAY, this ledge is not big enough or strong enough to hold anything substantial, so I use it for decoration only and I like to change it with the seasons/festivities/holidays.

Oh no! I just realized I have skipped Chinese New Year! UPDATE: Chinese New Year is February 22nd, so we’re good. I’ll add some lanterns or something to the ledge for that. PHEW! I love Chinese New Year! And it will be the Year of the Goat. I love goats. Goofy goats. I smell a trip to the petting zoo in our near future.

WAIT, what was I talking about again? Right. Valentine’s Day and our decorative ledge. I picked up some vintage-like Valentines – the kind you punch out with perforated edges, just like I had when I was a kid. Except we’d buy the Valentines at the drug store. I loved buying those big, huge books of corny Valentines and punching out all the cards.

This book of Valentines has reproductions of much older Valentines than I had in elementary school. I love them.

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Mini daffs at night

January 20, 2015

A long, long time ago, back in the 1900s, I lived in a blustery, wintery city in Alberta. And one time in February, I hopped on a plane to visit my aunt & uncle in White Rock. They took me to Granville Island and I could not believe the flowers that were in bloom in […]

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Dreaming of Vegas

January 18, 2015

So many people on my Facebook feed are either IN Vegas right now or heading out to Vegas. I have been going through some of my photos and reminiscing. We had such a good time! Riding the bus down to Old Vegas, taking photos of the bands, the shark tank at The Golden Nugget, shopping […]

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The day that was a very good day.

January 17, 2015

Some days are just banner days. This one was one of those days. I consumed many things (which is not supposed to make you happy, but it was very satisfying, nonetheless.). We started the day off by picking up the matching ottoman to the couch. HUZZAH. This is how that looked: I didn’t even turn […]

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Meat and 2 Veg Pizza

January 16, 2015

This took me a long time to make. And we gobbled it up in about 15 minutes. This is a pizza crust made of cauliflower. I substituted ground chickpeas for ground almonds and it worked just fine. I didn’t try to eat it like a regular pizza – I used a knife & fork. It […]

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Wait! I can explain!

January 15, 2015

The local thrift store is open until 9 pm and is conveniently located right near the bus exchange. If I need to pick up some groceries on my way home, I always peek in to see what’s new on the shelves. And yes! A lovely turkey tchotchke WAS on my list of things I needed. Absolutely! […]

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January 14, 2015

I came right home after work tonight and just started sewing. I am on a mission to finish my Robert Kaufman Challenge quilt for Quilting Bee. It turned out differently than I thought it would. I thought I’d do a few more kitty faces and then have a lot of negative space around them – […]

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