Faux wet plate flowers

by Carol Browne on July 21, 2014 · 0 comments

in General, Photos

Wetplate flowers

Some summertime flowers in Holland Park from yesterday.

This is all I have for today. My brain is completely empty.

EMPTY!

I’ll try again tomorrow.

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We visited the Isreal booth.

Mike and I went over to the Fusion Festival today in Holland Park in Surrey. It was a nice event! Not too crowded and the temperature was just right – a little cloudy and cool.

The photo above is my favourite portrait I’ve taken in a very long time. We found him at the Israel booth.

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Back to the drawing board

by Carol Browne on July 20, 2014 · 1 comment

in General, Sewing

I am here to tell you that fashion IS danger. And hard. I spent my whole afternoon and evening making a dress for a “beginner”. I really thought by now I would be considered at least a beginner. On second thought, maybe not for clothes. I guess that one cape does not a beginner make. Perhaps I’m a pre-beginner? UGH. I any event, I spent a couple of hours putting together the pattern like a puzzle on the living room floor.

The pattern pieces

Donner was helping a lot – what with all his jumping on and running under the huge sheet of paper on the floor. He even stuck his paw through a poorly taped section.

That was 63 pages of letter paper. I carefully matched all the notches as instructed. That part was the easiest.

I carefully cut out all the pieces (right sides together and on the fold) and all that went well.

THEN I had to make button holes. That was the first bottleneck. I had to find the manual for my sewing machine (found it on the internets!) and then figured that out. It’s awesome. I can’t wait to make something that needs buttons because that works great.

Buttonholes? DONE!

I started sewing up the pieces as directed. Things were going well. I piped the sleeves and put the bodice together. I even tried the pieces on as I went and it was going well until I sewed the sides of the bodice together. I tried it on and wha? I could NOT get my arms through the arm holes. I had somehow shrunken the arm holes. HOW DID THIS HAPPEN? I am not sure. What I do know is that I got the fabric on sale, so I can pick up more fabric and try again. It’s just a bummer to spend 10 plus hours and have squeezey arms.

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“A major malfunction”

by Carol Browne on July 18, 2014 · 2 comments

in Family and Buddies

Big excitement today in commuting news! Maybe I should just turn this blog into COMMUTING TODAY! All commuting, all the time! Are you on public transit? SO AM I! Seriously. Maybe I should!

So, this is how THIS happened.

Picture this – me all day long at the office:

Hey! Tonight is quilting bee night! The best night of the month! I’m heading into Abbotsford to see and take photos of the Fraser Valley Modern Quilt Guild meeting’s most beautiful quilts! Can’t wait to get there! My buddy, Cathy, is going to pick me up at the Scott Road skytrain station and then we’ll carpool to the meeting together. Yay!
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In the Grove

July 16, 2014

There’s a little park between the Newton Bus Exchange, the wave pool and the strip mall. The trees are very tall, but they’ve been thinned out and since the horrible murder nearby late last year, someone (I’m not sure who) has been doing all sorts of things to make it a more welcoming place. To […]

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I nearly forgot…

July 15, 2014

…but not quite. It seems like a long, long time ago. Back in June, on the first day of the World Cup, before my mom and sister visited, before the graduation ceremony AND the portfolio show, we had a Quilting Bee meeting. We had an assortment of beautiful quilts and a few quilted pouches, like […]

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The Friendly Horse & the Mighty Horsewoman

July 14, 2014

Clearly, our visit to the race track has affected me. I’ve been talking about it whenever I can squeeze it into a conversation and can’t wait to go  back. Part of the reason for my enjoyment was the laid back atmosphere. The people with the horses were happy to have kids pet some of the […]

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Winning 5 bucks

July 13, 2014

This is us just about to win five dollars:

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Wieners and their owners

July 12, 2014

After birthday pancakes (Rooty Tutti Fresh and Fruity! WEWT!) and while I waited for Mike to get his hair cut, I googled events for Vancouver on July the 12th. I had done this before, but nothing exciting or fun enough appeared on the google when I looked before today. Today, however? WIENER DOG RACES appeared […]

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With the owner’s manual. RAD.

July 10, 2014

I had an awesome mail day yesterday. My mom sent me my aunt’s TOTALLY retro, radical Minolta SR-7 (with her permission. Nothing dodgy going on here.). Fresh from 1962 to 1966. This camera is OLD! And it has the original owner’s manual. I will be reading it shortly. What makes this camera so special? Well, […]

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