Halloween Success

by Carol Browne on October 31, 2014 · 1 comment

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On the trainI must tell you, I had a lot of fun today in my cape and blood splattered shoes. The strange thing was not too many students dressed up. But the staff all did! So, fun times! There were plenty of people on the skytrain in the spirit. This was my favourite photo of the day and I took many. I learned a few things wearing a cape all day. 1) Capes are comfy. I'm considering wearing one every day. The one I made is made of a velvety material called Minkee. So soft. 2) Capes are suprisingly hot. I guess it's the hood. 3) I saw many capes today and some of them were better than mine. I may have to make another, longer one with some fancy trim. Then I could wear that one every day. 4) My cape is definitely multi-seasonal. After Ruwani took this photo of me: Looking sad in a cape I could definitely see this as a Christmas cape. With a Christmas circle skirt! YES! WHOA! Perhaps I'll be wearing something different than I planned to Mike's Christmas party. 5) The shape of this hood is very similar to Mother Mary's. See? Multi-seasonal! Just in case I get invited to play Mother Mary for a Nativity scene, I'm covered. That's a wrap! Halloween 2014 was fun day. Next up? Christmas!

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Costume preparation

by Carol Browne on October 30, 2014 · 0 comments

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Preparing for tomorrowPlease note: It PAINED me to put my shoes on the dining room table. It will be washed well before we eat dinner on it. I don't even like to look at this! WHAT HAVE I DONE? Anyway, for my costume tomorrow I've got my red cape, my bloody shoes, my basket (which will be filled with candy for school tomorrow) and this embroidered AND crocheted dishtowel - to cover up the picnic basket. Also, I loved this little towel I found at the thrift store for $2. BEE HELPFULBEE ADORABLE is more like it. I also have an axe (not shown - I left it at work so I don't have to lug it around on the bus tomorrow) and a little half apron covered in blood. It's drying in my sewing room right now. I'll also wear tights and my blue skull dress. I think I'm good to go. I'll give my tea towel a quick press before I go. I'll be sure to get some photos taken tomorrow. And this is Mike's costume: Mike's costume I know. He's going ALL out. And, since it's Thursday, I'll do a Throwback Thursday Halloween photo. Here is me and my sister back in the good old days. Guess who? With a UNICEF box and everything! Happy Halloween to you! I'll see you tomorrow!

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Jack-o-lantern

by Carol Browne on October 29, 2014 · 0 comments

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#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.

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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.

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Chucky’s back

October 27, 2014

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 […]

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Happy Halloweek

October 26, 2014

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? My mom made us so excellent costumes when I was growing up. This one was reused […]

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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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