EEP! Sharks!

I was watching the little guy on the top of the ramp up there so intently, that I didn’t realized I was being surrounded by sharks.

We went to CityFest today in North Vancouver. The event is focused for youth, so there was plenty of skateboarding, some dancers and some bands. So cute. Some of those band members were pretty young – maybe 9 or 10 to about 12? And they looked adorable behind the drums and big guitars.

One main attraction was the skateboarding competition. It was kind of hard to figure out who was competing during the actual competition (the guys all skated at once), but it was entertaining to see for sure. I decided to give out my own awards on my blog – The Total Phoney Bologna Awards – (No actual awards were given to the winners. Just some accolades on my blog.) But really, aren’t all awards phoney bologna? OOOHHH! BURN! Awards and award shows!

Here are some of my favourites from the event.


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The outside edge

by Carol Browne on May 1, 2015 · 0 comments

in Edibles

Outside edge

Okay. Stay with me here. Firstly, I tapped out on the cobblestone and tiny squares row of quilting. I could NOT figure it out and somehow, the size was not even correct when I started piecing it all together. This is not unusual for me. Rather than throw the whole thing in the corner and stomp off in a huff, I moved on to the next round. I do realize that this will mess up the fabric squares a lot, but I will make do with it. I will have to get creative with that last row and make it work. One day I will finish a quilt as per the instructions. One day.

I thought for sure the addition of the green and yellow 5 inch squares would just make it look like the Christmas Vomit Quilt, but strangely, it’s works somehow. I really can’t figure that out. I’m going to roll with it.

Did you notice the menorah fabric? I thought that was pretty cool!

In other news, I made some delicious chicken and pea pod stir fry tonight for dinner. Mike’s on his way home from work, so we’ll be eating it soon. It was this recipe – I just omitted the cornstarch. So far it tastes great, but I get a weird aftertaste of bleach – which I think is really the baking soda.

Here’s hoping that taste disappears before we eat it all.

UPDATE: Sadly, Mike asked me if I was trying to poison him with bleach. I assured him I was not.

I will have to make some adjustments to that recipe before I make it again.


Tulips in the window

by Carol Browne on April 30, 2015 · 0 comments

in Photos, Vancouver

Tulips in the window

I was meeting some friends after work tonight and got to walk along the Upper Granville Street area. It’s a lovely, old neighbourhood (well, old by Vancouver’s standards) with huge, old (but well maintained) mansion-like homes and cool old apartment buildings. Real apartment buildings, not condos! Those rental buildings are few and far between. I even walked by a Tennis Club (Oh! Buffy! Yes, Muffy?).

While walking to our meeting place, I took photos of some gardens, some street scenes, and made sure to check the windows. I always like to look into bay windows – mostly to check to see if there are any cats or dogs looking out at the street. Instead of a pet, I found a vase of tulips. Lovely!

I actually had a very social day today. Not only did I go out after work, but I met my friend, Catherine, for lunch at Finches for a House Salad with Prosciutto. I waited all morning for that delicious salad, and it was worth the wait. Also, we lucked out and got a table. Finches is so poplar, sometimes you just have to take your stuff to go. Happily, the weather was dry (mostly), so if we had to eat our lunch on a bench, we’d be fine.

It was a fine, fine day.


A quarter of a corner.

by Carol Browne on April 29, 2015 · 0 comments

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I really am terrible at this. Seriously. I cannot picture in my mind or even with the pieces, how on earth I’m supposed to make the corners on this Christmas Explosion quilt.

My trusty helpers were no help at all.

Today's progress. It's slow going.

I could not, for the life of me, figure out how to make the corners sew together. In the end, I didn’t finish sewing one corner, but THIS is my plan. I need to sew the pieces together between the upside down trees and blue snow flakes. That will be my corner. I just hope I can make it work on the other side as well. I don’t know if I can make it even or not, but I will try.

Part of me wants to give up, but I can’t do that AGAIN. I’ve given up on about 3 other quilt tops. I just may have to improv this section, and then go back to the pattern for the next round because that looks pretty easy. It’s  just 5 inch blocks all around.

Is it just me, or is this too much of a good thing? Meaning, all the Christmas scraps are starting to compete with each other and it’s looking way too busy. What I might do is break up all these little squares with a row of gray (my favourite) so it gives the eye a break.

I mean, look at Oscar. He looks afraid!

Christmas explosion! It’s happening!

I will soldier on.

I think I can, I think I can…


A sidewalk in New Westminster

April 28, 2015

Monday is my late night – I meet up with some buddies and don’t get home until around 10 pm. But for some reason tonight, I was full of energy. I did some laundry, vacuumed, made enough chilli for dinner AND lunch, and put the laundry away all before I had to pick up Mike […]

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Too lazy to even cut fabric today.

April 26, 2015

I took this photo of the lilacs yesterday in New Westminster in the neighbourhood that time forgot. It was taken in the front yard of a proper house, with a short, white picket fence. I couldn’t help but notice the sizeable backyard (and lawn) and I could hear that someone was playing the piano from […]

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I’ll have what he’s having.

April 25, 2015

I don’t often hang out with toddlers, but when I do, I am always surprised how fast they can run and how far they can go. They’re just little! How can they scramble away so quickly? I just turned around for a second. And why aren’t they tired already? This little guy was running around […]

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LinkedIn – like Facebook for work!

April 24, 2015

Well, it’s not quite summer yet, today was a chilly one. There was rain, there was wind, and there were tulips falling apart. DARN. I hate it went the blooms are spent. Oh well. The cycle of life. I had full intentions of coming straight home after work, doing laundry, cutting fabric and making some […]

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Fashion parades

April 23, 2015

Top designed (and sewn) by Jinju Nam – VCAD graduate. I read somewhere that fashion shows in The United States were not originally open to the public. Their focus was for retailers and department stores – I guess buyers from these organizations would make their selections for the upcoming seasons. These shows were mainly for business purposes, […]

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All eyes on us…

April 22, 2015

Eco Fashion Week was awesome. VCAD (the Visual College of Art & Design) was a sponsor and we got the VIP treatment for the final show of the event. We had 3 graduates do a mini fashion show just before our Portfolio Instructor and local Fashion Designer, Jason Matlo, had his most recent collection on […]

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