Did we REALLY need this?

by Carol Browne on September 21, 2014 · 0 comments

in Family and Buddies, General

Yes. We needed the black cat bed.


We hit up the local pet store to pick up a new scratching post. One little cat (who shall remain nameless)…

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The summer continues…

by Carol Browne on September 20, 2014 · 0 comments

in Family and Buddies, Photos

Sunny days!

I can’t remember where I read it, but as someone said, “This summer just keeps on giving.”. Oh man, has it ever. I believe tomorrow is going to be the last sunny day for the next little while – apparently something called, “rain” is starting early next week. This summer has been so long and lovely, I can’t remember what rain even feels like. We had the odd rainy day here and there over the last 3 months, but if you ask me, I would have to say this has been an exceptional, long, and, perhaps, the very best summer we’ve had as long as can I remember living here. It’s been THAT GOOD.

Today I took photos of my buddy, Monica, and this is one of my favourites of the day. Her head shots are a little more formal and straight on, but I managed to get this one in between outfits and I really, really like it. It’s going right into my portfolio.

On my way home from Monica’s, I spotted a table with several vases of flowers for sale in a farmer’s driveway right by the side of the road. I love that this still happens (out in the country).

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Doug to the rescue

by Carol Browne on September 19, 2014 · 2 comments

in Family and Buddies, Sewing

Thanks for the help, Doug.

At the risk of sounding like I’m already giving up, sewing is HARD. It will be some time before I sew myself a shirtwaist dress, because I can’t figure out how to sew a stupid infinity scarf together. SAD, but true. I’ve got as far as sewing it into a tube, but sewing it into itself? HOW??? I’ve read a tutorial and watched several videos, but it still doesn’t make sense to me. Actually a lot of sewing has made no sense to me until I do it about 1,000 times, so here’s to 999 more tries. Actually, my little skirt turned out well after about 3 tries, so maybe 1,000 is a bit of an exaggeration. It just feels that way and once I get frustrated, the mistakes just keep coming and coming and coming. I had to step away tonight. I’ll try again on the weekend. In the meantime, Doug can keep my seat warm for me. He’s been sitting in my sewing room since last Halloween.

Tomorrow night some pals from work and I are going to the new gyoza bar that opened up right next door to our school. Sadly, it’s not a cheat day, so I can’t eat any gyozas, but I will try something else…like the salads? Or maybe I can order the soup without the noodles?

This really makes no sense, but you go for dinner for the company, right?



My Grandma’s Fashion

by Carol Browne on September 17, 2014 · 0 comments

in Family and Buddies, Photos

Looks excellent in pants!I was reading my new book, Gertie Sews Vintage Casual, today on the train and it inspired me to go through the photos my sister scanned in of my grandma and other relatives. I should really write her a letter. Grandma doesn’t count emails as real mail. I will write her a letter and tell her I love her fashion sense. First of all, PANTS! So cool! Women wearing pants wasn’t very common until the 30’s – so Katharine Hepburn of her!

Grandma also wore some lovely dresses. Firstly, her wedding dress. She wore a short one:

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I waited all day to make meatballs…

September 17, 2014

but before I got home, I missed a fire on the 20th story of the SFU Building. I guess there was a fire in the walls (yikes! Scary!) and they had locked down a block on Hastings Street. Thankfully, this did not interfere with my commute home AND I don’t think anyone was injured in […]

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Farm animal portraits

September 16, 2014

Yesterday at Fort Langley (the town named because of the actual fortress in that area. I totally knew that yesterday.) there were farm animals! Hooray! I love farm animals! And we got to feed them grain as well. This goat was more of a pig – he would push the other goats out of the […]

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More words to live by.

September 14, 2014

I agreed to go with Mike to take photos at a BBQ event in Langley today. It probably would have been more fun if we had gone when we were hungry. We wandered around, listened to the country band – who sang old school country songs – which always reminds me of being a kid […]

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Just finish something already.

September 13, 2014

I heard somewhere that when someone has all sorts of projects started it’s some kind of way to ensure that person always has something to do. THAT just may be the case for me. So today I figured I should finish something after making a few more quilt-as-you-go blocks. I started by binding a reject […]

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Reserved, conservative, and quiet…

September 12, 2014

Quilting Bee was AWESOME tonight! We celebrated being a guild for 4 years and we did so with a healthy competition. We had to sew an 18 X 18 inch quilt in an hour AND we had to use 20 pieces in the quilt AND after this photo was taken, we had to bind it […]

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“Wash when skanky”

September 11, 2014

Wash when skanky. Those are words to live by. I’m not quite sure how these things happen, but my buddy, Lorie, emailed me out of the blue yesterday to see if I would be interested in a shirt she found in a thrift store. She sent me a photo and I said YES! PLEASE! YES! […]

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