In the meantime…

by Carol Browne on February 5, 2015 · 0 comments

in Crafts, Photos

Wreck This Journal I know that consuming things like books, a letter B stamp and some pretty rolls of tape does NOT buy happiness. Happiness is an inside job! However, I bought these things today because I am missing my sewing machine madly. This will be the last time I will mention it until I get it repaired and/or sorted out. I promise. Just know that when I get my sewing machine back, I will not take it for granted. Now THAT was the last time I'll mention that. Wait, maybe sewing machines bring happiness? ANYWAY, I must deal with my separation anxiety somehow. And the kitty is helping (shown above). Even though I have been trying to use what I have at home already, I decided to pick up this journal and do the exercises. I've done the Artist's Way (the book contains MANY creative exercises - most of which involve writing - many times and I've been missing writing. I've seen Wreck This Journal online and decided today is the day to crack it open and wreck it. I can't wait! Pretty rolls of tape These pretty tapes are for special occasions. I'll be bringing them with me to work. Sometimes pretty tapes are required in the office. If ONLY I had a system of carrying my stuff. WAIT! Camera pencil case! I got this pouch for Christmas from Lysa. The system for carrying my stuff! PERFECT. Now I'm off to wreck my journal.


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. AWWW! Cute! I decided to put some of these Valentines on some wooden canvases (I think that's what they're called) after I painted them with a combination of chalk paint and acrylic. I just did a couple and will add some more, because the decorative ledge is looking a little bare/dull/not as cheerful as I'd like. My paint job - even with the distressed sanding done to it is very bland. I am missing something, I'm not sure just what it is yet, but I may try to make it more layer-y. Something so it's more interesting, but not completely sanded off. Maybe I don't like shabby chic? Nah...this just doesn't look the way I'd like it to. I'll just keep painting.

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Felting machine

by Carol Browne on December 28, 2014 · 2 comments

in Crafts, Family and Buddies

I was invited to try out a felting machine today. What's a felting machine, you ask? Good question! It looks like a sewing machine, only there's 6 needles instead of 1 and it's best if you move the wool roving all around under the needles instead of in a straight line. The felt machine It's the leaf blower of the felting world. All three of us agreed that the six pronged hand felter (on a brush) demonstrated here: The best way to felt! worked the best for most felting projects. But the machine did work very well for bigger projects with a base fabric. My project didn't really turn out, so I just kept cutting and cutting and cutting my felted fabric until I gave up, and, with Cynthia's suggestion, decided that I spent all afternoon making these 4 coasters. Felted coasters. LOLSLysa made a purple dolphin with a mustache, Lysa's mustachioed dolphin and Cynthia made several felted bacon sheets. And a pretty, little heart! Felted heart It was a fun day even though I came down with the plague. Oh noes. I had evaded the sickness for weeks, but this afternoon it hit me. I headed home early, coughing the whole way home. I hope I didn't infect my pals. EW. I'll never get invited back! While we ate some lunch, we talked about picking a theme for 2015. I've heard of this - instead of making New Year resolutions, you just remember your theme to keep you motivated throughout the year. So I picked, "pirates!" for my theme for 2015. Just kidding. I haven't picked theme yet. There are still 4 days until 2015. I have plenty of time to pick my word or words. Is leave it to the last minute a good theme? Meh. I've been doing that for the last 10 years at least. I think it's time to try something new.


Just finish something already.

by Carol Browne on September 13, 2014 · 0 comments

in Crafts, Home decor

Paper pieced and some hand stitchingI 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 block from this quilt as I had somehow cut it half an inch too small. I thought about trying to cheat with the pattern when sewing it together, but changed my mind. I don't think making alterations to this quilt is going to make it come together any easier. I'll appreciate this when I have 35 blocks all the perfect size. I only have 10 more to make. As I was digging around for some fabric, I found this paper pieced coffee cup I made a very long time ago. In fact, I think I made this when we were living in Burnaby, so that makes it nearly 2 years ago. SO! Since I was binding this other block, I made extra binding fabric and bound this one as well. I will also hang it in the kitchen. Our kitchen is going to be full of quilty things. Yay! Mike has been out gallivanting with Jason at a BC Lions game all evening and he will be bringing treats home. This is me waiting patiently for donuts. A raspberry filled jelly donut, to be exact. WHERE ARE THOSE GUYS? SHEESH!


An Assortment of Projects

July 30, 2014

Photo by Mike! I realized today I have a few projects on the go. Time to write up the list. 1) Finish this roll of film. I’ve only got 4 or 5 photos left. I just haven’t found the exact right subject to take photos of for some reason. I have to take a few […]

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A tiny tin craft

July 23, 2014

While I was looking for some papery things to put on yesterday’s craft supplies, I stumbled on THIS little mint tin. I’m not quite sure where I got this from, but it is perfect for the craft I have in mind. I’ll use that other tin for something else. I don’t have to make any […]

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Until I ran out of staples

June 16, 2014

I spent the evening and afternoon with the electric stapler? Is that what it’s called? I also found a powerful, hand stapler that did not depend on electricity. In any event, I pulled out a pile of fabric today that Cynthia and I picked up at the Goodwill in Bellingham last year and covered up […]

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Happy first day of the long weekend.

May 17, 2014

Thanks for all your help, Oscar. Happy Victoria Day! We (in Canada) get to celebrate the first days of summer along with the late Queen Victoria’s and current  Queen, Elizabeth’s, birthdays (officially. However, their “real” birthdays aren’t today. Canadians just celebrate them now. Queen Elizabeth’s birthday is April 21, 1926). Three day weekend! So far […]

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It’s a slow, small world

April 21, 2014

  It’s coming along slowly, but surely. One day, it will look like this. I will keep at it! Whenever I’m watching TV or, those days when I have some elbow room on the skytrain, I’ll pull it out and stitch, stitch, stitch, stitch some more. These days, the shows I can’t wait for include: […]

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Doubly double

March 27, 2014

What I’m REALLY trying to get is a photo of Donner with his mouth open so you can really see how funny he looks without any teeth. This task is proving difficult. Donner is most likely to be meowing loudly just before I feed him dinner. Tonight, he stood on the dishwasher yowling when he […]

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