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.



An Assortment of Projects

by Carol Browne on July 30, 2014 · 0 comments

in Crafts, Family and Buddies

Finish the roll of flim already

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 things into consideration – it has to be a sunny day and it has to be taken outside. The ISO of the film is 200, so an indoor photo won’t work very well. Maybe tomorrow I’ll find it? We shall see. Looks like the long weekend will be sunny, so maybe I’ll find it then.

2) Make a peach pie on Faturday. I found this recipe and it looks like I can make it easily. I should probably make 2 small pies so I can freeze one for NEXT Faturday. I’ll just use my grandma’s pie pastry recipe. EASY!

3) Work on my Quilt As You Go quilt. That’s going to take longer than I expected.

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A tiny tin craft

by Carol Browne on July 23, 2014 · 0 comments

in Crafts

A tin of mystifying what?

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 changes or additions to this little container.

For the last little while, I’ve been trying to come up with something to do with those little polaroids that I take every now and then. They are so cute, but mostly end up in drawers, never seeing the light of day. I started looking around for stuff to make, found lots of corny scrapbooking stuff, and stumbled upon some altered Altoids tins on good, old Pinterest and then on flickr. These are mini dioramas. So cute! And I can add the photos in a tiny album.

This is as far as I’ve gotten on the inside.

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Until I ran out of staples

by Carol Browne on June 16, 2014 · 0 comments

in Crafts, Home decor, Sewing

Bigfoot Crossing

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 an unused bulletin board and made a kitty bed out of a dirty old stool we had in our living room for ages.

This is part of our dining room. This room is sadly neglected. We just never use it for anything except putting mail on the too big dining room table we have in here. One day we’ll get a smaller dining table or even a cool old kitchen table and give this room an upgrade. Maybe one day we’ll even eat dinner in there – well, besides Christmas dinner.

I’ll hang up the Bigfoot poster this week. I couldn’t do it tonight because I didn’t think the neighbours would appreciate me hammering the wall at 11:30 pm.

My other stapler project included this cat space:
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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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January 9, 2014

Quilt guild night was just lovely. It was destash night and boy, was it EVER. We had about 6 big tables absolutely packed with fabrics of every kind, patterns (including some patterns of underpants – French style – fresh from 1987) and plenty of books. Whoa. It was FULL – almost overwhelming. But I fought […]

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Spider webs

October 7, 2013

I sewed and sewed and sewed all afternoon and well into the night. Mike’s off work at 11:30, so that means I pick him up from the train at 12:24. It’s midnight now, and I just finished a pillow case. I just couldn’t go to bed tonight without something to sleep on that I sewed.

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Scratching the surface

September 4, 2013

Poem by Hilda Conkling, Poems for a Little Girl, 1920 [SOURCE] I’m not sure what you did tonight, but I scratched words into wet photos with a knitting needle! I didn’t create this photo in photoshop one bit. It’s 100% analog. I have many printed snapshots from the summer because I shot them in film. […]

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