Family and Buddies

Happy Thanksgiving While the turkey is roasting in the oven, set the table with as many containers as possible that have lids on them. Also, have the squirt bottle nearby as to keep any cats off the table. Since we only set the table twice a year, the cats were curious as to what was happening.  Eventually we put the kitties in the basement while we ate dinner. But still, lids on everything. Bring out the pretty tablecloth! Mike's mom gave me this one. It's linen. And excellent. Fill the pickle tray with little pickles and tiny tomatoes. Pickle trayWhen the turkey is ready, bring it to the table and dig in! Dig in! Eat the entire dinner in about 20 minutes. That was delicious! Feel full for the next 3 hours. Phew! Happily, we've got lunches for the next few days and dinners, too. I'll have to keep the pumpkin pie until next Saturday. I can't eat another bite, but it turned out really well this time. I roasted the pumpkin last night and added fresh ginger and nutmeg. Really tasty. As we cleaned out the dining room/moved stuff downstairs, it became very clear our dining room is a very boring space - especially after making the kitchen feel so cozy. It's a little room off to the side of the house that we don't really use at all. It's just a storage spot. We need to do something with this space. Make it more welcoming and useful. Time to put on the old thinking cap.

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Made by pals

by Carol Browne on October 10, 2014 · 1 comment

in Family and Buddies, Home decor

Potholders on displayMy feet were too sore and it was SO late when I got home last night (after 11:00) I took yesterday off from blogging. WHOA. A mid-week day off from the blog? Not usually how I roll, but last night I made the exception. And I didn't take a single photo at the portfolio show, either. I was too busy chatting and shmoozing. I'm actually getting better at that stuff. Networking! It's happening. I sorted things so I'd have today off. Thank goodness. The laundry was practically up to the ceiling and the tomatoes really needed picking. I also needed to pick up a turkey (DONE!) for the weekend. Thanksgiving is this weekend. YES! A long weekend! Due to the nature of event & party planning, I have been longing for Faturday. Oh, sweet pancakes. I will eat you on the weekend. After I did the laundry and other assorted chores, I got to putting up my fancy potholder collection on my fancy reduced, recycled and reused organizers. Two of them! They are made by the FAMOUS Denise of Thrifty By Design - my friend who loves the dump! Remember? She LOVES it! FANCY POTHOLDERS! These organizers are made from reclaimed wood with all sorts of awesome reused handles. My favourite ones are the glass ones. That big glass pull is a door knob. So. Dreamy. Thank you, Denise! I love them both! My organizers are the perfect place to hang my fancy, never going to touch a drop of food potholder collection. Both these potholder sets were gifts from quilty pals. The Dresden Plates were made by Krista of Poppyprint for a Quilting Bee swap a couple of years ago. AND the flowery print in the centres? That's designed by my pal, Happy Zombie. The banana potholders were a gift from Lysa. I inspired her to make a cup of banana juice for me on a potholder after I learned the hard way that putting a banana in the juicer gives you NOTHING. Not a single drop of banana juice to be had. SAD! But that's okay! She made me one. Our kitchen feels complete now and a little cozier. I do like my little kitchen. In other news, Quilting Bee was AMAZING tonight. Darlene's beautiful quilt top We had excellent Show & Tell, 3 demonstrations of various sewing skills and prizes. I won thread! And my friend Helen gave me enough pirate fabric to make a skirt! YES! This has been a glorious day.

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Book signing!

by Carol Browne on October 8, 2014 · 0 comments

in Family and Buddies, General

Tonight's event was lovely! I met up with some buddies (Lelainia and Denise) at the Hot Art Wet City Gallery just in time to hear all three authors read a little bit and talk about their books. I got my book signed by Kim! HUZZAH! She put a secret message somewhere in the book. I'll have to check it while riding on the train over the next few days. Oh, and there was a whole display about wieners and boobies in the gallery. I really couldn't take many photos that I could show on my blog. Just know there were many boobies illustrated - some in cartoon form! And cartoon wieners, of course. In the meantime, it's time for me to go to bed. My eyelids are SO. HEAVY. Good night.

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Aerial Views

by Carol Browne on September 29, 2014 · 0 comments

in Family and Buddies, Festivities, Home decor

Aerial Views I'm not sure what I like best about these photos. It could be the heart print of my nightgown, or my blue toenails (that polish has lasted a long time) or Oscar looking like a koi fish at Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden - which reminds me, we need to go there for Halloween. SPOOKY times! I think koi fish win. I found this mini ironing board today on my lunch hour and lugged it back home on the skytrain tonight. I think it will work perfectly in our living room on a $10 side table we have in the shed. I'll dig it out, clean it up and give it a try. Little ironing board Recently Mike & I have acquired grown up clothes that require plenty of ironing - clothes with collars and things. They really do look awful all wrinkly. SO, on Sunday nights while we're watching several hours of netflix and Boardwalk Empire, I can iron up our clothes for the following week. Whoa. Now I'm setting up an ironing system. CRAZY. And I can prep and iron things for my quilting projects as well. This is quite a step up from the times I only used my iron to wax my cross-country skis. That's a true story and my mom was NOT impressed. And, I've started decorating. In the entraceI think this really needs some Halloween bunting underneath. I'll get my iron out and start pressing some prairie points.

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Sunday, the day of…

September 28, 2014

1) dishes 2) laundry 3) a little bit of sewing 4) cutting up Christmas fabric into 5 inch squares 5) sorting out my Christmas fabric bin and wondering why I put Elvis fabric in the Christmas bin. I mean, other than that one piece of Christmas Elvis fabric? 6) checking my ello page – I’m […]

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Community service

September 27, 2014

Over the last few days, we noticed someone had left his or her shoes on one of the lawns near our place. After several days of seeing them out in the rain, we decided to bring out the snow shovel (ew! Don’t touch them with your hands! GROSS!) and put them to rest in the […]

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The productive day

September 24, 2014

After taking Monica’s portraits on the weekend and buying a portrait book for $2.62 by this author, I felt all fresh and renewed to take some more portraits. I’ll be finding as many volunteers for photos as possible. Ruwani at work was my subject today. She started working in our office about 4 months ago. […]

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Did we REALLY need this?

September 21, 2014

YES. We hit up the local pet store to pick up a new scratching post. One little cat (who shall remain nameless)… has been *gasp!* scratching the little brown chair. Strangely, he only scratches it when we’re in the living room, later in the evenings, and he waits until one or both of us are […]

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The summer continues…

September 20, 2014

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 […]

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Doug to the rescue

September 19, 2014

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 […]

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