Family and Buddies

Tiger blood

by Carol Browne on October 28, 2014 · 0 comments

in Family and Buddies, Festivities, Photos

That's me as a tiger I'm pretty sure my mom was thinking of Charlie Sheen when she made this Halloween costume for me circa 1974. I hope you are all enjoying Halloweek. I think this is the last of my childhood Halloween costumes, but I do have one more of me and my sister I'll save for later. I stopped by the local Sally An after work to pick up a couple of items for my Halloween costume. We have a theme for Halloween this year - it's super heroes or  villains, so I'm dressing up like Little Red Riding Hood. What? I couldn't think of a super hero or villain that wore a red velvet cape with a hood, so Little Red Riding Hood it is. I re-read the story and it's a little creepy. Little Red Riding Hood goes for a visit to her grandma's with a basket of treats. A wolf eats her grandmother (in her own home! Good lord!) and pretends to be her grandma. Then Little Red Riding Hood gets eaten by the wolf. Thankfully, a lumberjack comes by and cuts her and her grandma out of the wolf and everyone (but the wolf) lives happily ever after. GROSS. Also, always listen to your mom! Don't dawdle in the forest. JEEZ. I'm going to switch it up a bit. I'm going to be the Little Red Riding Hood that killed the wolf. Hopefully I can get a couple more items before Friday to complete my costume. Sadly, this means I'll have to stand in line at the Dressew - that place is bonkers for Halloween. But it should be worth it.


Happy Halloweek

by Carol Browne on October 26, 2014 · 1 comment

in Family and Buddies, Sewing

Halloweek - I stole this term from Vancouver fashion blogger, Jessica Luxe. It's the perfect name for this whole week. And what better way to spend the next several days before Halloween on Friday? All Halloween week! Guess who? Guess who? My mom made us so excellent costumes when I was growing up. This one was reused for several Halloweens. I remember really liking this costume because the fabric was very soft (I think it was flannel) and it was really baggy and confortable. Mom made those pompoms, too. Happy Halloweek to YOU! In quilting news, I actually made some progress today. I finished up the 30th Quilt As You Go block, and have now started joining the blocks together. Three blocks connected I used this youtube video to connect these already quilted blocks together, and while I don't really like to see the stitching on the joining pieces, I think I can live with it for this quilt. A little bit closer now Sewn close enough to the edge, it is not very noticeable. It also sews up fairly quickly (Yay!) and I really like how it feels while I'm sewing it together. The 3 pieces all fit together nicely, like puzzle pieces. I didn't want to stop sewing to make dinner. I certainly need more practice sewing that close to the edge (kind of like machine sewn binding) and my first try was not very good. I had to pull it out once. BUT, the more I do it, the better I'll do and by the end of the quilt, my edges should be in pretty good shape. Even the back looks pretty cool. sewn up the backDefinitely not perfect, but I'll keep at it.

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My favourite layer of all the layers - scones & cream. So. Good.

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This weekend, well, these last two days, actually, have been filled with awesome things I suddenly love. Today, Johanna He-man-way and I dressed up in animal sweaters, hopped in the car and headed over to the Vancouver Airport for afternoon tea. Thanks, Groupon! WEWT! Seriously, that coupon was a great deal. We were served 3 tiers of lovely sandwiches, two delicious scones each - my favourite of all the layers (shown above) - and the top tier of beautiful and tasty desserts. I have to say, those cranberry orange scones with Devonshire Cream were ALMOST my favourite parts of today's afternoon tea. HOWEVER, the tiny square of matcha green tea cheesecake was the very, very best cheesecake I have ever, ever had. The best. After our relaxing meal, we drove down to another part of Richmond to IKEA. The good news is, after a very long lock out, the dispute has been settled. The downside? Not really ready for business as usual. No soft serve ice cream was available. SAD. I guess things will be up and running in the next couple of months. ALSO, I wanted to buy a Christmas tree panel of fabric for our office, but apparently, someone had bought the entire bolt of Christmas trees. Seriously. They bought the whole forest. Greedy. I only needed 1 tree. Not the whole forest. SHEESH. SO, the second thing I love is this phone app that Mike found on Friday - it's called tintype. So. Dreamy.

#TinType #Hipstamatic someone's happy for #Faturday. All hail #pumpkin pancakes

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There will be SO many photos to come. I love this app as much as I love green tea matcha cheesecake. I'm serious.


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.


Made by pals

October 10, 2014

My 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, […]

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Book signing!

October 8, 2014

Loading View on Instagram 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 […]

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Aerial Views

September 29, 2014

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. […]

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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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