Family and Buddies

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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This has started a chain reaction

by Carol Browne on July 29, 2014 · 1 comment

in Family and Buddies

Yesterday I hit the jackpot when I found this delightful dress FULL of skulls and guns. Guns? Yup. It’s in the pattern where you’d expect the cross bones to be under the skulls’ jaws. I was pretty sure I was never going to take it off, and I have to tell you that putting on my plain old khakis and my $8 blouse from Kohl’s was a bit of a lunch-bag letdown. But I will always love you Kohl’s! I found my pink flamingo skirt there. ANYWAY…

My very sophisticated coworker, Asta, from Lithuania, invited me today to go to Holt Renfrew to try on lipsticks on our lunch break. She is very fancy, wears beautiful European clothes and shoes and told me I should probably consider wearing some lipstick to go with my new dress. I can’t remember the last time I put on lipstick. Oh wait. Yes I do. Our wedding! 16 years ago. Wow.

We went across the street and Asta told me her favourite lipstick companies were Dior and something else (I can’t remember). I figured I’d might as well go big or go home, so we went to the Dior counter and had a very friendly saleslady show us a variety of light pink lipsticks that wouldn’t make me look like a clown or a crazy person – I imagined lipstick applied and then smeared across my face. Also, hysterical crying. THAT kind of lipstick is what I DON’T want.

You will be happy to know that I did make a selection! A light pink colour that looked quite natural and tiny bit sparkly in the light. Sadly, they were all out of stock, so the salesperson will be calling me when it comes in.

At this rate, if I’m not careful, my website could become a fashion blog.


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What did you do this weekend?

by Carol Browne on July 28, 2014 · 1 comment

in Family and Buddies, Photos

I can't breatheToday at the office:

Coworker 1: What did I do this weekend? I went camping in Chilliwack!

Coworker 2: I went to a Buddhist Temple in Kamloops!

Coworker 3: I went to Kelowna and stayed in a B&B by the lake!

Coworker 4: I went to the race track!

Me: I sewed all day on Saturday and on Sunday I went with Mike & Alysia to the graveyard to take photos of her in a gas mask.

Who had the best weekend? These guys. JUST KIDDING! Please note: I selected this photo because the other ones showed a bit too much once I zoomed in. I know they are not in focus. You (and they) are welcome!

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The Three Ps

by Carol Browne on July 27, 2014 · 2 comments

in Family and Buddies, Sewing

The Faturday Illustration by Jade

Pancakes, pizza and popsicles. That’s pretty much all I ate today. Oh Faturday, you are so delicious. Today’s menu reminded me of this illustration my friend, Jade, made for me on her last day at the office a couple of weeks ago. I put this little drawing in a frame near our front entrance. I love this theme and that tiny cutlery.

Other than going out for pancakes this morning (blueberry. YUM) I stayed home all the live long day. It was glorious. I got caught up in my chores – nearly avoiding the great laundry crisis of 2014 – we were dangerously low on underpants. And got some sewing in! I’ve been working on a Quilt As You Go quilt and made at least half a dozen 9 inch blocks today – in between loads of laundry, dishes and (EW!) cleaning the bathroom.

Here are two of my favourite blocks from today.

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The Yeowler

July 22, 2014

Must be 10 pm, Donner is READY for dinner. He hops up on the dishwasher and MEOWs and MEOWs with all his might and in all his gummy glory. I’m not sure if less teeth means an increase in volume in cat yelling. It would seem so. Sheesh. I have started a cool photo project, […]

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Around the world in about an hour and half

July 20, 2014

Mike and I went over to the Fusion Festival today in Holland Park in Surrey. It was a nice event! Not too crowded and the temperature was just right – a little cloudy and cool. The photo above is my favourite portrait I’ve taken in a very long time. We found him at the Israel […]

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“A major malfunction”

July 18, 2014

Big excitement today in commuting news! Maybe I should just turn this blog into COMMUTING TODAY! All commuting, all the time! Are you on public transit? SO AM I! Seriously. Maybe I should! So, this is how THIS happened. Picture this – me all day long at the office: Hey! Tonight is quilting bee night! […]

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Wieners and their owners

July 12, 2014

After birthday pancakes (Rooty Tutti Fresh and Fruity! WEWT!) and while I waited for Mike to get his hair cut, I googled events for Vancouver on July the 12th. I had done this before, but nothing exciting or fun enough appeared on the google when I looked before today. Today, however? WIENER DOG RACES appeared […]

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With the owner’s manual. RAD.

July 10, 2014

I had an awesome mail day yesterday. My mom sent me my aunt’s TOTALLY retro, radical Minolta SR-7 (with her permission. Nothing dodgy going on here.). Fresh from 1962 to 1966. This camera is OLD! And it has the original owner’s manual. I will be reading it shortly. What makes this camera so special? Well, […]

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The Happy Birthday Post!

July 7, 2014

Remember last month when we went kayaking? I never did post the film photos of us on the water. Want to know why? Because they didn’t exactly work out. But the day was so fun, I thought I’d post them in celebration of my mom’s birthday today! Happy Birthday, Mom! We had fun, didn’t we? […]

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