Family and Buddies

Maybe I will.

by Carol Browne on March 30, 2015 · 2 comments

in Family and Buddies, Photos, Sewing

Diamond pieces

Ever since I bought the magazine that Lysa was published in last month – Patchwork & Quilting, Issue 17 - I’ve had this package of diamond shapes just sitting in my sewing room in their package. Every time I see them, I think I want to do something with them. My buddy, Cathy, has been making a hexagon quilt by hand using this method and it’s getting bigger and bigger and pretty soon, it will be big enough for at least a queen size quilt. She is making the hexagons whenever she’s watching TV and it’s added up quickly. I was thinking if I did this while commuting AND watching TV, I could have a lovely handmade quilt in a few months. I’ll have to make a lot of diamond templates. And I’ve got a HUGE amount of scraps that I can dig into. I know I start a lot of things, but I do want to see if I can make a quilt of stars like this. I totally could. And I could use white AND grey in between the colours. I can also sort out my scraps in colours so that I can match the stars. I think I can do this! It will be slow going. But I think I can get a lot done on the skytrain.

And for no reason at all. Here’s a picture of Oscar.

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Sewing and photo edits

by Carol Browne on March 21, 2015 · 0 comments

in Family and Buddies, Photos, Sewing

FVMQG photobombed!

I had a great day of waffles (with Nutella, bananas, & strawberries),  sewing and then photo edits. I worked quite a few hours on last week’s wedding (not shown) – I think I should let the bride and groom see the photos before I post them here. Just know, I would love to show you. And I will once they’re all done. I also went through some of the Quilting Bee photos (shown above) and I still have a photoshoot to edit. I’ll do more edits tomorrow.

I also made the long walk (LOLS! I think it’s a 15 minute walk one way now that I think of it.) to Costco to  buy THESE Liberty print blouses: [click to continue…]


Did someone say, “bacon”?

by Carol Browne on March 16, 2015 · 0 comments

in Family and Buddies, Photos

Is that bacon?

Monday is a late night for me, so dinner is always quick and easy. Tonight? Bacon and eggs. And once the bacon started cooking up, the cats could not contain themselves. They were very intrigued by the cooking smells this evening and I had to keep taking them off the counter…first Oscar…then Donner…and Oscar flanked around the back and then I had to get him off the counter. Meanwhile, Donner hopped up on top of the fridge. I was fending off both the Smashy Brothers while trying to keep the scrambled eggs from getting overdone.

I read somewhere that cats are wired to have tenacity and perseverance. You know how hard it is to catch a mouse or a rat? Well, not very hard if you’re a garage door. One time we lived in a house with an automatic garage door opener (and closer). This particular time, as the door came up, we could hear some squeaking. I thought there was a bird in the garage – I just couldn’t see it. However, when the door closed, it got caught on something. And I saw something fly out the side of the door. OOF. Turned out the garage had rats and one go squished in the door. OOPS.

Thank goodness we don’t live there anymore.

Anyway, vermin are usually much more difficult to catch in the wild, hence the need for the cats to hang in there when hunting.

I think the frying pan of cooking bacon was their garage door opener.


It certainly is.

by Carol Browne on March 15, 2015 · 0 comments

in Family and Buddies, Photos

Life IS too short for bad coffee

A double exposure I created from two photos from last night’s wedding reception. And it really is true. There is no excuse for bad coffee. Today I was tired. Really tired. It’s been a busy week and last few days. I took it easy today. I took a pass on the rainy parade that Mike & Scott went to this morning.

I stayed home.

I slept a little bit more.

I edited more of last night’s wedding photos. I still have some to go through before I make my selection, but it won’t take too much longer to pull out the good ones.

Then I sewed up a pillow for my buddy which resulted in a lot of feathers floating around my sewing room, the stairs and some drifted to other parts of the house. That’s what happens when you cut open a down-filled insert. What I learned from this? It’s really best to keep the pillow form intact. I’ll know better for next time.

Tonight we received an dinner invitation! We went over to celebrate with some long time pals and ate chicken and veggies and Mike & I even had some dinner rolls. I know! Not Faturday! But the bread was fresh and so were those roast potatoes. It was a super nice treat.

And the coffee tonight?



Wedding reception gig

March 15, 2015

This couple was one of the first to get to the reception. They had the place to themselves for a little while. Today I got to take the photos at my friend’s son’s wedding. How did I get this opportunity? Well, a few years ago, I took photos of his dog. That really happened! His […]

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With special guest, Krista!

March 13, 2015

Quilting Bee was fun tonight (it’s always fun!) and we had a special guest, Krista, come visit us to tell us about her new book (bought it!) and talk about her dreamy trip to Quiltcon. This quilt won at Quiltcon this year. You can read all about it here. She told us she entered this […]

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Just to be clear…

March 10, 2015

Photo by Mike Browne. Font by Cynthia Frenette. I think the lighting in the kitchen is good. I look tan and it’s not even close to summer. Also, I did not fake and bake and that is not a spray tan. Nice work, kitchen lights! Donner looks adorable. He is such a nice kitty when […]

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Hockey is hard

March 8, 2015

We went to the Olympic Oval in Richmond tonight to watch the Bladezillas play hockey. Other than the other team being late and the Bladezillas losing in the last 30 seconds of the game, we had an enjoyable time. Our buddy & neighbour scored a hat trick tonight, so that was awesome. Also awesome? The […]

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Lunchbag lunches from now on

March 5, 2015

So, THIS happened tonight. We had to trade in the Opera Car – named because of all the of noise she was making. There were screeching noises and what sounded like we were dragging a huge safe behind the car. That’s it for lunches out for about a bazillion months (I read the contract! I’m […]

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“…the doing of it is the thing.”

March 1, 2015

Debbie and Her Nan’s Quilt I got the new Amy Poehler book for Christmas and this is by far my favourite quote: “You do it because the doing of it is the thing. The doing is the thing. The talking and worrying and thinking is not the thing.” ― Amy Poehler, Yes Please So, today? We did […]

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