Debbie and her Nan's Quilt

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 PoehlerYes Please

So, today? We did the thing. It was such a fun day. And the thing we did? Sewed scrappy quilt blocks.  We sewed and learned how to sew and then sewed a bit more.

We even had show and tell.
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Counting the sheep

by Carol Browne on February 22, 2015 · 0 comments

in Festivities, General, Photos, Sewing, Vancouver

Eye level sheep

Yesterday afternoon before the Maria Bamford show, Mike and I wandered around Granville Street and the surrounding areas. After following the drum beats to Holt Renfrew to see the Lion Dancers, we headed a couple of blocks over the Vancouver Art Gallery and found about a billion little sheep covering the grassy area of the VAG (Heh. I know. That’s what the locals call it. VAG. Heh.). Okay, maybe not a billion, but more than 10! I’m good with numbers!
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And today in sad thrifting…

by Carol Browne on February 11, 2015 · 1 comment

in General

*Sad trombone*


*Sad Trombone*. Jeez. At least take the photo out of the crappy frame before thrifting. I’m going to assume this is due to laziness on someone’s part and leave it at that. I don’t want to think of any other reason for this to happen. If this little boy is you or someone you know, I will go rescue it for you. However, you will have to take the frame – cacti and all. Just say the word!

Today’s trip to the Salvation Army Thrift store proved fruitless. But that’s okay. I’ve had many good scoops at that store – a cool, blue pyrex with a proper lid and, of course, my awesome, faux leopard coat that I haven’t worn recently due to excessive rain. I don’t think I’d be able to stand up if that coat got wet while I was in it. I’m pretty sure it would weigh a ton all watered down.

BUT, on the plus side, I did unlock this achievement tonight thanks to a couple of months grocery shopping and collecting stamps at the neighbourhood grocery store:

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Short Circuiting

by Carol Browne on February 9, 2015 · 0 comments

in Family and Buddies, General, Photos

For some reason, I’ve had the song, Endless Love, by Lionel Ritchie and Donna Summer on repeat in my brain for over a week now. I find myself whistling and singing it in the kitchen and even at work. That song reminded me of the movie, Ice Castles. A movie best left in 1978 (Sorry, Robbie Benson). Then, today while making dinner, the old theme song from the Calgary Flames popped into my noggin. What is happening? When was the last time I even thought of the Flames? I don’t get it. My synapses are creating havoc, or maybe these are really old ones just bubbling up to the surface? Yeesh. I hope disclosing these things will help clean out my brain to make room for something a little more current and fun.

Sadly, any trips across the border for the purpose of taking photos were canceled today due to rain. Usually, I’d be VERY disappointed, but since it’s not Faturday, I didn’t feel all that bad about it. It would have been nice to sneak in a trip to Trader Joes, of course. But not today. Instead, we stayed in, watched an assortment of movies and TV shows and I dug out things in my sewing room that could be finished in front of the TV.

We stayed in our of the rain.

First thing I did was finish the binding on the mug rug I last worked on, on March 22, 2013 (I just checked.). it’s just been waiting all this time to have the binding sewn on to the back. For some reason I made the binding really big, but it’s all on the back and who looks there? No one. The mug rug is now being used on the side table now located on my side of the couch.

I also brought out the, It’s a Small World cross stitch project from May 17, 2014. I got a roof and a flag done.

And I read the best photography book I’ve ever read called, “Read This If You Want To Take Great Photographs.” by Henry Carroll.

I think I’ll have my sewing machine sorted out in a week or so, so I’ll keep myself busy with this for the next few days. I’ve also got a big worky work week ahead, so I was glad to stay in today.

Even with my wonky synapses.


Warning sign

February 6, 2015

I turned the menu board into a warning sign during the week. That sign would just say, “Chilli” or “Eggs Again” on Sundays to Fridays anyway. So I thought a warning sign would be better. But those cats don’t read. I don’t like the kitties on the counter, either. This is Oscar on the pass-thru […]

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Today’s horrible fact

January 27, 2015

Okay. Are you ready for this? I learned a little fact about adorable, pink, peegs. But first, I love the window displays over at Holt Renfrew – the very fancy dress, pants, shoes and purses store. And coats. And make up. Trust me. Everything is fancy over there.  More fun! Less Fuss! I agree. And […]

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Meat and 2 Veg Pizza

January 16, 2015

This took me a long time to make. And we gobbled it up in about 15 minutes. This is a pizza crust made of cauliflower. I substituted ground chickpeas for ground almonds and it worked just fine. I didn’t try to eat it like a regular pizza – I used a knife & fork. It […]

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Advent 2014 – Day 13, What’s with all the racket?

December 13, 2014

Hi there. I went out for a walk, took my lantern and left my  tutu back home. What a big, stinky jerk. Ugh. My stupid, little brother.  I am NOT buying him a Christmas gift this year. Forget it. Thanks for nothing, Marcus. Sheesh. Hang on. Did you hear that? WHAT IS IT? It sounds […]

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Advent 2014 – Day 9, AWWWW! Wood Elves!

December 9, 2014

Wood Elf #1: Meredith! Please be careful with the Magic Christmas Owl! Meredith: Okay. Here you go, little owl. Sit right here next to your buddy in the red suit. Elf in the red suit: Here you go, little bird. Meredith: Hello, Wood Elves! How are you? Wood Elf in the yellow hat: We’re good. […]

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Advent 2014 – Day 6, Are those guys fairies, too?

December 5, 2014

Man, I have been reading this awesome golden book all about Las Vegas. Apparently this is a real place quite a ways a way from The Land of the Fairies. It’s also quite a hike from the Tooth Fairy Museum in Illinois. I don’t think I can sneak away while on my school trip to […]

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