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The Unicorn of the Sea

by Carol Browne on February 16, 2014 · 0 comments

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The Narwhal

Last night little Violett gave me this picture she drew of a narwhal. This got me in the mood for fixing up the entrance way. I picked up this ledge ages ago from IKEA and have just put these little wooden flowers on them, to welcome the Spring – which I think is on its way.
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Doug and the pillowcase

by Carol Browne on November 5, 2013 · 4 comments

in General, Home decor, Sewing

Oscar & Doug

Even though it was 10 pm when I got home, I HAD to sew a pillowcase. I just had it in my mind that I needed to sew it.

Monday & Tuesday nights are late ones for me. I stay in Vancouver to meet with some buddies and then head home. Usually I just surf the net in front of the TV, but not tonight. Tonight I was on a mission to sew a pink case for a pillow and it had to be done. Added bonus: it kept me awake until Mike got home from work. I had to pick him up at 12:24 tonight, so I couldn’t accidentally fall asleep. That rarely happens. I’m more of a night owl than anything, but tonight’s Magic Pillowcase tutorial was just enough crafty for a late night.

That’s Oscar peeking between Doug’s arm and his ribs. Heh. Lucky, lucky shot! Even his eye is in focus.

Here’s how it turned out:

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Not taking the cards’ advice

by Carol Browne on September 28, 2013 · 1 comment

in Home decor, Photos


Yesterday, my work buddy, Asta, read the people in our office’s tarot cards. Here’s what I got:

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Scratching the surface

by Carol Browne on September 4, 2013 · 1 comment

in Crafts, General, Home decor

The world turns softly...

Poem by Hilda Conkling, Poems for a Little Girl, 1920

I’m not sure what you did tonight, but I scratched words into wet photos with a knitting needle! I didn’t create this photo in photoshop one bit. It’s 100% analog. I have many printed snapshots from the summer because I shot them in film. I took the option of scanning the photos as well, so I’m good. I’ve got the negatives, the photos on a disk and printed, just in case I ever need a copy. Which I most likely won’t ever need. Good thing I have back up upon back up of things I may or may not use again for any reason! YES! LOGIC!

BUT, I did like doing this simple project because:

1) I used photos that I was just going to stick in drawer.
2) I liked looking up poems about apples, water lilies and relaxing on the water.
3) I like how my handwriting turned out. It’s very instagrammy/faux handwriting. But it’s my handwriting! Cross my heart.
4) It’s easy. I just put a wet cloth on the photo and used a knitting needle like a pen. I read about it in the Photocraft book. Speaking of which, my photo transfers did not go well at all – even the ones that seemed to do well. They are all fuzzy and have some kind of haze on them, so you can barely see the image. Back to the drawing board on that project.

I’ll get back to those later. Right now, I have a lovely, analog water lily photo to show you.
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Looking out

June 12, 2013

One of my most favourite-est memories ever takes (or is it “took”? The events happened in the past, but I am thinking about the memory now. I seem to be having grammar problems in this moment. Hopefully you understand what I’m trying to say here.) place in Disneyland – the REAL Disneyland, in California – […]

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Meet Babs

June 9, 2013

Guess what? Peeg watering can butt! Hey, she came with this name. I didn’t name her. I picked her up on sale (shocking!) at Fred Meyer yesterday – the crazy grocery store across the border the sells 2 for 1 recliners a few feet away from the avocados. I told Mike I’d do my best […]

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Mini aquarium

April 28, 2013

Ever since we got Oscar, I got rid of all the indoor plants. Oscar dug in the couple I had and I was pretty sure he would turn any others into a litter basket, so I moved those plants to work…once that job ended, I gave them to my coworker, Ada, the Patron Saint of […]

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Meanwhile, back in the cold part of Canada…

February 26, 2013

This is how they do it in Nova Scotia: This is Mike’s dad’s front yard on Sunday morning! It was his birthday and in celebration, peegs and birdies from all over flocked to his house, thanks to Mike’s sister. They must have come for the cake. Did you notice the sidewalks are perfectly cleared around […]

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$15 curtains

February 4, 2013

Meanwhile, over at the store that sells everything for your bedroom, bathroom and more… Mike: Hey! Look at these curtains! They’re $15 each! Me: I can’t be bothered to even fight this. We can use these temporarily until we find curtains we really like. I’ve been stumped with what to cover the windows with since […]

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Sew For Victory

January 27, 2013

Unpacking makes for some boring blogging, but it needs to be done so I can set up my sewing area. Johanna gave me this sign yesterday and I’m using it as motivation. I’m chomping at the bit to do some paper piecing, but there’s a series of things that need to get done before I […]

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