Home decor

Some days are just banner days. This one was one of those days. I consumed many things (which is not supposed to make you happy, but it was very satisfying, nonetheless.). We started the day off by picking up the matching ottoman to the couch. HUZZAH. This is how that looked:

New ottoman!

I didn’t even turn on the TV. Who needs the TV when you’re floating on a cloud? It’s super dreamy.

Next up, a surprise birthday tea party Johanna organized with her niece for my new-to-me friend, Aleisha. We went to The Little White House in Langley.
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Collecting tablecloths

by Carol Browne on January 7, 2015 · 0 comments

in Home decor, Photos

tablecloth with giant cross stitches

I need to start a new habit of taking photos during the day. Over the last month or so, I got used to taking photos at night of little dolls. Now it’s time to get out during the day with my camera and see the sights during daylight hours. I start work at 10 am, so I could take photos before work (although, truth be known, I am not a morning person by any stretch) or I could take a photo walk for lunch before 4 pm. Seems to get dark around 4-ish, although, that will change soon enough. Days will start getting noticeably longer pretty soon.

I’ve been slowly packing up the Christmas stuff and tonight I pulled out a new to me table cloth I found at the friendly, neighbourhood thrift store. I found 2 of the same style – one pink gingham and this orange gingham. I have no idea if it’s handmade or not. It looks like it from the back, but I can’t be too sure. In any event, I love how they look and the big cross stitches in a pattern that reminds me of a quilt.

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Farewell, old friend

by Carol Browne on January 5, 2015 · 1 comment

in Home decor, Photos

My side of the couch.

Tonight is the last night I’ll be sitting on the good, old Klick Klack. It’s full of crumbs and farts and a broken spring that pokes right into my butt. This is my side of the couch – Mike had a no photo request tonight due to illness. His hair is doing crazy things.

We found out this weekend that a lifetime for a couch is 7 years. WHAT? I’m pretty sure the couch my mom had reupholstered in her basement was at least 3 times that old. And it looked much better with the updated fabric.

This couch was about 5 years old, so I’m guessing we wore it out with excessive Netflix binges and marathons, the great move of 2012 (thanks again, Justin!) and the kitties? We’ve only had a few houseguests (mom and my sister) so it didn’t get used excessively as a bed. Oh well! We had 5 good years of surfing. We can only hope our next couch will serve us as well. Good bye, old friend! Thank you for keeping us comfy for hours on end.

In an effort to take care of our new couch properly, I read up on some couch care tips. Here’s a suggestion:

Wear of your new sofa can be accelerated by dust and dirt. Be sure to vacuum your new sofa at least once a week. Don’t forget to remove cushions if possible as dirt and dust accumulate under them. Use appropriate vacuum attachments to get into all visible gaps and crevices.

Yep. I’m sure I’ll adhere to that tip.

For a whole week.

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Feeling crafty

by Carol Browne on November 16, 2014 · 1 comment

in Festivities, General, Home decor

Love this box of ornamentsHere is yesterday’s purchase from the vintage, junking Christmas flea market we went to. I love the shape of the Christmas ornaments and the packaging. These are going to look great on our white Christmas tree.

I was tempted to start decorating the tree, but exercised restraint. Instead, I tried them out on the cedar tree in our backyard.

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Halloween bunting COMPLETE!

October 19, 2014

I did it. I have successfully completed the Halloween bunting! Hooray for us!

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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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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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Just finish something already.

September 13, 2014

I heard somewhere that when someone has all sorts of projects started it’s some kind of way to ensure that person always has something to do. THAT just may be the case for me. So today I figured I should finish something after making a few more quilt-as-you-go blocks. I started by binding a reject […]

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I think they may need a second coat

July 2, 2014

Missed a spot. DARN IT. Looks like I’ll be doing some touch ups. Man. It was not that noticeable last night when I packed everything up. Good thing I kept the paint. It’s in the shed for emergencies exactly like this. The green door turned out okay, though!

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I did the steps today. And the door.

July 1, 2014

I hope you had a banner Canada Day. And if you’re not in Canada, I hope you had lovely July the 1st. I find it hard to believe we are in the 7th month of 2014. Seriously? Christmas is in 5 months. Wait. Why am I thinking of Christmas? Summer is HERE! Just look at […]

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