Home decor

Just finish something already.

by Carol Browne on September 13, 2014 · 0 comments

in Crafts, Home decor

Paper pieced and some hand stitchingI 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 block from this quilt as I had somehow cut it half an inch too small. I thought about trying to cheat with the pattern when sewing it together, but changed my mind. I don’t think making alterations to this quilt is going to make it come together any easier. I’ll appreciate this when I have 35 blocks all the perfect size. I only have 10 more to make.

As I was digging around for some fabric, I found this paper pieced coffee cup I made a very long time ago. In fact, I think I made this when we were living in Burnaby, so that makes it nearly 2 years ago. SO! Since I was binding this other block, I made extra binding fabric and bound this one as well. I will also hang it in the kitchen.

Our kitchen is going to be full of quilty things. Yay!

Mike has been out gallivanting with Jason at a BC Lions game all evening and he will be bringing treats home. This is me waiting patiently for donuts. A raspberry filled jelly donut, to be exact.



I think they may need a second coat

by Carol Browne on July 2, 2014 · 0 comments

in General, Home decor

Missed a spot. DARN IT. Looks like I’ll be doing some touch ups.

The front stairs

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.

by Carol Browne on July 1, 2014 · 0 comments

in General, Home decor

flip-flops-blogI 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 those flip flops on the beach. I took that photo a few days ago when my mom and sister were here.

I took too long to take a photo of the freshly painted steps out front and after chit chatting with the neighbour, it was too dark to take a proper photo. Also, without the “before” photo, the “after” photo is not too impressive. HA! To be fair, I didn’t realize just how crappy the front stairs looked until after I started applying the paint. “Oh.”, I thought, “THAT’S what they’re supposed to look like. Nice!”. Fresh paint. This is a new tool I can start to use every now and then. I think the key is taking your time painting. In the past, I’ve rushed the process, which resulted in a sloppy, ugly job. This time? I was patient and completed one step before starting the next one.

First, I sanded with the belt sander.

Second, I swept and then washed the steps.

Third, I taped up the rubber runner that is nailed to the steps (side note: sadly, some paint bled through. BOO!)

Fourth AND lastly, I painted.

And that’s all there was to it.

I think I may need to paint more stuff.


Until I ran out of staples

by Carol Browne on June 16, 2014 · 0 comments

in Crafts, Home decor, Sewing

Bigfoot Crossing

I spent the evening and afternoon with the electric stapler? Is that what it’s called? I also found a powerful, hand stapler that did not depend on electricity. In any event, I pulled out a pile of fabric today that Cynthia and I picked up at the Goodwill in Bellingham last year and covered up an unused bulletin board and made a kitty bed out of a dirty old stool we had in our living room for ages.

This is part of our dining room. This room is sadly neglected. We just never use it for anything except putting mail on the too big dining room table we have in here. One day we’ll get a smaller dining table or even a cool old kitchen table and give this room an upgrade. Maybe one day we’ll even eat dinner in there – well, besides Christmas dinner.

I’ll hang up the Bigfoot poster this week. I couldn’t do it tonight because I didn’t think the neighbours would appreciate me hammering the wall at 11:30 pm.

My other stapler project included this cat space:
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The Throne

June 7, 2014

Today, Mike & I went on an adventure to Langley. We went out for lunch, then drove into the country to see the house from The Bates Motel show. Sadly, it was all fenced off and boarded up. We’ll have to back when the show starts filming again so I can take some photos without […]

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The Unicorn of the Sea

February 16, 2014

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 […]

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Doug and the pillowcase

November 5, 2013

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 […]

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Not taking the cards’ advice

September 28, 2013

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

September 4, 2013

Poem by Hilda Conkling, Poems for a Little Girl, 1920 [SOURCE] 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. […]

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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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