Home decor

Buffalo Bill & Sitting Bull A couple of years ago, I found this framed print abandoned in amongst piles and piles of discarded office stuff in the building where I work. We were hosting a portfolio show in the "empty" space and we had to move a few things and shut a few doors before the guests came to peruse the graduates' work. Late that night, after everyone had gone home, I spotted it and decided it didn't count as stealing if it stayed in the same building, and I just moved it to a different floor. I grabbed it and hung it up in the Student Services/Career Services room. When I first started in that room, it was just two of us (me and Mimi), but gradually we built up to 5 people working in there. All of us enjoyed this photo and agreed it was definitely a good representation of the Fashion Design program. Beautiful menswear!  And Buffalo Bill even had embroidery on his sleeves. Incredible. Today, when the Campus Director told me I could take it home, I jumped at the chance! Hooray! I have the perfect spot for it in our dining room. I hung it up tonight. Here it is in our house! Side note: Mike is not as excited as I am about this new acquisition. In the dining room I LOVE IT! It's perfect for Thanksgiving and a nice conversation piece whenever we have guests. Oh no. I think that means we need to have dinner guests sometime. Tomorrow is my last day at work and my coworkers are throwing me a good bye party. So, cheat meal! Hooray!

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No children in the basket. You put the lotion in the basket. Not kids. PUT THE LOTION IN THE BASKET!* HEH. *If you don't recognize this, please be sure to watch The Silence of the Lambs. And be sure to watch it all alone, in the dark, for maximum effect. :-) I know. That was mean.) This afternoon I took some photos of another LinkedIn client. I think I'm going to use that word a bit more now. Client. LOLS. So formal! This time the best photos came out based on a collaboration of sorts. I'm not much for posing people - I prefer to let the person pick his/her own pose and then I make tiny adjustments as needed. I really think the person will feel more comfortable that way. When the person made the suggestion to kneel down today, I thought for sure it wouldn't be comfortable, but we tried that and guess what? Great photos! I was taking a photo above her, on a stool that I brought with me to the park. Whatever works! Seems it's time to do a blog post about prepping for a shoot, what to wear and other FAQs. After the photos were taken, I went across the border for a Trader Joes run AND to pick up a couple of things for the moms for Mother's Day next week. Yay! Mother's Day! I also stopped in at Fred Meyer - hence the basket warning in español. And in other news, how many casseroles can I make? How much do I love this casserole dish? I have officially run out of space for any new-to-me dishes. I'm going to have to rearrange a few things and/or sell some stuff at the community garage sale next week and/or make a trip to the thrift store. But this casserole dish? It's staying right here. I found it for $13 at a junk shop in New Westminster this afternoon. It needs a little elbow grease on the the lid, but other than that, it's awesome.

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The Spring Ledge

by Carol Browne on March 23, 2015 · 0 comments

in Home decor, Photos

The entrance ledge Our entrance is a skinny little place and there's no room for a proper shelf. Instead, I used a ledge that's about 3 inches wide and decorate it for holidays and themes. It was way past Valentines Day when I decided to bring out the wooden tulips  and a baby chick made from Swarovski crystal. Also, the letter B. But I think I brought that out for Chinese New Year. I was a little bit late for the first day of Spring 2015. Just a little bit. Mike and I are both represented in this ledge and so are the kitties. That's  me with the crown on and I'm holding Oscar. He's a fancy cat and says, "Miau" not "Meow" like Donner does. Donner is super meowy and out yodels Oscar for breakfast and dinner these days. He's pretty yelly.  A little bit late for spring We've had plenty of rain today. Around 3 pm, I notice it was quite dark out. We all stopped doing our work in the office and BANG! Thunder Clap! It was excellent. Spring is here! The blossoms are here, and soon the warmth will be here. It's a little bit chilly tonight. This week is looking good for events and other festivities. And soon? Easter break! I get 3 days off and Mike gets...10. How does that work? I have no idea. Not. Fair.


Glass Owls

by Carol Browne on February 26, 2015 · 1 comment

in Home decor, Photos, Sewing

Spooky owls! WHO? Our local Sally Ann sometimes has the coolest (and wierdest) stuff. And it's open late - 9 pm during the week. It works out well for my schedule. Clearly. Yesterday I found these two glass owls for $4 each (I think. Yup. $4 each). They are actually bottles. Their heads come off! Who? There has been a bit of an owl craze happening online for the last couple of years. Mostly those owls are all cute and drawn with big, friendly eyes. But not these guys. They're a bit spooky. Perfect for Halloween - which means all year round at our house. I put them up high on the shelf in the kitchen so they can look down on us, like they would in the forest, except they would be in trees, and not surrounded by a Jack-o-lantern, a glass boot cup and a pink rhinoceros cookie jar. Who? I've heard an owl in the house can be a bad omen. And I have to admit, I do get superstitious. But, I think we'll be okay because (this is going to sound crazy, but I'm going to tell you anyway.) I had a dream a couple of months ago about about an owl...that turned into a girl (with long, blonde hair)...then transformed back into an owl and sat on our chest of drawers in our bedroom. I wasn't afraid of the owl (even that that was pretty weird), I just had a peaceful feeling. In the morning, I looked it up, and, of course, it said the owl in your dreams is an omen of death (I think I knew that?). Oh dear. But that nice, warm feeling I had? It didn't leave me. Strangely enough, that day, we did get some very bad news at the office about someone we used to work with. EERIE. Coincidence? I don't know how that all works. Creepy? Yes. Dark? Yes. This is why I had to have them. In other news, I did my quilt homework (my buddy, Ruwani, called it that the other day. Ha!) and now all I have to do is sew the binding down! I'm taking the kitty table runner on the train tomorrow to see on my way to and from work.

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The day that was a very good day.

January 17, 2015

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: I didn’t even turn […]

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Collecting tablecloths

January 7, 2015

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, […]

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Farewell, old friend

January 5, 2015

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 […]

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Feeling crafty

November 16, 2014

Here 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 […]

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Halloween bunting COMPLETE!

October 19, 2014

I did it. I have successfully completed the Halloween bunting! Hooray for us! I used this tutorial and made my own template. I made the triangles pretty big and I used about 5 1/2 metres of double bias binding. I’m so glad I went the double folded pre-made binding route. It looks really nice close […]

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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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