My work buddy, Mimi, and I went for a little walk to see the solar eclipse. We walked down to the Vancouver Sun & Province building at the foot of Granville Street to get the perfect view. Sadly, it was so cloudy that we couldn't even find the sun, let alone see the moon action happening over it anyway.
That may have been for the best. I'm not sure it's safe to look directly into the sun during an eclipse. I definitely remember that from the 5th grade. What were we thinking?
What we were not thinking was that it was our lucky day. But it was, in fact, our lucky day. We saw police on horseback on Granville Street! AWESOME!
It is important for all horses to follow the rules of road in when in the city.
I like this photo because it looks like the horse is smiling at the girl walking by. FRESH!
The police and horses sauntered off down Granville and they held up traffic. HA! They totally made the buses wait for them. Heh. Can't very well honk at the police horses, can you?
2 more sleeps until Faturday. I am READY for it. And for the fancy tea. I'd better wash my fox/raccoon sweater tomorrow night after work. Looking good is important when eating cucumber sandwiches without the crusts.
At the last quilt guild meeting, my guild buddy, Helen, gave me this pirate fabric
and I turned it into a circle skirt. Another one! Call me a one-trick pony - I've made the same skirt twice! Woohoo! I'll take it. I have to tell you that this time I am very proud of my waistband. It looks very polished and this time I got the spot where you insert the elastic on the inside! YES! Success.
It's the little things.
This fabric is 100% cotton and flows very nicely. If I were to change anything, I would have given the waistband about another half inch. This cotton doesn't give at ALL. No stretchiness one bit. I can't bear to touch the waistband. I am SO darned proud of it.
The hem? Not perfect, but it's okay. The skirt is busy enough that you don't even notice it and you would only see the imperfections if you flipped up the bottom and had a close look. Perhaps for the next skirt, I'll try a French seam. FANCY!
Happily, I've got an outfit already picked out for work tomorrow. YES! I never do that. I've even got a fresh pair of tights for tomorrow and everything.
Thank you, Helen! I love my new skirt.
I snapped this photo on the photowalk where we ended up shopping in thrift stores down by the water. And the only reason we walked up the street was to see if there were more thrift stores. What can I say? We're hooked on reducing, recycling and reusing. Also, I think it's the thrill of the hunt. Because not only did I find a $4 Halloween decoration in our travels (shown later), I found THIS sweater:
I know! I can't believe that someone gave up this awesome sweater. And I have to tell you, Mike said, "Oh. I wish that was in MY size!"
I received several compliments on this treasure I found dangling off a hanger. Someone asked me if I made the sweater. In fact, the person said, "This looks like something you would make.". AWW! Nice (I think.). Yes. That was nice. I checked the tag and found:
1) It is 100% acrylic
2) It was made in China
I think this means this thing will last forever.
Best six bucks I spent last week! YES!
We celebrated Faturday in style today. We went out to iHop with our buddies, Chris & Tami, in New Westminster. The sun was shining (AGAIN! Some more!) and we went on a photowalk down by the water. Actually, what ended up happening was we got a little side-tracked by Antique Alley (I think it consists of 2 second hand stores and a military supply store. It's a small alley, I guess.).
BUT, in one of the stores I spotted this in the window:
I have the little sugar bowl already. I didn't realize it belonged to a huge set with an orange cart. ADORABLE. But, I could not, in good conscience, spend $75 for it and didn't even enter the shop. Maybe one day I'll find them piece by piece in my travels.
But still, CUTE.
We did browse through the other store and had a great time pulling out records and looking at 8 tracks. Also, I found 1 box of oldie time Christmas ornaments, but, the box was nicer than the ornaments and I took a pass. Life is too short for ugly, scraped up, and dirty Christmas ornaments. And I should make that saying into a plaque.
WHAT IS HAPPENING to me? I am usually greedily grabbing things like this. I'm either learning patience and discernment or coming down with something.
I pick learning patience and discernment.
I left empty handed from Antique Alley. It can be done.
Mike and I went for a walk around New West and I found this little girl all ready to go for Halloween. At least I'm assuming that's what this was for. An early party? Or maybe another Katy Perry concert
Just as we were leaving, I snapped this photo of a ghost wall
? Maybe? So many questions on my blog today.
New West is an "older" city compared to the other cities in the Lower Mainland and has many similarities to Gastown. Is this a real ghost wall? I'm not sure.
I couldn't find any info on it. But I hope it is.
And not a reproduction of one. To be fair, it does look like it's in pretty good shape.