The productive day

by Carol Browne on September 24, 2014 · 1 comment

in Family and Buddies, General, Sewing


After taking Monica’s portraits on the weekend and buying a portrait book for $2.62 by this author, I felt all fresh and renewed to take some more portraits. I’ll be finding as many volunteers for photos as possible. Ruwani at work was my subject today. She started working in our office about 4 months ago. She’s fun and one day we’re going to have a full-on Sri Lankan dinner together. I’m not sure what that will entail other than rice and a pile of delicious. And maybe some coconut? I’ll keep you apprised when it happens.

After work, I promptly fell fast asleep on the skytrain and missed my stop. But that nap was rejuvenating and when I got home, I did an hour of yoga. Mike found me an app…and then you connect it to the TV…and voila! Instant beginner’s yoga. I sure do love my little phone. It helps me in all kinds of ways. Turns out I am not as stretchy as I used to be, but I’ll keep working on that – especially the neck stretches.

And finally…I figured out the infinity scarf! Scarf complete!
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Doug to the rescue

by Carol Browne on September 19, 2014 · 2 comments

in Family and Buddies, Sewing

Thanks for the help, Doug.

At the risk of sounding like I’m already giving up, sewing is HARD. It will be some time before I sew myself a shirtwaist dress, because I can’t figure out how to sew a stupid infinity scarf together. SAD, but true. I’ve got as far as sewing it into a tube, but sewing it into itself? HOW??? I’ve read a tutorial and watched several videos, but it still doesn’t make sense to me. Actually a lot of sewing has made no sense to me until I do it about 1,000 times, so here’s to 999 more tries. Actually, my little skirt turned out well after about 3 tries, so maybe 1,000 is a bit of an exaggeration. It just feels that way and once I get frustrated, the mistakes just keep coming and coming and coming. I had to step away tonight. I’ll try again on the weekend. In the meantime, Doug can keep my seat warm for me. He’s been sitting in my sewing room since last Halloween.

Tomorrow night some pals from work and I are going to the new gyoza bar that opened up right next door to our school. Sadly, it’s not a cheat day, so I can’t eat any gyozas, but I will try something else…like the salads? Or maybe I can order the soup without the noodles?

This really makes no sense, but you go for dinner for the company, right?



With any luck, this will become a dress

by Carol Browne on September 1, 2014 · 1 comment

in Family and Buddies, Sewing

fabric for my dress. I hope.

It started out pretty well – I even had to sew in 2 darts. But I hit a snafu with the collar. I didn’t quite line up the fabric correctly and it doesn’t meet at the sides – where the seam meets for the shoulders. And when I tried to use the seam ripper on this fabric (it’s some kind of stretchy knit stuff) it tore the fabric up a bit. I will have to re-cut the collar, that’s for sure. I’ll try again tomorrow. Once the collar’s on, it’s just sewing up the hems. Oh. And the sides. Not a very good dress without the sides sewn up.

As per usual, my trusty helpers were by my side:

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I nearly forgot these ones

by Carol Browne on August 7, 2014 · 0 comments

in Photos, Sewing

Only record the sunny days

I nearly forgot to post these photos from the oldie time farm house we visited last weekend – right in time for this weekend. This has been longest short week on record. Worky work was EXTREMELY worky these 4 days. But next week? It’s going to be awesome. I have a ticket to SIGGRAPH. Sweet! This is the networking event of the year for graphic design and animation and gaming. THE SHIZZY! I’ve never gone before, so this will be great. I also signed up for a studio tour – a bunch of the studios in Gastown are having open houses and I signed up. I wonder what I’ll see? I wonder who I’ll meet? I’ll let you know.

Clearly, this weekend must be a restful one so I will be all bright eyed and bushy taled for next week’s activities. The conference is like 5 days long. Whoa. Intense.
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The Three Ps

July 27, 2014

Pancakes, pizza and popsicles. That’s pretty much all I ate today. Oh Faturday, you are so delicious. Today’s menu reminded me of this illustration my friend, Jade, made for me on her last day at the office a couple of weeks ago. I put this little drawing in a frame near our front entrance. I […]

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Back to the drawing board

July 20, 2014

I am here to tell you that fashion IS danger. And hard. I spent my whole afternoon and evening making a dress for a “beginner”. I really thought by now I would be considered at least a beginner. On second thought, maybe not for clothes. I guess that one cape does not a beginner make. […]

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I nearly forgot…

July 15, 2014

…but not quite. It seems like a long, long time ago. Back in June, on the first day of the World Cup, before my mom and sister visited, before the graduation ceremony AND the portfolio show, we had a Quilting Bee meeting. We had an assortment of beautiful quilts and a few quilted pouches, like […]

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I sewed it!

July 4, 2014

Mike asked me if I could make a cape for an upcoming photoshoot. I hesitantly said yes, because, oh no. Clothes! But, I looked for a beginner pattern, and I found this free cape pattern on the pinterest. NICE. I only had to cut out 5 pieces (2 of which were doubles, so I only […]

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Until I ran out of staples

June 16, 2014

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 […]

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Dumpster fire & a jean basket

May 23, 2014

Exciting times happened today at work. After lunch, some of us noticed a wretched burning plastic smell. Some of us looked around the school, but it was clearly coming from outside. We shut all the windows and I decided to investigate. You will be happy to know that as I stood waiting for the elevator, […]

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