Happy Halloweek

by Carol Browne on October 26, 2014 · 1 comment

in Family and Buddies, Sewing

Halloweek - I stole this term from Vancouver fashion blogger, Jessica Luxe. It's the perfect name for this whole week. And what better way to spend the next several days before Halloween on Friday? All Halloween week! Guess who? Guess who? My mom made us so excellent costumes when I was growing up. This one was reused for several Halloweens. I remember really liking this costume because the fabric was very soft (I think it was flannel) and it was really baggy and confortable. Mom made those pompoms, too. Happy Halloweek to YOU! In quilting news, I actually made some progress today. I finished up the 30th Quilt As You Go block, and have now started joining the blocks together. Three blocks connected I used this youtube video to connect these already quilted blocks together, and while I don't really like to see the stitching on the joining pieces, I think I can live with it for this quilt. A little bit closer now Sewn close enough to the edge, it is not very noticeable. It also sews up fairly quickly (Yay!) and I really like how it feels while I'm sewing it together. The 3 pieces all fit together nicely, like puzzle pieces. I didn't want to stop sewing to make dinner. I certainly need more practice sewing that close to the edge (kind of like machine sewn binding) and my first try was not very good. I had to pull it out once. BUT, the more I do it, the better I'll do and by the end of the quilt, my edges should be in pretty good shape. Even the back looks pretty cool. sewn up the backDefinitely not perfect, but I'll keep at it.

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Circle skirt #2

by Carol Browne on October 22, 2014 · 0 comments

in Photos, Sewing

Complete! 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. Flowing skirtThis 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! The ensembleHappily, 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.


Halloween bunting COMPLETE!

by Carol Browne on October 19, 2014 · 0 comments

in Home decor, Sewing

Welcome! I did it. I have successfully completed the Halloween bunting! Hooray for us! Done and done. 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 up. Very polished. I never thought of purple being a Halloween colour, but with orange and black...I think that works pretty well. The boyz at the door I think the boyz like it, too. As does our newest Halloween addition to the house - BOO! I put him outside just for this photo.

I finished the bunting up after seeing a World War II movie this afternoon called Fury. We actually left the house and went to the theatre to watch it rather than waiting for it to come out on Netflix. It was very testosterone-y and Shia LaBeouf is the KING of the single eye stream of tears. He cried perfectly. His lip quivered the tiniest of quivers, and his tears streamed in a perfect line down the outside of his eye, leaving a clean streak down his dirty face. Jon Bernthal - that guy from the Walking Dead - really needs to play a guy that's not a creep next. He's the creepiest creep that ever did creep and don't leave your fried eggs around him. BLECH! What about Brad Pitt? He was awesome, very tough and the perfect choice for the leader of the tank soldiers.

Also. The horrors of war.

It was very graphic and disturbing.


Sewing at night

by Carol Browne on October 16, 2014 · 0 comments

in Sewing

Bunting I think bunting is very 2012, but I am making Halloween bunting come hell or high water. I got about a dozen more pieces cut tonight, sewed 2 sides of each triangle and was able to start sewing the double bias binding down to the triangles. I am SO close to getting it done. I just had to leave it in my sewing machine to make a late night trip to the skytrain to pick up Mike. SIDE NOTE: I have been using the walking foot on my sewing machine exclusively. It holds the fabric together great! No sliding or slippage! Very clever. I will definitely get this done this weekend and will hang it high in the entrance in celebration of the spooky season. YES! And Doug will be adorned with the bunting as well. This has been a short but productive week. Especially today.  On my way into work and as I left the skytrain and hopped on that really steep escalator, I had a huge urge to change the way my desk was arranged. This was quite the task as I share the space with 4 other people. So I disrupted their work, moved my desk and cleaned up the nooks and crannies. I also bought a plant because we have 1 tiny plant in our whole office. Now we have 1 tiny plant and 1 small plant in the office. Hooray for oxygen! Tomorrow night I'll be seeing a Vancouver International Film Festival movie with some pals from work. Yes! Weekend already. Faturday is right around the corner. ANOTHER SIDE NOTE: Even though we had an extra cheat day this week for Thanksgiving, that day was not as exciting as Faturday. I think it's because I really didn't feel like I earned that cheat day. But once a week? It feels very satisfying. Pumpkin pancakes, here we come!


Making bunting. Step 1.

October 15, 2014

After I took care of more dishes, put on some dinner – leftover turkey casserole that ended up being more soupy than cassarole-y. So much for THAT experiment – and made the bed, I started making some Halloween bunting. And that’s as far as I got. I cut about a dozen triangles. And that’s it. […]

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Time. For. Dinner.

October 3, 2014

Oscar and Donner get fed dinner at 10 pm. After Donner had his teeth removed, we started feeding both boyz wet food and Oscar LOVES it. Somehow he knows when it’s time for dinner – he’ll give me the Oscar stare around 9:30. Very unnerving. About 9:50, he’ll start poking me with his pointy claws, […]

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The productive day

September 24, 2014

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. […]

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Doug to the rescue

September 19, 2014

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 […]

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With any luck, this will become a dress

September 1, 2014

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 […]

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I nearly forgot these ones

August 7, 2014

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! […]

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