Halloween bunting COMPLETE!

by Carol Browne on October 19, 2014 · 0 comments

in Home decor, Sewing


I did it. I have successfully completed the Halloween bunting! Hooray for us!

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Sewing at night

by Carol Browne on October 16, 2014 · 0 comments

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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.

by Carol Browne on October 15, 2014 · 0 comments

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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.

Sewing at night.

And that’s as far as I got. I cut about a dozen triangles. And that’s it. I’m either going to have to make less time consuming dinners or do less chores. At this rate, it will be Halloween 2015 before I get one, little, bunting made. FORGET THAT! I’m doing less chores.

I’m using this tutorial. I’ll pick up some black double-fold bias tape at the Dressew (for like a quarter! I love that place!) and then on Thursday, I’ll finish it up. I hope. Tomorrow I’m getting a haircut after work, so good luck getting any sewing done then. Sheesh!

In other news, Mike ordered a pile of slides from ebay and they arrived today. There are slides dated from the 60’s all the way to the 80’s. The furniture! The TVs! Actually, the TVs are pretty little and sad-looking. How could they stand it? And kids with the Christmas presents. Also, the couches are pretty great.

Oh, the stories we’ll be making up for Found.Photo! They will be groovy. Mike even found a slide containing nudities. SCANDAL.

Not to worry, we won’t use that one. I’m sure it got in there by accident.


Time. For. Dinner.

by Carol Browne on October 3, 2014 · 0 comments

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The Oscar stare.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, and then comes that worst part. The weird, tiny & whiny meows. Oof. The only thing worse than those pathetic little meows at 9:45 pm are the horrible, unpleasant meows at 6:45 am. Thankfully the Smashy Brothers Choir sleep in now that the nights are longer. Thanks, kitties.

Every day this week I’ve been telling myself I’ll be sewing. However, tonight was the only night I sat down at the sewing machine. I’m not sure why I’m distracting myself with other things. I really do want to get better and also finish this Sew-As-You-Go quilt. It is taking about an hour for each block at this point. I think I’ve got 7 left to make. I made 1 and a half tonight.

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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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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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