Until I ran out of staples

by Carol Browne on June 16, 2014 · 0 comments

in Crafts, Home decor, Sewing

Bigfoot Crossing 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 an unused bulletin board and made a kitty bed out of a dirty old stool we had in our living room for ages. This is part of our dining room. This room is sadly neglected. We just never use it for anything except putting mail on the too big dining room table we have in here. One day we'll get a smaller dining table or even a cool old kitchen table and give this room an upgrade. Maybe one day we'll even eat dinner in there - well, besides Christmas dinner. I'll hang up the Bigfoot poster this week. I couldn't do it tonight because I didn't think the neighbours would appreciate me hammering the wall at 11:30 pm. My other stapler project included this cat space: Stool kitty bedI didn't get the fabric as tight as I wanted because I ran out of staples - even the heavy duty ones! I need to stock up and pull the fabric tight  around the edges. The rest of the stool is covered, so if someone wants to use it to rest his or her feet, it just looks like a regular stool from the back. I learned out how to sew a cube today - I feel accomplished! I had a spare pillow insert, so I covered that as well. Slowly walking Oscar would NOT stay out of the stool as I was trying to cover it. But once it was all finished, neither cats would go inside. I even put some catnip in it. I wonder if that pillow is too puffy? I could try to flatten it down some. The closest either got was Donner doing the slow walk toward it. But he didn't go in. I still have a ton of this fabric left. I could cover more things with it or make a great backdrop for photos with it.


The Enjoy Bus

by Carol Browne on April 11, 2014 · 0 comments

in Family and Buddies, Festivities, General

Barb There's something to be said about having a driver take you around the Lower Mainland to shop and eat. If this is how the rich and famous live, I am envious. The only thing I had to think about today was what we were going to do next. And when I could get a coffee. We started out the day in Chilliwack at a pretty great quilt shop called, Hamel's. There were 2 floors of wall to wall fabrics. So lovely. AND, there was a quilt all made up with Monica's fabric designs! CUTE! The fabric design is Monica's! This was quite the coincidence. Next door to the fabric store was the Dutch Cheese store. I stocked up on some delicious cheese and some sausage. I don't think I've ever had such creamy cheese. So tasty. This is going to be on the list of places to visit whenever we have houseguests in the near future. Side note: Also for sale in Chilliwack? Baby goats. Oh man. I didn't buy one, but I sure did want to. After that we headed over to the Daiso in Richmond, then hopped back on the bus to go to Vancouver to a shop near Main Street. Enjoy! By this time, I had hit my saturation point with fabric shopping. Which was a surprise to me. I have a saturation point? I guess so. So I took a coffee & photo break. Hi guys!We all had a little break at this point and I enjoyed some coffee from this shop. It tasted like caramel. After this we went out to Maple Ridge and then to dinner. Phew. This was quite the day off. Sewing tomorrow. Cannot wait!


The fabric edition.

by Carol Browne on September 15, 2013 · 3 comments

in General, Sewing

MINE. Yesterday's shopping trip included a massive score. It was my first trip ever to a GoodWill store (we don't have those in Canada) and I have to say, it was very nice. There was no stale, thick, thrift store smell many of them have, and there was a mix of new stuff and used stuff, all very organized. SAD side note: NO CHRISTMAS section. Ah boo! Anyway, I spotted an entire bolt of this blue flowered fabric on top of a shelf. It was gigantic. How gigantic? This gigantic. Up 2 sets of stairsI started unrolling it in the kitchen, rolled it through the front hallway, and up two sets of stairs all the way into my craft room. And the best part? It was $10. Score! Cynthia & I decided to share it since neither one of us have 5 couches to reupholster. What will I do with my half? I'll be making a laptop bag, and then I think I just may make some curtains for the basement window. I will stretch out my $5 fabric score, that's for sure. This fabric is quite heavy - it feels kind of like canvas? I'm not sure of the correct term for this type of fabric, but it's heavy and hearty. Definitely not something you'd want to sleep under, but something you could put your feet on. HEY! Perhaps I'll recover my square little foot stool. This blue and green won't really match anything in the livingroom, but what the heck? That dirty old cover needs to be replaced. In other news, remember that Halloween quilt top I made last March? This one. Donner on the new quilt top Today I cut it up into 9 inch wide strips and cut 4.5 inch strips in black and sewed them up like this: Donner approved. This quilt top has been Donner approved. This is much better! I need to add the border and then quilt sandwich it. I think I'll make the border black and then I have to figure out what to do on the back. Close up I won't worry too much about the back. I will just pick something and then roll with it. I just want to get it finished. And put it on the bed!


Sunny days!

by Carol Browne on March 9, 2013 · 5 comments

in Family and Buddies, General

Snowdrops Spring is officially here. We had a glorious, sunny day today. No jacket required. Just sunshine, croci and a wood pecker. Croci At least I think he was a woodpecker, he looked much bigger than the woodpecker we used to always see around our place in Burnaby. I really had to zoom in a lot on this photo. Actually, he has no red tuft on his head. Maybe this isn't a woodpecker after all. Woodpecker? Not only was the weather terrific, but Johanna and I headed out to Vancouver for a fabric sale put on by Our Social Fabric. It's a non-profit organization that sells fabrics that would most likely go to the landfill. Manufacturers donate them and Our Social Fabric sells all these fabrics at a sale once a month. They also sell buttons, zippers, and pillow stuffing. Our Social Fabric Johanna and I filled a $25 bag with pieces we found in the bins on the floor. We dug through the boxes and found cute pieces of cotton and corduroy fabric. Just as we were heading over to pay for our stuff, I looked over at the bolts of fabric and found Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton Windsor. For 2 bucks a metre. We bought 10 metres and split it between the two of us. Pretty snazzy! I'm not sure what I'll do with it yet. Oh dear. I sound like a hoarder.


These are a few of my favourite things.

August 22, 2012

Over the last couple of weeks, I have somehow amassed a bunch of awesome items. A few weeks ago, my sister and cousin went to San Fransisco for a good time. The visited Alcatraz and sent us the postcard you see above. Alcatraz seemed very gloomy – nothing like the movies, Escape from Alcatraz or […]

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It’s been a pretty good few days

April 12, 2012

Let me count the ways! 1) It was Quilting Bee night tonight. 2) It was de-stash night – it’s like a garage sale, but without the cash. If you brought stuff from your quilting stash and put it into the pile, you get to take some home! SO…I brought two bags of stuff and took […]

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The Owl and the Pussycat

March 2, 2011

My buddy, Denise, gave me this linen tea towel. She told me the kitty reminded her of our kitties. I agree. Plus I love that owl, the peeg and the birds in the tree. Written at the bottom is “The Owl and the Pussy Cat” and “100% Linen made in Ireland”. Nice! I thought, “Is […]

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