Saturday, June 22, 2013

Prayers for Alberta

The rain came again this week, and it was fierce. A massive weather system trapped a storm over southern Alberta and the mountain parks. The snowpack in the mountains, the partially frozen landscape combined with the rains sent a rush of water into the Bow, Elbow, Highwood and Sheep rivers. Flooding began in the mountains including Banff and Canmore on Thursday and by Friday many areas of Calgary and Southern Alberta were flooded. Although our home was not affected by the flooding, it's difficult to see the thousands of people in the city where I live being evacuated from their homes.  My thoughts and prayers go out to all the families who were forced to leave their homes.

 Downtown Calgary

In the mountain town of Canmore
Cougar Creek flooding

Fire crews are seen observing the swollen Cougar Creek in Canmore in this photo tweeted by the Canadian Rockies Public Schools

Thursday, June 6, 2013



I'm back from my trip to Hawaii were we enjoyed fun and sun on the island of Oahu.  It was my first experience snorkeling, and I absolutely loved it!  We bought our own gear; matched to our prescription lenses.  We hope to be back to Hawaii soon, perhaps Maui on our next trip.

We stayed in Kailua, but I did manage to make a trip into Honolulu to pick up some souvenirs.  Now for someone who sews, the perfect souvenir is fabric.  Here's some photo's of my Hawaiian fabrics.  A big thank you to Kyle and Shannon for their fabric store recommendations.   Kyle, the timing of your post was perfect, just days before we left on our trip.  I found just what I was looking for...
This first one is a rayon.  I'm hoping to transform it into a Maxi dress; perhaps McCalls 6700, which comes highly recommended on pattern

These next two cotton prints are for summer skirts.  What I have in mind is a simple A line skirt with a yoke.  Hoping to draft my own pattern based on the Craftsy class - Design & Sew your own A Line Skirt.

And finally, these bright cotton prints are going to be lining fabrics for some funky tote bags.  I've yet find the exterior fabrics, but I'm thinking either a dark purple or a silver grey for the mauve one and either a black or dark denim to go with the pink. 
I'm back in Canada now and after several days of rain the sun has finally decided to show up.