Wednesday, April 30, 2014

When the storms are a brewing...

Outfit 120 - 2013-14 School Year

So, I was going to tell you this story yesterday, but it more directly related to today's outfit (since I technically made it yesterday). So, I saved the story telling. Here we go:

Yesterday morning around 5am, our weather radio went off and told us of a Severe Thunderstorm warning. I turned it off and tried to go back to sleep. Less than 5 minutes later, it went off again. This time, it was tornado warning - for where we live. So, we got up and turned on the news and this is what we saw


The red area is the path of the projected tornado and we were right in the line of it. We got the kids in our "safe" closet with pillows and blankets and kept watching and waiting. By God's grace by the time it got to us, the actual tornado had fallen apart. It touched down in a few places in this box leaving scenes like this


This was the official National Weather Service report about it.

RATING: EF-3
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND: 140 MPH
PATH LENGTH/STATUTE/: 11.5 MILES
PATH WIDTH/MAXIMUM/: 1200 YARDS
FATALITIES: 0
INJURIES: 13

START DATE: 04/29/2014
START TIME: 0356 AM
START LOCATION: 3 MILES NW OF CRAWFORD
START LAT/LON: 32.4650/-85.2336

END DATE: 04/29/2014
END TIME: 0412 AM
END LOCATION: 2 MILES NE OF SMITHS STATION
END LAT/LON: 32.5680/-85.0804

While we weren't hurt and our house wasn't damaged, this is what we had when it was all said and done. 




This was a little too close to my sons room for my taste, but thankfully it landed where it did. The upside is until we get it cut up, the kids are using it as a fort :) We are prayerful for everyone impacted by these storms. I know in other areas, there were fatalities. We pray for those communities and their families.

I had gone to bed about 1am that night and the storm warnings started a little before 5, so you can do the math on my sleep ;) After everything settled down, I sent the kids back to bed and the hubs and I decided to just let them sleep until they got up and I would take them into school whenever that was. ((Thats right, folks. We cancelled school for the threat of snow. Actually have a tornado, school....)). I had way too much adrenaline to go back to sleep, so I sat on the couch and read. Once they got up, I took them to school  (after a nice breakfast at Panera Bread Co.). After I dropped them off, I decided to go to JoAnn since they had 50% off their clearance fabric this week. I found my Godsend. They had this fabric on the bolt that was already gathered and attached to a wide elastic band - and get this - already had a narrow hem. I bought a yard of it and delcared Hallelujah. It was something similar to this 


You can find this online here http://www.joann.com/style-in-an-instant-spring-19in-chalskirt-bouquet-black/12043022.html#prefn1=isProject&prefn2=collection&prefv2=Style+In+An+Instant&prefv1=false&start=31. It is part of their "Style in an Instant" line. So, all I had to do is wrap it around her, decide how I wanted it to fit and cut. Then, I stitched, serged and done. A handmade skirt in the easiest of methods. I declared *whew* because I was so tired and braindead from the night before. And my mother has been having health problems that escalated yesterday that ended up with her having two drs visits. If you pray, if you could lift her up for healing, I would be so appreciative.

So, here is my post tornado skirt using the Joanns Style in an Instant!






This fabric is kind of spendy not on sale - but if you see it on the clearance (when its 50%) or if you have a coupon. It is the fastest sew ever. I probably could have let her make this herself. 

No tornado is going to keep us from finishing our Handmade School Year challenge. ;)

Thanks for stopping by and tomorrows outfit was produced tornado free :) 

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