The weathermen (people) are so often wrong - overpredicting the latest catastrophe - this time they were definitely right. In my husband's expert (considered so after 6 hours of shoveling/snowblowing) opinion, we got about 32 inches of snow.
Everyone was very happy to have a snow day on Friday. They'd been predicting one since Monday, so the kids and my husband would have been pretty disappointed if there hadn't been one even though there really wasn't that much snow on Friday morning. See?
Today, it's a different story. It's hard to do the amount of snow justice in photos, but here's what it looked like around noon today (when the storm wasn't even finished).
That's the top of our fence!
I don't usually get snow days, but I even got a call from my boss encouraging me to work from home. I gladly obliged. It was quite nice to move my sewing machine aside for my laptop and work away watching the snow fall outside my window listening to the voices of my family doing their things. It was lovely not having to go anywhere and knowing the next day was Saturday, so even if we were snowed in, there was nothing to worry about.
I took advantage of being home in the daylight hours to photograph a couple of recent finishes.
I bought this duffel bag pattern from Studio Cheri on Esty ages ago. I made one for my sister probably over two years ago. I'm surprised I didn't post about it on the blog, but I can't find anything about it. It was kind of pain to make, but I was happy with how it came out. I had originally planned to make one for me right then, but some other project must have called.
Now that I'm trying to go to the gym more regularly, I had a good reason to make one for myself. I bought the fabric over the summer. I think this Amy Butler print was the first fabric I saw on Etsy where I thought to myself, "there must be more to this fabric-buying thing than Jo-Ann".
This time around, it didn't seem quite as hard to make. Having several more years of sewing experience under my belt probably helped.
With that done, I needed a way to keep my shampoo from leaking everywhere into my new bag. I had already had that experience with the temporary bag I was using. I had some laminated cotton left from this project which I thought would be perfect for a drawstring bag to hold my leaky things.
(I just used the laminate on the inside and used regular quilting cotton on the outside.)
I knew I could figure out how to make a drawstring bag, but I also knew there were probably tons of tutorials out there on the internet - and why reinvent the wheel? I set to googling, and I'm glad I did because I found this great tutorial that has an interesting technique that saves you from boxing 8 individual corners. I definitely haven't perfected the technique. It's not as neat as I would like, but it's really quick, and the bag stands up really nicely. I added about 2 inches to the height of the bag in her tutorial, but the circumference was perfect for my shampoo, conditioner, and face wash.
Now that I have all the accessories, my visits to the Y have been less frequent than I would like. So far this month, I've gone swimming once and to Yoga once - each costing me $37.5o by my logic. My excuses are that I had to travel to New Jersey last week and couldn't get out of my driveway this morning.
I'm planning to go to Yoga tomorrow morning, but the swimming outlook is pretty bleak. I'm leaving for Memphis tomorrow afternoon. I'll mostly be working, but does anyone have any suggestions for good restaurants? good fabric shops? yarn shops? must-visit-tourist spots?
Enjoy the rest of your weekend, hope you're unharmed by Winter Storm Nemo if you were in it's path.