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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

The Joy of Snow

I like winter.  I know, a collective shudder goes through the blogoshpere, but really,  I do.  Take today for example--a deep blue sky with fresh snow so bright that it hurts the eyes. It is incredibly beautiful.  I like the extremes and the changes, from hot and humid summers to cold snowy winters.  Sometimes it's harsh, but  as I plodded along in my snowshoes this afternoon I was happy to be right here right now.


Last week I had reason to be grateful for snow.  I had a particularly Canadian driving experience with fresh snow and unplowed back roads.  Usually it's no problem until the snow starts making a bow wave over the hood, but that day I rounded  a curve and met a tractor completely blocking the road.  There was no time to to stop and precious little time to react, but I managed to avoid both the tractor and the hydro pole and got airborne as I headed towards the neighbour's pasture.  But, because of 10 cm of fresh snow, my car just landed with a metallic phflump and settled into the drift.  The airbags didn't even deploy!  Neil was able to pull me out with the tractor and there was minimal damage.  Since my car is 14 years old, a few more dents and scrapes make no difference to me!  I was lucky and all thanks to snow.  I could get out of temper and blame the snow, but really, it saved me too.

Winter also means more indoor time, which translates to more sewing and music time.  This week was a zippy pouch week, always fun.  I made a few for some friends of my daughter--I hope they like them.


I have no idea where this cat and mouse fabric came from, but I love it!


It's funny how all the bags have this strange trapezoid shape when photographed, even though in the flesh they are perfectly rectangular.  Anyway, this one is lined with a Denise Schmidt fabric that I love.  (I received an email last night with a picture of the delighted recipient, so it was well received!)


 And this one is made from fabrics my daughter brought back from Uganda when she worked there.  I've been saving them for something special again, but my self-imposed fabric diet means that I have started using lots of special stuff on the shelves.  It feels good.


And now a dog glamour shot--my faithful companion looking noble. I love the little icicles hanging off her whiskers!



12 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness! I'm glad you are alright. I like the fussy cut zebra, and those cats definitely look like they're up to something sneaky.

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  2. Glad to hear you missed the tractor and the pole. You are so right that it could have been much worse! Your pouches are all fabulous and I think that cat and mouse fabric is so cute! Your companion appears to enjoy the snowy weather as much as you and likely appreciates your company, too!

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  3. It is good to enumerate the advantages of winter. ;~) Nice bags!

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  4. Your bags are beautiful and you are safe! Thank goodness! I am glad winter is someone's favorite!

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  5. Love your zippy pouches!! You're quite right, we definitely have the same taste in fabric! :) Your dog is beautiful!! :) I've had enough of the winter weather however... we have a tonne of snow as well and i'm more than ready to say good-bye to these -20, -30 temps!!

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  6. My goodness I'm glad you are ok! My family lived in Canada for a while (I stayed behind for Uni in Australia) and they had similar snow stories .. but they do miss the snow. Your pouches are lovely and I do love that cat fabric :)

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  7. Nice pouches. I too like winter (over the heat and humidity.) Glad your encounter with the tractor didn't come to a more serious end.

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  8. Love to see pictures of both your sewing tasks and especially the snow. I don't get to see snow much unless it's a holiday trip, I have to put up with sun,sun and more sun at the moment, not complaining but the snow is sooo beautiful

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  9. Your pouches are fantastic and your dog is adorable!

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  10. I love winter too. And look at all the beautiful snow! You had me at snowshoe :)
    Your accident sounds scary. Glad that the snow cushioned you.
    Good looking pouches. What pattern did you use?
    And a beautiful dog

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  11. So glad that you didn't get hurt! Your pouches are great, you certainly have an eye for colour.

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  12. Love your zipper pouches! It never occurred to me until this past week to make a pieced exterior. Duh!

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