sew two straight lines for an instant boho skirt!

This tutorial is EASY!…It’s a really great idea.

But, before I give you a really simple way to get a cool Boho skirt, I want to give credit where credit is due!!

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It has been called “the worst hurricane in recorded history.”

Hot House, Cold Showers

Living through a hurricane

As Hurricane Irma approached Florida earlier this month of September, 2017, it was classified as a colossal Category 5 monster cyclone, raking across the Caribbean and the Florida keys with destruction and, sadly, death. But, when it continued its path northward and passed just a few miles west of us in Apopka, it had diminished to a Cat. 1.

Some areas within a ten-mile radius of us received much loss of huge trees: some uprooted from the ground, some broken; some twisted off from the powerful rotating winds of tornadoes, born within the storm. Some fell on cars and houses.

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This large tree fell in a cemetery just a block from our house. Other toppled trees in the same area near us obstructed streets.

Just a block away from us, trees were knocked down. But, for us, only a few small branches were blown down and our yard was littered with thousands of leafy twigs from the buffeting and churning of treetops. I heard reports that our area got 55 to 75 mile-per-hour winds.

For us, the aftermath was worse than the actual event:

No power for seven days!

  • No a/c. No fans.
  • No COMPUTER!!
  • No toast, no milk on my cereal. Food going bad in the fridge. Couldn’t cook…no, wait: is that a negative or a positive? Lol. I finally had to throw out all our refrigerated food…but, we had an ice cream feast the first night!!
  • Dying cell phones with no way to charge them.
  • Only candle light at night, which could’ve been romantic ambiance if it weren’t so hot!
  • Couldn’t watch movies…Just sittin’ on the couch in the dark, fanning ourselves.
  • Couldn’t do laundry. No hot showers. Too hot to sleep.
  • Continuous monotonous droning of the neighbor’s generator…

But, wait a minute…these are inconveniences, not hardships.

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In the Apopka, FL, area: Cindy’s Critter Care

Hardship is this: suffering and distress among the people living in the Caribbean, those in the keys, those still going through hell in Texas from Hurricane Harvey, those trying to survive the earthquakes in Mexico—with the heartbreak of death and destruction all around them.

What we went through is NOTHING compared to these others!

My husband Jerry and I belong to Jesus Christ. Before the storm hit, we, along with millions, were praying that it would veer to the east and go out into the Atlantic. When it didn’t, I prayed it would take the least-damaging route, affecting the least number of people, with lessening conditions.

For us and our house, we prayed for God’s hand to cover us, that His angels would hold in place our house, trees and fence. We anointed our four walls with oil, a biblical practice—as an invitation to the Holy Spirit of God, committing our house to Him and asking for protection.

We were spared.

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I have no explanation as to why people and property experienced such devastation. I have no answers.

But, as a witness testifies in a court of law as to what he/she saw and experienced personally, I can only attest to the fact that we asked God for protection and He granted it to us. We are truly, truly grateful!!

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Make a Great Skirt from two large Scarves!

2017-09-18 DSC_0435 - scarf skirt fabric 1I was blessed to have been given two beautiful scarves, which are very large. In considering what I might do with them, I came up with this uncomplicated way to use them in making a skirt!

2017-09-18 DSC_0437 - scarf skirt fabric 2They are related in print but different shades of color, but compatible.

  • Measure from your waist to the length you would like the skirt to fall. Even though I measured, mine is still a little long. No problem: I just gather it a little at my waist.
  • scarf002Lay them out on a table, with the wrong side up, overlapped, so that the total length is what you measured for the length of your skirt.
  • Pin it all the way across.
  • Hold it carefully, ‘cuz the pins are likely to come out in transit to your machine.
  • 2017-09-18 DSC_0438 - sew scarf skirtSew a straight line where you pinned, pulling out the pins as you sew.

 

  • Fold the combined scarves and pin about a 12-inch seam up the outer edge from the bottom. This step is optional: It depends on how much leg you want to show. I preferred to have the skirt closed on the bottom.
  • Also optional: I sewed a short gather into the bottom of the top scarf near the top of my leg, simply to draw it up a bit for an uneven swag…just for decoration purposes.
  • DSC_0015 - CopyNow, step into it. Gather in your hands the top corners and tie a knot snuggly against your waist.

Voila!

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