It’s an usual post day, however, I am feeling a bit fuzzy about what to post these days. To be honest my schedule has shifted a lot and I’m sure many of yours has as well. I never thought my work would be considered essential but yes I have been working throughout all the craziness. Man oh 0man do I have stories for you guys… perhaps once the dust settles I will post a video of all the things that have happened lately while at work. Let me know in the comments if you are interested in some work stories from this pandemic season.
Anyway, I wanted to share with you all about mask making because I am now wearing masks daily to work as rules and regulations require it. As regulatons keep evolving in some places you might have to wear a mask so here are some tips on how to equip yourself. Before diving in, a quick disclaimer, I am not a doctor just a fellow fashionista.
What materials are good for mask making?
Recommended by the CDC and fellow healthcare workers is to use 100% cotton material with a tight weave. For a quick check hold the fabric up to the light, the less amount of light you can see, the more effective it will be. However, keep in mind that you still need the material to be breathable as well. The less pores in the material the better, do not knit a mask, please. Yes I have seen people wearing knitted masks, which provides false protection.
Repurpose an old pillowcase, teeshirt, or sheet. For the core use a middle layer of cotton if you cannot get your hands on interfacing or muslin. If you wear glasses, a mask can make you feel like an angry dragon, the struggle is real trying to make it through a shift with fogged up glasses. Try adding a piece of wire to contour the mask and prevent access air from moving upward thus avoiding the fog up. This can be a paper clip, floral wire, pipe cleaners, get creative.
No Sewing Machine?
Try fabric glue, rubber bands or intricate folds. There are numerous tutorials on how to make a mask with no sewing required. There is no reason to line up at a fabric store or wait months for a mask to come in the mail from on online retailer. It is confusing to me that people will wait in line for hours during this pandemic to make masks. Honestly I think even non craft lovers have all the necessary supples at the ready laying around the house.
My Favorite Handmade Mask Tutorials
Have you made any masks?
I want to see! Show me in the comments or send me a message with photos of your creations.
Throughout this project/ piece of art, life has drastically turned, which is crazy to think about. When I first started this project, we were not on lockdown and people were not going crazier than normal. Let’s be honest, people were crazy before, there just weren’t as many people as there currently are. No, I am not going to be talking about my opinion on any of the issues that are consuming what we used to call the “normal” day to day. Just a quick side note to respect each other in terms of space and tongue. If you cannot spread anything positive do not say anything.
Moving on, this project started before the whole pandemic and it was requested by my soon to be mother-in-law. She was giving this wooden somewhat shiplap frame, which has been a real trend, and I was given creative freedom on it, it was just preferred that I do some type of floral piece. This was one of those projects where I worked out it a little on and off throughout the week and really took the time to enjoy the process. Painting or crafting shouldn’t stress you out but it may take some reminding, so do not be discouraged. If it does make you tense every once in a while, simply walk away from it and come back when you feel ready. My favorite thing to do is put on my headphones, brainstorm and then just go forth.
As seen in the video below there were a lot of times I painted over things I did not like which is all a part of the process. It does not need to be perfect either so try new techniques like I did, some may work some may look completely awful. Just to clarify a bit of my process I did use multiple reference photos of flowers and nature and complied them all together. I hope you enjoy the time lapse of me creating this piece and are inspired to start on those projects in that craft closet that you always say you do not have time for.
Stay Safe & Keep Crafting,
Organizing is a passion of mine and yet even this drawer always ends up a jumbled up mess. Over and over I have tidied it up but it never seems to last long. While there are drawer organizers you can purchase they tend to be pricey and never fully utilize all the purposes that you need them to. Instead of running off to the store and buying a drawer organizer to fit some of the stuff, I decided to try to make my own for free. Yes free! All of the materials I used were old boxes that would have been thrown in the recycle bin and the tools were literally already in the drawer.
- Cardboard Boxes
- A Pen
- Handheld Stapler or Tape
Continue reading ➞ Draw Organizers DIY| Recycled Materials
It’s that time of year where blankets are near, the fire (heater) is roaring and everyone is crafting. If you are throwing a party and looking to be a bit more environmentally conscious try out unpaper towels this year. Yes, you can buy fancy linens or official unpaper towels from Etsy shop owners and alike cites, however, they can be pricey. For a fraction of the cost you can create your own before the online shops would be able to ship theirs to you, they are that easy to make.
Continue reading ➞ Unpaper Towels: DIY
Not sure why it has taken me so long to produce planner content, I absolutely love them. The new trend has been the bullet journal which allows for optimal customization, however, you can also create that with other types of planners. My go to planner for the last couple of years has been the Happy Planner, I love being able to take out pages without ruining it. It also has the capability of customization just like the bullet journal since you can add pages to the binding. Some of the popular pages to customize in a bullet journal are the tracker pages due to the creative level that breaks away from the traditional check list.
Continue reading ➞ Plan with Me: Mood Tracker
Disney’s iconic mouse ears can be a bit pricy and the knock off alternatives look too cheap. Even the authentic ears tend to hurt after wearing them for a couple of hours. Today I am going to teach you how to make your own Minnie Mouse Ears without the annoying headband for a fraction of the cost. For your crafting convenience I have included both written instructions and a video tutorial.Don’t know how to sew but still want to make the ears? Where it says to sew opt in fabric glue.
Continue reading ➞ Disney Mouse Ears | DIY
Back in high school I remember my favorite pair of pants button falling off through the mid school day. It was odd since the rivet on the jeans only popped off the top circle portion rather than the entire thing. After trying to press it back on, I scrambled to find anything to keep them closed until lunch when I could change. Eventually, my friend found a safety pin to temporarily fix the situation. It was beyond embarrassing even though only a couple people knew. Now I always keep safety pins in my purse, backpack, car, literally everywhere.
Learn how to fix a broken button on your pants with tips I learned from fashion school. This tutorial is for beginner level sewers, it’s easier than you think. Also, find out how to add extra security to your pants with a hidden hook and eye closure for those pairs you love a little too much.
Continue reading ➞ Buttons & Hook and eye Closures | Beginner