What am I doing during quarnentine? Besides feeling completely surreal, who would have thought this could happen to our World?! Healing thoughts, later!!I am making masks!!!I made up my own pattern, after not being able to get my hands on any elastic…just like toilet paper, elastic is no where to be found!!! So I made up a way to make masks using ties.
Cut 2, 9 inch by 8 inch rectangles of frabric, right sides together…I used a print for outside the mask and flannel for the inside, next to your skin.
I then ripped 1 1/2 inch by 44 inch a strip of fabric for the tie, I used the width of the fabric.
The fabric and tie, ready to sew…
Sew the 8 inch sides together. Then, measure a little less then 1 inch from the stitching on each end, this will make a casing for the tie.
Then, sew the top seams leaving a 2 inch opening on the top, for turning the mask right sides out, the photo above shows where the pins are for sewing.
After turning the mask, right sides out, make a seam a little less than an inch on each side of mask to make the casing for tie. This is optional, but I thought it’d be very useful… a wire to fit the top of the mask against nose…make a small casing around the opening, stick a wire in, then slip stitch closed after inserting wire. Make sure you make loops on each end of the wire so it won’t poke through.I pinned the seam for the tie, then did a zig-zag stitch right down the middle…when this is done, feed the tie through the casing with a safety pin…and then you are all done and ready to wear your face mask to the grocery store!! My prediction is that we will be wearing these for some time to come😷
This is my quarentine ponytail!! The loop goes around the back of your neck and it ties at the top of your head…it helps if you have a ponytail or a baseball cap!! And it’s adjustable!! For the men, you would want to run elastic through the casing and sew it in a loop, so they could wear it around their ears.
Easter sort of snuck up on me!!! Since Dr. Fauci advised us not to go to grocery stores or pharmacies this week, I had no way of getting cards or gifts for Easter and since I had nothing but time, I made cards!!The one on the left is for Gina and Tom and the other 2 are for our grandsons!!These are the tools and materials you would need, I had all of these on hand …
Card stock, scrapbook paper, paper cutter, scissors, decorative scissors, hole punch ribbon, glue, stamps and ink!!
All I needed for the egg card was an egg shape stencil which I traced on my computer screen!! You could do the same thing, just use computer paper and trace on this picture, you can scroll in or out to make it the size you want!! These are the peices for the bunny peaking out from the card!! The hole punch and black paper made just the right size eyes and just cut strips for the whiskers!! I used Text Edit to make the printing for the words and then the decorative scissors to cut around it!!These are the peices for the basket bunny!! Again, you could trace the stencils from this picture!! Make sure you have an envelope befor you start, so you know what size to make the card…simply fold the card stock and cut to size, either with scissors or a paper cutter!!For the inside of the card, I used my printer to print out sayings and jokes for the kids, fold and insert into card held in place by a ribbon tied around the center of card. I used my stamps and color pad to add some pretty graphics!!! So there you have some Easter cards that were easy and fun to make!!
Something else I’m doing to keep busy, is doing jigsaw puzzles!! How many of you are doing jigsaw puzzles?!!
This one is 300 pieces, I thought it was too easy…so I ordered 2, 1,000 piece puzzles!! I was so shocked to see how small the pieces are, but I’m determined to finish them!!
On nice days I do the puzzle on my porch, I brought plants from their winter hibernation places in the house, out to get the sun and add a natural relaxing vibe while doing puzzles…very relaxing🌱
The finished puzzle!! On to the 1,000 piece puzzle!!!
Every weekday at 12:30, you will find me in my 3rd floor studio doing LaBlast!! I was doing LaBlast 2 time a week at the YMCA, before The Virus took over!! It’s partner-free ballroom dancing, it’s kind of like Zumba and it’s free!! It was developed by Louis van Amstel, a pro from Dancing with the Stars, and he teaches it, with his husband and mother dancing behind him!! If you’re interested, this is the link, https://lablastfitness.com/free-lablast-live-classes/
Something else I enjoy doing, if I have the time, and I do, have lots of it, is place solitaire with real cards, I find this very relaxing, just a couple of games, after the news, can calm me down, a little🙏🏽
I love this poem written by Kitty O’Meara…it says it all💜
Our lives are changing, I hope for the better… for the sake of all the people who are perishing, the people who are caring for them and the people who are helping to nourish us, and for us who are staying home, I hope we are changing for the better…I am so very grateful for all these people around the world…let the healing begin🙏🏽 🌍