Ok, so maybe this blog title is a little dramatic. But it gets the point home. It's taken me literally months to wrap my head around the new reality and new habits that this pandemic has brought. That's why this post is in July and not back in March when the news broke. Here's what I know for now:
The following statements should not elicit a political response in my readers. If you find yourself disagreeing, this post is not for you.
Ok, with that out of the way, the point of this blog post is to provide a few mask making resources Kate and I have found.
However, Kate wasn't a fan of the somewhat baggy fit in front. After a bit more research, she found another style called the Olson Mask.
Link to the Olson Mask Pattern:
Meanwhile, I had requests from friends to make them masks. No style was specified - they just wanted them as soon as possible. I had happened to watch a YouTube video from a costumer named Angela Clayton on masks she was making for donation.
The masks that Angela are making are called A. B. Masks, made by a nurse named Jessica. Although a link to the pattern on Instructables is provided in the YouTube video description, the originator of this pattern has updated it and made a website with a free pattern download and step-by-step .gif instructions. Jessica's hobby is quilting, and she created this pattern for fellow nurses to use over N95 masks and ventilators.
The first time I tried this pattern I skipped the step of trimming the mask after basting the two pieces together. It was rather large on my face.
Here's the link to follow to go directly to the mask pattern download:
And if you want step-by-step instructions, visit the website: https://www.nursemade.co/
There is a nose dart as well as side pleats to this pattern. It was ok, but definitely fogged up the glasses if you huffed and puffed a lot. After I got through the orders from friends I set out to improve the pattern a bit by sewing the top and bottom ties together around my ears.
Many patterns I've seen have elastic around the ears but I didn't want that. The mask fits just fine without elastic. It just doesn't fit anyone else. ;)
I still had plenty of fabrics to choose from, and with a slight modification to how the nose pleat is sewn I had reversible pattern masks. The fashionista in me was secretly thrilled.
With this new batch for myself, I knew I needed to look into something that would hold its shape over my nose. I wasn't really interested in putting pockets in this pattern, and Kate had told me pipe cleaners didn't really do the job well.
So, I did something I've never done before. I clicked on an Instagram ad. The company was legit, and American. The price was ok ($0.50 per nose piece) so I took a gamble and bought the straight style from DIY Mask USA. They are small steel strips with rounded ends and holes in them for sewing. You bend into shape. So far they're very sturdy and fairly easy to work with after you've bent them over a marker for the rounded top. I stitched over the middle to keep it from riding up. And, they function as a stop for my glasses too.
The large size of this mask lets me open my mouth fully underneath for yawns, and hides my double chin. ;)
Are masks fun? Not at all. I don't like breathing in warm humid air. Even in the dead of winter when I put the covers over my head to stay warm at night I keep my mouth and nose out. But they're necessary for now.
And just like bras, I'll wear one in public for the safety of others and myself, and save the relaxing for home.
It's not a secret recipe or anything, but even outside of our family, this recipe has always gotten positive reviews. I think I've had it as doughnuts maybe once or twice in my life. Usually it's made into crescent rolls or cinnamon rolls. I've grown up with it, and a Thanksgiving, Christmas, or Easter without it just doesn't feel the same.
So when a friend asked for a good roll/bun recipe, this one was the first one I thought of. I had the ingredients and had been meaning to make a batch for about a week, so I decided to take pictures of the process and send them along with the recipe.
The instructions are mostly as written, with a few exceptions, which I will highlight along the way.
Some notes about the ingredients:
The slideshow above will take you through making the dough. This is a sweetened, enriched dough with a very light texture.
I usually bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit, for between 15-25 minutes, depending on how big the rolls are, and how closely they are placed together. This recipe is excellent for freezing and reheating in the oven, especially if you don't let the rolls brown beyond a light honey color.
I've noticed a pattern developing. For two out of the (now) three dollhouse apartment kits I've put together, I've used them as distraction/stress relief while my real-life housing is in flux.
As I alluded to in my last post, some big life changes have come. Namely, I've decided to leave my current job, and move closer to Rachel. It wasn't an easy decision to make, both because of the current pandemic, and because it means no longer working in a library. But I knew once I made the decision, it was the right one.
Life has moved quickly! I will have approximately 20 days between the last day at my old job, and my first day at the new one. In those 20 days, I will need to pack and make moving arrangements, find new accommodations, and do the thousand chores it takes to move house and change address.
So, what do I do first? Finish this kit that I started shortly after completing the last one.
As with the last kit I put together, this one has you make all the elements for the different rooms before putting together the shell and filling the space. First up was the bed for what I deemed the "spare room".
The bed for the spare bedroom, along with the shelf and desk was completed before Christmas. But I still had the rest of the furniture and accessories, along with the shell to finish.
Having this little kit to focus on in the evenings was a great way to keep my fingers occupied while my brain whirred. I began to hope that whatever my new accommodations would be, I would be able to make them as cute and inviting as this kit.
And here it is, all lit up! I think the acrylic dividers do a nice job of giving the illusion of walls and separate spaces without closing anything off.
The pictures on the cover of the instruction booklet highlight the green and grey tones in the kit, but now that I have it all together, I'm not sure what is the main color theme. Regardless, I enjoyed imagining myself into this little apartment while making it, as I hope you've enjoyed coming along with me for the ride!
Twins each with half a brain in reality; the other half displayed here!