assembly line

Finally my bulk craft supply buying is proving useful, although I’m running out of non-woven interfacing and the flat elastic is gone. I’m adjusting, and ended up sewing a simple casing on each end, then I can use round elastic (from my midori planner making days) for the ear loops, a casing would also leave the option to thread in twill/bias tape for ties.

Lots of mask making & mask wearing feedback, each one now is a slight improvement on the last, I’ve learned that adding a little extra elastic length is helpful, so the recipient can adjust the ear loops larger or smaller to fit. I’ve learned I don’t need to have the interfacing go all the way to the side edges, which saves materials and reduces the pleat bulk when sewing. I’ve made a few no interfacing versions (I tried this because like elastic, interfacing is really scarce and most masks I’m seeing are just 2 layers of quilting cotton) and I will say the lighter weight is more comfortable to wear as the weather warms.

I’ve also learned that no matter how many times you wash them, some fabrics are just going to be jerks.

As I keep reaching for mask perfection (I don’t even know why that is turning in to a real thing for me?) I keep streamlining the steps, I’ve extended both the length and width for better coverage and eliminated the need for the sewn on casing by using some of that extra width to create a fold over edge casing that’s built right in. But, even my bulk craft supply buying has its usage limits and to save the elastic for making masks used by people who need quick on/off or have dexterity issues, I decided to make myself a fancy tie mask, granted I looped it around my ears because how ADORABLE anime babydoll fairytale princess is this mask (!) and because I was obsessed with flowing hair ribbons as a kid (I already scared myself though when a tie tickled my neck, thinking there was a bug crawling on me). Masks will be around for some time, so I’m going to make mine as super frickin cute and comfortable as I can!

( My post about mask patterns can be found here, if you’d like to have a go at sewing your own :)

January Quiet

The January studio is tidy and cold, the light is sometimes so harsh and other times barely there. I really don’t mind at all. Trying to remember to always look close and appreciate what makes me happy, and force myself to take the time to trim away the things that don’t. That industrial tape dispenser makes me happy, so does that glowing milk carton.

There is always room to improve, there is a major stamp pad situation that might need handling. I don’t even know how that happens (wait I do ..does anyone remember Archiver’s stores? I loved those stores so much!) I trimmed my stock back a bit last year, only keeping the weird ones, like the destressing inks, glitter inks, glue inks, glow inks, and all the scented pads, yes in my world the green ink is spearmint scented and the pink, bubblegum! I can’t remember the last time I reached for some of these though, so maybe it’s time for another go through?

I think I will always love little fiddly knits, using the small scraps from past projects for cute new stuff, wool brooches endlessly have my heart. 💕

Still not a fan of the wintering plants and I’m torn about the antique dresser, mostly because it’s a hiding place, currently holding overflow bric-a-brac that at the time of the big clean out I couldn’t let go of. It’s been easier since then to pick away at the layers, I still find things that seemed important then, that I’m now willing to part with. Starting to understand that I don’t need to pad myself with stuff, taking notes on the difference between useful and useless in terms of things I hope, plan, wish to use and useless things I hang onto because of the emotion or money I put into them.

Just appreicating current favorites and when they aren’t favorites, being ok with letting them go.

I do love capturing the moody and mundane, sometimes with just the right amount of merk and muck (my winter wasteland), I don’t want to ever overlook or forget the simple everyday.

💕