And in other news (a second post)

Yesterday I was in a funk, feeling I had gotten nothing done. Until Don reminded me I did manage to do a few things.

For instance, there are several new additions to the usual keys in the entryway: printouts of our health proxies and other legal documents, along with a stash of face masks …

I confess, after trying any number of face mask patterns, I finally threw out the “recipes” and came up with my own way of doing things.

Starting with an 8″ x 20.5″ rectangle of cloth, I pressed in the long edges 1/2″ and then pressed in the near edge 1″ …

The 6″ far-end (the one with the raw edge) was folded over the 7 1/2″ middle …

followed by the 6″ near end (the one with the folded edge) …

all stitched together into a simple rectangle, leaving the folded-edge open to form a pocket for inserting a liner in the back …

Here’s the front view, finished size 7″ high by 7.5″ wide. Note the side pockets have no bulk and no pleats (thank goodness) …

I threaded some simple cloth ribbon ties through the side pockets and then gathered each side …

The ties (which could also be made with bias binding, strips of scrap cloth, or even elastic) are easily adjustable to fit the mask around nose, cheeks and chin with a minimum of gapping.

Don’s mask fit best at 8″ high by 8.5″ wide, so I simply scaled up the dimensions by starting with a 9″ x 23.5″ rectangle of cloth.

Moving on, I took heart from Saskia’s recent post, gathered up leftover cloth bits from the Peace Pin Project, and strung them together into a Peace Flag banner for the bush in front of our house …

Thanks Saskia …

“all of this makes me so happy …”

and maybe just a little more productive than I thought.

How I (don’t/can’t/won’t/never) follow recipes

I’ve mentioned many times before how I am seemingly incapable of following recipes, to which the following links attest:
Nonetheless, I love having recipes as a jumping off point. This morning, it was this from Austin Kleon …

I walked around the house with this in mind, thinking how I’ve been “stuck” recently … with so many projects that I can’t choose which to work on, so I do nothing.
Which brought to mind Remember 2016

http://imgoingtotexas.blogspot.com/search/label/Remember%202016

where one small patch a day added up to something worthwhile.
And the Peace Pin Project
which likewise became more than the sum of its parts.
So I sat down, tore off a bit of cloth, and wrote “each day one small thing” …

which is what Austin Kleon’s quote had become in my mind.
But as I started to stitch I realized that my days, the good ones anyway, add up to far more than one thing. By the time I started stitching this I had already made myself breakfast, read the paper, started a load of wash, called (and called and called and called) my senators …

through ten minutes of busy signals and voice mail boxes before getting through to live staffers and lodging my opposition to the insanity they call tax reform.
And so the cloth got edited and became “each day many small things.”
I’ll probably have more to say about that, hopefully soon. For now, I’m going to go do some small things …