The extraordinary amount of time spent at home in quarantine has been a blessing in many ways. It has allowed for progress to happen on many fronts both inside our house and in the gardens. One of the gifts of quarantine has been developing and launching my Etsy shop (ashleybeecreates.etsy.com) where I’ve been playing around with sharing different homemade treats we like to feed our bunnies as well as dried rose petals from our garden. Playing around on their Instagram over at @bumblebeebunnies has been a terrific boredom-buster the last couple of months for sure! One of these days I will do some posts all about them because my camera roll is bursting at the seams with #cutenessoverload!
I heard something interesting this week about perspective regarding this pandemic. We can either look at this as though God has sent the world to a global spiritual retreat or that He has put us all on house arrest. There are times when it feels like a little bit of both, ya know? But mostly I’m trying to see it as a retreat. In this time of reflection and solitude, I’ve come to know more of my creative desires that need an outlet. This quote pretty much sums up what I think I want to do with however many years are left for me on this Earth:
“I am going to make everything around me beautiful – that will be my life.”
– Elsie de Wolfe
One creation, one project, one venture at a time, I hope to do just that. Someday I hope to look back with a smile on all the leaps of faith I decided to take as a result of giving myself a chance to put my work out there. It takes courage, you know. Every time I make something new and put it out there, it’s an opportunity to overcome fear and build belief!
Because Amazon was flooded with orders for elastic and everything was delayed, my bulk order of elastic didn’t arrive until recently. It’s given me a chance to experiment with my design and make tweaks as I’ve figured out what works and what doesn’t. I currently have a stack of over 300 2-ply masks waiting to be sewn for my shop and I’m so happy to have launched these little lovelies today. Grateful to share this new line of comfortable handmade face masks called “BREATHE BEAUTIFULLY” to help you stay safe while also looking stylish!
Each mask is made of two pieces of high quality 100% cotton, a 6″ long nose wire to custom fit to your face and keep the mask in place, and soft nylon elastic for a comfortable fit around your ears.
Designed for an adult face, each mask measures approximately 8″ long x 4 ” wide (laying flat) and fully expands up to 5″ wide. This provides extra protection compared to a standard surgical mask that typically measures approximately 7″ wide x 3.5″ tall. You can easily wear both a surgical mask and my handmade mask for extra protection.
If the ear loops are slightly too long and the mask is fitting loosely, gently tie into a small knot and pull tight until the proper fit is achieved. The mask pleats expand vertically for a custom fit and holds its shape without sticking to your face when inhaling and exhaling…which is my biggest pet peeve lol!
Each mask is mailed in a clear 5″ x 7″ resealable zipper pouch to protect your mask during shipment as well as from wear and tear when you take it with you on-the-go!
To extend the life of your mask, hand wash with a mild detergent in warm or hot water, lay flat to dry (do not dry in a dryer), and iron only the fabric if needed (the elastic will melt if ironed).
Please be aware that fabric colors may appear different under different lighting. There may also be slight variations due to the handmade nature of this item and pattern repeats may vary. All mask purchases are final and returns or exchanges will not be accepted for sanitary reasons.
I’m looking forward to sewing up a storm and sharing these designs with you. Tonight I whipped up my first two orders and will ship them out on Monday. I’ll be making the masks to donate on Sundays since I have been looking for a service opportunity on the weekends. I’ll also add more variety of fabrics in the near future so stay tuned! Let me know if you have any questions and I hope to share more on the blog again soon. Thank you for supporting my small business and may you be well!