A good friend of mine has been spreading the word about the snazzy jazzy Kazzy Face-masks I have been making from The ThreadShed, Freshwater East. They have ended up all around the UK and even flew across the pond to Tennessee, which tickled me pink. Through the recommend I had a commission to make some masks with their logo on for The Queens Head in Eye, Suffolk.
As it was their official re-opening and I got sent a thank you and this stunning pic of the very gorgeous Millie wearing her mask. Now that is how to wear a face mask!
Special good luck wishes to The Queens Head, and all businesses slowly coming out of lockdown. Oh and if you need some Facemasks for your team then I’m your girl ❤️
Football is most definitely not my thing. My family are all proud Swans fans and still tease me over the time we hired a box at the stadium for my Dad’s 70th birthday and I declared that I was “reading the magazine in the interval.” Apparently I was supposed to say “reading the programme at half time!” Me and The Husband are a match (see what I done there) made in heaven as football is definitely not his thing either! (Phew!)
However I do understand the pride, love, passion and sense of belonging that football brings to so many and so, when I was asked by a lifelong Liverpool fan to make a Memory Cushion out of his Scouser Dad’s football shirt, I knew the huge importance of this sewing task and the trust the family had placed in me.
You know I may not be a fan of football but I absolutely love how this very special Memory Cushion, instead of being tucked away in a drawer somewhere, can now sit quietly amongst the family. This Memory Cushion is a poignant symbol of their much loved and missed father and a sweet reminder that “You’ll never walk alone!”
I’m pretty sure that buying a perfect birthday gift during lockdown can be a bit of a dilemma. However two clever mummies recently gifted their sons one of Trashcan Emporium’s cool lockdown Tees. One mummy picked one of Lee’s original skull images and added the lockdown location, name and age for her son and another mummy chose a “Corona Virus” Tee with their lockdown location for her son. Their boys have a pretty unique reminder of this crazy time and their lockdown birthday celebrations.
Thanks to both lovely ladies for supporting our little business in these tough times and a big happy, 17th and 11th, lockdown birthday to these blinkin’ gorgeous boys!
Just over 100 face masks have now left The ThreadShed and been posted around the UK to places such as Swansea, Neath, Birmingham, London, Andover, Nottingham, Manchester … as well as given to carers, friends and neighbours in and around Pembroke.
We absolutely refuse to profit even one single penny from that nasty bitch Covid and so they have all been gifted to friends, family and people that we care about in the hope that we are doing a little something to keep us all safer. The masks are double layer cotton with a pocket to put a hepa filter inside for a bit of extra protection.
Who’d have thought that a snazzy jazzy Kazzy face mask would be the must have accessory of 2020 huh?
In the middle of lockdown arty fartyness The Husband has some fun with a glass etching set that was my very cool Xmas pressie off Little Sister.
My plan was to cut some vinyl stencils for the etching but of course The Husband, being an artist, had way better ideas. He freehanded this traditional tattoo style anchor and waves onto a glass pane which separates our back porch from the dining room.
And to think I was going to hang a curtain there huh?
The Atlantic Puffin is probably Pembrokeshire’s most famous sea-bird. Anyone who has made the little boat trip trip over to stunning Skomer Island will have seen this funny little bird really close up as they are everywhere. Over 22,000 of them.
I have longed for a Puffin painting ever since Lee and I spent a joyous day on Skomer this time last year and I was so delighted that Lee made it one of his lockdown art projects.
As a follow on from the post on my snazzy jazzy face masks I have had lots of requests for these brightly coloured, pretty masks. Me and my trusty Brother will soon start sewing like crazy and I hope that everyone who ordered them from me will have them by next weekend.
In the meantime I have permission to share this fabulous photo of the very first recipients of Kazzy masks. These lovely ladies work in a local care home looking after vulnerable elderly residents. This photo warmed the cockles of my heart and I am sure you will all join me in sending them all virtual hugs and a great big massive thank you for doing such an amazing job with such care, love and devotion in these crazy times.
It’s been creative central at The ThreadShed over last few lockdown weeks. A dear key-worker friend put in a request for a supply of some face masks and sent me a fabulous free pattern from http://www.hellosewing.com. The snug fitting mask is made with two layers of tightly woven cotton and has a pocket between the layers to insert a filter (heppa paper or paper from hoover bags is a cheap option) if you want to.
Currently there are some very mixed messages about the use of face masks and evidence wise not much to go on, although the widespread use of masks in Hong Kong is what is believed to have limited the spread. The general advice is not to touch your mask once it’s on and to remove it for washing as soon as you get home. Right now some countries are making the public use of face masks mandatory (eg Austria, Slovakia, Bosnia) and some are now recommending the public wear them (USA). Only yesterday there was a lot of speculation that UK may soon follow suit.
The World Health Organisation advice that face-masks are not necessary is now under review as the previous advice is believed to be at least partially aimed at ensuring that all vital PPE supplies are kept for use by health care workers.
Whilst there is absolutely no doubt whatsoever that the public should leave surgical face masks for the healthcare settings I think snazzy jazzy home sewn masks are the next best thing, plus they look pretty gorgeous too. I sent out lots of little packages yesterday to some of my special people and if you would like any do let me know!
My first grandchild is due in about 5 weeks. I never ever imagined that he would be arriving into this world of Corona virus, isolation and lock-down. Eldest Son and his partner live almost 4 hours drive away from me and so I don’t know when I will be able to hold him for the first time. When Eldest Son was born I lived 3 hours away from my Mam but the day after he was born she jumped on a train and I swear her proud happy smile came into the hospital ward a good ten minutes before she did.
In this crazy scary world I don’t know when I will get to meet my grandson and so today I whiled away some lockdown time by gluing glorious beach treasures onto this special wooden photo frame. One side already holds his scan photo and the other side awaits his first photo.
There really is space in my heart waiting just for George ❤️
With us all in lockdown I hope you are all finding plenty of lovely ways to pass away the hours. Nowhere safer than your own little sewing room or ThreadShed to while away the time.
I have so enjoyed a quiet few days of sewing. I sourced this stunning Simplicity 1950s vintage pattern from a fabulous little market last Autumn. I made up my first one for Little Sister’s Xmas present using a beautiful pure wool houndstooth which I lined in red satin. That turned out to be my practice run as I have just made another for lil ole me… this time using Chinese Silk fabric that I sourced in the most amazing fabric market I have ever visited whilst on Hong Kong about 18 months ago. I have lined this one with a red poly cotton.
This gorgeous jacket only needs to be pressed but the thought of ironing it terrifies me … my sewing skills certainly outweigh my ironing skills!
If anyone needs help or advice on any creative projects that you might be undertaking during lockdown then I am happy to have video calls or messages!