I started a new project. I am now selling handmade non-medical cloth face masks sewn by me. I bought the name, made the logo, and started a blog MaskForAFriend.com. I also secured an Etsy shop, YouTube channel, Instagram Account, and FaceBook page under the same name. I bought the supplies I needed (the supplies I could find), made even more masks using different patterns I found online, hacked most of the patterns I found online (read more here) and I did all this infrastructure work from May 19 - May 26. I was ready to crank them out and post them to all three of my sites, the Etsy stores, and the respective social media platforms. I was psyched. She ready.
On the evening of May 26, 2020 I tripped up the stairs and broke my left hand. The order of subsequent events: ER trip that night, Hand Doctor the next day (27th), surgery on the hand Friday (29th), follow-up Wednesday, June 3. Luckily I am right handed, but really when it comes to sewing and typing, I'm close to dead in the water.
I didn't realize just how much I used my left hand every day until it became unusable.
This new venture was something I didn't take lightly. I started sewing masks and giving them away on April 8. I wasn't sure I was ready to make them to sell because of the commitment and the fact that many of the patterns online are not very easy to make. The posters of the patterns say they are easy, but many are not. Despite this fact, many also don't fit a wide range of faces well. So, I did the work of finding and adjusting the patterns to fit folks better.
I do hope you all will stick with me. I'm still going to make and sell masks just as soon as I can. Timing is everything. I'm sure there is a reason this obstacle was thrown at me. Two big reasons: I'm clumsy and I'm very often distracted. I'll give the philosophical reasons time to marinate.
That is all.