Tips for wearing a mask.

Here is a great tip for wearing your mask! Wish I could take credit for it but I found it on Reddit. 😬 it only works if you have a mask which has elastic around the ears. Make an X with the elastic in between the mask and your ears as shown in the photo. Doing this can tighten your mask around the nose. It is very helpful if you wear glasses.


Pictured is a French bulldog mask in a small child size and a small adult/teen. The child ‘s has a box pleat. A box pleat is the best for children’s masks. The traditional accordion style doesn’t fit as well. The sm adult/teen is a curved full face style. The nose is shaped to fit a nose… a wire is not necessary because the mask is perfectly, shaped for a nose!

A box pleat opens up like a box ! It opens up around the mouth. (shown) It’s easier for kids because the fold opens WIDE.

TIP- The problem with putting a mask on a small child is they don’t like it. However it is our new reality. We have to teach our kids how to wear a mask by wearing our mask inside and outside. Your encouraging your child to wear a mask. It’s going to be a couple years before we can stop wearing masks in public. Start now!

Stay safe and well. Love, Brenda

ps click on MENU – HOW TO REQUEST


My elastic still has not arrived. I’ve got stacks of mask already. They just need some elastic.

I found two wonderful angels; one through my Facebook plea for elastic. The from Reddit. Both are sending elastic!!!!! I should have plenty. But plenty is probably not gonna be enough if I keep making masks. Each person should have 3 masks- 1 to wear, 1 in the wash, 1 for backup.

I’m gonna keep working you guys just hold tight. ❤️✌️😷


UPDATE- I’ll add my email again just in case you’re looking. To request a mask for yourself or family members email me if you’d like to donate to help me buy new supplies to keep making this mask there is a box at the bottom of this post.

Hey folks if you’re waiting for a mask I really apologize for the delay. I ordered 18 yards elastic from the seller in Chicago. It was supposed to be shipped over the weekend however it wasn’t shipped until Tuesday. I’m slightly upset over that because it has set back my plans just start giving out mask as quickly as I can. I have a mask already shown that are just waiting for that elastic. USPS shows the tracking will deliver tomorrow.

I want to thank everyone who has sent a donation. Wink wink you’ll probably jump ahead of the line but remember If you can’t donate I understand.

We are all in this together. Be kind to yourself! I have found taking a few minutes several times a day practicing mindfulness and breathing exercises has help me with stress and anxiety. I’ve been using mindfulness for over a year. It’s a wonderful pick me up even if you’ve only got a few seconds.

This is a very hard time for a lot of people both emotionally and financially. I hope at the end of this dark tunnel the light shining and will be freedom of the coronavirus. My prayers are they will be financial help for all of us.

I’ll be sewing all day into tonight. I’ve got a great helper! My husband is cutting all the masks 😷out. I’m not answering any emails at this point I just don’t have time. So don’t send a new one please! I’m making a list based on when I got the message and how many you want and I’m be notifying as I go down the list in order of receipt. I hope to be giving the mask out by the end of this week and through next week.

Thank you. Remember kindness is your friend.


So, you discovered your mask is marked with a tag? Welcome to our life…. 😷

EVERY MASK comes with elastic which fits around your head. You have a choice to wear the elastic on top or around the back of your head. The elastic is knotted to allow you too tighten or loosen it easily. Prefer the elastic around the ears? Cut the elastic, tie each separately. I have placed a few stitches in each ear to avoid an accidental pull through.

WANT ADDITIONAL masks? Please contact either Chuck or I (Brenda). Text works best!

DONATIONS are NOT necessary , are always welcome to help with the cost of materials. Scroll to the bottom of the page. There is a link to PayPal.



My husband and I were just talking about everything that’s in the news today. It is an overload on the brain. It used to be when we got married over 24 years ago I worried about everything! Keeping a roof and food to 3, trying to work to make the bills. I failed epically but that’s another post. 

Yet, somehow I’ve made peace with the coronavirus as a threat. I hope to never catch it. I’m doing what I can to prevent it!. Maybe it is because I feel secure. Being married as long as we have makes me feel secure and loved. I am not alone.

All I can do is keep myself away by sheltering in my own safe home. There’s just two of us. I’ve got someone by my side to shelter beside.

Today were using Target pick up. Rather than going inside getting the items. I have my prescriptions (and all health care items) mailed to me. Other items sent to me; UPS, USPS, FEDEX. When they arrive any outer packaging is removed before entering my home. We have a system of wiping or spraying with Lysol. Some item bought in bulk are left outside for the required time for the Lysol to work ……or the virus to die by leaving it on the porch longer. It is not a heated porch.

Books! I’ve just barely begun Testaments by Margaret Atwood. I can’t wait to read her other works. All on Kindle on an IPad of coarse!

It is April! My garden starting month. I’ve already planted a batch of arugula in the greenhouse. My fickle strawberries need transplanting. The greenhouse always needs a cleaning.

My health is fickle. It all depends upon my oxygen saturation. Above 94 seems to be magical. Below I’m left exhausted without purpose.

I cannot change this. I can only adapt to what is NOW. We used face masks, social distancing. Hand washing has always been important to us, even more now.

I have made peace with what the coronavirus virus is. I have made peace with the possibility of being in an ICU bed desperately wanting oxygen…..without a ventilator. I’m too old, sick or any other reason. I have been there. I was on the edge of falling back into a big black vast entry point. I was going away. There was not a bright light. I had a choice to re-inflate my lung. It was an odd device to blow into. The confusion and delirium from lack of oxygen, kept inhaling from the device, not blowing in. It was all I could do. I survived.

I’m here in my newly renovated kitchen making bread from scratch on the butcher block counters I have always dreamed of. Life gives only what you are strong enough to accept. I’ve made peace with this plague. It will never enter my territory. Chuck is home. We are safe.

It is all good. I taught him to sew, together we are making masks to give to others.

Twenty four years is a very long time to spend with someone. Time can test. Time often takes a toll. This day in time during a pandemic from the Coronavirus we didn’t have to think about anything. We are working together for better or worse. On the flip side when we emerge there will be story to be told I’m sure.