A week ago in my post Dress for Your Job at Home – Pandemic Tips, I talked about the importance of setting up structured time in this anything-but-normal period. I’m happy to say that my newly structured work week pretty much flew by. Keeping busy had the perk of leaving me less time to read the news. As a result, I felt less anxious about the things I can’t control (which is pretty much everything outside my door right now.) By Saturday night, I was proud of all that I had accomplished, but I’ll admit that I was pretty tired, too. So I decided to do something I usually never do…take Sunday completely off. The resulting creative burst is proof that rest and creativity really go hand in hand.
Rest and Creativity Joana Style…
On Sunday, after a leisurely breakfast of homemade waffles, I did a thorough clean of the house. For some people that would count as work; happily, for me, I actually enjoy cleaning. Then, as a reward, I poked around on Pinterest for haircut ideas. (With no prospect of a haircut anytime soon, I’m fantasizing about cutting off all my hair into a pixie cut). From there I was inspired to peruse DIY face mask tutorials. I did try out some simple no-sew versions, but discovered that the ear loop models don’t work on me. Unfortunately (or fortunately?) my ears are small so the loops don’t stay put around my ears. However, I did eventually stumble upon this interesting and well done Youtube tutorial:
The cute bike pattern was what initially caught my eye. I also really liked that the mask had side ties. So I dusted off my sewing machine and spent the rest of the afternoon making these two masks – one for me and the other for my sister.
DIY Face Mask with Ties and Filter Pocket
(Filter Pocket View)
In case you’re wondering, I used one of my husband’s old handkerchiefs for the front of the mask. The lining was taken from remnants of material I had from when I tried to make myself concert pants. Using grosgrain ribbon was my own (brilliant!) time-saving hack. Instead of having to stitch and hem fabric ties, I simply singed/sealed the edges of the grosgrain ribbon with a lighter before sewing them in place.
After a day off…
I did feel a bit rusty when I started illustrating again on Monday morning. But that feeling passed pretty quickly. By evening, I had filled these pages of my Moleskine sketch book:
Today, the sketches flowed even more easily…
Maybe because I was seated on our balcony in the sunshine and fresh air.
Jumping for Joy Illustrations
In Case You’re Wondering…
These days I’m just letting my illustrations riff on whatever comes to mind. The teeny glimmers of hope offered from the slight decrease in the awful virus numbers in NY is reason enough in my (Moleskine) book to jump for joy!
Stay safe, stay apart and be well!