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. It wasn't for lack of trying. If it wasn't for the pain, watching me struggle to cut out ONE face mask was kind of comical. The reality is it was frustrating and a little sad.
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 I found are not very easy to make. The posters of the patterns say they are easy, but many are not. I didn't know if I could make these patterns in large quantities. In addition, 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 then bought the name, made the logo, and started this blog. 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), drafted new patterns, organized fabric, and created a work flow. 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.
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.