As the US started to open back up again, traffic to BestDIYFaceMask(dot)com fell off significantly. Valli Schiller and I felt it didn't make sense to continue paying for a website that wasn't getting any traffic, so we took it down. For those who want to make the superior fitting and very comfortable Valami face mask … Continue reading Free Valami Face Mask Pattern
One link led to another and I found myself on a real estate website with a search box. On a whim, I entered the address of the house where I grew up. We lived on Marlow Street from the time of my earliest childhood memories until the summer before I started 4th grade. It was … Continue reading The Drawer in the Hall
If you wear a face mask intermittently throughout the day and can't keep track of where you put it after you take it off, you'll find a neck strap incredibly helpful. Hang your mask around your neck when you get dressed in the morning. Then, when you need to wear it, just flip it up … Continue reading Valami Mask With Neck Strap!
The Valami Face Mask has just been updated to include face mask templates for kids! At this point it's unclear how schools are going to proceed in the fall, but if kids will be wearing face masks, we've got you covered. Child SMALL is for ages 5 to 8 and Child LARGE is for ages … Continue reading NEW: Kid Sizes for Valami Mask!
Valli Schiller and I have created a better fitting face mask, and it's called The Valami. It sounds more like a sub sandwich, but it makes more sense when you know that the "VAL" comes from Valli and the "AMI" comes from (wait for it...) Ami. So, Valami. I suppose it could have been The … Continue reading The Valami: A Better Fitting Face Mask
When I was little, I remember my mother measuring fabric. She'd hold one end out as far as her arm would go and then she'd bring the other end to the tip of her nose. She would announce that the fabric measured "about a yard." I was so impressed. I thought she was smelling how … Continue reading Measuring Stuff
Ami updates after her first year of retirement.
I went off the deep end about a year ago after I accidentally came across instructions for Paula Nadelstern's Opulent Ornaments and decided I needed to make one. Or a dozen. Get her directions here. (Embrace the bling; resistance is futile.) I spent a long time collecting sequins, pins, beads, and other shiny objects and … Continue reading Opulent Ornaments: A Delightful Rabbit Hole
Kevin MacLeod made a great video showing how to make origami folded fabric ornaments. Thanks to his video I've been having a blast making Christmas ornaments! Take a look and then come right back for my tips below. https://www.youtube.com/embed/VwvNU1pGd-Y Ami's Tips 1. Pre-wash your fabric. I know, I can hear the moaning already. If you … Continue reading Origami Folded Fabric Ornaments
My granddaughter spits up a lot and might be starting to teethe. She goes through a lot of bibs. Most bibs are too small, too thin, and the plastic backing rips and tears after multiple trips through the washing machine and dryer. Fastening a bib at the nape of the neck requires a third hand. … Continue reading In Search of the Perfect Bib