September is the traditional back to school month in the northern hemisphere. Because of this, it feels like the start of a new year, even if I am no longer a student and have never been a teacher. However, there are many students and teachers in my family. Not only is this year a new year for them, but returning to school will vary drastically from past years.
Remember when heading back to school meant shopping for new school clothes and basic stationery supplies? Now those supplies include PPE and online learning gear. My husband contributed to the cause, as lead architect and general contractor for this sleep/study piece of furniture.
The lower bunk bed is removable to allow access to two desks. Our granddaughters will be wearing noise canceling headphones will attending school online, from home several days a week. When they attend school in person on the other days, they will be protected by face masks made by me. This is their second set. In just a few months they out grew the ones I made for them at the beginning of the summer.
Apparently Grammie (that’s me) makes the most comfortable masks. The mask pattern I selected is from PrettyHandyGirl.com. I love the simplicity of it. It is also very easy to adapt and adjust as needed. These masks are half way between child and medium adult size. Just right for 6 and 8 year old girls. I line my masks with a rayon jersey fabric precisely because it is soft against the face, while being a tight enough weave to provide adequate protection. Since it is important to have masks fit correctly and gaps frequently occur around the nose, including a nose clip is essential. I use recycled coffee bag ties. They can be washed and bent over and over again.
School isn’t the only thing to open in September. This is the first day of SAQA’s benefit auction. SAQA’s mission is to promote the art quilt. The proceeds from the auction go towards the many programs SAQA provides for both members and non-members. The caliber of the artwork available through the auction is outstanding. Treat yourself to some eye-candy and check out the nearly 500 pieces available.
I am linking up with Nina Marie’s Off the Wall Fridays.