Masks On

2020 has been a year full of surprises, changes, and new habits. The new normal many of us have had to adopt is wearing a mask or cloth face covering. Mask etiquette can be tough at times, I mean where do I put my mask when I’m eating? How do I appropriately remove it while keeping it clean to put back on?

My partner recently informed me that at lunch the other day, he didn’t know what to do with his mask. He didn’t want to set it on the table at work because he thought of the potential germs on the table. When he settled with resting the mask on his leg, it ended up falling on the floor. Luckily, he was able to swap out his floor fallen mask for a paper one that was provided by work, but he’s not the only one who’s had this trouble. I offered the idea of adding a clip to his lanyard he has to wear at work or even creating a mask chain for him.

As students have gone back to campus or school, I’ve noticed many wearing handy mask chains that allow for hands free, off-the-face handling. Some of these are even so stylish they include a name to stay organized or fancy beads. Since so many of us have adopted wearing a mask full time in work settings and have to deal with how to properly handle masks when they are removed from our faces. A mask chain can offer a hands free solution to what to do when there are the times you want to drink your coffee or eat your lunch.

Today I will cover how to make your own mask chain. This very simple process can be fun to include your family members, even kids on. Having everyone create their own can be a fun pandemic activity to help in normalizing situations. There are so many ways to make a mask chain your own, but I’ll share some tips on how to begin.

Add a personalized touch with letter beads

Items needed:
String (I’ll be using a sturdy cotton string)
Beads (I chose seed beads and am going to include some letters on mine)
Hooks (I chose lever back earring hooks, why? They offer an easy and less costly solution than a clip.)

Only three supplies needed to get creating

The steps to create your own mask chain are so simple, this is a great project to do with the whole family.

The first step is to choose the beads, string, and clasps. Make sure your string is sturdy and that the beads can fit on the string. I chose simple seed beads, cotton string (I doubled it up), and lever back earring clasps. The reason for choosing lever back earring clasps? They are much more cost effective than a single clasp, connect easily to one another, and are sturdy.

The second step is to measure the length of string, for mine, I chose 20″. After tying to my clasp, I strung my beads and even added my name for a little bit of pizazz. This project can modified to any taste. For a more masculine approach, you can utilize faux leather cord. For a fancier look, just simply use a matching chain and attach to the clasps with needle nose pliers. Have fun with the project and share what you make. I’d love to see how you create along with me!

I hope this post inspired you to create. Look forward to the next post as things get more seasonal and bit spooky.

Samples of other combinations, make it your own!

First things First

What better way to start a craft blog than by creating an initial banner?!

See what I did there…

Recently moved into your dorm room? Or need to spice up your zoom decor? Look no further. Today’s post will teach you how to create an easy to hang banner with supplies you may already have around the house. If you need to purchase any materials, this project is also low in cost.

I used a simple flour sack hand towel but you can always used a pattern fabric you might have in your stash.

To start, gather these supplies:

>Dowel rod or stick
>Yarn or embroidery floss
>Needle and thread
>Hot glue gun and glue sticks

Step One:

Use two pieces of fabric and cut into a banner shape of your choice. Mine was approximately 11.5″ wide by 16″.

Use a simple running stitch to hand sew the fabric together, leave the top open.

Step Two:

After securing the sewing, reverse the fabric and press with an iron.

Step Three:

Select your felt color and initial to adorn your banner.

I used a “G” shape I had and traced it on the felt with sharpie. You can print out a letter form you like and trace onto your felt. Be mindful that you will need to cut inside the sharpie if you trace your letter.

Cut your letter in preparation for sewing!

Step Four:

Work smarter and not harder, that’s one of my favorite motos.

Hot glue your felt letter on to your banner. This will make it a little easier to add your embellishments.

Tip: you do not need a lot of hot glue, just enough to secure your letter!

Step Five:

Choose a color of embroidery floss to sew your felt letter on. I used a simple running stitch and chose a contrasting pink to make the stitching pop!

Tip: Practice sewing on a scrap sheet of felt. Don’t forget your can also map out your stitches on a piece of paper before committing to the pattern on your banner.

Step Six:

Make your own tassel!

I wanted to jazz up my banner with a tassel at the bottom point. Make as many as you want to add to your banner.

Cut a piece of cardboard the approximate size you want your tassel length. Wrap embroidery floss around the cardboard. To speed up the process, wrap more than one string at a time. I chose three shades of pink to give my tassel more dimension.

Cut a piece of string to secure the top part of the tassel. Then cut and tie around the tassel to secure your strings. Cut the bottom strings off the cardboard. Wrap more string around your tie for a sturdier look.

Step Seven:

Sew the tassel to the bottom. Or hot glue it if you aren’t confident in your sewing skills.

I’m a big fan of hot glue because it makes certain tasks a lot easier. Just be careful not to burn your fingers!

Take your dowel rod and hot glue and roll the top of the banner. Jazz up your dowel rod by painting and letting it dry ahead of time. I chose to paint my silver for a more finished look.

Tie string to the top and your piece is ready to hang!

Decorate your space, make a nursery gift, or even add words to create your own mantra banner.

I hope that you enjoy our initial project. The best part about this banner is that you can change it to suite your needs. Want to add more letters or maybe a phrase? The basic skills above can assist you in creating a banner to update any space.

My banner is now hanging in my office at work, it’s a reminder to pause and take time for myself.

Looking to make your own banner or have any questions?!

Reach out to me or share your finished project on my facebook page or instagram (@gracielovecreates) and use #creatingwithgracielove.

Thanks for creating with me, I look forward to our next project.

Hi, I’m Gracie Love

Who is Gracie Love?

Well that’s me!

I have many years of experience as a crafter, and owe much of my creativity to my mother. As a child, my mom ensured that every Christmas I received an art supply kit and in return I ensured that every gift she received was made by me. As an adult, my mom still receives handmade gifts from me (and I hope that my skills have significantly improved!).

As a creator, my credentials are supported on paper with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art from Miami University of Ohio. I graduated in 2013 and moved to Florida to pursue a studio practice in pottery. I’ve held a variety of jobs that have always assisted my art making. From waiting tables to stocking grocery store shelves, if there is a will there is certainly a way to make art in my life. After a few years as a studio potter in Pennsylvania, I eventually relocated for a full time position in the arts sector located in the Great Smoky Mountains. My current position has given me the opportunity to learn a variety of craft forms from weaving to jewelry and so much more.

I look forward to creating with you

Gracie Love

Examples of art by Gracie Love

Let’s Get Crafty!

With the pandemic reality finally settling in, and staying home or at a distance has become my new norm, I wanted to find a way to connect and create. As a maker of all mediums (there’s not much I haven’t tried) I knew the best way for me to share my talent was to create a craft blog. Now you may be thinking to yourself, “Not another craft blog!” But never fear, this blog is intended to teach you a variety of crafts and more importantly create a community of creators.

As so many of us are stuck in our homes, why not take the time to step outside your comfort zone. Or maybe step back inside your comfort zone. Gracie Love Creates will present projects focused around themes, home and holiday decor, and most importantly crafts for you. As a multi-media maker, I want to be able to share a variety of different mediums with you. And never fear, if you’ve never stepped into crafting territory, there will be projects you can do too!

So be prepared to get crafty with Gracie Love Creates.

Get Ready to Create

Pandemic got you down? Feeling cooped up with nothing to do? Looking for an extra bit of inspiration?

Well, you’re in the right place. Gracie Love Creates was inspired out of my love for creating and educating. Arts and crafts are a great way to build and create community. The pandemic has been taxing on my extroverted side and I’m positive I’m not the only introvert who feels that way. Yes, I said I’m an introvert missing my extroverted side. As much as I love to recharge and be alone, I love connecting with others, specifically through art.

So as you think to yourself, “Oh no, not another craft blog.” Remember, this is so much more. This is a place for inspiration, a place to recharge, and yes a place to build community.

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