Helpers

For those that don’t know the story behind why we started making facemasks, the next few paragraphs explain how we got here. For those that do know our story, please feel free to skip to the paragraph after the embedded video.

In March we were faced with a terrible reality: with in days all of our sources of income had been wiped out. We sell our handmade baby items at boutiques and festivals. All of our spring and summer festivals were cancelled or postponed.

The boutiques’ sales had pretty much died off before they had to temporarily close for the shelter in place order. Even with this immediate loss of income, we knew it was important to just do the right thing. And that’s what we did. With the help of our fabulous customers, we got all the supplies needed to start making and donating masks to the medical community. It has truly been an honor that I will remember for the rest of my life.

Recently a good friend reminded me of the quote by Mr. Rogers about looking for the helpers.  It was meaningful in the moment, but even more so now that I think about all the people that didn’t hesitate to step up and do the right thing even when faced with their own hardships.

 

We’re in this together, and we’ll get through it together.

 

After the government said we should all wear masks in public, a friend kindly nudged us to start selling ours. I was so hesitant to do that, but I also knew we had to do something to get money coming in. We continue to donate, but we also sell masks to keep ourselves afloat. The work isn’t physically hard, but can be time consuming. We’ve worked 20-hour days at times to rush to get masks made and out to customers. Thanks to y’all’s support though, our needs are being met. And I’m so, so grateful for that.

 

The below video shows a glimpse of the mask making process.

I love to see videos of other creators working. It never ceases to amaze me how much work goes into real handmade items. Even with a simple facemask: it’s two pieces of cotton and two strips of elastic, yet it takes so many steps to get a finished product. 

That’s one of the things I hope these videos convey: the time, the work, and the love that we pour into our creations.

We’re just two creators with one sewing machine.  And there are so many other small handmade businesses with stories just like ours. People working 20-hour days to create masks with their own two hands just to keep a roof over their heads and food on their tables. People who jumped in and started donating masks to hospitals when they didn’t even know when they would work for profit again. Look for the helpers and when you can, please support them. The helpers need you now. 

’til next time,

~jen

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