Shine. "Remember to look up at the stars and now down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious. And however difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at. It matters that you don’t just give up.” – Professor Stephen Hawking Stay safe. Stay well. Shine on!

A clue? A hint? Directions to follow? What happens if we go that way? Or this way? Are we just going to go with the flow? Or swim up stream? Another painted rock found on our walks around the neighborhood. Stay safe. Stay well. Be kind.

Another neighborhood painted rock. I have to say, this one made me laugh. All of my life, there have been many PSA notices reminding us to wash our hands. In the bathroom, before cooking, when you’re sick, after using cleaning products. Have we listened? Not always. I’ve seen people skip it, even when I knew it was in their best interest. But not any more! Now, people are washing their hands so much, they’re asking about what lotions and potions to use on them to keep them smooth and soft!

Another painted rock found on my neighborhood walk. It is important to love each other and treat each other with kindness. With so much uncertainty, a little love and caring will go a long way. Stay safe; stay well!

New Bunny

  Luna Lapin sewing doll

In Japan, there is a traditional myth about a white rabbit that lives in the moon. Also, in the winter, snow sculptures are made representing small, white rabbits or hares. They are referred to as yuki usagi. I was originally going to give my new bunny a french personality, but I have changed my mind. She is going to be Japanese. So, I’m introducing you to Mitsuki Bun-Bun.

Space Patrol

  doll troll felt sewing

I dug up this photo yesterday for another reason, but I thought all of you might like to see it. When I was a kid (i.e. a million years ago,) I started a business selling clothing for troll dolls. I created a lot of original designs, which made my clothing popular with my peers. Here are three characters from the Space Patrol series. From left to right: Guard, Medic, Officer.

I love this Retro Tech fabric! It reminds me of the wild computer days of the 80s when it was a revolutionary idea to have a desktop computer in your home. So many of my friends are familiar with that time, that I thought this was the perfect fabric to make masks for them! Now that I’ve gotten the new sewing machine, making these is much easier! And faster!

This is actually smaller in real life. What a simple symbol with such a powerful message. We all need peace. Peace in the world, peace for first responders, peace in our lives, and peace in our hearts. Stay safe; stay well!

We are one world! What we do affects everyone. This is another painted rock that was found during my walks around the neighborhood! Stay safe! Stay well!

As I mentioned on Friday, we sometimes fine works of art along our walking or biking path. I am sharing these with you to help brighten your day, as they do mine. Today’s is a little blue beetle. I love that whoever created it, decided to make her blue, instead of red! Stay safe! Stay well!

We go out walking or bike riding, early in the morning, now that we are stuck at home. It’s good exercise, and being out in the morning sun helps to elevate mood and keep us happy. Along our walking path, we have found many “works of art”. I was thinking you might like to see some of them! On yesterday’s walk, we took a different route, just for a change of scenery, and we came across these chalk-art paintings on either side of the driveway at one of the neighbor’s homes.

Another set of masks for a friend and his wife. I don’t remember why I bought this fabric. There is quite a bit of yardage, at least 4 yards, it looks like. That’s fine, because it means I can make a bunch of masks from it. I like the way it looks like lots of little paint spatters. Kind of artistic, without being “in your face”. Instead, it’s going to be “on the face”!

Yesterday, I got up later than usual, so I was running behind. After a trip to return unneeded things to the storage unit, and a walk to pick up the mail, I was further behind. My regular social media tasks also took up a good chunk of time. By the time I was going to sew masks, I realized I wasn’t really up for it. I decided to give myself a “personal day” to do whatever I felt like.

I’m not planning on going into business making masks. However, I understand the need. On Friday, we had a Zoom meeting with a group of friends. There were several rectangles on the screen, lined up in rows. The person next to my husband sneezed. As a joke, my husband picked up one of his masks and put it over his face. But, as it turns out, when others saw him do that, they wanted to know where he got the mask.

Luna Lapin

  Luna Lapin sewing doll

Sometimes, you just need some bunny to love! With everything going on in the world, I am having some issues with making art. However, I don’t want to let that stop my creativity completely. I’ve been making masks for myself and my husband, and now I will be making more this week for a few friends. But over the weekend, I decided to sew something just for the fun of it!