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Growing Your Own Corona Virus Victory Garden

As people pick up new hobbies while they remain in self-quarantine due to the COVID-19 pandemic, interest in gardening and farming is experiencing a boom among Americans. One silver lining of the corona virus lockdown is that it comes at the start of the growing season. Between now and the fall, we have the chance to coax … read more

As people pick up new hobbies while they remain in self-quarantine due to the COVID-19 pandemic, interest in gardening and farming is experiencing a boom among Americans. One silver lining of the corona virus lockdown is that it comes at the start of the growing season. Between now and the fall, we have the chance to coax food from the soil while also feeding the soul.

This year, a vegetable garden may also provide one thing we seem to be lacking at the moment: control over our lives. It includes the satisfaction of raising nutritious and delicious food, exercising outdoors while socially distancing, relieving pressure on the nation’s food supply system, passing essential knowledge on to your children and growing extra to share with others. At the very least, it’s a constructive distraction in a confined environment.

This is what I love the most about our community at GS, the helpfulness, and kindness of the members to mentor, and walk alongside less experienced members, and help them grow (literally in this scenario!)

Developing a green thumb is a way to pass the time for some people, but others are using it as a way to attempt to make sure they have access to fresh food after panic buying led to shortages in grocery stores. In addition to emptying shelves of seeds and gardening tools, Americans are also buying animals, particularly chickens, to produce a steady influx of eggs.

It’s no coincidence that the interest in chickens comes at a time when supermarkets in the country, particularly in the northeast, are experiencing a shortage of eggs. Regionwide, egg retailers’ orders from wholesalers have increased by anywhere from double to 600%, and supply can’t immediately be increased

The makers of GS began having conversations early on as the pandemic and it’s potential implications began to become more evident. We discussed the need for people to become more sustainable, to be able to have access to fresh fruits and vegetables in an uncertain time. We always help each other so our conversations began with the more experienced gardeners sharing tips and advice with easy-to-grow veggies for the beginners.

(< Melonie of Ruby Dew Designs (with her daughter Ruby) in their home garden in Sunny California , Visit Melonie’s shop here: https://thegslife.com/2Si6wBw )

Even if you don’t consider yourself to have a green thumb, these vegetables are considered a good place to start for first-time gardeners. I wouldn’t recommend planting ALL of them your first time growing a garden, but maybe pick 4 or 5 from the list that your family enjoys and see what happens.

Experienced gardeners are expanding or adjusting what they grow, and novices are keen to get digging. Seed companies are seeing unprecedented levels of demand, and America hasn’t been this full of horticultural zeal since the era of World War II victory gardens.

Here’s a list of some of the easier vegetables to grow in your corona virus victory garden, with some really cool garden themed products from the GS Handmade marketplace:

  • Cucumbers like sunlight and warm temperatures, as well as support for climbing. (Thanks to their vertical growth, cukes do well in containers.) Once you give them these and water them regularly, they grow almost like weeds. You’ll probably have enough cucumbers to donate to your neighbors. The National Gardening Association says bush (rather than vine) cucumbers are best for containers or small spaces and have good disease resistance.

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  • Carrots Remember those projects from grade school where you grew carrot greens from their tops? Whole carrots are pretty easy to grow in the ground as well. The only thing about carrots is they might not grow very large, especially if you have rocky soil. Deep, well-drained soil is preferable—a raised bed is a good idea. Nevertheless, carrots are simple and fun to grow (your kids might even want to help). They tolerate light shade too, although, like most plants, they prefer full sun.
  • Radishes : You can slice radishes into a salad, but they’re also much more versatile than that, as appetizers, snacks and side dishes. Even though not everyone loves them, once you see how easy they are to grow, you might add them to your garden. They take just 20 days to reach full size!

(<< Misti of Houkreative planting her “corona virus victory garden” in this awesome bed that her husband built her to ease back strain. Check out her shop  HERE for some equally amazing handmade toys )

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Green beans: All sorts of green beans, from snap beans (or string beans) to shell or whole beans are ideal for home gardens. There are hundreds of varieties to choose from, and snapping beans to harvest them is kind of entertaining. I’ve had better luck with the vine type compared to the self-support bush types of snap peas, but the bush types require less space. Both types grow easily from seeds. Most beans prefer full sun and well-drained soil.

 

  • Zucchini: Zucchini grow so prolifically that they’re the butt of many a gardener’s joke. (“The only time we lock our doors around these parts is during zucchini season.”) One or two plants should cut it for most people. The blossoms are as delicious as the squash. Like beans and cucumbers, zucchini plants are prolific, whether they are grown in containers or directly in mounded soil. Like beans and radishes, they grow easily from seeds. They need good moisture, though, and prefer warm soil, so it’s best to sow seeds later in the warm season (a good plant for gardening procrastinators!)

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  • Tomatoes: Possibly the most popular vegetable for any size garden, you can grow tomatoes in hanging baskets or other containers or anywhere they’ll get lots of sun and have support for their stalks. Starter plants from a garden center at your local hardware store or a dedicated plant nurseryare the easiest to grow.

 

  • Lettuce : Lettuce grows quickly, is really easy to harvest (just snip the tops off the plants or pick leaves as needed), and takes up very little space. It can even be grown in containers, perhaps accompanied by flowers or tucked under taller plants. I’ve had success directly seeding them even in partly shady areas

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Other things to consider when starting a garden:

Choosing a site

 

Few people will have enough suitable land to become totally or even mostly self-sufficient. Optimally, you would want a garden with a quarter-acre or more in growing area, intensively gardened, and with a henhouse for eggs. Tending all this would be akin to a part-time job.

If you want to can and pickle produce and store root vegetables, you will need a larger garden than one just used seasonally.

Unless you are a seasoned gardener, forget the perfect survival garden for now; start out small so that you are not overwhelmed. You can always enlarge it as you yourself grow as a gardener.

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You need paths separate from growing beds to avoid soil compaction. An ideal, modular growing bed is eight feet by four feet — this permits access without stepping into it — and in normal times might be framed in lumber to allow for efficient raised-bed cultivation. Sally McCabe, associate director of community education for the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, notes that such a bed would be formed from three eight-foot boards — about the maximum you can fit into a car — with one board sawed in half. You may want to forget the boards for now; just mound up the growing bed and keep off it. The paths should be at least two feet wide but not much wider, because you are then robbing yourself of growing area.

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(<< A beautiful raised bed garden by Raenita of That’s So Addie in Oregon. Visit her shop to see all of her beautiful clothing HERE )

Size Matters:

In thinking about the appropriate size of the Stick It to the Virus Garden, McCabe has a scale of 1 to 10, from an apartment dweller with a windowsill at the low end to a budding farmer with five acres at the other. She’s more interested in the land-poor range. You can grow sprouts on your windowsill. She has several containers of sprouts grown from bags of dried lentils and beans from the grocery store. “If you combine that with rice and beans, you’ve got everything covered — starches, proteins and fresh vegetables — and you can live off that,” she said. “You’ll get really bored, but you can live off that.”

The next step is to grow herbs in containers; those will spice up any dish. If you have a patio or tiny backyard, you can grow a variety of greens and herbs.

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A few other site considerations:

Sunlight: A few leafy veggies and herbs will take partial shade, but for a garden to be successful, you must have at least six hours of direct sunlight daily, typically afternoon light.

Water: You will need access to water. In summer heat, plants may need watering daily. The problem with rain barrels (apart from mosquitoes) is that they are dry when you need water the most. Also, position growing beds away from areas with poor drainage.

Soil: Ideally, you would build the soil with compost, leaf mold and other organic material before planting a garden. This year, access to off-site soil amendments is difficult, and you may have to work with the soil you have. There may still be many fallen leaves from the autumn around to gather and incorporate into the soil. Start a compost pile.

Crafting and Art Therapy Become More Important Than Ever

According to the American Art Therapy Association, “Art therapy is an integrative mental health and human services profession that enriches the lives of individuals, families, and communities through active art-making, creative process, applied psychological theory, and human experience within a psychotherapeutic relationship. Art therapy, facilitated by a professional art therapist, effectively supports personal and relational … read more

According to the American Art Therapy Association,

“Art therapy is an integrative mental health and human services profession that enriches the lives of individuals, families, and communities through active art-making, creative process, applied psychological theory, and human experience within a psychotherapeutic relationship.

Art therapy, facilitated by a professional art therapist, effectively supports personal and relational treatment goals as well as community concerns. Art therapy is used to improve cognitive and sensorimotor functions, foster self-esteem and self-awareness, cultivate emotional resilience, promote insight, enhance social skills, reduce and resolve conflicts and distress, and advance societal and ecological change.”

It’s a well known fact that over the last few years, the handmade market has exploded.  After the start of Etsy, a trend began and others tried to follow along such as ArtFire and Handmade on Amazon. Many of the people that originally started shops on Etsy were woman; woman that were staying home with their children or people that that found themselves home with chronic illnesses. What started out as hobbies turned into businesses. What was once a tiny niche of an industry became a significant player, as the appetite for high-quality products (made by an actual human being) keeps growing.⁣ 

The world has been turned upside down with COVID19 and the 3 biggest consumer trends impacting our lives right now are working from home, homeschooling, and home fitness.  The handmade world has been called on as face covers, masks and other supplies have been in short supply all over the country. Speaking of which, we are still making cloth face masks! Several styles and options are available. They’re $8 each & we ship 1st class PLUS shipping is free (to the US) Turnaround time is about a week for most orders. If you’re a healthcare admin seeking large order fulfillment or know someone who is, we can meet your needs. We have a mask-making army that can make the large quantities you may need within a reasonable time frame. We have over a dozen sewists making masks right now and we are working around the clock to fulfill orders.  (and we can bring on more freelance sewists if your order is very big).  Our handmade cloth masks are individually handcrafted, thus the quality is far superior than any cloth masks that are mass-produced. Love, care and good vibes go into each and every one.

Are you new to being at home keeping the kids busy during this strange time? Good Housekeeping has a great list of 50 fun activities for the little ones. Check it out If you are looking for some help homeschooling those little ones, you will find some awesome worksheets and bookmarks for them at our shop Teach K to 2!letter sound identification

Middle Schoolers? Send those guys on a virtual field trip here! Even high school and college kids can fight boredom and keep their head in the game for school by checking into some of these Ivy League Free online classes

More than ever, people are turning back the clocks to a time when being safe at home was a good thing, not to mention a normal thing. People are having conversations more, playing games, doing some much needed pampering and self care that many just don’t have time for anymore. For example, I had forgotten that I used to paint my own nails in the past. I didn’t always go to the nail salon and have them done. I can grow and paint my own nails but I haven’t in years until now. Lots of people are using this time to learn a new skill or language. How do you learn a new skill? Everyone is different is seems. I am big on reading. If I want to learn how to do something new, I head to the library. My sons on the other hand would go straight to YouTube to watch it. My husband would just do it and learn as he went.

Many people are catching up on projects around the house too, but may be starting to run out. If you are one of those people and want to learn something new take a look at our shop, Small Shop School. They have PDF Ebooks and tutorials that are available for instant download and are available worldwide to keep you busy learning something new and fun like the one for this beautiful baby crown. There is even some Ebooks in there that have the small business owner in mind! Pink Rose Venetian Lace Crown Flower Girl Tutorial

Now could be the time to start or grow your handmade business. If you’d like to apply to join our team of makers, read all about that HERE!

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A Mask-Making Army To The Rescue : Handmade, The New American Manufacturing Battles Corona Virus

If you haven’t heard the news, there is a major life-saving operation happening out there among sewists across the nation. People who sew have been creating face masks, scrub caps, gowns and other PPE gear for our nation’s healthcare workers. They’ve been deemed the unsung heroes out there on the “front lines” of the war against … read more

If you haven’t heard the news, there is a major life-saving operation happening out there among sewists across the nation. People who sew have been creating face masks, scrub caps, gowns and other PPE gear for our nation’s healthcare workers. They’ve been deemed the unsung heroes out there on the “front lines” of the war against the nasty and deadly corona virus pandemic. Sewists all across the United states are delving into their fabric stashes, downloading patterns sanctioned by the Center’s for Disease Control, rolling up their sleeves and getting to work! We all know SOMEONE in the healthcare field, we all have a friend, neighbor or loved ones in the trenches… whether it has arrived in your local community or not, it’s time to get them protected. Our most vulnerable , the elderly, sick or those with underlying chronic health conditions are at risk. The CDC is now changing their tune and saying that since the Covid-19 virus is so very contagious, it probably IS a good idea for those that must go out to be wearing masks afterall. We’re all learning as we go, facts are emerging and we’re adapting on the fly~ a virus like this has never before been seen in our lifetime~ so we’re all just doing our best as we go. We all need each other more than ever before.  In addition to good hygiene and social distancing, masks are much needed.

The makers of GS Handmade have been making masks for personal use, and will be offered in their shops, in addition to many are making and donating them, as well as fulfilling orders for large healthcare facilities that have budgets for PPE for their workers. GS Handmade is working with a chain of nursing homes/long-term care facilities in the state of Illinois where the need is great, and timing is imperative.

As the leader/founder of GS this makes me so proud, and so happy to be able to provide these products for this time of need. We are doing all we can, we’re working hard, and it’s full steam ahead. What an amazing thing to be able to use your time & talents to be able to protect people and save lives! May they all be richly blessed for all they’re doing for this cause! It makes me so proud, this is what handmade is all about. I always say

“Handmade is the New American Manufacturing”

and this couldn’t be more true at the moment. Keep up the good work, I know we are not the only ones doing this, and want to commend and recognize ALL the sewists out there putting our country’s healthcare workers’ well-being at the forefront. Your efforts ARE appreciated and needed and they’re working to flatten the curve.  May everything positive like this that you put out into the world come back to you ten fold.

Supporting small business = supporting America. During these unprecedented times, small business needs your support. GS Handmade is home to 80 small shops based in the USA. 7500+ handmade products with free US shipping 24/7. Shop here: http://www.gshandmade.rocks/

 

Crafting Happy Moments : Free Creativity Event

Bluprint, an NBCUniversal online creative learning platform, provides ways for the entire family to nourish their creativity from home, offering rich learning experiences for all ages. Join us to “Craft More Happy Moments” during our FREE unlimited access creativity event; March 26 at Noon EST – April 9. With Bluprint you can stream thousands of … read more

Bluprint, an NBCUniversal online creative learning platform, provides ways for the entire family to nourish their creativity from home, offering rich learning experiences for all ages.

Join us to “Craft More Happy Moments” during our FREE unlimited access creativity event; March 26 at Noon EST – April 9.

With Bluprint you can stream thousands of creative education classes from knitting, sewing, baking, drawing, family crafts and much more, taught by the world’s leading experts. Bluprint is your one-stop destination for classes, patterns and project ideas for all skill levels.

During this 14 day event, Bluprint will provide free access to their full slate of content; including more than 1300 classes and series and hundreds of step by step project tutorials and patterns making this the perfect time to learn a new craft or hobby.

Emotional End-Benefits You Can Easily Connect With:

  • Creativity is one of the best ways to connect with ourselves and loved ones
  • Creating family moments of togetherness by communing over creativity
  • Keeping the kids busy while you work from home
  • Getting lost in your passion and making something
  • Sourcing inspiration for your next (or first!) craft project

Craft More Happy Moments with Bluprint’s FREE Creativity Care Package 3/26-4/9/20! Watch over 1,300 creative education classes ranging from sewing, cooking, family crafts, and more!

If you love DIY, then you NEED to check out these items on GS Handmade ~ we have everything from pdf patterns, to crafty tutorials, a free tutorial and pdf sewing page, thousands of machine embroidery designs, applique designs, and more.

Embroidery Designs

Decal Designs

DIY: Do It Yourself

Cross Stitch Designs

Digital Products

Free tutorials, designs & patterns Guide

Mobilizing the troops: How the makers are saving the world, one make at a time

Forbes , the magazine read by millions of business minded individuals put out this call for makers: “Calling All People Who Sew And Make: You Can Help Make Masks For 2020 Healthcare Worker PPE Shortage” The current corona virus crisis has caused the working world to realize that we are an untapped resource involved in … read more

Forbes , the magazine read by millions of business minded individuals put out this call for makers:

“Calling All People Who Sew And Make: You Can Help Make Masks For 2020 Healthcare Worker PPE Shortage”

The current corona virus crisis has caused the working world to realize that we are an untapped resource involved in the supply chain. I’ve said for years that handmade is the new American manufacturing. So many jobs and manufacturing facilities have gone overseas that we barely make anything in this country any more. We’ve become so dependent on other countries to produce things for us ~ and it’s mainly China. When a pandemic breaks out in China, that’s gonna jack up the supply chain fo’ sho! This crisis has made millions realize how much we depend on other countries for our goods.

There is a desperate crisis for healthcare workers ~ they’re running out (many have already run out and are reusing masks, or going without) of their personal protective equipment like masks and face shields.

This from Forbes: “If you want to rally the world to your cause, think like a little bird and tweet. Hospitals and doctors are reaching out via social media to ask for mission-critical help in solving the shortage of N95-type masks during the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. “

When Australia had the horrible wildfires, we saw the maker community come together like nobody had ever seen before.. they made bat wraps, and kangaroo pockets, and nests by the thousands and had them shipped down under. Now it’s our turn to take care of our own, and makers are stepping up like nobody has ever seen before.

Our healthcare system is about to be completely swamped, and overwhelmed by the massive influx of sick people.

We have begun moblilizing the makers, they’re making cdc sanctioned masks….

Here’s a pattern that the CDC endorses:  How to make a face mask (pdf downloadable/printable) / Full pattern here

The ladies of GS Handmade have been busy, busy, busy!

This is just one of the makers working for the “war effort” against the corona virus! We are sending these to a contact of mine in New York (The Scientific Seamstress, Carla Crimm) and then she will distribute. These are masks that just one lady is making! We know the need there is greatest, as it’s the “epicenter” of the virus cases right now~ after these, we will begin to focus on other places…many are also making and donating them locally. This is a significant movement~perhaps even a revolution of epic noble intentions, is underway in hackerspaces, makerspaces, and sewing groups to come together and solve a problem to save lives at risk with the Coronavirus.  We got this!

If you’re out of elastic (and there has been a shortage it seems) I saw a workaround/hack using a tshirt on facebook that a friend posted:

A friend posted this today. Thought I’d share for those running out of elastic

Here’s what I’m doing to make mask ties instead of all the cutting/pressing/stitching for bias strips:

Cut the bottom hem off a t-shirt, then cut strips about ¾” to 1” wide (I just eyeball mine). Pull hard on the strips to get the stretch out, and you’re left with knit “cording” that won’t fray, requires no pressing/stitching, and sews/ties brilliantly. I get about 40yds from a single XL t-shirt.

Here’s another idea on how those of you with a 3-d printer can help our heroes on the front lines:

Calling All Makers With 3D Printers: Join Critical Mission To Make Face Masks And Shields For 2020 Healthcare Workers

From Forbes:

“After seeing the N95 shortage gripping the nation’s healthcare workers, HP Inc. and partners have mobilized to create 3D printed face mask and face shield solutions, plus a few other innovative ideas, to keep people safe during the COVID-19 outbreak.

There is a rallying cry, a peaceful, but intense call to arms, if you will. People all over the world are seeing that many of our biggest players are struggling or faltering and they are stepping in to fill the breach. This is not insignificant, but also this is not unprecedented in the 3D printing world. This is actually the norm for makers and hackers (the good kind); they are helpful and immensely generous, especially in the face of true need. I have written about this industry and its players for many years and I am always moved to tears of joy by the people and organizations who stand up for others and deliver to help solve a problem that 3D printing is uniquely able to solve. I want to tell you about a few of them during the challenging times we face in the Coronavirus.

HP Inc. and Partners Mobilize 3D Printing Solutions to Battle COVID-19 have more than 1,000 3D printed parts already delivered to local hospitals close to their 3D R&D centers in Barcelona, Spain; Corvallis, Oregon; San Diego, California; and Vancouver, Washington. They have made their and other company’s 3D Covid-19 models free to download here.

I forgot to mention Materialise as one of HP’s partners and they created a number of free to download files for COVID-19 prevention, including the Hands-Free 3D-Printed Door Opener found on the HP site above, plus a Shopping Cart Handle.

This ongoing GoFundMe: Save Lives w 3D Printed Face Shields is impressive and inspiring — this is a team of high school students in the Charlotte Latin School covering K-12 with a FabLab. Read their mission and overview and tell me you are not blown away by the effort these young people are making (led by two MD parents with children at the school).

In support of the #MillionMaskChallenge on Twitter, the engineering team at Charlotte Latin intend to 3D print face shields that will be provided to local hospitals in Charlotte, starting with the Levine Cancer Institute. The goal? To manufacture 10,000 face shields. Bravo.

From Forbes

MatterHackers, the largest distributor of desktop digital manufacturing equipment and materials in the USA, is arguably one of the dominant 3D printing voices in social media and they often rally behind various community initiatives. I am not surprised to see them drop everything and hit this virus with everything they can. Dave Gaylord, Chief Technical Officer, comes from a Medical Device R&D and manufacturing background and is passionately ensuring MatterHackers connects those in need with those who can make.

The MatterHackers initiative is called the COVID-19 Additive Manufacturing Community Response Hub and it will “connect those in the U.S. who need medical aid (Hospitals and Govt. Agencies) and those who can create it using Digital Manufacturing, for which MatterHackers has a broad base of customers to engage with.” It has been live for three days and hundreds have signed up.

Formlabs has an impressive medical capability with its 3D printers (before COVID-19) and opened up its networks and printers to help with a tiny item of critical concern to the medical community: COVID-19 Test Kit Swabs (Check out the detailed photo below). The site lists out several designs. Their PR rep messaged me to say:

“Formlabs is mobilizing its community of users to deploy nearly 1,000 printers to quickly mass-produce these swabs as well as other important personal protective equipment (PPE). A single print can produce 300 test swabs at a time enabling Formlabs to produce 75,000-150,000 swabs per day. This development will rapidly provide hospitals with access to large quantities of these essential COVID-19 test kit components.”

You can help. Today, right now. Are you sitting in your apartment or house in some sort of state-wide lockdown? You can do something to help others. People of all ages and walks of life are diving in to make a difference. Check out some of these amazing initiatives, both small and large:

Joost De Cock (Old Dutch for “The Cook”) started the FreeSewing Open Source Project from his home in the Netherlands to provide free sewing patterns. Recently, his wife who is a surgeon started seeing potential shortages in personal protective equipment (PPE). Joost knew what to do, so he posted it to FreeSewing in late February. People thought he was being silly as a handmade mask would never be used by professionals. (I love the brand for FreeSewing.org, by the way.)

But he was onto something when he posted: Calling all makers: Here’s a 1-page PDF facemask pattern; Now go make some and help beat this thing. I took inspiration from Joost’s call for help in the writing of my headline. Shoutout also to Katelyn Bowden who shared Joost’s post. It is her workshop photo above and she has been cranking out the DIY masks. She calls herself a “reluctant hacker” and also runs a nonprofit to help image abuse victims. She pointed me to a bunch of different resources.

If you think that a handmade mask cannot be used, think again. Even the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has a place for them — in times of crisis, like the one we are in right now. On the CDC page: Strategies for Optimizing the Supply of Facemasks, they explain that as a last resort, a homemade mask is acceptable. Frankly, we are at that stage right now. Here’s how they explain it in the Crisis Strategy section, When No Facemasks Are Available, Options Include:

“Healthcare personnel (HCP) use of homemade masks:

In settings where facemasks are not available, HCP might use homemade masks (e.g., bandana, scarf) for care of patients with COVID-19 as a last resort. However, homemade masks are not considered PPE, since their capability to protect HCP is unknown. Caution should be exercised when considering this option. Homemade masks should ideally be used in combination with a face shield that covers the entire front (that extends to the chin or below) and sides of the face.

It is possible that the government and manufacturers will ramp up in a wartime-like effort, but the reinforcement is more likely to come from the people. Millions of masks are needed. People are starting to make them and it is going to be a big deal.

Clearly, there is a shortage of the manufactured N95 respirator. You know this. Healthcare workers know this. If you have been hoarding them, let me cut to the chase — there are people and organizations who need your extras and you can do the right thing and donate them. Get in touch with Holly Figueroa O’Reilly on Twitter — she is organizing the distribution of masks. Karen Booth is another person listing out different projects as she starts making masks herself. Follow the hashtags #millionmaskchallenge and #millionmaskmayday and scroll through and you will find programs and projects around the USA and world.

People like Joost, Katelyn, Holly, and Karen are bringing enormous good into the world. When I asked Joost why he was doing this FreeSewing project, he pointed me to his Pledge page where he explains that all the funds that come into the project are donated to Doctors Without Borders. All of it. Why? He pointed me to that page again: “I don’t know if you’re familiar with the phrase ‘noblesse oblige’ but it essentially means that privilege entails responsibility.” Then said, “I mean every word of it.”

Makers, hackers, craftspeople are awesome.

 

 

 

Corona Virus Checklist For Small Shops

Small Shop Checklist for Corona Virus – Covid19 Pandemic : Things to think of in case of outbreak in your area

Things to think about as small handmade shop owners face the idea of possible quarantines in their local areas as the COVID 19 threat grows across the nation. After the WHO (World Health Organization) designated the Corona Virus (Covid 19) an international pandemic on Wednesday things got fairly serious, fairly quick. We want to be … read more

Corona Virus Checklist For Small Shops

Things to think about as small handmade shop owners face the idea of possible quarantines in their local areas as the COVID 19 threat grows across the nation. After the WHO (World Health Organization) designated the Corona Virus (Covid 19) an international pandemic on Wednesday things got fairly serious, fairly quick.

We want to be part of the solution and not part of the problem, we want to help YOU as a small shop owner think ahead as things grow in seriousness. So we’ve put together this helpful checklist for all of you, to help you thinkg about your business and maintaining as much normalcy as possible during this health crisis.

What are some things YOU purchase for your small shop on a regular basis? and how often do you buy them? how long will what you have last you before you have to buy them again? or how much do you currently have on hand? We aren’t suggesting you hoard, but just stock up just in case , if you’re unable to generate sales during this time, because you can’t produce or ship your products, that will make the situation even worse.

Personal supplies

(to keep YOU, the business owner healthy and able to run your business:

Medications you need to keep YOU healthy

Bottled water & Food

Gas Card (to pay at pump and socially distance yourself from others)

Coffee!! (duh! lol)

Hand Sanitizer or Soap

Pet food & supplies

Business Supplies to think about :

Printer Ink

Labels for label maker

Polymailers

Padded Envelopes

Paper for shipping labels

Memory Card for images

Flash Drive for files and images

Supplies for your specific craft/specialty

Shipping Boxes

Packing Tape

Chocolate!!

Packaging Materials such as bubble wrap, packing peanuts, tissue paper, self sealing/cello bags, business cards, thank you stickers, postcards, hang tags, paper shreds or other materials you use on a regular basis

Batteries