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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/

 

Happy Birthday Harry! Our hand-picked 25 Harry Potter Facts and More

It’s hard to believe Harry Potter is TWENTY years old! I wonder if J.K. Rowling had any inkling of the cult following she was about to give birth to when she began putting pen to paper two decades ago. So many people have followed the series and now we celebrate 20 amazing years of magical, … read more

It’s hard to believe Harry Potter is TWENTY years old! I wonder if J.K. Rowling had any inkling of the cult following she was about to give birth to when she began putting pen to paper two decades ago. So many people have followed the series and now we celebrate 20 amazing years of magical, fantastical, incredible adventures with Harry, the Hogwarts, and the Muggles! Most everyone knows the story of Harry Potter, but few people know what went down behind the scenes of the movies or what inspired J.K. Rowling to write one of the most read book series in the world. These 25 little-known Harry Potter facts will knock you off your broomstick and give you a glimpse into makings of the series that changed the future of children’s literature and made the muggle world a little more magical. Although the beloved series has officially come to a close, for the Harry Potter generation, the story will live on forever. Enjoy our hand-picked 25 Harry Potter Facts.

  • Harry’s birthday is July 31, 1980. Rowling’s birthday is also July 31 – but in 1966.
  • The actress who played Moaning Myrtle was 37 years old at the time “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” was filmed. She is the oldest actress to ever portray a Hogwarts student.

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  • Ron Weasley’s character originally swore a lot, but Rowling’s publisher wouldn’t let her use that sort of language because it would’ve been inappropriate for young readers.
  • Rowling’s publisher suggested she use initials rather than her real name, “Joanne Rowling,” in order to appeal to male readers. She chose J.K., borrowing the “K” from her grandmother’s name, Kathleen. However, neither “Kathleen” nor “K” is part of her legal name.
  • Only Alan Rickman, the actor who played Professor Snape, knew his character’s fate before the release of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” because Rowling told him
  • Rowling said the inspiration for the name of Harry’s school in the books, “Hogwarts,” may have unconsciously come from the name of a plant she saw in the Kew Gardens in New York City.
  • Rupert Grint dressed up like his female drama teacher and rapped about Ron Weasley for his audition tape. His rap began, “Hello, my name is Rupert Grint, I hope you don’t think I stink.”
  • Contrary to popular belief, the ‘t’ at the end of Voldemort is silent. The name comes from the French words meaning “flight of death.”
  • J.K. Rowling slightly based 11-year-old Hermione on herself at the same age. She even made Hermione’s patronus her favorite animal, an otter.
  • An outbreak of lice occurred among the children cast members during the filming of “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.”
  • Tom Felton auditioned for the roles of Harry Potter and Ron Weasley, but was chosen to play Draco Malfoy instead.
  • The idea for Sirius Black’s tattoos came from those used in Russian prison gangs. The markings identify the person as someone to be feared and respected.
  • Robbie Coltrane, the actor who played Hagrid in the films, has gotten a mini-fan and a fruit bat stuck in his famous, shaggy beard.
  • Dementors, the deadly phantoms that guard Azkaban Prison, represent depression and were based on Rowling’s struggle with the disease.

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  • Over 400 million Harry Potter books in 67 languages have been sold worldwide as of 2008.
  • Probably the most impressive of Harry Potter facts is that J.K. Rowling is the first person to become a billionaire (U.S. dollars) by writing books.
  • During the filming of the kissing scene between the horcrux versions of Harry and Hermione in the final film, Rupert Grint was removed from the set for laughing too much.
  • While filming “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban,” Tom Felton’s Hogwarts robes had their pockets sewn shut because he kept trying to sneak food onto the set.

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  • One of the flying cars used in “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” was stolen off the set. It was discovered seven months later when an anonymous caller informed police of its whereabouts.
  • M.O. McGonagall is listed on one of the Quidditch trophies in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Could Professor McGonagall have been a renowned Quidditch player back in the day? It would certainly explain her enthusiasm for the sport
  • People had trouble pronouncing Hermione’s name, so Rowling had her sound it out for Viktor Krum in “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.”
  • Forty versions of Salazar Slytherin’s infamous locket had to be created to accommodate Harry and Ron’s failed attempts to destroy it during filming.
  • When “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” was released in Great Britain, the publisher asked stores not to sell the book until schools were closed for the day to prevent truancy.
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  • In order to become acquainted with the films’ three main stars, director Alfonso Cuaron had each of them write an essay about their characters. True to their characters, Emma Watson wrote a 16-page essay, Daniel Radcliffe wrote a simple, one-page paper, and Rupert Grint never even turned his in.
  • The least successful Harry Potter film, “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban,” made $90 million more than the most successful Twilight movie.We hope you enjoyed these 25 Harry Potter Facts. Did you learn anything new?  Which one of the Harry Potter facts did you find most surprising? Leave us a comment and be sure to SHARE this with all your Hogwart loving friends!