I was watching a football game last weekend and saw the referee with his mask on a lanyard, so he could remove it to announce a penalty call then replace it quickly. This got me thinking. It is a bit of a pain to put on a mask to go into a store, take it off in the car, put it back on for the post office, take it off again. When we walk on the local trails, I hold it in my hand to put on when we meet others on the trails, then take it off again when we are alone. But where do you put it? Sometimes it goes in my purse, other times I stuff it in a pocket. In the car, I often store it in the side pocket on the door, then have to stomp back to the car when I forget to take it with me. What if I could make something to hold the mask so I always had it on? Something similar to the eyeglass chains some people use for their reading glasses. I asked My Sweet Babboo if he had a couple of alligator clips he could spare, and he gave me two. I got out some thin cording and went to work.
This literally took five minutes. I thought you’d like to see it as it is a great stocking stuffer idea for this year. Hopefully there will never be another Christmas when we need one. Cut one yard of cording, thread it through the hold in the clip.
Tie a knot on the end, and then add a drop of Fray Check to keep it from coming undone.
Pull the cording back so the knots are up against the clips. That’s it.
It is interchangeable between my many masks, made with seasonal prints and tonal prints to go with my outfits. Yes, one has to do something fun when your only outings are to the grocery store, post office and maybe the thrift shop or library. So I wore it out while doing some errands this week, and it worked wonderfully! No more hunting in the car for the mask, it was right there when I needed it. I could take the mask off, and it stayed on me, so easy to find and put back on.
It occurred to me later that if you have a lanyard with the lobster claw kind of clip, you could sew a little loop on the bottom to have a spot to clip it on, or put a buttonhole at the bottom.
At the thrift store last week, I went to make a donation, and of course had to just pop in for a minute. I couldn’t resist this coffee mug, as it was huge and only 25 cents. It must hold 16 ounces of coffee! A Little Debbie Christmas tree cake went well with that. Those are addicting, little chocolate bombs.
While I am in the kitchen, my platter was found by the post office, and delivered last week. I love it! It is huge, 12 x 15 inches, and will hold a lot of cookies. I can’t believe I actually found another piece of this discontinued pattern.
Sadly, yesterday I broke one of the two mugs I had that went with this set. The one with the tree and the word Hope is no more, shattered beyond repair. If you ever see one of these in a thrift store, please buy it for me. I’ll happily pay the cost and the shipping.
I’m still wearing my red hat with the rhinestone pins everywhere I go. People do comment, and I know I am making some smile behind their masks.
Are you done with your stocking stuffer gifts?