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A Good Mask Tutorial

We started off with a firm stance on not making face masks. We do not want to profit off of this pandemic, doing so is against our morals. So we have resisted making masks. But then, a dentist office contacted us and we filled their need for masks. Then we were contacted by workers at a hospital in Boise. They need to wear masks and the hospital cannot provide them because they need to reserve their masks for the Doctors and Nurses working with the sick and injured. We have been working hard to provide those workers with masks and will continue to do so.

With the CDC now recommending everyone wear masks, the requests for masks is overwhelming us. Message after message requesting masks for entire families. We just couldn’t keep up with the demand and our supplies are quickly being depleted. Because of this we have changed our stance and are now charging for our masks. We didn’t want to, we need to. Though, we still feel like we are profiteering and we do not like that feeling. This change does not apply to those in medical or dental offices, but it does apply to their family members.

I say “we” frequently because “we” are my husband and I. “We” work together with our small business. But, it is “I” who make all the physical products. It is “I” who has been working 8 to 10 hour days making masks. I am very lucky and happy to be able do this to help our medical community. I love knowing that I am helping those who are helping others. I am happy to make masks for our customers as well, it makes me proud that you trust me to do this for you.

I know that many of you are crafty yourselves. So, I thought that I would share a easy video to help you make your own masks. It is a simple video and doesn’t require a pattern. I can even answer questions if you have any.

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We have many ways you can purchase items from us. We create new items all the time, and not all are suitable for the web page for various reasons. If you follow our social media pages you will see lots of photos of items that are made and seemingly not available.

  1. You can buy ready made items on our store.
  2. Request custom items by messaging on Facebook or Instagram.
  3. Message us if you see an item you like posted on our social media pages that is not available currently on our store web page.

We will be here with Red Zone Fandom with our full inventory of items.
Our first out of state convention will be in Reno Nevada, eek!
This gaming convention is a lot of fun and while the Red Zone photographer roams we will be in Artist Alley

Please let us know if you hear of any conventions or craft fairs that you think we would be a good fit for. We love getting to meet everyone and it really gives us ideas of what people want to see.

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Valentine’s Day

With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching I thought you would like to know about the only live event we will be at. ETC Coffee House in Mountain Home Idaho is hosting a vendor fair on February 1, 2020 from 8am to 2pm. We will be there!

While we are on that subject though, I thought I should remind you that special orders can be placed by messaging RZF-Embroidery. Don’t wait until the last minute because it takes time to create custom items.

That is all for now, thanks for reading.

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Closed for Annual Maintenance

It is time to take the machine in for its annual maintenance so we have decided that is the perfect time to take vacation to roam the fabric shops of the Seattle area to look for new cloth, vinyl, and accessories. The shop will be closed from September 6th to September 30th. We hope you enjoy September as much as we will. Have a great month!

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Leg Bag?

I was bragging about my leg bag one day and was asked what a leg bag was in a PM. So, here it is. When I’m working it carries a spare battery for my cameras and a bag of AAs for flash and stuff in the flap outer pocket. In an inside pocket it carries the color correction cards and a case for back-up disks. One inside pocket holds my phone. Another inside pocket has my business cards, 3×5 cards (replaced with a custom notebook), a pen and a sharpie. The main pocket holds my large flash, a flash stand, and a pack of kleenex, and usually a pack or two of Bel-Vitas for when I need a healthy-ish snack.

I often carry it when I’m not working, some of this stuff stays, the rest doesn’t and I toss in stuff I may need while I’m out.

It has a loop that my belt slides through and a strap to secure it to my leg as well, to keep it stable.

Kim modified a pattern for one of her favorite purse designs into this, and this is the second I’ve carried. The first lasted close to ten years, and is still completely functional, but beat up and faded, and it is in reserve in case I need it, or I’m rocking the steampunk.

Answering the next question: No, it’s not really big at all, here’s a shot of me with my first bag, hangs right at hand level. This one has a flap with snaps that goes around the belt (and snaps on the leg strap, it was made to look a bit steampunk-ish and really aged into the role) and the new one is a solid loop to try out that style. I play test dummy a lot in these experiments.