June Projects – Face Masks and Christmas Stockings

I kept myself “busy” last month. I’ve been mindlessly eating whenever I have “free” time and being busy prevents me to accomplish my goal of losing the baby weight. We don’t get a lot of free time with an infant and a toddler but it seems that whenever I have some, my instinct is to get something from the pantry ~ anything sweet to satisfy my sweet tooth. It has to change.

For the month of June, I listed things that I want to do that doesn’t involve #1 Eating and #2 Computer. It would be nice to do something creative as well to take my mind off the pandemic, the news and the social media.

Masks, masks and more masks

I sewed 2 masks for our family. One for my husband, one for me and one for MBP. I was lucky that I have some scrap fabrics and elastics handy. Bonus points since the fabrics were old pillow covers and baby blankets that were torn by our furbaby. I didn’t have to order anything and I heard that it is really hard to get elastics these days. I followed this video to sew my elastics. We use it whenever we have to go outside and shop for groceries or visit the doctor for a check up. My husband has to put on his contact lenses since the mask fog up his glasses.

Custom made masks

Christmas in June

I also sewed 2 Christmas stockings. One for AHP and one for our furbaby. I made 3 in 2017 during my first maternity leave. I’m lucky that there were some extra fabric to match one more stocking for AHP. I have to use a different fabric for our furbaby, but I’m sure she wouldn’t mind. I followed this tutorial. I’m still pretty new to sewing, but I’m pretty happy with the result, especially of the appliques.

The 3 stockings from 2017 hanged in our former house in Seattle
Additional stockings for AHP and our furbaby Leela

I’m hoping to at least finish one project per month. It’s not a very lofty goal, but I’ll be happy if I can stick with it.

Free Printable DIY Recipe Card

I realized that I’ve been tackling some projects almost every month since early retirement. On month 1, I repaired 47 Bumgenius Cloth Diaper Elastics. On month 2, I digitized our filing cabinet and got rid of more than half the paper in my filing box. This month, I created a recipe card for our favorite meals.

Old Recipe cards

Our old recipe cards are handwritten on a left over card stocks that we used for our wedding. We bought a rim at that time and still have a lot of left over. I cut it in half and wrote some of our favorite recipes. My husband, who cooked most of our meal also wrote down some recipes. Most of the recipes are found online, but tweak specifically to our liking. We will only wrote the recipes that we actually like. Having it printed on a hard copy is a lot easier than looking at our phones/tablet while cooking. In time these recipe cards have been spilled on. We also stopped adding to it and find ourselves missing the recipe that was used for certain food, if we need to re-create it.

Handwritten recipe cards

New Recipe Cards

You can find many free printable recipe cards online or purchase one from Etsy. You can even get one for free and editable. For these recipe cards, I decided to type it. There is some nostalgia in handwritten recipe cards, but it is useless if you can’t read it. For example, I have a very small handwriting and sometimes my husband complains that he can’t read it. As for him, well his hands get tired of writing down the recipes (and look above for his handwriting). I also think that it is easier to pass along a digital recipe, or print it out for someone.

Personalized Recipe Card
Our new DIY Recipe Card

The Recipe Card

For this recipe card, I used MAC pages as a template. This is the MS word version of MAC but I find that they have better fonts and card template that I can easily use. I ended up using a template for a moving post card template.

Card Templates
MAC Pages Card Template

This will give me 2 cards per sheets. I changed the text, deleted pictures, added more text boxes and typed up our names. I typed up our current recipes and personalized our names. I then printed it on our stock cards. I specifically use a black and white template since we only have a black and white printer.

My plan is to keep it on stock cards so we can still write on it if needed. There might be some variation of the recipe that we want to tweak as it goes along. This will add the personality to it. We don’t have a recipe box either. I don’t want to add anything on our counter top. Our recipe cards are store in one of the drawers in the kitchen.

New Personalized Card
Screenshot of the personalized recipe card

You can download the recipe card here.

It will open in MS Word and you can edit it as you see fit. Enjoy!