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DiY Masks

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Homemade masks can protect supply of PPE on front-line healthcare worker and are an options when n-95 supplies are exhausted. Our mask design fits snuggly against your face, is comfortable and breathable.
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Boost Health with Fun Boogie

   Don’t let Covid 19 zap your emotional health. Exercise promotes not only physical health but emotional health. The later is especially true when the exercise is fun!

   We are delighted to share this awesome video creating by a couple of friends of ours. These energetic women normally work improving the fitness of people over fifty. They have had tremendous positive impact of the lives of almost every one they have worked with.

   So get your boogie shoes on and dance along!

Movers and Shakers Unite!!

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Celebrate Easter with Easter Eggs

Be sure to read this entire article as we saved the best for last.

This year we decided to feature Easter Eggs.
Why?
Eggs represent a new and fresh start.

    As we socially distance ourselves, we can become depressed. Many crafters know that creating a project can go a long way towards boosting our emotional health. If you are new to the concept, try it out! We have selected egg themed projects to focus on as eggs are the precursor to the birth of a new life. We will have at least 3 new videos on making Easter egg decorations soon. Stayed tuned.

   Take a moment to be thankful that we have newer technology to help us stay in close social contact even though we may be physically distanced. In our younger days our options were to write a letter or call on the phone. However the telephone was a super expensive way to stay in touch if you didn’t live in the same town.

   The resurrection of Jesus is the ultimate fresh start! If you are not a Jesus follower, now is the perfect time to start getting to know Jesus by reading the bible. You might just discover new hope in these difficult times. If you are a believer, it is the best time to renew and strengthen your relationship with Jesus.

   Don’t despair if you can’t physically go to church. Many churches are offering an online version where you can chat online with your church family. If your church is unable to offer this, why not extend your church family by checking out another church with this capability. This way you will feel a connection in the future when you are unable to physically attend.

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Replace Oven Damaged Heating Element Yourself and Save Hundreds $$$

    Watch this video and be amazed how simple and inexpensive it is to replace the element and fix your oven.

   You could pay hundreds to replace the oven, a couple hundred for a repairman OR do-it- yourself for much less. Ours cost was under $20.

Watch the how to video the figure out the part number you will need.
Oven Elements

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Unmask the Myth about Homemade Face Masks

   We see pleas from those on the frontlines for face masks yet homemade masks are being discounted for two reasons – they are not CDC approved and effectiveness is unknown.

   Let us explain why we urge you to rethink this thought process.

   Of course CDC approved masks are best if available. Please remember to evaluate whether or not the situation requires masking to protect the approved mask supply for more critical situations.The CDC guidelines actually indicate use of homemade masks when commercially made, approved, and test masks are not available.

   Everyone can agree that a homemade mask will provide more protection than nothing and in fact the CDC agrees.

DOUBLE the EFFECTIVENESS of HOMEMADE MASKS

by using two masks. Use one mask for the patient as it will help impede the flow of germs as well as aid in germ containment. The second mask is for the provider which will act as a barrier for some of what get through the first barrier.
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Extend Mask Life with Easy to Make Cover

   With N-95 respirator supplies in question, extending the life of a mask may become important during the pandemic.

   Quilters will especially appreciate that these covers are made with scrap batting. We chose quilting batting because it tends to cling to masks. We have included a casing for elastic or ties should you desire to secure it in place.

   We designed this mask cover to be disposable yet it can be washed a few times.
Please follow CDC guidelines to help you, your community, and beyond be safe and healthy!


Bar None Liquid Soap Saves Money

   Hand soap can be expensive and body washes are even more. Lets us show you how to inexpensively make your own very simply using a bar of soap.

   For hand soap, we suggest a soap that makes you feel extra clean yet is gentle on your hands. Your hands do so much for you so here’s a way to take card of them.

   In the shower a wet bar of soap can turn yucky so many of us turn to the pricey body wash. Follow our video and you can have the best of both worlds. Select a favorite bar soap with a great scent and skin quenching characteristics and Wow! you just extended the life of your soap bar and eliminated the mess.

DiY Face Mask
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Protect supply of medical masks for medical workers and first responders

It is important for every one of us to do our part in trying to impede the spread of the corona virus. Three important actions you can take right now are social distancing, washing your hands, and reserve the supply of masks for the frontline health care professional and first responders.

It is of the utmost importance that the health care and first responders are protected so that they will be there to save lives when they are needed the most. Conservation by the general public of the professional grade masks is why MainelyDiY.com has developed our own mask.

Covid-19 and other viruses are tiny – in the micron range or smaller. How small is that? Move the decimal point 6 points to the left or 0.000001. Our mask likely will not be able to filter out particles of this size. However the virus may be carried by other larger particles which the mask could offer some protection from. If your handmade mask gets the least bit wet with potential contaminants remove it immediately.

Another way our mask can help is that is will protect your nose and mouth from being touched by your hands.

We considered several factors when designing our mask:
  • Snug fit against the face
  • Breathability
  • Reusable
  • Comfort
Standard surgical style masks gape at the side. Our mask is designed to fit snuggly against the skin to eliminate this.

It also needs to be breathable as you don’t want your body to work harder than normal to getting air into your lungs. Adding more layers will make it more difficult to breathe and thus is not recommended.

The medical grade masks are one time use. Our mask can be laundered with disinfectant agents.

Comfort makes out mask wearable. Face it if isn’t comfortable your won’t use it.



We used a fun cotton fashion fabric for the outside. Why not be fashionable by choosing a fabric theme you love. Cotton flannel was chosen for the inside due to its softness against your skin. This is important because you want it to seal against face for best effectiveness.

We do not recommend you wear any mask constantly. Just wear it when needed and keep it clean. You may want to make several to have a clean one readily available.

The information contained in this blog is the opinion of MainelyDiY.com. Please follow CDC guidelines.

Selecting a Ukulele, Making Music Journey Continues

   Since ukulele’s are relatively inexpensive, they are a great instrument to start out with. We advise not going with the cheapest one available.

   Tuning and staying in tune is often a big issue. It stands to reason that the cheaper the lower the quality of the tuning mechanism. Nothing is more frustrating than having you chords sounding off key. You also want a good sound quality and that comes from better build instruments made with quality materials and craftsmanship. Beginners often give up thinking that they just can’t do it when in fact it is a sound quality issue with the uke itself.

   Next consideration is the size.

Lucky Greeting Card

   It is time to spread the luck of the Irish with this easy to make greeting card.

   Finding a four-leaf clover is considered lucky yet they are hard to find.

    Finding a good friend is even harder and much more fortunate.

    Definitely a thought you need to share with every good friend as they are as precious as a pot of gold. They will find a four-leafed clover among the shamrocks on this card.



Come Along on our NEW Musical Journey

    Less than 2 months ago I started attending a weekly group of people interested in playing ukulele I had zero experience. Check out this video to see how far I have come in this short amount of time.



    I want to share this journey with you and show you how you can learn as well even if you have never played anything before. I will share all the things I have learned along the way including tips that most others don’t share.

    Why? I keep reading that learning new things is great for keeping your mind sharp ♯ and active. Think of it as exercise for your brain. It is said that learning to play music makes new connections in the brain’s communications system. Ukuleles can be quite inexpensive making them a great place to start.

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Wood be Gnominee

   Who will be your nominee? Since each one of these wood gnomes has his only personality is will definitely be hard to chose.

   Theses needle felted gnomes are super easy to create. The gnomes are made by shaping wool roving and then melding the fibers into each other by poking it up and down with a felting needle. A felting needle does not have an eye so there is threading involved – yeah! Instead a felting needle has tiny barbs on the side near the needle point. I used medium sized needles or 86mm. You will find yourself addicted to making them.

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