What I’m Lovin’ in July

This pandemic has caused me to lose all sense of time so my apologies for this being so late (hello August!), but I couldn’t resist sharing what I’ve been lovin’ lately with you anyway.

 

 1. This article about the importance of Black fiction

I recently shared again about my experience reading On The Come Up* which I highly recommend for the same reason Jasmine Guillory outlines in her article:

Writing fiction helps me relate with people who have inner and outer lives different from my own. Reading fiction can do the same thing. To find that kind of empathy for Black people—for Black lives of all kinds—we need look no further than fiction.

 

 2. This Stay-at-Home Summer Bucket List

If you’re running out of ideas for stay-at-home activities with kids, this list will bring some inspiration your way 😉

 

 3. The Radical Quilting of Rosie Lee Tompkins

It’s not often that sewists are featured in The New York Times. This article about Rosie Lee Tompkins’ radical quilting conveys the author’s deep appreciation for Ms. Tompkins’ talent – it’s such a beautiful piece.

Currently, you can view her exhibit “Rosie Lee Tompkins: A Retrospective” online through the Berkeley Art Museum.

 

 4. How crafting enriches mundane everyday experiences

I really loved reading this beautiful post from The Craft Sessions: Craft As Elevating The Mundane. The quote below spoke to me as a garment sewist:

The clothes that I make have been made by me for me – and that is a richer version of the ordinary mundane experience of owning a top or a skirt.

It’s such a lovely piece – give it a read!

 

 5. Slice Sisters’ Steals

My sister and I have started a private Facebook Group to share deals on some of our favorite products. If you like catching a good sale or just want to know all about our favorite pair of leggings, join us!

 

 6. These inner thigh mending tips for leggings

We’ve all got THAT pair of leggings that feels like a second skin. And most of us also have kissing thighs. I definitely see these tips being handy in my future.

 

 7. This letter a professor wrote to his students amidst the pandemic

I really love how he encourages his students to keep a record of the times we’re in. We are the keepers of our story – and we will be the ones who write the story of this pandemic.

 

 8. This genius face mask pattern for kids

Heather Handmade has a free face mask pattern for kids that includes a neck strap with velcro – what a great idea for helping keep the mask on (and not lost!).

 

 9. This 3D Face Mask Sewing Pattern

I’m planning to give this mask pattern from See Kate Sew a try soon! I have found that with the other contour masks, the center seam makes my glasses sit miles from my face. I think this pattern may alleviate this issue and provide a more spacious fit (sounds great for folks who find the other masks hard to breathe comfortably through and/or claustrophobic friends).

 

 10. This No-Strap Face Mask that’s perfect for haircuts!

This is the face mask of hair stylists’ dreams, right?! A friend of mine made one for her husband to wear for a haircut recently (see it here) and I was super impressed.

Thank you for reading along & being a part of my community. ❤

{Catch up on all of my monthly What I’m Lovin’ posts here.}

Author: Jordan Slice-Metcalfe

My name is Jordan. I'm a full-time working mom whose coffee cup is always half full (and probably still in the microwave). I've got a weak spot for rescuing old dogs, pretending pizza is a vegetable, negotiating dessert with every meal, propagating more plants than any home needs, dreaming of sewing projects while my husband is talking to me, and loving my tribe too deep.

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