Hello, my name is Dionne and I have been crafting for a very long time. As a very young child my mother tried to teach me to knit, it was a disaster. However, it must have sparked an interest in making things and, partly to prove that I was not totally useless and partly because I really wanted to make things, I taught myself to crochet. Over the years I have developed a love of cross stitch and all types of paper craft ..... I eventually even taught myself to knit.

I am married to a very understanding man, thank goodness, because I spend all my time either crafting, thinking about crafting or talking about crafting. I am hopeless at housework and dinner is often late!

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Friday, 30 October 2020

Trick or Treat

My apologies for how long it has been since my last post. It's been a very unusual year and my attention has been elsewhere. In fact, I have been making yet more face masks for myself and my family. I do not have any children or grandchildren, but I do have sisters and they have both and we are all very close. So, when I make masks for my family there are eighteen of us ... which is a lot of masks. My total is now approaching 500 masks but I have just a few of the latest to share with you today. 
This Halloween there will be no 'Trick or Treaters', although I have heard that some areas have organised special walks for people who have decorated their homes. I thought I would join in the fun in my own way and make a few special masks ...........

The Halloween fabric I bought was rather thin and I was worried that it would not be thick enough to block the virus. I decided to add an extra layer of 100% cotton fabric to be on the say side. I explained in a previous blog how I made my masks, the Halloween masks have four layers of fabric, one of which is a pocket for an additional disposable filter and a layer of Vilene interfacing, which acts as a washable filter.

I tried to cater for all tastes, dancing skeleton's anyone?

How do you feel about covering your face with spiders?

These cats are cute and I think I will still be wearing mine after Halloween.

I had a very small amount of the purple and orange cotton lining fabrics left over, so I made a mask each for two of my small nieces and nephews.

To jolly them up a little I stitched a felt cat to the orange mask and a skull to the purple one - I kept these felt stickers well away from the areas where they breath.

Stay safe my friends.



  1. Great to see you back Dionne and wow 500 masks!!!Your Halloween ones are absolutely brilliant and can testify how well made they are-thank you.
    Carol x

    1. Hi Carol

      Thank you for your very kind comments. I have so many photographs of projects which I need to find the time to edit and post ..... so much to do, so little time as the saying goes.

      Would you believe, I actually miss making more masks! Ha ha.

      Dionne xx

  2. Lovely to have you back on your blog and you've given us such a treat. These are amazing and such an incredible feat. I know that these not only look good but will be comfortabke and effective. Happy Halloween­čÄâ

    1. Thank you, what a lovely thing to say. That's 234 masks down, just another 254 to share with you ..... unless I make more of course!

      Happy Halloween.

      Dionne xx

      PS I love the little pumpkin.


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