Masks…Making, Donating and Wearing….the Good and the Bad!

Wearing a masks has it's good and bad
Wearing a mask and trying to look professional! It’s weird.

Well there you have it. When we first learned about Covid-19, we were told not to wear a mask, then we were asked to make/donate masks for the healthcare workers. And now, some establishments and airliners are requiring masks to be worn by everyone. So, it looks like we could be wearing masks in public places for a while.

My daughter, Catherine, who is in Nursing School at Piedmont College, heard that Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA) was asking for specific types of cloth masks for their staff. CHOA even sent us a link to a pattern. Soooooo….. Catherine signed me up to sew and donate masks (Meanwhile, I have not sewn anything more than a hem on my machine in years)!

Sewing masks
Making masks to donate to CHOA, notice the “how to” notes stuck on my machine…

What we found was that 100% cotton is best. We found some cute juvenile looking fabric at JoAnn’s Fabrics. The pattern and “how to” video is located at

There are several styles from sew to no sew on this website. I would not say the type we made with pocket inserts, nose piece, and ties are exactly easy, but they are awesome and fit really well. All in all, we made about 30 masks.

Catherine Wynns donating masks to Children’s Health Care of Atlanta

So now, the rest of the story regarding the good and the bad of masks. The good of sewing the masks allowed me to find the fun in sewing again. And, Catherine and I spent several days together with her cutting, ironing, and me sewing. Even though she has been very consumed with online college classes, and I have been in Zoom meetings and working virtually with real estate clients, it was nice to take the break and do something we enjoyed together. The best part is the good vibes we feel from helping our community. The recipients of our masks are so thankful and love them.

Masking no make up!
Only the eyes need make up!

For me, the bad thing about wearing a mask is that I feel like I can’t breathe. I am getting used to wearing one, but it’s still weird. And when I do meet a client, I feel more like a janitor showing up with mask, gloves wipes, hand sanitizer, and Lysol. However, the positives of wearing a mask for women, is that we need just a little make up. Maybe a tad around the eyes. We can blame our bad hair on the mask smushing it all down.

Lee Ann is a member of Women’s Council of Realtors – Cobb and Cobb Association of Realtors. She is a top producer with Dorsey Alston Realtors specializing in the East Cobb market

.Lee Ann Wynns | East Cobb Realtor® 

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