• Masks

    Directions for Making a Pocket Cloth Face Mask: Botswana Edition

    There are a seemingly endless amount of ways to make cloth face masks during the COVID-19 crisis. Google or YouTube will pull up many hits. Why add my voice? I live in a limited resource setting, and figured since I have actually worn masks as a nurse, I could create a blog which may help others in my region or with limited resources elsewhere. Initially, I was very opposed to the idea of the public wearing masks or making them for healthcare workers, but strange times, global shortages of PPE (personal protective equipment) and the CDC’s latest recommendation that the general public wear cloth masks in case they are asymptomatic…

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    Get To Know Me: Why Darby Lane?

    Planting, gardening, harvesting, and creating were the fabric of daily life on Darby Lane. It's where I learned to ride horses, walk up and down the long hill of our gravel driveway and get on the big yellow school bus for the first time when I started kindergarten.

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    Darby Lane Designs -Relaunch

    In 2008, I was working part-time and needed to fill my days off so I took up the hobby of sewing. My mother had taught me the basics of a sewing machine when I was a teenager: how to load the bobbin, thread the machine, and sew straight and backstitch. When I say basics, those are as basic a set of skills as you can have to operate a beginner sewing machine. Upon graduation from high school, my mother gifted me with a simple $100 sewing machine. It was a nice gesture, but I didn’t really have much use for sewing at that time (no space in the dorm room).…

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