It's funny how things tend to go in cycles. I've made quite a few of these eye masks in the past, but it's been a while. It was lovely to make another one this week. I had to order more supplies and it was easy to know when the postman delivered the lavender, it smelled wonderful.
The combination of the oils from the seed and the scent from the lavender will make this relaxing as well as soothing to the eyes. I do have some more flax seed and lavender to make more if needed. If you are a newsletter subscriber, you have the chance to win one in this month's giveaway.
I'm still working my way through the projects at the side of my table that need finishing. One of them was an eye mask that needed finishing. I've filled the inner case with flax seed and lavender, which is such a relaxing combination. That done, an outer cover was made, and it's now packaged and ready to go.
This is what someone said about their eye mask:
"I can suggest this for all you or as a fab gift for your friends! Fab..I love mine very much and use it every evening"
Think I'll have a rummage and see what else needs finishing.
Herbal Sachets and Pillows
Sometimes it becomes necessary to make a small change to keep someone happy. One of the eye masks is going to a young man, so of course flowers would never do.
I had a look through my box for some child friendly fabric and came up with this. This will be much better for a young man, I'm just glad that I could get a whole plane across the front of the mask.
I love this fabric, shame I didn't have much of it left, but there was enough for another eye mask.
This eye mask has lavender, as well as the flax seed. It's definitely a relaxing combination.
The eye masks will be taking a back seat at the moment, I am waiting for more supplies. In the meantime, there are plenty of other things to keep me busy.
Another flax seed eye mask, and again, I've been using scraps from my box. This was a remnant of fabric gifted to me, so it's good to put it to good use.
There was a bit leftover, so there will be a square of two of this appearing in the next blue quilt.
I've a couple of online markets and fairs coming up, so I need to stock up and have a few things ready.
Using the fabric in my scrap box, I've been making more eye masks. I've used cotton fabric throughout, and the outer cover is removable to allow for washing.
This one is filled with just flax seeds, although I do them with lavender in as well. Both the boys and myself have found these to be beneficial, it's helped to reduce the cyst in my eye. It's very relaxing too, I fell asleep using mine the other day.
If you want more information on these, and what conditions they can help with, then please feel free to contact me.
Having seen the larger eye mask and seeing how much better it is, I set about making a larger one. It still has a removable cover for washing, but this time, the mask covers a lot more of the surrounding area of the eyes.
Having made these, I just need to remember to use them! I'm also going to experiment with adding an extra ingredient, I shall let you know how it goes.
For those of you that have followed me for any length of time will know, I've had recurrent problems with cysts under the eye lids. From time to time, I have to have drops to clear the infections, and in the worst case scenario, they have to be surgically removed.
During one flare up, a friend was telling me about the linseed eye masks she was recommended by her optometrist, and how good she'd found it. As she had made hers, I added eye masks to my ever growing to do list.
This is the prototype. I've done the inner pillow, filled with seed, and then a removable cover so it can be cleaned.
The pillows can be heated in the microwave to aid with the dry eye and blocked glands, or else they can be put in the freezer to give refreshment to tired eyes.
It was only after getting this far, that I saw my friends eye mask, and it's a lot bigger, so I'm going to back to the drawing board. It'll be the same principle with the removable cover, but bigger so it covers more of the surrounding area around the eyes.
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I have had a lifelong love of crafts which started with being taught how to knit at a very young age. It didn't take long to realise that great joy and satisfaction came from making things. Even now, I get a thrill seeing something that started just as an idea, becoming a finished product, whether I make it, or teach someone else how to make it.