That Time I Printed Face Shields for Frontline Workers

30 03 2020

But to be fair – so are lots of other people. I just wanted my titles to match 😉
So. In a nutshell, I’m looking for ways to help. I’m sure you’ve heard about this little virus making such big waves, so I’m not going to go into that part.

I’m sure you’ve also heard about the shortages of PPE for the medical workers.

I’m not sure if you’ve heard about the different ways you can help though 🙂

If you sew, look for local groups making masks to be used for situations that are NOT CV-19 related, this will help them save the N95 masks. I found a local group on FB, maybe you can, too, if this is something you can help with.

I don’t sew. I’m convinced my sewing machine as gremlins infesting it.

BUT I do have a 3D printer. I just got into the 3D printing in December, so I’m still learning my way around it. But I was able to find a local FB group of other 3D printers who are working together to help meet the needs of our front line people. Right now, our focus is face shields. These help protect the masks that are in such high demand. It also helps keep the eyes protected. I think what we’ve seen, is people wearing these shields as an additional layer of protection over their goggles and masks.

Here’s what I printed the other night 😀


Here’s what they look like when assembled – I’m just printing the blue parts, assembly with the elastic and the clear shield is taking place somewhere else.No photo description available.

One of our recipients wearing one – our group is helping make sure smaller rural places with less resources are also being taken care of, as well as those who travel from place to place as part of their jobs.

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A snippet from  a local health care system addressing the types of face shields we’re making: snippet – Not sure how to just have it right here where it’s easy, sorry guys 🙄

A news story about the group: news story

This story is less than a week old, I think. The group had 50 members that day, there are now 318 members 🙂


Now, all of this sounds great, and it’s an amazing way to help if you can, but here’s where we’re going to run into problems: filament supply.

The PETG and PLA filament used to print these parts is not on a priority list anywhere. Amazon will ship them, but it will take a month to get here – we probably don’t have a month to wait.

Ebay can send them, but those prices are higher, especially when you add in shipping. The shipping costs I’ve seen will almost cover the cost of another spool of filament, so this isn’t a good use of resources.

We can source some filament locally, and right now, most people printing these pieces, are donating the time and the filament. We’re using up personal stashes hoping we’ll have product available and money to purchase it when we need to. We’ll probably be venturing out in the next day or so to get more filament.

So, if you’re thinking, this is great and all, but I don’t sew, and I don’t have a 3D printer, but I still want to help, you’re in luck!

Here’s what you can do:

Donate filament directly to the group – filament can be purchased locally. If this is what you’d like to do, message me, I’ll tell you where to find it and who to get it to 🙂

Donate to the GoFundMe the group set up, this will help them buy and distribute the supplies to the people in the group. It takes roughly $3 to make these shields. A spool of filament can go quite a long way and costs $17-20 dollars depending on what you’re using or what’s available. With ONE 1kg spool of filament, we can make the pieces for roughly 25 face shields to send on for assembly.

IF YOU ARE IN NEED OF PPE you can fill out a request here. We want EVERYONE who needs this to have access to it.

If we don’t take care of our health care workers, who will take care of us when we get sick?

If you’re waiting for a call to arms; if you’ve been wondering how you can help…this is it. This is how.

#FaceShieldsForTheFrontlines #ThatTimeCraftersSavedTheWorld


This is What it’s All About – JJ’s Tails: SERVICE DOG FILES

21 01 2020

Okay, this is actually about JJ’s little brother, but the rest of my title is absolutely on point.

Little man has been having a really rough time lately. He’s been very emotional. The fits, tantrums, and melt downs have gone up. He’s the youngest of 7 and within a short period of time, two of his older sisters spread their wings and moved out (about 2 weeks apart) and we think this has a lot to do with him being as emotional as he’s been.

Sunday, trying to get to church was hard. We walked into the building and he was heading for a melt down. I was able to get Grady in there pretty quickly and asked my little guy if he needed to snuggle Grady.

He did.

And the meltdown was interrupted before it really got started.


And this is what this whole process is all about. This is why all the fundraising pleas. All the hours of looking for just one more idea to help raise money. The time spent in community outreach and working with sponsors to try and raise awareness for my son’s needs.

This moment, when my son was calmed and a meltdown avoided because of an amazing dog that sensed he needed something…

This is what it’s all about.

If you want to learn more about JJ or help him out, you can find both options

here: HELP JJ


18 01 2020

Hey guys! This is for my local friends and family.

Granite City in Zona is doing another Dine to Donate fundraiser for us! We’re so excited to be working with them again ❤️

Hope to see you there!

Also, if you’d like to read more about JJ, or donate directly to our fundraising, you can go here: Help JJ

You can read about the organization as a whole, there, as well, by selecting the various tabs.

New Paws4Autism Flyer

Paper Orchid Shadow Box – I got to play a little!

13 01 2020

I used to play with paper and make things on an almost daily basis. But then our lives went down a different path and the time and the emotional availability wasn’t there. My creativity flows best when my mind and shoulders aren’t weighed down.

But every now and then, like a snow day :D, I get a chance to play. And that day was yesterday 🙂

I made the 3D Orchid Shadow Box, found here, in the Silhouette Store.

I really like how mine turned out, BUT it is modified from the original, and here’s why: I didn’t read the directions ahead of time. So, a caution to all you paper crafters out there – if there are directions somewhere, take a quick peek before you start, just to make sure ;D

Because I didn’t, my project couldn’t be displayed like the example. But it still works. So, if you want to make this project, too, here’s the blog with the directions lol.

I cut mine out of white card stock and colored the flower parts using copics and colored pencils. I was then able to nest all the boxes, instead of having two separate shadow boxes – this is an example of how mistakes can be springboards for other ideas 🙂

I also added a back, because I could lol.

Thanks for stopping by!



Let’s Get Real. A Free Public Education Isn’t Free for My Autistic Son

2 01 2020

Did you read that right? Yes.

That “free” education that all of our children are, by law, entitled to, will cost us THOUSANDS of dollars to SAFELY obtain.

If you’ve read my son’s story over on the Paws 4 Autism page, you know we’re homeschooling because my son was bullied on a weekly (often more) basis by a number of kids throughout FIRST GRADE. It amped up his anxiety. Made him fearful to go to school. Learning was no longer fun. Our mornings were horrible and always full of tension because he was dreading the day. And can you blame him? Not only was he getting teased, he was being hit and punched.

Kiddos with autism struggle socially. Those social struggles leave them vulnerable to bullying.

My boy has had enough trauma in his young life, so we pulled him out of school to homeschool him.

But the goal is to get him back in school. I want him to have a chance to figure out how to navigate social situations. I want him to have friends. I want him to see all the variety out there.

But it needs to be safe and that’s where a service dog comes in.

I had some time to think about this the week before Christmas (two different kids were in the hospital that week). Between the fundraising for a service dog and the homeschooling costs, at MINIMUM, it will cost somewhere around $22,000 dollars (you read that correctly) for him to SAFELY ACCESS the FREE public education the law says he’s entitled to.

That’s just ONE of the costs of special needs, and looking at it, it seems kind of extreme that we have to come up with/raise $22,000 so he can safely attend the public school just around the corner.


Thanks for stopping by


If you’d like to read more of his story, or help him reach his fundraising goal for a service dog you can find the information here: Help JJ

I Had the Cutest Visitor! JJ’s Tails: SERVICE DOG FILES

1 01 2020

Holy cuteness batman!

On Tuesday, my sister and her husband stopped by (we live quite a distance from each other, so just that was a treat) with the sweetest visitor.

This is JJ and Cupcake.


Cupcake is the pick of the litter. My sister and her husband, of 2Hartz Rottweilers, are donating the proceeds from her sale to JJ’s Paws 4 Autism fundraiser and we’re extremely grateful for their generosity.

Here’s another shot of Miss Cupcake, passed out on my lap 🙂 She has the cutest little feet!


Adorable, right? They won’t be ready to go for a bit (February), but there’s nine more puppies if you guys are interested in adding a new best friend to your life. You can find more information here: Adorable Rotti Puppies

And as the icing on the “Cupcake,” the family that bought her knew where the proceeds for her were going, and that was one of the reasons they wanted first pick 🙂 I really like nice people.

As you may know, this was one of our fundraisers, so it is now closed. Thank you all for your kindness ❤️

For more information about JJ’s Paw’s 4 Autism fundraising and why he needs a service dog, or if you’re interested in donating to JJ’s page, you can find the info here : Help JJ

Thanks for stopping by


JJ’s Tails – Service Dog Files – School Auditoriums

15 12 2019

You guys remember Grady the Great, right? Of course you do! Because he’s awesome ❤️

Last week was full of high school Christmas concerts – Choirs and Bands. We took Grady with us – because that’s his job 🙂 Even just sitting and holding the leash, JJ does better. It seems to be decreasing the anxiety and the anxiety is what really ramps up the repetitive hand movements (he scrapes skin off his thumbs or cracks his knuckles – incessantly. I’ve had to wipe skin off his laptop during school in the past). We’re also teaching him to be mindful of the dog and where he is and what he’s doing.

If you remember from a previous post, Grady is training us. And Tuesday night, I got to learn some things.

If you’ve ever sat in a high school auditorium as an adult, you know there’s not a lot of space between the rows of seats once you add people. I was trying to figure out where to put Grady. I thought I had something figured out, but Grady wouldn’t lay down. I even tried to encourage him to lay down by offering treats. It still didn’t work. He just stood there. He wouldn’t even sit. Then, he started whining. After the selection of songs was over I got up, to see if maybe he wanted to go outside. Instead, he found a spot on the floor and laid down.

I’d left an empty seat so there was floor space for him to lay down, but I guess it wasn’t in the right spot, lol. When I got up, he saw the space he needed.

So, Thursday, when we had ANOTHER opportunity to go sit in the high school auditorium, it went much smoother, because Grady trained me. He let me know the first night what he needed. I realized that night that if Grady isn’t doing what he’s supposed to, it’s probably because I’m doing something wrong.

And while I’m learning to trust him, he’s learning to trust me. It’s my job to make sure he’s safe so he can do his job. That’s the night it dawned on me how much trust this journey is going to take.

And I need to trust the pups because eventually,  I’ll be entrusting one of my most precious things to him; my son.


Thanks for stopping by! As always, I’m including the link directly to JJ’s Paws 4 Autism fundraising page. And sharing the blog and JJ’s fundraising page is strongly encouraged ❤️