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Lentil Loaf Recipe

vegan meatless loaf

Do you want to eat healthy, with delicious flavor, while being cruelty free?

Here is my very favorite recipe. One that I have been using for many years and it has become a family favorite.

Ingredients:

  • 250 g of lentils
  • 1/2 cup dry red wine (I have experimented with Bourbon for a variation and also works great!)
  • 1 onion
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 teaspoon rosemary
  • 1/2 cup of soy sauce
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground chili (or creole seasoning)
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onions and parsley
  • 1 cup of finely flaked oats (you can process rolled oats)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 100 g fresh Paris mushrooms
  • 50 g shiitake mushrooms (I often use just one pack of sliced white mushrooms from Trader Joes instead of Paris + shiitake)

Preparation:

Soak lentils in wine with 1 cup of hot water. Add the onion sliced in 4, the peeled garlic cloves, bay leaves, and rosemary. Let it soak for about 1 hour.

Cook until liquid is fully absorbed and the lentils are tender. If necessary, add more water. Process the cooked lentils with the spices, add the soy sauce, salt, pepper, and green onions and parsley to obtain a uniform mass. Transfer to a bowl, combine the oats and set aside.

Sauté the mushrooms in the olive oil for 5 minutes, remove from the heat, chop and add to the lentil.

Pour the batter into an oiled English cake pan and bake in a preheated oven (390ºF) for 50 minutes.

Serve it with marinara sauce.


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Artsy Face Shields, Your Fashionable Headwear/Mask

peacock face shield mask

Well my friends, as I was looking into a new mask supplier and I came across this fabric face shield (sport sleeves) manufacturer, so I decided to create some designs.

My husband uses one of these instead of a traditional mask. They are produced in Vegas, and people use them to protect themselves from dust, pollen, and sun.

They are not designed for COVID-19, but you can wear them to prevent you from spreading a virus. They are comparable to simple fabric masks as they don’t have a filter.

So, if you are using a simple mask, this can be a good substitute that is versatile and can be used in the future for many other purposes.

I have ordered my first batch, and I am super excited to get them! I expect them to arrive in a couple of weeks.

If you want to get yours soon, I can place a direct order from my manufacturer and shipped directly to you. Production time is 5-10 business days.


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The Puzzles Are BACK!

Rainbow Row at Night Puzzle

Well, I had enough of waiting for my on-demand supplier to get back on business therefore I decided to make a bold move and bulk order some puzzles so I can offer them again. I started with the Rainbow Row at Night Puzzle and considering the response has been excellent, I am placing an order for some other images.

My first order arrived yesterday and of course I had to keep one to myself. I love puzzles!

Rainbow Row at Night Puzzle Piece

The quality of the puzzle is great and I will say this: it was a challenge!

In my family, everyone knows I am really good at puzzles. My sister makes fun of me because I pick up a piece, look at the image in the box and I just know where it goes. However, even though this is based on my own artwork, I found it really hard! The sky my friends…. it sure kept me busy for a couple of hours.

The first available size comes in 260 pieces – 25 x 34 cm (9.9″ x 13.4″) and cost $32.2 each.

Rainbow Row at Night Puzzle Finished

A small order for some with 1000 pieces – 48 x 68 cm (18.9″ x 26.8″) has just arrived! Of course I had to keep one and work on it. What a challenge!!!

Rainbow Row Puzzle 1000

This are the currently available puzzles:

They are going fast! Save yours by ordering now.

Thank you for supporting my business!

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Charleston Style & Design Giveaway

Rainbow Row at Night Painting

I have partnered up with Charleston Style and Design for a special Charleston Giveaway. We got some very cool comments and it was a tough decision to pick a winner.

CONGRATULATIONS Amy Parrett for winning the print with this comment:

I want to win this because I love the South – in particular the lowcountry areas. My heart belongs there – I live in Ohio. This beautiful art would make me feel like I am there always <3 The print is alive – I can smell the ocean, and feel the warm breeze, a balmy southern night under the moon.

You can view the post and comments on the link below. And if you were not the winner but would like to buy a print, you can get it here.

GIVEAWAY Time from local talent Fernanda Ornellas Caggiano Rainbow Row at Night – 15”x9” Signed Unframed Paper Print…

Posted by Charleston Style & Design Magazine on Sunday, June 14, 2020

I also offer an extensive line with Rainbow Row themed products:

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Free Downloadable Zoom Backgrounds

Yes, once again I am bringing you a new free treat. This time, now that Zoom meetings are the new norm, I am animating my paintings so you can use them as virtual background for your Zoom meetings.

Same as the coloring pages. You must add to cart and proceed to check-out. It is FREE but you must “buy” it at zero cost. This is how I can make it available for download.

Enjoy my friends! And whenever someone comments on your awesome virtual backgrounds, please mention my website.

If you would like to support me, feel free to Paypal

or you can Venmo @fercaggiano Any amount is truly welcome!

If you don’t know how to change your virtual background, here is a quick tutorial:

Go to the “Stop Video” button and click on the arrow. Select “Choose Virtual Background…”

Then you click on the + icon and select to “Add Video”. Select the file to upload and choose it to display as your new awesome background.

You are welcome! Enjoy.

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American Bald Eagle Wings Scarves and Shawls

American Eagle Wings Shawl

Who doesn’t want wings? I certainly do. If you are anyway like me, this beautiful scarves for sale are for you.

I have been working with the Modal fabric and I am in love with it. The softness and lightweight make the scarves a perfect accessory. You can use it over a casual outfit or dress up over a fancy dress.

The American Bald Eagle Wings scarves and shawls arrived on Memorial Day and for those who missed the occasion, there is 4th of July coming up. Now you can buy your eagle with American flag scarf!



Get the scarves for sale online here:


Eagle Symbolism

The American Bald Eagle symbolism is power, wisdom, and freedom.

American Eagle Wings Shawl

Some additional symbolic meanings for the Eagle totem are:

  • Intuition
  • Vision
  • Resilience
  • Healing
  • Creativity
  • Strength
  • Courage
  • Hope
  • Sexual Power

Symbolism and Power

“You don’t know what you can accomplish until you truly push yourself. With the Eagle power animal as a guide, you are able to find the confidence and strength to reach heights you never thought possible. The Eagle is a herald of new beginnings. So, seize the day!”

The eagle is considered a man’s connection to the divine because it flies higher than any other bird.

The eagle bird can also represent renewal and new opportunities because it is associated with the east winds, according to Native Americans. The east winds bring Spring and the birth of new life.

American Eagle Wings Shawl

As the sun rises in the east, it’s morning light spreads over the earth. It is the beginning of a new day, and therefore it symbolizes new beginnings. The long life of the American bald eagle can be associated with its meaning of resilience to endure the difficulties.

The eagle is symbolic of the importance of honesty and truthful principles, and it can be related to the fact that this bird mates for life.

Eagles, as a species, mate for life. The power animal totem is a teacher who offers lessons about relationships and valuing what is important. The eagles’ loyalty to one another is the epitome of commitment. The eagle demonstrates what it means to rise above, make choices carefully and wisely, and how to stick it out in good times and bad. Look to the Eagle spirit animal for inspiration and guidance when it comes to love, loyalty, and sacrifice.”

People with the spirit animal of an eagle are seen as visionaries. They are willing to push the limits of self-discovery and personal freedom. These beings are born leaders, most likely to become impatient with those who cannot fly as high or as fast.

American Eagle Wings Shawl

The Rebirth of the Eagle

Although the story bellow is a tale, I cry every time I read it. I find it very motivational and I think it truly speaks about the eagle symbolism. I hope you also find it inspiring.

“The eagle has the longest lifespan among birds. It can live up to 70 years. But to reach this age, the eagle must make a hard decision.

In its 40’s, its long and flexible talons can no longer grab prey which serves as food. Its long and sharp beak becomes bent. Its old-aged and heavy wings, due to their thick feathers, become stuck to its chest and make it difficult to fly.

Then the eagle is left with only two options: die or go through a painful process of change which lasts 150 days. The process requires that the eagle fly to a mountaintop and sit on its nest. There the eagle knocks its beak against a rock until it plucks it out. Afterward, the eagle will wait for a new beak to grow back, and then it will pluck out its talons. When its new talons grow back, the eagle starts plucking its old-aged feathers out. And after five months, the eagle takes its famous flight of rebirth and lives for 30 more years.

We sometimes need to get rid of old memories, habits and other past traditions. Only freed from past burdens, can we take advantage of the present.”

Motivational Speech Presentation, May 2007. Author unknown

Biological Characteristics of the Eagle:

An adult eagle’s body length ranges from 70 to 102 cm (28 to 40 in), with a wingspan of 1.8 to 2.3 m (5.9 to 7.5 ft) and a mass of 3 to 6 kg (6.6 to 13.9 lb). It can be challenging to identify a distant bald eagle in flight, but there is an easy way to tell an eagle from a vulture or hawk.

  • Size‎: ‎28-40 inches body; wingspan 5.9-7.5 feet
  • Diet‎: ‎Carnivorous
  • Weight‎: ‎6.6 to 13.9 pounds
  • Habitat‎: ‎North America

Some reference and useful links for more information on the Eagle:

http://www.pure-spirit.com/more-animal-symbolism/629-eagle-symbolism

https://www.baldeagleinfo.com/eagle/eagle9.html

https://www.spiritanimal.info/eagle-spirit-animal/
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Charleston Daily Giveaway

Rainbow Row at Night Painting

I have partnered up with Charleston Daily for a special Charleston Giveaway and I am thrilled to have gotten such an amazing response. The comments are fantastic and it was a real tough decision to pick a winner.

CONGRATULATIONS ambermankins for winning the print with this comment:

My husband is in the Navy and we are about to PCS to the PNW. We have lived here in Charleston once before and decided that it will hopefully be our “forever location” once he retires. There is something so special about this city that is unexplainable. I’d love to hang this in our home to be able to look at it and remember all of the amazing memories of living here. We got engaged in Charleston, bought our first home, and had our first baby here. We like to say “all roads lead back to Charleston” ❤️

You can view the post and comments on the link below. And if you were not the winner but would like to buy a print, you can get it here.


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Peacock Symbolism And Why You Will Love It!

Peacock Modal Shawl

The peacock is a gorgeous bird, not only for its vibrant colors but also for what it represents. If you like Peacock Art, see my Peacock Painting!

Since a very young age, I have been interested in the spiritual journey, reading all sorts of religious and new-age books. I was convinced I had telepathic abilities, and if there was some sort of ritual, I would certainly be interested in trying. No wonder I ended up being a resident at a meditation school and a Buddhist temple in my twenties.

That was when I first heard of my very favorite meaning of the peacock.

You will find the peacock feather in many religious items, in many different cultures. And why would that be?

Did you know that it is by ingesting poison that the peacock creates the beautiful colors in its feathers?

That is the reason it represents a guru (or teacher), and it has such a spiritual connotation. A spiritual teacher will transform the poison from the student into knowledge and beauty.

Peacock Wearable Art

PEACOCK SYMBOLISM

Commonly referred to symbolize integrity, truth, honor, beauty, and strength this bird is a part of the pheasant family but also has references to

  • Self-Esteem
  • Humor
  • Vision
  • Spiritual Awakening
  • Long Life
  • Confidence
  • Awareness
  • Leadership Skills
  • Enjoying Life
  • Resurrection
  • Being Well Balanced
  • Light-Hearted
  • Self-love

Peacock Decorations

Peacock in Religion and Mythology

SOME PEACOCK RELIGIOUS MEANINGS

The peacock is native to Southeast Asia and countries such as Bangladesh, Pakistan, India, China, and Sri Lanka. Many religions even consider them to be sacred and are considered to be a good sign and omen. Here we take a look at how some beliefs around the world look at this pheasant bird:

Buddhism

When open, a fully flaunted peacocks tail looks like a huge Chinese hand fan. This symbolizes openness and acceptance to Buddhists. One of the references a peacock symbolizes is long life or immortality. This is because the peacock was well known to eat plants that were poisonous in nature and would kill if consumed by humans. Buddhists thought that because of this, peacocks could not only live but do so with ease, even though they were enduring significant suffering. To the Buddhists, the peacock signifies purity, hence why their feathers are often used in purification ceremonies.

Hinduism

In the Hindu religion, there are two well-known figures known as Lord Krishna and Lakshmi. The goddess Lakshmi in Hindu signifies having a compassionate heart, being kind, virtue, patience, and good fortune. Lord Krishna was well known to garnish peacock feathers all around his head and were decorated on his flute. Some even said that the peacocks personally gave their feathers as a gift to Lord Krishna. 

Christianity

A peacock is the symbol of purity. Christians believed that once someone has passed, their soul rises and goes to heaven. This is why early Christians would spread the feathers of a peacock over the deceased since it symbolized a pure soul that was immune to corruption. The feathers were used as a measure to prevent the decaying of the human body as well. The peacock represents immortality, resurrection, and the spiritual teachings of Jesus Christ and the Christian church.

Greek Mythology

In Greek mythology, the peacock has associated with Hera, the wife of Zeus and the queen of the Ancient Greek gods. Legend has it that Hera transformed her guardian Argus who had a hundred eyes into a peacock. Argus’ feathers were a mark of heaven’s beauty, and its eyes represent the stars in the firmament. This is why, for the people of Greece, the peacock represents heaven, and it’s all mighty all-seeing vision, wisdom, and knowledge.

Asia

In certain parts of Asia, there was a mortal known by the name of Quan Yin. The peacock is associated with Quan Yin and her great qualities of charity, compassion, integrity, and good faith towards her fellow man. Quan Yin was very well known because she could become immortal. However, she deflected to stay mortal for the greater good of humanity and to assist with their personal and religious growth.

Peacock Facts

Peacocks are large, colorful pheasants (typically blue and green) known for their iridescent tails.

COMMON NAME: Peacocks

SCIENTIFIC NAME: Afropavo, Pavo

TYPE: Birds

DIET: Omnivores

GROUP NAME: Muster, ostentation, pride

India 

Just as the peacock was immune to poisonous plants in China, the same is so with snakes in India. Known as the “Snake Slayer” they are thought to be immune to the poison contained in a snake’s venom. It is believed that when a snake is killed and eaten by a peacock, the venom travels into the feathers providing a unique radiance.

Population

Peacocks are ground feeders that eat insects, plants, and small creatures. There are two familiar peacock species. The blue peacock lives in India and Sri Lanka, while the green peacock is found in Java and Myanmar (Burma). A more distinct and little-known species, the Congo peacock, inhabits African rain forests.

Peafowl such as the blue peacock has been admired by humans and kept as pets for thousands of years. Selective breeding has created some unusual color combinations, but wild birds are themselves bursting with vibrant hues. They can be testy and do not mix well with other domestic birds.

Characteristics of a Peacock Bird

Peacocks are actually the males of a species called peafowl, which are native to Asian forests. Peafowl are a type of pheasant and are capable of flight. Female peafowl, called peahens, have brown feathers and shorter tails, which camouflage them and help them fly more easily than males. Peacocks unfold their tail feathers in order to impress females, though most of their displays go ignored.

Peacock Colors

Peacocks are large, colorful pheasants (typically blue and green) known for their iridescent tails. These tail feathers, or coverts, spread out in a distinctive train that is more than 60 percent of the bird’s total body length and boast colorful “eye” markings of blue, gold, red, and other hues.

National Geographic

What Are the Colors in a Peacock’s Feathers?

Unlike most birds, peacocks do not derive their colors purely from pigments, but from a combination of pigments and photonic crystals. This combination causes the feathers to reflect different wavelengths of light depending upon the angle of the light and the spacing of the crystals. The result is the iridescent shades of blue, green, brown and yellow commonly found in a peacock’s train.

Distinctive Tail Feathers

These tail feathers, or coverts, spread out in a distinctive train that is more than 60 percent of the bird’s total body length and boast colorful “eye” markings of blue, gold, red, and other hues. The large train is used in mating rituals and courtship displays. It can be arched into a magnificent fan that reaches across the bird’s back and touches the ground on either side. Females are believed to choose their mates according to the size, color, and quality of these outrageous feather trains.

Types of Peacocks

Peacocks are the male of the species of peafowl, birds known for their showy plumage. There are only three species of peafowl: Indian, Green, and Congo. They are distinguished by their color and size.

Peacock Variations

Through selective breeding and mutations, peacocks exist outside of the normal realm of Indian and green peacock coloring. The white peacock is not an albino, but rather a product of leucism (dimming of skin and feather pigments) and is entirely white from crest to train. Other breeding variations include peacocks that are black, brown, yellow and purple; all are simple variations or mutations from standard green or Indian peacocks.

How To Tell If A Peacock Is Male Or Female

Males vs. Females

The term “peacock” is commonly used to refer to birds of both sexes. Technically, only males are peacocks. Females are peahens, and together, they are called peafowl. So, there is not really a peacock female.

Suitable males may gather harems of several females, each of which will lay three to five eggs. In fact, wild peafowl often roosts in forest trees and gather in groups called parties.

A peacock, like a rooster, is always male. Just as a female chicken is a hen, a female peafowl is a peahen. Peafowl (sppPavo) are part of the pheasant family and have long been prized and even venerated. Hindus considered the Indian peafowl (P. cistasus) sacred, and it is still the national bird of India. The green peafowl (P. muticus) isn’t as well-known in the west, but it can fill the air with the same earsplitting cawing as its cousin. Male peafowl are the ones with the impressive tails, more properly known as trains, and there’s a good reason peahens don’t have such showy coloration. They have to keep a low profile so they can raise their young without attracting predators. The young are known as peachicks.

Outside Sources:

https://sciencing.com/types-peacocks-7340346.html

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/birds/group/peacocks/

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Mother’s Day Buyers Guide 2020

Rainbow Row Product Set

15 Gift Ideas To Bring Some Color To Your Mom This Year

Find the perfect gift for her!

We are a few weeks away and considering our current COVID-19 situation, planing in advance is the best way to guarantee delivery on time. And to make your shopping experience easier, I have hand-picked my favorite items as a suggestion for Mother’s Day Shopping. Here are some gifts for women ideas.

Part of the sales proceeds from my products support my “Like A Girl: Dare To Dream” philanthropic project. Thank you for helping to educate and empower girls and women!

#1 Peacock Scarves and Shawls

(from $70 to $180)

Peacock Silky Scarves
Peacock Silk Scarf, photo by Diandra Dellucci

I absolutely LOVE this line. I use my Modal Shawl often and it is a neck turner. The Silk option is more vibrant and looks exquisite and sophisticated. The Modal is more affordable, softer and slightly see-through. It goes well on casual as well as dressed up look. View The Collection of theses beautiful scarves for sale!


#2 Jaguar Duffle Bag

(from $73.90 to $85.90)

Jaguar Duffle Bag

Whether your mom loves to workout or simply look stylish on a quick trip, this Duffle Bag is the way to go! Besides the Jaguar, there are some other designs available to choose from.


#3 American Eagle Minky Blankets

(from $35.90 to $65.90)

American Eagle Blanket

If you are looking into bringing some comfort to a patriotic mom, consider this American Eagle Minky Blanket based on my Freedom Rising Original Art.

You can also choose from other designs.


#4 Original Art $500 and Under

The gift of ART. Now that is a special choice. I have a full selection of available paintings under $500. Affordable quality art.

A perfect choice of gifts for women that have everything!


#5 Rainbow Row Scarves

(on sale for $54)

Gifts for women who travel

Rainbow Row Modal Scarf
Fer Caggiano showcasing the Modal Rainbow Row, Rainbow Sky Scarf. Photo by Diandra Dellucci

Rainbow Row Modal Scarf, the perfect Charleston Gift! Ideal gifts for women travelers, as they are a versatile and light weight.


#6 Rainbow Row Framed Gicleé Print

(only $150)

This art print on canvas is framed and ready to hang. A beautiful Rainbow Row Art for her home.

Rainbow Row Framed Giclee

#7 Rainbow Row at Night Coffee Mug

($17 11oz or $18 15 oz)

Rainbow Row Coffee Mug

Nothing beats the smell of fresh coffee in the morning! Grab your Rainbow Row at Night Mug, and the day will start just right!

Available in 11oz and 15oz and also in other designs.


#8 Dragonfly Cutting Board

(only $45)

Dragonfly Glass Cutting Board

Does your mom enjoy cooking? Make her feel like a chef every time she prepares a meal!

Available as the Dragonfly and other designs.


#9 Artsy Socks

Fully sublimated (except the solid black toe and heel portion), one size fits all (up to 12 men’s) crew socks are comfortable, practical and beautiful.


#10 Artsy Pillows

These cozy throw pillows feature high-quality fabric and prints that will upgrade your mom’s space.


#11 Angel Oak Scarves and Shawls

(scarf $70, shawl $95)

Angel Oak Modal Scarf, photo by Diandra Dellucci

#12 Peacock Weekender Totes

(from $39.90 to $43.90)

Peacock Weekender Tote

Just added to the shop!

The perfect casual day out accessory, these totes are sturdy, spacious, and eco-friendly. The strong, durable straps allow for maximum comfort.

Besides the Peacock, I have created other designs.

These are the best eco friendly gifts for women!


#13 Angel Oak Tote Bag

(from $23.90 to 27.90)

Angel Oak Tote Bag

Is your mom the eco-friendly type?

Then, these totes are for her!

The cotton web handles feature double-stitched seams for durability.

Made of spun polyester, these durable, functional for almost any situation totes, are a perfect eco-friendly gift!

Angel Oak and other designs available.


#14 Original Watercolors

(starting at only $30)


#15 Online Art Tutoring

This is especially for an artsy mom.

Does she love art? Does she make art? Or crafts?

You can book a private class with me via Zoom. I will help her flourish her skills and make her art shine!

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Artsy Face Mask Covers

Rainbow Row at Night Mask

Choose your Artsy Face Mask or Fabric Face Shield

Not an N95 or surgical mask!

OK friends, if we are going to be using masks, let’s do it in style right?


UPDATES:

Besides the new MASKS on-demand from my partners VIDA and fineartamerica, you can order the versatile and fashionable alternative: fabric face shields.


New Face Shield Designs:

These Fabric Face Shields are made from 100% Polyester Moisture Wick Fabric. Black lined and heavy-duty, yet breathable. They can be worn in multiple ways, wash easily, and last.


VIDA Organic Cotton Masks:

Featuring my original artwork, these Protective Masks are made of 2 layers of 100% Organic Cotton, easily adapts to different sizes with adjustable straps and includes a hidden, integrated metal nose-piece to ensure a snug fit. Each mask comes with 3 5-layered PM2.5 activated carbon filters with two layers of melt-blown polypropylene. Filters should be replaced every 7 days. Fits adults and kids ages 5 and up.

You may order them directly from my VIDA shop.


Rainbow Row at Night Mask

Rainbow Row At Night Mask

Order now at my VIDA shop.

Rainbow Row, Rainbow Sky Mask

Order now at my VIDA shop.

Dragonfly Face Mask

Dragonfly Face Mask

Order now at my VIDA shop

VIDA PM2.5 MASK FEATURES

  • 2 layers of 100% cotton fabric
  • 5 layer PM2.5 Filter featuring 2 layers of Meltblown Filter and 1 layer of Carbon Activated Fabric (1 filter included)
  • Metal nose-piece for a protective fit
  • Adjustable ear straps for a comfortable, snug fit
  • Washable & reusable
  • Breathable
  • Not an N95 or surgical mask

Fine Art America Face Masks

I have also made another on-demand option at FINEARTAMERICA. They are faster than VIDA but don’t come with the filters. You can view my full collection here.

Peacock Mask

based on my original artwork

Rainbow Row at Night Mask

Dragonfly Mask

based on my original artwork

Dragonfly Face Mask

Rainbow Row Mask

based on my original artwork

Peacock Mask

Rainbow Row Night Mask

based on my original artwork



These are cloth face masks made from 100% polyester. Each mask includes two woven, elastic loops for a one-site-fits-all fit.

IMPORTANT – These are not surgical grade masks, and they are not intended for any medical or commercial uses, whatsoever. Our cloth masks are designed for everyday use to cover your nose and mouth when out in public. We make no warranties that the masks prevent infections or the transmission of viruses or diseases.


The former mask options below are all out of stock. I have added links to alternative options to each though, so feel free to browse through.