My friend, and fellow Beefy Broad, recently injured her shoulder. Much to her dismay, her physician told her that she must wear a sling for the next two weeks. This made Deb feel like this:
Not only is it a royal pain in the a*se to not be able to use your dominant hand, but the sling was also chafing Deb’s delicate neck. So, she politely asked (read: begged) for me to make her a ‘sling cozy.’ Claiming that she didn’t want to be a burden, she told me to just use whatever fabric scrap I had that I would never use in a project. No, no friend. Injury trumps fabric hoarding. After seeing how her eyes lit up when she saw this cute retro, red fabric with kids skateboarding on it, I knew we had a winner.
I quickly got to sewing the cozy. A little padding and a few seams and we were done!
Then, all we had left to do was feed the strap of the sling through the cozy. Ummm….WAY harder than it sounds. Deb had to channel her inner Korean Chopstick Master to use two of my knitting needles to grab the strap and pull it through one end.
Sling + sling cozy = Deb now feeling like this:
But, dear readers, you know Deb and I. We dream big. We just couldn’t stop there. After all, when facing a possible rotator cuff injury, the fun needs to be worn on your sleeve (get it?!?). We needed MORE sling bling. That could only mean one thing — breaking out the googly eyes. As you may have seen in the infamous Christopher Walken SNL skit, googly eyes make everything better.
Thankfully, my dear friend SHS had given me a deluxe, three-pack of googly eyes for my birthday this year. I had been saving them up — waiting for just the right project. It was destiny. We had plain googly eyes, lashed googly eyes, colored googly eyes, and pupil-colored googly eyes. Ummm,yes please. A little of everything. And in the process of digging through my craft stuff, I also found a box of plastic insects. Our inner-biologists rejoiced. So, we christened the hot glue gun with some light ladybugging, first.
Then the floodgates were opened. Let the googly eyeing commence!!
So, the moral of this story is: if you are feeling a little under the weather and your doctor tells you that you have to wear a sling, fear not! With a little sling bling, you’ll be holding your head up high….Proud that you are the owner of that fine sling. Now, I ask you….invalid or fashionista?