How is lockdown treating you?

We’ve now completed nearly 9 weeks of lockdown! Can you believe it!

I keep thinking back to the beginning of the year. We were hearing about the virus in China and how everything was closing up. At that point I had no idea it was coming here. Maybe I was a little naïve, maybe no one really knew what we were going to be facing.

Even in March when there was talk about schools closing, it wasn’t until a teacher friend said to me ‘you know this isn’t just going to be a couple of weeks don’t you’ that I realised the gravity of the situation that lay ahead.

Since lockdown started I have only been out twice. Once to collect a click and collect grocery order and once to Costco (last night). My husband is a keyworker and throughout lockdown has worked 12 hour days, 6 days a week so I have squirrelled myself away with the children and stayed in our little bubble disinfecting him as he walks through the door.

We have been out on the occasional walk, we’re very lucky to have beautiful woods literally off our back gate, however it seems the whole world and his army have decided to walk round them of late.

We are super lucky to have a beautiful back garden so instead we try and make the most of that.

Home school life started brilliantly, but the enthusiasm has been lost somewhat as I struggle to balance time with them and working. Some days we will work in the morning and get it done, and other days I need to work in the morning and get orders finished to get them out for the day. I’ve worked past midnight on multiple occasions to ensure I can spend time with the boys the next day and not get eaten up with mum guilt. We’re just bumbling on doing the best we can – it’s all any of us can do right?

I have been putting 110% effort into work as a way to ensure I don’t loose focus with work and one way I’ve done that is by creating products for loved ones during these troubled times. I’ve felt its helped me feel like I have a purpose and stops me wasting the days away scrolling social media. I love the idea of brightening someone’s day and hopefully lifting their mood. My lockdown pocket hugs have been well received by many and I love the thought how far they have travelled around the globe.

Sadly one of my popular items has been for couples who have had their weddings cancelled due to coronavirus. Lots of cards have been sent and the messages inside have brought tears to my eyes on more than one occasion. I can’t begin to imagine the stress of having to plan a second wedding! One was enough for me and that was without the added worry of any social distancing measures.

For now I will continue as I am. Putting my heart into personalised gifts for you to send to your loved ones and hope we can all return to some sort of normality soon.

I am incredibly lucky to have my post collected in a contact free manner, so I will carry on dispatching all orders in the same timely manner as always. Please feel free to send me a message if you would like anything special!

Stay Safe!

Natalie

 

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