Sending Hugs

Sending Hugs


How are you? I do hope you are well and tucked up safe at home. I thought I would pop by today with some virtual hugs and to check in with you all.

I feel I ‘up and left’ abruptly and I didn’t give any warning about suspending ordering on the website. I apologise for that, especially as I had started a sale and extended the discount code.

Last Saturday I was feeling optimistic and hopeful. That I could ‘carry on as normal’ through this weird and crazy time. But then, as the weekend continued, we watched the news and maybe I read too much on social media.

My optimism dwindled and the reality of it all came flooding in. From Monday I would be doing home learning with The Beans. I would be responsible for making sure that a form of education continued. That they both continue to progress with their speech. AND on top of that, I have a home to keep in check, meals to prepare & cleaning to keep on top of.

I talked it all through with hubby and with the uncertainty of his work, people scaling back on non-essentials and not wanting to risk bringing the virus home on going out when we don’t really need to, we took the decision to suspend orders on the website on Monday morning.

We had a feeling that the news that evening would be a ‘lockdown’. To only leave the house for essential shopping. We were right and since posting my last few orders (thank you) and buying a few essential items from the supermarket, we haven’t left our property.

So here I am, almost a week into not leaving the house & garden and having survived a week of home learning! As much as it has been a joy to have my boys home, to spend time seeing how much they have learn’t since they started school. It’s been stressful and exhausting! But they have thrived on the 1-2 learning environment, I’ve seen so much progress in such a short time with their speech and we’ve even done some fun tasks like drawing & painting, pizza making & junk model making!

I had envisioned that I would just go back to my once working on a night once they are in bed and continue with daily creating, blogging & working on new designs. Oh how wrong I was! This week I have simply been too tired once I have got them tucked up and settled and just collapsed in a heap on the sofa or in bed!

I am hoping that as we all adjust to the new routine, I will find the energy to do more of what I love and sharing it with you 🙂

Like today, I have spent most of the day Spring cleaning my studio space, organising and I actually sat down to make the card I am sharing with you. It’s funny how you come across things to put aside to use at a later date.

I came across an ink blended piece of card I had stamped with Background Blocks Graffiti Texture. Part of it had not stamped well, so I had put it aside to use for a different purpose. Like most times, these get ‘buried’ and forgotten about. Until today when I came across it and decided to die cut the largest loopy flower from Designer Dies Kindness Blooms.

I was even inspired to play along with a card challenge! I used the current sketch over at CAS Colours & Sketches seen HERE and below.

The website will be back once some form of ‘normality’ resumes in the UK and we are no longer in a lockdown situation. You never know, I might even have a shiny new website to reopen with and a bunch of new products ready and waiting! I will however have a discount code & a sale on. So there is something to look forward to!

Sorry for such a LONG post. I didn’t think I had that much to say! I do hope you are all well, safe and finding things to keep yourself busy. I will do my best to check in & share more creativity this week.

Take Care & Crafty Hugs

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Comments (6)

  • Tracey A Reply

    Hi Bev
    It was lovely to read your post. The way in which we live at the moment has totally changed for everyone and I’m not totally sure if we will ever go back to how things were. We are all learning to adapt to our new situations and spending extra time with our loved ones at home. There is no need to apologise, just take this time for you and your family and it will be lovely to see you up and running again when a bit of normality has returned.
    On a plus side, as I’m not really buying anything at the moment anyway it has given me the time the use what I have (and I have alot) and enjoying a somewhat different crafting experience.
    Take care of you and stay safe.

    28th March 2020 at 5:04 pm
  • Andrea Reply

    Hi Bev, I’m so happy to see your post -and with such a wonderful card – as I thought you or one of your family may have taken ill. It’s such a strange time for everyone and I think the uncertainty of what will unfold and how long this situation will last is leaving most people in limbo. Your business will still be here at the end of it all and so will your customers, so just concentrate on the twins and enjoy the extra time you get to spend with them. Take care and keep safe xx

    28th March 2020 at 5:16 pm
  • Patricia H Reply

    Your card is terrific – I really like that multicolored loopy flower! Thanks so much for sharing your artwork with us at CC&S! 🙂
    Switching gears to this new state of being in lockdown isn’t an easy transition for many people. From what I’ve seen you post on Facebook, you’re doing a super job with your Beans. Sending some virtual hugs back to you, sweetie!

    30th March 2020 at 8:50 pm
  • YoonYoung Kim Reply

    The rough texture on the flower die cut and blending of colours are really awesome!! So great take on our sketch.
    Hope you stay safe and healthy and have fruitful time with your loving one! Thank you for playing along with CC&S challenge.

    2nd April 2020 at 12:47 pm
  • Holly Lau Reply

    Beautiful design and great take on the sketch! Thanks so much for joining us this week at CC&S!

    3rd April 2020 at 5:14 am
  • Vicky Reply

    Have only just seen this Bev (!) I did notice that online orders had been suspended and like most people, just understand that everyone has to do what’s best to keep themselves and their loved ones safe. Take care and enjoy having the boys at home and seeing their progress as they learn with you 🙂 We will all still be here on the other side! Vicky x

    30th April 2020 at 2:51 pm

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