Life in lockdown

What a lot has changed in our lives since my last blog post.  I hope you are all staying safe and keeping well and continue to do so for the foreseeable future.  I’m thrown between feelings of worry for what lies ahead to feelings of joy that I have some time to just “be”.  I am also in awe of those that continue to work so hard to keep the country going.

hand sewn embellished felt and fabric rainbow brooch with word dream by Ellie's Treasures

Having grown used to the 2 metre rule, the necessity to stay at home as much as possible and the queueing to do the weekly shop, I have to admit I’m settling in to the slower pace of life.  I’m fortunate enough to have a few weeks off from my keyworker job and have countryside, big skies (that are so blue at the moment) and nature around me to enjoy.  I’m going to endeavour to cling on to these things when life begins to return to normal.

early evening sun through the trees

With the weather being pretty amazing (what a blessing that is), I have spent a lot of my home time tidying the garden. There have been many unwanted freebies left at the side of the road so I now own a strawberry pot and pretty hellebore that would otherwise have gone to waste.  Locals have also been selling young plants, so my garden has benefitted from sweet peas, lupin, delphinium, sweet william, strawberry plants, a couple of alpines and a dicentra spectabilis with its pretty pink heart shaped flowers.

dicentra spectablis, chives and outdoor candles

The sewing is most definitely still happening – Ellie’s Treasures remains open and I’m happy to accept orders and commissions.  All individual items (except larger canvas artworks) are letterbox friendly and sent 1st class, so no need for a signature upon delivery or a parcel being left on the doorstep or at the sorting office.  If you are buying as a gift for someone special, I’m happy to tissue wrap and add a handwritten note, posting directly to your chosen recipient if you wish.  Please bear in mind that purchases may take a bit longer to arrive as it’s a bit like a Christmas rush for the posties at the moment.

three mini hand sewn unicorn brooches by Ellie's Treasures
mini brooches have been a popular gift choice since lockdown

Hedgehog lovers – do pop over to Gloucestershire based Wild Hogs Rescue Centre’s online auction on Facebook to help raise necessary funds. The centre does an amazing job of researching, rescuing and rehabilitating hedgehogs in their local area so I’m hoping this event is a great success fr them. Bidding opens on 3rd May until the 10th and there’s already a fabulous selection of items to choose from.

hand sewn hedgehog bag charm by Ellie's Treasures donated to Wild Hogs Rescue Centre Gloucestershire for their fundraising auction 2020
available through Wild Hogs Rescue Centre fundraising auction

Finally, I have been listed in a new small business directory with Pretty and Petit.  If you are a looking for something special to treat yourself or send to a loved one then do browse the directory, it is full of amazing small businesses that are continuing to work hard and remain open during this difficult time.

Take care and stay healthy.