I wanted to pop in here today just really to catch up in ‘real time’ with everyone.
As you know, I blog and film my videos ahead of time, and the posts that are appearing on here were written before I went to America in February and of course, pre Coronovirus. The upside to that is that each blog post is as much a surprise to me as it is to you!
But in the couple of weeks that I’ve been home from my trip, the world, literally, has turned upside down, so I wanted to grab some time to sit at my computer and catch up with you.
I’ve done a handful of Facebook Live Broadcasts on those places, really just to chat, check in (show what life is like with cats who can’t give me space on my craft desk…!) and reach out to those who are in the total isolation group – the vulnerable. While that previously didn’t apply to me, the UK has now gone into full isolation for everyone, with the exception of key workers, and I want to maintain that open channel and chat with everyone, no matter whether you’re in the vulnerable bracket or not. These are unprecedented times, and I don’t even vaguely begin to profess to be a psychologist, but what I do know is that I’m very well used to being at home on my own for hours and days at a time. This is not unusual for me, but for you, it might be hard. So as I recently said on one of my live broadcasts, please know that you can email me, pm me, dm me or call me. I am absolutely here to chat to you.
In our house, the 4 boys are all of school, and Chris has just been told today that he won’t be in work for at least 3 weeks now, so we are making some adjustments to our lives too.
Where normally I work inside ‘school hours’ those no longer exist! So Chris and I have drawn up a kind of rota where we each take time to be with the children and assist them with their schooling, but also have those moments of time to ourselves, and where possible, my job will keep going as it always has. I am extremely fortunate that I work from home anyway, however I’ve already come to the conclusion that I may well not be able to do 3 full video tutorials each week. Please don’t worry, I will still have a video on my usual 3 days, but now and again, it may be something a little different. I do plan an office tour – maybe even a ‘before and after filming tutorials’ kind of thing!
We are all adapting, but this won’t better me!
As for where Stampin’ Up! is right now, I can speak only for the area that I cover – the UK, The Netherlands, France, Germany and Austria – but our warehouse is still open and orders are shipping out. Our support team are all working from home (most efficiently I may add!) and pretty much, all normal service is still going on! (If you’re South Pacific or North America – chat to your demonstrator there)
So we are in the final week of Sale a Bration, we have just lost the Golden Honey DSP and the Kerchief Card Kit went last week, but SU did add a bunch of products from the Annual and Mini Catalogues too.
Oh and while I remember, although we haven’t got the retiring lists yet (and won’t for another month or so), what I do know is that the In Colours for 2018-2020 will be retiring soon, and those of you who’ve been around Stampin’ Up! for a while will know that those things sell out super super fast. So I’m adding in a link HERE to the In Colour Page
I think that’s probably it for me for today – I’m working around family life, and making adjustments as I can to make sure that my videos and blog posts still come out as usual, please do visit my Facebook page and click the Like button there because I’m pretty active on there when time allows. And over in the Craft Forum, we have some challenges and fun going on there. Heck, we have 13.5k members, it’s going to be fun!!!
Remember, if you’re feeling alone or overwhelmed, email me or message me somehow – firstname.lastname@example.org
Sending you all my love,