Good Morning Ladies,
I hope that you are all staying safe and well and that you are able to get the things that you need from the shops.
We popped out when Paul got in from work yesterday afternoon, we tried Aldi and Asda but neither had ANY meat of any description, not so much as sausage, clearly people hadn't got 'that desperate' as there were some 'Vegan' alternatives in the freezer! Even the 'Feminine ' aisle had been emptied, baby milk, nappies were all gone, if you were a young mum you would be worried sick.
What I would like to know is.....where on earth are people storing all of their stockpiled food, I can visualise people sat in their lounge with Toilet Roll 'pouffe's and tinned food fashioned into lamp tables! In our stores the freezers are as empty as the shelves, we were joking with the cashier about people storing their shopping, she said that her partner worked for one of the big electrical (white goods) stores, she said that they had sold out of chest and under counter freezers! Can you believe that? ! I asked if they had thought about when this pandemic is over and people have food stockpiled that will last a year or more, she replied saying that they were worried about job cuts due to a lull in shoppers.
We seemed to have moved so far forward over the past 24hrs, schools now closing from Friday, even filming of the regular Soaps is stopping (not that that affects us at all), my point is these are things that we wouldn't have dreamed of happening a couple of days ago. I wonder if Bin collections will stop, will Mail be affected?! So many elements of our lives that we take for granted.
Now I have asked Paul to help me get on the Soap Box...…. I ordered a pack of paper and a die from Crafters Companion way before we went to London last week, both items were in stock, so I ordered and paid for them, I was hoping that it would be waiting for me on Friday when we got back from London, but no, I waited until Tuesday and still had had no notification that it had been dispatched, so I gave them a call, I explained the situation and asked if she could give the me status of my order, I was taken back when her reply was ''well hopefully it will be 'picked' today or tomorrow and then will be packed and despatched" I had to ask again ''so it hasn't even been picked from the shelves, 10 days after I placed my order'', she just said ''yes, well we have had a couple of busy shows this last few days'', my response ...''but my order was placed before that'', she clearly didn't want to answer, all she could say was ''well it should be with you in the next 7-10 working days''. No genuine reason, the TV show orders clearly take priority! I think that having to wait longer than 2 weeks for something in stock to arrive is frustrating, I will not order from them direct again!
By sharp contrast I ordered a couple of Aall&Create Stamps with some Fresco paints from Stampers Grove at lunch time on Tuesday and my order arrived mid morning the following day, my postage was Free too, (I hadn't paid for special delivery). Such amazing service, they also emailed updates regularly, what a difference! I would recommend anyone to them, they carry a great range of stamps as well as most other craft supplies. I will leave the link below if you would like to go and browse, I came across them at both Stamperama and Farnborough shows and the ladies on the stand Demo'ing for them were so incredibly inspirational and helpful.
Today's card is another from the free Card Making Kit that I bought after Michele featured it in one of her Saturday reviews, I loved the look of the papers, but wasn't as keen once I had opened them, I do quite like how this card turned out though.
I cut a piece of the paper about 1/4 inch smaller than my card base, the next mat was plain white card upon which I added a piece of paper that I had accordion folded, (across the card), I added a different piece of the paper down the side of the panel. I used an off cut of the paper I had used as my first layer to create a border, matting it onto white card for stability.
I ran a piece of narrow ribbon down the side panel and arranged some flowers that I had die cut from some off cuts of the papers with some die cut leaves. I tied a double bow and topped it with a pearl flower, some more pearls to the centres of flowers three little pearls at the bottom of the panel.
I was pleasantly surprised at how it turned out.
Categories Used: Die Cuts/Patterned Paper/Floral.
Sue and I agreed that it makes more sense for her to stay home this week, I wouldn't want her to pick up anything from here (although I am a bit of a Bleach Queen so thats unlikely) and infecting our lovely Margaret or Pop's who is Margaret's carer. Of course I will miss her the same as missing Pat yesterday but we have to be so careful. I hope that you will still do some crafting ladies, I look forward to seeing what you make.
That's all for today Ladies, stay safe while you are 'Hunting and Gathering' your food,
Love and hugs (at arms length) to all of you,