• Alda


Well we haven't seen family since lockdown started. We keep intouch via social media, calls and zoom but it's not the same! I miss them so much and can't wait to hug them all tightly and for a long time. I really hope that we all remember what these weeks were like and we don't go back to what we percieved as "normal", but embrace the opportunity to change what and how we do things.

For me the lockdown hasn't been to bad (apart from missing family). I've kept busy learning how to use polymer clay, making silver items whilst I still had silver and picking up my paintbrushes for the first time in about 3 years and learning how to use oil paints. I've been catching up with Bob Ross and the Joy of painting. The man was immense! And his voice is so soothing, it's like being covered in a warm duvet on a cold winter's night.

This is my first attempt at the 'wet in wet' technique that he used. I'm pretty happy with the result. Now waiting for the 'proper' equipment (correct pallette etc) to turn up which should make a bit of a difference.

Lockdown for my small business has been trying to say the least. With the shop closed, the website is my only place to sell for the moment. It's quite disheartening as I get loads of visits from first time viewers and lots of returning viewers but few (if any) orders. I am starting to wonder what I am doing wrong. Am I charging too much/too little? Is there something wrong with the website? Is the layout somehow not appealing? I know my jewellery is good as sales in the shop are really good. People have said the website looks professional and I keep it updated as and when I have new pieces to load. So I am really stumped. I think I have come to a bit of a crossroads now and am thinking that maybe I need to re-assess whether it's worth keeping the website going. I really have no idea what the answer is at the moment but it is quite deflating.

Anyway, enough of my moaning. I have really very little to moan about. We are happy and healthy, we have a fabulous little family (even if we can't see them yet) who we love beyond words. So I shall concentrate on that rather than worry about anything else. It will all come right one way or another.

Found this quote which is very apt:

Hoping you are all OK. Much love

Alda xx

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