Keep busy! I tell myself every day. Do something today that I didn’t do yesterday, or the day before or the day before that….Each day seems to merge into one.
This morning when I woke up I thought it was Sunday. It turned out the time was 5.35 instead of 6.30 when the alarm goes off, it’s also actually Tuesday.
I don’t know how you have been finding lock down? For me, as time goes on it’s getting harder and harder. I remember the first two weeks I was pretty relaxed at home, doing all the things I have wanted to get done for ages whilst still doing my day job.
Now, it’s a task to think of new things to do to keep busy of an evening and the weekends. Wednesday’s are good days. The bin men come. I look forward to removing the multiple Amazon boxes that seem to pile up in the hall and clear the house of the mounds of rubbish that we seem to acquire whilst living at home 24/7.
I have spent more money on myself in this period than I did the whole of 2019. Not on clothing or shoes, oh no… When I bought 4 pairs of sunglasses to try out at the very start of lockdown, I started a mini fashion show, Mark was editing some complex formula on an excel spreadsheet for work, looking at me with a raised eyebrow, for some time actually, I figured doing fashion shows everyday may not be the best option to keep us entertained or should I say, keep me entertained, so instead I got creative and made those types of purchases.
My creative purchases
Last week, after weeks and weeks without flour for baking, whilst walking using our daily exercise allowance we stumbled across a deli that had sacks and sacks of flour in the shop window. I could not believe my luck so I bought all the ingredients and baked BREAD! In all honesty, the bread I made was nothing like I remember it to be from my childhood. I always remember the over powering smell but what a delicious smell of freshness it was and it tasting far yummier than my attempt. However, I will keep trying until it’s perfection now I have flour. It wasn’t too bad but could be better. Practice makes perfect.
Whilst in lockdown, let’s face it we have all been dreaming of travelling again. I know have on a daily basis. As the owner of an e-commerce website which specialises in Travel accessories, it was very apparent that sales in the travel industry would fall given the circumstances. Understandably. However, there will come a time that it will be right back at the top of people’s purchases, until such time I have adapted my range and started making homemade candles to add to the Melita Latham London line. Well, Mark did a grand job. We worked together, I instructed and he executed. The test run turned out great, so much so I have candle making supplies being delivered tomorrow to start making the first batch of official Melita Latham London candles to go on sale very soon!
I also have made a table centrepiece for when our dining table returns to being a dining table instead of an office desk. The joys of working from home. The centrepiece is a wooden wreath with seashells that we collected on Southend Beach and clay starfish that I painted in different colours. Mark choose blue so we went with that to stick on the wreath. Included in my purchases was a glue gun which to my delight something that Mark had never used before.
One thing that took me the most amount of time to complete was painting by numbers. I thoroughly enjoyed doing this. Another amazon purchase, this time from Mark, painting by numbers of Venice. The paint supplied is marked up with the numbers that correspond to the sections on the canvas. Just match them up and paint, eventually you’ll have a completed painted canvas. It looks great and filled up many evenings and took my mind off the reality of the world.
Yes, I bought books. I really am not one for reading at all when life is normal. The last book I bought that was worth a read in my opinion, a book called Princess by Jean Sasson. This book was a treat for myself after passing my theory test when I was 17 years old from Waterstone’s. That was 17 years ago! Prior to my purchase, I borrowed this book from the library along with other books for my studies. I borrowed it a number of times it was so good.
A true story of life behind the veil in Saudi Arabia. An Arabian princess who had no freedom or control over her own life yet had everything you could think of, four mansions, rare jewels, a private jet and designer dresses that would take up a whole Olympic swimming pool. An insight into her thoughts and feelings was fascinating to me. This book I could read over and over.
I did buy a few books whilst in lockdown, fashion books, Alexandra Shulman the former editor of Vogue Magazine wrote a memoir “Clothes…and other things that matter” It’s funny and intreguing. Alex started her life in Vogue not “in Vogue” at all. She didn’t dress like you would imagine the Editor of Vogue to dress initially, she couldn’t afford designer clothes. She ventured into a world that she loved wearing second hand clothes rather than the latest tailored Chanel Jacket. A successful woman remaining true to herself. She was judged by the way she dressed in her second hand gear, sadly, I don’t see the issue at all. In fact there are some amazing vintage shops in London that I would spend a lot of time in and very much looking forward to going back!
A few DIY projects around the house and general cleaning each day has kept my mind motivated but honestly it’s tough going. Oh, I did buy air dry clay and made some form of jewellery bowl. I haven’t painted it yet but if I am honest a five year old could have done a better job than me. It might make it into the bin.
Have you done anything creative whilst in lockdown? Got an ideas to share? I’d love to hear them!
Keep your chins up! Stay safe! Keep busy!
With Love Mel x