It’s a dull day here in Dublin, but it has just been brightened up considerably.
Picture quality could be better, but you can see what I just received in the mail. Our fan artist extraordinaire, Ani, has gifted me this gorgeous brooch that she made. Love it so much – from the choice of image (season 1 Guy) to the black rose. The dangling sword is the icing on the cake. Ani had made a few more of these gorgeous pieces but they are already sold out of her Etsy store. Who knows, maybe she might make more if there is demand… In any case, a huge big thank you to Ani for this wonderful surprise.
The Covid developments over here are worrisome. So much so that I spent the morning doing some panic buying. (The German word for it is much more descriptive and appropriate: Hamsterkäufe, which translates to “shopping groceries like a hoarding hamster” 🐹 😂.) I have stocked up on staples such as pasta, flour, sugar, rice and tea. I took the opportunity to buy some German specialities because Lidl has the “Alpenfest” on offer at the moment. So Nuremberg saussies and spaetzle noodles also found their way in my shopping trolley. I even bought a whole salami sausage and lots of nuts, porridge oats and seeds for my bread-making. All this, because I fear that Dublin may be heading for another lockdown. The 14-day incidence of Covid-19 infection in Dublin has risen significantly in recent days to 70.8 cases per 100,000 people. Last week the rate was 53.2. The R number for Dublin is now 1.4 whereas it is 1.0 in the rest of Ireland. Of course, Ireland is *the* large city in Ireland – with a population of 1.2m. That is 44% of the total population of Ireland! Thus, half of the recorded cases have been in Dublin so far (see above right). The National Public Health Emergency Team apparently is meeting today to consider whether restrictions are needed to stop the virus from resurging any further in Dublin. Based on what I saw in the supermarket where several shoppers did NOT wear a mask (even though the rule is that shoppers need to wear masks every time they enter a shop or use public transport), I think another lockdown is inevitable – and needed. But hey, Sonja is now prepared 😁. And I won’t be bored, either.
A couple of meters of my whimsical RA fabrics have arrived today, too. So I am going to go back to sewing more face masks with the new fabric. It’s great timing because I spent yesterday with an overdue tidying up session in my craft room/office. I noticed that I now have 25 different mini book brooches on offer in my Etsy shop, and my old system of storing them was not working for me anymore. Every time I needed to ship something to a buyer, I ended up having to pick through the plate rack to check the mini books one by one. I needed something with lots of small compartments where I could keep the books separate.
In the end I customised a cheap paper-maché advent calendar: I gave it a coat of paint and then attached the label pulls to the drawers. It sits now on my favourite shelf.
I also finally received a shipment of a piece of material I need for a RAPS that is currently in planning. The recipient has been waiting for it for a loooong time. I better get cracking on that.
Hope you are all well where you are – and people are complying with the rules better than they are here.