Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Life in the time of Pandemic



How has your life changed with the Pandemic?  For retired introverts such as myself and my husband, not a lot.  We shop differently, we see fewer people (if that is possible).  We are not camping, but we are doing the quiet things we have always enjoyed.  We are fortunate.

Others, I know, are not.  Those wondering how to make the rent or mortgage or next meal.  Those required to become teachers who never were and now are.  Those who are trying to save lives in the face of overwhelming difficulties.  I see my community coming together to help all of these people in any way they can, and I pray the same is for you and your community.

Maybe now is a good time for children to learn some different lessons.  How to fry eggs.  How to do laundry.  How to knit or crochet or sew.  How to bake.  All of these endeavors require some discipline, some math, some ability to follow instructions.  All good life lesssons, even if they are not coming out of a book.

And hopefully, you can find some quiet time for yourself.  If you don't know how to knit, try to teach yourself.  There are lots of YouTube videos to help.  Maybe you don't know how to cook...online recipes abound; try one!

My latest dollmaking passion comes from the patterns of Cottonflake, on Etsy.  I love the classic simplicity of her dolls; all you need to know is single crochet.  Mine are made with size 3 crochet cotton, and the results are magic.


These four dolls are all from patterns available in her shop.  The beautiful background was created my my friend Mary Parks.  You can find her artwork at Mary Parks Designs on Facebook.

Stay safe as you can in these perilous times.  All things, good and bad, come to an end eventually.  We may even learn and grow from this experience; turn the bad into a blessing.

13 comments:

  1. These are lovely Beth. Good to see your creativity shine.

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    1. Thank you so very much, Lorraine. Take good care, and praying for Percy.

      warmly,

      Beth

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  2. ¡Qué bonitas!
    Cuídate mucho Esperemos que pronto podamos volver a la normalidad

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    1. ¡Muchas gracias, Isabel! No sé lo que será normal; espero que algo mejor!

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  3. Your dolls are lovely as ever. I love the pictures with the background.
    I am glad to hear you are doing well.

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    1. It is good to hear from you, Petra! Take good care.

      warmly,

      Beth

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  4. Hello Beth!
    Pandemic is hard, I am in the risk group so I haven't left my flat for almost two months now. I do crochet a lot though, focusing on something else makes me feel slightly less anxious in this situation.
    I love your take on the Kuki dolls - so simple yet so cute!

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    1. Thank you so much for your comments, Ola. My husband is also in the high risk group, and I am over 60. The thing I miss the most is my family, but I do not want to risk their health, or my husbands, so we talk daily on the phone. And crochet...the great keeper of our sanity! Thank goodness we can make things that delight us with our hands!

      Stay safe and stay well.

      warmly,

      Beth

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  5. As always, your work is amazing. Thanks for the nod to Paris. It's my favorite city and thinking about it makes me smile. We all need extra smiles right now.

    Happy May Day!

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    1. Thank you so much for your lovely words, Dorothy. I've never been to Paris, or even Europe, but I do admire the French people, and I love this image of the Eiffel Tower.

      Stay safe and stay well.

      warmy,

      Beth

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