Which do you want first, the good news or the bad news?
The bad news? Really! Well, there isn’t any. Everything is wonderful. Just wonderful. We are all going to be fine. It’s 2021, we’re raring to go, grasping the reins of this fabulous year of potential and racing off at a gallop, sounding the world beating bugle as we come over the hill.
Sorry. Cabin fever, I’ve been watching one too many ministerial briefings. I’ll start again. The bad news.
Nope, far too depressing and mentally not healthy for weary souls to dwell upon.
Let’s just say it’s been a dribble of a start to the year. Covid, the fear of Covid, Lockdown and children home learning has reduced Team Little Dog down to two and there are only seven of us in total!. Yet, while there are chocolate truffles to finish up and a few nice bottles still to enjoy, our wagon rattles on!
And the good news? Oh there is lots of that, albeit in teeny, tiny nugget form and admittedly you do have to search hard for it, but I promise, it is there!
Take these new bee and butterfly designs. I don’t think I’ve painted butterflies since I was a child and it turned out to be a very heartwarming and therapeutic task. Working with the fresh colours, layering up the grasses and wild flowers and thinking about Spring and Summer days was a lovely, much welcomed distraction. The word hope was forming in my mind as I worked. Hope, it is such a potent emotion and the tiniest drop can do so much good.
For a while now, birds and nature have long been one of my pleasures. I find it calms my busy, often frazzled mind. Adopting my rescue and daily walks have added to this joy. Even on wet, cold mornings, if I can drag my ever widening bottom out of my cosy, warm bed and get out super early, the mood boost is enormous. I’ll be honest though, the park was my special space but Covid has caused major infringements on my regular dose of solitude, forcing me into rising extra early to beat the crowds! But from that grumpiness I experienced the silver lining that is Dawn. Hearing an owl hooting followed by a magical moment when an urban fox crossed my path, all inspired the wording for this new card design.
I’ve got one more bird to paint and then I can press print and bore you with my final efforts. Expect 12 new designs to add to the Tuppence A Bag Bird Collection. I’m still trying to decide if the cards would appeal more with the wording on the back, leaving the front plain. I’ve yo-yo’d so much on this that, if you have time any outside opinion would be gratefully received.
NEW STOCK ARRIVALS
In the meantime, we’ve had a few new stock arrivals. These have been stuck at Felixstowe, caught up in the container nightmare which is causing so many companies additional headaches. After weeks of delays we finally have them safe and sound at Little Dog Towers and live on our website!
We’ve got a fresh batch of pocket sized hand cleansers, they are alcohol based and kill 99% of bacterias, perfect for dog walkers and suitable for many other daily tasks now we live in a pesky Covid world.
If you are a fan of my pastel efforts you might like these new hare coasters
There are 4 designs to choose from.
And we also have lots of new additions to our Pet Accessories range.
Think treat pouches, dog tags and new collar sizes in our red and blue design.
To find out more click here What’s New Little Dog?
And that’s about all I have to share with you just now. I hope you are all holding up okay and the worry and monotony of each day isn’t dragging you or your loved ones down too much.
If it is, then this little idea might prove a welcome pick me up. Douglas has volunteered his services again as a messenger for “Out of sight but never out of mind” cheer. Along with a box of mini eggs, he will arrive at your loved one’s door, just in time for a morning brew, with a special “thinking of you” mini note. He will be a hopeful promise of better times by Easter and fingers crossed his smiley presence, be it by the laptop, on the window sill or bedside table, will add a silverlining to their day.
We can also handwrite the names and post directly to the recipient sparing you a trip to the post office. Simple add the To and From names and the relevant address in the comments box when you complete your order. Sadly we can’t split one order into multiply deliveries. Click here if you’d like to know more about our Messenger of Hope
Take care everyone and here’s to 2021 and getting through all it sends our way.
Best wishes Anna Danielle and Team Little Dog