It's been a long time since my last "weekly" newsletter, hasn't it? I wish I could say I've been busy behind the scenes working on lots of fun creative projects but sadly this is not the case.
I had some very tough times with my mental health earlier this summer and took some (unplanned but very necessary) time off work to rest, adjust to some new meds, and focus on getting well.
It feels like oversharing talking about this stuff even in such vague terms but I wouldn't shy away from telling you I'd had the flu or broken my leg, so I'm telling you about this. If you're struggling yourself at the moment and haven't talked to a friend or your doctor, please try to. You deserve help and support and you're not alone.
I'm thankfully feeling a lot steadier now and am gradually dipping my toes back into work and catching up with all the tasks on my to do list... like sending newsletters!
To celebrate my return to work and as a thank you for all your support, this week only you can get a massive 25% off at lauralupinhoward.com with the discount code HELLOAGAIN. The discount expires at midnight (UK time) on Sunday, excludes shipping, and only applies to my main shop (the code will NOT work in my Etsy shop).
I've been keeping my shops quietly ticking over these past couple of months (via my handy local parcel postbox) and am now shipping orders to Europe as well as the UK (hurrah!).
International shipping is still being delayed due to COVID-19 but if you're based outside of Europe and want to place an order, you're always welcome to message me (via my shops, social media, or by replying to one of my newsletters) and we can chat about it and sort out the payment via a PayPal invoice. If you place an order this week I'll give you the 25% discount :)
I'll hopefully be back in your inbox soon with lots of new creative goodness. In the meantime, take care of yourself and keep on crafting.
See you soon,
P.S. Did you see the Black Lives Matter embroidery pattern I shared on my blog earlier this summer? It's been a real joy seeing people share photos of their versions, and selling them to raise funds for lots of important causes.
I opted for bold black stitching for my version but the heart, flowers, and leaves would look great in so many different colour palettes. You can also customise the design by adding your own choice of text in the centre (political or otherwise). It feels a bit weird that I've designed a political embroidery pattern that would also work as a wedding pattern or a new baby pattern, but it totally would!! Whatever you use the pattern for I hope you'll enjoy stitching it x