Sydney, we were doing SO WELL!
But that's the thing with pandemics; they are hard to truly be free from.
Whilst we know people are struggling mentally, physically and financially, we do want to brighten up your day. So that's why we have put together a list of three ethically-made products that may help you during lockdown. And if you scroll to the end of this post, you can pick up a discount code for $5 off your order!
This author was sent an Australian Flora colouring book from a friend as a lockdown gift. Excellent, right?! Except I didn't have anything to colour it in with. An as coloured pencils technically aren't an essential item to pop out to the shops for, I thought I wouldn't have a chance to undertake some calm colouring.
Enter our stationery carriers. I hopped online and purchased a blue palm leave stationery carrier, which arrived promptly, even with the current postal delays caused by the pandemic! Included in the stationery carrier is a ruler, 12 coloured pencils, eight crayons, a pencil sharpener and eraser. There is an allocated spot for each item, and it rolls up neatly, so I don't have to worry about losing my stationery. Even better, there was a tag on my carrier that told me it was made by Sangorb.
"I made the gorgeous item you have in your hands. Using the skills I learnt at an NGO called Human and Hope Association in Cambodia, I am able to sew these products at my home and look after my two young daughters at the same time.
I was forced to stop studying at school when I was seven years old, but thanks to my job creating this product, my children will be afforded the education I never was.
With income from sewing work, I was able to build a safe house for my family. Thank you for your purchase."
So not only do I have what I need to do some calm colouring, I also helped Sangorb in the process!
I have also had my eyes on this DIY Scrunchies Kit for awhile, because we all know that DIY is the perfect way to keep us entertained during lockdown! This kit includes everything you need to make two scrunchies:
- Partially-sewn fabric (two different fabrics in each pack)
- Safety pin
And what fabric you get is a surprise!
This is exciting - a product you can download immediately! 'Colours of Hope' is a digital colouring book created in collaboration with designer Jaime-lee Collinson and illustrator Oliver Vincent Reyes.
This colouring book includes six original Cambodian-themed designs to colour in, along with facts about Cambodia and Human & Hope.
- Siem Reap
And the icing on the cake? Each download funds a week of education for a Cambodian child!
Other Ways to Keep Entertained During Lockdown
After you have made your order and are patiently waiting for the postie to arrive, we suggest you keep yourself entertained with the following:
- Learn how to do a cartwheel
- Watch the David Rocco Dolce Southeast Asia episode that was filmed in Siem Reap through SBS on Demand
- Go for a socially distanced walk whilst listening to Cambodian-American artist, Laura Mam on Spotify
- Cook one of these delicious Cambodian recipes
We promised you a discount code, and here it is! Use the code LOCKDOWN2021 at checkout for $5 off your order! And remember, if you spend over $65, you quality for free shipping.