Blog for April ... not quite what we had originally planned

April 21, 2020

Blog for April ... not quite what we had originally planned

 

So our April blog was meant to be about chocolate and Easter eggs and all the happy times we were looking forward to when spring arrived .. 

But, who would have guessed that we would be going through our own real life version of a scary sci-fi on Netflix. It’s all so surreal just now and if we think about it all too much, it's overwhelming . 

Firstly, we just hope you are safe. It’s a frightening time right now, whether you are employed, self employed, a front line worker (we salute you), parents juggling the kids at home whilst trying to 'home school’ to the best of your ability, it affects everyone somehow.  

We are worried about our elderly relatives and anyone we know with any health problems.

We worry about our own mental health and our friends and family who live on their own. Exams have been cancelled, teenagers are even more moody than normal and we only can’t leave our homes unless it’s classed as essential.  This certainly is a time that we will never, ever forget. 

However trying to keep safe is what matters just now above everything else, and that's what we must try to remember.

Behind the scenes at Clan Artisan, there have been a few ‘wobbles’ as we try to adjust and think of the best way forward just now.

There have been lots of changes made to get us through. Our ethos was always to support other small businesses and we are still trying our best to do that, and they probably need  that more than ever just now . 

We can’t get our usual branded boxes at the moment but have an ‘alternative gift box’ to get us through.

We have ‘no frills’ boxes that can be a gift to yourself while isolating, or a gift to a loved one to let them know you are thinking of them. The handmade cards with personal messages have made so many people smile just now ….and with days when it can be difficult to find something to smile about they really have served a purpose. 

We can't re- stock some of our products at the moment but have alternative ones in the meantime. Our products are constantly changing. Please be patient with us, and everyone just now . We all don’t know what each day will hold for us . 

We just hope we can help to brighten up a somewhat darker day with our boxes or individual products . It’s the only thing we can do just now. 

We really are so grateful for your support at this time so would like to offer you a discount code for 10% off if you would like to order, which can be redeemed at the checkout. 

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Please make sure to sign up to our email on our website before entering code at checkout.

 T & C’s: £20 minimum spend. Offer ends 30th April 2020. Discount must be applied at checkout. Offer for email subscribers only.

Collection /Delivery is free in Stirling and guidelines to keep us as safe as possible are in place . 


Please stay safe , look after yourself and one another 

Love Jen x







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Well Hello There February !
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February 01, 2020

And this month we will celebrate the day of love on St Valentine’s day and I will be celebrating something else.  My birthday! We have some lovely bespoke Valentine’s gift boxes with red shred to mark the occasion created especially for your love.  https://clanartisan.co.uk/search?type=product&q=valentines

I’m super excited to tell you about our new products that will be coming soon. I had attended the Specialty food show in Glasgow last month and was blown away with the high-quality products. I ate my body weight in tasters and came home with a sack filled with samples that Santa would be jealous of! Thank you  to all who gave me samples X 

I absolutely loved chatting to the amazing producers and hearing all their inspiring stories.  It was also great to meet some of our own producers and catch up with others. Call me old fashioned, but I so prefer meeting face to face than talking on a phone or in an email. Although I do talk a wee bit too much and felt I didn’t get to every stand!

I would love to mention all the amazing products that I found, but that would be an essay, and this is a blog!  I’m already struggling with the word count here!

Coming soon ….

I was hoping to find some healthier option snacks and found Growers Garden and their broccoli crisps. (based in Fife) They are made from the wonky broccoli supermarkets don’t want, 100 % natural, taste amazing and are gluten free. What’s not to love here!  They sent me a huge box of samples and I’m just awaiting on other products to add into the box I’m hoping to offer. I must admit I have eaten quite a few bags … they are that good! https://growers-garden.com/our-roots/

I have a sweet tooth and was so impressed with the amount of high-quality chocolate producers at the show. It’s so difficult to pick, when you are spoilt with such choice !

Have you ever heard of Ruby chocolate?

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Here's to 2020 : let it be great ...
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And so it’s now 2020 ! Wow ...a few years back that seemed so very very far away ...

and now it's here so Happy new year to you all x

Seems like yesterday it was my school holidays and they seemed to last forever . Now a year passes quicker than a lightening bolt ! I remember my Granny used to say the older you get , the quicker the years pass. How true is this now ?! 

Well the year 2019 could only be described as a challenging one .

I Lost my Dad in April 2019 , which was one of the hardest things i've ever had to deal with . Then it was the decision to give up my other business, The Wee Kitchen Company. Karen also left Clan Artisan and I wasn't quite sure whether to continue alone.

Emotionally draining ...all of it . 

But ...

Aren't all these curve balls we get thrown just life in general .. We all keep waiting on life getting easier ..or better.. but the challenges just keep coming , every single day . Some challenges are life changing and so difficult to deal with , and we need time to recover. Some are just a nuisance .

But some of these challenges really have to happen in order to clear the path for new beginnings . We just can't see that at the time . 

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Changes here at Clan Artisan HQ / help combat food waste
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We have some really sad news here at Clan Artisan,  Karen has now left us .  *Jen sobs into her tissue *

There was no fights or hard feelings ....no gossip or big fall outs ( sorry to disappoint , rather boring really ) 

Just a change of circumstances in life and that's what happens. We all have to do whats best for our families and well being and continue on our journey . We really wish Karen all the best and really want to thank her for all her hard work and input setting up Clan Artisan . Jen is carrying on with the business herself ..so hope we don't have many technical issues or we are in trouble .( that was definitely  Karen's domain ) 

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