Getting beyond the negativity and scaremongering surrounding face masks, I think most of us now realize the importance of wearing them when we are in public and especially so in confined spaces.
“As governments plan how to exit societal lockdowns, universal masking is emerging as one of the key NPIs (non-pharmaceutical interventions) for containing or slowing the spread of the pandemic,” reports a study from April 2020.
Conducted by universities of Cambridge, Hong Kong, Paris, London and Finland, the researchers made a couple of interesting findings:
The use of both physical distancing and masking between 50 and 80 percent of the population results in a substantial reduction of infections.
But what’s most critical is that the models indicate that if 80–90 percent of the population wears masks, the disease will eventually be eliminated.
Meab Enamels have created luxurious masks which are a much more comfortable and longer lasting alternative to the surgical and N95 respirators which should be reserved for health care workers.
Meab masks are 100% silk and are designed as much for comfort as for safety. The fibers in silk contain proteins which are beneficial to your skin and our masks feel very soft, offer enhanced protection and prevent rubbing.
Meab has produced this silk mask in three colour options, Cobalt Blue, Green and Navy with the following features.
The ear straps and nose piece are adjustable for individual comfort.
Ergonomically designed making for a better fit.
Integrated internal pocket for filter.
Two interchangeable reusable filters included with mask.
Care instructions: Machine wash on hand wash cycle or hand wash in warm water and air dry.
It is a cold day in February and there are reports on the news about the virus that started in Wuhan. It is now in Italy. It is spreading. But that’s Italy and it’s not here. It’s not coming here, or is it?
A ‘Never Before ‘ Situation….
Yes it has arrived here and it’s everywhere. Denial hasn’t stopped it. Neither has borders or the Irish sea or the luck of the Irish. So we have filled our cupboards and our bellies and half the country has baked banana bread and the other half is on the beer. We have had to adjust like never before. We have watched the news like never before and washed our hands like never before and now we have to accept a ‘never before’ situation for our generation. It has all been a complete head wreck hasn’t it? How will we or can we keep our sanity with this colossal ‘never before’ situation that has taken over the world.
A ‘Never Before’ Reaction….
This ‘never before’ situation is really tough. I do however sense that there is a phoenix rising from of our blurry, slightly unmotivated, banana bread and beer filled bodies. An urge to do things we thought we would never do! Knit that jumper. Paint that picture. Paint the house. Plant vegetables. Bring out the Picasso in the children! The truth is that great ‘Creativeness’ results from ‘Never Before Situations’. This great creativeness isn’t restricted to the Shakespeare’s or Picasso’s among us. Greatness is in all of us.
It was a stroke of luck that allowed me to be part of the craft sector. I am very grateful for the connections and the life Meab Enamels has given me. It is like I have always been kind of isolated and forced to be creative to get by! It was just myself and my Mother Meab for years so this relative isolation forces you to appreciate the escape into your art and even more importantly – the priceless value of connections!
A Creative Reaction….. A Lust For Life…
It is from this priceless group of connections that project ‘CREATIVE REACTION’ has been born. Me (& The Meab Enamels team) and some of my colleagues in the creative world are collaborating for a ‘Creative Reaction Exhibition’ in November! It is a celebration to the power of the creative arts. How creativity can help keep your head right and even give you a greater ‘Lust for Life’. As part of this project we want to promote the importance of mental health and a significant donation from the exhibition will go towards the mental health Charity ‘Lust for Life‘.
We would love you to spread the word and join us on the journey.
Nothing is worth more than this day. This day and you being ‘you’. We all have a magic and creativity inside of us . In a world full of plastic copies and media screaming at us about the need for us to change , just be ‘you’. If you’re lost or unhappy look no further than a mirror . There lies the answer. Be authentic , be ‘you’ and wait and see what happens .
Am I Serious ?
Yes I am serious . Who wants to be a ‘ wanna be’ ? There are more of us on the planet than ever before . We can find information about anyone or anything in seconds. So why do so many people feel lost or alone ? Lost souls drowning in a sea of information. We are being bombarded by a digital army , drilling us with ways to change .
Change your Mindset and Get Creative……
Ok , let’s keep it simple . Close the mental door on the external attack. De clutter your mind of the wounding expectations of others and society . Your ammunition will be a simpler and much happier way . Choose how you think about things . 100% of our feeling is arising from our thought in the moment. This is your choice . Life is not a set of circumstances that you were born in to. Life is what we make it or should I say what we choose to think about it .
Think you can and you’re half way there . It is the year 2000. I am siting in a classroom in Carlow IT. I am attending a very short course about starting your own business . At the time I was studying human physiology . It was a good course but not really ‘me’. Up to this point I had sold some Meab pieces on handmade display cards . I had spent a summer in the Wild West of Ireland selling jewellery . I loved it and knew it was more ‘me’ . I ditched the physiology. I started my creative journey and it’s still going ……
Autumn is upon us and we took a stroll or rather a hike through part of Irelands lesser known North West. We headed in the direction of Cavan town and Derrylin. We then swung left past Florencecourt and ended up in the beautiful Cuilcagh mountains. These wonderful mountains known as Binn Chuilceach in Irish, meaning “chalky peak” straddle the border between Co Fermanagh in Northern Ireland and Co Cavan in the Republic. Continue reading “Autumn Colours”
We have been keeping busy here at Meab Enamels all Spring with work and other adventures. Summer has arrived and its time now to prepare for Bloom in the Phoenix Park which has to be one of the best gardening and horticultural shows in Europe. We will be there in the Irish Craft Village for the five days from Thursday the 1st to Monday the 5th of June. We will have a full selection of Meab Enamels Jewellery and Scarves at our stand and We would love to see you there.
When the Irish decided on a date for celebrating their Patron Saint, they couldn’t have timed it any better. It usually coincides with the first days of Spring and would you believe the temperatures have started to rise just this week. The sun is shining and thankfully at Meab Enamels all is well with the world. Continue reading “Happy St Patricks Day”
Happy New Year from all of us here in Meab Enamels.
The New Year brings with it a whole raft of resolutions and promises. We all know what I’m talking about. Gyms, eat healthier, work harder, work less. The list goes on. We don’t go too mad here at Meab Enamels with this sort of thing. We are just going to try and keep the train moving along nice and smoothly. The business seems to be getting easier thankfully year after year. We are better at what we do and the organisation of all the different aspects of jewellery making is improving all the time. Experience counts for an awful lot and this helps when it comes to making decisions and taking strategic risks in a business. We will endeavour to try and be that little bit better. Continue reading “Happy New Year from Meab Enamels”
I will arise and go now and go to Innisfree. Well not quite. I won’t be making a visit to the beautiful Lough Gill on this occasion. The wonderful county of Sligo is my destination with its magnificent wind swept beaches and its mythical and majestic mountains. We are very lucky that county Sligo is only one and a half hours away by car from us here in Co Westmeath and I am fortunate to be able visit many times throughout the year. Continue reading “I will arise and go now………”
Christy Moore sang about it. The gentry went to bathe in its waters. For the last two hundred years it’s where men went to find women and where women went to find men. I’m lucky I get to visit here many times during the summer. Where is this great place I hear you ask? Of course it’s Lisdoonvarna. Continue reading “If it’s the craic you want…”