Happy New Year

Happy New Year


So Wednesday’s Blog is something New, and how fortuitous that it should be New Year’s Day! I am writing this on New Year’s Eve. The kids have gone to a party and Dave has kindly given them a lift. So I have got 10 minutes to myself, to reflect.
2013? What a year! New? New? The whole year has been laced with NEW! From Gelli plates, to stencils and masks, from the new DVD to this new blog.
Our little Clarity business has gone from strength to strength. To begin with, we started moving in a different artistic direction with the Gelli plate. This in turn prompted us to start designing and making Claritystencils. And a whole new division was born. This new creative direction of course begged a tutorial DVD, and then it occurred to me, that a daily blog might be fun, too. And it really, really is.
Have I ever told you how much I love my job? I do. For starters, I love the people I work with. They are kind, clever, motivated and loyal. We work hard, that’s for sure, but we have a good laugh, too. In fact, please allow me to introduce the Clarity Team to you. Here we are, having Christmas lunch. Wanda and Claire were on holiday, but the rest of us had a lovely meal together, before we all went home for Christmas.

Dave and Jim,
Ian and Dan,
Stephen and Kaylie,
Tom and Pete,
James and Leigh,
Mark and Chloe,
Mel and Jayne,
Ani and Anne
Grace and Mum,
Grace, Mum, myself and Steve,
and Dad xxx
Going into the New Year with these good people is truly a blessing. 
And I know it.

It’s brilliant doing a job which is appreciated, too. Every single day, I get told how well I am doing and how great Clarity is. So many people work really hard, just as hard, and all they get is criticism and negativity. So, yes, I love my job.

I’m actually really looking forward to getting going again in the New Year. In fact, if you are reading this on the first day of the year, I can tell you I am already at work, getting ready for the TV show on Sunday. Whilst you are reading this, I’m alone in the artroom. No music, no noise, no machinery. Just me and my art. Dave will have taken young Mark up to Heathrow. Grace will be asleep and then chilling with her best friend, Lizzie. And I will be in my element, working my way through the Sunday demos. How is that work?
So I just want to thank you for spending your time reading this blog every day, and for supporting Clarity.

On behalf of Family Clarity, HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Health, wealth and sweet content be yours
With much love,
Barb xxx

95 thoughts on “Happy New Year

  1. Happy New Year to you Barbara, your Family, the Clarity Team and also all the Design Team. Let's hope 2014 is another great year for you all. Here's to Health, Peace and Happiness. Happy 2014 and thank you so much Barbara for help keeping us Crafters happy with all the new things you bring us along with your fantastic inspiration……Happy 2014 Love and hugs Marianne xxx

  2. Dear Barbara, Thank you for sharing your gift. I look forward to reading, smiling, laughing, even shedding a tear at times while reading your ramblings. I have learnt so many different techniques in 2013 from you and can't wait to continue into the New Year.
    May you and your family enjoy a fabulous 2014. I can't wait to see and try just a little more of your inspirational crafting for myself, hopefully to share the pleasure with my friends and family. Jane x

  3. Happy New Year Barbara to you, your lovely family, and all the Clarity team – they look a happy lot in the lunch pictures…………I'm already looking forward to Sunday; keep crafting xxxxxxx Beryl

  4. Happy New Year Barbara, give Dave a kiss for me. Don;t forget to thank all the team, they are great and wonderful to speak to on the phone. Hope next year is a good one for all of you. xxx

  5. Happy new year to you Barbara! I'm really looking forward to the coming year and being part of your team which I'm intensely proud of! All the very best to you! Much love and hugs! Xxxxx

  6. Happy New Year to You all Barbara, may you continue to enjoy your job and those that work with enjoy theirs too. The reason they are all so loyal to you Barbara is self evident … they do realise that you appreciate all their hard work and they see that you and Dave both do your fair share of hard work too !! Bless you all and may you all have a wonderful 2014 xx

  7. You know it is quite comforting to realise that I am not the only one up and about at this time of night. Just done battle with the mad taxis on the roads round town and now just sitting chilling with the poor dogs, who had been abandoned for the evening (Gemma has just brought me a plastic bag she is sure I desperately needed from the floor, and is so pleased with herself).. Everyone at the party thought your Mum's potato salad was fantastic and they all want the recipe. so thank you for sharing that with us all. I hope that you and Dave and your family and all the Clarity team continue to enjoy your work so much in 2014, and that you all have a great New Year. Looking forward to your workshops and all the other wonderful ideas you are putting into place, but don't forget to build in time for yourselves. xxxx Maggie

  8. How lovely to see your fabulous team who make all us clarity fans is very happy. Look forward to seeing you next sunday and to another brilliant crafting year. Lx

  9. Happy New year to everyone at Clarity. Thank you for sharing so much with us, especially the photos… don't you look like your mum?Looking forward to all your new plans & ideas for 2014. Best wishes xxx

  10. It's great to see all the people behind Clarity! I thank you all for your hard work and dedication so I can have fun with my stamps. I wish you all a good new year x

  11. Hi Barb,
    Happy New Year to you, your family, the Clarity team and fellow bloggers. I hope that 2014 is a good year for all of you. Thanks Barb for all the hard work, dedication and inspiration – I know that we all really appreciate it. Alison xxx

  12. Happy New year to you Barb, photos are lovely and how nice to meet the team who you mention frequently. Pictures of your mum and your dad and of course Grace and Mark and the wonderful Dave… I do believe that in sharing these you make us all feel part of that family – you have a true gift and it's simply great to feel a part of it .. Roll on 2014 can't wait to see what you have in store for us xx safe journeys for Mark and Grace xx

  13. Happy New Year to you Barb, your family and the Clarity Team. It is nice to see who works with you. Can see you are your Mother's daughter. Make time for yourself, family and friends in your busy life. Thank you for your inspiration and talent.

  14. Happy New Year to you Barbara and to your family and team! It's lovely to see the faces behind 'Team Clarity' and I can't wait to see what wonderful crafty ideas, inspiration and products you produce this year. Here's hoping that the year brings health and happiness to everyone. x

  15. The Clarity team are the best! They have always been polite, helpful and knowledgeable when I have had dealings with them. I am excited and grateful to be a small part of it! Here's to a brilliant 2014 xx

  16. Happy New Year Barbara and the clarity team. You are very lucky doing the job you love and it shows Barbara you are so brilliant at it. Long may your success continue. Really enjoying the clarity ride. Joan x

  17. Happy New Year, Barbara and the team! So lovely to be able to put faces to the voices, especially for Jan who is forever helping me sort out my order blunders! Looking forward to Sunday and can't wait to see what's coming up. And you look so like you're mum! Have a peaceful day 🙂

  18. Happy New Year to you Barbara, and all your team – they look a happy bunch, I'm really hoping this year will be an improvement on the last one. Thank you for making the effort to blog here, it really brightens my day when I find a new post from you.

  19. Happy New Year to you Barbara and all your fantastic team. I am sure Clarity will go from strength to strength and we will see fantastic products in 2014. Super to see the lovely photos and put faces to the voices and names we hear.

  20. Happy New Year to you Barbara and all your fantastic team. I am sure Clarity will go from strength to strength and we will see fantastic products in 2014. Super to see the lovely photos and put faces to the voices and names we hear.

  21. Happy New year to you and your family and all at clarity lovley to meet the clarity family looking forward to 2014 with more clarity products and blogs .
    Sheila x

  22. Happy New year to you too Barbara. How lovely to meet the Clarity team. Last night I took a batch of your potato salad to a party and guess what everyone loved it so I think you need to add chef to your list of talents.
    Many thanks

  23. Happy New Year to you, your family, the Clarity team and all of the Design Team. I hope that all your dreams come true for 2014 and cannot wait to see what inspiration you will bring to us all during 2014.

  24. Happy new year happy New Year to you and your family Barbara plus all the members of the Clarity team. Wishing you good health and peaceful happiness in 2014 and a huge thank you for sharing your creativity on this lovely blog as well as on C&C.
    Jackie x

  25. Wow! What a fabulous blog post to start the New Year – you are definitely one very lucky lady, I would just love to be in your shoes. There aren't many people out there who truly love what they do for a living. Looking forward to the show on Sunday and can't wait for the Classroom to start again later in the year – you are a true inspiration!

    Sending very best wishes for a Happy New Year, Jan xx

  26. Happy New Year to all the Clarity Team… You are all amazing! Your dedication, care and hard work shines through with the quality of your products! All your hard work and new products have resulted in an ever increasing shopping list! Lol! Thank you all! Xx

    Like Jane, I am extremely proud to be a member of your Design Team and I'm really excited about this year!

    Love and hugs to you all Xxxxx

  27. The Chrissie photos are great. Please thank for me the people in the office at Clarity. Every time I phone they are so kind and helpful, especially when, in the past, I have been a tad naïve or requested some sort of help for a friend. The 'team' are just fantastic. Wishing you all a very happy and prosperous New Year.

  28. Yep , its been quite a year, and we look forward to 2014 , with eager anticipation! (no really)…
    Watch This Space………………

    p.s. I may have to remind Barbara how much she loves her work on Day 4 at the NEC !!!!! x

  29. Happy New Year to all at Clarity. If it's been a good year for you, then it's been a great year for us Clarity crafters, you and your hard working team bring us fantastic goodies to play with. Long may it continue. X

  30. Happy New Year Barbara, to you and your extended family. You are such an inspiration, I don't know where you find the time. I used you as an example on my blog, where I intend to post more and I put a link to your blog. Hope you don't mind. Jools. xxx

  31. Happy New Year Barbara, Dave, Grace, Mark and all the Clarity team. I am sure you have some exciting projects in store for us all in 2014. I am just a beginner on this stamping journey but am determined that I will master the skills this year, Practise makes perfect, so they say. Your enthusiasm must be infectious which is why you have such a wonderful hardworking team. Looking forward to the Sunday show Lynne xx

  32. Happy New Year! I love your positive outlook – it always brightens my day 🙂 Great to see the team that work so hard behind the scenes. Looking forward to Sunday's show!

  33. I would like to wish you and yours all that you wish everyone else, as for your team they are a great bunch of people and as they say ! There is no I in team and you have shown this time and time again.
    Really looking forwards to Sunday. Xx

  34. Happy New Year to you, your family and all of the Clarity team (you lucky peeps). I was lucky to receive the first 4 clarity dvds plus the newest one for christmas so I shall be very busy. I'm so looking to the New Year with Clarity xx

  35. Happy New Year to you all at Clarity, may 2014 bring you all that dream of. It's great to meet the hard working team too. Your blog has been great fun to read. Inspirational and so positive and I look forward to reading it during 2014, as well as seeing all all the new things you have planned. xx

  36. Happy New Year to all the Clarity family, as well as your "personal" family Barbara. If I may say, like mum, like daughter……
    Thanks for all the hard work you're putting on everything you do, and roll on 2014 with new…..everything you wish to share with us.
    Laurence xx

  37. A very happy, healthy and wealthy new year to you all too! My word Mark has grown up a lot, and I do mean a lot, I didn't recognise him at first. It must have been a lovely treat to be with everyone this Christmas. I hope they come back to you soon Barbara. Happy New Year x

  38. Lovely to see the team x And it is so refreshing to hear you saying how much you enjoy your job, whilst acknowledging others who work too! x It shows you enjoy it, so carry on the good work x Leigh x

  39. Hi Barbara, wish you and your Team a healthy and very lucky new year. Hope we can see you in Germany again in this year 🙂 When ever I can I watch your Classroom Lessons and I have learned so much from your tips and tricks and want to say THANK YOU for that 🙂 Greetings Manuela XXX

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