Saturday – Let the Games begin!

Saturday – Let the Games begin!

Hi!
Thanks for popping in!
Quick blog from Frankfurt.
Had a couple of meetings in the morning,

ran into a couple of friends,
one in particular, which made my day!
Here is our very own Rolfi!
It was great to catch up and have a coffee together. 

even got to give an award to Golden Acrylic!

(and you know how much I love Golden Acrylic!)

What else?
Made some great contacts.
Happy to announce that we now have a European Distributor.
So that means our products will be coming to shops on the Continent.

What else?
Feet are killing me, neck is aching,
and my Ipad is playing up.
Otherwise a good and fruitful day.

While Dave and I hit the town in search of food,
let me leave you with a small selection of recent blog artwork,
which exemplifies the very core of Clarity:

STAMPS and MASKS

GROOVI PARCHMENT

STENCILS

Sometimes, when you’re walking around these shows, 
and you see all the fabulous products and stands,
it’s easy to forget what you have actually got in your own cupboard!

Note to self: Have faith, believe in yourself and never stop trying to do the next right thing. 

love & peace,


111 thoughts on “Saturday – Let the Games begin!

  1. Great that you got to meet Rolfi. Sounds like everything is going swimmingly. That's an odd word, but sounded right.
    Hope the rest of the trip is as successful. Great news about the distributor. Xx

  2. So pleased for you that you've had a productive day. You need a hot bath for your sore neck and feet, some good food in your tummy, but I haven't a clue what to do for your ipad – maybe turn it off and on again! Susan x

  3. Hello from your accident prone friend. Still feel as though I have been hit by a wrecking ball but I will mend. Happy to hear that all is going well. Yes those acrylics are wonderful to work with. As for your product cupboard….as far as I am concerned, they are ALL key to my crafty heaven. For me Claritystamp represents pure quality from design to point of sale and beyond. I love you all. Hugs xxx
    P.s. Hope you get some relief from the pain. Xxxx

    1. What you been up to now Mrs Daredevel hope it doesn't affect thise beautiful creative hands keep taking the tartan tablets and if anyone hasnt nipped over to Emma's blog yet your missing some beuatiful work..take care. .xx Dot.

    2. Thank you so very much ladies for your concern. Very heartwarming. Unfortunately I took a flying tumble off my back steps and have injured my right shoulder and arm. Don't ask how I managed to do it… Still trying to work it out. Suffice to say I am on total rest and Hubby and son looking after me. Taking lots of painkillers and antiimflamatories to help. Hopefully I will mend and be back crafting soon. Hugs to all. XXXXXXXXXXXX

    3. Thank you so very much ladies for your concern. Very heartwarming. Unfortunately I took a flying tumble off my back steps and have injured my right shoulder and arm. Don't ask how I managed to do it… Still trying to work it out. Suffice to say I am on total rest and Hubby and son looking after me. Taking lots of painkillers and antiimflamatories to help. Hopefully I will mend and be back crafting soon. Hugs to all. XXXXXXXXXXXX

  4. Sounds like a good day, glad to hear it is coming together for you with your network, definitely the right way to go. You whole ethos is around helping people to explore their creativity and for that you need the personal touch, people who can demo your products and show people how easy it is to get professional results. They will then naturally lead people to the great resources you have created with the blog, the website and YouTube. So yes it is a slog to get the network in place but so worth it. A good day's work, so you can relax a bit and enjoy yourself. Much love Karen xxx

    1. Thanks Sheila, still keep going over and over it, wondering if I should have done more but hoping to do some crafting tomorrow. If I can manage that then I'll be on the right road. Thanks for the support, that means so much and certainly speeds up the recovery. Hope you're feeling better too, much hugs and love Karen xxx

  5. Oh thank goodness you're there , you know , on my iPad . I almost went into withdrawal .
    I think you're the best of the best . Sounds like a good day . Sleep tight . Joy now jan xo

  6. Clarity and Ranger are my 'go to' craft companies. The quality is excellent; as is the value and versatility. Barbara Gray and Tim Holtz are my favourite designers and source of insiration. However, this is the only blog that I HAVE to read every day.

  7. Great message, Barbara; and one we can all live by, whatever we do. Please remember your work is of the highest quality and admired around the world…but they do say we need to continue to have the nagging fear poking at us to keep on trying, improving and doing the next best thing. Enjoy the show. Wish I was there to rove around the booth and echo how good your products are while you demonstrate to those at your booth, like I did at CHA. I simply cannot help myself shouting from the rooftops singing your praises! I hope you and Dave didn't mind, but it is always good to hear from the customers as word of mouth is a solid referral source. Be present to those there and enjoy the show. Cynthia

    1. Hi Donna – I've been to a charity craft day, having lots of fun, making cards and raising money for the juvenile diabetes research fund. Hope the weather isn't too bad where you are xxxx

    2. Hi Donna, good for you stamping, brushes and inks, aren't we lucky having all these choices. I've been on the Groovy doing some white work while my Grandson was making a bookmark. Even had a short walk, it was freezing. Tonight been to a village pantomime which was Aladin and it was brilliant. Love and hugs Pam xx

  8. You are certainly putting it about a bit! Lovely to see Rolfi. I've managed to get get my calendar challenge in, just in the nick of time. It was a real struggle, quite a few attempts.

  9. So glad to hear you've had a positive day Barbara. Aye, you should have faith, and believe in yourself, you, your company and your products are amazing. And when your doubt gremlin comes knocking, we're all here to help send him packing ;-).

    Struggling to see our own stuff the way others see it seems to go hand in hand with having a crafty/arty brain. I think it's much more than just a lack of self-confidence, especially for those of us perfectionists. It's a weird one that I've never been able to come up with a theory for.

    I hope tomorrow is as, or even more, positive for you
    love and hugs, Brenda xxxx

    Anne Reading, been thinking about you lots xxx

    1. Thank you everyone πŸ™‚ xx
      We got let off lightly with the snow so far, just a light covering. I think there's more to come tonight though. So I've not had a play with ink in snow yet!

  10. You believe in you, I believe in you, we all believe in you. The uptake on your diamond membership must surely comfirm that. Clarity rocks and long may it continue. Enjoy your food. Xxx

  11. Love to hear about your travels, Barbara. Always good to meet up with good friends. So pleased for you that your products are being taken up by international traders. Always find sometime in your day to relax and have fun.xx

  12. See your three cards reaching for star with hope in your heart amongst the home a caring loyal service of quality products thinking of ease of the uses always aiming for better products that helps to reach more people making it easier to craft so that we can enjoy a time crafting escaping the aches and pains of life most of all a family of like minded caring peoplethebest package. May be a business also a family clarity sure does Rock love Joy xxx

  13. Never ever doubt yourself Barbara. Just think about the number of people you give pleasure and inspiration to every day. My life would certainly be a duller and much more boring place, if it wasn't for your blog and all of the wonderful creations and goodies you design for us. Have a great weekend. x

  14. Don't let your doubts cloud your judgement about how great your products are. Clarity has a thoroughly deserved reputation for outstanding quality and excellent customer service. I bet all your European customers are delighted to have a European distributor. Enjoy your hard won success. xx Maggie

  15. Barbara how can you doubt yourself when you have such a wonderful set of clarity followers and all your awards how would we manage without all your insperation be proud stand tall and proud .
    Lovley that you met rolfi you will have made his day I know you would have made mine crafting hugs to you and Dave xxx

    1. Hi yes the antibiotics have done their job just have a black / grey bruise mark now which stays hopefully cyst will not get inflamed thank you for always been there lots of hugs xxx

    2. Hi Sheila, so glad the antibiotics are working now, hopefully that will give you some relief. Had a nice day today doing groovi with my Grandson again, tonight we all went to village panto, it was really good. Love and hugs Pam xx

    3. Hi Sheila happy your on the mend and staying cheery through all yir wee troubles been meaning to tell you I have the same kind if cyst on my back had it for years only been infected once not a pretty sight but doesn't bother me so hope yours clears up soon..xx

  16. Congratulations on a successful day. The artwork is just as amazing this time around – those beautiful little houses do it for me every time and I can't wait to see what I can do with them – starting tomorrow!
    Tonbridge Sue

  17. Hi Barbara
    Oh I'm so proud of everything you've achieved and it's all so well deserved. I'm so glad you are making it in Europe as well as the states. Where next? Wonder if we can get some Clarity things up on the space station! πŸ™‚ enjoy your evening with Dave and a hot bath before bed to ease those aches and pains.
    Take care
    Love Diane xxxx

    Hi Rolfi it's lovely to put a name to a face – hope you had a good time at the show today xxxx

  18. Happy to report that we found a fantastic little Italian restaurant this evening, and only about 250 paces from our Hotel….Result ! Now have eaten to a standstill….ready for round two tomorrow..

  19. Hi Barb,
    So pleased to hear that you've had a successful day. You certainly deserve all the success you are having. I can't fault Clarity in any way and I'm sure that everyone who uses your products (& follows your blog) feels exactly the same way. Well done and thank you. Pleased that you've had a good meal too! Hope tomorrow goes well as well, love Alison xxx

  20. Glad you had such a fruitful day Barbara and making new contacts so a lot more people will be able to by your wonderful products. You can never please all of the people all of the time but Clarity are up there with the best and you only have to see how popular everything is so give yourself a pat on the back! x

  21. Just about to hit the sack – bet Barbara is in bed, tucked up snug! Well still shell- shocked from my news yesterday but had a bit of a rethink today – just about working. Stencils, stamping, mica, groovi etc etc. That is what Barbara and Clarity have given me. Joy, peace, frustration, invigaration, energy to move on, inspiration and I could go on. What can one say about Barbara and Clarity and Clarity Towers – a big, big thank you and much, much more. OBE needed, I reckon.
    Hope some of you read this, especially the Queen of Craft, herself.
    Lots of love to you and Dave and all the bloggers out there who gave there good wishes yesterday.
    Anne (Reading)

    1. Anne just caught up with comments yesterday, sorry to hear you've had some shocking news, it takes as long as it does to process, you'll still have us here to unload on. I have found that hugely comforting, how complete strangers can just make you feel not alone with those pesky thoughts. So when you need us to share the load a bit we can be here for you. It helps us too and makes us forget our troubles too. Much hugs Karen xxx

  22. That all sounds very positive and good for the future! Hope you're feet are less achey and your tummy now full . I'm struggling to keep my eyes open now as I didn't get to sleep till After 5 a.m. I did manage to get a card done for the challenge today – better late than never! Xx

  23. Hi Barbara and Dave, wonderful news about you having a European Distributor, you're going to have even more followers once your fantastic products get to the stores in Europe. Well done, you deserve all these wonderful things that are happening to you and your company, and don't forget that. You work so hard, you've earned it. Like your note to yourself. Lovely you meeting Rolfi for a coffee. Look forward to tomorrow's news. Glad you had a good meal out near your hotel. Love Pam xxx

  24. The pleasure was on my side meeting you and Dave, Barbara.
    And to all the others bloggers thank you very much for your lovely words.
    And after walking… walking… walking… today I think I need new feet and hips.
    Rolf xxx

  25. Chuffed to bits for you both and that your hard work and beautiful art products are now going to be enjoyed internationally .
    Wish you every success going you deserve it. And how lovely you got to meet our Rolfi bet he was chuffed to bits.
    take care ..Dot.x

  26. Nine times out of ten I read this blog in bed, before I settle down to sleep. It never fails to put me in a good mood, and I just love reading all the lovely, helpful and supportive messages. Love reading Barb's words, and then all the comments. Such a friendly community, you are all a fantastic bunch of people.
    Hello Rolf, nice to put a face to the name x

  27. Well I can sympathise with the neck, must be so difficult though, you cannot really rest it. Looking very businesslike there Barbara in your suit. Glad it is all going well but why not, Clarity is brilliant. xx

  28. Hi Barbara, A fabulous post and great piccies, so glad you are accomplishing lots while you are there. Take a few minutes 'me' time !! I can also sympathise with your neck problem, mine has been terrible for the past couple of months, but I don't like to take tablets unless I 'absolutely have to' haha.
    Lots of love from Patricia xx

  29. Hi Barbara, A fabulous post and great piccies, so glad you are accomplishing lots while you are there. Take a few minutes 'me' time !! I can also sympathise with your neck problem, mine has been terrible for the past couple of months, but I don't like to take tablets unless I 'absolutely have to' haha.
    Lots of love from Patricia xx

  30. Hello Barbara

    Playing catch up having had my four year old grandson overnight. Thoroughly enkoyed it.

    Barbara, you and Clarity can hold your heads up with the best! Looking back it is magnificent what you have achieved and the pleasure you have given to so many people.

    Love
    Roz.x

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