Thank you for dropping in on this glorious morning here.
I do hope the sun is shining on you today too.
Dave and I went down to Brighton yesterday afternoon,
for a walk along the beach and to get away.
Because sometimes that’s what you have to do.
It’s hard to see the spot you’re standing on,
but even a little distance can give you a better perspective.
So we strolled along from one end to the other,
made some decisions around the business along the way,
talked about how to handle things better,
…and all that jazz.
The sun was very warm,
not a cloud in the sky.
Bicycles dingalinging along the seafront,
skate boards whizzing past.
People were out in T-shirts and flipflops,
(Not us! Are you kidding??! Sunny – yes. Fresh – VERY)
and there was a wonderful atmosphere.
Spring is definitely sprung.
The days are getting longer,
the trees are springing back to life.
It’s as though we all come out of hibernation
as the earth warms up again.
To celebrate the cycle of life and this wonderful budding time of year, let’s get together and colour in a beautiful Clarity page which we put together just for you.
The free download of the Garden Heart here is for you to print off and colour in as you like. I drew it for a stamp design a while ago, and think it would be lovely to colour in too.
So there you are.
We have a very lovely Colouring book all ready to be printed and published. It is sitting patiently, waiting for us to hit the
Why haven’t we fired it out there?
Because there’s so much else going on, we have to pace ourselves
and pace what we are producing.
We are designers and manufacturers of our core products, you see.
We take an idea right through from concept, design, manufacture and processing through to marketing.
That includes scrubbing stamps and cleaning Groovi plates by hand, because a machine cannot do it as well,
and we like to create jobs – not eliminate them.
We don’t make a phone call, place an order and wait for delivery!
Are we doing it wrong? I think not.
Which is what Dave and I talked about in Brighton yesterday actually.
What’s the point of making ourselves ill and unhappy trying to supply everybody with everything NOW, speeding everything up, working stupid hours, chasing around like blue arsed flies?
So it’s crunch time,
and we have decided to continue as we are,
and not opt for automation or outsourcing, which are options,
but will bring their own headaches I’m sure.
We can improve and streamline our processes internally,
and we are doing just that!
But we will NOT move operations elsewhere in an attempt to be more efficient. I didn’t get into this game to build an Empire.
I got into this game so that I could pay the rent while the kids were growing up – and be at home for them!
Now they’re gone off and doing their own thing,
and there’s a whole new Clarity family to look after.
So where’s the colouring book?
All ready to rock and roll when we’re ready to rock and roll it!!
Enjoy the free page.
love & hugs,
PS. Don’t forget the
Paint and Canvas sale going on until midnight Friday!