Thanks for popping in. Last day of the Clarity retreats today. Whilst it will be nice to have a little lie in tomorrow morning, I shall miss spending time with all these wonderful people, watching them get to grips with new skills, seeing their sheer delight when they nail something. I’m not kidding. There’s nothing like it.
Yesterday afternoon, for example. Day 2 in the afternoon, we always do Groovi. So we got on the virtual Groovi Bus after lunch. We started simple, so that everybody could join in, and we added skills as we travelled along. There were several bus stops along the way, and you could get off at any time, depending on how you felt and how far YOU wanted to travel. Well, yesterday, there were about 10 ladies who wanted to stay on the bus right to the end. They were determined to nail the Picot cutting. Many others got to grips with the gridwork, with the positioning, embossing, whitework and perforating. But by 4.30 they were ready to get off the bus. So we waved them goodbye and settled back down to tackle the cutting.
None of the ladies in the photo had had any luck in the past with their picot cutting, or they had never even tried it! So the driver (that’ll be me then!) settled them in the comfy seats, and took them very slowly up the hill….
Bit bumpy at first, but they had the right approach. They knew that there was nothing here that time and a little patience wouldn’t solve. They didn’t get frustrated, they just kept trying. The driver parked up a couple of times and adjusted the angle of the scissors a bit, and then off they trundled again.
One by one, the penny dropped.
This is Anna. Never had any joy with cutting before. Got off the bus yesterday after half an hour or so, smiling from ear to ear.
Every single one of those ladies nailed the cutting yesterday. Every single one. They were so chuffed – which made me chuffed too. A few of them even took the gear back to the hotel because they wanted to keep going.
There’s nothing quite like it. When you set your mind to achieving something – be it stamping, pottery, parchment – whatever ! The moment when you experience that breakthrough, that moment when you realise you have nailed it. It is like a drug, I think. It gives you a rush, a high, and makes you want to do more.
Must dash. Running late!
Love & Hugs,
PS. Maria is on HOCHANDA.com TV today, at 9am 1pm and 5pm. She launched a fab Clarity Christmas stampset and Groovi set yesterday at 6pm. Superb demos and ideas. Very very cool designs by Mel. She’s headed for a sellout, so check in and see what she’s up to! You can watch on your PC or Tablet or phone too if you’ve got wifi! In fact, if you’re reading this blog, you can watch Hochanda.com! Cor blimey!