Aloha 2020 !

Aloha 2020 !

Hi there,

Thanks for popping in. In fact, thank you for popping in most days, as you do. I appreciate you, and even though you may not comment, I know you are there – and that’s a good thing. Remember when I was under attack back in June for ostensibly plagiarising artwork? That was a very low point for me, and without wanting to relive the whole headstorm, what I remember was the overwhelming show of support from friends and your good selves. Many, many hundreds of you stood up and defended me. You shielded me so that I could refute the allegations and put things right, which I did quickly.

As Maya Angelou – my darling shero – once said, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” All I remember from that debacle was feeling amazed and humbled, comforted, and reassured. I will never forget it.

Yeah, 2019 has been quite a year in our little Clarity bubble, hasn’t it? Instead of reducing our presence on shopping TV, instead of slowing down when hitting the big 60, we had to double – nay – quadruple our efforts on HOCHANDA, and it’s been pedal to the metal all year! Thing is, it pushed us to sharpen our wits, to draw more, design more, innovate more! There’s nothing like a battle to make you focus! And it has been a bit of a battle to be honest, it really has. With hindsight, I think that we conducted ourselves professionally throughout, and I am glad to see that all our collective hard work has paid off. The Good Ship Hochanda is still very much afloat, and we are glad of that.

It hasn’t all been work mind! Pottery Wednesdays have been the highlight of my weeks! I have so enjoyed getting to grips with clay!

I remember working on this particular vase for weeks. I also remember when we raku fired it, and it went horribly Pete Tong! Gutted. Didn’t work out quite the way it was supposed to, but now it is my favourite piece! Very Grungy, and I wouldn’t trust it not to leak! But it looks sexy – and it makes me happy. The vase, girls! The vase!!!

Oh! We went to Hawaii too, with the family. That was pretty epic. So yeah! Plenty of play time too! Grace brought all the Aloha leis and birthday celebration tablecloth, plates and trays all the way from New York in her suitcase – right down to the little Hawaian dancers and the hanging pineapple (see it?). What a lovely surprise birthday party that was!!

See Gracie top left? She joined the Clarity team too this year, and is just about to start earning her stripes in the States, when we launch Clarity USA. It has taken months of planning, but we are finally there. Claritystamp Inc. (GREAT NAME!!) is moving forward, the website works in Dollars (and Euros), our lovely Amazon USA shop is already taking orders, and Grace will starting welcoming all our American friends next week. She is pretty stoked about it all, I can tell you.

We received several awards this year too, which is very flattering. We were too busy to attend the award ceremony, but there are some nice glass trophies all along the window ledge in my office at work, to remind us that we must be doing something right! Look forward to giving them a nice home in our new reception ! NEW Reception!! Oh boy oh boy! That’s right. We go into the new year with a new building, a new factory. Pinch me.

You’ve heard me say it often: we have good days and growing days. 2019 has been a good year AND a growing year. For many of us. There have been a few upsets, a couple of disasters, some crises, and there have been wonderful days, when I could cry with pride and joy. It has certainly been interesting. The thing is, it is never the event, but how we react to it which ultimately affects us, right? And I only have to look around me to see what anguish, what struggles and what sheer hell on earth many poor people have to endure. If I ever have the audacity to say I am having a bad day, slap me. Or send me to the nearest hospital to have my eyes opened.

I would like to share with you also, that we – Clarity – donated £1,000 to Children in Need this year, and £1,000 to Crisis for the homeless just before Christmas. I tell you this not for a pat on the back, not at all! I tell you this so that you know that although £2,000 may be just a splash in the ocean, it’s YOUR £2,000. Together we are much greater than the sum of our parts, eh.

2020? Well, the move is at the top of the to-do list. We’ve got a couple of very very cool things in the pipeline, new concepts, new ranges, which were all put on hold during 2019 because we needed to put all our energy into TV and production. I am looking forward to the New Year. I am exciting to move forward again. There’s so much to do! One day at a time…

On behalf of all at Clarity, I would like to thank you for your friendship and support throughout the old year, and wish you a happy, healthy 2020, full of Clarity, creativity and joy. Let’s make this one a great one !!

Love & Hugs,

Barb xxx

PS. Here’s the 3rd in our 2-Way Bauble overlay Youtube series. Shrink Plastic rocks!

92 thoughts on “Aloha 2020 !

  1. And a very very Happy New Year to you all too. It is so lovely to feel part of the Clarity Family. To everyone out there,I wish you all you wish yourselves in 2020. Xx

  2. Happy New Year to you all. Looking forward to next year of Clarity, friends and my 1st ever retreat. Best wishes for 2020 to all xx

  3. Barbara, you write so beautifully and from the heart.
    Thank you for a wonderful year of daily blogs, which are much appreciated, as we know how busy you are. The fact that you take the time to write to us daily and keep us in the loop about all things Clarity, means a lot.
    Wishing you all a very Happy and healthy 2020, good luck with the move and continued success. Love to all. Annette X

  4. Thanks for sharing the highlites of the last year. It’s good to look back and be thankful and to learn from things that we didn’t think went to plan, but also to look forward to the future and plan for new things. I am looking forward to seeing what you have to bring us in the new year to inspire us!
    Hope that you have a peaceful new year when it comes.
    I am celebrating hogmanay tonight in our village pub with our neighbours. Looking forward to bringing in the Bells with those around us that we care for.
    Lang may yur lum reek!

  5. Wishing you and yours and everyone at Clarity a happy, healthy, successful 2020! Thank you for all the inspiration and fun you bring! xx

  6. Hello Barbara, Happy New Year to you and your family, both blood and Clarity, it’s a lovely feeling to be part of your clarity family, exciting times ahead for you all, so here to a Happy, Healthy, Prosperous 2020.

  7. From tiny acorns do great oaks grow – and what a great oak Clarity is. I am thrilled for your new place and for the future for my favourite stamping company. I know you are more than that these days but stamping is, and always will be, my first love. Happy New Year to you and Dave and to all the Clarity Gang. Onwards and upwards. Much love. Xxxxxxx

  8. What a beautifully considered review of the year. I have loved following the growth of Clarity and all the new people joining the family like Lou and Leonie and I am so looking forward to seeing Sam Crowe’s debut in Hochanda I love her style of crafting. Happy New Year to all at Clarity and Hochanda and all the brilliant followers and supporters on the blog and FB groups. I feel I know you all…….

  9. Evening Barbara! I love reading your blog and do every day although I don’t always comment.
    You have had an incredible year all told… Busy one for sure…. And I know that from the amount of samples I’ve produced with all the new products that you brought out! I hope that I can continue on the team as I do enjoy being creative.
    2019 was a good year for us in the main with some growing bits too but we got through it! Our high light has to be Amy and Matthew getting married. A very splendid day indeed.
    And looking forward to 2020 I have a big birthday later in the year but the less said about that the better!
    Have a good new years eve and here’s to a successful and happy New year 2020.
    Love and hugs Xxxx

  10. Do hope 2020 will be a happy, rewarding year for you all at Clarity. I think 2020 has a really positive ring to it.
    Wishing all readers of your magnificent blog, a Happy New Year.

  11. Wishing you a happy, healthy and prosperous 2020 for yourselves, your family and your growing company. I am eagerly awaiting all the wonderful things you have planned for the coming year. Helen xx

  12. As you know I don’t often comment on here but I do visit every day. I love to read your blog it’s always interesting. Yes this year has been a trying one but team Clarity as ever rocked and rallied round.

    Looking forward to 2020 and seeing what’s in “store” lol. I will be very jealous when you open the new premises of the people who will be able to call in.
    I’m keeping my fingers crossed for a site tour via fb or YouTube and I’m sure I won’t be alone in that.

    Wishing all of you a healthy and Happy New year and thanks for letting me be a very small cog in the Claritystamp clock. Love to all xxxxx

  13. Wow what a year lots ups and downs would be anywhere else than with out very special friend you Barbara and clarity family love being part of it all you have been full spread ahead this year what an exciting start to the new year new clarity home so looking forward to coming down to see clarity towers supper home and meeting rest of team lots Love to a special friend Barbara and Dave and are Paul xxx happy “2020”

  14. Wishing all the Clarity team an amazing 2020.
    I love all things Clarity and can’t wait to see all that comes along in the new year/new decade!
    Good luck with the move.
    ❤️❤️

  15. Dear Barbara. Thank you for your blog, always nice to read. Wishing you all a very happy New Year. And good luck with your move, it looks good. Also best wishes to Grace on her starting the branch in New York. Loved the photo of her that you put on your blog the other day. I know the feeling when the family leaves, I had to say goodbye to several of my family last Saturday. Xxxxxxx

  16. Wishing you, your wonderful team and the whole Clarity family of crafters a healthy and happy New Year. Being mainly a die- cutter, I found the Clarity site only a couple of years ago when I started doing Groovi parchment cards. I’m now giving stencilling and stamping a whirl thanks to the inspirational demos and samples on TV and You tube. I’ve found my crafting home! Thank you all . Xx

  17. Wow! What a year it has been and Pete and I feel so blessed to have been a teeny tiny part of it x

    We hope you all have a brilliant 2020, continue to go from strength to strength. Your integrity is always to the fore and has stood you in good stead. More power to your elbow xxxx

  18. Being a part of the Clarity family is a great privilege and one I never take for granted.
    This year has been a growing year for me and I want to thank all the lovely people who have attended one of my Groovi workshops in 2019. Thanks also go to Clarity for believing in me and giving me the opportunity and support to run the workshops.
    I raise my glass of good health and prosperity to everyone at Clarity Towers and wish you a wonderful 2020. Xx

  19. With all good wishes for a healthy, wealthy and happy new year ! Love your blog, it’s always from the heart, informative and inclusive. Lots of love xx

  20. A lovely blog post today Barb ❤️
    Wishing you, your family and all at Clarity, near and far, a very very Happy New year. Love you always, Ruth, Tom and (of course), your little warrior Godson, Samuel xxxxx

  21. Wishing you all a happy and healthy 2020. Best wishes for the move and NY. Looking forward to another year with Clarity. Xx

  22. And a happy New Year to all of you at Clarity. I Can honestly say that 2019 was my Annus horriblis in more ways than one, but Clarity and Groovi have kept me going through all the bad things that have happened. I have been able to zone out to recharge my batteries and vent my frustrations. Have loved all your shows on Hochanda and you tube has helped my practise the parchment skills I previously had. What gets me is the cameraderie on clarity worldwide and Groovi worldwide all the helpful tips from everyone and how friendly everyone is, especially your team at clarity.
    I thank you from the bottom of my heart both you and your team and wish you all the very best for 2020 and all the new ventures that you are embarking on xx

  23. Wishing you and your family and Clarity family a very happy healthy and successful New Year. I always read and enjoy your blogs so look forward to next years. xxx

  24. As I don’t do “social media” I probably miss out on a lot of info but I do read your blog every day and love it. This has been quite a year for many people and 2020 can only be better.
    We wish everyone a HAPPY AND HEALTHY NEW YEAR.
    Enjoy the evening celebrations.
    🍒🍒🍒

  25. Onwards and upwards our Barbara and no doubt next year will be the same, good times and bad, but we’ll all be here enjoying our time as part of the Clarity family. Wishing you and yours a very Happy, Healthy & Prosperous New Year xx

  26. Happy New Year to you Dave and all the team. It has certainly been a busy year for you but great that you found some time in it all to relax and enjoy time with family. A quiet start to the New Year for us after having had youngest grandson all day. We are both shattered but in a nice way. xx

  27. Hello Barbara
    I would like to wish you all a healthy and prosperous 2020. It is lovely being part of the wider Clarity family and I look forward to seeing you all again at the Retreats and Open Days throughout the year.
    A special thought to Alain, Jeannine and family. I don’t know the extent of Alain’s injuries but I hope 2020 sees him returned to full health.
    Love
    Roz.xxx

  28. Happy new year to all the clarity people
    Especially to you Barbara and your lovely blog. I am not sure if you really are aware of the fact that you are a lifeline to people.
    2019 has definitely not been a good one for me so let’s hope for 2020 to be brilliant for all of us. Crafting really helps if things are not so good, so I am very grateful for all the wonderful inspiration and crafting goodies you bring to us. Clarity rocks!
    Anja from Hamburg

  29. To Barbara, Dave and the whole clarity team, thank you for the great new items, the wonderful demos & inspirations and i cannot wait for the TV shows this coming weekend. Happy New Year to you all have a faboulous 2020 x

  30. I only joined the Clarity family this year but what a great group it is. You have given me lots of inspiration. Thank you to you and your team for all your hard work. Your customer service is amazing. Happy New Year to you all.

  31. Magic words as always Barb, your Blog really brings us all together as this wonderful Clarity family!
    What an amazing journey you’ve been on from Nursery Rhyme charts in the States, by way of Hempstead Valley, Hochanda and now the new home of Clarity! (Clarity Studios? Clarity Mansion? Clarity Towers 2?)
    It’s been fun, a privilege and totally inspiring to have been along for the ride, can’t thank you enough.
    Here’s to another successful year for you all in 2020!
    And a Happy New Year to one and all in the extended Clarity family – make it creative, make it crafty, but most of all make it Clarity!

  32. Happy New Year to you all too! Stepping out on my own new adventures as well, as I just retired today after just over 39 years in nursing. Looking forward to new opportunities in 2020 (and more time for Crafting!!) 😍

    1. Wow Deborah, you deserve some ‘you’ time after all those years in such a caring profession. Well done you! And a Happy New Year. Enjoy your retirement. Annette X

  33. Happy New Year, Barb – and thank you for having us along for the journey. Looking forward to the adventures ahead in 2020!

    Great YouTube Tuesday video, too – some very useful tips for shrink plastic.

  34. A great year with ups and downs Barbara, but that is how life is, and you have finished on a high with lots to look forward to in 2020. Wishing you, Dave and the rest of the family, and the extended Clarity family a very Happy New Year. x

  35. Happy new year to you and all the Clarity team. Best wishes for the move.
    I have thoroughly enjoyed my crafting with the Clarity products. Thsnk you.

  36. Wishing you all at Clarity Towers and you,Barbara and your family a very Happy and Healthy New Year. Good luck with the Big Move too. Can’t wait to see all what you have in store for us all in 2020. It is a very special “family” to belong to, the Clarity Family! With love Alex xx

  37. Happy new year to you and everyone at Clarity.
    A big thank you to Clarity for always cheering me up when on the TV , with the beautiful design club Goodies every month and always making me feel motivated when I attend the open days and the retreats always gives me a feel good feeling .
    So from someone who always looks forward to all things Clarity here’s to a brilliant and inspiring 2020 .
    Love to you all xx

  38. I started 2019 fully intending to follow your example and blog every day. Unfortunately, a few things got in the way and I had to let that go. Other things became more important in my life, as you already know. 2019 became something of a day to day existence. I am determined that 2020 will be different. My only resolution will be to make the most of every day. This life is not a rehearsal. It is the real thing and we should not waste it, not one second of it, not any of us. Spend as much time with our loved ones as possible. It is thanks to you, Barbara, and your support that I have gained in strength and got through this year. I am certain that I am not the only one who can say that. Thank you from the bottom of my heart to you and the wonderful Clarity for all you do for us. xxx Maggie (Silvercrafter)

  39. Back at cha’ gal!!
    See you next year
    love
    Maggie (Bendy Yorkite)
    PS hope Dave got back in one piece from Doncaster !! (I used to live there, in the Dr. Barnados childrens’ home – now gone)

  40. Thank you Barbara. Happy New Year to you, Dave, the rest of your family and all at Clarity, too. Been a quite a challenging year for me and my family but looking forward. So here’s to a fab 2020 – for everyone. Prosit Neujahr! Xxx

  41. Hi Barbara and everyone,
    Well what a great blog today, I am sure we all thank you your team and soon to be the next Clarity Team member who is Grace.
    I can remember when I started buying from Clarity, I had a problem and Grace sorted it out.
    She was so on her game in the early days, so the girl will do well .
    I would like to wish you Dave and all your family and team a wonderful New Year.
    Lynn xx

  42. What a wonderful blog from you Barb. I have had a few health issues myself these last few years but Clarity gets me through them, crafting helps so much, it takes your mind off of everything except what you are making. So grateful for that and always look forward to your blogs. I wish you and Dave and your lovely family all the very best for 2020 to make it a Happy, Healthy and productive New Year for you all. Lots of love and hugs Pam xxx

  43. First off…thank you to you and all who help you sail the good ship Clarity, what a year and well done for all your success.
    Second…well done for all your hard work and proffesssional attitude to help keep Hochanda going, glad they are going strong after a turbulent year.
    Lastly…have a very happy new year and I look forward to being on the journey with you all. Xx

  44. A very happy new year to you Barbara and David and all the Claritystamp team. I Wish you all the best and am grateful for your wonderful service, designs, Spirit. With love from Elisabeth

  45. All the very best to you , your family and all in the Clarity family for 2020. I always read every day and will always support you in spirit if not in “person” on the blog.
    Love from Chris xx

  46. All the very best to you , your family and all in the Clarity family for 2020. I trust Clarity to be honest, fair and service and quality is second to none I always read every day and will always support you in spirit if not in “person” on the blog.
    Love from Chris xx

  47. Lovely reflective blog , so much has happened in so little time! A year of much sad news for me but hopefully as I turn 60 at the start of the year this too will be in the past. I wish everyone reading a very happy, healthy 2020. Barbara, Dave & families happy new year & Clarity team I wish you happiness in your new offices. Special thoughts & good wishes to Alain, Jeannine and family.
    Love to all xx

  48. I read your blog every day but rarely leave a comment. Sometimes it makes me laugh and sometimes I have a tear but it is always a good read. Thank you and all the Clarity team for all your hard work and bringing s some beautiful products.
    Best Wishes to you all for 2020.

  49. Wishing all at Clarity a very happy new year and continued success in 2020.
    I rarely comment, but I do read your blog every day – a quiet sit down with a cuppa and some heartfelt words sets me up for the day ahead.

  50. Hi Barb,
    Great blog today and is just shows what an eventful year it has been for Clarity. You have done brilliantly to support Hochanda and the new products have been fantastic ( although not for my bank balance!) . I love the new additions to the Clarity family like Leonie and Lou and look forward to seeing what is in store for us next year. I must admit that my particular favourites have been the new texture plates as I am really trying to get into mixed media in the coming year. Thank you for all of your efforts, for keeping us all in the loop and making us feel that we belong. I would like to wish you, Dave, all of your family , Team Clarity and everyone on this blog a very Happy, Healthy, Peaceful and Prosperous New Year. Love and hugs to all, Alison xx

  51. Hi Barbara,
    I have been introduced to Clarity by a dear friend back in August, who encouraged me to buy half of your stock 😂 It was brilliant meeting you in person at the NEC and I look forward to reading your blog and watching you on tv/YouTube!
    I wish you and your family/ team a very happy and prosperous new Year 🎆🥂🎉
    Einen guten Rutsch 🎊🥳
    Erika x

  52. A Very Happy New Year to you Barbara and Dave, and all the hard – working Clarity team. I came across you by accident about 4 years ago when I was trawling through the television channels. I was immediately ‘hooked’ and have been a loyal follower of all things Clarity ever since. I follow the blogs every day though rarely leave a comment I’m afraid. Thank you for sharing such a lot with us Barbara: a peek at your home life, family news, photos, crafting inspiration and tips, thoughts, words of wisdom……. the list is endless (as is your energy!) Thank you for sharing your year with us – the highs and the lows. We live it all with you.I look forward to following you for another year through your blog, t.v etc. Here’s to another successful year for you. You certainly deserve it
    Love and hugs Pam xxi

  53. Thank you for your uplifting messages and you so inspiring videos. It’s my daily fix to be able to see another video and read another message from you. In the dark hours of my day, all I have to do is watch a video of your stamping company and my heart feels full and happy. I can’t wait for your company to start selling your products here in the US.
    Wishing you much success in 2020.
    Love and (((hugs))) back to you!!!

  54. I always read but rarely comment as my comment seems to get lost in the ether most attempts, this is my second go tonight. Thank you for the daily blog and sharing your good and not so good times. All the very best to you and yours and all at Clarity for 2020.
    Love Chris xx

  55. I have followed your blog with interest over the last year and thank you for it. You have done well this year as has your team despite the lows and the real stresses. My thoughts tonight are with Jeannine, Alain and their son, with those of the Clarity family who have lost loved ones this year, some very recently, and with people I know who are facing illness and life limiting conditions. It is a rough time of year for many. I don’t want to depress anyone. I am just waiting for tonight to be over. It is always a real low point for me but you are right, there are so many others who have so much to deal with and I have so much to be thankful for. I’ll be in a better place tomorrow. Now, I just want to wish you, Dave and the Clarity Team a very happy and bright new year. Hx

  56. Happy New Year Barb!
    I’m one of the unseen ones who read your blog every day, only commented a couple of times.
    Truly in awe of all you do.
    Every good wish to you and the Clarity team for 2020! xx

  57. Health, happiness and peace to all of the Clarity family! Great to look back on 2019…some lows but mainly highs and looking forward to what’s in store for 2020. Good luck with the move and can’t wait to see inside the new premises. Love to all xxx

  58. Happy New Year to you Barbara and your family. Thanks for keeping us all going throughout 2019 and looking forward to all the blogs in 2020. I remember getting my driving licence in 1967 at the age of 17 and reading 2020 expiry date, it looked so alien and so so far away and here we are and I’m to start another decade in April. Looking forward to the challenges and will definitely keep laughing as everything starts falling apart. Xx

  59. Hi Barbara,
    Happy New Year to you, your family and your Clarity family and for keeping us all going. Here’s to a great crafting 2020 ! x x x x

  60. Happy New Year to all the Clarity family. Your blog post today has reminded me of the poem I read at my grandma’s funeral, which she learnt by heart at school and used to recite to us whenever we felt challenges. “A trouble’s a ton, a trouble’s an ounce, a trouble is what you make it …”
    Looking forward to journeying on with you one day at a time in the New Year. Thanks so much for all your hard work, art inspiration and reflections on life, and for bringing together such a diverse and talented group of people who inspire and share their gifts daily. X

  61. I would like to wish everyone at Clarity a very HAPPY NEW YEAR. Like quite a lot of us crafters Clarity just feels like our extended family. You and all the team do a wonderful job. You must be very excited about the move, it looks great. Take care. X💖💖💖💖

  62. Hi Barbara and team, I just wanted to wish you all a very Happy and successful New Year.
    Hope your American adventure and your big move go well.
    I don’t use the computer every day so usually catch a few days at time but I do enjoy your blog. So thank you all. Sue xx

  63. Hi Barb, success is not given it is earned. You and all the team at clarity have worked damn hard to achieve it. May your success continue in 2020. Wishing all the Clarity family (including readers of the blog) a healthy, happy 2020.

  64. You are one very special lady Barbara Gray! As is your unsung hero, Dave! I feel such a privilege to count you as a friend. I wish for you both what you wish for yourself and some ♥️ xxxxxxxxx

    A guid new year to ane an’ a’ 
    An’ mony may ye see, 
    An’ during a’ the years to come, 
    O happy may ye be. 
    An’ may ye ne’er hae cause to mourn, 
    To sigh or shed a tear; 
    To ane an’a baith great an’ sma’ 
    A hearty guid New year.

  65. Hello Barb, a lovely blog post, sharing the ups and downs with us all. I wish everyone on the Clarity team, all the followers and all the crafters out there, a very Happy, Healthy and Creative 2020. Bx

  66. Happy New Year and thank you Barbara and all at Clarity for all your help and kindness over the year. Good luck with the move and all the very best in the coming year.

  67. Hi Barbara
    I loved reading this particular blog post today
    Clarity is from yours from inception to creation it is a very special place that gives so much to so many
    I thank you and all the team for all the hard work they and you do to give us everything we love 💓
    Have a wonderful 2020 and good luck with the move
    Hugs 🤗

  68. Fab post.i am one of your fans that always read but hardly ever comments. I would never accuse you of plagiarism you see to champion other people’s art work so well and produce your own so well what would be the point. Somewhere along the way something went wrong. OK but none of us are perfect and you told us all instead of sweeping it under the table that was brave of you and so the right thing to do. Hats off to you and your team. I wish you all a very prosperous, healthy and happy new year. Oh by the way I love your pottery story even the ones that morph into a different perspective. You know what they say different makes the world a richer place.

  69. Happy New Year to all at Clarity and the Clarity/Pergamano community. Congratulations on your move and the very best of luck in your ventures in the US too. Mighty oaks from little acorns grow …. xx 😊

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