Thanks for popping. I hope you are well and safe. As we have watched this week unfold at home and abroad, Dave and I decided last night to stop all production for a while, and send our lovely team home at the end of play today. You get that, don’t you? It would be irresponsible – no, reprehensible – to do anything else. Their wellbeing is paramount to Dave and me. They’ve done a brilliant and loyal job keeping things going for the last mad month, but now it’s time. I just checked, and all orders received have been picked, packed and sent! Well done team Clarity!!
Are we shutting down? Are we heck!!!
Going forward, we will be steering the good ship Clarity remotely. We will be monitoring orders as they come in, then once or twice a week, Dave and I will go into the building, pick and pack the orders, and get them to the local Post office. We would anyway! Just to check it’s still standing, and the burglars didn’t nick all the parchment! I hope I haven’t forgotten how to pick n pack! Certainly did it for long enough! And we’ve moved all the HOCHANDA stock into the same building, so we can honour those orders too. They may not come out as fast usual, but we will move them through.
Speaking of parchment, Grace just contacted me from New York, and told me that Claritystamp on Amazon USA has sold out of all parchment. Darn. That’s frustrating. We packed a big shipment to go weeks ago, but Amazon stopped taking supplies in. Understandably. I bet they’re tapdancing right now too! We have plenty in the UK and it seems we can still send to America and abroad at this point. Until that changes, we will endeavour to keep going. I wouldn’t worry about anything else that ran out, but parchment! If you haven’t got a stash of that as a parcher, what can you use?!? Loo roll?? Maybe THAT’S what happened!!
A non-crafter would think we’re mad to be panicking about parchment, wouldn’t they? But a parcher gets it! (P.S. Way too scratchy for the bathroom, not to mention pricey!!!)
If you’re on our mailing list, you will have received today’s update, telling you all this. if you’re not, then why not just send me your email address, to Barbara@claritystamp.com. Then I can get you added and you will know what we’re up to.
If you didn’t receive the e-letter from me, then I must tell you about our little SHAC- Shack! Jim and I have built a proper little 3-camera recording studio in my artroom over the garage.
We went from this…
Welcome to the SHAC Shack!!!
Lights, camera, action!!!
Thank goodness I didn’t move all my art and craft tackle to the new Clarity building! We were going to, but decided to wait till after the NEC. Do you know, that exhibition was supposed to have been held last weekend? Surreal.
So now I just need to figure out how to switch it all on, and flick between the 3 cameras – and woohoo!!
Live Streaming on Facebook and Youtube!
Give me a few days. Once I settle down a bit I will work out a proper plan – like when we’re going to do this daily, and which projects we’re going to tackle. How we’re going to handle this. Who’s we? You and Me!!!!
We’re in this nightmare together. And a real nightmare it is, that’s the truth of it. But we have to stay upbeat and try to enjoy our days. We have to be Safe Happy And Creative. SHAC. We just have to make the most of this time, so let’s hang out together, let’s learn new things.
While I learn how to be a cameraman, director and presenter at the same time as doing arty demos, (yikes!) why don’t you make a list of things you would like to learn during the next few months? Write some suggestions below. Give me some pointers. I can weave your lists into my list.
But now I’m going to sit in the garden for 10 minutes, have a cuppa, catch my breath and Calm it Kermit! It has been a challenging day. An old friend of mine always used to say, we have good days and growing days.
Well, I’ve done a fair bit of growing today!
Love and Hugs
PS. Did you spot the Elk?