Thanks for popping in. Wednesday’s blog comes from the heart, doesn’t it. This is the day we look at WHY we craft, rather than WHAT we craft.
And I don’t know that there has EVER been a more appropriate Wednesday than today, for taking a step back, having a good think – then reaching out.
Which is precisely what I have done today. It is difficult to see the spot you’re standing on, so sometimes you just have to move to the side and observe, as it were.
We’ve been going like the clappers at Clarity, moving, planning, getting our more vulnerable team members to higher ground, putting damage limitation measures in place, doing what we think is best for our customers, our staff and our families.
Today I spent time with my parents before they go on lockdown, went to the farm shop to buy some vegetables to make a soup for the soul, then went to the last pottery lesson until further notice. Priorities.
But I have also been thinking about how we can all make the best of an unprecedented situation over the coming months. And to coin an old phrase of mine – I’ve got a plan !!!
It’s simple really. We all have to stay SAFE, protect our more fragile people, have a care. We’re busy making provisions for a possible Lock in, right? Blimey! A Lock in used to mean a whole other thing back in the day when I was a party girl !! Cor, those were wild times, when the landlord used to lock you in the pub after hours !! Just as well I’ve swopped the hooch for the HOCHANDA!!!
Anyway, I digress. Yes, SAFE. Wiping, cleaning, washing, wiping, cleaning, washing. We do what we can, right? And we help where we can, right?
Many of our crafting family fall into the high risk group during this time, the people whom we have to protect, who have to isolate to stay safe. This is where Clarity & Friends comes in. As a large established online community, now is our chance to rally and reach out. Use Clarity as your SAFE HUB. Use Clarity as your SAFE MEETING PLACE. Facebook groups Groovi Worldwide, Clarity Worldwide. Use them to meet like-minded people. They are there for you, and we have greeters at the door ready to welcome you. During the coming days, we will say more about all the different meeting places and options on the Clarity Matters blog too. Stay tuned…
This is so important! The head! Whilst I know of course, that this pandemic is no laughing matter and that this is a calamity at many many levels, I also know that getting fearful and depressed will not change a damned thing. So we at Clarity are getting set to rally – and lift your spirits. We can’t control the situation, but we can do our level best to cheer you up and try to help you smile. Smiling and laughing is a great tonic, isn’t it.
Now THIS is where we really can be of service to you! We are getting set to entertain you and serve you loads of interesting crafty ideas! Tomorrow we’re having a CREATIVE meeting, and are putting an action plan together. We’ll have to wait till Grace wakes up in New York, so we can have a proper Conference! Youtubes, competitions, projects, craftalongs, galleries – and that’s just what’s on MY list to bring to the table! Yes. That’s what we want to do to weather this storm together.
We are calling it our SAFE, HAPPY AND CREATIVE CAMPAIGN! SHACC !
The reality is that at Clarity, we’ve never really done anything different. Most of you good people reading this blog will be Clarity friends, and you will know this to be true. Safe, Happy and Creative underpins pretty much everything that we do, doesn’t it? We just feel that now would be a good time to double our efforts, to reach out and offer you more project ideas, more techniques to learn, more things to do during our collective time out of everyday life.
We’re so lucky we’re crafters, you know. I’m quietly looking forward to starting my lino-cutting. I’ve got all the gear; now I just need the time.
Remember: when Life gives you lemons, make lemonade.
Love and Hugs,