Thanks for popping in. Just came off Hochanda Live TV. Really love working with those people. They are, without exception, a really smashing bunch.
Actually, if you haven’t heard, the channel has a new name:
THE CRAFT STORE by HOCHANDA.
Finally! Very happy about this. I have been suggesting since DAY 1 that they include the word CRAFT in the name of the channel, only so that newcomers surfing the internet or SKY actually KNOW that we are a Craft Channel. It’s certainly going to make HOCHANDA more visible as a craft channel. That’s the thing about acronyms; they’re only clever AFTER the fact. AFTER somebody has worked out what the letters stand for!
The SHAC SHAC, for example. Unless you have tuned in and paid attention at 10 am on Facebook LIVE, you won’t have a scooby. Now with the SHAC SHAC that works great. It’s a small community which isn’t dependent on growing or expanding. We rely on word of mouth, and that is perfect. Just right.
With a TV channel, on the other hand, it’s definitely a numbers game. It really does need viewers to survive and thrive. So calling the Channel The Craft Store is exactly what was needed. Nothing else has changed at all – just the name.
Here at Clarity Towers we are celebrating the SHAC SHAC’s 1st Birthday this weekend!
One year. Never would have thought it possible, eh. It’s almost unbelievable that we are still getting together 3 or 4 times a week, to doodle, keep each other company, and stay safe and sane.
So what does SHAC SHAC stand for? Yep.
Safe Happy and Creative.
Stay Home and Craft.
What does it stand for though? What does it actually mean? I imagine it means lots of things to different Shackers. When we first got together on Facebook Live, it was more about keeping each other company than anything for me. I just KNEW that a lot of our customers and friends would be frightened about the Pandemic and the Lockdown. Our daily lives had been stopped in their tracks, we weren’t allowed to leave our houses, we weren’t allowed to see our friends or family. Combine Loneliness with Fear, and you’ve got a very dark place. So I wanted to create a place where people could come and virtually hang out with other people who are all in the same boat.
I quickly figured out that many of us were suddenly rudderless. This meant we needed a structure, a daily routine to replace our usual routines. So meeting every day at 10 was a massive help for me, because it meant I HAD to get up, get dressed, put make up on and look presentable, have breakfast AND SMILE! And the Shackers had to rock up at 10 – even if it was in their PJ’s!! The next thing was to do something which we could ALL do together, so a piece of paper and a pencil were all we needed. And that’s pretty much where we started. A year on, we’re still using that paper and pencil. We’ve added erasers, tracing paper, colouring postcards, colouring pencils and all sorts to the menu, but actually, anyone can still join in – with a pen and a piece of paper.
Then we started getting more adventurous with our doodling. It also became clear that we weren’t allowed to travel, that Lockdown was going to continue through the summer. So we invented the SHAC SHAC Tour Company – and I was the driver! We went all over the world on that SHAC Bus !! Japan, Africa, New Mexico, Hawaii. Where else? Holland, Egypt. Sometimes we stayed closer to home and just went down the woods. That was lovely. Which was your favourite trip? I loved them all. And when we drew scenes from different places, many of which I had already been to, back flooded all the memories and stories and anecdotes.
We made stamps and Groovi Plates to celebrate our drawings and trips…
To comemmorate our 1 year Birthday, we have gone right back to almost the beginning, and made a beautiful stampset and Groovi plate of the SHACK THAT BARB BUILT. Remember this one?
Both available individually at a great price. Or buy the stamps and get the Groovi Plate free! available HERE.
Beautiful cards made by clever Dee Paramour. We have turned them into Postcards too. Check your order boxes…
What does the SHAC SHAC mean to me? When I actually stop to consider what it really signifies, I’d say it is probably one of the more important things of substance that I have undertaken.
- Business is not the driver. It’s much bigger than that.
- It’s a Feel Good thing.
- It has helped me stay on track and keep on an even keel.
- It has provided me with discipline.
- My drawing has improved no end!
- I have made new friends
- I feel useful
- I suppose when you are thinking of others, it stops you thinking about yourself.
The Pandemic has actually given me a whole new perspective on Life, and the SHAC SHAC is the key. For me. What about you?
Time to go find those Kitties.