Thanks for popping in. It’s the NEC Craft Show this coming weekend. It always loomed very large on the Clarity Calendar. In fact, it loomed large for about 25 years – every March and November. A huge 4-day show. Set up is on the Wednesday (day after tomorrow) and the show runs from Thursday to Sunday. We usually broadcast TV shows LIVE from there too! Every single day! But last year and March this year it was cancelled because of COVID, and so many things have happened at Clarity since then, that we decided not to participate this November either. I know many folks will be disappointed that we won’t be exhibiting, and under normal circumstances we would be there for sure. There will be plenty of other stands, and I’m sure lots of visitors will attend. But for us personally, these aren’t normal circumstances.
I have a scale system. A pros and cons scale which helps me make decisions about things and situations. It’s quite simple. I consider the issue, the problem, the situation. Then I load the positives on one side and the negatives on the other. I do this alone, and mostly write down the points, the fors and againsts. The scales will tip depending on the load – and therein lies MY decision. If it’s a Clarity issue, we take a vote at work. I take my decision to the table, and we have a show of hands. Not difficult, very diplomatic, and final. That’s how it works. The NEC vote was unanimous. No need to list the reasons.
We have been storing the lovely Art boards that we usually display at the show in tissue paper all this time. Waiting to air them again. I had quite a nostalgic moment this afternoon, looking through them. Then I had a moment of Clarity!
Went and found a load of Velcro in our – wait for it – Exhibition room, where we store all the fixtures and fittings and hooks and tools and tills and boards etc etc etc. and decided to throw a little colour at our Office Partitions! Voila!
So much better than just covering it up and storing it in the dark !
Mmm. And then I saw the Remember Card on the wall. See it? And I remembered that of course, it’s Remembrance Sunday when we’re at the NEC, the closest Sunday to Armistice Day the 11th November. Always is very powerful, almost surreal, to stand in silence at 11am in a bustling hall for two minutes, and listen to the chimes of the 11th month, the 11th day and the 11th hour, and to a poignant reading over the tannoy system. Mmm. I shall always remember remembering Armistice Day.
This afternoon, we – the Clarity Designers – had a think. Here’s a set of poppies which I drew years ago to commemorate Remembrance Sunday. Groovi Plates…CLICK HERE TO FIND
Today, we converted them into 2 sets of A6 stamps. Lucy drew up the artwork – and they’ve already been made. You’ll find them under NEW PRODUCTS on our website. £9.99 each or £19.98 for the pair. We will donate £1 for each individual stamp set you buy to The Poppy Appeal. So that’s £2 for the pair.
And we’ll donate the same amount for each of the Groovi Poppy plates too. So £1 per plate. £2 for the pair.
We won’t be at the NEC this year. But we wish the Show Organisers and all our colleagues there all the very, very best. We hope it’s a cracking show for them. If you are going, enjoy!
Love and Hugs