Thanks for popping in. The Crafts beautiful Award winners have just been announced, and I am delighted to tell you that Clarity was Highly recommended for Best Stamp Range, Customer Service and the SHAC – and our One Day at a Time Blog won! Wow. Many many thanks to all who voted for us. It is great to still be in the running after all these years!
I have always said I don’t want to build an empire. Never was my aim. Don’t want to get bigger, just want to get better. That’s what it’s all about. Quality over quantity every time. And may I say also, that there are many, many little craft companies out there that so totally deserve awards for design, art and creative drive, but you have probably never even heard of them.
I am also super chuffed that the SHAC SHAC was recognised. That is one really GOOD thing which has come out of the Pandemic – a superb, creative community of kind and caring people. How good is it that we have a place to hang out and keep each other company – whatever the weather? To doodle and draw and design stuff TOGETHER.
There are those who might say it’s not good business sense. Where’s the dollar? And I would respond, it’s perfect business sense. It’s perfect Barbara Business sense – hey! My ride, my rules! Of course we at Clarity are very grateful for the Craft awards, but to be completely honest, my personal reward for writing this blog and driving the SHAC Bus is the knowledge that it actually does help a lot of people get through. I receive so many lovely messages, cards, letters and gifts from kind folk who benefit from the SHAC or the blog! That’s my reward.
There are those who call the SHAC and the Blog shrewd marketing. Well, whatever. It feels right and good to me to care for the people who care for my company. In fact, forget the company bit. It feels right and good to me to care for people. That’s not business speak – that’s humanity.
I also want to say that the blog probably wouldn’t be alive if you didn’t read it! Since October 2013 I have been posting most days… that’s over 3,000 posts! Why do I do it? Because there are people who want to read it and enjoy it. Simples.
And the SHAC-SHAC? I love it. I love the vibe, I love what we do together. I love that I’m allowed to drive the bus. I just love it. But if you didn’t turn up at 10am on a Thursday – and if you hadn’t bothered to turn up at 10 every day for over a year during Lockdown – well, there’d be no SHAC. The bus would have stayed in the depot.
So not only THANK YOU for voting, but thank you for making these things happen! It’s a team thing, you know. And on that note, a huge SHOUT OUT for Paul Church. He deserves a blimming medal putting up with me sometimes !! He’s always there, mopping my brow, making sure everything’s working, helping me do it all. Thanks Paul ♥
What’s the word I’m looking for? STRENGTH. That’s it. We all give each other strength. A pat on the back – an award even – gives one the strength to crack on with renewed vigour!
Time to stop.
Love and Hugs