Thanks for popping in. Many of you may already have heard the announcement that The Craft Store TV channel (previously HOCHANDA) – the one we work with – has acquired Create & Craft – the one we used to work with! So. We have come full circle!
Let me fill you in….After many years on Create & Craft, we – Dave and I – moved our business to the smaller channel, HOCHANDA – Home of Crafts Hobbies and Art – primarily because it was a better arty-crafty fit for Clarity; I was desperate to demonstrate more and be artier. Hochanda gave me that opportunity. Six years on, I would have to say that we were right. It is a wonderful TV channel for Art & Craft, we have grown with them as a craft company, and have been there about 6 years now. In that time we’ve built a fabulous arty-crafty team and community. If you’re reading this blog, then you are probably part of that family. And you’ll know at Clarity we don‘t want to get bigger, we just want to get better. One day at a time.
Here we see Paul Wright and Val Kaye, who have just bought Create & Craft. I was there on Day 1, eating cake with them – and I still am – 100%. Working with Val and Paul – AND eating cake!! In fact, I’m on the Board now too, (non-exec), which is an honour and a privilege indeed.
There is much to do, much to plan and much to consider. I do think that it will be good to get together again. It will be great to see the two channels working together.
You see, there are friends and colleagues on both channels. In the offices, on the floor, among fellow art companies. So this merger is indeed welcome at many levels. It will be cool to be able to hang out with those mates in the Green Room again, to work with those people again.
We have one thing in common: we are crafters. Whether we present on Create & Craft or at The Craft Store, we are crafters. And most of us are grafters too. Work hard, play hard.
Nothing is going to change in our little company Clarity, that’s pretty certain. Well, as certain as anything can be nowadays. We will continue to design and manufacture our lovely Claritystamps and Groovi plates; we will keep crafting, teaching and demonstrating on telly, and we will do our own thing too, in the SHAC, with the Blogs and on Facebook LIVE. We shall stay in our lane, help where we can in the coming months, and continue to travel gently through 2022 – despite this very surprising turn of events in the first month! Never a dull moment, eh?!