Thanks for popping in.
I was notified today that the doors have opened for your Craft Award Nominations. If you think that the good ship Clarity deserves recognition in the shape of an award, then it would be brilliant if you could nominate us (and then vote for us if we get nominated). There are loads of different categories!
Here’s the link: NOMINATION LINK
It’s been a busy day at work! We’re reigniting some plans which were shelved – put on ice – back when Lockdown happened over 2 years ago. It’s funny how we forget which track we were on, which tune we were humming. At the time so much of it was really important, and all consuming. Now, two years later, so much has happened in the interim, that the perspective is completely different. We really have changed shape. It’s almost like coming out of a deep sleep. Very strange. The thing is, if we’re going to keep going, we have to wake up! And we are.
First there‘s the Factory Shop. When we moved to the new premises, we fully intended to open a little shop at Clarity Towers, a factory outlet. We laid the carpets, we bought the shelving and racking, we even painted it and put new lighting in! Two years on, it’s like the Marie Celeste. Boxes of designer paper and parchment stacked high, and very little else. So that’s the first thing we’re tackling! A destination place for our customers and friends.
Then we had planned on a room where we could hold regular little workshops and classes for Groovi, Pergamano, Mixed Media, Gel Press art, Stamping etc. The Boardroom – next to the shop – was the perfect place. Now it’s piled high with stock ready to be assembled for a TV show. That’s what happens. You see a space -and you fill it..So that needs sorting too.
One thing at a time, one room at a time – that’s the only way to tackle this mammoth project! It looks pretty insurmountable from where I’m standing right now. But this too shall pass. It will be fine. I reckon the little classes will be popular, as will the shop. I reckon people will make a day of it, and come from farther afield too. Who remembers The Craft Barn in Lingfield back in the 90’s? Maggie Wright owned it. She was a powerhouse of a businesswoman. And what a little Mecca that was! People came from all over the world to visit that little craftshop! And whilst I’m not expecting that kind of draw, I am hopeful. We will trial a smaller shop at the front of the building for starters, and take it from there. If it proves popular, we have room for expansion.
That’s it, isn’t it. In these volatile and challenging times, we do have to box clever and keep it trim. Tell you what though. This isn‘t the first time times have been tough – and it sure as hell won’t be the last.
On another note, I thoroughly enjoyed hanging out with like-minded folks in the SHAC at 10 this morning! Here’s the video if you missed it…
And finally, don’t forget to join me tomorrow evening at 7pm on Facebook Live, for a little craftalong using a new 5-part stencil. Here’s the link to find what we will be using HERE.
There’s been some good to come out of the past 2 years too. The SHAC SHAC is one of the sweeter things in my life nowadays.
Love and Hugs