Thanks for popping in. We have a posh Boardroom at Clarity Towers. Very swish. Problem is we don‘t actually have a board! Unless you count Dave and me! But it does come in very handy when we are having business meetings, as in Bank Manager type meetings. Mind you, Dan our Bank Manager is a great mate, never misses our Christmas Lunches, and when we do have a meeting it’s usually at Bill’s for breakfast! Nonetheless…
Today we had a special visitor, and it was a perfect opportunity to use the posh room. So Jim nipped to Greggs to buy a few doughnuts and sausage rolls, we flicked the kettle on, and then a bunch of us had a really productive, creative meeting with none other than lovely Tina Cox. It was so good to see her again!
We made a solid plan for several new designs and ideas to be launched at both our Clarity Open Days, and the October Parchment retreat. Who else joined us…Jazz, Lisa, Jim, Paul, Dave. So lucky number’s seven!
It’s really great to sit in a room with a group of switched on, creative, thinking people. I also like that they aren’t afraid to chime in and argue points if they disagree with a proposal. But they also offer alternatives, which is great. No point in surrounding yourself with yes men. You’ll only ever get what you want to hear, rather than what you need to hear. The biggest snags or issues with whatever we do seldom lies within the company. It is invariably the external supply chain which lets us down, or slows us down. Thank goodness we make most of what we design – including the packaging nowadays. Honestly, running a business is a challenge! But we love a challenge!
Tina brought me a beautiful gift. A real WOW. Look..
When I asked her how she had made it, she modestly said she had used one of our stamps on fabric, then embroidered onto it, to give her a pattern. “Which stamp?” I asked, being the typical curious crafter..
And then I saw it. How cool.
Isn’t the embroidery beautiful? I immediately said it reminded me of Rowandean , and Tina said she too LOVES Rowandean work. I am very grateful for the lovely gift, and for such a dear friend. She really is a smashing woman.
Now I want to have a go at embroidering like this !! But hang on. I’ve started a blimming Totem Pole for the garden ! One thing at a time. I actually started an embroidery project once – when I was pregnant with Grace ! Ask me if I’ve finished it yet….when Grace has a baby I will endeavour to complete it x x x Totem Pole first though !
Quote for today?
Too true Blue!