Friday's blog a private peak...Well, all I can say is, it's not always hearts and roses here at Clarity Towers. Sometimes work just goes and takes over, and today was just such a day. Day 1 of the NEC and what a day! We never stopped pedalling from the moment the doors opened! I am writing this blog on Thursday evening for tomorrow. It's the good Dave's birthday today, but here's the rub: he has had to drive back down to Kent for more stock, because we had such a bumper day! So no birthday cake, not even a meal. We will meet up at the stand at 7.30 tomorrow morning, and restock for another day's trading. Yep, that's the reality of it. A thriving business comes at a price. We'll pretend it's his birthday on Monday...
But somewhere in this chaos, I did make him a card, so since I can't share birthday photos of us all at the Indian, as was my Friday Blog Plan, (primarily because birthday boy wasn't there), I thought I'd show you the card I made him.
One of the things I love about the Gelli Plate is that sometimes you will pull a print which is absolutely perfect, and beautiful, and balanced and arty - and you will never be able to reproduce it because you simply have no idea how you did it. And that's about the sum of it here...
I could tell you which stencil pieces I used (those of you in the New Design Club can expect these next week!). I could probably even figure out which paints I used if I studied it hard enough. But would I ever achieve that shade? That echo? That piece? Nope, not in a month of Sundays.
So this means I have to accept that this is a one-off, an original, a never to be repeated. And I have to tell you, I love that. For somebody who does the same thing over and over and over again, at exhibitions and workshops, to create something unique and original - and once only - feels pretty good.
I was so chuffed to be able to give this little piece of originality to Dave! It was greatly appreciated, too. As is his birthday present ! KT Tunstall is playing in London next Sunday, and I have booked us into a swanky Hilton Hotel that night for a treat, so we don't have to charge around at midnight after the concert, hoping to catch the last train! The way to this man's heart is through music and good humour.
Tomorrow we will have a whole load of photos and fun, because half the Clarity Design Team are visiting the NEC, and we are all going out for dinner in Balsall Common. 18 of us! Can't wait!