Friday, 18 April 2014

A Good Giving Friday


Hello there.
Thanks for stopping by today!
I hope you are well, and able to take a day off today.
I thought it would be a good day to give away some prizes and put a smile on a few faces.

So, let’s start with the Trees on the Gelli Plate exercise from a while ago (see blog posted 31st March).
I used an Gelli Plate brickwall remnant to create a treeline,

remember?




And the challenge was to make suggestions to finish, add to or enhance the wall. Well, Carole Panksztelo went one step further, and sent me her interpretation. Take a look....

Fantastic, or what?!


I love how she has come down in front of the wall 
with the trees, too. 



So hats off to Carole, and a big round of applause.

Carole, don’t think I need to send you my wall; yours is excellent! So a £20 Clarity gift voucher on its way to you next week instead.

Next was the Limerick session. Remember the corset card last week?



We laughed our heads off that day in the car to and from Ally Pally. They were all hilarious. Each and every one! 
Here are a couple which had us in stitches,

from Cardgenie


There once was a man from Dorset
Who liked to wear his wife’s corset
The lace caused a rash
Which caused him to scratch
And he ended up with a sore set!

from Linda Page 

There once was a man from Dorset
Who like to wear his wife's corset
He tried it at night;
It was really quite tight
And he ripped it by trying to force it 



But I think the one which cracked us up most was this one:

from Jocelyn:

There once was a man from Dorset
Who liked to wear his wife's corset
He'd dress up and play
While she was away
'Cos they're funny like that in Dorset!



So, in keeping with the Laughometer, 



another £20 Gift Voucher goes to Jocelyn.

To the other 2 ladies, Linda and the Cardgenie: 
how about a consolation prize? 
Each pick a Claritystencil on the website, and call Janice next week on 01732 868215 with your choice. We will get them sent out to you. xx 

And now to a random good egg at Easter. 
A £50 Gift Voucher goes to ...
Donna Brooks.
Just for being positive and uplifting, and 
because we can.
xxx

So there we are.
I figured out a long time ago, never to tire of doing the next right thing, and that small, indiscriminate, random acts of kindness make the world a better place.

Good Friday.

There’s a great quote by John Wesley,
which we have even made into a stamp.
I think it is appropriate today:



Have a GOOD day.
See you tomorrow! 
Same time, same place.

Love,
Barb
xxx




65 comments:

  1. Just dont know where you get your time and energy from Barbara, but you give so much to others with your ideas and inspiration, many thanks. Have an Eggcellent Easter love.xxxx

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  2. Just dont know where you get your time and energy from Barbara, but you give so much to others with your ideas and inspiration, many thanks. Have an Eggcellent Easter love.xxxx

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  3. Well done everyone! Happy Easter Clarity Team and everyone here! Xx

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  4. Awesome post and well done to all. I love random acts of kindness. Lx

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  5. Congratulations to those lovely ladies and have a wonderful Easter Barbara Dave and all at clarity towers. Xxx

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  6. Well done everyone, enjoy your prizes, have a great Easter everyone x

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  7. Congrats to all the lucky winners, one day I will also be lucky, (thinking positive lol).
    What a beautiful quote and so true it really doesn't cost to be nice and it makes you feel good, if you are miserable and nasty then that does cost you as you would be thinking about the miserableness you caused costing time and ill feeling so better to be nice of course for too many reasons. I digress it must be the Good Friday feelings.

    Have a lovely Easter with your family Barb, my Husband is away and my little girl will prob be out playing so I will just have to have some fabulous time crafting.
    Denise x

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  8. What a lovely thing to do. Well done ladies. Missed you this year at Ally Pally Barb, as hubby in hospital, so thank goodness for your blogs (the next best thing). A very happy Easter to one and all x

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  9. Morning Barbara - what a lovely surprise I got just now when I logged onto Facebook and saw the intro to today's blog - it certainly bought a big smile to my face! Thank you :-) (I'll be browsing the Clarity website to choose what I'll be spending my prize voucher on, that's for sure).
    I loved all the limericks too - well done to Jocelyn, Linda & Cardgenie. x
    Happy, happy Easter everyone....don't worry about indulging a little, we all deserve a treat every now & again - It's choc-o'clock!! :-)
    Take care & enjoy the long weekend, Carole xxx

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    1. Well done, the card was beautiful. Enjoy your treat. xx

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    2. I sure will Lynne - thank you. Have a lovely weekend :-) x

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  10. Congratulations to you all on your surprise Easter gifts - well done ! What a great quote. I'm currently putting some ideas together for a journal for my niece's 16th birthday & I'm trying to include some life guidance, thought provoking words... this quote is spot on. If we all thought about those words everyday things around us would be peachier.

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  11. Great artwork Carole. I remember Jocelyn's limerick , brilliantly funny :-D Very well done to Donna. Great quote today, would make a great stamp :-)

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    1. Thank you - it's lovely receiving so many compliments. Enjoy your weekend x

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  12. Congratulations to all the winners. Enjoy the bank holiday.
    Lesley

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  13. Congratulations to all the winners. Enjoy the sunshine today and Barbara enjoy your time in the garden but mind your neck! Love Diane G xxx

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  14. Congrats to all the winners !
    Love the word stamp and today is a good day to do good things -so enjoy your day Barbara , don't hurt your neck in the garden and have a great time with your loved ones ,
    XxxRuth

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  15. Love that quote, congratulations to all the winners, love that artwork with the graffiti effect xx happy Easter all xx

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  16. To give is to receive, and that's a lovely reminder reading your post above. Well deserved to the winners and thanks Barbara have a lovely sunny day.

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  17. Morning all and a Very Happy Easter. Carole this is fabulous and congrats to you and all tge ither ladies and thank you for the prize .xx

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    1. Many thanks Linda. Well done to you too! You'll be spoilt for choice with so many lovely stencils at Clarity now! :-) Have a lovely weekend x

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  18. Well done to the winners. Your blig is brilliant and so upliftjng. Brightens my day.
    Easter hugs to everyone who needs one.
    CraftyJacq
    Xx

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  19. Well done to the winners ,love the wall ,and the stamp is great xx

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  20. Hello Barb, what a lovely blog post today, congrats to all the winners, the verse is beautiful, I think that will be my next have to have. Have a lovely break everyone. Bx

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  21. Carole's wall is stunning! Congratulations to all the winners and the quote is beautiful! Have a lovely day! xx

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  22. Thank you Barbara a great blog congrats to all the lucky winners love June xxx

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  23. Happy Easter to all well done to the winners i have to work some of the easter but will remember the quote when its busy to help me through the day.xx

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  24. well done to the winners and a Happy Easter to all - you're very kind Barbara! Hugs rachel xx

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  25. Happy Easter to all ...and happy crafting ....x

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  26. Happy Easter to you and the lovely Clarity team.

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  27. Thank you Barbara :-)
    Congratulations to Carole for her wall - it is amazing.
    Happy Easter everyone and may the Easter Bunny smile upon you! xx

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    1. Thank you Jocelyn - I'm one happy bunny :-) x

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  28. Congrats to all the Clarity winners. Buy something fun and enjoy. What a lovely Good Friday message

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  29. Hi Barb,
    Happy Easter to everyone! Love the word stamp - that John Wesley certainly had the right idea! Carole love your creation and well done for winning your prize. Congrats to all the other winners too. Have a great Easter everyone. Love Alison xx

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    1. Thank you Alison - it was a lovely Easter surprise x

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  30. John Wesley's verse is beautiful.

    Happy Easter to everyone at Clarity and on this blog and congratulations to all the winners.

    Angela xx

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  31. Needed that uplifting quote, husband is decorating!!!! Why does Easter mean decorating???? Calm...... well done to all the winners hope you enjoy spending your prizes. I will endeavour to enjoy the day, wish me luck. Joan x

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  32. Congrats to all the winners - Carole your artwork is stunning. Loved the limericks, there's something about a limerick that always makes me smile. Have a lovely Easter everybody. Pat x

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  33. OMG, OMG, just logged on to see I have won a prize! How cool is that. THANK YOU Barbara for the best Friday surprise. I was only on Clarity last night browsing for my next stamps, stencils etc, etc, so now I will have to have a bit more fun spending than I thought. Well done to the other winners. Happy Easter to you and all at Clarity. Much love and Thanks, Donna XX

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    1. Glad we put a smile on your face Donna. xxx

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  34. What a great post Barbara, good for you and congratulations to all the winners. Have a great Easter everyone. Maddy x

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  35. Congratulations to all the lucky winners.
    I love the wall card it's fab and the limericks have had me chuckling
    Have a great Easter everyone
    Jackie

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  36. Congratulations to all the winners! I really enjoyed reading all the limericks. Hope everyone has a lovely Easter. x

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  37. Hi Barbara. Congratulations to Carole, the wall is amazing, and also to Linda, Cardgenie and Jocelyn. All of your limericks are brilliant, they certainly gave me a great laugh, thank you : ) I hope you enjoy gardening Barbara, and have a lovely Easter weekend. Take care.

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    1. Thank you for the lovely compliment :-) x

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  38. Congratulations to all the winners. Hope everyone has a lovely Easter. I'm for gardening while the sun is out and maybe another long walk through Ayr Gorge. Big Hugs to all. xxx

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  39. Congratulations to everyone! I won some stamps from another site once and it's a super feeling!! And the verse is so appropriate (and yet another stamp to buy next time I place an order!!) am glad the limericks didn't make any reference to 'normal for Norfolk' happy Easter!

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  40. Wow, Thanks so much Barb, very generous of you to give consolation prizes as well. I will have fun choosing my stencil. Well done to all of the prize winners. Happy Easter to you and Dave and all at Clarity Towers and to all your fellow followers. Hope everyone has a wonderful and peaceful break. Jean.x

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  41. Congratulations to all the winners happy Easter to all at clarity towers going to look on Easter sale big crafting hugs to all xx

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  42. Congratulations to all the lucky ladies, and a Happy Easter to everybody x

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  43. Happy Good Friday Barbara, and congrats to all the winners. Great Limericks!

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  44. Share what you can and smile if you have nothing to share - it costs nothing and can bring a brighter day to others. Congratulations to all the winners and thanks to all the participants in the limerick challenge - there were some real belly laughs in those posts. Thank you Barbara for your generosity to all your followers - I'm sure they will enjoy spending their vouchers. Happy Easter!! Susan x

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  45. A great creation on the Gelli Plate, congratulations to all the winners. Enjoy the long weekend everyone. x

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  46. Congratulations to the winners,what a nice surprise. Have a great Easter everyone

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  47. Congratulations to all the winners and runners-up. Hope everybody has a great Easter.

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  48. Finally able to read your blog today, my laptop had a mind of its own this morning but I have a wonderful son-in-law who is a whiz IT tech. All sorted now. Firstly congratulations to all the winners , what lovely treats for Easter, not fattening either and will last longer.
    Kind thoughts Barbara, you are very generous with your giveaways. Enjoy the warm weather while it is here. Lynne xx

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  49. Happy Easter Barb! It is my wedding anniversary tomorrow and birthday on Sunday! Am suffering with a cold/hayfever but am determined to have some fun!! Had to change my plans but might manage an easter egg hunt! H xxx

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  50. great post Barbara and congratulations to all the winners xx

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  51. Love your blog today - the winning limerick so funny!!! Happy Easter Barb - hope you have a restful weekend xx

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  52. Happy Easter everyone and congratulations to all the winners. Jx

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  53. well done ladies. maybe one day i will win. but then i never do. happy easter xx

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  54. Well done to all the winners...what a lovely surprise for them!
    Hope you have a lovely easter weekend Barbara and Dave! Love and hugs! Xxx

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  55. Had no time to pop in yesterday, so sorry for this late message. Congratulation to all the girls. I love the little poem, and understand while you were all laughing in the car. xx

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  56. Fab limericks - well done ladies!
    Gorgeous wall and trees - fabulous - well done Carole.
    Have a very Happy Easter Karen x

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  57. Congratulations to all the winners, there were some great limericks, and Carole's wall was lovely, enjoy spending your winnings. x

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Thank you for your kind messages and I hope you get inspiration from my ramblings.

Barb x