Sunday, 15 February 2015

Oh What a Night!

Hello there!

Sorry it's so late tonight. We've been at the NEC Trade Show.

And boy did we get a surprise! We went to the British Craft Awards Ceremony 2015 this evening, because I had been asked to present some awards, which is a great honour.

And then Barbara Gray was called out for the Favourite Card Designer!

Didn't see that one coming!

Nor the next one, Best Rubber Stamp Range!

And when they called out Barbara Gray a third time, for most inspirational blog award, well I can tell you, I was shaking like a leaf.

With my two besties at my side, darling Dave

And marvellous Maria

It was an evening I for one shall never forget.

Thank you so much if you voted for Claritystamp or myself. I can quite honestly say when they called out Clarity for Best Rubber Stamp Range I was punching the air and squealing. Unashamedly chuffed for the Clarity Crew.

So not only did we have an excellent business meeting in the afternoon; we were given some serious pats on the back in the evening.

When I came off the stage from the Blog Award, one of the young magazine editors asked me what I thought about winning the award. My response went something like this:

"I love blogging! I do it every day! It's like writing a book, one day at a time and there's a brilliant community which has grown around it!" That's it, isn't it.

And I haven't forgotten that we must pick a winner for Dave's Witty Ditty Blog. I shall do that when we get home on Tuesday, if I may xxxx

It's a funny old life, isn't it. Never know what's round the corner. I certainly got caught out tonight!

 

Lots of love,

Barb xxx

 

128 comments:

  1. You and your team deserve the awards. We'll done

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  2. Many congratulations Barbara! All richly deserved! xx

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  3. CONGRATULATIONS TO YOU AND YOUR TEAM. THE AWARDS ARE ONLY WHAT I AND MANY OTHERS THINK YOU RIGHTLY DESERVE. WE SO APPRECIATE EVERYTHING YOU DO, SHARE AND GIVE TO US. THANK YOU AND CELEBRATE BIG STYLE. i WILL TOAST YOU NOW WITH A CUPPA. Lots of love, Vanessa x

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  4. Way to go Barbara, very well deserved, congratulations x

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  5. Well done to you and your team. Such well deserved recognition. Carol

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  6. Bloody marvellous! A well deserved win,win,win! Xxxx

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  7. Nice one! Well done everyone at Clarity!

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  8. Well done, Barbara, and all the Clarity team! What a night....you deserve all the accolades, and I'm sure there will be many more to come!

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  9. Oh happy blog!!! What a marvellous day you've had! You certainly deserve it! Well done! Lots of love and big bear hugs all round! Xxxx

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  10. Congratulations Barbara and all at Clarity

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  11. Congrats! Well earned, well deserved. You rock! Wow

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  12. Well deserved, you have certainly made a huge difference to me....for the better I think. So congratulations and congratulations hurrah! ­čśČ

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  13. Brilliant...well deserved, give yourself a big pat on the back.

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  14. Could be more deserved you and your team are fantastic tears in my eyes with happiness for your en in your sick bed you was there for us all lots love and hugs Joy xxx

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  15. Well done Barbara, and well deserved indeed xxx

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  16. Fantastic. Congratulations :) :) :)

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  17. Best congratulations, that's really fab news.

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  18. Many congratulations! Very well deserved awards.

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  19. Congratulations Barbara and your wonderful team, you all work so hard to give us the best and always go the extra mile. Well done. Love Kay x

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  20. That is brilliant. Well done and well deserved. xx

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  21. Well done Barbara and your team, amazing news and well deserved. I bet you feel in 7th heaven. Just goes to show your philosophy of one day at a time runs so true. No one day is the same, you've had some rough days recently but without them the good days wouldn't be so sweet. Enjoy x

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  22. Fabulous news! A very worthy winner. You shine at what you do, and that's why we all love you xx

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  23. So well deserved Barbara, and I love how much you always include your family, design team and workers at Clarity rather than hogging the limelight yourself. It's the sign of a true champion, and that's exactly what you are! Make sure you really have a great celebration with everyone because you all make Clarity the act to follow xx

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  24. Well done indeed Barb, and the Clarity team! Let's hope this does your immune system some good, so your lurgy goes... Xxx

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  25. Congratulations to you, Dave and all at Clarity, well deserved awards. J x

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  26. Hi Barbara
    Congratulations,all awards well deserved.

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  27. Woohoo!!! Great news for a GREAT team. Well done!

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  28. Well done to you and your team three awards great news xxx

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  29. Congratulations to You and all the crew Barbara all 3 awards are well deserved each and everyone of you who are the Clarity Stamp cogs work damned hard to keep the wheels turning and bringing us all new and challenging techniques and designs Well Done one and all !!! xx

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  30. Congratulations Barbara & all the team, well deserved. Keep up the good work!! Xx

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  31. Congratulations all the awards are well deserved. It must have been a fantastic evening. Hugs Jackie

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  32. Congratulations to you, Dave and all your Design team, very well deserved all 3 awards. Knew you could walk it. Well done, enjoy the celebrations.xx

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  33. Huge congratulations Barbara and the Clarity team for your well deserved awards x

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  34. Congratulations Barbara, that is fantastic news!!! All very richly deserved by you and the team. What a great way to finish the weekend, or start the week depending on which way you look at it. You look sooo chuffed in the photo - all very exciting. xx

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  35. Yay! Well done to you and everyone involved at Clarity! Very pleased for you all. XX

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  36. Well done Barbara and team. Well deserved awards, congratulations. Xx

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  37. Huge congratulations all round. It's only what you and Clarity deserve. Fab photos. Really love the one of You and Maria. Time to celebrate xx

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  38. Wonderful! Congratulations to you all - so well deserved xx

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  39. Congratulations to Barbara and all the team. You work so hard you deserve the awards. Barbara's blog is so so much of an inspiration to many and I for one never miss reading and sometimes creating xx

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  40. Well deserved and congratulations to you and the team!!! Xxxx

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  41. Awesome news! Congratulations - you and the whole Clarity team certainly deserve the awards. Wonderful! xxx

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  42. You, Dave and all at Clarity deserve every craft award going. Many congratulations. What lovely pictures of you, Dave and Maria. Cannot say anymore. Long may you reign!!
    Best wishes
    Anne (Reading)

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  43. What a surprises on one evening...huge congratulations...so well deserved!

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  44. How fantastic - you and the clarity team totally deserve it. Awesome products and constant inspiration. Thank you. Laurane x

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  45. Congratulations and it could not have happened to a more wonderful lady and her team. You deserve every one of those awards. You are inspirational.

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  46. Great news Barbara Dave and the Clarity team and so well deserved bet your still
    up there on cloud nine so happy for you...Dot...x

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  47. Hi Barbara wow congratulations to you and the whole Clarity Team and not forgetting your mum and Dad and Grace and Mark too for all being there for you and making Clarity the success it is and the lovely Dave too of course. I hope you are celebrating your success and all the yucky illness has been pushed to the side. I'm so pleased for you Barbara, your success is greatly deserved. Well done. Pizza and champers in the office tomorrow ? Take care. Love Diane xxx

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  48. Congratulations! Congratulations! Congratulations!
    Well deserved!

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  49. Many many many congrats, love my Daily dose of Clarity xx

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  50. You deserve everyone of the awards and your wonderful clarity team ,if there was an award for staying power and putting everyone else first you would deserve that too very well done I look forward to your blog each day big crafting hugs xxx

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  51. Fabulous news Barbara and greatly deserved. You are truly amazing and an inspiration to us all. You have a passion for your art and your wonderful range of products illustrates this. Well done to you and your team at Clarity.
    X Chris

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  52. Huge congratulations. And very well deserved awards. With all your efforts and those of your team you keep the offering new and fresh and such a talented design team to provide inspiration. You would take some beating. Well done!

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  53. Congratulations! That's marvelous news and very well deserved!

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  54. Oh Barb I'm so pleased for you.....throughly deserved especially after you've been feeling so poorly and down. Congratulations to you, Dave and everyone else involved.xxxxxx

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  55. Aww big congratulations to you and your fantastic team
    A well deserved TRIPPLE
    Just the pick me up you needed.
    Enjoy. Tx

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  56. What a lovely surprise to be hauled up like that 3 times. Great news, Congeatulations. Xxx

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  57. Bloody brilliant and so very well deserved! Congratulations to you, Dave and the whole team! Makes all that hard work worth while xx
    Much love to you all
    Kim x

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  58. Dear Barb, Dave and all the Clarity team, well done and huge congratulations, you all deserve the accolades, for a job well done. I think at this rate Dave is going to have to build awards alcoves into the gallery walls. Looking forward to yet more inspiration this year. Bx

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  59. Congratulations to you and the Ckarity team

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  60. Yay! Congratulations on all your awards. It must have been an amazing night, and given you a real lift after being so poorly. Go Barbara and all Team Clarity! Love Xxx

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  61. Hallo liebe Barbara,

    herzlichen Gl├╝ckwunsch an dich, Dave und dein wundervolles Team. Ihr habt es alle verdient, das eure Arbeit belohnt wird. Ich kann nur meine Bewunderung f├╝r all die Leitungen, Inspirationen und tollen Berichte auf dem Blog ├Ąu├čern. Es ist mir ein Vergn├╝gen den Blog zu besuchen und zu lernen. Ich habe inzwischen so viel Mut bekommen auch mal etwas auszuprobieren. Es macht einfach Spa├č und es lenkt von all den Alltagssorgen ab wenn man kreativ sein kann. Daf├╝r sage ich herzlichen Dank. Ganz liebe Gr├╝├če Silvi

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  62. Congratulations, well deserved x

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  63. Congratulations, you deserve the awards for all your hard work

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  64. Yay! Congratulations! It couldn't have gone to a better team. Xx

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  65. Hello Barbara

    Well done! You all deserve it for your hard work. We don't feel like customers, we feel like part of a huge family.

    See you at the NEC.

    Love
    Roz.x

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  66. Hello Barbara

    Well done! You all deserve it for your hard work. We don't feel like customers, we feel like part of a huge family.

    See you at the NEC.

    Love
    Roz.x

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  67. Many congrats Barbara, well done to you and all the clarity team !!
    XxxRuth

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  68. Llongyfarchiadau! Congratulations! You deserve every accolade!

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  69. Hi Barb,
    What fantastic news! Many, many congratulations to you, Dave and all at Clarity Towers. I bet you are still on Cloud 9 this morning and I can't blame you. This was just the pick me up you needed. All of these awards were very well deserved. Once again, congratulations, love Alison xxx

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  70. Brilliant news, congratulations to you and the Clarity design team x

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  71. Congratulations Barbara and your lovely team, so well deserved, you will always get our vote, where would we without you, love the photo of you and Maria, it says it all xxx

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  72. Well done Barbara you well deserve it xxx

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  73. May the the best woman win......and she did!!!! Well done

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  74. Congratulations Barbara and all the Clarity team. Well done. Although I don't often comment, I love your blog. Witty, thoughtful, kind, meaningful and inspirational. As you say, just like a book. I don't usually read other peoples accounts of their holidays but yours are often so hilarious (as well as informative) that I sometimes can't stop laughing! Keep up the good work. Glad to see that you are better from the lurgy. Love Diane x

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  75. What an honour ! (x3) So thrilled for all of you...... enjoy

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  76. Many, many congratulations to you all at Clarity! It is all richly deserved!

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  77. Congratulations Barbara, I'm glad it was a lovely surprise for you. You rightfully deserve them all, lots of love xx

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  78. Congratulations - well deserved. xx

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  79. Wow - what wonderful News. Aber jeder einzelne Preis ist verdient von Dir, Dave und Deinem wunderbaren Team. So eine Freude ! Lots of Love xx

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  80. Well done Barbara so happy for you ,.xx

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  81. Excellent news and very well deserved, you work so hard, enjoy the moment...x

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  82. I'm so happy for you and all the team that your hard work, talent and team spirit have been recognised again. If you put all those awards onto shrink plastic you'd have enough for a necklace by now!!! Congratulations, Susan x

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  83. Hi Barbara, Well done to you, Dave and all the Clarity team. I was one of the many who voted for you and I'm delighted you've had this recognition. I hope you bask in the glow of your success for AGES... and then get back to work, making us more fab stamps and giving us more inspirational blogs! Thank you for all your hard work — because it doesn't happen by itself! :) Kayx

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  84. Well done Barbara, to you, Dave & all your hard working team. The awards are well deserved. Enjoy!
    Best wishes Joy x

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  85. CONGRATULATIONS... CONGRATULATIONS... CONGRATULATIONS...
    Very well deserved for you, the whole team and the blog.
    I´m so happy reading your blog from the very first time on... inspirational and creativ and funny... and a lot of bad things in the past are forgotten because of these great awards...
    Rolf xxx

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  86. Well done you!!!! All awards well deserved, you and your team work so hard and Barb you go above and beyond. Read your blog everyday, look forward to it and always enjoy it. You reach out to so many people and that is why so many voted. Would love to have seen your face!!! Love Joan x

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  87. CONGRATULATIONS three times over Barbara and so well deserved too im delighted for you

    Jackie x

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  88. Congratulations and so very well deserved . A company worth its weight in gold xx

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  89. Congrats to you Barbara and your team, well deserved, I am so happy for you x x x

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  90. Congratulations to you and your team Barbara well done Love June horrocks xxxxx

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  91. Congratulations to the team at Clarity, all awards are very well deserved. Delighted for you Barbara, you must feel so proud. Pat x

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  92. Brilliant and so well deserved, shows how much we all love you and your wonderful team and staff
    Keep up the good work
    Hope you feeling better now
    Best wishes to you all

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  93. Liebe Barbara,
    herzlichen Gl├╝ckwunsch zu Deinen verdienten Auszeichnungen.
    Du und Dein Team seid einfach gro├čartig.
    Vielen Dank f├╝r die vielen tollen Ideen.
    Bitte macht weiter so.
    Liebe Gr├╝├če
    Karin

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  94. Wonderful news Barbara on receiving three awards for you and the Clarity team. Congratulations and so well deserved! x

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  95. Well Done Barbara and everyone at Clarity Stamp. Keep up the good work. Kind regards Joanne K x

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  96. Oh, Barbara, I am so pleased for you - what a great haul of accolades! I hope they helped to rake your mind off not having been well this last week.

    I have to admit that I visit several daily blogs posted for the card crafty world, so my alliances were torn in several directions, but I am delighted that it was one of my favs!

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  97. Hi Barb,
    Congratulations to you, Dave, and all the team behind you. I hope you wore comfortable shoes for all the tripping up and down to the stage to pick up the awards
    Maureen xx

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  98. Congratulations Clarity, and congratulations Barbara. Very, very well deserved, and what a great day it turned out to be xx

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  99. Barbara, None of the rest of us are surprised by this - your awards are so well deserved. Many congratulations to you all. Hope you're still walking on cloud nine today...
    Ruth x

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  100. It is so well deserved and well done to you all at Clarity Stamps. You not only offer us great products but inspire us on how to use them and provide fun and entertainment along the way! Natasha

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  101. Many congratulations to you Barbara and all the Clarity team!! All three awards are well deserved, it's lovely to see all the hard work being recognised in such a way.x

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  102. Many Congratulations Barbara and all at Clarity. You and your team deserve this recognition, and so pleased your blog was singled out for the amusing, thoughtful, inspirational daily dose of wonderfulness that it is !!

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  103. I cannot remember if I left a comment on this great news, so I will do it again anyway. Those awards are well deserved for you and your wonderful team, and it could not have happened to a nicer person. They were so right about your blog being inspirational. Long may it continue. xxx Maggie

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  104. Congratulations to you and Team Clarity! You are the best. Your stamps are the best and your blog is the best........... Well done x

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  105. Wow Barbara, what a belter, and your faces say it all. I've a huge smile on my face for you. Very much deserved by you, and your team. I'm glad you now have something to put on the other side of the scales of your sadness at Mark going back to the USA. I know it won't totally balance it out, nothing will, but hopefully it will go someway to. Now I know why I had to do two lots of voting - I had been wondering why I had to do it twice for the awards you've already told us about!!!!! Told you I'm a bit of a bawheid just now!!!!! ;-) Love Brenda xx

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  106. Congratulations to you all at Clarity so very deserved. Xx

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  107. Well they certainly got that right, didn't they! Congratulations, Congratulations, Congratulations!!!

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  108. Fantastic news! Well done you and everyone at Clarity towers! Hip hip hooray, hip hip hooray!Wx

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  109. Well done Barbara. The awards are richly deserved. Please don't take on too much activity too soon. xxx

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  110. congratulations Barbara, and, echoing everyone else, well deserved - I did have my fingers crossed it would be you
    Jane x

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  111. Big Congratulations, so richly deserved, I did vote for you as you are always so inspirational.

    Love & Hugs

    Jacquie J xxx
    http://jewelscardcraft.blogspot.co.uk/

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  112. Congratulations Barbara and everyone at Clarity. It's so well deserved. x

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  113. Congratulations to you and all at Clarity Cottage. Well deserved for all of the hard work xxx

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  114. Congratulations to you and everyone at Clarity. Your awards are well deserved, but it is nice to be recognised for your inspiration, determination and moments of perspiration.

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  115. The awards are so well deserved. Congratulations Barbara and Dave and the team at Clarity Towers, not forgetting the Clarity design team who provide such great samples for your shows.

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  116. CONGRATULATIONS Barbara and the Clarity crew. These awards are very much deserved and I am delighted for you

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  117. A "Hat Trick" Well done! How exciting is that. ( in case you don't know; a hat trick is a hockey term( yes, I am Canadian) where you score three goals in one game... It is a great thing!)

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  118. Congratulations! You and your crew certainly deserve it! Reading you blog is one of the highlights of my day. I love knowing that every day there will be something new. Even Dave's Witty Ditty! ;)
    ...Raine Phoenix

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  119. Many many Congrats Barbara to you and the ClarityTeam on your well deserved awards. :-) X

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  120. Woo-hoo! Fab news!! Congrats to you and your team. Love & hugs xOxOx

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  121. Hi Barbara. Congratulations to you and all at Clarity.What a great surprise for you : ) Take care x

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  122. Well done to you and your team, well deserved x

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

Barb x