Wednesday, 6 January 2016

Mindful Wednesday. Groovi Globe Trotters


Hi there.
Thanks for popping in today.
Dave and I will be up in the air as you read this, 
headed out to the CHA, Anaheim, Los Angeles
We went last year too, 
when we were involved in the Create & Craft US TV launch.

Dave and Barb at the CHA
Even got out to see our mate, Donald.
Err, no! Not Trump!
The friendly one!


While we were there, we made friends with another outfit,
Ken Oliver and Product Performers.


They have become US Distributors for us,
and have very kindly invited little ol’ me to demonstrate Clarity
on their stand at the Big Show.
So I shall be working alongside Ken Oliver, 
who is a really nice chap,
launching all things Groovi in the States!
Then Product Performers will distribute to 
American Craft shops coast to coast,
and then our American friends can buy from them.

That is the theory.

We have done everything WE can.

We have come up with a fab Parchment Craft System,
which has gone crazy in the UK.
We have kept up with demand.
We’ve even been nominated for a couple of awards.
We have got some fantastic add-on Groovi products 
which are scheduled to be launched at the UK Trade Show 
in Birmingham next month.
(very very very very very very excited.....)
We have maintained and improved our core products, Claritystamps, 
and we’ve expanded our stencil range to the point 
where Ken Oliver wants to use them too. 


We have prepped and packed.
We have booked the flight and hotel.
We have got fantastic art samples.

More we cannot do.
Now we have to hand it over.
We cannot control the footfall at the CHA.
We cannot control the number of visitors 
to the Product Performers’ stand.
Last year the show seemed very quiet 
compared to previous years when I have been there. 
But it’s got to be worth a punt!

We can only do what we can do, and then let go.

In other words, we cannot actually control the outcome.
We can do everything in OUR power to contribute to a successful show, but that’s all. 

It’s the same on TV.
I can only do the best that I can do.
Most of what goes on is out of my hands.

When you stop to think about it, 
it’s actually the same in all aspects of life.
We can mix up the ingredients for the best cake in the world,
but if the oven’s on the blink....


Wish us luck!
I shall be blogging from California for the next few days.


Have Ipad will work! 

Love & Hugs,

116 comments:

  1. Wowser....have lots of fun!
    Love
    Maggie

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  2. Hallo Barbara,
    na dann wünsche ich eine angenehme Reise für Dich und Dave, ganz viel Spaß auf der CHA und ich freue mich schon über Bilder von dort ... und genieße die Wärme dort.
    Herzliche Grüße über den großen Teich sendet Sabine:-)

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  3. Have good flights and safe travelling. Enjoy yourselves whilst working. What will be will be so all the best and have fun. Cheers Fi xx

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  4. Have a safe journey. Hope your trip is fruitful. XX

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  5. Hope all goes well, looking forward to new and exciting products in the future, although the ones i have here and now are brill. Travel safe. Lots of love Jx

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  6. Hello Barbara

    Well done. I am sure it will go well. I met Ken Oliver when he demonstrated at Colemans Craft Warehouse and, yes, he is a lovely man. Reminded me of our Paul. Very friendly, approachable and generous with sharing his knowledge.

    Enjoy yourselves, glad to see Dave is well enough again to accompany you.

    Love
    Roz.x

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  7. Oh it's all sounding very exciting. I wish you well and hope with all my heart that all things Clarity take off in a whirlwind in the US
    Enjoy your trip and have some FUN xx

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  8. Oh it's all sounding very exciting. I wish you well and hope with all my heart that all things Clarity take off in a whirlwind in the US
    Enjoy your trip and have some FUN xx

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  9. Hello Barbara

    Well done. I am sure it will go well. I met Ken Oliver when he demonstrated at Colemans Craft Warehouse and, yes, he is a lovely man. Reminded me of our Paul. Very friendly, approachable and generous with sharing his knowledge.

    Enjoy yourselves, glad to see Dave is well enough again to accompany you.

    Love
    Roz.x

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  10. Hi Barb,
    I hope you have a safe journey and that everything goes well for you and for Clarity in the States - I'm sure it will. Have a lovely time with Dave, love Alison xxx

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  11. Fingers crossed for a successful trip. Enjoy! xx

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  12. Safe trip was wondering if you was going all best sure they will
    Love it as we all do big hugs Joy ccccv

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  13. I don't know how you do it Barbara. you are fantastic in everything you do. I hope everything goes well for you and that you also enjoy the trip.

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  14. Hope you've had a safe and stress free journey, and fingers crossed for an enjoyable and productive CHA.

    Clarity continues to go from strength to strength, which is fabulous to see. Groovi is an awesome product, I had a play at the last retreat, but still haven't decided whether to take the plunge and invest in a whole system. The new club is quite a tempting 'in'. Claire x

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  15. Have fun Barbara. I love Ken Oliver too. He came to Scotland 2 years ago and hope he comes back. Hope to see you in Glasgow too. XxHugs Rita xx

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  16. Hoping you have a safe and successful trip

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  17. Good luck at CHA! No rest for the wicked. I expect all your American customers are soooo pleased to know you will soon be available from stockist over there. Have fun in sun. Xx

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  18. Hi Sheila, Brenda, Dot, Diane and Pam. How is everyone tonight? Any crafting going on? I am in the middle of my challenge card at the moment. Xx

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    1. Hi Donna
      I'm sat here with a pile of thank you stamped images and my spectrum noir pencils doing the ribbon effect Barbara did on Monday. I'm having a lovely time, especially as I'm watching Barbara's shows and the casserole in the oven is wafting a rather yummy aroma! Hope you've had a good day, happy crafting xxxx

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    2. Evening Donna cannot wait to see your blog challenge card happy crafting
      My acupuncture went well Drs too and I've even manage to do some on my groovi hope to do some colouring on my parchment big hugs dear blog friend xxx

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    3. Evening Diane happy colouring hugs xxx

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    4. Hi Donna, Sheila and Diane, hoping to try a little groovy tonight for an hour, glad you are all managing to get crafting. Looking forward to trying the Thank you ribboning and the best wishes it looks so good. Just ordered the Christmas one too. Love and hugs Pam xxx

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    5. Hi Sheila glad to hear the Dr and your pin cushion session went well. Wow you are crafting up a storm today! Good for you. I have added the glitter to my card this evening so should be able to take its photo tomorrow ready to send in. XX

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    6. Evening Diane, lots of crafting for you too. Now, how about a teeny tiny flowery card or canvas? Oh and guess what the challenge theme is this month! ;) XX

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    7. Evening Pam, getting your Groovi out will be a nice relaxing few hours. How are you getting on with it? I really love doing the lines but still find myself not breathing when I'm doing the white work! I will give Barbara's tip about a card buffer a try, that might stop me passing out. XX

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    8. I didn't feel like doing any Donna, just not in the mood, didn't know shattered yo start, try tomorrow, once I start I'll be ok. Xx

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    9. I ordered the Christmas one in the members sale I've got the thank you and best wishes they are so lovley and been able to add different sentiments is good too .xxx

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    10. Hi Donna a wee bit tired this week all the running about and emotional time of the last few weeks catching up I think but you know what..When the going gets tough the tough get on the blog ..maybe not the normal saying but hey it works for me..XX

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    11. p.s. Donna well done on getting top 5 was so happy for you..xx

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    12. Morning Dot, thank you I was chuffed to get in the top 5 :) keep blogging and that will lift your spirits. Hope you have a good Thursday. Xx

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  19. Good luck and wishing you every success in conquering the big USA. Let them know they missed out on our talent first time round. Best wishes xx

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  20. Good Luck wish I was with you...or maybe not. Fantastic.

    Love the photos.
    Crafty hugs Pen x

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  21. I'm sure Clarity stamps, stencils and Groovi system will sell well in the USA and your demoing is always great and your enthusiasm for the products is infectious which will encourage sales even more. Looking forward to hearing all about it Barbara. x

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  22. Ooh I hope you have a fantastic trip - as you say you have done all that you can do. Now you just have to sit back and wait for the oohs and aaahs. Have fun. Xx

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  23. Here's to you Barbara and all things Clarity!!! Have a very successful trip. Hugs xxxxx

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  24. Here's to you Barbara and all things Clarity!!! Have a very successful trip. Hugs xxxxx

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  25. I am so pleased Dave is well enough now to enjoy this with you - have heaps of fun! xx

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  26. Good luck, Barbara(not that you'll need it). I'm sure that all visitors to the show will snap up your products as we do back home. Enjoy your time over there.

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  27. Barbara, do you ever rest?! It's great that Ken Oliver loves your stencils and your new Groovi system, will go like hot cakes in the US. Hope you and Dave have had a good journey and landed by now. I'm looking forward to seeing what you come up with next, you never cease to amaze. I love Clarity :-) xxx

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  28. Lol love the pics I need a calming session with my crafty toys so now the tree is having a wee rest til later this year its time to play :-D have a blast at CHA hun xx

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  29. Fantastic progression for you and well deserved. My storage system and wee houses/shops arrived today. Must find time to play soon. x

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  30. Safe travels, Barbara! I hope Ken and Barb are a great success! :) And that American crafters are smart enough to know a fantastic new product when they see it! Kx

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  31. Hi Barbara
    Safe journey to you and Dave. I've got my fingers crossed that you are a huge success in America, you really deserve it. Ken looks a lovely chap and on your wave length too so hopefully this time with an American behind you everything will go ok. Gosh, what a difference a year makes eh! Have a lovely time, try and relax and spend some quality time with Dave - it's good to hear he's by your side again.
    Love to you both
    Diane Xxxxxx

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    1. Hi Brenda xxxxx
      Hi Pam xxxx
      Hi Sheila xxxxx
      Hi Dot xxxx
      I'm early today for a change! Hope everyone is ok and Sheila hope your acupuncture session went well xxxxxx

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    2. Evening Diane acupuncture went very well thank you and Drs too I manage to spend half hour on my groovi so well happy hugs xxx

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    3. Hi Diane, hope you enjoyed your casserole and got your colouring finished. Love and hugs Pam xxx

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    4. Hi Diane your an early owl the night taking a wee break from the nightshift then hope your well...xx

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  32. Hope you have a great (and very successful) trip! C xx

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  33. Have a good time both of you x

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  34. Hope you have a happy and successful trip.
    Happy Days,
    Lesley

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  35. Hi both.Hope you had a safe journey over the pond. Enjoy your stay, have lots of crafting fun!!
    Good luck with the Groovi, yes I had one for Christmas, yeah
    Happy New Year to both. hugs. Jan.xx

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  36. Safe journey to you both. I'm sure your trip will be successful. How could it not!!1

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  37. How exciting you are going to CHA and to be partnering with a US company to help distribute your fantastic products so that we Americans can enjoy more of your work! I am going, and will be working in the Charity Wings booth, so I hope to see you there.

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  38. Wonderful, that at long last Dave is well enough to accompany you on your travels. It has been a fantastic year for Clarity, brilliant products and I am sure you will do well. Enjoy your time in the States. xx

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  39. I bet the folks left behind at Clarity Towers are wondering how they are going to keep up with all the new customers from the other side of the pond. Have a wonderful time and make time for a little R&R while you are there. xx Maggie

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  40. Hi Barb - what exciting news! I think that it is wonderful that Clarity is introducing a new product (the Groovi System) to the US!! Normally we in the UK follow the US so well done to you! Hope that you and Dave have a wonderful time over there and that things go well for you at the CHA! Sending you positive vibes! xxx

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  41. Know what Barbara, I reckon this is more your style, working with a partner in US who understands that market and does your kind of art. The thing that unites UK and US is language and the thing that separates the US and UK is language. Local is definitely best when tackling such a huge and diverse market and I think Ken talks your language. I wish you all the best with your venture, in it is the hands of the gods now and it certainly won't fail from lack of trying on your part. The show is still one of those must do's in US even if not at the dizzy heights of previous years, I also think you will get great direct feedback from those visiting about how to tackle the market. If footfall not great, then gives you more time with those there to drill down into what's needed. Best of luck, sure it will go well. Hugs Karen xxx

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    1. Are you back to work Karen ? Send all my best for 2016 to your dear friend and work college hope it's a better year than the last one xxx

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  42. Enjoy your time over there. The old saying of the harder you work, the luckier you become, should ring true for you, but just in case, all the best for the CHA xxx

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  43. Wishing you a safe journey there and home and a wonderful launch of the groovi it so good Dave is well enough to go too lots of crafting hugs xxx

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    1. Evening Dorothy
      Evening pam
      Evening Brenda
      Hugs to all on the blog xxx

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    2. Hi Sheila, glad your acupuncture went well and the doctors. Good that you managed a bit of groovy, little steps are good. I have appointment for Monday for my back, been putting it off for a while, just doing exercises they gave me last time I went, not helping at all.

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    3. Sheila I'm pleased to hear your treatment and the doctors went well and you managed some Groovi today. Take care xxxxx
      Pam, casserole was yummy thank you, hope you get your back sorted soon xxxxx

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    4. Hope you get some help for the pain no good if pain effects daily things especially our crafting let me know how it goes does heat help with the pain ??

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    5. Hi Sheila hope your wee pains are easing my friend gentle hugs till they do...xx

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  44. Hi Barbara
    Have a safe journey and enjoy your time in the US.
    Looking forward to seeing whats in store with the new groovi add ons.

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  45. Hi Barbara and Dave, lovely photos, I'm sure you'll do well, they're bound to love the groovy mate system as much as we do. Wish you well, you've done your best so there's nothing you can to, just sit back and take the credit and wait for the rush. Safe journey and hope you can manage a bit of sightseeing and you and Dave relaxation time, or you'll be worn out. Love & hugs Pam xxx

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  46. I've got everything crossed for you Barb - makes crafting quite difficult though! Hope all goes well for you over there and I look forward to reading all about it. Take care and be safe, Carole xxx

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  47. Wishing you all the luck in the world Barb. You so deserve this, you work so hard. Above all take time to enjoy ;0) xx

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  48. Best of luck Barbara and Dave, hope it goes even better than hoped for, love Brenda xx

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    1. Hi Brenda, lovely to see you here. Hope you are feeling better than you were. Have you managed any crafting lately, I haven't since well before Christmas. Dodgy back and can't sit for too long, must admit after all the craft things I've bought lately I just haven't been in the mood. Love and hugs Pam xxx

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    2. Evening Brenda, always makes my heart sing to see you pop up on the blog! Miss you. XX

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    3. Lovley to have you here hugs xxx

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    4. Ah there she is always here when somebody needs a kind word or a wee bit of luck with something glad you keep popping in Brenda to get some love back ..here is yir cuddle...miss yir wee bit banter always makes me smile...XX

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  49. Oooooooooh, exciting times for Clarity!!! Can't wait to see pictures and hear all the news. Enjoy it! Xxx

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  50. Hi Dot, hope you are well, have you done any crafting? Just telling Brenda that I haven't felt like doing any and yet I've still been ordering. Just a blip I'm sure the motivation will return soon. Love and hugs Pam xxx

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    1. Oh Pam snap keep getting all this lovely stuff with great intentions of doing so much but think I need some of them batteries Barbara has...take care..xx

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  52. Enjoy your time at the CHA, I look forward to hearing all about it over the next few days. I am sure the US will love Groovi.

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  53. Well you're closer ,no ocean between us , but a hell of a lot country from California to Virginia . Sigh!

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  54. Exciting times ahead. You have built solid foundations and I am sure that you will do well in the USA.

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  55. Well you're closer ,no ocean between us , but a hell of a lot country from California to Virginia . Sigh!

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    1. That's a shame Jan so near but so far away, but if you have any crafty friends near CHA point them in Barbara's direction with your love...XX

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  56. Hope I can get the wonderful sales and less postage ,

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  57. Sounds like fun - hope you enjoy yourself, and that the new products are well received by the CHA.

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  58. What an adventure you are on. I hope you enjoy the trip and that it is successful.

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  59. Enjoy the trip. I can't wait to see all the new products!

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  60. Good luck, hope all goes well. X

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  61. Hope all goes well for you 'over there'. Mxx

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  62. Wishing you every success with the Groovi launch in the USA. Xxx

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  63. Have a good trip Barb and Dave - we all look forward to hearing all about it. love Beryl x

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  64. Hope you have a fabulous time in America - safe and smooth journeys, catching up with friends and, of course, wowing America with fantastic Clarity goodies

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  65. Hi Barbara
    I think the USA will love Groovi. You are right though - you can only do so much and I am sure Ken Oliver will do all he can to help. I love the craft mat and the colour bursts. Enjoy the CHA and wow those Americans with your talent and creativity.
    Hugs from Chris XX

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  66. i'm sure it will be good. hope you had a good journey, hugs xx

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  67. Have a great time and bring back some new products too. X

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  68. I hope you have loads of success and loads of fun too! Enjoy! xxx

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  69. Well there she goes again our very own Duracell Barbie you show them girl lets have more lovely bloggy fans from across the pond.
    And remember Dave... one two CHA CHA CHA...Love Dot...xx

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    1. Morning Dorothy you have made me smile this morning with your lovley quirky comments you left on this here blog the one to Donna pam and here bless you even though it's tough for you you still help us through thank you for my wee cuddles and kindness xxx

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  70. Hope all goes well for you you have wonderfull products just rejoin design club todayxx

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  71. Hope all goes well for you you have wonderfull products just rejoin design club todayxx

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  72. Wow that is great news that you will be at CHA this year. I live in Canada and am hoping they will ship to Canada or better still pick up some Canadian retailers. Just love the Clarity line and being able to get it here would be wonderful. I must say that your team does do a tremendous job in shipping my products to me very quickly. Just know you will have a successful trip and look out CHA, you will be blown away by the Groovi system.

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  73. Hi Barb, so great to hear that you and Dave are going for the show. Looking forward to the blog posts from there. I am sure that Groovi will be as well received in the US as it was in the UK. Have a great time, good luck with the demoing. Take care and stay safe. Bx

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  74. Good luck Barbara. I'm sure they'll be blown away. Take care x

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  75. I don't know where you get all your energy from. Your feet haven't touched the ground since Christmas and the shows on Hochanda and now you are flying to America. I bet your so exhausted you will sleep all the way! You know that when you have such quality products as yours then people can't fail to be impressed and buy them. I know that they will fly off the shelves in the USA as well. Can't wait to hear about your adventure. Keep safe and much love - Jayne

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  76. I don't know where you get all your energy from. Your feet haven't touched the ground since Christmas and the shows on Hochanda and now you are flying to America. I bet your so exhausted you will sleep all the way! You know that when you have such quality products as yours then people can't fail to be impressed and buy them. I know that they will fly off the shelves in the USA as well. Can't wait to hear about your adventure. Keep safe and much love - Jayne

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  77. Hope everything goes well for you in US. They will love everything.

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  78. Good luck Barbara. But you won't need it your products sell themselves
    Quality and clarity go together hand in hand
    Have a fantastic time looking forward to seeing your new ideas for the groovi system
    Hugs Theresa xx

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  79. Barb, I would so love to meet you! I am a clarity fan, met Ken Oliver today. The company I'm working with, Canvas Corp, has just released some watercolor papers for him.

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  80. Have a great time at the CHA show :-) x

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

Barb x