Saturday, 30 January 2016

Saturday - Let the Games begin!

Hi!
Thanks for popping in!
Quick blog from Frankfurt.
Had a couple of meetings in the morning,


ran into a couple of friends,
one in particular, which made my day!
Here is our very own Rolfi!
It was great to catch up and have a coffee together. 


even got to give an award to Golden Acrylic!


(and you know how much I love Golden Acrylic!)

What else?
Made some great contacts.
Happy to announce that we now have a European Distributor.
So that means our products will be coming to shops on the Continent.

What else?
Feet are killing me, neck is aching,
and my Ipad is playing up.
Otherwise a good and fruitful day.

While Dave and I hit the town in search of food,
let me leave you with a small selection of recent blog artwork,
which exemplifies the very core of Clarity:

STAMPS and MASKS



GROOVI PARCHMENT



STENCILS



Sometimes, when you’re walking around these shows, 
and you see all the fabulous products and stands,
it’s easy to forget what you have actually got in your own cupboard!

Note to self: Have faith, believe in yourself and never stop trying to do the next right thing. 

love & peace,

111 comments:

  1. Glad it's all so positive, Barbara. Try to have fun in among all the hard work. K x

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  2. Glad it was a great day..I am sure our European crafty friends will be well chuffed with a distributor. .enjoy your evening xx

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  3. Glad it was a great day..I am sure our European crafty friends will be well chuffed with a distributor. .enjoy your evening xx

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  4. Great that you got to meet Rolfi. Sounds like everything is going swimmingly. That's an odd word, but sounded right.
    Hope the rest of the trip is as successful. Great news about the distributor. Xx

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  5. So pleased for you that you've had a productive day. You need a hot bath for your sore neck and feet, some good food in your tummy, but I haven't a clue what to do for your ipad - maybe turn it off and on again! Susan x

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    1. Forgot to mention, how lovely to see Rolfi in the flesh! x

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  6. Hello from your accident prone friend. Still feel as though I have been hit by a wrecking ball but I will mend. Happy to hear that all is going well. Yes those acrylics are wonderful to work with. As for your product cupboard....as far as I am concerned, they are ALL key to my crafty heaven. For me Claritystamp represents pure quality from design to point of sale and beyond. I love you all. Hugs xxx
    P.s. Hope you get some relief from the pain. Xxxx

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    1. Oh Emma, what have you done to yourself this time? Love and hugs, Brenda xx

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    2. Emma hope you feel better soon get well hugs xxx

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    3. Oh dear! Hope you haven't been doing triple twists on the snowboard! Xx

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    4. Emma on no! What have you done? Hope you feel better soon xxxx

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    5. Oh Emma! What has happened?! Hope you're ok, love and hugs Alison xx x

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    6. Oh dear Emma what have you been up to, hope you mend soon. Pam xx

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    7. What you been up to now Mrs Daredevel hope it doesn't affect thise beautiful creative hands keep taking the tartan tablets and if anyone hasnt nipped over to Emma's blog yet your missing some beuatiful work..take care. .xx Dot.

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    8. Thank you so very much ladies for your concern. Very heartwarming. Unfortunately I took a flying tumble off my back steps and have injured my right shoulder and arm. Don't ask how I managed to do it... Still trying to work it out. Suffice to say I am on total rest and Hubby and son looking after me. Taking lots of painkillers and antiimflamatories to help. Hopefully I will mend and be back crafting soon. Hugs to all. XXXXXXXXXXXX

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    9. Thank you so very much ladies for your concern. Very heartwarming. Unfortunately I took a flying tumble off my back steps and have injured my right shoulder and arm. Don't ask how I managed to do it... Still trying to work it out. Suffice to say I am on total rest and Hubby and son looking after me. Taking lots of painkillers and antiimflamatories to help. Hopefully I will mend and be back crafting soon. Hugs to all. XXXXXXXXXXXX

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  7. Glad it's been a day of positives. Nice to meet you Rolfi, congratulations to Golden Acrylic and have a nice evening with Dave. Xx

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  8. Sounds like a good day, glad to hear it is coming together for you with your network, definitely the right way to go. You whole ethos is around helping people to explore their creativity and for that you need the personal touch, people who can demo your products and show people how easy it is to get professional results. They will then naturally lead people to the great resources you have created with the blog, the website and YouTube. So yes it is a slog to get the network in place but so worth it. A good day's work, so you can relax a bit and enjoy yourself. Much love Karen xxx

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    1. Hi Karen hope your mind is starting to clear and now filled with good thoughts hugs xxx

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    2. Thanks Sheila, still keep going over and over it, wondering if I should have done more but hoping to do some crafting tomorrow. If I can manage that then I'll be on the right road. Thanks for the support, that means so much and certainly speeds up the recovery. Hope you're feeling better too, much hugs and love Karen xxx

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    3. You can only do your best Karen hope the crafting helps heals the mind hugs xxx

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  9. So much accomplished - time for a well earned rest! xxx

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  10. Oh thank goodness you're there , you know , on my iPad . I almost went into withdrawal .
    I think you're the best of the best . Sounds like a good day . Sleep tight . Joy now jan xo

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  11. Clarity and Ranger are my 'go to' craft companies. The quality is excellent; as is the value and versatility. Barbara Gray and Tim Holtz are my favourite designers and source of insiration. However, this is the only blog that I HAVE to read every day.

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  12. So nice to put a face to the name - Hi Rolfi! Pleased to hear that you've had fruitful day and spreading the word across Europe xx

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  13. Wow! Soon be a global company! Sounds like you are getting all the ducks in a row. Well done! Xx

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  14. Great message, Barbara; and one we can all live by, whatever we do. Please remember your work is of the highest quality and admired around the world...but they do say we need to continue to have the nagging fear poking at us to keep on trying, improving and doing the next best thing. Enjoy the show. Wish I was there to rove around the booth and echo how good your products are while you demonstrate to those at your booth, like I did at CHA. I simply cannot help myself shouting from the rooftops singing your praises! I hope you and Dave didn't mind, but it is always good to hear from the customers as word of mouth is a solid referral source. Be present to those there and enjoy the show. Cynthia

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  15. Hi Brenda, Sheila, Diane, Pam and Dot. Had a crafty afternoon with inks, stamps, brushes etc. Hope you have all had a lovely Saturday. Xx

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    1. Evening Donna glad you have had a good crafting day I managed a little stamping hugs xxx

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    2. Evening lovely ladies! Are you snowed in Brenda? Glad to hear you have managed some crafting Sheila. Xx

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    3. Hi Donna - I've been to a charity craft day, having lots of fun, making cards and raising money for the juvenile diabetes research fund. Hope the weather isn't too bad where you are xxxx

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    4. That sounds like a lovely way to spend a Saturday, and all for a worthwhile cause too. XX

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    5. How nice to craft for charity xxx

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    6. Hi Donna, good for you stamping, brushes and inks, aren't we lucky having all these choices. I've been on the Groovy doing some white work while my Grandson was making a bookmark. Even had a short walk, it was freezing. Tonight been to a village pantomime which was Aladin and it was brilliant. Love and hugs Pam xx

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    7. Sounds like you are having fun! You deserve some happy memories to get you through the painful moments with your back. Xx

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    8. Evening Donna lots off snow here so not been able to get out and about yet so just chilling and doing a wee bit groovi ...xx

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  16. You are certainly putting it about a bit! Lovely to see Rolfi. I've managed to get get my calendar challenge in, just in the nick of time. It was a real struggle, quite a few attempts.

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    1. Glad you got it entered in time will pop over to look soon xxx

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    2. Just went to look, great scene! Just in the nick of time well done. Xx

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    3. Oh clever you will have a wee look in a bit not brave enough yet to enter but maybe one day.xx

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  17. Pleased you have had a good day in so many ways too

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  18. So glad to hear you've had a positive day Barbara. Aye, you should have faith, and believe in yourself, you, your company and your products are amazing. And when your doubt gremlin comes knocking, we're all here to help send him packing ;-).

    Struggling to see our own stuff the way others see it seems to go hand in hand with having a crafty/arty brain. I think it's much more than just a lack of self-confidence, especially for those of us perfectionists. It's a weird one that I've never been able to come up with a theory for.

    I hope tomorrow is as, or even more, positive for you
    love and hugs, Brenda xxxx

    Anne Reading, been thinking about you lots xxx

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    1. Hi Brenda lovley your here again hugs xxx

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    2. Hello Brenda hope you are ok. Have you and Daisy been out playing with your inks in the snow?! Xxxxx

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    3. That is so kind Brenda - what a lovely soul you are
      Anne (Reading)

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    4. Hi Brenda, nice to see you here,again, hope you are keeping warm and dry, have you managed to do any crafty things recently. Love and hugs Pam xx

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    5. Hi Brenda, nice to see you here,again, hope you are keeping warm and dry, have you managed to do any crafty things recently. Love and hugs Pam xx

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    6. Evening my friend so pleased that your managing to pop in again not been the same without you been a lot off snow my side but don't think its gonnie last a hope no anyway. ...here's yir cuddle....xx

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    7. Thank you everyone :-) xx
      We got let off lightly with the snow so far, just a light covering. I think there's more to come tonight though. So I've not had a play with ink in snow yet!

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  19. Sounds like a really good and productive day!

    Hope you find a nice place to eat and rest those weary feet etc

    Your cupboard rocks xx

    Much love

    kim xx

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  20. You believe in you, I believe in you, we all believe in you. The uptake on your diamond membership must surely comfirm that. Clarity rocks and long may it continue. Enjoy your food. Xxx

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  21. Love to hear about your travels, Barbara. Always good to meet up with good friends. So pleased for you that your products are being taken up by international traders. Always find sometime in your day to relax and have fun.xx

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  22. See your three cards reaching for star with hope in your heart amongst the home a caring loyal service of quality products thinking of ease of the uses always aiming for better products that helps to reach more people making it easier to craft so that we can enjoy a time crafting escaping the aches and pains of life most of all a family of like minded caring peoplethebest package. May be a business also a family clarity sure does Rock love Joy xxx

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  23. Never ever doubt yourself Barbara. Just think about the number of people you give pleasure and inspiration to every day. My life would certainly be a duller and much more boring place, if it wasn't for your blog and all of the wonderful creations and goodies you design for us. Have a great weekend. x

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  24. Don't let your doubts cloud your judgement about how great your products are. Clarity has a thoroughly deserved reputation for outstanding quality and excellent customer service. I bet all your European customers are delighted to have a European distributor. Enjoy your hard won success. xx Maggie

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  25. i think you should listen to your own advice more often. glad it was a very fruitful day for you, hugs xx

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  26. Pleased it's going so well over there. All the contents of the Clarity cupboard are amazing :) Enjoy your evening Mxx

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  27. Barbara how can you doubt yourself when you have such a wonderful set of clarity followers and all your awards how would we manage without all your insperation be proud stand tall and proud .
    Lovley that you met rolfi you will have made his day I know you would have made mine crafting hugs to you and Dave xxx

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    1. Evening Dorothy pam Diane lots of hugs xxx
      Anne been thinking of you hugs comming your way xxx

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    2. Hi rolfi fantastic you met our Barbara how lucky you are crafting hugs xxx
      Crafting hugs to all on the blog xxx

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    3. Hi Sheila, How are you feeling today, is your boobie getting better?

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    4. I hope its better too, if not more white chocolate is needed! Xx

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    5. Hello Sheila how's the weather up your way? Good to hear you've been doing a bit of crafting. Look after yourself and keep warm xxxxxx

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    6. Hi yes the antibiotics have done their job just have a black / grey bruise mark now which stays hopefully cyst will not get inflamed thank you for always been there lots of hugs xxx

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    7. Hi Sheila, so glad the antibiotics are working now, hopefully that will give you some relief. Had a nice day today doing groovi with my Grandson again, tonight we all went to village panto, it was really good. Love and hugs Pam xx

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    8. Hi Sheila happy your on the mend and staying cheery through all yir wee troubles been meaning to tell you I have the same kind if cyst on my back had it for years only been infected once not a pretty sight but doesn't bother me so hope yours clears up soon..xx

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  28. Looking good Barb...more doors are opening for you. You so deserve your success xx

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  29. Wonderful day with much success, cool! Wonderful artwork too! xxx

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  30. Have faith, believe in yourself and be happy to delegate to your wonderful team. You are my inspiration.

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  31. Congratulations on a successful day. The artwork is just as amazing this time around - those beautiful little houses do it for me every time and I can't wait to see what I can do with them - starting tomorrow!
    Tonbridge Sue

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  32. Hi Barbara
    Oh I'm so proud of everything you've achieved and it's all so well deserved. I'm so glad you are making it in Europe as well as the states. Where next? Wonder if we can get some Clarity things up on the space station! :) enjoy your evening with Dave and a hot bath before bed to ease those aches and pains.
    Take care
    Love Diane xxxx

    Hi Rolfi it's lovely to put a name to a face - hope you had a good time at the show today xxxx

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    1. Hi Dot, hi Pam hope you are both ok. Hope you haven't been snowed in xxxx

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    2. No snow here, just very cold with that wind. Hope you're well, must get to bed didn't realise it's so late, still have to read when I get there. Love and hugs Pam xx

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    3. Hi Diane plenty snow here this morning woke up to my lovely neighbour in the garden clearing my paths hooe not to bad where Emma is..xx

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  33. Hi Barbara
    I'm so pleased your day went well but I do hope you both managed to grab something to eat,can't work on an empty stomache.

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  34. Happy to report that we found a fantastic little Italian restaurant this evening, and only about 250 paces from our Hotel....Result ! Now have eaten to a standstill....ready for round two tomorrow..

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    1. Wonderful that you have stopped to eat lots of wishes for tomorrow xxx

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    2. Sounds wonderful, always nice to find somewhere you can walk to! X

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  35. Hi Barb,
    So pleased to hear that you've had a successful day. You certainly deserve all the success you are having. I can't fault Clarity in any way and I'm sure that everyone who uses your products (& follows your blog) feels exactly the same way. Well done and thank you. Pleased that you've had a good meal too! Hope tomorrow goes well as well, love Alison xxx

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  36. Glad you had such a fruitful day Barbara and making new contacts so a lot more people will be able to by your wonderful products. You can never please all of the people all of the time but Clarity are up there with the best and you only have to see how popular everything is so give yourself a pat on the back! x

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  37. Glad to hear that the Clarity empire is spreading to the Continent :-) Your products are absolutely unique!

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  38. Just about to hit the sack - bet Barbara is in bed, tucked up snug! Well still shell- shocked from my news yesterday but had a bit of a rethink today - just about working. Stencils, stamping, mica, groovi etc etc. That is what Barbara and Clarity have given me. Joy, peace, frustration, invigaration, energy to move on, inspiration and I could go on. What can one say about Barbara and Clarity and Clarity Towers - a big, big thank you and much, much more. OBE needed, I reckon.
    Hope some of you read this, especially the Queen of Craft, herself.
    Lots of love to you and Dave and all the bloggers out there who gave there good wishes yesterday.
    Anne (Reading)

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    1. Anne hugs to help you through each day xxx

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    2. A hug from me to you Anne, been thinking of you xx

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    3. Hi Anne, just like Barbara's blog take it one day at a time. Thinking of you. Xx

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    4. Anne just caught up with comments yesterday, sorry to hear you've had some shocking news, it takes as long as it does to process, you'll still have us here to unload on. I have found that hugely comforting, how complete strangers can just make you feel not alone with those pesky thoughts. So when you need us to share the load a bit we can be here for you. It helps us too and makes us forget our troubles too. Much hugs Karen xxx

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    5. Been thinking about you to Anne keep blogging in for your hugs..xx

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    6. Anne, can't find your email! Please write to me x

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  39. Great to hear you ve had such a positive day, good to see Rolfi, he's quite a feature on the blog so nice to put a face to a name. Enjoy the rest of the show x

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  40. That all sounds very positive and good for the future! Hope you're feet are less achey and your tummy now full . I'm struggling to keep my eyes open now as I didn't get to sleep till After 5 a.m. I did manage to get a card done for the challenge today - better late than never! Xx

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  41. I'm so glad it's all going well. You look very smart. Getting bigger every day. NOT YOU !! Ha ha the Company. Xxx

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  42. Hi Barbara and Dave, wonderful news about you having a European Distributor, you're going to have even more followers once your fantastic products get to the stores in Europe. Well done, you deserve all these wonderful things that are happening to you and your company, and don't forget that. You work so hard, you've earned it. Like your note to yourself. Lovely you meeting Rolfi for a coffee. Look forward to tomorrow's news. Glad you had a good meal out near your hotel. Love Pam xxx

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  43. The pleasure was on my side meeting you and Dave, Barbara.
    And to all the others bloggers thank you very much for your lovely words.
    And after walking... walking... walking... today I think I need new feet and hips.
    Rolf xxx

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  44. Chuffed to bits for you both and that your hard work and beautiful art products are now going to be enjoyed internationally .
    Wish you every success going you deserve it. And how lovely you got to meet our Rolfi bet he was chuffed to bits.
    take care ..Dot.x

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  45. Hi Dot, hadn't forgotten you although it's late. Hope your well and keeping warm, hope you've not got the snow. Love and hugs Pam xx

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    1. Aye back to being late as usual but wouldn't miss coming by if I can makes my day to be part of this here caring place hugs ti you Pam...xx

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  46. Nine times out of ten I read this blog in bed, before I settle down to sleep. It never fails to put me in a good mood, and I just love reading all the lovely, helpful and supportive messages. Love reading Barb's words, and then all the comments. Such a friendly community, you are all a fantastic bunch of people.
    Hello Rolf, nice to put a face to the name x

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  47. Lovely to see that these great products will be available in Europe, glad that your trip was successful

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  48. Hello Barb, so pleased for you that it was a pleasant and succesful trip. Hope you and Dave found some nice food. Bx

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  49. The girls done good so pleased all is going well love June Horrocks xxxxxx

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  50. Morning, what a great day you had yesterday. Love the pictures. Great to catch up with friends.

    Crafty hugs Pen x

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  51. Ibruprofen works for me when I overdo it. Give yourself a rest when you can. Thanks for a reminder about your super duper artwork

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  52. Well I can sympathise with the neck, must be so difficult though, you cannot really rest it. Looking very businesslike there Barbara in your suit. Glad it is all going well but why not, Clarity is brilliant. xx

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  53. Hi Barbara, A fabulous post and great piccies, so glad you are accomplishing lots while you are there. Take a few minutes 'me' time !! I can also sympathise with your neck problem, mine has been terrible for the past couple of months, but I don't like to take tablets unless I 'absolutely have to' haha.
    Lots of love from Patricia xx

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  54. Hi Barbara, A fabulous post and great piccies, so glad you are accomplishing lots while you are there. Take a few minutes 'me' time !! I can also sympathise with your neck problem, mine has been terrible for the past couple of months, but I don't like to take tablets unless I 'absolutely have to' haha.
    Lots of love from Patricia xx

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  55. Hello Barbara

    Playing catch up having had my four year old grandson overnight. Thoroughly enkoyed it.

    Barbara, you and Clarity can hold your heads up with the best! Looking back it is magnificent what you have achieved and the pleasure you have given to so many people.

    Love
    Roz.x

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

Barb x