Friday, 17 June 2016

One down - One to go!!!

Hi there!
Thanks for popping in!
Want the good news?

OPEN DAY NUMBER ONE WAS SOOOOOO COOL!!!

I’ve got exactly 10 minutes before the Claritytroupe turn up for supper here at the house!

Table’s laid.
Have I cooked?
Yeah, and the Pope made the Rhubarb Crumble.

Domino’s Pizza rocks!!

Here’s a quick show n tell of one of my demos today
Pretty basic,
but hey!
I was hopping around like a loony inbetween,
I can tell you!!

Gel Plate jobby..


With a hole in the wall, so to speak!


And this was the clean up scrap.



What a delightful, lovely, enthusiastic crowd !!


And what a lot of people!!!


Check this out!


No wonder I nearly starting blubbing 
when I climbed up on the chair at 10am for the first raffle.


It really was quite magic.
Well, I thought so anyway.

Gotta go!!
I can hear some merry chatter!!!!!

See you tomorrow if you are coming to Crowborough!
It won’t be quite so crowded tomorrow,
and we have a lovely packed lunch for you for just £5.
So just bring yourself and a smile.

We’ll supply the entertainment and the refreshments!

Love and hugs,
Barb
xxx

114 comments:

  1. You sure supplied the entertainment today Barbara, lovely day and Thanks to all your lovely staff and helpers

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  2. Had a wonderful time Barbara and met some lovely people, the demos were great and the fun even better. Thank you for a brilliant day xx

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  3. Looks fantastic. Cant wait for our turn oop norf x

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  4. Looks fantastic. Cant wait for our turn oop norf x

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  5. You sound like you had a ball which is fantastic. Love the demo and the mop up I always think twice now before cleaning up xx

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    1. Hello bloggers. I hope you are all as well as possible. Lots of you to think about at the momet xx
      Weather not good for gardening but great for crafting so I had another play with tissue and ranger ink pads and it turned out ok today so the mess last time was worth it for the learning experience! I think I'll finish it over the weekend and send it in for this month's challenge.
      Have a good evening all xx

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    2. Hi Chris,
      Looking forward to seeing it. Sounds like you were having fun which is the main thing. Love and hugs Alison xx

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    3. Chris as they say practise makes perfect! I know what you mean about the weather, dreadful isn't it. Enjoy your crafting xxx

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    4. Hi Chris - sounds good to me what you have been doing today! So, yes the previous effort was very worthwhile, as it got you to where you are today - hugs Gilly xx

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    5. Hi Chris, I tried to reply to you yesterday, but my computer wouldn't let me!! I totally understand why you aren't able to even think about Crafters Companion yet, with the issues you are having to deal with. (You aren't missing much there anyway!!!) Sending love, hugs and positive thoughts. xxx

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    6. Ah you see practice makes perfect. Glad you had fun crafting. Xx

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    7. Looking forward to seeing your art work on the blog xxx

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  6. How wonderful, enjoy your evening too x

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  7. Thoroughly enjoyed the day. Thank you to all involved. Boy, did you all work so hard. And, you all kept smiling...well done.

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  8. Hi Barb,
    It certainly looks as though you've all had a good time. Nice to see lots of people there too. Love both of your art pieces today - I really should get my Gelli plate out again. Hope you all have a good evening and a great day tomorrow. Love and hugs Alison xx

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    1. Hi to all my lovely blog friends,
      Well I hope those of you who got to the Open Day had great fun and didn't spend too much! Another miserable day up here although we did have a bit of sunshine around 5 pm.ive been playing with my border plate mate today and it certainly makes things easier. I'm trying to make a few cards so I've got some when I need them or if my sister decides she needs a card quickly! Pam and Anne thinking of you xx Sheila hope your pain is getting better ( or at least no worse) xx Donna cuddles for Phoebe,xx Brenda hope things are ok with you xx, Morag we keep missing each other! Hope you're ok xx love and hugs to all of you Alison xx

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    2. Hi Alison - we are now enjoying a beautiful evening, but the less said about the weather today, the better - hugs Gilly xx

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    3. Hi Alison. We really do need to meet up again soon. Next week is a busy one for me, but how about arranging a day for the week after if that's convenient for you? Love and Hugs xxx

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    4. Hi Alison yes it's been an awful day here too, so much for summer! It's such a good idea getting a few cards made in advance, I've got 3 to make this week and I gave the started them yet!! Sending hugs xxx

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    5. Hi Alison, thought I was going to need a boat to get home from work, heavy rain all day! Xx

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    6. Evening Alison lovley that you crafted today I've had a bad day with pain but I'm hoping to make a couple of cards with lots and lots of toms help one of our friends has had a bad fall so want to send a get well and need to make an anniversary card for them two looking forward too using my boarder plate mate when I can craft on my own I'm going to try crafting in bed with my groovi supported by lots of pillows over the weekend xxx

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  9. Can't wait till tomorrow. So much more to see. What a fabulous day with inspired demonstrators. My head is spinning with all the ideas I want to try out when I get home. I am just glad I made the decision to stay till Sunday so that I can wring every ounce of time out of tomorrow. One day is certainly not enough. Thank you to everyone, both from Clarity and also all the lovely people I finally got to finally meet and spend time with. xxx Maggie

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    1. Sounds a good idea to me, Maggie xx

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    2. Two days for me next year Maggie as well, that is if Open Days take place. Enjoy tomorrow and safe trip home on Sunday. x

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  10. P.S. I was so engrossed that I did not even notice the thunder. xxx Maggie

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  11. Thank you Barbara and team for a wonderful day. .. lots of great demos, some new goodies bought and meet up with a friend I hadn't seen since my 1st Clarity retreat a few years ago... hope you have a relaxing evening. ..

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  12. Thank you Barbara and team for a wonderful day. .. lots of great demos, some new goodies bought and meet up with a friend I hadn't seen since my 1st Clarity retreat a few years ago... hope you have a relaxing evening. ..

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  13. Hi Barbara - what wonderful pictures, it sounds as though everyone had a wonderful day! Hugs Gilly x

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    1. Hi to all of my caring blog friends - has anyone had any decent weather today? We have had lots of miserable showers, but it didn't really bother me, as I needed a total rest day anyway! The weather this evening is beautiful, and they have promised some sunshine tomorrow - fingers crossed that this time they are right - love and hugs to you all, Gilly xxx

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    2. Hi Sheila - I hope that you have managed to cope with your pain today, I agree with what you said about the new A5 plates being too busy for you, but I loved the Cameo baby plates - Fleur and Ivy have been added to my wish list together with Jayne's Butterflies and Flourishes A5 plates, which Paul demonstrated. His demos showed that you can really keep those butterflies simple, if you want to - which is good for me, being new to Groovi - special caring and healing hugs, Gilly xxx

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    3. It's raining now here and I've layed low Abit under the weather as we say here .,will be better tomorrow

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    4. Hi Janice - hope you feel better tomorrow - hugs Gilly x

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    5. Horrible weather here too Gilly. But I've been too busy to notice. Stocking up with jam making!! It looks great when all finished and tastes gorgeous, but I'm usually fed up by the time I get half way through. Just got to wait til tomorrow to find out if all the jars have sealed properly, then I'm finished til the brambles are ready. Love and Hugs xxx

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    6. Hi Gilly yes weather awful here too, the evening cricket match near here had to be cancelled do you can imagine the traffic!! Sending hugs xxx

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    7. Evening gilly had a very rough day with pain had to go to Drs as cannot hear properly in my left ear said about my pain been to bad to cope with he said to ring the consultants secretary I did she said she would see if she could get me an early appointment she would ring me back this afternoon haven't heard nothing so see what Monday brings fingers crossed .
      I loved the book that Marie made wow so much talent it was amazing.
      My friends are in Cornwall this week she said the weather hasent been good don't know where they are though , my other friends are there next week they go to Cornwall a lot as they love it so much sending hugs xxx

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    8. Oh Sheila - bless you! I am SO sorry to hear how bad it has been for you - I really hope that you hear something good on Monday - I will keep my fingers crossed too! I agree with you about Maria making that book - really interesting, as I have so many dies I would like to use them with the Groovi too. So sorry that your friends have had bad weather here in Cornwall, I'm afraid that next week looks to be mixed. Sending extra hugs - goodnight and God bless - Gilly xxx

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    9. Goodnight gilly thank you so much xxx

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    10. Hi Gilly, it was a great day - for info I'm in the third photo sat in the font front with a White t shirt on

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  14. BIG THANKS to you and your team a brilliant wonderful inspirational day - a respite from all the bad news that's going on in the big wide world ! Charlotte

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  15. Another MORE than satisfied customer from today's Clarity extravaganza who is fervently anticipating tomorrow's revelry. Ideas over-flowing and like Maggie, so chuffed I've booked in for a two-day stint. (Madness not to, having travelled from Aberdeen.) Much appreciation and grateful thanks to all involved. Enjoy the pizza - hope you've ordered more than one, Barb! ;~}

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    1. Shelagh - I have suffering from Clarity Open Day envy! Enjoy tomorrow - Gilly x

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    2. Evening Shelagh enjoy day two xxx

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    3. Thank you, Gilly, Sheila and Diane. Firmly ensconced in 'pit,' alarm set and ready for tomorrow and some more demos and tips. ;~}

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    4. White Shelagh, I was the one who commentated on your lovely Groovi badge. As I said I think you should do one for us all next year LOL!! It was a great day! enjoy your day tomorrow as well xx

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    5. Hi Jackie, I'd better get started on Monday, then. Ha, ha. X ;~}

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  16. I'm soooooo jealous . These folks are so very blessed . I see a few I know and only from, blogs like
    Paul and jo and Dave ., keep on having fun ladies and gents . Jan

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  17. Hi Barbara, good to hear you've had ano enjoyable day :-). Your customers looked happy too. Hope tomorrow is as good or better for you. Love Brenda xx

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    1. Hello Brenda my friend. I hope you've had a good day today. Have you heard anything from Dot? It's been a while since we saw her here. Love and Hugs xxx

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    2. Evening Brenda hugs to you and daisy xxx

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    3. Hi Brenda, hope you have had a little sunshine today. We have had heavy rain and thunder. Are you planning any craft this weekend? I hope to get inky, or maybe I will get my gelli out! Ooo er! Xx

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    4. Hello Brenda. Sorry I was late sending you birthday wishes, hope you are getting on with the tablet. Sending hugs for you and Daisy xxx

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    5. Thanks everyone xx
      No,there's been nothing from Dot. I just hope she's on granny duties, and nothing has happened.

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  18. Hello Barbara and gang!

    Just to say "Thank you" to you all for a lovely day.

    Love
    Roz.x

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  19. Hello Barbara and gang!

    Just to say "Thank you" to you all for a lovely day.

    Love
    Roz.x

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  20. Brilliant day Barbara, lots of laughter and chat. Also fabulous demos picked up a lot of good advice just got to put it into practice. Team in the kitchen did a great job as well, lovely packed lunch and plenty of tea or coffee available. Wish I was coming back tomorrow, two days next year I think as I could have spent a lot more time watching everyone. Thank-you for a great day. xx

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  21. The ladybird competition made me chuckle! Great day! Thank you Barbara and the whole Clarity team.

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    1. Barbara, I have just been rewatching your bloopers and the Galleon shrink plastic. Beats everything on tv tonight. You should bottle them for feel good remedies. xxx Maggie

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  22. Oh, Barbara, it looks like a fantastic day, I'm even more excited about Leyburn now. Have another great day tomorrow. Hugs xxx

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  23. Hello all my lovely blog friends. I'm off to bed now, had a busy, tiring day. Sending you all love and hugs xxx

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    1. Night morag sweet dreams xx

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    2. Night Morag, sweet dreams. Xx

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    3. Night night Morag sleep tight xxx

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    4. Night Morag - speak tomorrow! Hugs Gilly xxx

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  24. It looks like everyone was having a great time, wish I had been there, maybe next year. Any of my lovely blog friends in the photos?

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    1. Evening Julia did you mannage to get the book half hidden ? Xxx

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    2. Evening Julia, hope you are managing to get some craft in between shifts. Xx

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    3. Same here Julia - hugs Gilly x

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    4. Sheila, yes I've ordered it. It's a real book as it's not available on kindle. I've also downloaded a few onto my kindle for my holidays. Donna, Gilly, absolutely no crafting has been done but it's my day off today and it's cloudy outside. There are a few jobs I'd like to do in the garden but it has been so wet recently that I might just have to spend the afternoon crafting and listening to music.

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  25. So many lovley crafting people having fun Barbara have another wonderful day tomorrow crafting hugs xxx

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    1. Evening my dear family of blog friends thinking of you all sending lots of hugs your way hugs to all on the blog xxx

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    2. Hello Sheila, sending you had a big hug today, hope you are behaving yourself and resting xxx

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    3. Evening Sheila, hope you are finding your pain lessening today. Sending hugs. Xx

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    4. Good evening to you, Sheila. Wishing you all the success possible in relieving the pain you are in. X ;~}

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    5. Thank you Shelagh xx
      Donna Been a bad day with pain today hope I can craft a little over weekend in bed with my Groovi boarder plate mate surported with lots of pillows see how day starts xxx
      Diana yes I've been resting xxx

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    6. I left you a message on mine Sheila - love Gilly xxx

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    7. Dorothy sending lots of thoughtful hugs hope your ok xxx

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  26. Glad day one went well. Hopefully you all stayed dry from the horrible rain. I bet everyone had a great time and learnt loads from all the demos. Xx

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    1. Evening Donna hows pheobe ? Are you having a crafting weekend? Xxx

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    2. She's doing really well, on less medication now and she is coping with the lower dose. I think now will be a case of stopping her moving around too fast or too much! Xx

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    3. Hi Donna - great news about Phoebe xxx

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    4. See up Tom on your comment you have been playing row row row your boat .xx
      Pleased pheobe is coping well xxx

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  27. Evening all my bloggy friends. Hope everyone is well. So who can I spot in the photos? Xx

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    1. I was thinking the same Donna. Have a lovely weekend, sending a hug for you and a cuddle for Phoebe xxx

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    2. Hope you have managed to avoid the rain Diane. Sending hugs back. Xx

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  28. Looks fantastic, glad everyone had a good time

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  29. Hi Barbara, Sounds like a good time was had by all, lovely piccies.
    Lots of love from Patricia xx

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  30. Hi Barbara
    Looks like everyone is having a wonderful time, all your hard work has paid off, no wonder you got emotional seeing all the lovely people there enjoying themselves! Enjoy your pizza tonight and spending time with the gang. The artwork is beautiful, must try the hole in the wall, what a great idea. Take care and have fun tomorrow
    Love Diane xxx

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    1. Hello my lovely blog friends, hope everyone is ok. Sorry I was missing last night, we were at Wembley last night watching Coldplay, had a fabulous time but oh boy are we tired today! Sadly we've realised we are getting too old to stand for 8 hours at a concert, or rather our back and legs are, the mind is willing but the body is weak!! Wouldn't gave missed it for the world though. Sending hugs to everyone and have a lovely time if you are going to the open day tomorrow xxx

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    2. Hi Diane - good to hear that you had a great time last night! I hope that the body recovers soon - hugs Gilly xxx

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    3. Lovley that you had a good night watching Coldplay xxx

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    4. How fab seeing Coldplay. We were treated to a 'free' concert a couple of years ago. We were back in The Hague where we once lived, staying in the hotel by Den Haag Station Centraal and on check in, the receptionist apologised in advance for the 'noise' the next evening. Yep, you've guessed - the noise was Coldplay playing on Malieveld, right opposite. As we strolled back from our evening meal we were given a free concert and ended up joining some locals sitting on steps up to rather grand houses and soaking it all in. ;~}

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  31. Looking forward to tomorrow - coming with daughter, eldest granddaughter and best mate from Devon!

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  32. Ive had a great day, met some lovely people and bought too much again! Bumped into the Clarity team on the way out to dinner and they said they were off to Barbara's for pizza - I did think about sneaking in with them! Lovely hotel and I'd recommend it for next year if Barbara can get the same deal. It's been a lovely two night break for us which we needed.

    Hubby enjoyed his day too and was talking to a man from Wales and as he's a Welshman too - born ther and moved to Oxford when he was 2 - that was good for him!

    Even had my pic taken with Barbara and she is lovely!

    We had thunder too ! Back home in the morning to see the fur babies. Xxx

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    1. P.s. Hubby was greatly impressed by all the artwork around thenwalls. As was I plus I learnt a lot from the parched demos today. Can't wait to get home to practise some snipping! X

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  33. Just been reminding myself of the route for tomorrow and digging out my ticket! Won't make it for 9am prompt - not getting up that early for anyone - but hoping to make the 11am raffle.

    Clarity Card and credit card also packed, planning to make good use of both!!

    Right, off for a good nights sleep. See you tomorrow!!!!

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  34. Glad day one was such a success Barb and love your two Gelli plate brick print backgrounds with the two different images. Another great day tomorrow I'm sure.

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  35. Well it looks like you all had a great day I am going to order my ticket for lay burn tomorrow
    It's 4am and I am wide awake after driving back from Cornwall

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  36. Morning Barbara and all the clarity team, wow did I have a great day yesterday or what, it was the first open day I had been too and was I blown away with all the wonderful people, Tina, Maria, Linda, Paul, Janine, Isy, (oh flip I can't remember her name she had the red and white top on blond hair, was on the desk when we came in and got us a cup of coffee, oh I am so sorry she was so lovely and helpful all day long, you know who I mean), and everyone and I mean everyone who made my day so special. I learnt so much from Tina and Maria and of course had to get the new border plate kit and new plates, wow, they are gorgeous.

    I did have a problem though, I think it was Tom who helped to put the mobility scooter into the car for us as we were leaving, in that pooring rain too, well there were 2 silver pins with rings through them that are used to secure the arms of the chair, when I got home they were not in the car, if someone could check in the car park if they had fallen out I would be so grateful, we were parked in front of the large tree that was opposite the entrance and the disabled parking if that helps.

    Now I am up early, gutted that I could not get there again today but know that you will all have a wonderful time, thank you once again for such a memorable experience, one I will never forget.


    Stay safe, healthy and happy, hugs, June Smith xxx

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  37. Great card Barb, what a lovely turnout well done X X X

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  38. Hi Barb, and a great accolade to you and the Clarity family, with such a large turn out. Hope you enjoyed every minute, and that day 2 is just as much fun. Bx

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  39. Hi Barbara

    Yesterday was bound to be a success, well done to you and your troupe

    I really like the 2 designs/effects with the Geli Plate, I don't have one but think it could well be on my 'must buy' list!

    June x

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  40. Looks like a lot of fun, I will get there one day! I hope today has been as much fun too!
    Hugs
    Linda xxx

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

Barb x