Monday, 24 July 2017

That's all folks!

Hi folks!
Thanks for popping in.
And so we waved goodbye to the last group of lovely ladies today,


and whilst it is with a heavy heart that we draw the retreats to a close for another year, it is indeed a great delight to welcome Becka Kempster to the Clarity Team.

Here she is, hard at work on her first day.
I know. It’s not an easy job, but somebody’s got to do it...


It has been a full on 8 days, back to back, with such delightful, pleasant, creative people! Each group was as lovely as the next. 

Old friends and new....


buddies helping each other...


strangers becoming friends...


I loved every minute of it actually. And that’s the truth. 


So thank you once more to all who attended, 
and made the retreats such a blazing success again.
But most of all to our darling Paul. 
Churchie, what would I do without you?



Now just give me a week to recover, and then we will be blazing a new monthly workshop trail here in Crowborough.
Not to mention a new chapter in Clarity YouTube World...


Love & Hugs
Barb
xxx

39 comments:

  1. What a brilliant 2 days, why i was sooooo nervous i will never know. Cya all nest year, anda big big Thank you to Barb and Paul xxxxxxxxx

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    1. Fantastic to spend time with you too xxxxx Glad you had a good time x

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  2. IT looks so much fun! I really wish I could go one day! xxx

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  3. Had a great 2 days at the beginning. Great atmosphere, great people and fab teachers. Thank you all. J x

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  4. It was wonderful Barbara. I know you put a lot of work into the retreats but I am sure I can speak for everyone when I say we do appreciate it. Thank-you for another fantastic year. X

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  5. I thoroughly enjoyed my 2 days (even though I was a trifle poorly - thankyou to everyone who tolerated my coughing and I hope I didn't spoil it for you too much), I learned such a lot and can't wait to try out some of the projects again when I feel better. Thanks Barb, and Paul who came to my rescue several times!!!!

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  6. Too much fun if that's possible Sad it's over. Thanks and much love Jx

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  7. Looks like everyone had an amazing time. I so need to come and spend time crafting with you next year. Love to you all. Barbara xxx

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  8. Another fantastic two days, so much to look back on and to try again. New ideas and refreshers of techniques. Thank you Barbara, Paul and Dave.

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  9. I'm sure everyone who attended had a fabulous time. One day it may be my turn!! Mxx

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  10. Hear, hear! To all that has been said above! Really kickstarts your creative juices the Clarity Retreats. X

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  11. Hi Barbara
    It looks like you had a fabulous time and the workshop gang did too. I would say relax and put your feet up but I know the treadmill never stops. Sounds like there are exciting times ahead at Clarity. Welcome to the team Becka, looks like you fun too.
    Love Diane xxx

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  12. So glad to hear you had a fabulous time. I will get there one day! Enjoy your evening and looking forward to the videos.
    Hugs
    Linda xxx

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  13. Such happy faces, sounds and looks like a great time was had by all. Received my monthly club goodies today, all lovely, thank you. xx

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  14. Thank you so much for everything - I had a wonderful time! Xxx

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  15. Sad watching and wishing could have come seeing all those happy crafters hopefully can try join all next year. Barbara you must have mixed feeling sad to see everyone go but glad to slow Down for 5 mins at least hugs joy xx

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  16. Hi Barb,
    It certainly looks and sounds as though everyone thoroughly enjoyed the Retreats. I know that you put so much effort into them and I'm certain that those attending appreciate all that you do. Hope you do get to have a bit of a rest over the next few days before new ventures begin. Can I also say thank you to the wonderful young man who sorted out my lost edelweiss stamp problem that I was recounting yesterday - it was much appreciated. You have a brilliant team working for you . Love and hugs Alison xxx

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  17. It was blooming marvellous! I loved my two days with you! Projects were fabulous.... Loads of techniques to use again!
    Welcome to Becca... I'm sure you will be a great asset to the growing team.
    But most of all thank you to you Barbara and Paul for all your hard work getting us crafters inspired and keeping us wanting more!
    Loads of love and hugs xxx

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  18. Hello Barbara

    A great big thank you to you, Paul and Dave. I loved my two days with you all and learned a lot. You must be exhausted.

    Love
    Roz.x

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  19. It was an amazing two days. Thanks to everyone for such a fantastic time. Arrived home just after 10pm to find Clarity envelope waiting. Hubby very impressed with all we packed in to the two days.

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  20. Bloomin' brilliant Barbara and Paul! I don't think I have stopped grinning yet, loved all the projects and techniques and I learned so, so much and the company was fantastic too. Not sure I can wait a whole year for another one though. Enjoy a well deserved rest 😃...and my Clarity envelope was also at home x

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  21. What a fantastic experience! So many firsts for me! So much new to keep trying out!!! Very much looking forward to learning yet more next year! Vielen vielen Dank!!!

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  22. Fabulous two days was nervous that I wouldn't keep up but needn't have worried Paul was fantastic coming to my aid on more than one occassion, & Barbara you are a legend making it all so easy & achievable for us. Did lots I thought I wouldn't manage as I was out of my comfort zone but thoroughly enjoyed the challenge & can't believe what I ended up doing Thank you all so much xx

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  23. You're a STAR Barbara including you're lovely team. It's been a pleasure sharing your fun and frollicks this week also the launch of the fairies. You're all just so lovely. X

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  24. You're a STAR Barbara including you're lovely team. It's been a pleasure sharing your fun and frollicks this week also the launch of the fairies. You're all just so lovely. X

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  25. Charlotte and I had a fabulous time at the retreat, just what we needed. Loved spending time with you and Paul. Lovely to meet so many fantastic crafters with wonderful hearts. Thanks for the fun, laughter and inspiration. Mx

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  26. It must give you such a buzz to have all those lovely people go away with a big smile on their faces Barbara, but I'm sure you are ready for a bit of a breather too. Lovely photos of everybody. x

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  27. The retreats are so bloody fantastic because of the amazing preparation that you put into them Barb. We know how hard you work to make each set of two days as enjoyable as possible and boy does it show. I always come away feeling so inspired and raring to go and my sides ache from all the laughs we have. Not sure I will be able to look at Sue Wilson quite the same way ever again!! 😂😂😂
    I hope I can come again next year and do it all again. Enjoy a little bit of down time both of you. Can't wait for You Tube Tuesdays. Much love to you all. Xxx

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  28. Oh how I would love to come to a retreat, as they sound so fabulous. One day?! Glad they went so well for you and the team.
    I received my new Groovi Club plate yesterday and spent a very happy afternoon making the first project. I am so thrilled with it, as even my picot cutting looks pretty good. I am surprised at how my patience has improved, although I nearly through a wobbly on Sunday, when having completed a pretty complex design, I put the wrong letter at the end of the greeting! There was no way to cover it up, even with a butterfly or flower plaster! I have kept the piece as a reminder to check twice and 'groovi' once after being interrupted!
    Anyway Barb, thanks for another lovely plate and projects. The talent of you and your team continues to amaze me. Annette X

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  29. Thank you all for a fabulous two days and to all the lovely ladies that attended the last two days of the retreat.
    I had such a great time and leart such a lot ( even to stand up when using the gel plates lol )
    Thank you for all the time and effort you put in to inspire and teach us and to give us confidence to go home and give these wonderful techniques a go and create .
    I never knew what wonderful things you could do with just plain old copy paper.
    I look forward to seeing you all again .
    Xx

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  30. Thank you so much for s wonderful fun, arty, inspirational few days. The organisation that goes into creating such well run sessions is no mean feat and is appriciated by all of us. Not to mention your endless patience and Paul of course is an absolute gem! Love you all! Wxxx

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  31. Sorry, I can spell, honestly! The dratted auto fill changes it and I don't always remember to check. I meant threw. 😂

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  32. Thanks Barbara Paul and the clarity team for all your hard work in setting up,these retreats. Thoroughly enjoyed my days with everyone. Came home full of great ideas and inspiration. Janet X

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  33. I'm really hoping that I can get a place next year they always sound such fun and so creative as they say today "I'm well Gel"

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  34. Hi Barbara
    Thank you and your wonderful clarity team for your hard work, patiences and support over this amazing weekend, met some equally amazingly and talented ladies and made some lovely friends. A fun filled weekend with lots of laughter and crafting. I have come away with some lovely memories and brilliant new skills and projects started and to be completed. A must do weekend. Xxx

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  35. Lovely photos and it was such a pleasure to be part of the retreats this year. Hope you get a little time to rest now - you must be doing those projects in your sleep! Welcome to Becka - I'm sure she'll love working with you all at Clarity xxx

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  36. Hello Barb, what fabulous pictures, and welcome Becka. One day I will go, and meet all the amazing Clarity family. Bx

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  37. Thank you so much Barbara, Paul and the Clarity team, Jill and I had a fantastic time at the retreat, you both put so much time and effort into it and it is very much appreciated. Look forward to seeing you at Leyburn - love Elaine (M&Ms !!!)xx

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

Barb x