Hi there! Grace here.
It’s Friday! And I know YOU KNOW what that means! The time has come (although it came a little early, yesterday)…
I know many of you have been building your shopping lists and preparing your baskets all week. The level of preparation I’ve been hearing about on the chat system is rather impressive. You take this Gray Friday business VERY seriously! And we love you for it 🙂
To celebrate how much we love you for it, we’re going to be popping a GOLDEN TICKET into someone’s sale order! Which means you get the entire order refunded. So watch out for that sliver of gold…
Now, while you’re taking a little break from your shopping to join me here, perhaps with a cup of tea, I’d like to talk about something positive that has evolved in 2020, that so many of us really benefit from. Now…
Way back when, on March 30th… the world had really started to change. Everyone across the world was terrified and staying indoors, FaceTiming each other and panic buying loo roll! So Barbara Gray hopped into the drivers seat and started a little (big) thing called the SHAC Shack.
Safe Happy And Creative
Stay Home And Craft
Every day; Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday she went Live on Facebook to hundreds and hundreds of people, also stuck at home and looking for something new to do! It really started as a small idea. Just grab a piece of paper & a pen and learn how to draw some birds on a wire. Tune out the world for a bit with Barb, basically. And learn some cool techniques in the process.
And as the weeks and months went by, she didn’t stop, she just changed gear. You’ve been all over the place on the SHAC bus! Africa, Asia, Italy… under the sea! In hot air balloons. And most recently in little Christmas villages! You’ve spent a healthy amount of time colouring as well. Taking the time to learn techniques and the results have been INCREDIBLE.
We all celebrated when we got to 100 hours! But now we’re LONG past that. As the world continued to change, she shifted gears again and started to gather in the SHAC on Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays!
And that works even better! It enables everyone to catch up a bit, or work at their own pace.
Someone recently asked me whether they should start at the beginning or join in where everyone is now… and it really got me thinking. You don’t want to miss the simplicity of the earlier videos because they equip you to craft confidently in episode 144. Yes, I said episode 144. WHAT?!
But at the same time the feeling of community and togetherness shines in those live videos, even if you’re doing them later in the day. So I said ‘Do both’. Well, I put it a tad more flowery than that 😉 But that’s what is so great about the SHAC happening Monday, Wednesday & Friday. That gives you extra days to catch up. Or to rework something you struggled with, or really enjoyed.
The SHAC Shack has been a godsend to so many, for so long. And as the UK (and many other countries shift back into lockdown) let’s not forget that EVERY episode is sat waiting for you on Youtube. All of the relaxing conversations about what is going on in the world (it all still applies in many cases eh?) and all of the laughs. Not to mention the FREE lessons.
If you need it, it’s there. Whether you’ve watched it before or not.
I’m personally about to start Harry Potter on Audible for the THIRD time since last November. Don’t tell Mark. It makes me feel happier, so I use it. If the SHAC has been a bit of a crutch for you, it’s not gone anywhere! Hundreds of hours of footage and challenges for you to distract yourself with. Or to send to someone you know who needs it.
We’re still Staying Safe Happy & Creative. No matter where along the bus journey you are. We’re all on the same bus line anyway…
Ooh, and don’t forget the telly shows today! 9am & 1pm (UK time).
Lotsa love, Grace xo
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