Hi there, everyone. It’s
Tuesday Wednesday. Yes, we usually blog on Tuesday, but you know how it is. A little extra project came in last minute so we took care of that first. Ran out of time for the blog, but we’re in charge and we can do what we like. So a Wednesday blog it is. Anyone up for a nice game of chess?
I’d quite like to learn chess. I’m not great at maths but I do enjoy patterns and strategy and I’d also like something else to be better than my wife at. That’s not a given, I suppose, but we have quite an enjoyable scrabble rivalry in which she’s beaten me only twice ever in our decade of knowing each other. Which is quite fun for me and rather frustrating for her, being the one with the writing degree and all! Anyway… Chess… The Queen’s Gambit series on Netflix has really glamourised the game and filled a whimsical nation with the romantic notion of becoming an elegant chess strategist. Beauty appears in the most unexpected places, right? Perhaps that’s also got something to do with the fact that we’re launching our brand new Grungy Background and Chess Pieces stamp set.
Anyway, we’re back on TV this week, and Barbara Gray is stopping by for a spot of afternoon tea, but not before a nice game of chess. It’s a very aesthetic game is chess. So many exquisite shapes and symbols that lend themselves to art and craft perfectly. Our Lucy, in the design team, has done an incredible job of transforming the ‘look’ of chess into three amazing stamp sets. The first set includes the chess pieces themselves as well as squares and outlines for creating chess board designs. The other two sets offer a range of grungy design assets for creating backgrounds and textured elements. Do join in from 2-4pm this Sunday and see if you can check mate?!
Next up, Barb will be kicking off the One Day Special with the launch of our Linda Williams designed Tea and Coffee collections of Groovi Plates. There are four Plates in each collection. One collection for tea lovers, and one collection for those a little more partial to percolations. These charming and tasteful designs are a homage to high tea and afternoons spent in pleasant company. The traditionally inspired style of these Plates will really resonate with trad parchers and Groovers alike. The shows are at 6pm and 8pm on Sunday 7th, plus 8am, 12pm and 4pm on Monday 8th. Barb will be showcasing the brand new products with super live demos and it promises to be a fun and edutaining One Day Special.
Well, how does that sound then? We are all very excited here in the office. Excited to see your reactions, that is. We’re not doing this for us, you know (well, we are a bit, we are trying to turn a profit here, that’s just necessary). But really, truly, our main joy comes from when our customers enjoy our products and when we see that we have designed and produced something you guys really want. Like when you give a present to a loved one and you watch them open it so you can see the look of delight on their face. That’s what we’re all in this for.
Well, I think that will do from me. But, like Columbo, I have one more thing. All this talk of chess got me thinking about another passion of mine; jazz and blues music (trust me, there’s a link). So, how about a little competition? Answer the following question, and I’ll put you in the mix to win a little Clarity prize. So, the question.
Q: What links the following jazz and blues singers; Etta James, Solomon Burke, Chuck Berry, Muddy Waters & Marlena Shaw? (Clue – the answer is a word I’ve mentioned several times in this blog – linked to Sunday’s new stamp set).
If you know the answer, email me firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a comment below. And I’ll announce a winner next Tuesday 🙂
Thanks for reading and good luck with the competition.