Not too late, am I?

Hi everyone, I’m not too late, am I?

I hope you’re ‘doing good’ as the Americans would say, and as my mum always told us off for saying as kids because it was ‘American’. And it’s not because she didn’t like Americans or American language, it’s because she knew language was important and we should be slow to change it, especially without learning our own language well first. She was right. I wasn’t doing good. I was probably keeping well. But probably not doing anything at the point of being asked, let alone something good. Now, saying ‘I’m good’ is reasonably insignificant in the grand scheme of things, but still, I’m glad she made the point because she helped me to learn the value of language in principle. Because changing the language can have devastating consequences on society and being consistent with language and having sympathy for the rules of language can benefit culture on every level. So in lieu of Mother’s Day on Sunday, there’s a little thought on one of the little ways my mum added value (probably without even intending to) to my life which I believe has added value to others’ lives; because outside of work I do a lot of speaking and teaching and need to be very careful and clear with words and language. Mum’s are great. Note to self, pick up flowers for mum for Sunday. Also, pick up smoked salmon for the wife so the kids can bring her a nice breakfast. So many things to remember.

On that note, just so you know, I didn’t forget to write the blog yesterday, I just had a couple of important things to produce email campaigns for. So, sorry about that. I know I’ve got a competition winner to announce – and we will get to the later – but when the boss says ‘We’ve got dates for a parchment retreat we need to shout about’ boy oh boy do you stop what you’re doing and shout about it. After having to cancel events throughout last year, we are understandably excited and just had to get that news out to you as soon as it came in.

If you didn’t happen to get that message, well, check out Barb’s blog here:

Long story short, we’re hoping to have a Parchment Retreat in October at the Spa Hotel in Tunbridge Wells. Read Barb’s blog for all the important details and see if you’d like to book tickets!

But don’t forget to come back to this blog, because there’s a little more to say, yet. Such as, A Moment of Clarity is coming up! Ok, it’s not until next Friday 19th March – BUT – the awesome new Mask collection Barbara will be showcasing during the Facebook live session are on sale now so that you can get them in time for the 19th. The Riverside Landscape and reflection collection (I love that; reflection collection) of Clarity Masks are a really cool way to create amazing art. Promoting Masks from being a humble companion to Clarity stamps into an outright star product in and of themselves. So trust me, you really do wanna see what Barb’s gonna be doing with these during A Moment of Clarity. The Mask images are below, but I’ll leave the artwork to Barb!

See you then?

Next up, our winner. Last week I asked you a little musical based question linked to our products from last week’s TV shows – the Chess stamps. and you all rightly guessed that the link between the musicians mentioned was indeed Chess records. One of my favourite record labels. Yep, I’m nerdy enough to have favourite record labels. Here’s a little picture, then, of Phil Chess and the incredible Etta James. So well done to everyone who guessed. I don’t think there was a wrong answer in the bunch.

Anyway, to the winner. Whose name was pulled out of the proverbial hat?

Drum roll, please…


Congratulations Jackie Trinder

If you’d like to send me an email to with your address and I’ll pop a little something in the post to you.

Well, that will do from me. Do check out Barb’s blog and the info on the Parchment Retreat. And don’t forget to put an order in for the amazing new Masks so you can craft along with Barb during A Moment of Clarity in just over a week’s time 🙂

Bye, for now, and stay safe.


10 thoughts on “Not too late, am I?

  • 10th March 2021 at 4:00 pm

    Firstly, congratulations Jackie Trinder! Secondly, I am new to Groovi and Clarity stamp so never knew that there were retreats! I live in North Yorkshire so Tunbridge Wells is a loooong way…. Unfortunatly too far for me. Do you do retreats higher up the country at any point? (restrictions allowing that it!) Harrogate would be wonderful! (hint hint!) haha!!

    Thank you for all of the hard work you all do!

  • 10th March 2021 at 4:14 pm

    Congratulations Jackie on winning the Chess draw.
    Looking forward to The Moment of Clarity next week, Barbara showed us sneak peak of the masks this morning in the SHAC Shack so a set is wending its way here so I can play along as well. Need to gather the other ingredients together ready for the event.
    Don’t forget to do your shopping for Mothering Sunday – smoked salmon for breakfast sounds nice with perhaps some nice scrambled egg mmmm !! Yet again it will be Mothering Sunday by Zoom but bonus is Mom is in our bubble this year so I will fetch her over to our house for lunch to give her a change of scenery & then we can catch up with her Grandchildren & Great Grandchildren by Zoom in the afternoon.

  • 10th March 2021 at 6:06 pm

    Hi Stuart I am so thrilled that my name was picked. I have sent an email. We have just got back from having our jabs so that was a nice surprise. Hopefully we have done our little bit to help us all out of lockdown. Enjoy the rest of the week. Take care. Hugs xxxx

  • 10th March 2021 at 7:15 pm

    Congratulations Jackie
    Let’s hope retreats go ahead , have confirmed my place with Jeannine and had e mail from spa hotel to confirm transfer 👍👍👍

  • 10th March 2021 at 7:37 pm

    Congratulations Jackie what a lovely surprise and treat. Thanks for the heads up on the masks Stuart, I’m really enjoying the shows Barbara is doing on the Friday afternoons.
    Love Diane xx

  • 10th March 2021 at 7:45 pm

    Hi Stuart, Congratulations Jackie, enjoy your goodies.
    Glad you have everything in hand for your wife for Mothering Sunday, lucky lady getting smoked salmon for brekkie.
    Love from Patricia xx

  • 10th March 2021 at 8:03 pm

    Hi Stuart, you’ve been busy, busy, busy then, glad you survived all the wheelbarrowing at the weekend! Congratulations Jackie from Jackie to another ! X

  • 10th March 2021 at 8:51 pm

    Congratulations, Jackie. Enjoy yourself. Thanks, Stuart. I looked for you yesterday but hoped you were behind the e mails. I wondered if you had done yourself an injury with the gravel! Did you finish the patio? Hope you get a lovely bouquet and you all have a good time. Mother’s Day is going to be tough for a lot of people this year, so I wish them peace and happy memories. Masks now ordered. I’m looking forward to the show.

  • 11th March 2021 at 12:24 pm

    Congratulations Jackie.
    I totally agree, Language is very important and I cringe when I hear people using it incorrectly. Bad pronunciation also makes my hackles rise. I am not ‘posh’ but I did get one of my jobs because I was well spoken.
    Love these masks and can see that they will be an important part of my craft stash. I will order these as soon as the system allows ( we have been having problems with the log on ) and look forward to the demo’s on Friday.
    Stay safe.


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