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Stamp dreaming

July has been a good month for stamps, and I’m really enjoying the quiet time spent with a hunk of white rubber and my concentration.

I’m currently working on three stamps (a business card, a save-the-date, and possibly the coolest: a stamp to stamp into fondant icing on a cake for a dear friend) but here is my latest finish.

I feel like my carving ability has taken a big step forward lately, and that’s pretty exciting to me as I’ve been doing this for a long while now and sometimes it just feels like you get stuck in progression. It’s a horrible state where you can see where you want to be, where you think you should reach to, but your ability just isn’t ready to take you there yet. You just gotta keep pushing and pushing and have faith that you’ll get there, and after 4 years of carving I think I’m getting there.

I kind of wish I’d taken an imprint of each stamp I’ve made, and journalled them. I think that’s something I should start in the future. Then I can look back and see where I’ve been when I’m thinking about where I’m going.





365: July 2012

The start of July was great for me. I knit a beanie (knitting in the round!), I started eating better and really experimenting in the kitchen, and I started working out.

The end of July wasn’t so great for me. I think trying to do All The Things and starting back at work burnt me out. I guess I needed that break. I slept a lot, I hung out with Mr Cheese and the pups on the couch, and I watched some Olympics. I think sometimes we all need a little break.




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