Dear Jane

Far Flung Bee 2012

Hand carved stamps

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.





Weekend snippits

tin full of chocolate biscuits

Eating chocolate biscuits.

Pile of packages

Packing up orders.

Pinning bias binding onto a circular mini quilt

Pin pin pin pin pinning bias binding.

rubber shavings in the shape of a heart with a carving tool above

Carving stamps (this might be one of my favourite photos I’ve taken of all time!)

bruschetta on a plate

Making weekend bruschetta (the best kind!) for Mama and Papa Cheese.

What did you get up to this weekend?



My name is Holly and I live in Australia. This is where I blog about the stuff I make (mostly quilts, stamps & plushies). Sometimes I also write about things that inspire me. Thanks for stopping by!


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