Fifty-Two Stamps – Week 4

Week four is another one of my Core Desired Feelings for 2015. This week’s word was serene. One that I thought would have been easy but it was really hard. I kept messing up my “s” and the first time I was carving it, I cut right through the top of it so it was no longer recognizable as a letter. I thought of salvaging it and tried to, but alas I finally had to admit it wasn’t going to happen.

So I gave up and started all over again, doing a slightly different version and ended up with what you see above. Here are the two stamps below.

the process of carving this wasn’t so very serene but i persisted.


Fifty-two stamps is a project for 2015. You can read more about it here.

Fifty-Two Stamps - Week 3

This week is another one of my Core Desired Feelings for 2015. This next one was the longest of my words: abundance. I wasn’t sure how to tackle it and it took a few iterations to get it right so it was readable but not too big.

I thought of not making it cursive but I really liked the way it looked cursive so I kept trying until I got one that worked.

it’s long and hard to spell but i love the word abundance.


Fifty-two stamps is a project for 2015. You can read more about it here.

Fifty-Two Stamps - Week 2

After my word of the year, the next four words I planned to care were my Core Desired Feelings for 2015. I figured this way, I could use them on my art projects for the year. or stamp them on my daily planner so I would remember how I want to feel.

So, the first one I decided to tackle was “alive.”

(Now you know what the next three weeks will be, too.)

This one didn’t feel very hard to make but it turned out to be a bit more square than I intended it to be.

Just looking at it makes me connect with the feeling of being alive!


Fifty-two stamps is a project for 2015. You can read more about it here.

2015 Projects - Fifty-Two Stamps - Intro and Week 1

Last year, I added stitching to my yearly projects. I liked doing something that didn’t involve painting, drawing, or pretty paper. It was different. I liked going outside my comfort zone. So I wanted to try that again this year. I knew I didn’t want to do stitching again. But I still wanted something different.

I thought and thought and then it came to me out of nowhere.

I would carve stamps.

One stamp for each week.

This might be crazy, it might be boring, it might be useless. I am not sure how it’s going to work out. But what I do know is that I am having fun thinking about it now. I had fun carving the first few stamps I did.

It might be tough to come up with 52 ideas. We’ll see. I plan to start the year with the words that are meaningful to me, so, of course, BRAVE had to be the first one.

Here’s to a year of carving!

Stitching Circles – Looking Back

As I was designing my projects for 2014, I wanted to pick something different that didn’t involve drawing or coloring of any kind. Inspired by the class I was taking at the time, I decided to do a stitching project. I spent a lot of time perusing through pinterest, picking ideas I would like to try.

I started this project with a lot of enthusiasm. I really loved how cute they each turned out to be. I would keep my needle and embroidery thread in my bag and work on it as I waited at carpool.

But it didn’t take long before it felt like a lot of work and not nearly as much fun. Some of the designs took forever to finish and I felt more and more under the gun where it was more important to finish than to enjoy the process and take my time.

So much for the serenity I was hoping to get from this project.

Once I realized what was happening, I just didn’t feel the urge to continue anymore. And made the conscious decision to walk away from the obligation to finish out my year.

Looking at all the ones I did do, I still feel like it was very worthwhile and a lot of fun.

and very much something different for me. I cherish all of these.

Stitching Circles - Week 26

I found two little incomplete circles in my desk this week. Here’s the last one of them.


Stitching Circles is a project for 2014. You can read more about it here.

Stitching Circles – Week 25

I found two little incomplete circles in my desk this week. Here’s one of them.


Stitching Circles is a project for 2014. You can read more about it here.

Stitching Circles – Week 24

This week’s stitching also comes from urban threads. This little bird was calling to me. I used stem stitch and back stitch on this one. The little word is patience.


Stitching Circles is a project for 2014. You can read more about it here.

Stitching Circles – Week 23

This week’s stitching also comes from urban threads. I love this little tree. I used stem stitch and back stitch on this one. The little word is enchant.


Stitching Circles is a project for 2014. You can read more about it here.

Stitching Circles – Week 22

This week’s stitching also comes from urban threads. I loved this angel. I used stem stitch and back stitch on this one. The little word is generous.


Stitching Circles is a project for 2014. You can read more about it here.

Stitching Circles - Week 21

This week’s stitching also comes from urban threads. After the involved unicorn last week i wanted something small and quick. I used stem stitch, fill stitch, and back stitch on this one. The little word is simple.


Stitching Circles is a project for 2014. You can read more about it here.

Stitching Circles – Week 20

This week’s stitching also comes from urban threads. This unicorn took me a while but I loved how colorful it is. I used stem stitch and back stitch on this one. The little word is colors.


Stitching Circles is a project for 2014. You can read more about it here.