Friday, December 19, 2014

Scraps–Day 19 of #CarveDecember

Just using up some scraps today since my scrap bowl is getting a little full.

Besides, not only do we all need a little joy (I know I do,) but my precious bees all need a little honeycomb, too. lol

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I hope you’ve got a great weekend planned. For me, a little Christmas baking, more stamp carving, gift wrapping, some art journaling, and finishing up a couple of handmade gifts.

I can’t believe it’s almost Christmas!

Noah (the grandboy) has gone to Arkansas for a few days to have some holiday time with his father and his father’s family. We’re not having our Christmas until the Saturday after Christmas so it’s good he can see that part of his family, too. As long as they have him back home on time.

Time for me to go stalk y’all all on Instagram so I can see what great stamps you’ve all done today.

Have a great night!

Peace & Love,
Barb

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Day 18 of #CarveDecember

Thank you all…for understanding and your kind words and just for being so dang cool.

*muah*

Onward:

Here are today’s little stamps:

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Nothing big or intricate today…but some days, just showing up and putting in a little effort is enough.

Today was one of those days.

Much love to you all…remember to be gentle and kind to yourself, always.

Peace & Love,
Barb

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Tendrils–Day 17 of #CarveDecember

I despise days when I ache bad all over and have the icky stomach and my head feels like it’s going to explode and the whole days is just YUK!

Yeah, today was one of those days.

But, keeping to my word (to myself), I carved anyway. In fact, that’s probably why my head has felt like a million screaming 4 year olds were playing inside it all day. But I digress…

IMG_0079Day 17 of this wonderful stamp carving adventure brings Tendrils…just a something I drew up and worked all day at carving, a little here and a little there, until it was done.

Don’t go looking too close or you’ll see all the little oopsies of mine. They add character, though, right? lol

I do like doing these repeating stamps, I just wish I was better at lining them up. Does anyone have any tricks they want to share with me on this?

I have no idea what I’ll end up using this baby for but I’m sure I’ll find some use for it. We all know I love my art journals so I bet it pops up here and there in those.

In other news…

Have you finished Christmas shopping? I have 2 more gifts to buy and I’m done. Thankfully.

I haven’t said anything about it but this has been a tough Christmas to get ready for this year. My husband has gone through some job changes the past couple of months and is now going back to his original employer…but won’t start until the end of January.

It’s been 2 1/2 months since he got a regular check and our savings is wiped out…not to mention that we have no insurance and my meds alone are over $500 a month without it. Why does it always come down to money? I hate that!!!

*sigh*

I am the one that keeps everyone UP and I try to be optimistic about everything but this has really pushed me to the edge. I have tried to just stay quiet about things and keep the smile on my face, reminding him (and myself) that everything will be fine.

And it will.

It’s just hard to not let it get to me sometimes.

*shrug*

Sorry ‘bout that. Sometimes ya just have to unload and whine a little. At least I do.

Like I always say, though, tomorrow will be better.

Peace & Love to you all,
Barb

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Feather / Bee–Days 15 & 16 of #CarveDecember

Would someone please send me a new brain…mine is on the fritz big time! I can’t seem to remember anything these days. And don’t even go to thinking it’s because I’m getting old…I refuse to believe that! lol

Anyway, I just plain forgot to post yesterday so, once again, y’all get a two-fer today. Woo hoo!!!, right? Ha!

IMG_0064Moving right along, I love boxes and I’ve had this one for years but the lid was about to fall apart. Duct Tape to the rescue and all is well.IMG_0065

I put together all of my stamp carving gear into my lovely box so now I have it all together for when I get ready to carve.

Pretty dang sweet, wouldn’t ya say?

Anyway, on to the carving…

Day 15 – Today’s stamp is inspired by the stamps created by Alisa Burke. I absolutely love all of her stamp line but her feathers are so awesome that I just IMG_0066had to attempt a similar one myself.

One thing  she does that I love is incorporating circles into her feathers so I did plenty of those here.

I know that I have made it pretty impossible to tell the size of most of my stamps that I’ve carved during #CarveDecember but this one is almost 6 inches tall.

I can’t say that mine is nearly as beautiful as Alisa’s but I’m pretty pleased with it, nonetheless.

I also think I’ll get lots of good use out of it in my art journals, too.

Day 16 – Today’s stamp is all about my latest obsession, bees.

I love bees.

My nickname from my Daddy was B-B-Doll so maybe that’s part of it. But really, bees seem to have been a theme for my life for as long as I can remember, showing up in so many ways…my first car was a Datsun B210 Honeybee; as a kid they’d just land on me for no reason and never stinging me, either; and more.

I don’t know exactly why but I LOVE them.

So, in honor of my love affair with the bees, I present:IMG_0076This may be my very favorite stamp I’ve ever carved.

Hope everyone is doing great and carving your hearts out!

Peace & Love,
~Barb~ 

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Numbers & Hamsa–Days 13 & 14 of #CarveDecember

**NOTE: I wrote the first half of this post yesterday and, being the airhead that I can be lately, I thought I posted it but obviously, I didn’t. So I thought I’d just combine Days 13 & 14 into one post.

Day 13: I’ve thought about carving an entire alphabet before but I admit that the idea really intimidated me. Today I thought I’d inch closer to that eventual goal by starting with a set of numbers.

IMG_0061Crazy enough, these turned out to be much easier than I expected…until I decided to throw in a little punctuation to use the bits I had left after carving my numbers. The exclamation point is fine, the question mark is, forgive me, questionable…and that damn ampersand is HIDEOUS!! lol

Oh well, it happens! Who cares, right?!?

I do think I’m going to try to do the whole alphabet thing a little later in the month, after I improve a little more. I mean, practice does make perfect…er, well, practice makes improvement. Yeah, I’ll go with that one.

Day 14: I spend wayyyyyy too much time on the internet. This is no secret to anyone that knows me and I am trying to work on this addiction of mine.

IMG_0063Anyway, in my internet travels I come across things that I just fall in love with…today’s carving is based on a photo I came across on the net.

The Hamsa (also known as Hand of Fatima) is all over the place on the internet these days but, for clarity, it isn’t something that is a religious symbol for me personally. I just love the idea behind it (Hamsa is an icon used by man as a defense, in his struggle against the forces of evil or the evil eye.) Wouldn’t that be cool…that just wearing this beautiful symbol would protect the wearer?

Anyway, just letting you guys know from where today’s stamp idea came.

In other news, weekends are something around my house right now. My husband is between jobs (yeah, right at Christmas! Eek!!) and I haven’t even started any Christmas baking…this week I will, though, I swear! lol

Hope your weekend is going great.

Peace & Love,
Barb

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