Playing with Layers and Patterns

I should not be left alone with an eraser and a craft knife when I am bored, because something like this will definitely happen:

paisley pattern stamp

hand-carved paisley pattern stamp

I carved the paisley pattern stamp and its layer stamp while waiting for my husband to finish work.

coloring the paisley pattern

You can use stamp pads, color markers, or water-color to fill in the pattern.

Which coloring technique looks best to you? Drop me a line and let me know! πŸ™‚


On the Pursuit of Happiness

β€œLet us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”

― Marcel Proust

I had an absolutely terrible morning.

After waking up early to a racket created by our two dogs, this morning was filled with one disappointment after another. From chores to major life events, everything was a big let-down.

It is hard to work (or do anything, really) when you are sad and upset. It is especially difficult to teach with a heavy heart because kids do not learn anything from a teacher that’s dull and lifeless. I could barely muster the energy to leave my room, let alone go to work. I had to think of something to cheer me up. Fast.

Stamping makes me happy. My recent foray into the world of hand carving has cemented this into fact. I enjoy the process of creating, and stamping is the only activity so far that fulfills my need for instant craft gratification.

Armed with my hand carved stamps and stamp pads, I decided to make thank you note cards for all my officemates. Making the cards helped greatly improve my mood. Not only did stamping give me instant happiness, writing down things I am thankful for made me realize how loved and blessed I am despite of today’s disappointments.

Notecards made from index cards and decorated using handcarved eraser stamps

Notecards made from index cards and decorated using handcarved eraser stamps

What do you do to make yourself feel happy on a bad day?