Life In A Crazy Teapot : Hand Carved Stamp
If I were a drinking lady, which I am not, I would be sneaking some very strong spirits into my pot of tea this week. The littlest one was sick last week and the middle one came down with something similar soon after. It only lasted for a day so of course we sent him back to school. And then Sunday morning it hit again. I was showered, dressed, and my hair curled. I walked into the kitchen to prep Sunday lunch and my son told me he threw up downstairs. Of course I was thinking it was just a few spots to clean up. I was totally unprepared for the pond of vomit that assaulted my nose. It was splattered up the walls on all three sides of the bathroom and stuck between the gaps in the molding on the walls. But worst of all, it looked like someone poured a gallon jug of vomit onto the floor.
I stood there thinking I had no idea where I was going to start. But, after changing my clothes, grabbing lots of rags and a bucket I got on my knees and went to town. It was the second time in my life I thanked God for vomit. (The other time was during my first bout of morning sickness after my miscarriage) As I scrubbed, I thanked God that I have normally healthy children. I thanked Him that I have children to clean up after. And yes, I was thankful that my son at least made it into the bathroom instead of up-chucking the contents of his stomach on his bedroom carpet.
I may have to keep the idea of strong drink on reserve. There are still 3 of us that have not been hit by the bug. For the most part, we are a very healthy family but sickness is something you can not control. We are taking preventative measures and praying that our season of sickness has passed.
Thankfully, spring weather minus the germs is almost here!
Creating the Stamp/Mail Art
This month’s hand carved stamp is a teapot. I took several ideas from different photos and combined them onto one stamp. My sketch is on the left. I transferred the sketch to the rubber using a bone folder. I used my carving tool by Speedball.
After carving the stamp, I stamped it, colored and cut it. The background of my mail art is a postcard covered with book paper, tissue paper and collage paper made using my gelli plate.
Lindy’s Stamp Gang embossing powder was used in the background along with fabric scraps, word stickers, book paper and doodles.
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Well, it’s tea day again and instead of sharing my norm, I am going to to just use the Tea pot on my art to represent my beverage for today. I am excited to join all the T ladies over at Elizabeth and Bleubeard‘s for art, travel and a beverage.
Happy Tea Day,