#carveDecember: Days 5-6

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I apologize for the quality of the photos… Since Monday I don’t see any daylight when at home, so this is the best I can do. On Monday I carved the snowflake – I wanted to practice carving circles, so I thought of a snowflake consisting of circles only. It was difficult, but it did not turn out so bad. Yesterday I had very little time, so I had to satisfy myself with a little garbage stamp, which I carved probably in less than five minutes. It still looks ok, I think.

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Last night we went to a local Christmas market to admire decorations and drink some mulled wine. It was very cold, but we found a place next to a wood stove where they baked some pizza-like Hungarian specialty called kemences langos. Of course, we had a serving of that to go with our wine and enjoyed the warmth coming from the stove.

This morning I submitted my application for a new driving license, so one more worry is crossed out from my list and there are only two and a half days until Saturday. Tomorrow is a ‘mother’s doctor’ day and on Friday an ’embassy’ day. I am becoming progressively more relaxed and happy with myself as days go by. All will be good!

#carveDecember: Days 3-4

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These are the stamps I did for days 3 and 4 of #carveDecember. Snowflakes again – I so much enjoy carving them.

The weekend was good: I did run both days and enjoyed time out in the sun, despite the cold. Today I got my lab results and apart from the chronic neutropenia that I already know about, there was nothing else special. So, I am pretty ok. This week is going to be very busy, with lots of work and additional errands, so I am bracing myself and counting days to Saturday. There will be very little time for art in the morning and little in the evening, but I hope I will manage a quick stamp every day and maybe some additional mandala doodling. Four and a half days left to go… Breathe…

 

#carveDecember: Day 2/31

Here is one more snowflake:

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I also started another mandala yesterday and worked on it a bit today before heading out for an adventure 😉

Got up early, went to the doctor’s, they took my blood, I got my driving license certificate, so everything looks good. I am feeling exhausted though. The weather is funny, not so cold, but terribly windy. It was raining when we parked to go to the doctor’s office and even more rain when we got out. And then there was a lot of sunshine when we arrived back home. Typical.

So, no gym even today. I feel tired and with a bit of headache, like I am getting sick, so better not risk it. I am going to have a short rest before I make popcorn and install myself in front of TV to watch Netflix. Oh my… I hope I will be better tomorrow so I can go, you know where… 🙂

#carveDecember: Day 1 of 31

It’s December and it’s time for carving stamps for 31 days. It’s a challenge started by Julie Balzer from Balzer Designs where you carve rubber stamps during the month of December and display them using #carveDecember tag. I joined the fun last year and I was so excited about it that I invested into a new carving tool this year and was impatiently waiting to put it to daily use from today.

I’ve been obsessed with snowflakes lately, so the logical thing to do was to carve a snowflake:

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There you go, the fist stamp for this December.

Otherwise, it’s been really cold last couple of days and I rarely went out. Today my gym pass starts to be valid, and I should move my butt and head for the gym, but that will not happen, as I feel tired and warm and peaceful, so no way… Tomorrow I have an appointment with a doctor for my annual blood test and driving license certificate. I have to get up early and get generally upset with driving, finding parking, meeting people, and similar nonsense (I am an introvert, remember), so I give myself leave to not move from home. Tomorrow afternoon I will go to the gym, I promise. And tonight, it’s baked pumpkin with nut butter and honey and Netflix. I do love my winter nights inside…

ICAD: Coloring my Stamp

Remember that stamp from yesterday? So I thought it might be a good idea to use it on one of the index cards. I colored it with Sakura Glaze Pens. I love how they have the finish reminding of a ceramic tile :). Pity I cannot buy them here… Unfortunately, I have some nice people from the US who are always happy to support with hard to get supplies 🙂

New Stamp with a New Tool

For a long time I was dreaming about this great carving tool. It’s a bit pricey, so I was hesitant. This month, when I got my salary, I told to myself: Dear me, as you were so good last month, you can have a little reward… So I ordered it. And I got it. And boy, am I happy I made this decision!

I carved a lot of stamps in the past and I was always annoyed how all cutters I had did not seam to actually cut the rubber, but rather push, bend and chew on it, so I could never get a straight line or carve any intricate design. This new thing is my dream come true. Look at what I was able to do:

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The size of this stamp is 2×2 inches or 5×5 centimeters. Not so bad, huh?