little prints, penneys, and sandy's ring

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I have tons  of rubber stamps. The ones I use all the time are my alphabet sets. I have a bunch.

This particular set  was a secondhand find, can you believe it?

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Love those woodblock stamps.  Those I bought new.

I haven't carved any stamps in a while. I used to do that a lot in the nineties. It sounds so funny to say that, in the nineties! Back in the day, I  was approached by a rubber stamp company that wanted to use my designs in commercial stamps. Well of course I let them! I'll have to take a picture of those. Unfortunately, Eglentyne Rubber is no more.

Carving stamps sounds much cooler if you refer to it is miniature printmaking.

Which, of course, it is.

This is an old journal page from ... maybe 2000? 20001?

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The image in the center is one of my little carvings printed on a blank piece of cardstock.  I was visiting Madelyn and we had lunch with her friend Sandy. Now, Sandy is just charming and beautiful and creative like crazy. The kind of girl who you just want to take in everything she is wearing, remember everything she mentions. You just know this girl is special. So as I was taking her all in, I noticed she was wearing this great ring , turns out it has a rubber stamp top! Those little circles all around the border of my page? I stamped them from Sandy's ring! I'll have to see if I can find out where she got it.

I think I just heard a Weepies song on a J.C. Penny commercial. My best friend calls it  Penney's. She says it's an upstate New York thing to call it that. Those loganberry-drinking upstaters.