I have been admiring all the lovely stamping that's been going on in the craft blogs I read. Hillary's been doing some amazing stuff with mastercarve blocks, like this sweet apron
(hey Mom, the Cooky Book!) and I love these
by Sarah of The Small Object, and I saw some others somewhere... I can't remember.
Stamps are pretty great. The best part of working at the library in college was stamping the due date in the book before I handed it to the patron... ahhh.. super satisfying. During college I also discovered the joys of the rubber stamp "Printing Kit" you can purchase at any office supply store. Have you seen one of these? It comes with tweezers, a couple stamp bases, and rubber "type" that you can use to spell out any old thing.
I had taken a class in letterpress printing at the time but wanted something I could use at home. What's really lovely and extraordinary about these, though, is how long they've been around! I was glancing through my trusty reproduction of the Fall 1900 Sears, Roebuck catalog and saw this:
Items like this are often on my mind - things that have stayed the same over so many years, without any kind of fanfare. We don't really conceive of them as "retro" because they just maintain a sort of quiet, unassuming presence in our lives. Things like wooden matches, and decks of cards, and lightbulbs. Knitting needles, too! I wonder if they stay the same because we don't give them enough thought to warrant a change - they are so integrated into our lives, like our thumbs or something - or if it's because they have managed to remain a part of our lives because they are perfect as is. Hmm.
Anyway, buy any reproduction of a Sears catalog you find
, from any decade, they are fascinating and lead to deep thoughts like the above.
Big news: the booklet will go on sale tomorrow evening when I get home from work. I got them in the mail today and boy do they look snazzy.