Thursday, March 17, 2011

Rubber Stamp Art

Do you ever begin to write a blog post with a topic in mind, only for the post to take off in a totally unexpected direction? As if the photographs you took for the post have minds of their own?


I planned to write a post entitled "Craft Room Organization, Part 2" and decided to start by describing how I store my ridiculously huge rather large collection of rubber stamps. I took lots of photos of the shelf I keep them in and some of the stamps themselves. When I loaded the photos onto the computer, I realized that the little rubber stamps are the stars of this post, not the organization of them.


Without ink pads, embossing powder or brushes, the stamps themselves are small works of art...

and each little vignette tells a story...

of good days and bad...


of hopeful times...

of lasting friendships...

and of the delights of early Spring.

They tell the tales of...
Nancy's Cancer journey...

and all the crafts we made together...

in her cottage by the sea.

Over our tea, we would talk of friends and family...

near...

and far.


The photo of the shelf now seems almost like an afterthought...
and the theme of organization has given way to the memories evoked by the stamps themselves.

Maybe I'll just save writing about organizing a craft room for another day...

This post is linked to:
Treasures & Trinkets Thursday at My Cottage Charm
Simple Pleasures at A Collection of This and That
Open House Party Thursdays at No Minimalist Here
Time Travel Thursday at Brambleberry Cottage
Show & Tell Friday at My Romantic Home
Friday Pretties at I Love Pretty Little Things
Transformations & Treasures at Pink Postcard
Home Sweet Home at The Charm of Home
Vintage Inspiration Friday at Common Ground
Junkin' Finds Friday at A La Carte
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage
Frugalicious Friday at Finding Fabulous
Saturday Night Special at Funky Junk Interiors
Mary Engelbreit Monday at Mary Engelbreit Monday

13 comments:

Evelyn S. said...

My rubber stamps fill 30 or 40 drawers....and large background stamps are on a shelf, stacked too tightly to even see! (I see you have a rather rare image....the 'haiku' rabbit/hare!)

Trish @ Lily-Rose Cottage said...

Hello Cheryl,
You have some really great stamps in your collection!
Thanks for showing them in such a fun way :-)
blessings..Trish

A Few Pennies said...

Cute stamps! I love that ribbon you display too. I never find neat stuff like that around here. You are so organized!

Sherry@Back2Vintage said...

Such a sweet post!!! Love the stamps!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Cheryl this post put a big ole smile on my face! Love your very sweet stamps. They are little works of art. Great shelf they are on also. hugs, Linda

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble said...

Cheryl,
I think it was a great idea to display these cute rubber stamps! They are all so pretty and unique onto themselves!!

Hugs,
Debbie

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Hi Cheryl, Looks like you have a lot of stamps to create with. Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful collection at my new party. I hope you will join me next week.
Hugs,
Sherry

Faithful Crafter said...

Cheryl, Love your posting. It is a sweet and touching read. My heart followed along with your memories, especially the time with your sister. Thank you for sharing in such a wonderful way. Valerie

Sherry said...

Cheryl,
What a cute post all done with the rubber stamps. So cute!~ Thanks for linking up!
Sherry

MeMeSue said...

WoW! I just found a HUGE box of rubber stamps at our local GW and picked a few out that were rather pretty. I'm not a stamper (at the moment) but thought why not...you never know ;o)

I'm your newest follower! I look forward to peeking at your blog.

Brambleberry Cottage said...

A very lovely post, Cheryl. And, yes, the same thing happens to me. The pictures often dictate to me the words to use to describe them.

Thanks for linking to the party. I'm always delighted to have you join me. ;)

Blessings,
Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage
http://thebrambleberrycottage.blogspot.com/

Cherry Chick said...

Wow Cheryl....you DO have a collection of Mary Engelbreit stamps. Awesome! Thanks so much for joining me on ME Monday and sharing them with us all.
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pboo50 said...

Hello Cheryl
Love looking at your posts I have never seen as many stamps before wonderfull
Trish