Wednesday, July 03, 2013

DIY Stamps and Me

It has been almost four months since the last time I wrote a blog post. Many things have happened and I can say that life is a roller-coaster ride. Now, I'm happy that everything is alright. I'm back!

So today, on my comeback, I want to show you my new hobby that I am hooked on. - The DIY Stamps!

It is a tradition in Holland to send a birth announcement card when a baby is born. They also decorate the house, especially the front window with colorful festoon to welcome a new member of the family. The baby's parents or grandparents also offer biscuits with butter and pink or blue colored "hagelslag" (sugar sprinkles) when friends, colleagues and other family members visit the house to see the new born baby.

I was thinking of a unique idea for a birth announcement card and with all that I have seen on the internet, the stamp idea was so far the best. I gathered some websites, where I could order it once I give birth to a baby. But a bright light bulb over my head turned on and I said, "Hey, why not? I can do it myself, too!". So there came the idea to try the DIY Stamps.

If you want to try it also, these are the materials you needed for making your own stamps.
  1. Linoleum curving tools.
  2. A block of gum eraser
  3. Pencil
  4. Stamp pad

How to do it:
  1. Simply draw a picture on a block of gum eraser. Think about flowers, alphabet, animals or anything easy to draw as your first stamp project or just copy an image from a magazine or books.
  2. Then you can start carving the image. But don't forget to work safely. Always curve the image away from yourself.
  3. When it is done, try to stamp your masterpiece on a piece of paper using ink from the stamp pad.
A dolphin image stamp on the left picture is my very first DIY stamp!

I am sharing this hobby, because this has a significant place in my heart. It has something to do with what I have experienced this past two months. I know that I have to set aside for the meantime the idea of making a unique birth announcement card for my baby, because of my unsuccessful pregnancy. But my hope is overflowing and I know sooner I would be the happiest mom in the world!


Farida said...

Hi! I'm glad you're back :) How are you?

I'm sorry to hear about the pregnancy that did not materialize. Yes, I'm sure our good Lord has a better plan for you and your husband. In the meantime, stay strong and you take care!

Kulengkleng said...

Hello Farida, thanks for your sympathy. It's true, God has a better plan for us and I keep on believing. Have a nice Monday!

slarnach said...

Hi! i came across your blog because I like to read about Holland, where I used to live. This time I had to post something... I also went through a lost pregnancy (twice actually), and I know how awful you must both be feeling. I just want to say, hang in there. It is very tough to stay positive while you are grieving, I know. Take care of each other and focus on each day as it comes along. Please do keep on believing, that is exactly the spirit! My very best wishes to you both.

Kulengkleng said...

Hoi, Slarnach, thank you for dropping by and extra thanks for lifting up my spirit more. :-)