Why Don't I Have a Light Box?

This is how it starts.  Driving home from work, I was thinking that tonight I should trace a few of the drawings I am planning on making into stamps, because in my preliminary test the scan of one of the original drawings showed some of the lines I had erased and was generally just a bit too messy to make a nice clean negative. 

Then I started thinking about the actual tracing part and thought, "I really should have a light box for that.  Why don't I have a light box?".  I have never until today thought I needed a light box.

This is how I ended up with every crafting device I own (and I do own quite a few).  A random thought, which settles in as a niggling idea for a few days or weeks, becomes a youtube search one day, then escalates to an obsession, and eventually becomes a purchase.  Like "Inception".  I wonder if someone has been been poking around in my dreams.  I hope not -- there's some weird and scary stuff in there.

I guess for today, it will be the tried and true old (elementary) school method of taping the drawing to the window and tracing that way.  But!  It may not be tomorrow or next week, but I am predicting today that at some point in the future I shall own a light box and this day will have been Light Box Inception Day Zero.

On a somewhat related note, in light of a text message from him this afternoon, I suspect now that my darling husband understands what the stamp maker actually does (it makes stamps!), he must have spent the night internalizing this knowledge and coming up with ideas of his own.  This can be dangerous for us because, while I may be good at the execution, he is full of ideas.  We tend to feed off each other, so that when we get started on some innocuous little project it often snowballs into a very big project. And his ideas usually occur to him around 7:00 in the evening when the item is required the next morning.

UPDATE: Didn't do any of that. Went for frozen yogurt with Mom and Rico instead. So here's a picture of Rico, pre-yogurt outing.


My Evening with the New Stampmaker

I've been coveting this stampmaker for several months, and finally gave in and ordered it last week.  It arrived on Monday, and since my husband is out of town this week, I opened it up last night right aftter work and had a look.  I thought I'd spend and hour or so installing the software and watching the demonstration videos and then put in a load of laundry, make some supper, maybe take the dog for a walk, watch some TV. 

Several hours later, eyes red and swollen, I put the laptop down and decided maybe it was time for bed. 

I had a weiner for supper. 

A weiner. 

And I didn't even make any stamps.


Welcome to my new blog!

I'm not clear yet what it will be or if it will even stay on this site, but I do have a vague idea that I would like a place to show some of the projects I work on from time to time. My husband and I share a Facebook page and I sometimes worry I'm hogging the page or annoying people with my craft obsessions (in fact, I already censor myself for their benefit!).

So, presumably you are here because you're like-minded (and maybe a little obsessed like me? Hmm?), and if not...well, I'm afraid you'll be sadly disappointed if you're looking for interesting, relevant, or thought-provoking content. What you will likely find is quite a bit of rambling, half-formed thoughts, poor storytelling, the occasional rant about improper use of punctuation (learn how to use the apostrophe, people!), photos of craft/sewing/painting projects, and definitely several photos of our furry little prince, Rico. Like this one.  -->