At one time in my life, when the kids were getting older and I was beginning to have more free time, I started pen palling with a vengeance. I bombarded hundreds (small exaggeration) of innocent citizens with letters, letters, letters. I just wrote my little heart out!
One day, strolling through a shop downtown, I came across a sweet little set of Beatrix Potter rubber stamps. I stamped everything I could get my hands on.I stamped letters, bills, and my own hands. And, whaddaya know, one of my pen pals told me to check out Rubberstampmadness! This was back when it was a big ol’ newspapery thing. That started my addiction to rubber and carving my own stamps. I believe I kept the Nasco (Safety Kut) people steadily employed for some time. I went through tons of Xacto blades and ink. I worshipped Julie Hagan Bloch.
My son left for college, and I took over his room with art supplies and began to sell alphabet stamps through RSM and cards in local shops. It was a gas...for awhile. Then, my enthusiasm slowly began to fade; I just really didn’t like selling my stuff for money.It just mysteriously sucked the fun out of it. I quit selling stamps, I-quit selling cards, and I got into hosting mailart and artistamps swaps.
I don’t remember how that fizzled out, but somewhere along the line I put away my art supplies and ceded my atelier to my retired husband. Other crafts took over, I worked in an import shop that supported a Guatemalan orphanage, and I tossed out my giant pile of RSM magazines. I guess I lost my mind, huh?
Anyway, it’s awfully nice to be back making mailart again! I’m painting, drawing, cutting and pasting...And today I even dug out the blades and made a fly stamp! I was wondering if I still could. My eyes aren’t as sharp as they used to be but I can compensate with brighter light and magnifying goggles. I am a happy woman!