And so the time has finally come… Yesterday, at 36 weeks pregnant, I said farewell to my desk, my office and my workmates for a whole 365 days (budget willing). It’s a weird feeling. I’m completely excited about having a year ‘off’ and having a baby. But I can’t imagine not going in to work every day – especially for the next 4-ish weeks before The Big Arrival.
It does mean I’ll finally have a bit of time to get through my ‘to-make’ list, though. We’ve been so focussed on getting the house finished (lots more on that to come), I’ve not had the sewing machine out for what feels like ages. I have, however, managed to find some time to feed a new obsession, and my hands (and kitchen table) have been covered in ink ever since.
I ordered some unmounted rubber stamps to print the numbers on an advent calendar, and as the postage was pretty high I thought I may as well throw in a few alphabet sets while I was at it. As soon as the funny-looking bits of rubber arrived in the post I had to try them out, and after a few botched jobs, I managed to make a couple of goodbye cards and gift tags for friends at work.
The letters are a bit higgledy-piggledy – I’m not really following a proper stamping method yet (I’ll post a ‘how to’ once I’ve figured out what on earth I’m doing) – but I quite like the effect and it’s nice to be able to print whatever you fancy. The one below, for example, is a long-standing joke between myself and a fellow editor in the office. We’re going to see if she can last the year without adding the apostrophe in. I’ve bet her a bottle of wine she can’t…