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Strange Sightings in the City

It takes me a long time to finish projects. Not only do I have to cram exercise, dinner, and hobbies into about two hours every day, but I am also the slowest person ever. I decided this week to share some colorful inspirations I’ve seen around the city of Chicago the past few weeks.

...because who doesn't put mosaic tiles all over her car?

…because who doesn’t put mosaic tiles all over her car?

i suppose if you have a flat tire in the city, carrying a replacement through the train station isn't so strange...

i suppose if you have a flat tire in the city, carrying a replacement through the train station isn’t so strange…

whale street art

whale street art

street art

street art

someone has a batman cutout leering over the fullerton el stop... love it

someone has a batman cutout leering over the fullerton el stop… love it

cow sighting

cow sighting

perhaps the strangest sight of all, i found a sold-out copy of Love Quilting & Patchwork! it was at the barnes & noble in oak brook

i found a sold-out copy of Love Quilting & Patchwork!


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DIY Personalized Stamps

I thought for sure I would finish the Marcelle Medallion quilt top as designed this week (although I will add some extra borders later to make it full size). I wanted to bring it for show-and-tell at the first-ever quilting event I plan to attend, the monthly meeting of the¬†Crystal Lake Modern Quilt Guild. (I live in Chicago but find this suburban group has a strong online presence and seems really energetic.) Then my machine’s feed dogs fell and refused to be coaxed back up. I’m taking her to the repair shop tonight.

broken feed dogs

With my sewing machine out of commission, I amused myself with other projects through most of last week. One of these was carving rubber stamps. I bought some tools from Blick Art Supply to print my own fabric for a longer-term project, and I thankfully had the foresight to buy extra rubber because carving is fun! After seeing this pin on Pinterest, I decided to make some portraits.

Would making my own face into a rubber stamp appear too vain? I couldn’t tell, but I figured if it was merely practice for stamps of kids’ faces that would accompany a homemade, educational activity book… well, then I was in the clear! Here’s how my own stamp turned out:

craftprowler hand carved portrait rubber stamp

And these are the stamps I made of my friend’s kids:

craftprowler hand carved rubber stamps - kid portraits

The mustache on the top kid isn’t natural, as you might imagine. I bought them some stick-on mustaches last October and thought this would be a cute way to prolong the fun. The photo of the little miss is courtesy of Susanna Bayer’s Photography.

With any luck, my sewing machine will be ready to go for the quilt guild’s sew-in. But I have to admit I’ve enjoyed making stamps in the meantime!