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Hi friends!
We’re back from Maui, and I definitely feel recharged. It’s amazing what some sunshine, good company, and snorkeling will do to rejuvenate the spirit. Oh, and the pina coladas helped too!

estieMade_giveaway I’ll post trip pictures soon, but for now I wanted to let y’all know about an awesome giveaway going on today only. estieMade is teaming up with Umba Box to give away this sweet geode necklace. I’d love for one of you to win it! Hop over to the Umba Box blog to enter the giveaway. And while you’re there, you can read my interview and find out about my fave Valentine’s Day of all time!

Howdy! I told you this tutorial was going to be about making stamps out of pencil erasers…right?

Well, let’s cut to the chase. I saw this tutorial on Creature Comforts a while ago, and thought it was a fantastic idea. It’s an easy and cost effective way to spruce up cards and packaging. I tried it over the weekend and had a lot of fun using the stamps to make little cards.

Did I mention that this is a great way to use old no.2 pencils you have lying around? Yup, even if the eraser is dried out and leaves streaks on your paper when you try to erase. The only caveat is that the erasers need to be new (never used), so that you can have a flat stamping surface.

To make your stamps, you will need:
-no.2 pencils with new/unused erasers
-X-acto knife
-ballpoint pen
-stamp pads
-paper, or something else to stamp on
-a damp paper towel

Take your ballpoint pen, and draw out the desired stamp shape on your eraser.

I made a triangle and a heart.
*I also tried doing this on the big white eraser you see in the images above, but it didn’t work out for me. The erasers were too porous for the stamp pads I had, and the shapes that I stamped out looked more like blobs than hearts. Perhaps I should try with a larger design or a different kind of eraser next time.

Using your x-acto knife, carefully cut the excess eraser away, leaving just your shape.

You’ll want to cut down to the base of the eraser, where the metal piece is. I made the heart by cutting right angles to get the general shape, then shaving down little pieces of eraser to give it a more rounded shape.

Admire your fancy work. Then bust out the stamp pads.
It’s time to go stamp happy! Make sure your damp paper towel close by, so you can wipe off the stamps when you switch colors.

I ended up making a bunch of different patterns using my stamps, then went back with a Micron pen to add accents. I thought this one (below) would make a cute name card for a dinner party. (Or in my case, a tea party that has pb&j.)

So there you have it – stamps from a no.2 pencil! The more you use them, the more ideas you come up with. I promise!

Hi, happy Monday!

I’ve decided to refocus the Weekend Roundup. Instead of rehashing my weekend, I’m going to blog about nifty and inspirational DIYs I’ve come across. I figure that’s more interesting than reading about what I’ve been up to.

This Weekend Roundup is dedicated to neat Valentine’s Day DIYs I found. I’m not personally a romantic or a big fan of V-Day, but I thought these were pretty fun.

Hope everybody has a good Valentine’s Day!

crayon heart valentines from Whipperberry
melt crayon scraps into these adorable heart-shapes.

chocolate love notes from The Mother Huddle
make a cute hand-stitched bag filled with chocolate.

red velvet hot chocolate with heart marshmallows from Come on Ilene
no description needed! The red velvet hot chocolate sounds delicious.

heart shaped cherry tomatoes from Eye Candy
turn cherry tomatoes into cute VDay finger food.

bacon roses from Instructables
Guys like roses too…especially if they’re made of bacon!