Sometimes I mask my pessimistic thoughts with the word realistic, but if I take a step back and realize that optimistic thoughts are also realistic….why not choose the more positive of the two?
Here’s a different and unique way to personalize some of your DIY project! Potato stamps! This is old school, I remember making potato stamps as a kid! They are fun, easy, family friendly AND you can make any shape you want!
Since Valentine’s Day is right around the corner I thought I’d go with a love theme. 🙂
I used just a plain ole Russet Potato or baking potato.
Rinse it off really good and start by cutting off the ends. I peeled some of the skin off the ends but, like to keep some of it on cause its a good gripper when you’re stamping.
After that I used a small kitchen knife to carve out my shapes.
(The entire time I kept wishing I had a pumpkin carving kit, if you have one, get it out, it would be PERFECT!)
Use caution when you are carving it out and make sure to keep it steady on a flat surface, don’t hold it in your hand if you can help it.
My first shape was an outline of a heart! Then I flipped it around to the opposite side and carved some more.
This time carving the word “Love”.
(This stamp I carved for photo purposes only! If you are carving words you need to do them in reverse, that way it will be the mirror image on your paper.)
See how the potato is still very wet and starchy? After, I carved out my design I let in soak in cold water for about an hour. That will pull most of the starch out of the potato and make your carving more solid. (Same technique as if you were making french fries!)
Then you are ready to stamp! Just dry it off really well before sticking it in the paint.
I’m gonna stick with the original Valentine’s Day colors for this project! Red, White and Black.
How cool is that?!?
I took it a step further and made a Valentine’s Day banner out of left over craft paper!
There’s also, some of those beautiful paper roses I made in an earlier post!
Do you remember making these when you were younger?
Try it out! Mr. Potato Head won’t mid a bit. 🙂
“A mother never really has time to mourn the passing of a loved one….she just cleans up little better.”
~ Christine Kay
She was a vibrant and loving woman with kind, smiling eyes.
She gave soft smooches and her hugs were always tight.
With her thick southern accent she loved to call the little ones “Suga Booga”
I loved when she would sing songs and tell me stories while we swung together on her front porch.
I would snuggle her feathery white hair and hold her soft hands.
Even her hands told a story, she lost the tip of her finger working in a sugar mill as a young adult. She used to wiggle it and call it her nub and I’d laugh.
She was a hard-working woman who did everything she could for her family. The kind of woman to really look up to.
She taught me how to show big love through small things like cooking.
I will miss seeing her in her kitchen while I sat on the chair in the corner watching her.
She was a great baker, chicken fryer and sweet tea maker.
Like any true Southern woman she had a love for gardening and she was proud of her flowers.
I will miss our strolls along the lake behind her house to the Flower Nursery, where she worked from time to time.
The kids used to run to the dock at the lake and go fishing. I don’t think anyone ever caught anything from that little pier, it was just a part of being there.
She used to say a lot of one-liners like “Bless your heart” and she always said she was “older than dirt”.
She was funny.
She used to drive like a “Bat outta hell”, drank black coffee like water and smoked unfiltered Lucky Strikes.
She was a rebel.
She liked to watch movies and oo7 was her favorite but mostly because of Pierce Brosnan, her heart-throb.
She raised a perfect gentleman in my father and taught him that no matter what, there is nothing more important than family. These values she taught him and he has passed to me and my sisters.
She was my Nanny and she brought so much joy into my life.
Her love was truly one of a kind.
Even though my heart is broken from losing her, I am comforted to know that she is an angel looking down on all of us from heaven.
I love you to the moon and back and will miss you dearly. I will hold on tight to these favorite memories of you until I see you again in heaven.
Rest with the Angels,
Chrissy ~your little Suga Booga
“Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal”