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now available: return address stamps.

Return address stamps have been something I’ve wanted to do for a while now, and why not choose the biggest mailing time of the year to release them? Who doesn’t want to streamline the process with something so cute & personalized on their outgoing mail? Plus, they would make great gifts or stocking stuffers. I can already think of a few folks who may be jazzing up their mail soon! ūüėČ

You can choose from 4 designs below and each can¬†be personalized in any way you would like to fit your style.¬†Each stamp is 1×2 inches – a great size for any size envelope.

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Cost is $25 with shipping/local drop-off included and each comes with a muslin pouch for clean & easy storage. Turnaround time is about 7-10 business days.

Email me at petalineprints [at] gmail [dot] com if you’re interested in your very own personalized return address stamp!

(As they start coming in, I will be posting pictures of the actual stamps on Instagram…follow along here)

market time: olde liberty fibre faire

A couple of weekends ago, I was invited to a local fibre market here in Bedford County called the Olde Liberty Fibre Faire. I remember going to this market once or twice when it was held at the Sedalia Center across the road, but I hadn’t been to it in a few years. I actually didn’t realize it was the same event until I started talking to folks. Whoops! I couldn’t wait to go and touch and everything.

This market was one of the main reasons for the ‘maker’ stamps – I applied for the event with my ‘writer’ stamps and weaves – but they wrote back requested some stamps having to do with knitting and fiber arts as a whole. I mean, what a great idea! I loved the idea of being sort of a ‘supply stop’ at the event, not to much having to do with materials, but supplies for promoting handmade. Plus, it was a chance for me to go outside of my letter-filled comfort zone and try out other design ideas. It was a challenge I was certainly up for!

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Another fun thing I did for this event was recruit my Mom to help me prep a bunch of¬†foldover clutches, but I switched things up and promoted them as ‘Project Bags,’ which were quite popular! Folks loved the fabrics and the idea of just packing up a knitting or crocheting project and hitting the road. And then when you get to your destination, unload your project and go out for a date night. ūüėČ

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All in all, this was a fun day out in the community, the weather was beautiful and I enjoyed seeing folks out searching for those “gotta have it” materials for their next projects. Meeting business owners¬†in the fiber world was also pretty exciting. There was one conversation in particular¬†about teaming up with their knit shop for a trunk show, so I’ll be sure and share the details when we can figure it all out.¬†I am so thankful to have had¬†the opportunity to be involved in the Fibre Faire this year, and look forward to watching it grow.

If you get a chance to go next year, I would definitely recommend it – I hope it continues for years to come.

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the maker series.

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I’ve been designing and selling stamps for about 3 or so years now. I love the whole process. I’ve hemmed and hawed about just selling them out or¬†retiring styles or not reordering and just let them be a thing of the past, but I keep finding myself brainstorming about future designs or new series. And then here I am with a new box of repetitive stamps and a smile on my face. There is just something about them that it so timeless and sustainable, and the possibilities for use are endless.

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I started out making them with more of a memory keeping feel to them and that sort of birthed the idea to focus on designs for¬†letter writing to encourage folks to get off email and write more letters with¬†the idea of making envelopes a little more exciting and fun. I’m the kind of gal that loves the crispness and ease of current technology, but also respects and hangs on to¬†traditions, i.e. the pony express. The ‘writer’ series was/is so fun to design because I am essentially designing them for myself. And they say if you want to keep what you make, then you’ve done a good job. Insert raise-the-roof emoji.

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Well now I’ve added a new series, if you will, called the ‘maker’ series. I loved designing these with myself in mind, as well as all of the creative folks out there that I know and don’t know. These series actually started with a request from the organizer of a vending opportunity last fall to design some stamps to fit in with the fiber arts. They loved my stamps and the idea of using them, but wanted to meld my inventory at the time with their festival that was coming up this spring. Enter the ‘Knitted/Crocheted With Love,’ ‘Virginia is for Quilters/Knitters,’ and the couple of ‘Handmade’ ones. I thought these would be great for those that knitted and crocheted for others – you know how I love those finishing touches….

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Coming soon to my Etsy shop near you.