Wednesday, April 21, 2010

The stamp girls came over to play this morning.  We stamped tile coasters and trivets and swapped spring cards. Nine years ago I was invited to go on the stamp girls' annual field trip to a stamp store and out to lunch. It was such a fun day that I joined the group. I'd always been artsy crafty, but had never stamped before.  I had no idea what I was getting into.

I bought my first stamp that day. I wasn't very good at it, but they didn't kick me out of the group.  The girls shared their stamps and knowledge with me at every turn in the road.  It wasn't long before I jumped into stamping with all my heart. Playing in the ink, paint, rubber stamps, and messy techniques makes me happy.  It's taken me places I never imagined.

No matter where my stamping passion takes me, it's mornings like today that get to the heart of what makes creating such an important part of my life.  It's getting together with girlfriends and sharing our lives, our laughter, our stamps, and our ideas.  It's inviting new friends to join us, missing old friends whose lives are too busy to stamp, and then hugging them when they find time to come back.  It's taking a break from chores, kids, and responsibilities to spend time with the girls and play. It keeps us whole and sane so we can go back to chores, kids, and responsibilities with a smile knowing that we get playtime again with our girlfriends next month.

Thanks for stopping by today.


Anonymous said...

Amen Tami, it is really what all of us need! That time with girlfriends is price-less!

Your coaster is gorgeous!

Thanh Vo said...

Im thankful of that day, 9 years ago ;)

Tracy said...

This sounds like a fun group. My SIL , anyone else that wants to drop by and I do this every friday.
I love it. I agree it isn't about going its about needing to go.

Far North said...

Oh how wonderful to share those special moments with friends! And your trivet is beautiful too!

Maya said...

Tami, congrats on becoming a Lead Fiskateer! Can't wait to see what you have in store for us :)

oppossumwoman said...

That sounds like fun-I would love to know how to make those coasters - they are awesome! Donna #6036 (Fiskateer)