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One of my recent carvings was a gift for the Udsen family of Castoro Cellars down in Paso Robles — a hand-carved stamp of their winery’s beaver logo. I made it into patterned postcards, and then handed over the stamp for them to take over. Check out Castoro next time you’re on the Central Coast and look for my beaver stamp in action at the upcoming Beaverstock music festival, September 13-14, 2014. I also just finished a quick proofreading project for their wine club newsletter… gotta keep their grammar sharp like beaver teeth!

llama-courtshipIn the spirit of love this Valentine’s Day, I sent some of my friends a selection of llama print postcards. I call this series “llama courtship,” ha! I carved the stamp at Bona Fide Books’ monthly Print Club. I am going to work on more of these prints with llama groupings as I love how these turned out.

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Just finished this commissioned stamp for Brooke Butler of BodyTalk Tahoe. Brooke practices this very interesting form of therapy that uses neuromuscular biofeedback and reiki techniques to determine broken energy circuits and help your body repair them. A designer came up with this logo for her and it correlates to that flow of energy on some level. Pretty fun one to carve!

A recent BodyTalk session with Brooke left me feeling great: lightened, with less static and chatter in my mind. She left me with this phrase that came to her in my reading: It’s safe to feel free. hmmm….

I finally finished + delivered these stamps for two sets of friends—severely belated wedding gifts. I picked the type, then carved it onto the rubber stamp material; Chris made the wood backing. Jess and Jamie got denim ink with their gift, Nick and Nola jet black.

Well, I’m back from my trip to Boulder. Such a different world there: street performers, crowded restaurants, jam-packed yoga classes, flat residential neighborhoods with blocks and blocks of houses, bike-friendly everything, and flowers!

While it was fun, I’m happy to be home to my simple, quiet life in Tahoe Pines and thus finished this simple Lake Tahoe stamp today. You can’t tell in the photo, but the lake is printed in a pearlescent blue so it shimmers. I plan to get these in some tourist spots for visitors to have a homemade postcard souvenir option. Note: lake is not to scale!

A new commission came my way last week, and *poof* I’m all jazzed up on block printing again. Here’s a shot of a piece I did a bit back for Chris and Mayumi at Moonshine Ink. Their logo was just crying to be inked! Stay tuned for the revealed commission (3 wedding gifts) as well as a new Tahoe stamp I’ve been working on…