This year's first "julbord"

I shipped all these packages yesterday - they will be the last batch to non-EU countries that will make it before Christmas. Now I can finally catch a breath!

May the Force guard you all the way to your new owners.

I sent out all the photos of the custom stamps this morning, then it's time for my new office's julbord this year. Julbord translates literally to Christmas table and features the highlights of Swedish cuisine including a variety of fish (various pickled herring, smoked and baked salmon), Christmas cheese, Christmas ham, meatballs (of course), Janssons frestelse (Jansson's temptation, a traditional Swedish casserole), beetroot salad, potatoes and more. 

Weeks of very hard work gave me good reasons to justify my over-eating. 

As usual, here are some stamps I shipped out yesterday -

Anna makes adorable little felt mice. She wanted a custom logo stamp for her Etsy shop, As Nice As Mice, with her favorite mouse, Archibald, with his little glasses and waist coat.

Here's Archibald. Photo from Anna's Etsy shop
Here is the custom logo stamp I created for Anna! It measures about 5cm or 2" tall.

Here's a tiny stamp for Tyrone who owns an English brunch place called Greasy Spoon in Södermalm, Stockholm. This tiny stamp of their logo is the second one I made for them.

This little one is roughly 1cm or 3/8" wide.
And a new portrait stamp! This is how a hand-carved custom portrait stamp comes together - from photo, to sketch, then into a stamp :)

Mmm. Off to enjoy a well-deserved weekend! 

Quick Update

I've been unbelievably busy with X'mas orders. Lots of portraits and custom stamps! Here're two I made today.

I'm thinking about putting up a listing for the personal seal, like the red one below. It's a traditional Chinese thing that's often seen on paintings and calligraphy, and my grandfather used to make them for the family members. They are usually carved in stone, but this one is in rubber:)

And below is a stamp I made for another Etsy seller. I really love the texture of the background. New Japanese gauge worked perfectly!

In case there's no update by Christmas... hope all of you have a great holiday season!

Asylum for the Insane

I was at a Stockholm Etsian gathering a couple of days ago. It was really inspiring and motivating.

Created a new treasury - the first one in almost a year (or more?). It's called Asylum for the Insane. Not sure whether it makes sense to you but it certainly makes sense to me.

Most of the items have been in my 'favorites' for some time and the bright colors and artists' talent really lights up the gloomy Stockholm autumn.