Carve-A-Stamp Kit from Uncommon Goods

Good morning! Today I’m back to talk about another product from the beautifully curated online shop Uncommon Goods. Before learning about custom stamps and heat embossing, I never really gave stamping a second thought. I associated stamps with crafty handmade stationery and that was the end of it. But I’ve since realized that stamps have so many different purposes and are 100% customizable. This past weekend, I finally tried making my own stamps using this Carve-a-Stamp kit by Yellow Owl from Uncommon Goods. Like the Calligraphy Starter Kit I shared last week, this was a trial-and-error experience and I have a few tips for those of you who are considering trying it out too.

Carve-a-Stamp Kit from Uncommon Goods | Earl Grey Blog

This kit contained everything I needed to get started, including templates for tons of cute designs. I decided to make one stamp from a template and another stamp of my teacup logo.

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I traced the cute envelope illustration, transferred it to the rubber stamp block, and then things began to go wrong. This kit includes five different carving tool sizes. It’s important to start with the smallest one and trace lightly. I didn’t do that. I took the small carving tool and started carving out the lines like a beast! Whoops! Tracing lightly is the key to getting those smooth lines.

Carve-a-Stamp Kit from Uncommon Goods | Earl Grey Blog

As you can see, my heart envelope stamp didn’t exactly turn out as planned. Lesson learned! I used this failed stamp carving experience to create a more clean stamp on the back of the rubber block.

Carve-a-Stamp Kit from Uncommon Goods | Earl Grey Blog

Creating a stamp of my teacup logo has been on my to-do list for a long time! I’m happy that I was able to make it happen with this stamp kit. To add a little shine, I decided to heat emboss using this teacup stamp. I love how the gold turned out!

Heat Embossed Teacups | Earl Grey Blog

Regardless of the ups and downs of my first attempt at carving stamps, I am so excited to make many more! I have one or two extra carving blocks on hand, so I’ll continue using the tools provided in this helpful kit. And I’m definitely going to retrace the heart envelope. :)

As I said last week, I have nothing but nice things to say about Uncommon Goods. This company is so ethically sound and dedicated to supporting designers, artists, and their own community. When it comes to finding special gifts for friends and family, Uncommon Goods has something for everyone. You can find gifts for women here, gifts for men here, and gifts for kids here. The options are never ending!

Thanks for letting me share! Have you made your own stamps before? Or have you tried heat embossing?

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For Breakfast

Deep down, I know that breakfast is worth waking up early for. I mean, it’s the tastiest meal of the day. But that doesn’t mean it’s easy to get my groggy self out of bed early to prepare it. Unless I’m going out to breakfast with friends, I usually just grab a ProBar or “prepare” the healthiest instant oatmeal I can find. Recently, I have come across some breakfast ideas that make me want to put a little more effort into this important meal.

Amazing Breakfast Recipes | Earl Grey Blog

(from top, left to right)

1. Bread Butter & Honey | by Berta_ on Flickr
2. Whole Wheat Vegan Waffles | Love and Lemons
3. Breakfast Pizza Bagels | Baker by Nature
4. Cinnamon Bun Breakfast Smoothie | Cooking Classy
5. Sweet Potato Goat Cheese Quiche | The Law Student’s Wife
6. Goat Cheese Toasts with Walnuts, Honey, & Thyme | The Recipe Link
7. The Best Giant Frittata | Dashing Dish
8. Balsamic Goat Cheese Tarts | Anthro Blog
9. Breakfast Cookies | Gimme Some Oven

Can we just talk about how pizza for breakfast is the best thing ever? Cookies, too.

What is your absolute favorite thing to eat for breakfast?

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Crochet Turban Headband Pattern in Shop

My Etsy shop has gone through many phases but I have had pattern-making on my mind for a while now. I’ve realized my passion isn’t in crocheting things and selling them but rather in providing resources (in this case, patterns). Last night, I added a PDF crochet pattern of this turban headband to my shop. Yay!

Crochet Turban Headband Pattern

To all of you who crochet, I hope you enjoyed my tiny flowers crochet pattern a couple months ago! That was fun to write. I’ve stepped up my game a little in this next pattern, providing more details, images, etc. Check out the listing here for more information.

Crochet Turban Headband Pattern

Coming soon is a pattern for my crochet slouchy beanie. Any requests on different styles?

I hope you all are having a great week!

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Resources for Bloggers

Hey there! Here are some blog resources from some of my favorite bloggers. Hopefully these helpful articles can inspire us to get creative and make the most of the week.

Resources for Bloggers | Earl Grey Blog

1. Melyssa from The Nectar Collective recently wrote about how to grow your blog or business using Twitter. I used to use Twitter solely for funny lame jokes, but now I use it for Earl Grey purposes too (here’s my account btw if you want to be friends!). However, Twitter is not my specialty. I always forget I even have it. This article was helpful in reminding me that there are simple ways to be active as a blogger on Twitter. Woohoo! Thanks Melyssa!

2. Oh, Writer’s Block. Always getting me down. I absolutely love this post on beating writer’s block by Jess of Stamp in my Passport. She shares three helpful and genuine ways to reconnect with yourself and get over that dang lack of inspiration.

3. Last month on Ember & March, Amber shared about the difference between growing your blog and gaining a following. She notes that both are a little necessary and touches on the importance of authenticity. I couldn’t agree with her more.

4. Jess at June Letters wrote a beautiful post about allowing yourself to be a beginner. What a good reminder. It is so important to remember that everything takes practice and that we shouldn’t set so many unrealistic expectations on ourselves.

Have you been focusing on or learning anything in particular lately?

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Plaid Patterns for Fall

I’m one of those people whose style changes drastically at the turn of each season. I wear bright colors and florals all year and then as soon as it feels like autumn, I get heart eyes for dark rich colors, warm sweaters, and apparently plaid. My love for plaid is purely seasonal (sorry plaid!). I know that I probably won’t think about wearing plaid after January, but right now I think it’s the prettiest.

Plaid Styles for Fall | Earl Grey Blog


1. Plaid Automatic Stick Umbrella | Totes
2. Of Your Own Accordion Flat | ModCloth
3. Tartan Mugs | Williams Sonoma
4. Soft Woven Plaid Notebook | Alexander Olch
5. Late Night Lecture Bag | ModCloth
6. Burberry Plaid Designer iPhone Case | All is One on Society6
7. Plaid Behavior Dress | ModCloth
8. Plaid Infinity Scarf | Sole Society
9. Plaid Print Hair Bow | ASOS

I still can’t decide it if would be wise or not to buy something plaid knowing that I’ll be over it by spring, but I’m thinking that hair bow could be a nice seasonal accessory. What do you think? Are you a plaid person?


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