I went online to order a new return-address rubber stamp for us. See, I can't grasp (nor apparently spend time prepping for) Thanksgiving next week, but I was thinking that I was going to need that updated return address stamp for my Christmas cards. Yes, I am crazy. It's ok.
I often find myself kind of sucked in by those offers where if you *just* spend a little more money, shipping is free. So I got the address stamp all settled and realized that I could upload ANY image to have a rubberstamp made -- didn't just have to be text -- and that since the money I'd spend on shipping for the ONE stamp would practically cover the cost of the second stamp (and really, there went the afternoon)....
I have always loved this photo of my dad (yes! there is a connection!), taken in about 1934:
He's clearly just so happy, and just so loved -- his homemade little cowboy outfit melts my heart. He was the kind of boy who loved stories, who loved to hear them read to him, who loved listening to radio programs, who fell in love with all those cowboy heroes of his childhood.
I opened the picture in PhotoShop, and slowly and carefully removed the background:
I uploaded it to this company's website: http://www.rubberstamps.net/
Again, if you're going to do this, I can give you a couple of hints that would have saved me a lot of aggravation, but you're probably better at this sort of thing than I am and maybe what wasn't obvious to me will be clear-as-day to you.
And for less than $11 and in only about two days (with free shipping!) I got this:
Now I just need to keep myself from making a lot of gifts for ME. Go ahead. Make a custom rubber stamp for someone you love, and for you, too.