Determined to start the year right, I got myself a new planner to organize everything—my daily to-do’s, appointments, activities, and projects.
I loved the feeling of checking things off the list. It’s my kind of endorphin that motivates me to keep on finishing.
I wanted to take things further than the checkmark though; something visually appealing and that would push me to focus even more. So I thought it would be nice to have a DONE rubber stamp to mark the important tasks and events as complete.
I follow several social media channels promoting locally handmade products, so I asked around for recommended Filipino makers who know how to make custom stamps. I eventually found my way to Tish Hautea’s Etsy shop called SQooiD.
Specializing in handmade rubber stamps and block prints, Sqooid “bring[s] to life an eco-centric point of view [where] each piece is made by hand.”
Apart from her existing designs, Tish accepts custom designs for rubber stamps as well. I reached out to her for my DONE stamp—she probably found this unusual since it’s mainly functional—and she accepted! She answered all of my questions and made the entire buying process fun and easy.
I found a potential design for the stamp online, so I passed it on to her and she got to work right away.
Look at this beauty:
This is the first time I’ve seen how handmade looks and feels. The best part is that this beautiful thing is mine to have and hold alone.
I continued using it for two months with a stamp pad I got from National Bookstore. I’d use it whenever I’m able to finish a project or a major task for the week/month.
There are times when the ink doesn’t cover the entire stamp and the DONE print doesn’t appear as clear, but it never really bothers me. Just seeing it across my weekly spread makes me happy!
More than owning a custom stamp, I’m proud to support a local maker/artist and her work.
SQooiD is officially on my list of brands to turn to for these types of projects, and I hope to discover even more local brands and makers throughout the PH.