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You can see her now. She is laid bare, vulnerable. She holds them tightly in her fist, close to her chest. They are precious, these bits of reflective metal. You must not take them from her. They are life giving as blood, as integral as breath, as necessary as love, as easy to dissolve as tears in water. Yet, they are something to hold on to, to believe in, to root her in hope.
Slowly, she extends one to you. The cool metal warmed from her hands. The trust she has given you is priceless, the spoon but a symbol of so much more, easily melted down, reformed only through heavy weight and pressure. She wishes she had more to give. This transference is strength, it bonds, offers up the food of the spirit, that elusive light that whispers in the wind.
I kind of have an obsession with spoons, or perhaps a lack of spoons. I always want more, need more, and I’ve decided that over the next year I want to participate in a continued swap of altered spoons, which I hope you will join me in. If you are not familiar with Spoon Theory, I highly suggest you read Christine Miserandino’s article from her website But You Don’t Look Sick.
Christine is a fellow warrior whose path of multiple diagnoses led to Lupus and describes Spoon Theory much more eloquently than I ever manage to and rightly so as she coined the term which has now become the language of many in my circles. The short and not so sweet of Spoon Theory is that the spoons represent tasks or energy reserves that you have for the day’s activities. People who experience chronic illness start with fewer spoons than otherwise healthy individuals who may have an unlimited supply. Some days I have an extreme lack of spoons, and I have learned to conserve them and extend them carefully.
For days when I don’t have any spoons left, my creative friend Margaret made me an altered spoon reminder crafted of several symbols I find centering and soothing. That spoon normally hangs on my bedroom wall to remind me every morning when I wake that there is hope and that I do have the strength to get through the toughest times, that I am enough even if the spoon drawer starts out feeling empty that day. Some days it is the only spoon that I have and I am so very thankful for it because it is filled with big love.
It has brought me so much joy and piece that the other day I had my son drive me to the Salvation Army Thrift Store where you can get people’s cast off spoons for a quarter each and I bought a dozen of them to alter. I would love to exchange spoons with creative makers around the world and surround myself with more creative spoons with messages of inspiration, peace, hope and joy.
This is my call out to creative makers around the world who would like to exchange spoons. If you would like to do a one to one trade of an altered spoon with me, or join a group of wonderful people from around the globe to exchange altered spoons, please use use this contact form to sign up so we can connect and set the transference in motion. Let’s get our energies mingling and create some positive spoon reserves for one another.
Things I Love:
Judikins Diamond Glaze is something I have used to create small glass tile, wood and metal pendants in the past and most recently on some of my polymer clay necklaces as a finish. The 2 ounce bottle works great for detail work.
However, I ended up getting an 8 ounce bottle and refill my smaller one because sometimes I like to apply with a brush. It is one of the best multipurpose adhesives for mixed media projects I’ve found for gloss. Judikins Diamond Glaze offers a durable, gloss sealant and provides an easy to use adhesive on often hard to stick to surfaces that are slick like metal, glass and clay. I will be using it to alter a few of my dozen spoons I’ll be sure to share the results with you here and on my Facebook page.