The Thinky Things I Make
While receiving the Cecil B. DeMille's Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2017 Golden Globes, Meryl Streep quoted the late Carrie Fisher and said, "Take your broken heart, make it into art."
Her words pierced into my own broken and grieving heart. In that moment, those words just happened to be the very thing I needed to hear.
Inspired, I began to create pieces of jewelry from some broken pieces of china that were tied closely to the loss I was grieving at that time.
I was able to take some broken pieces that symbolized my broken heart and make it into art pieces.
A short time later, I began sharing these pieces with others who were also hurting.
Now they have also begun looking for—and finding—the beauty that comes through our broken pieces.
This piece that reminded me of a broken bone is a necklace I made for a close friend who had just lost her father.
Though their relationship had been complicated through the years, over time, my friend's love and forgiveness had brought about much healing for her.
I wrote the following poem to go along with the piece:
"Sticks and stones
May break my bones,
And sometimes words,
They wound me.
And with Love binds
Those breaks and wounds,
And heals me."
I had just completed this brooch around the time that another close friend's husband lost his battle with a terminal illness after 17 long years.
As I thought about her loss, this piece reminded me of her. There is grief that we process and move through. But sometimes there is a grief that we experience that changes us so we are never the same.
I am continually amazed at the amazing ability to go on even after breaking, losing large parts of itself.
One of my favorite things about the holidays is seeing all the different ways that people express their own individuality.
This year, for Christmas, I decided to make decoupage ornaments using all the words associated with Christmas that mean so much to me.
(Decoupage is probably one of my favorite mediums to work with!)
For contrast, I added some black paint-filled, hand-lettered ornaments with some of the same words.
Really loved the way it all turned out!
Did you find a way to express yourself for the holidays this year?
I'd love to hear about it!
In April 2017, I gained a sweet new daughter (in-law) whose first name begins with "A," while my son's name begins with "Z".
They are so perfect for one another, I almost immediately began picturing them as two bookends that went from "A to Z."
So of course for their first Christmas together, this had to happen.
I decoupaged an "A" and a "Z" with their favorite One Piece Animé characters and built them a couple of bookends.
(Did I mention that I love decoupage?)
These wooden bookends are now my second favorite bookends.