Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Is Your Bowl Full?

My mother has an expression that she uses often: "Is your bowl full?". Meaning are you content, are you happy, do you have enough? And we're not talking oatmeal, here. 

Some days are rich with family, friends, smiles, laughter, hugs, good times, accomplishments---and our bowls are full. Other days we may feel a little lonely, spread too thin, inadequate, hurt, worried---and our bowls may be waxing empty. 

It's a metaphor for the soul that I've always loved. My mother's poetic sensitivity is something she may not give herself credit for, but it's one of the (many) reasons I love her so much. So it's no coincidence that we have always been partial to collecting bowls. Little bowls, squat bowls, wide bowls, cracked bowls, it doesn't matter. 

The past couple of weeks my bowl has been less than full, so I've been creating less jewelry than usual. So I thought it would be very appropriate for me to dig into the "sold" folder and revisit a pair that relate to this idea of bowls. 

This pair is very simple...yet just enough. I drilled two wee crystal-studded geode halves and fitted each one with a gnarled hand-forged sterling silver paddle that I balled up on one end. My own long sterling ear wires complete the statement. 

Incredibly lightweight and fragile looking, yet rich with depth and surprising strength---much like the soul.

Happy Wednesday!

LoveRoot on Etsy


  1. I loved these the first time round! Sweet little phrase, that.

  2. Great story and love these earrings. So unusual and rustic and beautiful!

  3. I just love your spirit. And I think you owe your mother your poetic sensibilities. I love this idea of a bowl that is full. Mine has been dry and parched. Your post just renewed that for me and now I know that I can fill it up again. Enjoy the day. Erin

    1. Hoping your drought ends soon - hugs :)

  4. Your earrings are delightfully sweet and I loved your post :)

  5. Whomever purchased these lovely little treasure bowls is surely very happy and 'full'. These are beautiful, Nikki! What a great story!

  6. I remember these earrings - some of my favorites! I love the bowl idea. Such a succinct way to explain how we feel at any given time.

  7. Thank you so much everyone, your kind comments made my day :)

  8. So beautiful and unique and lots more superlatives :-)