It’s Wednesday so that means it’s time to meet another talented maker! Spoons and super cute cuffs are today’s topic as I’m introducing you to Kim of Spoon Me Maryland. And yes, there’s a giveaway!
Super Cute Cuffs
I came across Kim’s feed on Instagram several months ago and instantly loved her stuff. I knew immediately that I wanted to have a maker’s swap with her and was delighted when she agreed! I sent her some cute pouches and she sent me an awesome personalized cuff. I love it and wear it often.
I chose my personal motto BE THE GOOD and Kim used her flair for design and stamped my saying into life.
Kim will personalize your piece with anything you’d like and she does more than cuffs. She also has pendant necklaces and key chains.
You’re going to want to order several of these – one for you and one for a friend!
Y’all, meet Kim of Spoon Me Maryland!
Kim, tell us about yourself:
Definition of Kim: Lover of all things DIY repurposing; flea market addict, crafter, photographer, silly, sarcastic, obnoxious morning person, Mom, coffee drinker, pad thai addict, cooker, gardener and let’s not forget I love my vino. I live in a tiny historic town in Western Maryland where people at the local coffee shop know your name. About a year ago, my lovely 60+ parents began making keychains out of vintage silverware and were giving as gifts; spreading joy to waitresses, doctors, random strangers, etc. If you appeared to be having a bad day, you were given a keychain. Shortly after, they began selling to local antique and vintage stores. At the time, they were only using the handle of vintage silverware and quickly accumulated a few 5 gallon buckets of cut spoon heads. “Please don’t throw those away.” I said. “We can find a purpose for them.” Stop. I know what you’re thinking. I’m not a hoarder. By definition anyways. So, the old cut spoons made their way home to me. I personally flatten, file, drill, polish and hand stamp each spoon into a variety of things; keychains, necklaces, plant markers, bracelets and more! My goal is to continue on the origin my parents started. Giving back. Inspiring people with creative thoughts; funny, corky, blunt, inspirational, religious, etc. Upcycling silverware into creative, funky and eye-catching pieces of jewelry is what I take pride in. Whether a spoon or a knife, no part of the silverware goes unused.
What do you make?
I upcycle vintage silverware and give it new life! Spoons, knives and forks are given new purpose by creating pendant necklaces, bracelets, hand-stamped leather cuffs, keychains, wind chimes and much more! At Spoon Me, everything is 100% handmade from start to finish. I put my creative touch and heart into each piece.
Where do you create?
When I started Spoon Me in March 2016, my workshop was my unconditioned garage filled with garden supplies, lawnmowers, wheelbarrow, gas cans, etc. The summer was unbearably humid and the winter was frigid cold but I loved what I was doing! If Spoon Me transpired into the vision that I had in my mind, I vowed to have a custom workshop built in my basement. A place where the temperature is consistent and the aroma is far more pleasant than gas and oil. So, as of current date, I create in my finished basement. It’s now my happy place. All of my pieces are 100% handmade and are 100% upcycled from vintage silverware. I look for vintage silverware in all places. Sometimes I’ll buy a single piece and other times I’ll buy a 100 pieces. I do all the purchasing, stocking, stamping, staging, marketing, photographing, cutting, sanding, drilling, etc. I do it because I love it!
What or who inspires you?
I’m inspired by risk. Starting something that I have no idea how finish yet the vision is in my head, that’s what drives me. The trust that my customers hold in me to design a piece for them blindly….that inspires me. The words that I’m stamping inspire me; messages of strength, religion, confidence, faith, sorrow, support, laughter, etc. Handcrafting custom jewelry from your Grandmother’s set of silver that inspires me. Knowing that I am making something for someone that will hold a memory, or provide encouragement or is simply visible for a good laugh. That will do it for me!
Words of advice for living a creative life:
“To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong”. – Joseph Chilton Pearce
Who are some other makers you enjoy on Instagram that we should know about?
Don’t y’all love Kim’s fearless attitude?! I love that she took a risk, jumped in with her heart and started her journey as a maker. She definitely inspires me!
And Kim is graciously offering a very special cuff to one of you!
Thanks Kim for being part of Meet the Makers!