lamp made of spoons
Hi, Paige here. I’ve written before here on Tumblr about my financial difficulties - stemming from my unemployment due to disability, and the high cost of searching for a diagnosis. I recently pled for help putting a new battery in my car - which in Detroit is a necessity - and I’m hugely grateful…
Bringing this back with more urgency, as my mother and I are in the midst of a money crisis. My mother has been forced to leave her current job at the nursing home at which she has been underemployed - many nursing homes have chronic management problems and staffing issues. We currently have no savings, and only have her last paycheck to rely on until she finds another position. This leaves us scrambling to cover our most important bills - groceries, her car payment and insurance, my most critical medications, and at the very least her phone bill. I also unfortunately have a $160 traffic ticket - my first in years, ugh - that is late, and will soon turn into a suspended license and a bench warrant. My mother and I are strategically not paying some bills, risking shut-offs, etc., to cover the most important expenses, but we could still use a little help.
My blog, as noted above, has a donate button - my PayPal ID is hansonp @ uwindsor.ca. I also have a Etsy shop, where I sell jewellery - mainly for folks with chronic illnesses or disabilities, but also for anyone who supports the cause, or likes teaspoons. I do custom orders as well. You can find The Sibilant Shoppe here: www.etsy.com/shop/thesibilantshoppe. Any orders and donations will go directly to helping my mother make the most pressing bills. Really and truly - anything helps - even $1 donations. I hate doing this, particularly because I feel like a huge burden to my mother because of my illness/disability and can’t help more. Getting the word out about how hard she works and how much she needs help is about all I can do right now.
Finally, a reblog, if nothing else, would help immensely. Thank you.
Thank you to everyone who’s donated or shared/reblogged so far - we’re at $110 right now, which is hugely helpful. Our biggest fear at the moment is rent, which is $525/month. We are now at the point where we’ll have no money coming in until my mother finds a new position, and then of course has to work through the pay period and wait on a paycheck. If nothing else is paid, the rent has to be covered - we live in a co-op, and one missed payment means eviction. I hate to be pushy, but, well, we are now in official nightmare freakout-mode. Please, if you can, help out with a reblog, sharing my shop’s link, $1 donation, anything. Thank you. <3
The Sibilant Shoppe presents: an orange so mind-blowingly delicious and bright, it might need a tagged warning. Not only are these orange pieces so pretty you’ll want to lick them (and I say, why not?), orange is the awareness ribbon colour for these causes and conditions:
Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
Kidney Cancer Association
Self-Injury Awareness Day
Paramedic Support - Argentina
Thanks, Wikipedia for listing so many causes - somewhere, a paramedic in Argentina is high-fiving. Got a reason to celebrate orange? The Sibilant Shoppe has both spoon necklaces and awareness ribbon charm bracelets in a bright, brilliant shade. Made with glass pearls and Czech fire-polished glass beads, these pieces are absolutely gorgeous, and ready for your gorgeous spoonie bod!
Looking for other colours? The Sibilant Shoppe has an array of colours and colour combinations representing a Mayo Clinic’s-worth of diseases, conditions, and causes. Don’t see your awareness colour? We can make it for you as a custom order at no additional cost! We can also do custom length orders.
The Sibilant Shoppe really needs a need shop banner. I can do a little Photoshopping, but if anyone here has graphic design skills and would like to lend a hand, I’d be utterly thrilled. I could pay you in product - delicious spoonie jewellery. Let me know via ask box or FB message if you’re interested!
You may have noticed I am pushing the sales pretty hard right now, as my mother lost her job and we are left floundering until she finds something new. To sweeten the deal, I’m offering a coupon code until March 14. Use the code HANDYSPOON at checkout and receive 10% off your order! If you’ve been thinking about placing an order, now would be great time - and seriously appreciated by my mother and I. <3
PS, I love my sibilant spoonies.
We love ya too, hon :) <3 You’re an awesome person with a lot of drive and warmth and I hate the fact that life is giving you such a hard time lately. Seriously. Eat its bones!
Oh, sh**! I just noticed this totally sweet reblog! YOU HAVE TOUCHED ME IN MY COLD, CRIPPLE HEART. I will grind life’s bones to make my gluten-free bread! <3
writestheunsaid said: I love love my necklace. I wear it all the time. I wore it to the hospital and a nurse commented!
Ahhh, sorry I didn’t see this comment sooner! I’m so glad you like it! <3 And I LOVE that a nurse noticed! My mum’s a nurse, and I made her a spoon necklace of her own - no doc or nurse has commented on my jewellery, but mum reports that patients (she works in nursing homes, so spoonies galore!) love it.