Inspired By Faith Creations / Spoonfuls crosses were created in Midland , Texas in 2009. Each cross is handmade from spoons. Owner: Stephanie Stennett
I am a reserved person and have always felt very unsure of myself. I can't quote many scripture verses. I miss church more than I go. My life is full of sin and I don't have all the answers. I'm too shy to approach people. I'm of no good to God. Maybe if I can work on myself, then God can use me, but I had it all wrong. God wanted me. Now. You see God doesn't judge us like people do. He just wants us to open the door and seek him out. God showed me that the way I see myself is not how He sees me. So about four years ago I began to open that door. I felt like I was not living out my purpose. I began praying for clarity and a purpose for my life. I had always wanted to have my own business, but didn't know what I would do. If someone told me I would be making crosses for a living, I would have thought they were crazy. This is where God really began to reveal Himself to me. People always ask me how I got started making the spoon crosses and this is where things go interesting. I went to bed one night and the next morning before I could get up, I heard "Tie spoons together." I knew it was to make a cross because for some reason that had been on my heart lately. When people say that they hear God tell them things, I used to get a little freaked out. I had never heard Him to my knowledge. So I didn't feel like I could relate. Now I know different. I can say now that what I heard was not an audible voice. The best way I can explain it to someone is like when you are trying to remember something and it pops into your heard like, "Oh, I can't forget to go to the grocery store." or "I can't forget to pick up the kids." And if you decide to go to the store tomorrow instead, the though doesn't keep coming back. Usually you just don't give it another thought. So when I heard that, I immediately tossed it out of my head saying, I'm not doing that. That is going to look horrible." But there was a persistence to it. The more I tried to forget it, the more it came back. I can say it returned numerous times throughout the day and I didn't understand why. When I said I wasn't going to do it, it kept returning. Finally at the end of the day, after ignoring God's prompting. I went to my kitchen drawer, pulled out some kitchen spoons and curling ribbon and begin wrapping it around the handle of the spoon. With that small act of faith and obedience, I felt God's overwhelming love and provision. The ideas for the crosses came so quickly I had to get paper and write it all down. To this day I have that paper. I looks like a mad woman wrote it. Writing in all directions on the page. I knew what supplies to use and how I would perform each step of the cross. Now my first one is crooked and misshaped and not very refined, but at the time I thought it was perfect. God has refined them over the years. He has shown me it's not all about me. I always pray for the cross before it is created. I finish it, then I let self doubt creep in. So I make another "more suitable" one that I like better. Every time I do this, someone will choose the one God originally created which humbles me. It's not about me. So how will God use me? I now know that whatever you think is a weakness, God can come and show His grace through it. I can speak passionately about God and my experiences through these crosses.
Works in progress . My own patterns, love using pretty plates...always love doing crosses!! Need to finish foiling then onto soldering. My first time trying an overlay with the foil on the one with the green plate...hope it turns out alright.
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Repurposed these glass bottles with stained glass flowers.
Getting ready to solder these crosses tomorrow.
I'm having so much fun with this stained glass. Little did I know that a class I took with a good friend about 10 years ago would find its way back into my world, but im glad we took that class! I have always LOVED stained glass and Im looking forward to learning and doing more pieces. I'm already trying to create my own patterns and will see how they turn out. What do you think? The angels still need their halo's then they will be done.
New pieces I am working on. I LOVE stained glass!
Works in progress!
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X-Small turquoise spoon cross. $15
Flowered cross with copper colored cord. Small $15
Beautiful coral cross with natural stones. $20
Black and white small spoon cross $20.
Black and white , cross and heart. $20
Purple x-small cross $15
Beautiful butterfly. $25
Black and orange small spoon cross. $15
Fun and bright in blue and green . $20
Royalty. Purple and red .$25
Floral majesty. $15
Butterfly and a ladybug . $25
Fun with pink and green . $25
Beautiful blues and greens in this small spoon cross. $20
Colorful small spoon cross $15
Red and turquoise x- small cross $15
Love this metal wire wrapped cross. Zebra print , silver beads and a cross are in the spoons. $25.
Blue and gold xsmall cross $15
Red black and white small spoon cross $20
3 shades of blue cross with metal cross center $15
Black and yellow butterfly cross $20
How will God use me?
I'm a shy person with some insecurities. I can't quote many scripture verses. I miss church more than I go. I don't have all the answers. I'm too shy to approach people. I'm of no good to God. Maybe if I can work on myself, then God can use me, but I had it all wrong. God wanted ME. Now!
You see, God doesn't make rules, standards, demands or hold judgement against me . He just wanted me to open the door and seek him out. God showed me that the way I see myself, the way
others see me is NOT how he sees me. So, about 9 years ago I began to open that door. I felt a greater purpose for my life. I began praying for clarity and discernment. This is where God really began to reveal himself to me .
People always ask me how I came up with the idea of spoon crosses and this is how they began. I went to bed like any other night and the next morning before I could get out of the bed I "heard" the phrase, "Tie spoons together". I somehow knew that it meant to tie them into a cross because I was interested in learning to make crosses at that time. Now, when people used to tell me that they hear God tell them things, I used to get a little freaked out and was full of skepticism and questions. I had never heard him to my knowledge, so I didn't feel like I could relate.
Now I know different. I can now say that what I heard was not an audible voice. The best way I can explain it to someone is when you are consciously trying to remember something and it pops into your head like "Oh, I can't forget to go to the grocery store." or " I can't forget to pick up the kids ." Well once you decide," Oh, I don't need to go to the store today", or "I don't need to get the kids because dad got them." the thought goes away and doesn't keep coming back to you. So, when I heard "Tie spoons together" I immediately tossed it out of my head saying." I'm not doing that." That is going to look horrible." But, there was great persistence to it.
The more I tried to ignore it, the more it came back. I can say it returned to me countless times during that day and at that time I didn't understand why. When I said to myself I wasn't going to do it, it kept returning. Finally, at the end of the day after ignoring God's prompting the entire day, I went to my kitchen drawer. I pulled out some kitchen spoons and curling ribbon and began wrapping it around the handle of the spoon. With that small act of faith and finally, obedience I felt God's overwhelming love and guidance.
The ideas of how to construct the cross came so quickly I had to get paper to write it all down. To this day I have that paper. It looks like a mad woman wrote it. The writing is all over the page, in different directions and definitely not organized. I knew what supplies I would use , how I would perform each step of constructing the cross like I had done it before. Now, the first one I made was crooked and not very refined, but at the time I thought it was perfect.
God has refined them over the years and has definitely shown me that IT'S NOT ABOUT ME. I would pray over the cross I was about to create, finish it and then let self-doubt creep in and I would make another " more suitable " cross that I liked better. Every single time I do this the person will choose the one God originally had me create which humbles me, so it's not about me . So how will God use me? I now know that whatever you think is a weakness God can come and show his grace and his strength is magnified in your weakness . I can speak passionately about the Lord and his greatness through these crosses.
How will God use you? Stephanie Stennett
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Inspired by Faith Creations is gearing up for the Christmas season with a new creation. Spoon angels are almost completed . I will add a card to each angel with a scripture verse . The angels can be hung on a wall, but they also have a magnet on the back to allow them to be placed on a metal surface . The best thing is they will retail for about $10 which makes them the perfect thoughtful gift or stocking stuffer. What do you think about these little angels?
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Look what I'm getting started on . It has been a long break, but I'm excited to be back !!!!
Just reflecting on the fact that I have been making these crosses for 7 years now and they are still so much fun to see what the Lord will lead me to create. Here are some I just finished. They will be headed to Loco Flamingos in Big Spring .
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Inspired by Faith Creations is at the Ector County Coliseum bldg. A until 5:00 today. Come get your Christmas shopping done with some great, one of a kind, handmade items.
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