The act of setting stones, or making a memory stone, is a wonderful tool to establish a delineation of what is past and what is to come, a monument so to speak. We can mark marvelous physical or spiritual milestones by setting a fixed and visible reminder of these accomplishments. As times come and times go, we look at these stones and allow them to bear witness to ourselves, our families and loved ones and can say, “See, look what was accomplished then, why doubt the goodness to come?”
Now that you have a little bit of background as to the “why”, this is the “how”. I found some smooth river rocks in a creek bed close to my house and decided to paint them with chalkboard spray paint. You may choose to paint your rocks with a permanent quote or date, but I liked the idea of placing the stones in a fixed place in our garden, letting the rain wash away the chalk, while searching out another moment to unveil abundance in my life and then, placing a statement of gratitude on them.
When I was searching around my house for some old newspaper or cardboard to place under the rocks when I spray painted them, I found some old unglazed (make sure they are unglazed if you plan to paint them or the paint will flake off later) floor tiles. I decided to place the rocks on top of the tiles and spray paint them, allowing the rocks to form a stencil. What I discovered was an entirely new piece of utilitarian art! My youngest daughter has enjoyed doodling on the tiles with pastels at the kitchen table and I have used it as a hotplate! Who knew? Here’s what the process looked like.
Sometimes I think we like to knock and dismiss the quick craft, but I happen to think that a simple, solid and satisfying burst of creativity that can be resolved in less than an hour may be all we need to catapult ourselves to a larger project or at the very least, those unfinished ones that are collecting dust on the shelves.