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Part of the Upbeat Livingsm philosophy is that we need to use our creativity to keep our thinking and our lifestyles fresh; for example, how many ways can you repurpose the simple, disposable chopsticks from an Asian eatery? I have found chopsticks are terrific tools, without even painting them glossy or trimming them to use as dowels. I was awakened to the incredible versatility of these humble devices, when one day, I looked at my water crock (held a 3-gallon bottle) and suddenly saw it needed…something.
My crock had a blue line but no other decoration. I pulled out a box with about 30 craft paint bottles in it, and I stared at the crock. It was glossy. A brush wouldn’t work. So I reached for a chopstick, dipped the large end in paint, and began making colorful lines of dots, parallel to the blue line. When I was done, there were about 6 lines of dots, and both the look and the energy of the crock were completely different. Since that fateful day, I have seen chopsticks turn into tools for all kinds of jobs. And no guilt: you were going to throw them away anyway, weren’t you? Here is a list of 25 of my favorite uses for chopsticks. See if this list inspires you.
- Pick up food to eat
- Pick up noodles, from pot or bowl
- Style hair
- Build into art projects
- Small end- clean pesto from threads of rocket blender
- Large end- stir pesto through noodles, tube pasta, or fusilli
- Either end- paint impressionist art one dot at a time
- Small end- pierce foil seal of yogurt when seal refuses to politely roll off when tab is pulled
- Small end- break vacuum seal on pound jar of nuts so you can pull pieces of the seal away
- Lift hot teabag out of a tall mug or teapot
- Large end- Stir/whip protein powder into moo in tall glass for protein shake
- Large end- stir powdered Vitamin C drink- [dissolves better due to square end]
- Large end, or 2 chopsticks held together with large ends 1/4” apart- briskly beat one or 2 eggs
- Large end- reach, snag, and pull watch or glasses which are otherwise out of reach on your desk
- Large end- make hole in center of beef patty to broil evenly
- Small end on its side- crimp edges of pie crust before baking
- Pop bubble when frittata or omelette forms one.
- Small end stuck in soil, fasten plant that needs support
- Separate spaghetti or fettuccine while cooking
- Adjust food presentation on plate by tiny distances, to perfect the look for photography or Mom
- Small end covered by dust cloth, run along inner edges of picture frames or smartphone/smart pad screens to get that last dust out of there
- Small end- apply single drops of glue or cement to repair torn leather
- Small end- make 1-3 punctures in top of banana to help snap stem end off
- Mix tiny amounts of craft paints to get perfect match for furniture touch-ups
- [What else can you think of?]
In what other ways have you ever used chopsticks? May I add those to my collection? Do you have a picture? Has this piece “about chopsticks” made any other kinds of creativity or repurposing ideas flow into your mind? Yes, that’s Upbeat Living! And I hope you have a joyful day!
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- Kebba Buckley Button is a stress management expert. She also has a natural healing practice and is an ordained minister. She is the author of the award-winning book, Discover The Secret Energized You (http://tinyurl.com/b44v3br), plus the 2013 book, Peace Within: Your Peaceful Inner Core, Second Edition(http://tinyurl.com/mqg3uvc ). Her newest book is Sacred Meditation: Embracing the Divine, available through her office. Just email SacredMeditation@kebba.com.
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