I've honestly never been a big fan of hearts. They generally seem too cutesy, girly, or overly Valentines Day-ish. I was very hesitant to name my blog after the shape. Lately, however, I've found myself drawn to them more and more -- specifically the non-pink kind. Perhaps it has something to do with being a newlywed... but here are a few of the heart-items that have stolen my own heart:
1. The dappled light shining through this simple garland from Oh So Crafty is oh so pretty. 2. I've been in love with these heirloom-quality heart measuring spoons from Beehive Kitchenware for over a year now, but I just can't bring myself to spend $44 on spoons! 3. My friend Abby can bake up a storm. And I want one of her super cute butter cookies asap.
Have you heard of the England-based company Bombus? They're doing great things with decoupage, vintage maps, and shadow boxes. I love the colors in this particular heart, and if you're feeling crafty, it would be a simple and fun DIY project.
1. The paper-cut details of Famille Summerbelle's Love Bug print are wonderfully graphic, especially that open leaf pattern. 2. This teeny heart pendant by Mon Cadeau is so delicate and pretty. 3. West Elm will donate a portion of all profits from their papier-mache hearts to the Hand/Eye Haiti Relief fund.
1. Gigantic heart-shaped chalkboard from Urban Outfitters. 2. This paper heart- and moss-filled Gnome Home from Samantha Lamb has the feel of a terrarium without living plants (perfect for those of us with black thumbs.) 3. Share the love with one of these heart notecards from Hocus.
I realize I haven't written anything about the ongoing tsunami crisis in Japan, but my heart and prayers go out to those who are suffering and in need. I think it is amazing that so many artists and creatives have donated their time and talents to help, like This Paper Ship. 90% of the sales from their Cherry Blossom Heart print will be donated to the Red Cross's disaster effort in Japan. A beautiful print for a beautiful cause. Or, if you'd like, you can donate directly to the Red Cross here.
1. I know this image made its way through the blogs this Valentines day, but these tiny heart cookies from Brooklyn Bride via Oh Happy Day are just too adorable not to repost! 2. The same goes for these DIY valentine pins from the Purl Bee - I love the hand-stitched detail.
And there you have it, the first edition of gathered. I hope you've enjoyed it -- let me know what you think, or if you'd like to see anything featured in the future!