Periodically I share gifts and other discoveries I find on my journey in learning more about love and the mysterious, miraculous, mystical powers of the heart. These may be gifts for you or someone else. There are times both are needed.
This week I found five unique items “from the heart.” If any resonate, whether it is for someone else who immediately comes to mind (or heart!), or maybe it is something that will bring you comfort and connection, consider ordering.
I do not in any way endorse or profit from any of these vendors. They are just things that captured my eye and imagination as I searched the web. Please do your own homework before ordering anything — but I trust spirit that these are good bets.
Hearts-A-Flutter Throw Pillow
If there’s one thing more beautiful than a heart, it’s a heart made of colorful fluttering butterflies. The vibrant design on this machine washable pillow (main image) includes a message that can be personalized with 25 characters in each of two lines of text. The pillow measures 15 inches square and would be a kaleidoscopic keepsake in any room. Item #30223842. $26.99. www.personalcreations.com Phone: 888-741-0508
Heart-Shaped Tea Bags
Created by Jacqueline Aliotti, who was inspired by spending time at her parents’ teashop in Lyon, France, these whimsical Heart-Shaped Tea Bags will bring a smile to anyone's cup. Each set of 15 includes: 5 English Breakfast (ceylon and assam black tea), 5 Organic Earl Grey (organic green tea, natural flavoring) and 5 White Berry (organic green tea, organic white tea, organic pink pepper, natural flavoring, organic raspberry). Spread the love with this special tea-time gift. Item #50799. $30. www.uncommongoods.com Phone: 888-365-0056.
Heart Snapshot Mix® Photo Art
Photos not only capture the heart — they also create the heart in this custom framed photo. Pick your size, frame, matte, materials and photos. Create a loving tribute to your family and friends, special places, sacred objects, or any combination of the above. Hang it on your own wall, or make it a gift someone else will treasure forever. Prices are reasonable and based on your specific choices. www.minted.com
Carved Soapstone Heart
I collect interesting hearts from all over the world. The hand-painted tribal African motifs on this natural soapstone heart immediately caught my eye. Soapstone carving is a signature craft of artisans at Salem Enterprise in Kenya. Purchasing one of these hearts will make a great impact on artisan communities in the region, by providing them with income, and investing in their schools, health care and water harvesting systems. Now that’s a way to spread love! 3.25” high x 3.5” wide x 2.5” deep. $14. www.fairtribe.com
Hearts Adult Coloring Book
Coloring is a great way to unplug from the noise and chaos of the world and connect to the soul of your inner artist. The 72 heart designs in this adult coloring book can be easily torn out and sent to someone as a card, framed for your wall or desk, or shared online. High-quality paper is suitable for pencils, markers or watercolors. Styles include Celtic hearts, folk-art hearts, winged hearts, flower-filled hearts, mandala-like heart patterns, and designs with the word "love." Starting from $4.75 used like new, to $17.69 brand new with free shipping on www.amazon.com.
My blessing for all of you this week is that you are not tied to material possessions but that you truly enjoy and appreciate those things that touch your heart — that you find ways to give to yourself and give freely to others.