Wednesday, January 16, 2008



When I was growing up my mom usually gave me a small gift with an "I LOVE YOU!" tag on it.

I remember a new box of watercolors, a box of 64 crayons, a heart pin, and many other sweet things through the years.

This gift was always wrapped in tissue with ribbon and in the middle of my plate at the breakfast table. My dad's gift was always the same... a heart shaped chocolate cake. And "NO!" it wasn't in the middle of his plate. The heart pans are still being used. There was always a card at each person's table setting. Another tradition in our family is heart-shaped pancakes for breakfast on that morning. And another simple beginning to the day was a message on the bathroom mirror written with a Vis-a-Vis red marker.

As long as we're on the subject of gifts , look at these great gifts from Etsy that are under $10.This is just a sampling, as there are over 3,000 pages of wonderful handmade treasures under "hearts".

This cute soap heart is from Tigger Bonn.
This is a needle-felted heart pin by Julie Persons.

These adorable pins all have such a cute detail on them.
They're from Paper Fish.
I love this little forest box. It can be found at Forest Families.

One of many cute watercolor cards by Happy Day's Studio.
I love this unique bookmark by Double Dee.
These heart-shaped soaps are made from shea butter. They're hand made by
Dee's Home Goods.

This heart is made from twigs, wire, and paper. Made by Nest USA.
COZY!! This collar is handknit and can be found at KnittyKittiesShop.

Aren't these great?? And handmade!!

I tried to give you links for them all, but couldn't find the last two.
You might want to hop on over yourself and take a peek.
Kristen... from Gock's Frocks has just released the most adorable,
unique, and fun new collection of clothes for little girls.
Take a look at the creativity and beautiful workmanship.
Something you can make!


Lucy Locket-Pocket said...

It sounds like you had a wonderful childhood Joni! Lovely goodies on show in this post too! Lucy x

hunnybunny said...

Are you really encouraging me to shop for heart shdaped things. Ooh, I love that little forest friends box... Don't worry I won't tell my husband that you are encouraging me, it will be our little secret. Evil laugh

de vliegende koe said...

Hearts are all around us. Wonderful Joni, I love all the traditions from your youth!

Junie Moon said...

Your shared memories are so delightful to read--your family sounds so loving and fun. It reminds me of my own childhood in many ways.

What wonderful little Valentine finds you've share--there are so many creative and amazing people in the world. I think the twig and paper one is my favorite although each one is running right up there in my own heart.

Angie said...

I {{heart}} etsy!!

Anna Maria said...

LOVE it all :) xo AM

Helen Hancock said...

OH I just adore it when your blog provides so much eye candy! A great arm chair (well computer chair) adventure. Thank you!

corry said...

Wonderful hearts...traditions and etsy!

Nan said...

so much inspiration, so little time! I love all the heart shaped things, especially the forest friends one!

Kristen said...

OMG thank you for the mention!! you are too kind...happy valentines day!!!