Hand-made Millefiori Glass Heart Paperweight

millefiori-glass-heart-paperweightThere’s something eternal yet ephemeral about a glass heart paperweight – it can last unchanged forever or be shattered in an instant – the perfect symbolic love gift for Valentine’s Day!

This is a particularly pretty one with its millefiori detail and rich meadow colours. Bettter order it soon so it can be delivered in time if you plan it as a romantic gift!

Murano Design Mouth Blown Rainbow Heart Millefiori Art Glass Paperweight PW-1103 costs $38.50 from Tripact via Amazon.

 

Heart Cookie Cutters for Valentine’s Day Treats

heart-cookie-cuttersIf you’re racking your brains to come up with fun Valentine’s gifts for your kids to take to school, there’s an easy and fun solution. Bake your own!

The kids will have fun baking them, even more decorating them and their friends will enjoy eating them too. Plenty of mess but no waste!

These cookie cutters are a great investment as you can use them for all sorts of baking all year round: for birthday parties and anniversaries too.

Here’s a cookie recipe to go with the cookie cutters that is easy and delicious, plain enough to smother with frosting but tasty enough to eat plain for adults with a less than sweet tooth.

Ateco Graduated Heart Cookie Cutters, Set of 6 currently cost $10.26 from Amazon.

Romantic Raw Chocolate Hearts for Valentine’s Day

Golden-Spiral-Sacred-Heart-BarsIf your love is a vegan, a raw food health guru or organic devotee with a secret passion for chocolate, this is the perfect gift for Valentine’s Day!

Sacred Chocolate hearts are made from the purest raw chocolate, sweetened with healthy alternatives to cane sugar and retain all the super-food nutrients of cocoa. They come in a whole range of flavour varieties, each one hand-poured and hand-wrapped. The chocolate hearts aren’t huge, only 1.44oz each, but well worth it for a burst of pure chocolate guilt-free goodness!

I can’t think of a better gift for a romantic chocoholic – these certainly beat your average heart shaped box of ordinary candy hands down!
Raw Sacred Chocolate Amazonian Heart (1.44oz)available at $7.99 from Amazon, or order direct from Sacred Chocolate themselves.

Here’s a detailed review of the chocolate hearts if you want to know how the chocolate is packed for delivery and all the gen on the raw chocolate and health benefits.

A Heart Shaped Hole Punch

heart-hole-punchA heart hole punch – essential romantic tool or waste of office space? I’m not sure whether I would buy this just for Valentine’s Day,  unless I had a whole class full of small kids to entertain, but it could be fun to have around to liven up office life, or even just for the heart shape confetti it produces as cut out leftovers.

On second thoughts it could be just the thing for a wedding to punch holes for ribbon threading in menus or programmes and I’m sure there are many other creative uses we could come up with. What do you think would be a good use for  it?

Suck UK Heart Hole Punch (SK HEARTPUNCH1)available from Amazon.com costs $15

Fairtrade Heart Bracelet of Recycled Paper Beads

Heart bracelet from recycled paper beadsSuch a pretty bracelet with its colorful beads and wire heart detail, that it hardly needs the added incentive that it’s also about as eco-friendly as it gets.

The beads are hand-made from recycled paper sealed with non-toxic lacquer, the wire is re-purposed, and the whole thing is made in a Fairtrade project by women in Kenya and Uganda. Beyond that for each bracelet purchased a donation goes to a Children’s Hospital in Nairobi, Kenya. The ultimate in feel-good green living!

It would make a great little Christmas gift, perfect as a stocking stuffer or buy it for yourself. I’m tempted!

Buy directly from Acacia Creations for $14.50.

or if you prefer buying through Amazon, the same Recycled Paper Multi-Colored Heart Bead Bracelet is available there for $23.99.

Eco-Friendly PInk Heart Musical Jewelry Box

Recycled fiber heart musical jewelry boxWhat do you give a pink princess for her birthday if you are yourself a green goddess?

Most of the pink paraphernalia on sale these days is not very eco-friendly: pink plastic, sparkly plastic, all non-bio-degradable and destined for the landfill. But if her heart yearns for a musical jewelry box, pink of course, here is a reasonably eco-friendly solution.

This gloriously tacky heart-shaped musical box is made from recycled fibers and features the Eco Snoopers – cartoon characters that I haven’t yet come across, but who apparently go on environmentally friendly adventures. Now there’s a good message for the kindergarten gang to engage with.

So it’s pink, it’s kitsch, but it’s a heart, it plays music and she’s bound to love it!

Eco Snoopers / Heart-shaped Musical Jewelry Box, Pink costs $14.99 from PECO on Amazon.

Funky Eco-friendly Heart Watch

Eco-friendly heart watchWho knew that you could get eco-friendly watches as super-cool and funky as this! Sprout is a watch company that professes to make its watches as eco-friendly as possible without promising the impossible. It says that the watches are about 80% eco-friendly, which is impressively honest!

The watches come in a huge range of fun designs, but this simple heart motif is perfect for the young at heart romantic with green sensibilities, or the eco-warrior teen with an eye for fashion.

Sprout uses corn resin in place of plastic – renewable resource and bio-degradable; mineral crystal for the watch face instead of plastic plexi-glass; mercury free batteries; bamboo for the dial; and of course recycled packaging materials.

This Sprout Women’s ST/4009WTWT Heart Theme Printed Dial White Corn-Resin Bracelet Eco-Friendly Watch costs $49.95 from Amazon

There is a glitzier version Sprout Women’s ST/5038MPWT Diamond Dial Heart Theme White Corn-Resin Bracelet Eco-Friendly Watch with conflict free diamonds and certified mother of pearl dial for $75

Or the same glitzy one with an organic cotton strap Sprout Women’s ST/5505MPWT Diamond Dial Heart Theme Organic Cotton Strap Watch for $51.99.

Sparkly Recycled Glass Heart Pins

Recycled Glass Heart PinFor the eco-warrior who still loves a dash of glitz, these heart pins made from recycled glass and pottery would make a great little gift.

Artist Nicole Whitney of Paloma Pottery collects broken glass and re-purposes it into a wonderful range of jewellery and household items. The glass almost has the look of a crystal geode with its multifaceted reflection of light.

Perfect as a stocking stuffer or  a lovely romantic gift, the heart pins come in various colours from amethyst to forest green and measure 1” by 1”. I love the extra green touch of a selection of packaging options, from zero waste, through biodegradable low-impact packaging, up to gift wrap.

Each recycled glass heart pin costs $14.50 directly from Paloma Pottery.

Carved Hearts from English Brown Oak

Carved wood hear in English brown oakThe simplicity of these heart shapes along with the gorgeous grain of the wood is what makes these hearts appeal to me.

They’d be perfect for a romantic gift to someone who loves all things natural… and sustainable of course.

This wood was harvested from an 700 year old oak tree that came down in a storm on an English country estate – the full story of the wood is on the original Etsy listing.

The heart comes with a quotation inscribed around the edge, but this can be substituted by your own message or an alternative quotation if you prefer.

Crafted by Tim Nicholls of Woodpunk Designs in England, the wooden heart costs £40 or approx $64 via Etsy.

Flowery Wooden Heart Buttons

wooden heart buttons with flower patternsThese wooden heart buttons are so pretty that I’d be tempted not to use them for sewing at all, but to frame them exactly as they are.

Or use them as decorations rather than buttons or part of an embroidery project. Let them start off a creative impulse of a flowery variety. Off course they would also look great as part of a sewing project.

There are 20 buttons in the set, in a random mix of colourful flower designs each measuring about 17mm or 2/3 inch across.

They are for sale on Etsy by Rainbow Lollies for $5.50 the set.

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...