Mouth Blown Glass Christmas Heart Ornament

hand blown glass heart ornamentChristmas ornaments aren’t the first thing you’d think of to give on Valentine’s Day, but this gorgeous paisley hand-crafted heart ornament is a collector’s piece and for someone who really loves real, old-fashioned, glass ornaments it would be a perfect choice.

It’s hand-made and decorated by Reed & Barton’s skilled artisans renowned for their beautiful quality and attention to detail. It measures 5.8 inches across and comes in a sturdy and elegant gift box to keep it safe in between holiday seasons.

This isn’t something for a family full of young kids or with pets that love playing with Christmas trees, but would be treasured by those loving old world style and beauty. Even better, by buying out of season you get a much better price, making it affordable when it might  usually be out of reach.

Reed & Barton Red Paisley Heart Blown Glass, Christmas Ornamentcurrently costs $39.55 down from $69, from Reed and Barton through Amazon.

Pretty Blown Glass Heart Beads

blown glass heart shaped beadsPretty, hand-made, affordable and individual, these blown glass beads are full of possibilities: as little Valentine’s gifts for kids, craft materials to make your own heart jewelry, Valentine’s party favors , the list is as long as your imagination!

The heart beads measure 16mm or 2/3 inch across and come in packs of 5. With the feel of Venetian glass their rich swirls of colour and gold are perfect for making inexpensive gifts that don’t look cheap!

If you are giving them to your kids to give out at school, just make sure that their friends know they are glass beads not candy! Perhaps it would be a good idea to string each one onto red ribbon or gold thread to make little pendants and avoid confusion!

16mm Red with Gold Foil Small Heart Blown Glass Beadspacket of 5 beads costs $3.99 from Goody Beads through Amazon

Handcrafted Heart Wine Glass Charms

Hand made heart wine glass charmsI guess I’m slow to catch on, as I first thought that these wine charms were to hang on the bottle neck…duh!

They’re a brilliant idea to clip onto your wine glass at a party or gathering so that you know which glass is yours. All that inadvertent swapping of grape varieties (and germs!) is over, as you just clip one of these pretty glass hearts to your glass to claim it for the duration.

If you’re throwing a Valentine’s party these glass charms would be perfect party favors – your guests could use them for the party and take them home afterwards. Or get them as a stocking stuffer or a useful gift for your partner… maybe not the most romantic of gifts, but useful and pretty are good too!

These Heart Shaped Art Glass Wine Charms Set of 6 cost $12.99 from Amazon

Hand Painted Heart Wine Glass – Collector’s Item or Kitsch?

Hand painted wine glassI’m not sure if I love or loathe the idea of this intricately decorated wine glass! It’s gorgeous in its detail and sparkliness, but then I’ve always thought of wine glasses as clear crystal, the better to admire the ruby depths of the vintage! So I guess it depends if you are wine snob or tongue in cheek kitsch collector of gorgeousness!

If your beloved is a wine lover that doesn’t take him or herself too seriously, this could be a perfect gift for Valentine’s Day, or any other occasion.

There are a whole series of different designs, all hand-painted by the Santa Barbara Design Studio and designed by Lolita Yancey. They come in a gift box and have a unique wine cooler recipe hand painted on the base.

Who knows, this could be the start of a brand new tradition and collection for you and your partner!

This Lolita Love My Wine Glass, Silver Lining costs $25.97 from Amazon

Orange Flower in Hand Blown Glass Heart

hand blown glass heartI hope your heart isn’t breaking in the lead up to Valentine’s Day! Hearts are at once strong and fragile, so it’s no wonder that hand blown glass hearts are so popular as romantic gifts on this occasion. Maybe its the heavy feel of solid glass in the hand, or the coolness of glass against a fevered brow, but glass is something that says forever like nothing else.

I love the orange flower suspended in the middle of this particular glass paperweight. It’s hand blown Murano glass, so each one is slightly different built up in careful layers with bubbles of air to add texture and interest.

This Hand Blown Glass Orange Flower Heart Glass Paperweight  currently only costs $24.50 reduced by 80% from Amazon, so makes a very affordable quality Valentines’ Day gift.

More hand blown glass heart paperweights on Red Velvet Heart.

Hand-Blown Glass Hearts in Gorgeous Colours

cobalt glass heartI keep coming back to simple heart-shaped chunks of glass – there is something about the smooth curves, heavy and satisfying of glass hearts,  and when they are hand-blown there are no sharp edges to cut, just cool depth and solid weight.
amber glass heart
This is a range of glass hearts in various colours created by artisans, Jon and Shannon Felix of Avalon Glassworks, in Seattle.

I love the cobalt blue in particular but the amber is also enticing.  All the hearts are 3”x3”x1” and they cost $30 directly from Avalon Glassworks.

Glass Heart Platter

Lori Siebert Glass Heart PlatterBright gaudy colours, endearing polka dot design, this glass heart platter would make a great Christmas gift for anyone who loves entertaining or just presenting food beautifully. It’s almost a shame to cover up the heart with food, so I can also see it taking pride of place on the coffee table, even with no snacks in sight.

Created by Lori Siebert, glass artist, the platter is made with layers of colored glass fused together for a stunning effect.

The Heart Rectangle Glass Fusion Platter by Lori Siebert currently costs $32.95 from Amazon and there is only one left, so get ahead with your Christmas gift list if you know someone who would love it!

Glass Heart Paperweight On Sale

Hand-made glass heart paperweightI’ve loved these gorgeous glass hearts, ever since I first saw them. There’s something about the solid, smooth weight of glass in the hand, the brilliant colours and the fact that they’re hand-made and each one is different. 

Artisan-made pieces usually aren’t cheap…. so I was stunned when I saw that this one is currently hugely discounted on Amazon. It’s advertised at $13.99 down from $111.00 at the moment, so if you’ve been longing for one, but have held off because of the price, now’s the time!

Or get ahead of yourself and buy your Valentine’s Day gift now! Mind you, I’d not say ‘No’ to this for a Christmas gift either!
Hand Glass Art Colorful Rainbow Striped Heart Paperweight PW-6141

Gorgeous Deep Red Crystal Heart Candle Bowl

Mats Jopnasson crystal heart bowlHere’s something for a really special Valentine’s Day gift – a hand-made crystal sculptural bowl by the Swedish glass artist Mats Jonasson.

The deep red wine color and beautiful hand-etched hearts make it a romantic gift for someone who loves beautiful things for the home. She (or he) can light a candle in this bowl, admire the glowing color and think of you!

It’s quite small, just 5.5 inches wide so perfect to display on a night-stand or mantelpiece.

Currently costs $81 down from $94 at Jata Shop

Handblown Glass Heart Paperweight

heart-glass-paperweightA fabulous and lasting gift for Valentines’ Day or any other romantic occasion, this heart paperweight is full of colour. Hand-blown by experienced glass artists, no two are the same, so it is truly a unique gift.

There are several other colour combinations in this series of heart paperweights, from rainbows to this ripple effect. For some reason they are all priced well below their original list price, so snap them up while they are still affordable, as they are genuine art pieces – brings a new meaning to the words of Blondie’s Heart Of Glass!

Hand Glass Art Dark Rainbow Ripple Heart Paperweight PW-6002
currently $29.99 down from $124.99 at Amazon

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