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.

 

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.

Heart Fabrics

On an impulse I searched for heart fabrics today and turned up an inspiring selection of very different patterns, all at Hawthorne Threads. There’s something for everyone.

Heart fabric - Sweet Hearts in BloomA very sweet and delicate heart design called Sweet Hearts in Bloom designed by Michael Miller.

Heart fabrics Hearts in chocolateThe warm and bright Hearts in Chocolate from Robert Kaufman.

Heart fabrics-Turquoise-HeartsElegant and curvy Scroll hearts in Turquoise designed by Sarah Watts

Heart fabrics - Lonely HeartsOr the completely offbeat and funky Lonely Hearts Ads from Timeless Treasures. What would you make with this?

They all retail at between $8.95 and $9.95 per yard and there are a whole lot more patterns besides, almost too much to choose from.

Hand-Painted Metal Heart Decoration

painted metal heart from IndiaI love finding unusual hand-made heart decorations and this one is a definite for my collection: bright colours, delicate detail and a lovely design that looks almost like embroidery. It measures 10cm (approx 4inches) across and is available in assorted colours and designs .

The painted heart comes from India, supplied by Fairtrade organisation The Little Feet Company. They donate 30% of their profits to social projects and orphanages in Central Vietnam and have strong links with that country. They are a UK-based website but have very reasonable postage rates worldwide.

This painted metal heart costs £5.00 (approx $8) from The Little Feet Company.

Heart Stepping Stone in Cast Iron

Heart stepping stone in cast ironI’d never thought of using cast iron for stepping stones before I saw this gorgeous heart one from Sunset Vista, but I have to say I love the textured rust red finish and the curvy shape.

I can imagine using this for all sorts of other things besides a stepping stone, perhaps as a rustic centrepiece to an outdoor dining table, or even just as a decoration propped against a wall.

It measures 12 inches across and weighs 7 pounds and surprisingly is eligible for free shipping on Amazon, as long as your order is $25 or more.

Heart Cast Iron Stepping Stone, 12-Inch costs $20.99 from Sunset Vista on Amazon.

Hand-painted Kenyan Soapstone Hearts

Orange soapstone heart from KenyaThese funky soapstone hearts comes in several cheerful colours and designs.Sizes range from 1″ for the minis to 4″ for the large paperweights.

They are carved and painted by Kenyan men and women in a Fairtrade project that creates employment for around 800 families in rural Kenya. Soapstone is an amazing renewable resource when properly managed. It is hand-dug from pits where it naturally occurs. The pits are refilled after excavation and then left for 5-10 years when the soapstone reforms itself. The land is owned by the local people who work the soapstone and manage the land so that it stays in good condition. Mini soapstone hearts

And from all that sustainable care come these beautiful hearts: great gifts for the eco-conscious romantic in your life.

These soapstone  hearts are sold through One World Projects and cost from $6 to$12 according to size.

Darth Vader Heart Chocolate Box

darth vader heart chocolate boxI had to include this heart chocolate box just because it is so bizarre. Hearts are all about romance, so how on earth does Darth Vader get to be cover boy on a box of Valentine’s day chocs?!

Darth Vader and romance are about as diametrically opposite as you can get – big scary bloke in black armor with a serious breathing problem, endangering all the good guys in the galaxy… not my first choice in romantic icons!

So if you are into major irony and/or your guy or gal is a huge Star Wars fan this could be the perfect gift, but otherwise I’d run a mile!

If you are tempted though, the Star Wars Darth Vader Collector Valentines Day Heart Box Caramel Chocolate costs $9.95 from Amazon.

Updated for Valentine’s Day 2014:

This is the latest Darth Vader chocolate offering this year – I don’t like it as much as the previous version, but for an ardent Star Wars fan, you might as well go for it!!

Fairy Heart Chime

fairy heart chimeSimple heart shape and smooth stainless steel, this looks like one of those feel good toys that would appeal to adults as well as kids. It’s aimed at little girls who believe in fairies I think, perhaps to emulate Tinkerbell in Peter Pan, but I could imagine it going down well with bigger girls too just as a beautiful toy.

There are no reviews that describe the sound of the chime, which makes it difficult to assess on sound appeal, but it’s definitely worth a try if you’re looking for a little gift to please a young daughter or niece, or a special stocking filler.fairy heart chime

Fairy Heart Chime costs $9.98 from HearthSong via Amazon.

Pretty Heart Shaped Picnic Basket

laura-ashley-heart-picnic-basketWith spring in the air a romantic picnic with your beloved should be on the cards. What better than this heart shaped wicket picnic basket from Laura Ashley to hold an exquisite selection of gourmet goodies and set the mood for romance?

It contains two wine glasses, two plates, two sets of cutlery, a bottle opener, lest you forget that all-important tool, and a floral wine cooler – pink champagne, or chilled rosé do you think?

The only little quibble I have is that there doesn’t seem to be room for a  huge amount of food – more antipasto than three course dinner, but if it’s romance we’re talking who’s going to be concentrating on the food anyway!

With Laura Ashley’s renowned floral fabric lining the basket this could be a wonderful spring time gift for that special romantic girl, even better filled with her favourite delicacies … and don’t forget the chocolate truffles!

Laura Ashley 3A097061 Heart Shaped Picnic Basket, Cressida currently costs $75.99 down from $131.99 at Amazon.

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