Tuesday, October 20, 2009

My Creative Space




A couple of months ago when one of my children was having trouble sleeping I made them a little lavender filled heart to help them relax. It wasn't long before all five kids had hearts. Since then they have been taken to bed to snuggle, taken to sleepovers, to school, put in pillows, cuddled and have become nice, relaxing, comforting, transportable pieces of love.




It took a while to come up with the right shape and size. The first few were wonky, and not quite right. I like a bit of wonkiness but it wasn't until I used the pinking shears that I got the look I was after.








I love that they are easy to make,







That they are filled with locally grown lavender, from Lavandula,



and that they seem to make people smile.
I also love that I get to use my big collection of vintage fabrics.
Choosing different colours, shades & patterns is so much fun.
Filling them up with my trusty red funnel,
hearing the rice & lavender fall,
adding a label,
done.



They remind me of
mixed lollies from
the milkbar.
I find I have a favourite but then,
suddenly,
I'm in love with another,
& then I can't choose....



It's been really fun designing these little sweeties. Lavender hearts aren't exactly an original idea, but I hope I've put my own stamp on them and made them uniquely Dandelion.
Of course I like the love connection too,
Have you told someone you love them today?
.


Anyway, I'm excited to say my hearts became Love Hearts & are now out in the world.
You can find them at the Lark shop in Daylesford and yesterday I delivered
fifty more to Big Dreams
in High St, Northcote.

More creative spaces here..
I'm also excited to say that this is my 99th post and I can feel a giveaway coming on....see you soon xo

37 comments:

Lauren said...

They really are lovely :)

Cherry said...

They are beautiful! What a fantastic idea. The pinking finishes them off perfectly.

M* (Melanie) said...

They are beautiful! Such a simple idea. And they are like a candy store. I think I'd have a lot of trouble picking a favourite too. Though I am quite partial to a bit of old embroidered table cloth...

Selina said...

they are so very sweet. your photos are beautiful too.

Gina said...

This is such a sweet and simple idea Beck - just the type of idea that really resonates with people so I'm not surprised you're needing to make lots and lots! I just think it's adorable that you made them for your kids first and that's how this came about. What a nurturer you are!

Amanda said...

I am smiling..:) They are beautiful and yay for getting them out there...That's exciting!

Tracey said...

they are very sweet, such a wonderful idea

Kylie said...

What a wonderful idea!! and those fabrics are just so divine! Just fabulous :) K

RedorGrayArt said...

beck..how completely simple and filled with love and care...out to the world they go!

sue said...

Oh Beck I have to say that I have been using my heart ever since you sent it to me. It smells so nice when you lay your head on the pillow. Even Isabelle has taken to sneaking my pillow so she can smell it too. I might have to maker her one so she can have her very own and not steal mine, lol! Congrats on another shop selling them too, I am sure you will be known as the loveheart lady one day, lol!

Aussie-waffler said...

I heart your hearts. They do remind me of mixed lollies from the milk bar and they most certainly made me smile :) See.

Penny said...

They look great! So sweet, and they must smell amazing!

clare's craftroom said...

A lovely post about lovely things !

Leanne said...

Just beautiful!

Kate said...

I love that picture of all of them together. Jazzy sleeps with her's every night and loves it. Sometimes I can smell it on her in the morning. I think I might need to order one for my really bad sleeper too. I hope you are out somewhere enjoying the sunshine.

Linda said...

oh my your hearts are absolutely gorgeous a lovely idea, beautiful fabrics, what heaven

yael said...

these are absolutely fantastic. and lavender is my favorite

Annie said...

I LOVE them

yardage girl said...

What a great idea, and they look so gorgeous all together - the colours are great!

Mookah said...

5 kids? Did you say 5 kids? Wow, yep, um, okay.....you're hearts are lovely. Such a nice simple idea.

CurlyPops said...

I hope you're going to have some of those beautiful hearts at the Daylesford market so I can snap one up to put under my pillow and give me sweet dreams.

lisa stubbs said...

They look wonderful! I love the fabric's you've used and how well they work in the heart shape, fantastic!

Bek said...

They are sooo sweet. Lovely work!

Debra said...

gorgeous work...well done :)

midge said...

i LOVE your lavender hearts and those photos are so beautiful

Nikki Cardigan said...

The love connection makes them absolutely unique and original. I loved hearing how they came about.

And congratulations on the deliveries to shops. How very exciting.

Thecraftytrundler said...

LOVE THOSE HEARTS!! Have never seen your blog before, and I like it!!
SHARON XX

Beach Vintage said...

Wow, these are amazing. Well done to you. A simple yet fabulous creation.

chococatania said...

These are great! The hearts are cute, and your blog is also great.

And...on a sidenote, I love it when you Aussie's say wonky. It is such a perfect word. I even found myself saying it the other day... :)

Anyways cute post and great idea.

Home Girl said...

your hearts look edible! you have such talent. big dreams is in my hood will have to go check them out next time i'm crusing the hight st. just wanted to pop past quickly and say how much i have enjoyed your comments - so nice to feel like somene really understands what i'm going through! we will def have to meet up one day.xx

Julie said...

Too cute, I couldn't give them away.

Peta @ Pippiwillow said...

Congratulations to you! that is a pretty great achievement right there, I hope they sell super quick and you have orders for millions more. Peta

picciolo said...

what a lovely idea, they look really wonderful all together. And I like that each one is unique too, they are really personal.
: )

Debra said...

Hi Beck...i was wondering why i still had your tab open and found myself reading a little more of your blog. What a lovely journey sharing John's farm space and fantastic energy for the day. We use loads of garlic here although i dont seem to grow it too successfully, this year is better than last though. I am guessing due to the dry weather and our rich soils. I began to pine when i saw your dog. Is this a Lagotto. They are such beautiful dogs. The best companion dog and so very loyal and clever. Happy weekend.

kellie said...

how beautiul ~ they look so lovely all lined up like that! and in lark too ~ how wonderful!

Bird Bath said...

those hearts are simply wonderful, the colours and zigzag edges are perfect! I love seeing them lined up showing their colours and patterns.

Tricia said...

Ooooh! Those hearts are just lovely. I recognise a few vintage sheets :-)