As you might imagine, challenging myself to make a heart a day for a year has influenced my thoughts; I'm always asking myself "what new hearts can I make?" and I clutch at any inspiration that comes my way. Here's a perfect example: I found this scrap of fabric in one of my many bags of scraps, and I kept thinking about the little hearts on it:
I wanted to make a bunch of cute little hearts like the ones on this scrap, but to satisfy me, there needed to be a bit more to them. Inspiration struck me yesterday; I decided that each heart would have one "good word" on it, a word that is either a virtue or associated with a virtue, and that I would make a whole pile of these hearts to fill up a pretty bowl that I have. It will sit on a table, and perhaps I will randomly pick up a heart or two every day, and use the word or words as my "thought for the day".
These are the first four. I really struggled with the form each word would take--would one say "kindness" or just "kind"? "Goodness" or "good"? I decided to go with the form of each word that would follow the word "be", as in "be kind", "be good"--but I wouldn't include the word "be". That way, when I pick one up and consider the word, I can put it in a sentence like "Leslie is kind" and use it as an affirmation and a goal for that day.
I used the same heart template I made for the hearts on the grapevine wreath, so each heart is about 3" tall. Another layer of challenge that I've added to this particular set of hearts is that I want to only use scraps from my scrap bags to make them.
When I get more of these finished, I will show you a picture of them in the bowl I have in mind. I printed out a list of words I want to use, and I keep thinking of more. Do you have any suggestions?