The depths of winter, yet snowdrops emerge reminding us that Spring will come. Valentine’s Day – from commercialized sales of flowers and chocolate to heartfelt hand made cards. I’m sorry if I sound a bit cynical and jaded – things are tough out there right now.
The idea for these hearts? Someone close to me who is going through some challenging things: upheaval, hurt, self exploration, rebuilding…. And while the pain is very real, the healing will come. I don’t want to sound cliche when I say the broken heart will mend, but it is true. And the scars? they are part of the whole, for we wouldn’t be who we are today without our experience; good and bad.
The Japanese have a technique in pottery – almost a philosophy really – called “Kintsugi“. Breaks in the pottery are repaired and embellished with gold leaf. The breakage and repair is seen as part of the history of the object, rather than a flaw to disguise. Isn’t that an apt metaphor for life?
So the scars and flaws are evident here in these hearts. I hope that these inspired you – to restore love, in your day to day, and in the world around us. If you are interested in a chance to win one of these mended Kintsugi hearts – the details are below.
To participate in the February COM:
If you aren’t chosen for the giveaway, or don’t have a blog and would still like to play along, I will be offering a few cabs and a few extra pendants for sale in my Etsy shop. Be on the lookout this coming week.