Hello, and welcome to February! Are you as relieved as I am? Something about getting the first month of the year out the way feels good. It's not so long til we in the Northern Hemisphere get a little more sunshine. Here in the Uk, we don't always hope for a glorious summer (we'd be hoping in vain!) but I am as excited about the longer days and shorter nights as anything. More natural light to design, create and photograph in - suits me very well!
This month is the month of Valentine's Day. I know in the USA, you guys really go to town for the holidays. Over here in the UK, it's less of a big deal, but still, commercial venues have been throwing the usual hearts, flowers and chocolates at us for some time now. I for one know that the very commercial, slightly artificial side of this celebration doesn't really appeal to me. It takes some of the meaning out of telling someone you love them. And hard going if you are not in a relationship right now too (we've all been there, even if we are not this year!) However, making someone you love feel special? Now that sounds more like it. And if you are not in a relationship just now - why not treat yourself. Show yourself some love.
Handmade is always more special to me, whether it's made by my own hands or the hands of another artist, but sometimes I can find hearts to be a little sickly sweet and corny. This month, I'm going to be looking out for a mixture of heart beads - yes, those that are pink and sparkly and gooey inside(!), but also those that are a little more subtle or unexpected.
Without further ado, here's a run down of some of the lovely heart-themed beads I found from the Art Bead Scene team:
Tesoro Trovati (Erin)
Something to do beads (Claire)
Humblebeads (as if you need me to tell you, but it's Heather!)
Which are your favourite (he)art beads? Leave us the links in the comments below!
And now for the beadblogger links. Have a great week!