Hearts for kids?

So in my offering of hearts, a couple of times I have had an opportunity to offer them to kids. They take them but often with an almost puzzled look. Adults almost invariably select a heart and then clutch it to their chests, big smile and eyes meet. But not so much with kids.

Then I saw a post in Pinterest where a woman was making pocket kittens. Her version was much bigger than my little pocket hearts so I worked on shrinking my version so it matched the little hearts. they are less than 2 inches tall.

So I made one and stuck it in my pocket. Went to get my hair cut and after I paid for it, I offered the stylist a handful of hearts so she could pick one. She picked a blue one and said she’d give it to her daughter. I told her to take another for herself. (Isn’t it interesting that we don’t think of ourselves?) There was another stylist there too and I asked if she wanted one too. She took one.

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Hearts for friends…

I’ve been thinking I want to share this practice with a group of friends. Back in 2005 I had started a knitting group at Umass as part of a Union effort. Some of the people in the group (which still meets to this day) have been in it from the beginning. Some are newer and some are just joining.

Anyways, I decided to send hearts to each of them. These hearts were a bit different in that they had little baubles on top of some of them.

Sending them through the mail was a bit challenging but eventually they all got sent.

Up and out to Staples to get a case for my new phone which I already chipped a bit of the camera. A very nice young man helped me out. Before i left I gave him a blue heart. As he saw it, his hand went up to his heart. Almost everyone does that same movement when they get one. Love it.

A great day….

Another birthday and off to lunch at Red Robin in Holyoke with Tom and Derek.

Gave away a bunch of hearts today. One to the lady who pumped my gas. Two to the waitress at Red Robin, three to Derek, two to a mother at Big Y who was weary of her son, and one to the lady manning the self checkout. Total of nine! Wow! So wonderful!

Returning a kindness…

I went to Coffee Roasters to get lunch before Faith came over to UpperRoom to do a crafting show and tell and some stitching/knitting. When I was paying for my lunch, a young black man, picked up a $20 bill that had fallen out of my pocket and caught my attention to return it to me.

How nice! When I was finished paying, I walked over to him and offered him a heart. “I make them.” He took one and I offered him a second to give away to someone.

“Thank you.” He said,

“Thank you for your kindness,” I said.

As he stood there looking at them, I walked back over to him and told him about 1000 hearts. So many opportunities to love, to give and to receive.

You made my day…

Another good thing about doing this giving away hearts is it allows me to have a conversation with others I would not otherwise have. This morning I stopped at a local fast food restaurant for breakfast. I have begun asking, “can I offer you a heart?“ And show them a handful of little hearts so they can pick which one they want. The woman at the window squealed with delight. “Oh… I want the yellow one. That’s my favorite color! I’m going to keep it in my car.“ Then I showed her the hearts again and offered her a second heart to give away. She picked a green one for her boyfriend.

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Sharing…

Yesterday was an extraordinary day and I shared it with people in one of my Facebook groups. I put it here to share as well. I hope it inspires others as much as it inspired me.

Often times, people have asked, “What do you do with your meditations?” In my time this past year I have done many different types of stitching, Going Round in Circles, Stitch Meditations, scrolls, larger stitch meditations, hanten jacket, appliqué, baby dolls to send to needy children, “I found a quilted heart”, Fabulous Scrappy Balls, improvisational stitching… and lastly ‘1000 hearts.” But what has lifted me up, made my little stitching meditations not only for me but for others has been the 1000 hearts.

If you don’t know about this, it was started by a woman in Australia as an act of kindness. The general idea is that you make one for yourself … self love is so important… and make 999 to give away. 1000 hearts has a Facebook page and of course 1000hearts.com.au

I’m on my second hundred and always have both pockets filled with these little hearts to give away. Today, I am filled with so much gratitude that my heart fairly aches with the love of it.

Weeks ago, I don’t even remember when, I went to our local market and when I was checking out, I gave one of the hearts to the young man who checked me out. He smiled and I went my way. Then last week I went in to buy something and the same young man was there.

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The Heart Journey…

As I have been handing out hearts, it occurred to me that I had not offered any to my husband. So I gave him one. He took it, smiled, and put it in his breast pocket. Patting it he said, “So now if anyone ever tells me I don’t have a heart, I can pull this out and show them!” We laughed.

Then the next day, I came home and found a heart sitting on the kitchen table. When my husband came home I asked him, “Are you giving me your heart back?” No, he found that one one the floor, must have fallen out of my pocket. He patted his pocket and affirmed he still had his in his pocket.

That night, he went to supper with a good friend and when he cam home he walked into the living room where I was from the kitchen with that heart from the kitchen table in his hand. “I’m going to take this one because I gave the other one to Mo.”

Wow! I mean, Wow! Moved me to tears to be have him acknowledge what I was doing like that ! What a day!

Yes you can…

I was going to Five Guys restaurant to pick up lunch for my son who was working nearby. I put in my order and waited for my name to be called. When it was, I went up and as the lady handed me the bag of food I said, “Can I offer….” And she cut me off saying, “I can’t…”

She thought I was going to offer her a tip but when she saw the hearts she stopped. I said, “Yes, you can.” And she smiled at me and said, “Yes, I can,” and smiling, took a heart and held it to her heart.

Wonderful.

A Christmas Tree Workshop at Woolology

A fun workshop today at a local fiber shop called Woolology. Using strips of wool rolled up and glued to a fiber cone. Wonderful to see all the different variations of colors people did.

AND… I picked up some absolutely lovely dyed felted wool!

So can’t wait to start stitching on them! I’ve also been following another group out of Australia that has an ongoing embroidery challenge called Take A Stitch Tuesday TAST. It’s a challenge to broaden anyone’s embroidery skills. And I’ve been wanting to be more comfortable and more knowledgeable about embroidery so I’m working on that as well.

After a post by someone in a Facebook group I purchased a small little journal and am stitching a page for each stitch type.

And then I’m working a bigger piece of my own dyed linen to practice the stitches a little bit more than i can in the little book.

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