Saturday, February 2, 2013

Focusing on Life :: Hearts

Sally's prompt for this week's Focusing on Life hop was a call to notice the hearts that appear in our everyday lives. She asked us to pay attention to our surroundings and notice what hearts we see during our week. 

I had to laugh to myself thinking of the prompt. Living in a house with two daughters means that it just isn't going to take that long before I see a heart pop up somewhere.

It hit me pretty quickly this week, actually just a couple hours after Sally's prompt. As I was ironing away for one of my youngest daughter's favorite crafts, a couple of hearts got rotated into the mix. I knew I had my photo for the week.

She loves to create with Pyssla beads from Ikea. We bought a single kit for the girls years ago, and still they love to create a piece, iron it and wait for it to cool. And then last weekend my youngest set up the ironing board and laid out all her pieces to be ironed and dogged me until I got to it. She had at least 12 various creations ready to go, one of which was a gift for a friend at school. It was an intricate piece (the shape of a girl) and the beads spilled all over the place when I picked it up to iron it. One look on my daughter's face, and I knew. I was down on the floor trying to find all those scattered beads. We did eventually get that one together and ironed, but it took nearly 5 tries before the thing held together. Sigh. She loves this craft.

While the girls have a large collection of shapes, colors and sizes ... we pulled out all the hearts to photograph for this week. I figured 10 would suffice.

37 comments:

Jane said...

Very cute! I remember my kids Pyssla bead creations. I suspect Sally is correct and I am going to start paying more attention to spotting hearts this week. I quite often see them on trees and have blogged about this before.

Duni said...

Those hearts are so sweet! They have a cute "folksy" feel to them. I didn't know you could iron them though!
I can just imagine the look on your YD ;-)

Claire said...

ahhh! the memories!! my daughter adored hama beads - and hearts :) sadly, most have died after 10 years, but we still have a snowman ornament who graces the tree every year...
a great post!
no. 26

Memories for Life said...

I remember these as a kid! I'm pretty sure my mom regretted buying them...lol :)
I love that pink, red and white heart!

Kathleen Lange Klik said...

Nice way to capture a heart! I have never heard of those beads but the concept sounds wonderful. I love the hearts that your daughter created!

Tanya said...

Those are fun. My daughter loves those beads as well. She has so much fun with them. I love that first photo. It almost looks like it is sitting in a frame.

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

Awww...very cute creations. I have two girls, too, so there was a lot of similar crafting going on when they were younger. I should look around and see if I can spot some hearts. It'll be fun to do!

Mary K. McGraw said...

Lovely story about the split beads. I can just see scrambling on the floor to capture all those bead.

Cynthia@Ornamental Style said...

What beauties the girls have created. Glad you got that other one put back together! You would have been in the doghouse for sure.

Bonnie said...

I never heard of Pyssla beads before. I guess I will have to go to Ikea more often. *smile* Sounds like a fun craft for kids. I'm glad you finally got her piece to stay together.

Beti Horvath said...

So pretty! That's one craft we never got into.

My Life Under the Bus said...

Oh my boys have done those but being boys they made animals! I wouldn't mind playing with them myself!

LoriF said...

Well, those look very cool! How have I been to Ikea 1,263,486 times and didn't see THOSE??! A new mission next time....it's a 50 minute drive or I'd be off today. Thanks!

Annette said...

They're such pretty hearts with all the different colors and patterns. I agree with Patty, I wouldn't mind playing with these myself!

EB Bead and Metal Works, LLC said...

Love those hearts she created. I have never heard of Pyssla beads (going to have to look into them for my niece). You are a good mom finding those beads that dropped and getting them to put together!

Holly said...

What lovely hearts! I think the "I heart you" is my fave though :) And now I'm going to have to check out Pyssla beads, my daughter would love them too, I think!

Katherine at Terra Beadworks said...

I can see how girls would love that craft - such pretty hearts they made. I can picture the spilt beads episode and desperation to get it back together. You did well to persevere!

Emakaye said...

Very cute. My boys used to love this when they were little. Whenever we did this I made a heart. :)
#50 this week.

Shel said...

Oh, these are too cute!! Love the colors and the photos, too. Yes, I think 10 hearts is a good number!! :-) Love these!

Alicia said...

Cynthia, these are lovely hearts - and not only for girls :) My son loves to work with those little beads too, we had a similar accident with them spilling nicely on the floor... everyone survived. The heart he made last year, I believe, was a Christmas ornament for his teacher - and stupidly enough I didn't take a picture of it!

Patti Van said...

At first glance, I thought the picture was of a needlepoint canvas - this is so cute! I have never heard of this craft! You are such a good mom! :)

Laura Twiford said...

Ah yes, I too remember these beads from my daughter, most of which became hearts as well and last year I bought a big container of all the colors for my granddaughter to start experimenting with, so the appeal is timeless!

Rdegas said...

These are such fabulous hearts and I really love the bright and happy colors. I am sure that my daughters would love to make some of these too! I am so delighted that you and your girls shared these wonderful hearts with us!

Karen Williams said...

I'd never heard of Pyssla beads before either! Following the link to IKEA, they make them sound like they're regular stringing beads. I take it they melt together or some such when you iron them? Very cool.

Stacie said...

Wish these were around when I was a kid...how fun!!

Islandgirl said...

I have a heart like that hanging on my christmas tree... it was probably made 20 years ago! Never thought to recycle it for valentines!

BeadedTail said...

I've never heard of those beads before but they look like fun! Your daughter obviously got your talent because her hearts are lovely!

alankarshilpa said...

Those beads are nostalgic. And I can see you had fun too. Great picture and post. Dita.

Marlene Cupo said...

So great that your daughters are following in your creative footsteps, and how better to start with than hearts!

BIKBIK AND RORO said...

Eep, how very sweet! I'll bet you could make something really gorgeous out of those beads :)

Courtney said...

You made me smile! I love those hearts. Both of my kids loved making things with those iron beads. I actually have one in my car from YEARS AGO. Makes me smile.

Therese's Treasures said...

Hi Cynthia,
Those are very sweet hearts made by little sweet hands. Yes hearts worth capturing.
Therese

Craftymoose Crafts said...

Thanks for bringing back sweet memories--my daughter used to love making these--she 20 now & I still have a few on my refrigerator that we turned into magnets!

Miss Val's Creations said...

What a fun craft! Your daughter must be so excited to see her work on your blog!!! The hearts are so sweet. :)

Miss Val's Creations said...

What a fun craft! Your daughter must be so excited to see her work on your blog!!! The hearts are so sweet. :)

Magic Love Crow said...

These hearts are so cool! I have never seen this craft before! So pretty!

CraftyHope said...

I remember doing those as a kid and then teaching my nieces how to do them as well. We called them 'fuse beads'. What an awesome subject.

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