It’s the time of year when heart-shaped everything starts popping up. Candy, cards, you name it. This is such a ubiquitous motif that it’s easy to dismiss or take for granted. It only recently occurred to me that the heart symbol we so frequently use looks nothing like the actual organ (and a brief Google search turns up a myriad of possible origins). Regardless, if you take a step back and really think about it, it’s kind of amazing how much meaning we’ve shoved into one (effectively arbitrary) shape.
So this Valentine’s Day, I decided to celebrate the most obvious of motifs and make a few heart-shaped potpourri pillows.
Each one is stuffed with crushed walnut shells, rose buds, and Ralph Lauren’s Sparkling Sky motif. I quilted the tops (as you can see) and included a layer of muslin within so keep the potpourri from directly touching the front and back fabrics, each of which is a different pattern.
The pillows are about 9″ long and 8″ wide so they’re a nice sturdy size, and the crushed walnut shells give them a respectable weightiness.
And they’re all for sale!
I’m thinking some heart-shaped coasters might be next.