New Featured Maker: HAVEN

Oh, Spring. Come on….you can do it! I have seen via Instagram that other parts of the country are in full bloom, but here in the Northeast, Spring seems to be hobbling along. We are so ready open our windows and replace the stale end of winter air with the smell of blossoms and rain and renewal!

That being said, our new Featured Maker was an obvious choice. HAVEN’s home care products are perfect for rejuvenating your home environment with a spring cleaning. Here is why we think so!

1) HAVEN’s products are all natural, botanical, non-toxic, sustainable, AND handcrafted in Brooklyn, NY

All HAVEN products are cruelty-free and free of parabens & harmful preservatives, surfactants & detergents, pthalates, dyes, synthetic scents, phosphates & sulfates, petroleum-derived ingredients, and allergens (try saying that list in one breath!). And how perfect is that? Who wants to tackle Spring Cleaning only to replace dirt and grime with harmful chemicals? To add to this awesomeness, every HAVEN product is multipurpose, and can be combined with other HAVEN products to amplify their cleaning power. This means just a few all natural cleaning products can replace DOZENS of your usual commercial cleaners.

Image via http://www.homeintohaven.com

Here’s an example. This Lemon and Mint All Purpose Cleaner is a favorite in our household.

Here are its ingredients:

Organic Natural Grain Alcohol, Organic Saponified Coconut Oil, Non-GMO Vegetable Glycerin, Essential Oil Blend (Lemon, Organic Lemongrass, & Organic Peppermint)

2) Each home care product HAVEN makes is multipurpose and can be combined with other HAVEN products for even more cleaning power and more uses!

The All Purpose Spray we highlighted above is a great example. Its powerful yet gentle formula makes it great for use on a variety of surfaces, including Countertops, Stainless Steel, Butcher Block & Finished Wood, Laminates, Tile & Porcelain, Painted Surfaces, Appliances, Fabric & Carpet Stains, Sealed Marble & Granite, Glass & Mirror and more.

For a really deep spring cleaning, you can combine the All Purpose spray with HAVEN’s Scrub cleaner. Or combine the Scrub cleaner with her castile Soap to make a paste for use on tough kitchen and bath surfaces.

3) HAVEN offers sustainable and cost effective refill options

Aside from using earth friendly ingredients, HAVEN is also committed to sustainable packaging. For each cleaner, there is a concentrated, sustainably packaged, and economically priced refill, decreasing waste and cost.

Image via http://www.homeintohaven.com

Convinced?

See our whole collection of HAVEN products in our Featured Maker section!

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Celebrating International Women’s Day with a GIVEAWAY!

Three Hearts Home Woman Made Giveaway

Hello wonderful followers!  We are excited to celebrate International Women’s Day with a GIVEAWAY!  This day is important to us as a woman owned and operated business.  We are so proud to support a long list of amazing woman makers here in the US, and fair trade organizations working to empower women in communities across the globe.  For our GIVEAWAY we are offering a small sample of the goods we carry made by women, including a “Luna” print by Worthwhile Paper, Bee’s Wrap, a felted wool heart ornament by House of Moss, a hand printed flour sack dish towel by Kei & Molly Textiles, “Can’t Be Beet” Lip Gloss by The Good Hippie, and a handmade, fair trade coin purse by Dsenyo.  To enter, follow us on Instagram, find our giveaway photo (the image above), and tag a woman or women who inspire you in the comments section.  We would love to hear a little bit about why the woman you tag inspires you, and each tag counts as an entry!  We will draw a winner tomorrow, Monday 3/9/15 at 6:00PM Eastern.

Here’s to STRONG WOMEN.

May we KNOW them.

May we BE them.

May we RAISE them.

-unknown

New Handmade Home and Gift Faves!

The beginning of the year has flown by, and we are just floored that it is already the end of February! We have had a lot of fun stuff happening around here, including NY NOW, where we met lots of amazing new Makers, a decision to STAY PUT at our Pop Up location in Somerville, NJ, and the addition of LOTS of new products by new local and global artisans to our inventory.  If you are local, be sure to stop by the shop and have a look. Not only is it better to see and feel the types of products we carry in person, but there are some products we carry in the shop that aren’t available online!

Here are a few of our favorite new handmade home and gift products.  We hope you enjoy as well!


Hand Poured Soy Candles by Brooklyn Candle Studio

Handmade Mason Jar Soy Candle by Brooklyn Candle Studio. The impeccable styling and sophisticated scents captured by Brookyln Candle Studio make their Mason Jar and Travel Tin candles some of our new favorites.  Hand poured in Brooklyn New York, each candle is made with care, and with only the best ingredients, including soy wax from 100% American-grown soy beans, a lead-free cotton wick primed with vegetable based wax, and premium grade fragrance oils.  With no added dyes or chemicals, these candles are not only a perfect specimen of vintage-inspired-modern style, but eco-friendly as well!

Illustrated Succulent Postcards by Quill & Fox

Hand Illustrated Succulent Postcards by Quill & FoxQuill & Fox has been a great addition to our list of Makers, and is a perfect fit in our stationary section!  We love the sweet illustrations on these succulent notecards, and on the rest of their simple, whimsical notepads and cards, which often feature natural elements and woodland creatures. We love having extra cards like these around to go with a spur of the moment gift, for a random note to say hello, or even to frame together as a collection or around the home.

“Love” All Natural Face, Body + Room Mist by The Good Hippie

The gorgeous All Natural, Vegan, and Handmade skincare and beauty products by The Good Hippie have been a hugely popular part of our Apothecary Collection!  We recently restocked after selling out of several items, and decided to add a new fragrance to our inventory.  In addition to the “Peace” and “Strength” scents we previously offered, we now stock Maker Bri Ussery’s Face, Body + Room Mist and Body Butter in her beautiful “Love” fragrance, featuring a romantic, floral blend of Jasmine, Ylang Ylang, and Lavender. This mist is perfect for setting the mood for a relaxing bath or a romantic evening…Ylang Ylang and Jasmine are known aphrodisiacs! Find this and more products by The Good Hippie here.

Hand Lettered and Illustrated Chalk Art Prints, Cards & More by Lily & Val

Maker Val McKeehan’s designs all start with a blank chalkboard and a piece of chalk. After her meticulous illustrations and hand lettering is complete, her creations are photographed and turned into prints, cards, notepads, wrapping paper, and more. With sweet sayings or well loved quotes, fun lettering, and neutral colors, her unique style fits well with a range of styles. We particularly love her Floral or Happy Birthday Chalkboard Art Wrapping Paper, for making gifts feel extra special!


Which is your favorite? What would you like to see more of?  We love feedback and input from our friends and customers, so we can continue to offer a selection of ethically sourced, handmade home and gift products that you love as much as we do!

Our Holiday Recipe “Must Try” List

There are so many reasons to love this time of the year, and the joy, celebration, and togetherness that the holiday season inspires.  One of our favorite ways to be together and celebrate is through FOOD. This is the general rule for our family at any time of year, but there is no other time of year that compares when it comes to inspiring cozy, hearty meals, decadent, indulgent deserts, and creative cocktails to liven up the festivities.  Here is a little roundup of some of the recipes we have had our eye on this holiday season!

Breakfast

Holiday Recipes Deep Dark Gingerbread Waffles by Smitten Kitchen | Three Hearts Blog
Deep Dark Gingerbread Waffles by Smitten Kitchen
Holiday Recipes Soft Brown Butter & Eggnog Cinnamon Rolls + Whiskey Eggnog Frosting by Local Milk | Three Hearts Blog
Soft Brown Butter & Eggnog Cinnamon Rolls + Whiskey Eggnog Frosting by Local Milk

Snacks and Apps

Holiday Recipes Sweet and Spicy Peanuts by Not Without Salt | Three Hearts Blog
Sweet and Spicy Peanuts by Not Without Salt
Holiday Recipes Mini Sweet Potato Pizzas by Love & Lemons | Three Hearts Blog
Mini Sweet Potato Pizzas by Love & Lemons
Holiday Recipes Roasted Grape + Honey Goat Cheese Crostini by A Beautiful Mess | Three Hearts Blog
Roasted Grape + Honey Goat Cheese Crostini by A Beautiful Mess

Dinner

Holiday Recipes Twice Baked Potatoes with Kale by Smitten Kitchen | Three Hearts Blog
Twice Baked Potatoes with Kale by Smitten Kitchen
Holiday Recipes Holiday Slaw with Roasted Shallot Dressing by Sprouted Kitchen | Three Hearts Blog
Holiday Slaw with Roasted Shallot Dressing by Sprouted Kitchen
Holiday recipes Porcini and Rosemary Crusted Beef Tenderloin with Port Wine Sauce on Food52 | Three Hearts Blog
Porcini and Rosemary Crusted Beef Tenderloin with Port Wine Sauce on Food52

Drink

Holiday Recipes Pomegranate French 75 by Turntable Kitchen | Three Hearts Blog
Pomegranate French 75 by Turntable Kitchen
Holiday Recipes Winter Shandy Punch by 101 Cookbooks | Three Hearts Blog
Winter Shandy Punch by 101 Cookbooks
Holiday Recipes Christmas Aztec Chocolate by Cocorrina | Three Hearts Blog
Christmas Aztec Chocolate by Cocorrina

Sweet Things

Holiday Recipes Red Currant + Strawberry Oat Thyme Crisp by Our Four Forks | Three Hearts Blog
Red Currant + Strawberry Oat Thyme Crisp by Our Four Forks
Holiday Recipes Chai Masala Pumpkin Pie + Black Tea Caramel  by Seven Spoons and Nikole Herriott | Three Hearts Blog
Chai Masala Pumpkin Pie + Black Tea Caramel by Seven Spoons and Nikole Herriott
Holiday Recipes Almond Lace Sandwich Cookies by Love and Olive Oil | Three Hearts Blog
Almond Lace Sandwich Cookies by Love and Olive Oil

Let us know if you try any of these mouth wateringly delicious looking recipes…we would love to hear how they turned out for you.  Wishing everyone a holiday season full of light and love!

Holiday Pop Up Shop in Somerville NJ!

Whew! The past few weeks have been an absolute whirlwind! We are so excited to have opened up a Holiday Pop Up in our sister company’s design showroom in Somerville, NJ! And we will be even more excited if all goes well and we can turn it into a permanent retail space! We knew from the start of our online shop that we wanted to try a Pop Up shop at some point, because it’s a great way of “testing the waters” and seeing how a brick and mortar shop will do in general or in a particular area before setting down permanent roots.

Three Hearts Home Pop Up, Somerville, NJ

We have been overwhelmed by the positive response we have received and the amazing support we have felt from the Downtown Somerville Alliance, other business owners in the area, and the community as a whole. We have had countless guests tell us “this is exactly what Somerville needs!”, and we agree! It is really fun for us to be able to offer something unique in a such a vibrant community that is already home to so many interesting and diverse independent businesses.

We are also incredibly grateful to our sister company, Platinum Designs LLC, who already had so much of the space finished as a showroom. Their unique vision and attention to detail from top to bottom made it so easy for us to make the space feel welcoming, interesting and in line with our value of cultivating comfortable spaces with unique, high quality, and handcrafted elements. It is truly the perfect backdrop for the amazing products we carry by an incredibly talented group of local and global Makers.

We hope you will come see us if you are in the area! And if not, you know where to find us online. Here are a few shots of the shop in its first couple weeks, including some of our favorite details!

ThreeHarts Hom Pop Up Details

New Collection: Fall/Winter 2014

We were so excited to finally launch our Fall/Winter 2014 Collection last week! The timing seems thoroughly appropriate, as here in New Jersey fall seems to have really settled in, turning foliage bright shades of red and yellow, and encouraging forecasted temperature highs to drop ever lower. We’ve gotten our sweaters and scarves out, gone apple picking, and made our first few pots of soup.

With our new collection, we really focused on selecting unique products that (we think) round out our offering quite nicely. We added a new Pet Collection for our customers who share our love for animal companions. We have added a few special products for the upcoming holiday season. We got our Three Hearts Originals line up and running, and are continuing to develop and craft new products to add to it. And we put an emphasis on adding products that make great gifts.

As the seasons change and we start spending more time inside, we also wanted to offer a collection of products that brings elements of the natural world indoors. Our new collection includes handcrafted, 100% US sourced beeswax candles, Terrarium Kits that allow you to create your own, sweet little terrariums, and fun felted wool river rocks and felted wool acorn ornaments created with real acorn caps. And these are just a few of the lovely items we are offering with this new collection. We would love for you to check it out and tell us what you think!

Over the next few weeks we look forward to sharing a bit more about our new products and the Makers behind them. Wishing everyone a lovely week!

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Saturday DIY Roundup

I feel like DIYs were made for Saturdays. They’re fun, yet productive, and perfect for gathering with friends and doing something together. Here are a few DIYs we’d love to try ourselves…let us know if you try them, and how they come out!

1) DIY Succulent Wreaths on Uncovet

DIY Succulent Wreath on Uncovet

DIY Succulent Wreath featuring Willow & Jade's Veronica on Uncovetimages via blog.uncovet.com

These succulent wreaths are just breathtaking! This is one of those DIYs that is sure to impress house guests, who “ooh” and “aah” and ask where you got it. And you blush with pride and tell them you made it yourself. Be prepared for subtle requests disguised as innocent comments, e.g. “that would look AMAZING in my living room!” But hey, the holidays approach and these wreaths not only make stunning decor, but would surely be welcome (and very impressive) handmade gifts. Find the tutorial here, in addition to a link to purchase a completed wreath, for those who are not so DIY inclined.

2) DIY Pumpkin Spice Latte Syrup by House of Earnest

DIY Pumpkin Spice Latte Syrup by House of Earnest

DIY Pumpkin Spice Latte Syrup by House of Earnestimages via www.houseofearnest.com

The long awaited Pumpkin Spice Latte season has finally arrived. But let me make a confession…brace yourselves, and please don’t judge too harshly…I’m not that big a fan of most pumpkin spice lattes.  There I said it. I know it’s all the rage this time of year, and it’s a first-cool(ish)-day-of-the-season tradition for many people. But I find a lot of places use a syrup that to me seems artificial and entirely too sweet. But I LOVE this idea for an all natural, DIY latte syrup, that you can alter to your taste. And you don’t even need a fancy espresso machine to enjoy it…I imagine a splash would be delicious in your morning cup of coffee! This one is definitely on our “make-it” list!

3) DIY Wooden Mosaic Wall Art by A Beautiful Mess

DIY Wooden Mosaic Wall Art by A Beautiful Mess

DIY Wooden Block Mosiac by A Beautiful Messimages via www.abeautifulmess.com

This DIY is super impressive, but doesn’t require any special power tools to complete, unless you want to use your own wood scraps. Mandi at A Beautiful Mess shares a good source for finding the raw wood blocks, already cut and sanded, which significantly reduces the amount of elbow grease required for this project. But if you are ambitious and good with a saw and sander, I say go for it and use those scraps from your last home improvement project! Find their (as always) beautifully photographed and thoroughly explained step by step instructions here.

 


Now go MAKE SOMETHING! And have a wonderful weekend!

 

 

Spotlight: Vintage Glass

So I have a thing for glass. Milk glass, clear glass, green glass, you name it. I spend a LOT of time at antique stores, flea markets, thrift shops, and other gold mines of forgotten treasures, searching for gems for my own home and to share with you in the shop. At some point during most of these adventures, I wind up very reluctantly prying myself away from the glass aisle for fear our One of a Kind collection will turn into a “Mostly Glass, with a Few Other Things (Maybe)” collection.  I’ve done really well so far.

But sometimes, I just can’t resist.  We have several items in the shop now as evidence, and several more on the stock shelves, patiently awaiting their turn on the website.

I really love the Milk Glass Bud Vase (I mean common, it doesn’t even need a flower!), but my favorites are the Antique Medicine Bottles. I love the aqua hue and the bubbles in the glass that result from method used to make glass in the late 1800s when they were created.  They would make great bud vases for just a single stem, but would also be lovely just clustered together with a few other trinkets in a little vignette. Check out our One of a Kind Collection to see other vintage glass vases and serveware we currently have available.

Need some ideas on how to incorporate them into your home? Click on the images below for articles with some more inspiration!

Decorating with Antique and Vintage Glass | Apartment Therapy
Decorating with Antique and Vintage Glass | Apartment Therapy
Décor Crush: Vintage Glass Containers & How To Use Them  Source: Home Decor Ideas – Décor Crush: Vintage Glass Containers & How To Use Them http://blog.freepeople.com/2012/09/dcor-crush-vintage-glass-containers/#ixzz3CO8BBEJY
Décor Crush: Vintage Glass Containers & How To Use Them | Free People Blog

Get the Look: Amelie Inspired

I’m a sucker for movies with stunning cinematography.  Who isn’t though?  One of my favorites combines an enchanting story, whimsical characters, beautiful language, and a gorgeous color palette utilizing vibrant reds and greens. Directed by Jean-Pierre JeunetLe Fabuleux Destin d’Amélie Poulain is commonly referred to simply as “Amelie” in the US. Aside from giving me a warm, fuzzy feeling in my heart, the film gives me a new appreciation for the palette usually reserved for holiday decor.

Screenshots via Facebook.com/AmelieMovie

Haven’t seen the movie?  Find the trailer and select clips HERE…then be prepared to track down a copy of the film as soon as you possibly can.

If you like the look, check out these products, available in our shop.  We’d love to hear what you think in the comments!

Screen Printed "Swiss House" Tea Towel | Three Hearts Home
“Swiss House” Tea Towel, Designed and Hand Printed in New Mexico
Handblown Recycled Glass Tumblers | Three Hearts Home
Fair Trade, Handblown Recycled Glass Tumblers
"Burst" Pillow | Three Hearts Home
Fair Trade, Hand Woven and Hand Screen Printed Pillow | “Burst”
Vintage Anchor Hocking Pressed Glass Bowl | Three Hearts Home
Vintage Anchor Hocking Pressed Glass Bowl
1929 Book of Common Prayer | Three Hearts Home
1929 Book of Common Prayer
One of a Kind Mug by Anna White | Three Hearts Home
One of a Kind Mug by Anna White
"Flowers" Pillow in Red and White | Three Hearts Home
Fair Trade, Hand Woven and Hand Screen Printed Pillow | “Burst”
" Pointy" Hand Printed Wallpaper | Three Hearts Home
Hand Screen Printed Wallpaper | “Pointy”
Red Spine Hand Printed Wallpaper | Three Hearts Home
Hand Screen Printed Wallpaper | “Red Spine”

 

 Have a Great Weekend!

Behind the Scenes: Stamp Making

Okay, you got me.  It was three weeks ago I shared a photo from my stamp making project on Instagram and hinted at a blog post coming “next week” with behind the scene photos of the process.  But better late than never, right?

It has been a busy few weeks around here!  Among other things, we have been working on starting our Etsy Shop (yay!), where we will be featuring the vintage and antique finds from our One of a Kind Collection.  We are also planning a new collection for Fall 2014, and have bookmarked a lot of amazing new products by both American and global artisans.

But let’s put the excuses aside and get to the story!  The inspiration for this project arose with wedding season.  We carry some really special, unique products that make amazing gifts for weddings and other special occasions. We give customers the option to create gift registries. We have even had customers email us in excitement about the products they plan to give as gifts.

And it took long enough, but it finally dawned on us that a piece of the puzzle was missing: Gift Wrapping! As soon as we came to this realization we knew that buying any old gift wrap just wouldn’t do.

I started brainstorming right away.  If you’ve had a chance to read our story, you may remember we are a family of Makers ourselves.  The Matriarch of this Maker family, my Mima, was an incredible artist, and had me and my sisters experimenting with painting, silkscreening, block printing and more from early ages.

You will surely hear more about her in the future, but all that to say, I was happy to have a push to play with a medium that I learned from her so many years ago.  So I raided the boxes upon boxes of supplies we have inherited from her studio, and went out and bought some new Speedball “Speedy-Carve” Rubber Blocks.  They are easier to cut than linoleum, for when you’re just getting back into the game, and also perfect making rubber stamps.

Behind the Scenes: Stamp Making | Three Hearts Home

Among the things I scavenged from our supply closet were two fish stamps Mima made, a few cross-sections of bones she had used for printing, a small square stamp, a cork, and an unused rubber eraser.  Rubber erasers are also great for cutting small stamps, so I picked up a few more myself.

Like most projects, it’s best to start with a few sketches:

Behind the Scenes: Stamp Making | Three Hearts Blog

I started with the smallest design, and changed it a bit to make it simpler.  Then I drew the pattern on my rubber stamp and got out my linoleum cutters and handle (find a set here).

Behind the Scenes: Stamp Making | Three Hearts Blog

And here we go! With relief printing, you cut away the parts you do not want to print. I started by using the No. 6 blade, which is a knife versus a gouge, to remove the rubber around the edges.  Then I switched to a medium sized gouge to dig out the spaces around my pattern, always being careful to rotate my piece so that I was pushing the blade away from myself. With just a few very careful cuts, my first stamp was finished.

Behind the Scenes: Stamp Making | Three Hearts Blog

Next I moved on to a more detailed design: the feather.  For this one I used the piece of Easy-Carve rubber I bought, and started by using scissors to cut a piece of the 4×6 block that was appropriate for the size of my design.  Then, like before, I drew my design onto the stamp. There are also ways to transfer printed designs onto the rubber blocks, if you aren’t comfortable drawing them on yourself.

Behind the Scenes: Stamp Making | Three Hearts Home

Now we begin cutting!  I typically start by cutting around the edges of my design, and then move on to more detailed cutting.  This feather has some pretty delicate lines, so the very fine gouge you see in the photo below came in handy!

Behind the Scenes: Stamp Making | Three Hearts Home

Behind the Scenes: Stamp Making | Three Hearts Home

Behind the Scenes: Stamp Making | Three Hearts Home

Finally, I used scissors to cut off the extra rubber on the edges.  Ideally I would have cut my original piece a bit smaller, leaving just a little room on either side so as not to waste any of the block.

Behind the Scenes: Stamp Making | Three Hearts Home

The last stamp I made required a little more thought.  I wanted to do a hexagon shape, so the drawing I made on the block needed to be more precise and warranted scrounging around my office space for a ruler.  I followed the same basic process for this stamp as well–drawing my design, and cutting away the rubber around it, and trimming around the edges with scissors.

  Behind the Scenes: Stamp Making | Three Hearts Blog

I have to admit, I took a moment to admire the mess the project left behind.  I just love all the little pieces, varying in thickness depending on which gouge I used.  And yes…I know that’s a little crazy, but you all don’t mind, do you?

Behind the Scenes: Stamp Making | Three Hearts Home

So between the objects and stamps I found in Mima’s stash, and the three new ones I made, I have a lot to work with for the wrapping paper design! Over the past couple of weeks I have been playing with them using white paint on recycled kraft paper.  I can’t wait to share the results and add the gift wrap option to the shop.  I would love to hear which design is your favorite in the comments!

Behind the Scenes: Stamp Making | Three Hearts Home

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