Thursday, January 28, 2010


My year long project of a new art bead each month is now on February, which seems easy enough. But I didn't want the heart to symbolize "Love". I wanted it to be narrowed down; what love means to me, in my daily life, in my relationships, in my future. So I chose "Ardent" as my word for the month.

Ardent is defined by;
1. having, expressive of, or characterized by intense feeling; passionate; fervent: an ardent vow; ardent love.
2. intensely devoted, eager, or enthusiastic; zealous: an ardent theatergoer. an ardent student of French history.
3. vehement; fierce: They were frightened by his ardent, burning eyes.
4. burning, fiery, or hot: the ardent core of a star.

(© Random House, Inc. 2010)

Upon reading this very definition, I was more motivated then ever to be intensely devoted, enthusiastic and vehement with my love. And so with this passion I created the Ardent Heart.

I am making a bracelet for my little girl with one of the pink hearts. She stood there by my clay table and helped me make heart after heart after heart. She tried so hard to shape her hearts like mama and her perseverance was touching. I sincerely hope I sell a few because I want to go to her with the money and give it her and say "Someone wanted one of your beads!"  I will have her help me wrap it and send it off. She loves being involved with business affairs!

I am also giving away an Ardent Heart kit!

This kit is carefully put together with an Ardent Heart in antiqued red, bright red sari silk bundle, heat painted copper wire, a beautiful mix of beads containing Swarovski crystals, red wood, vintage orange glass, Miyuki squares, orange freshwater pearls, trumpet flower beads, ab hearts in topaz, vintage enameled flowers in peach, a copper heart charm and a patinated heart scroll in addition to a tube of fiery seed beads with yellow, orange, red, copper and bronze.  What could you make with such a Flaming Ardent Heart kit?

 Tweet it, blog it, facebook it and leave me a comment each time you do, I will have Miss Pinkerton draw a name on Thursday the 4th. Be sure to leave an email address with one of your comments so I can get your mailing address. I have very special wrapping for this kit so it arrives as a beautiful gift to your Ardent self!

Lisa of Lucid Moon Studios won!
Thanks, everyone, for leaving a comment! I will have another give-a-way at the end of February.  


  1. the red is so rich & deep on this heart, nice work.

  2. these are beautiful! and your word is so perfect... will let you know when i blog... but for now i am going to your shop to buy a bead - yes, because i really love them but also so your daughter can know how much they are appreciated...

  3. What a lovely heart! So sweet! I tweeted your giveaway!

  4. I just love the colors in the sari silks...and what a sweet heart.


  5. I love the Ardent Heart kit! Perfect for Valentine's Day. I will tweet and blog later today and leave seperate comments for them. Thanks for the great giveaway!!


  6. O.k...blogged about it here:


  7. ...twittered here:

    Fingers crossed!!

  8. How fun! I just love me a good giveaway! Please throw my name in the hat,
    and PICK ME!!

  9. I have a dear friend who is "ardent" in all she does. This is for her, if I am picked.

  10. Beautiful hearts and lovely sentiment~please enter me in your drawing!

  11. Thank so much for the great giveaway I tweeted

  12. so very pretty! I love your blog :)


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