I have always had a love for hearts. I use that image everywhere. They just make me feel good.

While I was in Nelson, recently, I asked a friend to create a heart for me and loved being a part of the design and creation process.

Initially the heart was intended just for me to wear…

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I thought of the aroha/love being created and wanted to share it with you.

So… here they are. Hopefully they make you feel as good as I do about wearing them.

I’m not sure how many of these hearts Martin will be able to create, so these may be a limited run. We shall see.

Whatever happens know that they are “Uniquely Heartfelt” and that I hope you “love” them as much as I do.

I first met Martin de Ruyter, his wife Karen and their son Troy when I was performing at an event at the Nelson School of Music around 25 years ago. Martin is Chief Photographer of the Nelson Mail and over the years he has taken photos of me which I really love 🙂 .

Recently Martin has had a leave of absence from “the office” to recover from PTSD. During this time he’s lent is gifted eye and talented hand to Spitfire Trench Art; turning empty bullet casings into Poppy broaches and old coins (half penny’s and half crowns) into pendants and broaches. As Martin heads back to taking photos for the Mail, he is excited to continue to develop his passion of creating something new out of something old.

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His recent design – a positive tick led me to ask him to try his hand at creating a heart. Basing it loosely on a couple of images I provided him as an example of what I was hoping to achieve, Martin set to with great enthusiasm and made this first batch within days; handmade pin included.

I love the way that each heart is unique in its shape and its attitude. Some are softer and rounder, others more angular; but each has been made from the heart – Martin’s and mine.


Product Description: A brooch made from one Half Crown coin.

I love the way that each heart is hand crafted, which means it is unique in its shape and its attitude. Some are softer and rounder, others more angular; but each has been made from the heart – Martin’s and mine.

Approximate Size.
Wide: 30mm – 35mm | Height: 30mm – 35mm