I think most of you who know me, know I have always had a love for hearts. I use their image in my SM posts and sign off most notes with a (red heart, blue heart, green heart, purple heart)

I wear them as items of jewelry. You will even find them around our house; in pictures, as ornaments and as crafts. I’m sure I don’t have to say why, but I will… they just make me feel good.

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So many of my wonderful friends are artists. While I was in Nelson, recently, I had friends create two hearts for me. Initially the hearts were intended just for me to wear. But I love the designs and I love that I was a part of the creation – they make my heart sing – and I love the thought of aroha/love being shared, so… I thought I’d share these hearts with you and hopefully they make you feel good as they do me.

I’m not sure how many of these hearts my friends 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: Made from one Half Crown coin. Each pendant is hand crafted which means it is a unique to itself as it is to you.

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


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: Made from one Half Crown coin. Each pendant is hand crafted which means it is a unique to itself as it is to you.

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


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.

Read More

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: Made from one Half Crown coin. Each pendant is hand crafted which means it is a unique to itself as it is to you.

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


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.

Read More

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: Made from one Half Crown coin. Each pendant is hand crafted which means it is a unique to itself as it is to you.

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