Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Ruby Tuesday - Heart is All Around

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Precious stone heart pendant in perfect shape and colour from Swedish company U it's u. Still waiting for the perfect inspirational moment to turn it into a necklace for me, myself and I only.

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Another adorable handmade heart in stone, from small fair trade shop in Stockholm, African Touch.


For those urgent times in life, be woman or man, just look for the sign of a heart. Yes we Swedes - for some reason I haven't bothered investigate - like to decorate our toilet doors with a heart. Clearly even the most mundane moment in life calls for a heart.

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However. Saving clause. My fondness for hearts doesn't mean I'm embracing the whole commercial hullabaloo surrounding a certain upcoming Valentine's Day. I just like their shape and sentiment. All year round.


Felisol said...

Hi, Pia K,
I like your hearts as well.
This oldest toilet doors I have seen with a heart on them, were old fashioned "outdoor toilets", no water,no electricity, no nothing except the whole, some newspapers and often a picture of the royal family.
To provide light and fresh air a Greek cross or a heart was carved through the door. Up high so that peepers wouldn't get a look.
When Norwegians talk about the door with a heart on, everybody will immediate now,- it's just the toilet.
From Felisol

Dora said...

I like the red ruby shown in the 2nd pic. :)

Happy Valentine's Day!

Ralph said...

The heart shape is always eye-catching, and always seeems a natural in red. The heart shaped necklace you think of is a perfect place for a heart.

I had not considered bathrooms and hearts. In the USA, the old outdoor 'outhouses' had a quarter moon on their doors...not a heart. And I have no idea as to why the moon!

EG CameraGirl said...

I agree that the heart shape is very appealing. No need to save it for just one day. ;-)

My Ruby Tuesday post is at
More of Me - EG

Kaylia Metcalfe said...

h, never knew that about the hearts on the bathroom doors... very odd but rather nice as well.

Very nice RT :) Mine will be up soon -I hope-

Terry said...

Yes Pia K
I remember those out door toilets too with hearts on them and half moons!
Yuk! They were awful things those out houses!

You are right. It should be Valentines Day all year round!

The second heart with all of the little white stars is nice. They could even be little white snow flakes too.......Love Terry

Unknown said...

love the heart in your toilet door.:D it'll be interesting to know why a heart decorates your toilet door.

Becky said...

I like your hearts. And that's funny about the toilet doors.

My RT is up. here, if you get a chance to stop by.

Raven said...

What a wonderful collection of hearts. Hope your valentine is good to you.

Pia K said...

Oh, Felisol, it seems like Norweigans and Swedes have very very similar traditions with the out doors toilet and the hearts, and the royal family being pinned to the wall, so to say, there. I clearly remember that from my old relatives country houses and such. I'm sure it wasn't very nice to visit there in the winters but it's kind of quaint today.
Although, granted, I do love the modern WC...:)

Glad you found a favourite, Dora:)

Well, Ralph, I can think of an answer to the moonshape on the outdoors, somehow the heart seems a bit sweeter then, or perhaps it's just my imagination:)

YEGTG, no no reason at all, celebrations all year around, big or small, that's the way to go!

Anonymous said...

Brimming red hearts!!! Enjoy your week!

Pia K said...

Kay, RT is all about enlightening, and red:)

Thanks for visting, Terry, always with a personal and thoughtful comment!

luna miranda, perhaps that should be my mission of the week then;)

Becky, thanks for visiting.

Dianne said...

lovely collection of hearts! I really like the second one

Eaton Bennett aka Berenice Albrecht said...

Love the heart in the snow, gorgeous.
Happy Valentines Day! :)

Anonymous said...

One of the nicest shape for ornaments is still the heart. Often pretty and appealing :)
Happy St Valentine's Day!

Anonymous said...

I love hearts too, despite the hubub about Valentine's day.
Your collection is beautiful!

Robin said...

In the US the hole they cut in the outhouse (outdoor toilet) door was a moon :).

I love your sweet hearts. I'd use that first one for a key chain.

Anonymous said...

I like your hearts, too!


Pia K said...

Glad you thought so, Dianne.

Thanks, Eaton B!

napaboaniya, I wholeheartedly agree with that:)

Thanks, Nicole!

Well, Robin, that would be a pretty darn expensive keychain then...;)

That's nice, Paz:)

maryt/theteach said...

Great, great post, pia! And I don't know why you decorate toilets with a heart but it's a very nice tradition! Ha! :)

soulbrush said...

always think of hearts as only red, but these are definitely a wow!

Pia K said...

Thanks, Mary T!

Oh, soulbrush, hearts are amazing in any colour I think:)

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