Thursday, February 11, 2010

Reuse & Repurpose: Be Still My Heart

There must be no organ in the human body as celebrated as the heart, for no matter what we say or do, it always seems to come up as a topic of conversation.

The feeling of being wronged or dejected might be followed by a broken heart. When delivering a sincere message of sentiment or thanks, you might offer your words with all your heart. There's a Southern phrase that when uttered, the definition, depending on the intonation and the situation, can be taken as a compliment or as a softener to a rude comment or criticism: "Why, bless your heart." And then we talk of the fragility of the heart, as represented in this whimsical wonder created by master printer and collage artist Robert Warner, whose inimitable talent is featured here in the New York Times.

Robert saves tossed-out scraps of paper, forgotten photographs and old office supplies from the garbage heap by turning them into treasures like this heartwarming Valentine made out of old shipping labels, a piece of thin cardboard and a piece of twine. You could interpret this pair of hearts in many ways, but it made me think of the Blondie anthem, "Heart of Glass," the '80s ditty "Two of Hearts," and the romantic description of "two hearts that beat as one."

What, may I ask, does your heart say to you?

Always Frugal, Always Fabulous!

The Elegant Thrifter


  1. What an inspiration Robert is - thanks for the introduction - Marvelous post!!

  2. Terrific post, great NYT heart-warming story and wonderful ideas from Robert Warner.
    Thank you!!

  3. Wonderful image...thank you! smiles.

  4. My heart says "i love your blog!" Great posts, so happy I found you. I'll be back, xx

  5. Handle With Care........ a lovely messsage for all. Great post and artsy image, Dianne

  6. Beautiful post... especially loved reminiscing over the 80's tunes! HAPPY VALENTINES to you & yours...

    Posted your book & link on my blog. I LOVE that there is a "Y" on the chair...
    :D Lynda (w/a Y)



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