Monday, February 13, 2012

Find Handmade Beauty with Macy's Heart of Haiti Collection {Review & Giveaway}

Heart of Haiti logo{This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations, Krystalynn!}

Valentine's Day is one holiday that manages to conjure up strong feelings on both ends of the spectrum. In love? Then you might spend February 14th in a happy, go-lucky fog. Not so in love? Then there's a chance that all of the hearts and cupids and boxes of chocolates at every turn just aren't your thing.

But no matter what your personal feelings are about Valentine's Day, this year we can all come together for something bigger and better. Because this year you can help support families in Haiti that are rebuilding their lives after the 2010 earthquake by making a purchase from the Macy's Heart of Haiti collection.

Heart of HaitiHelping Haitian families construct and restore their lives after the devastating earthquake two years ago, items in the Heart of Haiti collection use some of the most unlikely materials to create metalwork, ceramics, quilts, paintings, jewelry and other home decor items and accessories.

From raw materials such as recycled oil drums and wrought iron to paper-mâché and stone, each item is handmade by a Haitian master artisan. By creating art that reflects their rich culture and history, artisans have a sustaining income to provide nutrition, education and health care for their families.

Macy's Heart of HaitiHaiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere and, despite the earthquake, people there are filled with hope and a desire to improve their lives through employment. Although options are very limited in this country, Heart of Haiti is a "Trade, Not Aid" initiative launched by artist and social entrepreneur, Willa Shalit, The Clinton Bush Haiti Fund and Macy's.

By providing artists with an opportunity to make a living, feed their families, and pay their children's school fees (school in Haiti is not free), they are able to support their families with dignity and purpose. In fact, the Heart of Haiti collection has led to employment of 750 artists in Haiti, providing financial benefits for an estimated 4,000 to 5,000 people in the country.

Heart of Haiti collectionAs well as being such a great cause, the Heart of Haiti collection features a variety of items that can only be described as beautiful. I was fortunate to have the chance to see the Heart of Haiti Songbird Picture Frame and the Heart of Haiti Goddess Heart Pendant in person and was in awe of the talent and skill that went into making such stunning pieces.

Heart of Haiti reviewPainstakingly cut, hammered and varnished by hand, the Songbird Picture Frame is created out of steel from recycled barrels. The handmade, one-of-a-kind rustic beauty that this frame encompasses gives it a much more unique look than traditional, mass-produced frames that you'll find in the store.

Every time I look at this frame I am amazed by the way that Haiti's master artisans are able to make such detailed, intricate carvings and markings out of something so mundane as recycled steel. The results make such an attractive and artistic place to display photos of my favorite people and places!

handmade picture frameThe Heart of the Goddess Pendant is also handcrafted in steel cut from recycled barrels and measures in at approximately 1½" tall. Hung on a 29" black cord, this pendant demonstrates the creativity and beauty that Haiti's artisans can create out of a simple texture on a classic heart.

Heart of Haiti pendantThis pendant makes a great gift for yourself or a loved one for Valentine's Day as well as beyond. The $10 price tag is affordable in itself, but when you take into account the meaning and wonderful support for families in Haiti, that just makes it even more beautiful.

With more than 40 home decor items including quilts, handmade decormetalwork, ceramics, paintings, vases, candleholders, serving trays, picture frames, mirrors, coasters, necklaces, clutch purses and more, you're sure to find pieces you'll adore from Heart of Haiti.

The collection is made almost entirely from recycled and sustainable items such as old cement bags, cardboard, oil drums & local gommier wood and can be found exclusively at 25 Macy's stores around the country and on Macy's.com. Most items fall in the price range of $25-$60 but the added benefit of feeling that you've supported something great? Priceless.

Thanks to the generosity of Macy's Heart of Haiti, one person will be able to celebrate in the love of this collection as well, because...

One lucky person will win a Heart of Haiti Goddess Heart Pendant!

Heart of Haiti giveawayTo enter to win: Leave me a comment telling me what would happen on your dream Valentine's Day. Vacation? Presents? Family time? Ignoring it completely?

Extra Entries (available after the mandatory entry above is completed; please leave a separate comment for each entry in order for them to be counted).

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Giveaway will end on March 5th at 11:59pm CST. By entering this sweepstakes, you are agreeing to these official rules. No purchase necessary, void where prohibited by law. Do me the favor of leaving an email address or making absolutely sure it is visible in your profile, I have to have a way to contact the winner. The winner will be chosen by random.org and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to contact me or respond to notification or a new winner will be chosen. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning and the giveaway sponsor is solely responsible for prize fulfillment. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and entrants must be 18 years of age or older.

A big thank you to the Everywhere team for providing a Songbird Picture Frame and Goddess Heart Pendant for me to review as well as a Goddess Heart Pendent for one lucky giveaway winner. The opinions shared are my own and honest and if you really need to see more, click here to see how I roll.

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Kelly said...

This is such a wonderful post! I work with Everywhere for Heart of Haiti and we can't tell you how much we appreciate the kind review! Thanks so much!

Linda W. said...

What beautiful items they have! To answer your question about Valentine's Day- as much as i would love to have a nice relaxing night with my family- i have to work that night. email subscriber walk9@att.net

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my dream valentine's day would be to be with an affectionate, intelligent man.

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Spending time with my husband WITHOUT kids!

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A day with my husband without ANY distractions. No kids, work, etc. Just us

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AmandaSue said...

Just a nice quiet day enjoy it with the one I love. Chocolate doesn't hurt either ;)

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What a great post
My dream valentine would be to go a local bookstore with my husband and browse drinking a great cup of coffee
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On my dream Valentine's Day, my husband would have someone clean the house for me while I relaxed at a spa all day getting ready for a nice dinner out.

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My dream Valentine's Day would involve sitting on the beach with a fruity drink in hand. But then again, that is my dream every day. ;-)

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Anonymous said...

My dream V-day happened today, I received candy, a teddy bear, a nice heart box, a card & breakfast. I couldn't have been happier.

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PAIGE said...

Ignore VD and had a Pity Party. Sigh.
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crystletellerday said...

dinner and a movie with the man of my dreams crystletellerday@yahoo.com

Jean said...

Dream Valentine's Day - dinner at a restaurant, paid for by someone other than myself!

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We would be on a cruise to Hawaii on my dream Valentine's

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I would spend Valentine's Day at home watching our family's favorite show on tv and snuggling on the couch with a big bowl of popcorn!!
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Elif said...

On my ideal valentines day I'd get time with just my hubby, knowing all 4 kids are happy and cared for....
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mverno said...

go out for dinnerand dancing and home for romance later
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Kristen said...

My dream Valentines Day would be being whisked away to Europe for a long romantic vacation!

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My dream Valentine's day would be Prince Andrew taking me out on his private yacht in the Caribbean and proposing.
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Just spend a quiet day with my husband and end it with a candle light meal

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Anonymous said...

On my dream birthday which is also Valentine's day, my husband would surprise me with a trip anywhere and lots of flowers with a day filled with no angry words.


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lyndsey said...

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Kelly Marceau said...

All of the above! A vacation to some far off place with dinner and gifts with my family!
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My perfect valentines day would be spent exploring a new location my husband and I have never been. Then we would relax back at the resort in our private hot tub.

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My dream Valentine's would be a mini-vacation with my husband... maybe northern CA or Oregon.
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Kristy said...

I'd love to have Hubby cook me dinner, then watch a good movie!!

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won said...

Ignoring it completely.

My dream valentine's day came in 1997 when I went to the hospital in labor with my son.

Now it's on ignore...except the birthday party the following day!

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My Dream Vacation would be at a beach with my hubby.

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A night out without kids at my favorite restaurant.

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