Saturday, December 15, 2012

holiday hours 2013....

happy holidays friends!

our holiday hours are going to be the same as as our usual hours, with an additional day...

we will be open this monday 12/17  *11-6*

next week regular hours - tues - sat *11-6*

sunday 12/23 *11-5*

closed christmas eve and christmas day - *rest and enjoy*

we will be back on wednesday 11/26 *11-6*....


Friday, December 7, 2012

pinon and mesquite love...

my mother moved to austin from santa fe last november. i have spent the last several holidays there and it is beautiful in the winter.

two of my favorite smells ever that conjure fond me memories for me is the pinon scent in santa fe at holiday time and the mesquite smell in tucson when it rains.

we are now carrying incienso de santa fe sampler set - pinon, cedar, juniper, hickory, alder, mesquite, fir balsam and a handy little holder.

these incense are a perfect fit for out handmade cedar house incense burner.

since it is not cold here in austin i need all the help i can get to create a cozy holiday feel.


Thursday, December 6, 2012

special japanese calendars...

we are happy to be selling two special japanese desk top calendars this season.

one of the calendars is created by Keisuke Serizawa. Serizawa was born in 1895 and passed in 1984. he was authorized as a living national treasure in 1956. 

Keisuke Serizawa learned a lot about the method of BINGATA and stencil hand-dying in Okinawa. Afterwards, he perfected the real essence of designing stencil patterns. There are no cut corners or poor quality in his works. Though he always strove for the best work, he nevertheless hated extremely exaggerated work. He put emphasis on the ordinary. This is the greatest characteristic in his view of beauty and is the reason why he was one of the great leaders of the Mingei movement.

i love the emphasis on the ordinary.

the second of the calendars we have is created by artist Shiro Imada. another sweet and simple calendar to bring joy throughout the year.


Keisuke Serizawa calendar

Shiro Imada calendar

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

thank you....

i want to wish everyone safe travels and a wonderful holiday weekend.

i dont know why this concept is so hard sometimes, something i am continually working on.

today i am thankful for many things, including:

beautiful weather
feeling better
the ability to change
words of wisdom
pep talks
the ability to be flexible

thanks to all of you for who you are.


Friday, November 16, 2012

grandma and her cat...

Thirteen years ago, photographer Miyoko Ihara began snapping pictures of the budding relationship between her now 88-year-old grandmother, Misa, and her odd-eyed kitten, Fukumaru. Since Misa found the cat abandoned in a shed, the pair have barely ever been apart.

there is something so sweet about these photos, when i look at them i tear up...

hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!


Saturday, October 27, 2012

be curious...

when i think of the unknown i get scared sometimes, then i try to think, don't be scared it's going to ge ok. keep going.

i am going to work on embracing this concept of replacing fear of the unknown with curiosity.

whoever came up with this concept, thank you!

hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend and enjoying the cool austin weather...


Saturday, October 20, 2012

so many cute calendars...

here at take heart we love calendars and now have some old and new favorites at the shop.

i take time picking out the calendar i'm going to use for the year because it is something i look to everyday throughout the year...

hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!


apak calendar

nikki mcclure calendar

1canoe2 letterpress calendar

Friday, October 12, 2012


we are very into drinking vessels here at take heart. we especially love glass travel bottles and i think we hit pay dirt with cuppow! it is a BPA free lid that can make any regular mouth mason jar into travel mug for hot or cold beverages. we are now selling cuppow + 16 oz. mason jars...

hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!


thank you cuppow for the photo

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

perfect imperfections...

i love the concept that we are perfect in our imperfections. i am good at seeing the beauty in the imperfections in objects, but not as good as being so loving towards the imperfections in people (myself in particular)...

i see the beauty in the new handmade cutting boards we are now carrying. they have lots of character and beautiful imperfections.

we have the boards in a various shapes and sizes. they are made of brazilian imbuia and handmade here in austin by michael brozgul of ed wood studios.

thank you michael!


mug by brey fogle pottery / handmade in austin

mesquite + brass serving utensils / handmade in mexico

handmade pottery dish by brey fogle pottery

vintage mug

Friday, August 31, 2012

forest bunnies...

when kathryn davis brought these into the shop today, i almost cried the bunnies are so cute.
made out of recycled fabric and organic wool stuffing.
these bunnies are even wearing cashmere sweaters...

thank you kathryn!


Wednesday, August 29, 2012

beaded peyote stitch necklaces...

after much hunting, i found the source of these beautiful beaded peyote stitch necklaces that we are now proud to have at take heart.

they are thoughtfully created by a anna weber in oregon.


Thursday, August 2, 2012

wood + brass...

in addition to the lovely wood and brass necklaces we have been carrying, we now have bracelets with a colorful detail...

we love the light weight feel and special nature of this jewelry.


thank you kelsey for the photos

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

movies in the summer..

i love movies and summer is a perfect time to hunker down in the AC...

i have watched some awesome movies recently that i had never seen (or had not seen in so long it was like watching it for the first time).

movies can change my perspective and make me feel refreshed...

here is to new/old movies...


alice doesn't live here anymore

martin scorsese

kris kristofferson and ellen burstyn


jailhouse rock

elvis and judy tyler



michael caine


the conversation

francis ford coppola

gene hackman


Sunday, July 29, 2012

year one, its been a good one...

i want to thank everyone who came out to our one year anniversary party last night, it was a great time! 

thanks to our wonderful featured artist xochi solis, music by rebecca patek and friend and the debut of the ' y'all scream' treat truck you will be seeing around town...

thanks for all the love and support...xo

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

we love artist: xochi solis...

we are honored to be featuring the artwork by Austin artist ,Xochi Solis, who we will be showing at our one year anniversary party this Saturday July 28 4-8 pm...her work will be up the entire month of August.

see more work on her lovely website:

also, check out the wonderful write-up on Xochi in the most recent issue of tribeza...


Sunday, July 15, 2012

old habits die hard...

procrastination is an old habit for me. this is something i am dealing with today and something i want to work on.

old habits can be hard to break. i realize postponing tasks adds stress to my life and the sooner i get the task done i can let go of the stress. when i do this i am getting in the way of my own best interest.

i am going to take a closer look at this behavior and work on not putting these tasks off because i know doing them promptly is in my best interest. they are never as bad as i anticipate and i always feel better when i am done.

im telling myself: do the right thing now and dont dwell what you have not done. act now. focus on today.

i just wanted to put this out there....

can anyone relate?


thank you squeak carnwath

Saturday, July 14, 2012

new aromatherapy diffuser...

although our old aromatherapy diffuser was very cute, we have decided to try a new one...

our new diffuser is BPA free and has the option to change colors or not.

we love our new diffuser and i am loving the italian bergamot oil in the shop right now.


Friday, July 6, 2012

bow bins...

happy friday!

we are now happy to be carrying bow bins, designed by cordula kehrer.

these cheerful wastebaskets are made by the indigenous Aeta people of the Philippines using traditional basket weaving techniques and sustainably harvested rattan.

hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!


Saturday, June 30, 2012

summer fun...

hello friends,

take heart will be taking a short summer vacation next week.

we will be closed monday 7/2, tuesday 7/3 and wednesday 7/4...

we hope you all are having a wonderful summer, have a safe july 4th and we will be back in the shop thursday 7/5 our regular hours - 11-6.


emily mcdowell illustration

Friday, June 22, 2012

herbivore botanicals...

we are happy to be carrying herbivore botanicals soap and bath salts.

handmade in seattle, 100% natural + vegan and great smelling...

the bath salts come in three options: calm, detox + renew.

the soaps come in lovely and unique scents such as ylang ylang + tangerine and chamomile + calendula.


Sunday, June 17, 2012

sweet summer pillows...

we now have a wonderful new line of pillows...

lovely comfy pillows, hemp and organic cotton, designed, hand screen printed and sewn in georgia.

all pillows are 18"...dogs, geese, cacti...


grey dogs

handmade remnant pillow

flying geese

Friday, June 8, 2012

thanks dad...

fathers day is sunday june 17th and we have some cute cards and items that may be a good fit for your dad...

im very thankful for my dad for many things. for his endless support, teaching me good lessons early on that have stuck with me, such as:

-always be good to animals
-never litter
-girls can do anything boys can do
-pay cash

thanks dad!


Sunday, May 27, 2012

handmade geo planters...

we recently received a batch of handmade terra-cotta and white geo planters, handmade in brooklyn by mgmy.

these planters come in large and medium sizes and look wonderful with a succulent or air plant...


thank you mgmy for the photo

Thursday, May 24, 2012

new shelves...

thank you BDJ Craftworks for these awesome new shelves behind the sales counter!

they are perfect for my sweet and special nic-nacs...