Thursday, February 10, 2011

~Have a Heart ~

The happy, whimsical art of Mary Engelbreit has
long delighted many of us and filled our lives with joy.

"Have a Heart"

Each of Mary's witty sayings brings a smile to
my face, and this is certainly among one of my favorites!

This card is from 1994.

The little heart shaped box is 

dated 1996 by Michael and Co.

Both inspired this needlepoint pillow

that I stitched all those many years ago.

With oodles of decorative stitches to create texture and dimension,

this project offered hours of fun with my needle in hand.

Here it is again on a 

pinkolicious heart shaped tin.

You can click here to see my other
Mary Engelbreit valentine tins in a previous post.

Plate, 1988, by Applause Inc.

Another of Mary's words of wisdom:

" TWO hearts are better than ONE."

There's no better time to share

one's heart than on Valentine's Day.

And a heart shaped box full of chocolates

is often the perfect valentine.

I've gathered my Mary Engelbreit valentine boxes together to share with you today. This tray vignette served as a centerpiece here for a chocolate inspired Valentine's Day table set for two.

Collected through the years, each box is made of paper

and ready to fill with one's own SURPRISE.

This one proclaims another 

of my favorite M.E. sayings.

Sweetie Pie 

is too cute for words.

LOVE and another with

Ann Estelle and her friend, Gracie sharing a secret.

ALWAYS and the reverse of the

Ann Estelle and Gracie box above,

"Life has no blessing like a good friend."

PUT YOUR HEART IN IT ~ Always the best of advice.

The front of the Have a Heart Box shown above

and a sweet garden of hearts box:

"Sow good services, sweet

remembrances will grow from them."

I think we'll all agree, 

Mary Engelbreit is the

Queen of Hearts!

Two new designs for this year with Mary's

stylized flowers and checkerboard patterns.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Have a heart before heading over to the following parties.

Click the links below to join in the fun.


The summer we married, my husband was in graduate school, and I was employed as a teacher. We took a portion of our savings that summer and purchased a sailboat. We christened our Catalina 22, “Hyacinths For The Soul” after Saadi’s poem. Our "Hyacinths" provided years of pleasure.


  1. Hi Sarah:
    LOVE all your Engelbreit pieces. All her designs are so joyful. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Oh my goodness, you certainly have a lovely Mary Engelbreit collection.



  3. What a bright and cheery collection.. Shall we call you Mary? :)

  4. Your pillow is absolutely beautiful Sarah! Happy Valentine's Weekend:@)

  5. What a cute collection of ME. They are so colorful and whimsical, how can't you smile when you see them Happy Valentines day! XO

  6. What a fabulous collection of ME hearts Sarah - her art has always been so cheerful and uplifting. The pillow you stitched is beautiful - a treasure for certain.

    Hope all is well there after yet another storm. Bob was delayed in Dallas while de-icing was necessary on Wed. evening, but made it home safely thank goodness. He had great weather in LA and enjoyed dinner while the Pacific lapped at his feet at Laguna Beach - lucky guy!

    I'm off to visit Paula in San Francisco next week - hope I get good weather for the adventures planned!

    Happy weekend dear.

  7. Look at all those cute boxes. You have such wonderful collections.

  8. I sound like a broken record..I love your collections..her sayings have always been inspirational to me..I love ME too..Adorable post as always~

  9. What a gorgeous collection of ME heart boxes, I never knew that you had so many.
    Love the cushion.
    Sending Valentine hugs to you & Mr A.

  10. Hello Sarah!
    What a talent you have to make that needlepoint pillow! My gosh!
    I do miss ME's magazine Home Companion. She's great!
    - Susan

  11. Dear Sarah,
    whow, what a beautiful heart-cushion you made. That's a real work of love. My o my, I am amazed about this artwork. Soooo beautiful. And all the cute things, you have. Your house must be full with wonderful things. I just love that post.
    Greetings, Johanna

  12. I love your pillow its so sweet. You are very talented, and what a great idea to use for inspiration. I also love the sweetie pie tin, his little face is just so precious.

  13. Love all your ME heart cute all grouped together.

  14. Oh how beautiful! I am visiting via the Valentine linky.
    I wanted to invite you to the two linky parties I am planning. The first will be on February 23~ High Tea Tablescapes. Details can be found on my Wednesday posts. There will be PRIZES!

    Happy Valentine's Day!

  15. Oh I love this fun and whimsical post Sarah!
    You have quite the collection and they all made me smile!
    And that needlepoint you made is simply devine!
    Happy Valentine's Day to you,

  16. Happy Valentine's Day Sarah... this time of year really makes me think of Mary Engelbreit! Thanks!

  17. What a wonderful ME collection you have Sarah! I love the needlepoint piece you's so detailed and I know you had a great time making it.

    Happy Valentine's Day to you!


  18. Sarah, you really DO have a lot of ME hearts and they are all so precious and happy! Joni

  19. What a nice collection! And the needlework is so beautiful.

  20. I love Mary E. stuff. I never spell her last name right when I google it. You have the cutest vintage boy and girl there. So sweet. Come link up to my party! I would love to have you.

  21. Sarah,
    Thanks for linking up! Have a great weekend.

  22. So sweet Sarah!!
    I just purchased ME emery boards!!
    Too cute.
    Pamela xo

  23. Mary is, indeed, the Queen of Hearts! I love the two little girls whispering, and some years ago sent the card to my sister because if made me think of the two of us - one fair and one dark-haired - as we shared girlhood secrets.

  24. What a beautiful collection and your needlework is gorgeous. Happy Pink Saturday.

  25. OOO, Sarah, Sarah...these are too precious for words. Where in the world do you find these.? They are, every one, just adorable.
    Happiest Valentine's Day, sweet one.
    xo bj

  26. Sarah, I so love anything by ME. These are just wonderful.

    Happy Valentine's PS weekend ~
    TTFN ~

  27. Sarah, what a wonderful post! Love all of the ME boxes and tins. Your stitched pillow is wonderful! Did you create the pattern? And the fabric around your stitching even looks like ME. All of these photos are the perfect addition to my Valentine's party, and I'm so glad you linked this post. Thank you for your special friendship. Wishing you a wonderful Valentine's Day! laurie

  28. Happy Pink Saturday and Valentine's Day! Marcia

  29. Happy Pink Saturday!

    I also love Mary's fabulous art.
    These boxes are amazing!

    ~ Gabriela ~

  30. What beautiful needlework you do, Sarah!
    ♥ your collections of ME hearts. Gracie is my fave. My mom's name was Grace and my gdau is Lily Grace. :)

  31. That needle point is outstanding, Sarah. You are so talented. Love your whole cute and adorable post...Christine

  32. A wonderful ME heart box collection! My daughter would LOVE to have those, she has a small ME collection.

    The needlepoint pillow is beautiful!!


  33. Mary E is so much fun. Your box collection is fab!

    Thank you for stopping my and leaving a nice comment about my Gramma.

    Bella Rosa Antiques

  34. Your collection of ME items is wonderful! I love her, too. The very first item of hers that I bought was her Christmas card that had Santa on it with the word "Believe". In fact, she was in KC for a book signing a few years ago and I had her sign it for me. She's a beautiful and gracious lady in real life...and an amazing talent.

    You did a wonderful job on that pillow!!!

    Hope you have a great Pink Saturday and a terrific Valentine's Day!


  35. Your collection of ME is outstanding. She did indeed capture hearts with her artwork. I too love her and therefore, especially love your delightful post sharing your treasures. Happy Valentine's Day.

  36. Happy Pink Saturday Sweetie...
    What a gorgeous share today. I love Mary Engelbreit items. How beautiful is this heart. I love the tray as well decorated with the little hearts and feather pen. So pretty.

    I miss her magazine horribly. I loved those precious paper dolls that were in each magazine.

    Hope you have a gorgeous Valentines Day. Happy Pink Saturday.

    Many hugs and much love, Sherry

  37. Sarah,
    Oh how I truly enjoyed seeing all the ME Valentine Day items on this post! Thank you for reminding us of all her creative, whimisical artwork. Have a wonderful Valentine's Day, dear!

  38. LoVe tHe HeArT BoXeS.
    Happy Valentine's day!
    Don't forget to "Look in the Nook".

  39. I love anything ME, but Queen of Hearts and Sweetie Pie are some of my favorites. Your needlepoit pillow is amazing. Happy Valentine's Day!

  40. What a fun collection of M.E. hearts! Love it!

  41. What a wonderful collection of MaryE boxes and tins! I love her designs, too!

  42. Happy Pink Saturday, I love all your ME boxes and treasures, what an enjoyable post, Happy Valentines Day, I wish I would have found you before I would have linked up. What Fun!! Hugs Marilou XOXO

  43. More wonderful ME boxes from you! Your needlepoint 'Have a Heart' pillow is wonderful, Sarah! Happy Valentine's :-)

  44. Hi lovely lady....I love all your Me box's so sweet just like you.
    I hope every kindness you share with the world fine its way back to you.Happy Valentine's Day !!!!
    Thanks so much for your lovely comments on my Tablescapes, xxoo

  45. Oh my word, these are all wonderful. How fun.

    You asked about your background, believe me I am so not very tech savvy, however I think all you need to do is go to your template in Design and there you will find a spot that says background color. You can change it back there. I have no idea why things disappear sometimes. Hope this helps. Hugs, Marty

  46. Wonderful, happy collection of ME art. Love the needlepoint pillow.
    Trying to get by in the swing of things and just want to wish ya some...
    Happy HEART Blessings ;-)

  47. OK, I am a huge ME fan. I dearly miss her magazine and have quite a few tins of my own, BUT it is YOUR pillow that clearly steals the show. It is amazing and made of so many different textures! Thanks for being a part of Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

  48. She was and is definitely the queen of everything! I use to have a cute red tin of hers. Wonder where it's gotten off to???

  49. Sarah,

    Goodness!! What a wonderful collection of heart boxes you have!! I absolutely love all of them! I think you have inspired me to be on the look out for some for myself!!
    Thanks so much for your visit!!

  50. I LOVE Mary E! Thank you for sharing your treasures with us.


  51. Wow, what a wonderful ME heart collection you have! Happy Valentine's Day...

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  53. Sarah,
    I think that you could give Mary a run for her money as Queen of Hearts. You have such a vast and wonderful collection of them.
    I am so impressed with your stitched Heart pillow. What an heirloom.
    Thanks so much for sharing with us for ME Monday. I hope that you have a very special Valentine's Day with your sweetheart.

  54. Sarah, I love it all. Each item is so pretty and so romantic.

    Happy Pink Saturday and Happy Valentine's Day to you and your sweetheart.♥

  55. Wowza!! Now that is 1 sweet, whimsical and fun collection.

  56. WOW!!!! I thought Vicki had the market cornered on M.E. goodies. Now I am beginning to think you may be tied with her!!!!! This is one precious post. Thanks for all the photographing you did so we could all see your collection. I have to admit I am a bit envious. Happy V. Day to you and all. Genie

  57. You are tempting me to run out to Michael's this week and see if there are any ME left overs.

  58. This is so charming! I just love your ME hearts. I have a lot of those......but what have I done with them? I don't know if I would have thought to display them so beautifully. But now....if I can find've given me inspiration!

    Happy Valentine's Day!

  59. Hi Sarah! My mom always loved M.E. and her creations always make me think of her! You have such a nice collection! Happy Valentine's Day...a little late!...hugs...Debbie

  60. Wow these are wonderful. What a treasure! Thanks so much for adding so much to The Valentines Party, I hope you had a wonderful Valentines Day!


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