Stories from the Heart

I sometimes receive a Hide A Heart order over which I muse. Like the one from a soldier stationed in Iraq who purchased a HAH from I have been reeling from and wondering about that order ever since! A solider in Iraq!???? OMG!!!

I wonder if it was because one of the soldiers to whom I sent supplies during the holidays last year shared with another solider the fact that a HAH had been tucked among the supplies in each box as an additional ‘hug from home’ ? I wonder if this solider was planning to send the HAH to his/her mother for Mother’s Day? I wonder if this soldier is planning to mail the HAH back and forth between where he/she is stationed to his wife or her husband back home as his/her romantic gift’? I wonder if this solider has a new relationship to nurture?  I’ll probably never really know, but the ’wonder musing’ makes me smile.

When I receive purple heart orders for hospital patients, customers include loving messages of encouragement and comfort. One such message left an indelible impression, “Your family misses you. Your family needs you. Your family is in your kitchen….better get home soon!”

From time to time I receive little notes from folks who have received a Hide A Heart. I occasionally share some of the comments on this page.

Let me add, YOU always have an open invitation to share your thoughts about giving, receiving or the response of the recipient upon receiving a Hide A Heart.

May your heart be inspired.


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August 9, 2012


Everything about the heart and package was beyond amazing! My husband was unexpectedly called out of town on Monday; your perfect package just happened to arrive hours before he left, so I was able to hide the heart in his luggage. I can’t wait until he finds it!

Your workmanship and attention to detail is second to none! I feel like I’m wearing out my exclamation point key, but a period at the end of each sentence don’t express how pleased and delighted I am with everything, your beautiful packaging, the gift card with the picture of my heart on it, your wonderful work and the custom heart AND the excellent potpourri! That I kept for myself, as, coincidentally, we had some wet carpeting in our bedroom that day didn’t smell very nice until it could be removed.

I can’t tell you how much I appreciate your wonderful heart being a part of our 30th anniversary. Money was tight this year; I wanted something wonderful, one-of-a-kind and in my budget for my husband and I got it! I loved your products the moment I saw your page and I’ll surely let everyone know about them!

Sincerely, with much appreciation, Sharon

August 12, 2012


The unexpected trip that my husband had out of town was to fill in for a bass player in a blues band. He hasn’t been on the road since 1979. Coincidentally, the band played as part of the summer concert series in Portland a few days ago, and they’re now spending several days in Birkenfeld:-)

My husband called today; his voice sounded peculiar. He was attempting not to weep at the public phone as he was completely stunned to find the Hide A Heart in his luggage. He was so moved that he could hardly speak. He called back a while later to tell me that he has the heart in his pocket and is taking it out to show anyone who might be around to look at it ❤

What an interesting story about your heart in the sugar cannister! It must have hidden there because it was so sweet:-) Whenever something went missing in our house, my Polish grandma used to tell us that we couldn’t find the missing item as the devil had his tail on it! St. Anthony is the patron saint of lost items. He’s helped me many a time find things that have gone missing, possibly due to the devil’s tail, lol 

Many thanks again for the wonderful addition to our anniversary celebration!

Cheers, Sharon


“Thank you SO VERY MUCH for the beautiful little heart saying hope and healing. Now the heart is laying here by my computer, where I can look and touch it every day. I will bring it to the hospital. I am sure that it will help me.” Annette K


“MCatherine– What a Beautiful gift. For right now I’m keeping it for myself while I’m healing–sorry I didn’t get back to you sooner but I’ve been pretty tired. I’ll find out next week if I have to have more treatment so I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I don’t. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family–you certainly brightened up my life!” Jeri K.

“Thank you so much for attending our engagement party! It was so much fun to introduce friends and family before the big day. And Thank You for the “Hide a Heart”–Wat a great idea. I already hid it in Tab’s suitcase to Eugene! Thanks again.” Tab & Abby


11 thoughts on “Stories from the Heart

  1. What a lovely product! I can’t wait to hide this heart for my husband! The heart arrived quickly and beautifully packaged. I’m sure that it will bring years of joy to our family. Thank you for the great communication and customer service. I will definitely recommend Hide A Heart to others!

  2. MCatherine, I find such inspiration in your positive spirit!! itis all to easy to get discouraged, and lost in the ocean that is the WWW!!! I am learning that building relationships with wonderful people, is the first and best step in building a business. Everything that applies to building a successful business, is 10 times more important when selling online!!! You are doing it perfectly!! You had me at HELLO!! LUV you!!

  3. I just got a Petsympathy heart for a friend who lost a beloved dog. The heart and packaging are beautiful and being able to have the pet’s name personalized on the heart makes is a really wonderful gift. So much nicer than a card. This is something that will be a reminder of her dear pet and a caring friend for years to come.

  4. Do any of your visitors encounter browser compatibility difficulties? I tried browsing the page using Opera and that is fine but being a Safari person, I like it would have the same appear and feel? I actually never know if this is something coming from my side or maybe if someone might adjust something from your end. And so in the mean time I should remember to visit your web site with IE or similar, which isn’t my favourite browser. I am sorry if I am appearing picky and hope I’m not alone with this issue. Regards.

    • Thank you for taking the time to draw my attention to this issue. I took a look at the blog using the Safari browser and did not find an issue, so it may be something with your computer. I normally write the post using Firefox, but maybe I’ll switch around once in a while.

  5. I recently sent a Purple Hope & Healing Heart to a close friend who is going through chemotherapy, and she sent a note back to me which said in part, “My dear friend! I just received a most beautiful gift in the mail today! I am so honored to have received a purple heart from you! Thank you so much.” Thank you for a beautiful product that can help people share their love and concern for one another in a tangible way.

  6. I have been sending your hearts to special people for a couple of years now, and every single person who has received one has just been blown away by how thoughtful they are, how beautifully done, the packaging – every detail as lovely as it can be. I love to have a few on hand, just in case I learn of something that “requires” a heart. The other, hand-crocheted items, are new to me, but I think they will also become part of my “gift closet” for appropriate special occasion gifts, too. It is such joy to be able to purchase a gift (I have NO artistic talents) and be able to tell the recipient that it is from your small business and all the little finishing touches that make it so wonderful are your own ideas and work.

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