Happy Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe!

12/12! Happy Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe!

This year Mary has beckoned me to make beautiful art for her. I fell in love with her in high school after my whole, big family traveled to Mexico City to visit a home that my dad lived in as a child to celebrate my grandparent’s 50th wedding anniversary. I had never seen anything like her Basilica and was fascinated by the Miracle of her tilma.

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I included her in my Marian print of different Marian apparitions that have a special place in my heart and life.

Then one night sitting on my couch, I was inspired to draw her in a little black and white image. That image turned into an enamel pin and then I wanted to make an Our Lady of Guadalupe bandana. I wanted it to be black and white for versatile clothing and had an idea to carve it by hand. I have the great fortune that my design assistant is a master print maker. Chelsea carved the image I drew by hand into linoleum and printed her in ink on paper. We then added cacti and roses to represent the story of Mary appearing to Juan Diego in the desert or Mexico.

We loved it so much that I then had the idea to turn the design into a swaddle blanket!! After waiting ages for them to be made, they are miraculously arriving TODAY. I can’t help but laugh over Mary’s surprise guidance in this.

Then I realized that I don’t even have a baby to be able to use the swaddle blanket, but I do love journals. So the design turned into journals! And they are amazing.

You can now get so many goodies in a new BUNDLE!

The last thing we made is a large 16x20 gold leaf Our Lady of Guadalupe print for the home. The way it shimmers in the light is divine.

 Hand printed by Chelsea Foss

Hand printed by Chelsea Foss

As a celebration, take 12% off today for all orders and every order placed today (12/12/18) will be entered for a chance to win 1 Our Lady of Guadalupe hand printed linen banner. There were only 8 of these made and have been sold at in person events. No code necessary.

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Today, my new husband (!!!) and I are going to the Basilica of Guadalupe in Mexico City on our honeymoon. Leave your special intentions and prayer requests in the comments and we will take them with us!

Wedding Day!

 Photo from our first month of dating

Photo from our first month of dating

Today as you read this email, I am celebrating my wedding day. In the morning, I’m with my family and my girlfriends as we do our hair (of course someone is doing mine because I have the skill to either put it in a top knot or leave it down) and my mom is doing my make up. She did my make up every day of high school and I can’t believe here we are 11 years later with her doing my make up for my wedding. 

My dad might be seeing me for the first time in my dress, his eyes filling with tears. We’re so much alike, me and him. We’ve been through so much.

I’m wondering if I’ll be nervous as we take the car over to the church - maybe the nerves of everyone looking at me will dissipate as I see Paul standing there at the altar. 

Next to him will be my spiritual director - the man who essentially saved my life and walked with me on those dark days of my life and questioned my way of thinking and prodded me to get a bigger understanding of God’s majesty and goodness. 

 the day we were engaged

the day we were engaged

I might be saying my vows right now to love Paul all the days of my life or we might be walking over to Mary, this day her feast of the Immaculate Conception. We thank her for her constant guidance in our relationship. The little ways she shows her motherly love. 

We might be married by now! (Holy moly!) and inviting our guests to our reception. The reception I spent (likely) way too many hours working on all the tiny details. Maybe we’re eating dinner or maybe we’re having our first dance (This Must be the Place by the Talking Heads). 

 original wedding inspo

original wedding inspo

Whatever time it is that you read this, would you pray for us? Pray for our marriage and the family we are starting together. Pray that we might be a spot of love and light on this earth. 

Today, on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, I would be remiss to not speak about her guiding hand in our lives. Paul and I met on the 100th Anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima (of course the last day of the novena I was praying to find a partner - how very cliche of me!!!). We were engaged on the Feast of the Epiphany (unknown to Paul as he is not Catholic). The few weeks after that in January 2018, we found a venue that we liked and inquired about available dates. Low and behold, the only available date left in 2018 was December 8 - this beautiful feast day. And this coming week, we will go to Mexico City for our honeymoon — which happens to also be the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe where we can go to her Basilica to celebrate!

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The end of this year’s motto for me is “He makes all things new.” Thank you, friends, for journeying with me through (so many) break ups, struggles, joys. It is only fitting that you are here with us in a tiny way today. Thank you for joining this community of people who seek to BE A HEART. 


And thank you for supporting my business in a small way by purchasing gifts for others (and gifts for yourself). These holiday sales are sustaining my bills so that I can take a few weeks off for a honeymoon and to relish in the joy of being a newlywed. 

Have no fear, our team  will be shipping until December 20th so you can make sure to get all your holiday presents before Christmas.

Today use the code PAULANDERICA for 25% off!

Praise God from whom all blessings flow!

Holiday Gift Guide {Baby}

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We’ve gathered some of our favorite things to go with our new Guadalupe swaddle! Tubby Todd delicious bath products and the cutest pacifiers and bonnets!

Our Virgin of Guadalupe swaddle is arriving this week and makes the perfect gift for every baby in your life!

 All the  Tubby Todd  products are great for your babes (and mamas) and the founder Andrea is such an amazing woman.

All the Tubby Todd products are great for your babes (and mamas) and the founder Andrea is such an amazing woman.

 I saw these  binky clip  and couldn’t resist. Those are basically my wedding colors and MIGHT need one for future baby.

I saw these binky clip and couldn’t resist. Those are basically my wedding colors and MIGHT need one for future baby.

 The cutest little  play set .

The cutest little play set.

 I love all the baby textiles from  Arq .

I love all the baby textiles from Arq.

 Also this black and navy  binky clip ….

Also this black and navy binky clip….

 I stumbled upon these  books  for babies using Frank Lloyd Wright architecture and can’t get over how beautiful they are!

I stumbled upon these books for babies using Frank Lloyd Wright architecture and can’t get over how beautiful they are!

 And this  baby bonnet !!!!

And this baby bonnet!!!!

Holiday Gift Guide {Men's}

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Wondering what to get the sweet guy in your life? Here are some ideas for coffee, clothes and hip bandanas!

 I can’t get over how beautiful this  ceramic phone amplifier  is.

I can’t get over how beautiful this ceramic phone amplifier is.

 I think Paul look so so so good in this  Henley tee . Lots of color options!

I think Paul look so so so good in this Henley tee. Lots of color options!

The Marian Bandana was such a hit among all the men in my life and so we made a Virgin of Guadalupe bandana in a more neutral black and white.

Use code beaheart to get 50% off your first bag of coffee at Trade Coffee Co

La Virgen Enamel pin is a great little stocking stuffer.

 The man in my life is  very   good at naps .

The man in my life is very good at naps.

 I designed the  Monk Manual  and it is for both men and women. It is one of Paul’s favorite posessions right now and I bought them as gifts for all the men in my life.

I designed the Monk Manual and it is for both men and women. It is one of Paul’s favorite posessions right now and I bought them as gifts for all the men in my life.

 Perfect shirts from  Everlane .

Perfect shirts from Everlane.

 I am a full believer in pour over coffee! Love these for use and decoration on the counter.

I am a full believer in pour over coffee! Love these for use and decoration on the counter.

The Saint Francis letterpress art print is so gorgeous and modern for all types of decor.

 I have been using my  quip tooth brush  for a couple of years now. Paul has been wanting one for a while. Every three months, another toothbrush head and batteries come right to my door so I can change them! I love it!

I have been using my quip tooth brush for a couple of years now. Paul has been wanting one for a while. Every three months, another toothbrush head and batteries come right to my door so I can change them! I love it!

Holiday Gift Guide {women's}

women's gift guide

Here are a few of my favorite things for the ladies on your gift list. Sweaters, bandanas, wallets, pants, prints, journals and more!

 These  fuzzy sweatshirts  are needed for cozy winter nights.

These fuzzy sweatshirts are needed for cozy winter nights.

 The  Girlfriend Collective  leggings are my favorite for all exercise activities.

The Girlfriend Collective leggings are my favorite for all exercise activities.

 Doing calligraphy after a long day is one of my favorite ways to decompress. This  beginner modern calligraphy kit  is a perfect gift for anyone wanting to learn a new skill!

Doing calligraphy after a long day is one of my favorite ways to decompress. This beginner modern calligraphy kit is a perfect gift for anyone wanting to learn a new skill!

 I am the number 1 fan of  Parachute Home . I have their duvets, sheets, and pillow cases. We have their new waffle towels on our registry and can’t wait for them!

I am the number 1 fan of Parachute Home. I have their duvets, sheets, and pillow cases. We have their new waffle towels on our registry and can’t wait for them!

 These  fluffy earrings  from Madewell are great for both casual looks AND holiday outfits!

These fluffy earrings from Madewell are great for both casual looks AND holiday outfits!

 I designed this AMAZING  candle  for Blessed is She. It smells SO SO good.

I designed this AMAZING candle for Blessed is She. It smells SO SO good.

 The  Marian Bandana  is a great accessory for so many outfits!

The Marian Bandana is a great accessory for so many outfits!

 The  Baggu  colors this collection are so so good. I want almost all of it. This backpack is perfect for every day use.

The Baggu colors this collection are so so good. I want almost all of it. This backpack is perfect for every day use.

The Talitha Koum print is a great art piece in every woman’s home.

 I also love the  Girlfriend Collective  sports bras.

I also love the Girlfriend Collective sports bras.

 I have been eyeing this Dagne Dover  travel dopp kit  for a year now and I think I need to make it mine this year!

I have been eyeing this Dagne Dover travel dopp kit for a year now and I think I need to make it mine this year!

 I have a  Himalayan Salt Lamp  in every room of my house. I love the warm light it gives off and helps purify the air around all the electronics.

I have a Himalayan Salt Lamp in every room of my house. I love the warm light it gives off and helps purify the air around all the electronics.

 I got one of these little  Baggu change wallets  years ago and I still love it! It gets better with wear.

I got one of these little Baggu change wallets years ago and I still love it! It gets better with wear.

 Our gold leaf  Virgin of Guadalupe art print  is large in size and shines her light on any home she enters.

Our gold leaf Virgin of Guadalupe art print is large in size and shines her light on any home she enters.

 At the local coffee shop the other day, the barista was wearing this  sweater jacket . I loved it and asked where she got it. Now we can all have it!

At the local coffee shop the other day, the barista was wearing this sweater jacket. I loved it and asked where she got it. Now we can all have it!

The Jesus, I trust in You enamel pin is a great gift add on or stocking stuffer!

 I have bene very into loose fitting jeans and these  black jeans  from Need Supply Co. will go perfectly with cozy sweaters!

I have bene very into loose fitting jeans and these black jeans from Need Supply Co. will go perfectly with cozy sweaters!

 I may or may not have purchased these  Madewell heels  as a gift for myself!

I may or may not have purchased these Madewell heels as a gift for myself!