Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Grow Your Blog Post and Giveaway

 Grow Your Blog party link

Welcome to Cloister of the Heart

I am participating in the Grow Your Blog
and I hope you will enjoy what you find here
and leave with some joy!

I write to you from Cape Town in South Africa
and find it fascinating how we connect around the world.
We are in the middle of a beautiful hot summer
I hope that those of you in the grip of winter
will be warmed by the fires of inspiration
that I share here

Shards of Beauty - Angelus Mariam

I started this blog to write about my travels

to sacred and mystical places.

St Bridgit's well and pilgrimage, Kildare, Ireland

St Marie Madeleine Basilica, Saint Maxim, France

Walking the Mary and Michael leylines across Italy and Britain

The Michael Tower on the Tor in Glastonbury

The Gypsey festival of St Sara la Kali in Saintes Maries de la Mer

and slowly but surely it developed and grew
into a celebration of Sacred Art : 
art that gives meaning to life;
art which captures the vignettes of ordinary life
and showcases these as extra-ordinary sacred moments;
art that holds the vision that the stories of the Holy Ones
are our stories!!

Here you will find Mondays with Mary
every Monday morning

Twelve days with Mary
every December

Wearable shrines
and the stories behind them

Soul Collage Journeys

And whatever I am playing with at the moment.
Some of my creations make my Etsy shop, and some
I make for the sheer joy and pleasure of it.

Lately I have been playing with clay, clay impressions
and sculpturing faces in clay.  I call these Shards of Beauty
and I am giving one away - just leave a comment till
15 February and I will let you know who the shrine is going to!

Each Shard of Beauty has its own story to tell
and here is one :

It has been reported that remains of an ancient
culture and peoples have been uncovered
on the continent of Africa.

Many incredibly exciting pieces have been
dug up, some still in very good condition.

From the obvious reverent way in which these relics have been buried,
it is obvious that these, still un-named and unknown,
peoples, considered many, maybe even all,
aspects of ordinary life to be sacred.
It is also obvious that devotion to
a higher ideal was very important to them.

Many of these pieces contain the images of
women, regaled as sacred mother, priestess, teacher,
householder, artist and as holy.

It would also appear that they understood the essence of
the goodness of Life to be represented by radiant Light.

These relics all contain pottery or clay shards of the
image of the Revered Woman and in some
instances various names are sculptured into these
mysterious and mystical shards.

Remnants of an ancient language is still
visible in pieces of scrolls which had become
embedded in these relics.

These relics all contain very precious pieces
of jewels and other treasures
and this shows that these relics
were regarded as extremely important
and valuable to this community and tribe.

Scholars are speculating that these relics
are from an ancient temple, most probably from
the Temple of Mary.

These relics may be the key to a deeper understanding
for a peaceful and wise society!!!

I also invite you to my visit my blog
Her Grace by Devata
where I share my shadow boxes, jewellery
and shrine
and a give-away!

 my other blog


Hope to get to know you!!


  1. I am in awe and sit here and wonder (after I've soaked in the words)-where do you find all of those things? The little Mary's and the bigger ones and all the wonderful bits and pieces.

  2. Hettienne, marvelous!! Just beautiful and I do enjoy all you have to offer. I also want to thank you for the kind remarks you leave on my blog. I joined in on Grow Your Blog, just have thought of what to post yet.:) tee hee. Have a wonderful day friend.

  3. Love so much about your blog and your creative works! I will be back!
    Thanks for visiting me and hope you have been inspired as much as I have visiting here!

  4. Hi Hettienne,

    It is nice to meet you. I'm visiting from the Grow Your Blog party. It looks like you have done quite a bit of traveling. Wonderful photos. I plan to look around a bit more and then be on my way to visit the others. I do hope you will stop by for a visit and enter my giveaway. Have a wonderful weekend! Hugs – Donna

  5. So lovely to meet you, Hettienne, at the GYB party! I know I shall definitely be visiting again when I have more time - you feel like a kindred spirit :)

  6. What an utter joy to find you and both your blogs Hettienne!

  7. So glad I found you through the Blog Party! Your work is breathtaking and thanks for sharing the photos of your travels!

  8. Hi Hettienne thanks bunches for dropping by my blog and leaving a comment! You certainly have traveled to some lovely places! Thank you for sharing all of this positive energy!
    Beth P

  9. Beautiful blog, I love our Lady and you are doing a lovely job of honoring her. My mother lived in Cape Town, because of my grandfathers job, as child in the 50's, but moved back to the USA in her teens. Looking forward to following you. Regards, Tammie Everly of TTE Designs tammie@ttedesigns.com

  10. Dear Hettienne, Wow! Your blog speaks directly to my soul. I loved your words and your images. I'll be visiting again and again!! Thank you! xoxo Silke

  11. wandered in from Grow Your Blog ........screeched to a halt and just looked on in admiration

  12. hello.. your blog is beautiful! I like!! nice to meet you!....Happy grow your blog!

  13. Hello ,

    Nice to meet you.:)
    I would like to take part in your giveaway.Lovely presents.:)


  14. Hello dear Hettienne
    visiting Cloisters of the Heart is like coming home.
    I love Icons - they speak to me and the Shards of Beauty you create do too.
    Religious art inspires me and feeds my soul.
    I recently did a post on my blog on Vezelay in France which is the beginning of the Pilgrims Way - I hope you can visit there one day - it will be an inspirational journey for you! What have you planned for your September visit?
    I have just visited your post "Art Novena for Our Lady of Lourdes" - beautiful! I've made many novenas to Our Lady - if you do this again may I join you!
    Your art inspires me - thank you
    I'm following you too.

  15. amazing shots. i love seeing folks traveling & enjoying this world of ours. breathtaking. hi there. i'm Beth from E. Lizard Breath Speaks - so nice to meet you through the Grow Your Blog get together/party. ( :

  16. Hello, Vicki asked me to be a helper; I'm Sandra from Thistle Cove Farm. Welcome to the GYBP; thank you for participating this year! Your travel photos are lovely, I visited Ireland in November past.

  17. what a beautiful and uplifting blog....I love all the images.........they call out to me and remind me of when I started out on my faith journey---all alone...........at the age of nine. It feels comfortable and welcoming here. I will be back to visit often

  18. Your blog is very lovely and I love your art .... will be following you :)

  19. Wow! What a lot to take in - so lovely - I will follow and absorb more. Happing hopping!

  20. I am having fun finding new bloggers to follow...love sewing and quilting. Greetings from Oklahoma, USA. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

  21. Hello- visiting from the GYB event. LOVE your photos from your travels - what a lucky woman to have the opportunity to see all these places. The Michael Tower and Ley Lines sound wonderful. Nice to see new blogs and other's artwork. Have a great weekend :)

  22. Hello Hettienne - what a fascinating world you've created here. Looking forward to poking around some more!

    Have you walked the Camino? It is calling to me.
    Can't wait to learn more of your travels.

    go easy ~p

  23. Hello Hettienne -beautiful looking site. Hope you have a great weekend! Stop by for a chance to win my fabulous fifty giveaway.

  24. You remind me of my friend Maeve! Thanks for sharing your blog. I can't wait to read more posts. I am an embroiderer participating in Grow Your Blog too.


  25. How wonderful to be able to travel to such great places. Nice to meet you!

  26. What a beautiful blog, and stunning shards of beauty. Will be coming back to visit often. Have a wonderful day.


  27. You have had some marvelous journeys. The information concerning the Shards of Beauty is very interesting. Wow! I love to learn new things as I take this trip around the blogosphere and meet new folks. Thanks for taking time to grow your blog and generous giveaway.

  28. Hello from the Yukon. I hope you're enjoying this party as much as I do :)
    Evalina, This and that...

  29. Hi Hettienne, I came here through GYB and am so so glad I did. Your creations are beautiful, the Shards of Beauty you have shown are truly inspirational and I am looking forward to learning more about your sacred travels. I went travelling for 3 months with my now-husband around some sacred sights in Britain (where I live). It was a truly magical experience and bonded us stronger to one another and the land than anything could.

    Thanks you for sharing your talents and inspirations with us here. I look forward to sharing the future with you :)

    Best wishes
    Keli x

  30. Your work is not only spirtual but joyful. Thank you for your giveaway and yes I most certainly want to be included. Much joy, Di@Cottage-Wishes

  31. I'm very inspired by you Hettienne. Nice to meet you!

  32. Your blog is joyful and I am so pleased to have found it. I am now a follower and please include me in your drawing. Thanks, Jackie

  33. I am in awe of the beauty in your artwork. I am glad to have found your lovely blog. Please include me in the giveaway.

  34. Hello , my name is Dawn your my one stop on the blog party, Hope that I soon will be friends with all of you cyber neighbors. I just say that 600 plus bloggers that sign up to the Party and I am only up to 231 whew a lot of good read and great giveaways. Thanks for this opportunity to join friends with you and be apart of your giveaway. Can't wait to see more of your great projects in the making. My site overboardcreations.blogspot.com and contact info is ovr_brd@yahoo.com I have visit both your sites

  35. Your journeys seem very interesting and inspiring; I will pop over to your crafty blog too.

    Hope you are enjoying the party! And please count me in for your creation.



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