Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Day 365: 365 HEARTS!!!

365 hearts! I did it and I have all of you to thank! This Art Challenge/Project has been nothing short of amazing every step of the way! What started off as a personal project of growth and healing turned into a worldwide community effort of support, inspiration and heart spotting. It brought tears to my eyes every time we were out and my two little girls shouted for joy, "A heart, mommy!" Just knowing that they were on the lookout for hearts brought me great comfort in knowing that I was planting the seeds of hope, positivity and magic in them. When my friend Shannon Harris told her little girl about the Project, her daughter said that my dad was leaving the hearts out for me. She's such a beautiful soul and she's so right. The spirit of those we love and loved live on within us and to think that they leave signs for us - if we're open to seeing them - is not far-fetched, it's true! This Project is living proof of it. Even on those days when it seemed next to impossible to find a heart, I'd say a little prayer to my dad and out of nowhere, a heart would appear or someone would send me a heart. I laugh thinking of all the times my husband questioned whether the hearts I found really looked like hearts. There's no denying that the hearts weren't always perfectly shaped, but the most important aspect of them was that I could always "see" them. We'd argue over them and he'd eventually see what I saw, or we would get the girls to settle the argument and they'd always say, "heart!"

This Project wouldn't be the same without all of the amazing heart spotters. The Hart Ladies, Jill and Reta Hart, and their network of friends, who were spotting hearts long before this Project began. Christine Leakey, my dear friend, who turned me onto the idea of spotting hearts in the first place. Some of my best friends, Charlyn Wee, Liz Worth, Jodi Lewchuk, Chantal Richard, Maria Scala and Rafaela Faria. All of my friends, new and old, who sent me amazing hearts from absolutely everywhere. Thank you Elio Rea, Nicki Di-Bartolomeo Jones, Kathryn Boyd, Shannon Harris, Mena Portanova-Huestis, Nada Nisiri, Joanne McIntyre (and her adorable boys), Kelly Silva, Emily Aneziris, Emily Becker, Michael Miranda, Michael Meredith, Cathy Scoleri, Deana Oulianova, Terry Nason, Leah Logan, Carm Vacca, Dora Vacca, Vicky Andreacchio Goodridge, Kristina Hunt, James Eberhardt, Laetitia Connerotte, Lyndsey Richer, Elizabeth Macdonald Stark, Karen Kuhn and many, many others. Thank you all for supporting the Project and for promoting my posts and Facebook page. I'm looking at you Morley Shulman, Alici Homer, Elio Rea, Shannon Harris, Nicki Di-Bartolomeo Jones, Leslie Dawn Hayes, Kristian Clarke and Danila Vernon! I have to thank all of my family for their endless love, support and gigantic hearts (especially you, mamma!). Thanks to my nieces Josianne Rocca, Marisa Rocca and Amanda Ferrari for sending me some amazing hearts! Thanks to my big sis Gina Rocca for loving everything I do and for promoting the project even while she was on vacation in Italy. Thanks to my cousins Maria Albanese-Conrad, Mina Bastone, Julie and Jason Cohen, Tish Barber, Carmela Rotondo and Carmela Zentena. Thanks to my family overseas (in England and Italy) for their cheers! Thank you to all my Facebook page supporters! Thanks to the talented Deana Oulianova for helping me turn this project into some other dreams. And, all my love and thanks to my husband for being my best supporter, for loving and believing in me and for always encouraging me to be the best I can be even in the darkest times.

I believe my dad is the brightest light within me and I honour his life and memory with all of these HEARTS.

This isn't the end, this is the beginning of something beautiful! Heart Attack Blog will continue beyond the year so send me your hearts and stay tuned for some exciting events and creative side adventures from this Project.

And, lastly, thanks to Ben Stevenson, for wrapping it all up beautifully with today's perfect heart.  

Day 364: Heart Chip

Thank you to the lovely Kathryn Boyd for today`s found heart. Everything she does is art!

Monday, December 30, 2013

Day 363: We Heart Nonna

We stayed with my mom during the ice storm power outage and she worked non-stop to take such good care of all of us. She fed our bellies and our hearts with so much love, even the chicken cutlets she made for the girls magically took the shape of a heart. We heart Nonna!

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Day 362: Iced Tree Heart

Thanks to Cathy Scoleri for sending us this awesome photo of an iced tree heart. Toronto's ice storm was an incredible experience on so many levels and this photo captures some of the beauty in those dark days.

Day 361: Orange Heart

This one is SO amazing, I could just squeeze it! Thanks to the lovely Hart ladies, Reta and Jill Hart, for sending me this photo from Heather Black.

Day 360: Cookie Dough Heart

Thanks to Rafaela Faria for putting so much love into her festive baking.

Day 359: Iced Cookie Love

Thanks to my sweet niece Amanda Ferrari for spotting and sharing this deliciously gorgeous heart.

Day 358: Chilly Love

Day 357: Festive Love

Day 356: Frozen Heart

Thank you to Cathy Scoleri for spotting her first heart, a frozen beauty!

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Day 347: Lego Love

Day 346: Hearts Everywhere

One of the many wonderful things about this project is hearing my girls joyfully shout, "Mommy, a heart!" almost everywhere we go. This is one of those hearts.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Day 342: Untied Love

Thanks to James Eberhardt who captured this great heart as he untied his shoe laces.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Day 341: Leah Love

Thanks to the ever so lovely Leah Logan for sending us this heart she spotted on the sidewalk en route to work one morning. Like anything she does, it's so pretty and arty!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Day 338: Cherub Heart

Thank you to my bff Charlyn Wee who captured this gorgeous shot of an ornate wedding coach for me while on a recent trip to Portugal. National Coach Museum, Lisbon, Portugal

Monday, November 25, 2013

Day 330: First Snowfall Heart

Day 329: Penthelia Post-Concert Heart

Yesterday, I attended a lovely Penthelia Singers concert filled with beautiful seasonal pieces from around the globe. It was a magical afternoon and at the end of the concert, I spotted this heart ribbon on the ground near the baked goods. For more information on this amazing choir, visit

Day 328: Ripped Love

Monday, November 18, 2013

Day 322: Sweet Love

Thanks to my honeybunch, Simon Conlin, for snapping this sweet shot for me at Brioche Doree on King Street West.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Day 321: Chestnut Heart

Thanks to Dora Vacca for today's fabulous found heart!

Day 320: Steam Valley Heart

Thanks to Alicia Homer who was looking through Katie Mason's (hi Katie!) photos of her Iceland trip and spotted this gorgeous heart one. Found on a hike in Reykjadalur (literal translation: "Steam Valley"), near Reykjavik. Photo: Katie Mason, July 2013.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Wednesday, November 13, 2013