ArtSeaHeart

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Announcement    Welcome to my shop – Artsea Heart. My passion is to create one-of-a-kind “heart-work” to bless, encourage, celebrate and inspire your heart. All of my designs feature unique hand-lettering and genuine sea glass and/or heart-shaped rocks I have collected from the Connecticut shoreline during our visits for specialized medical treatment. A friend once said, “Out of our pain comes our passion, comes our purpose” – that is where our “heart” story begins.

Twenty-nine years ago I married my college sweetheart, Jim, an awesome trumpet player at Walt Disney World. Shortly after our first anniversary, the “in sickness” part of our wedding vows began as I became very ill with a lot of seemingly unconnected issues. No diagnosis was ever made, but I began treatment for all of the separate issues and our “in health” vows returned – or so we thought.

Fast forward fifteen years and two kids later – we were back “in sickness” only it was not just me fighting a mystery illness. Our 13 year old daughter and 8 year old son were terribly sick and steadily declining. Their bizarre symptoms puzzled and frustrated every doctor and Emergency room we went to for help. Before long, we were on our own.

At that point, we started testing our kids for everything – things that were not even endemic to our area - and amazingly, tests started to come back positive. We had a diagnosis! However, our joy was short-lived. Although the mystery illness had a name, there was no one in our area knowledgeable or willing to treat the kids and me. We would have to seek care out of state.

Thankfully, one such doctor did exist in Connecticut and within a few weeks our family of four began traveling to New Haven from Orlando, Florida to meet with this amazing specialist. That trip was the beginning of a new chapter in our lives – one that continues to this day.

Since 2006, our family has traveled to Connecticut at least thirty-six times for continued testing and updated treatment protocols. Traveling was and still is extremely challenging. Because we were always so sick, our time in Connecticut became a welcome break from life at home – sure we still had IV meds, lots of oral meds, wheelchairs and pain – but it was different and different was good.

While we spent most of our time in the hotel room too sick to go anywhere but the doctor’s office, there were times we managed to explore a stretch of shoreline close to where we were staying. There I discovered sea glass and heart rocks; something not found along our shell-filled beaches at home. What sweet gifts from the Lord.

As I stood there holding the soft, opaque piece of glass, another piece caught my eye - only it was clear with jagged edges. Two pieces from the same place yet extremely different. All it once it hit me, I wanted my life to reflect the beauty of pain like the smooth piece of sea glass – that all of the pain of our illness and all the trials that came with it, would wear down the sharp edges so I could be a blessing to others who were hurting.

In the fall of 2013, the tossing and tumbling of my life’s sea glass increased dramatically. As our son’s condition declined, we found it necessary to extend his treatment in Connecticut for two months. The kids and I lived in a hotel while my husband returned to Florida to continue working. So many people reached out to help us – folks from home as well as strangers in our new home-away-from-home.

I began creating artwork to give to the many wonderful people God provided to walk along side us while we were away from home. Using my ever-increasing supply of sea glass and heart rocks, my artwork featured hand-lettering of the phrase: “Out of our pain comes our passion; comes our purpose”. The response was both overwhelming and encouraging.

It has been almost five years since our extended, extensive medical trip and the kids and I continue to make progress, albeit slow. However, I am truly blessed to have found my passion and purpose through this painful illness. I get to share that blessing by creating special pieces of artwork using my hand-lettering and pieces of sea glass and heart rocks from my collection. I am grateful to share my blessings with you. – Debbie Derrick

Announcement

Last updated on Dec 2, 2017

Welcome to my shop – Artsea Heart. My passion is to create one-of-a-kind “heart-work” to bless, encourage, celebrate and inspire your heart. All of my designs feature unique hand-lettering and genuine sea glass and/or heart-shaped rocks I have collected from the Connecticut shoreline during our visits for specialized medical treatment. A friend once said, “Out of our pain comes our passion, comes our purpose” – that is where our “heart” story begins.

Twenty-nine years ago I married my college sweetheart, Jim, an awesome trumpet player at Walt Disney World. Shortly after our first anniversary, the “in sickness” part of our wedding vows began as I became very ill with a lot of seemingly unconnected issues. No diagnosis was ever made, but I began treatment for all of the separate issues and our “in health” vows returned – or so we thought.

Fast forward fifteen years and two kids later – we were back “in sickness” only it was not just me fighting a mystery illness. Our 13 year old daughter and 8 year old son were terribly sick and steadily declining. Their bizarre symptoms puzzled and frustrated every doctor and Emergency room we went to for help. Before long, we were on our own.

At that point, we started testing our kids for everything – things that were not even endemic to our area - and amazingly, tests started to come back positive. We had a diagnosis! However, our joy was short-lived. Although the mystery illness had a name, there was no one in our area knowledgeable or willing to treat the kids and me. We would have to seek care out of state.

Thankfully, one such doctor did exist in Connecticut and within a few weeks our family of four began traveling to New Haven from Orlando, Florida to meet with this amazing specialist. That trip was the beginning of a new chapter in our lives – one that continues to this day.

Since 2006, our family has traveled to Connecticut at least thirty-six times for continued testing and updated treatment protocols. Traveling was and still is extremely challenging. Because we were always so sick, our time in Connecticut became a welcome break from life at home – sure we still had IV meds, lots of oral meds, wheelchairs and pain – but it was different and different was good.

While we spent most of our time in the hotel room too sick to go anywhere but the doctor’s office, there were times we managed to explore a stretch of shoreline close to where we were staying. There I discovered sea glass and heart rocks; something not found along our shell-filled beaches at home. What sweet gifts from the Lord.

As I stood there holding the soft, opaque piece of glass, another piece caught my eye - only it was clear with jagged edges. Two pieces from the same place yet extremely different. All it once it hit me, I wanted my life to reflect the beauty of pain like the smooth piece of sea glass – that all of the pain of our illness and all the trials that came with it, would wear down the sharp edges so I could be a blessing to others who were hurting.

In the fall of 2013, the tossing and tumbling of my life’s sea glass increased dramatically. As our son’s condition declined, we found it necessary to extend his treatment in Connecticut for two months. The kids and I lived in a hotel while my husband returned to Florida to continue working. So many people reached out to help us – folks from home as well as strangers in our new home-away-from-home.

I began creating artwork to give to the many wonderful people God provided to walk along side us while we were away from home. Using my ever-increasing supply of sea glass and heart rocks, my artwork featured hand-lettering of the phrase: “Out of our pain comes our passion; comes our purpose”. The response was both overwhelming and encouraging.

It has been almost five years since our extended, extensive medical trip and the kids and I continue to make progress, albeit slow. However, I am truly blessed to have found my passion and purpose through this painful illness. I get to share that blessing by creating special pieces of artwork using my hand-lettering and pieces of sea glass and heart rocks from my collection. I am grateful to share my blessings with you. – Debbie Derrick

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Love never fails

$40.00

Live on purpose

$25.00

Escape

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Escape

$35.00

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About ArtSeaHeart

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Out of our pain, comes our passion, comes our purpose.

Hi! Welcome to my shop, ArtSea Heart, where I make original, one-of-a-kind designs using sea glass and heart rocks that I have personally collected along the Connecticut shoreline; as well as, heart-shaped pieces of old, weathered shells from along the East and West Coasts of Florida.

What began as a special, handmade thank you to a very dear family blossomed into a wonderfully fulfilling cottage business - I absolutely LOVE what I do! From combing the shoreline looking for treasures to pulling the pieces together for a final product, I am doing what I love and loving what I do.

Inspiration most often strikes while everyone else is asleep -so I will stay up to all hours creating new pieces, sometimes just climbing into bed when they are getting out. With my husband, Jim, being a professional trumpet player, we are used to late nights and crazy schedules, so this fits right in with our family.

I appreciate you checking in to see what's new and hope to create something special that you will love as much as I do making it.

Thanks, with much love,
Debbie

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  • Debbie Derrick

    Owner, Creator, Designer

    Out of our pain comes our passion, comes our purpose. ArtSea Heart became my purpose in 2013 - to encourage others while in the midst of our family's devastating 20+ year battle against crippling physical/ psychological disease and financial ruin.

Shop policies

Last updated on March 27, 2019
Welcome to Artsea Heart!

Artsea Heart is inspired by my love of the ocean and my desire to create unique decor and gift items with the treasures found along the shoreline. All rocks and sea glass used in my pieces are found by me along the New England shore. Hobby turned passion, collecting sea glass found a special place in my heart after my children were diagnosed with a chronic, life-threatening illness in 2006.

When I looked at how the jagged shards of glass once thrown in the ocean had softened through the years, it reminded me that times of trial and suffering create a unique beauty they alone are capable of.

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Returns and exchanges
Return Policies:
My first priority is your satisfaction. I want you to be satisfied with your purchase before it even ships, especially since my pieces are all one-of-a-kinds. Many times the original listing will be used as a template for me to follow in creating another piece for styles that are most popular. In that case, I will send you a picture of your piece(s) for your approval before the sale is complete. Once you are satisfied, the piece will be shipped.

If for any reason you are not satisfied with your purchase, please contact me. I will exchange your item or refund your money (minus shipping cost) up to 14 days after you have received your order (according to delivery confirmation). The buyer is responsible for shipping costs. Refunds are issued (minus shipping cost) once the item is received in original condition.

Custom order sales are considered final. (no returns or exchanges)

Please contact me with any additional questions.
Payment
Florida Residents: I must charge sales tax of 6.5%.
I accept Paypal and credit cards.
Shipping
I ship through the US Postal Service Priority Mail and use delivery confirmation. I do combine shipping!!

If item(s) are in stock your order will ship within 2-3 business days. Special order items, unless otherwise noted in discussing requests, will ship within 4-5 business days.

Please note, sometimes delays will occur due to unexpected medical reasons beyond my control. Our son is homebound and his condition is unstable one his best days. My “real” job is taking care of him. If those issues arise, I will keep you updated and try to complete your order as quickly as possible.

I will send you a confirmation email after your order has been shipped that contains the delivery confirmation number through USPS. 
If you need your order sooner, please contact me prior to purchase for express shipping options and costs.
Additional policies and FAQs
I am more than happy to make custom orders! Please contact me for more info.

Due to the nature of using natural materials, there will be slight variations in each piece such as color, shape, or size of heart rocks and sea glass.