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heart strings state love

by Eleanor Mathis
Handmade
Recycled
Community Voted
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  • the story

Home Where the Heart Is

It's been said that, no matter where you go, there will always be invisible threads that tie you to your home. These custom wall art plaques make those threads visible - and the results are strikingly beautiful. On a brightly painted background of reclaimed pine, the US state of your choice is outlined in tightly-spaced, hand-painted nails, and marking the spot near the physical heart of your favorite state is a symbolic heart to show your love. The artist, Eleanor Mathis, then weaves painted embroidery thread to create a starburst pattern that radiates from that heart to fill the entire state. Handmade in the USA.

Sold individually.

Unfortunately, this item cannot ship outside of the United States at this time.

  • details
Handmade
Recycled
Community Voted
Item ID
21250
Made from
acrylic paint, plywood, reclaimed pine wood, sewing thread, nails
Measurements
11.5" L x 11.5" W x .75H
Notes
may wipe gently with dry cloth to remove dust.

comes ready to hang.
  • the maker
Eleanor Mathis

Eleanor Mathis

A Texas girl now living in Mississippi, Eleanor Mathis is drawn to maps. She says, "Each place I've lived, and each person I've met has profoundly shaped who I am." Her handcrafted decorative artwork celebrates the irregular shapes of map borderlines, transforming them into beautiful, geometric abstractions, while still honoring the strong emotional bonds we form with special places. Her geographic string art creations playfully combine industrial materials with midcentury-inspired whimsy.

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HEART STRINGS STATE LOVE WALL ART
 
4.1

(based on 14 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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    (2)

85%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Unique (12)
  • Attractive (11)
  • Bright (5)
  • Durable (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Gifts (9)
  • Living room (6)
  • Office (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Midrange shopper (10)
    • Who was the recipient of this product?:
    • Other (3)

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5.0

Love this idea (!)

By 

from orange county

About Me Budget Shopper

Pros

  • Attractive Design
  • Unique

Cons

  • Delicate

Best Uses

  • Living Room
  • Office

Comments about HEART STRINGS STATE LOVE WALL ART:

Love it...so unique (!)

  • Was this a gift?:
  • Yes
  • Who was the recipient of this product?:
  • Other
  • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
  • Other

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3.0

Took forever!

By 

from Chicago

About Me Midrange Shopper

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Attractive Design
  • Unique

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Gifts

    Comments about HEART STRINGS STATE LOVE WALL ART:

    Ordered this in July and didn't receive until March! Uncommon Goods did not give me anything for the extended wait time. I was hoping they would give me some kind of a discount. Claimed the would send me a $10 gift card, but I never received it! Item is unique and nice-looking. Appears sturdy and should last.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
    • Who was the recipient of this product?:
    • Self

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    5.0

    Home is where the Heart is!

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    from palo alto, ca

    About Me Midrange Shopper

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Attractive Design
    • Durable
    • Unique

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Gifts
      • Living Room

      Comments about HEART STRINGS STATE LOVE WALL ART:

      This sweet little piece lovingly shows where my heart is home!

      Service and delivery comments:

      The product arrived 4 months after I ordered it. I inquired after the first month of delay and was told the artist was running behind on orders and it would arrive shortly. After that I inquired two more times to uncommon goods asking if the order would ever come and received no response.

      As the artists' dealer, uncommon goods needs to provide better customer service/information to those who have placed orders. I had no way to contact the artist and did not know for months if I would ever receive the order.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
      • Who was the recipient of this product?:
      • Self
      • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
      • Other

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      5.0

      What a lovely piece of art!

      By 

      from Oceanside, CA

      About Me Midrange Shopper

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attractive Design
      • Bright
      • Durable
      • Unique

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Gifts
        • Living Room
        • Office

        Comments about HEART STRINGS STATE LOVE WALL ART:

        I got this for a Christmas present for my boss & his wife - they're both from Texas & love to go home to visit. It's perfect! Beautifully done & unique; I know they'll love it.

        Service and delivery comments:

        I ordered this in early May & finally got it in September! I wasn't in any hurry, as it's a Christmas present...and I understand the artist has to create each one from scratch as she gets the orders in. She even hand-wrote me a thank-you note & apologized for the delay! So glad I placed the order when I did, though!

        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes
        • Who was the recipient of this product?:
        • Other
        • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
        • Christmas or Hanukkah

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        1.0

        still waiting

        By 

        from Long Beach, CA

        Comments about HEART STRINGS STATE LOVE WALL ART:

        I can't comment on the product as I have yet to receive it after 2 1/2 months.

        Service and delivery comments:

        I ordered this item back in July. It is now October and I am still waiting. =(

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        1.0

        Late beyond late - unacceptable

        By 

        from Chcago area

        About Me Midrange Shopper

        Pros

          Cons

          • Artist Uncooperative
          • Artist Unresponsive
          • Artist Wont Honor Deadlin
          • Dont Plan On This Gift
          • No Resolution To Lateness
          • Product Time Months Late

          Best Uses

            Comments about HEART STRINGS STATE LOVE WALL ART:

            Cant say, still have not received the order.

            Service and delivery comments:

            Still waiting on delivery from an early july order. Excuses were made, artist behind and told uncommon goods to stop calling her. She would not make any accomodation for her customers. i am shocked this product is still on the website at all.

            • Who was the recipient of this product?:
            • Husband
            • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
            • Anniversary

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            5.0

            Worth the wait

            By 

            from North Carolina

            About Me Midrange Shopper

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Attractive Design
            • Unique

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Gifts

              Comments about HEART STRINGS STATE LOVE WALL ART:

              Due to popular demand, the wait for this piece of art was pretty long, but the finished product was worth it. It is gorgeous. The attention to detail is amazing, and it says everything I wanted it to as a gift for a friend.

              Service and delivery comments:

              Delivery was very late, but customer service was excellent and friendly and they compensated for my delay with a voucher toward a future purchase. UncommonGoods is doing all the right things to keep my business.

              • Who was the recipient of this product?:
              • Other
              • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
              • Birthday

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              5.0

              Love It!

              By 

              from Sacramento, CA

              About Me Midrange Shopper

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Attractive Design
              • Unique

              Cons

              • Untimely Deliver

              Best Uses

              • Gifts

              Comments about HEART STRINGS STATE LOVE WALL ART:

              I bought this gift for my parent's 40th Wedding Anniversary. They loved it! They couldn't believe the quality and uniqueness of the art piece. It took longer than expected to arrive, but it was worth it.

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              4.0

              Great Gift

              By 

              from Menlo Park, CA

              About Me Midrange Shopper

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Attractive Design
              • Unique

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about HEART STRINGS STATE LOVE WALL ART:

                  This is a really great unique gift. I got one for an Idahoan and the outline of that state is just so beautiful that the piece looked great. The artist pays attention to every detail. The recipient was very pleased. The only down side was the wood that it's on had a knot in it at the bottom that was partially covered by the state but was visible at the bottom. Given the small size of the wood I felt like a more perfect piece could have been picked but my significant other thought that the small imperfections added to it's charm.

                  Service and delivery comments:

                  I ordered mine in early May and it came at the end of July about 6 weeks later than originally planned. I did get an email 3 weeks after I ordered it saying that it would be late and then it came 3 weeks later than the second projected date. But Uncommon Goods was nice enough to waive the shipping cost and overnight it to me.

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                  5.0

                  Beautiful, unique piece!

                  By 

                  from Columbia, SC

                  About Me Midrange Shopper

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Attractive Design
                  • Bright
                  • Durable
                  • Unique

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Gifts
                    • Kitchen
                    • Living Room
                    • Office

                    Comments about HEART STRINGS STATE LOVE WALL ART:

                    Beautiful craftsmanship! :)

                    Service and delivery comments:

                    Was not on time, however I was credited back the shipping charge
                    Arrived in good condition with a note from artist regarding the reclaimed wood
                    All customer support personnel were friendly, helpful, & courteous

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                    Q and A

                    When our community voted on this product, some also shared comments - read them below:

                    200votes, 44 comments

                    Cassie, UncommonGoods Community Moderator

                    New York is our home, so of course the Empire State has a special place in our hearts here at UncommonGoods. Would you commemorate your favorite state with this creative wall art? Do you prefer a bold, colored background, or soothing, natural wood? Don't string us along...share your feedback!

                    Roberta
                    Vote: Thumbs up!

                    Beautiful idea. A great thing to have when you live far away from home.

                    Sam
                    Vote: Thumbs up!

                    These are awesome! I prefer bold background. Stands out more! I would love one from every state that I've lived in...you know...start a collection!! LOVEE!!

                    April
                    Vote: Thumbs up!

                    I love these!! Bold is definitely the way to go!

                    elena
                    Vote: Thumbs up!

                    Oh my goodness, this is one of the most beautifully stunning wall art pieces I've ever seen! I cannot wait to get one. It's just....beautiful!!!

                    Liane
                    Vote: Thumbs down!

                    If I'm paying for a work of art like this, I'd certainly hope that there weren't chips out of the background boards, as there are in these pics. Overpriced in my opinion.

                    Daria
                    Vote: Thumbs up!

                    Beautiful artistry. I love the fusion of head and heart with a bow to the environment.

                    elena
                    Vote: Thumbs up!

                    Liane- the chips are because the backboard is made of birch plywood. And I can't believe I'm saying this, but the price actually seems quite reasonable if you think about how much work goes into a piece like this (the threading). How much time DOES go into a piece like this, out of curiosity??

                    Heather
                    Vote: Thumbs up!

                    Bold background for sure. Love this idea. I hope they choose it so I can ask for one for my birthday!

                    Sara
                    Vote: Thumbs down!

                    Has a summer camp craft look

                    Bethany
                    Vote: Thumbs down!

                    While I absolutely appreciate the work that goes into a piece like this, I cannot escape the feeling that these look like the string art of the early 70s. These ARE more polished or elegant - no multicolored thread or brushed velvet background. I love the idea of showing the heart of the state, just not the medium.

                    Maria
                    Vote: Thumbs up!

                    My only additional thought would be if people could request the heart to be around someone's hometown or other location of choice :)

                    michelle
                    Vote: Thumbs down!

                    Love the idea and would purchase one if it wasn't for the high price. $40 max--you have to take into consideration shipping costs which adds around $15. Having said that, I might pay the $90 price if you could get the heart custom made to "heart" the city where you live in the state. Now, that would be cool.

                    michelle
                    Vote: Thumbs down!

                    Don't like the background colors...cheapens the piece.

                    Tracey
                    Vote: Thumbs down!

                    Price is to high.

                    Jenny
                    Vote: Thumbs up!

                    Love it! please do "Detroit" for Michigan!

                    Melissa
                    Vote: Thumbs up!

                    I would definitely purchase if the following two options became available:1.) I want to choose where the heart of my state would be, aka my hometown.2.) While I like the bold colors, I would prefer different wood stain options, like a dark mahogany.

                    Eleanor

                    Hi! I am the creator of these pieces and am LOVING hearing your feedback! Just wanted to answer a few questions/concerns. - I personally like the more natural wood look, but the chips out of the bottom could be sanded down or filled in.-I have done almost every color, including plain stained wood- what colors would you be interested in seeing? Or do you like just plain wood with more of the natural grain showing? I'd love to hear people's preference!-As for the price, I totally understand the concern. However, each piece is hand cut, patterned, painted, nailed, strung and carefully packed. The process takes between 4-6 hours, depending on the size and detail of the state, so the price reflects that.Again, thanks so much for the feedback! Keep it coming!

                    Christina
                    Vote: Thumbs up!

                    I love this idea, but the price seems high for something I can technically make myself.

                    Katie
                    Vote: Thumbs down!

                    Super cute idea...way too expensive for the materials being used

                    Jon
                    Vote: Thumbs up!

                    Can we put the heart where we want? Like, I grew up in Nebraska (Omaha), can I have the heart centered there?

                    Lori
                    Vote: Thumbs up!

                    I like the concept, but I think they're overpriced.

                    MexiPoff
                    Vote: Thumbs down!

                    Looks like something I can make with items from a local hardware store.

                    Shannon
                    Vote: Thumbs down!

                    Love the idea, however, it looks a little on the cheap side. And the price definitely does not reflect that...........

                    Tinamarie
                    Vote: Thumbs up!

                    A little pricey though

                    Liz
                    Vote: Thumbs up!

                    The detail on these pieces looks amazing! The colors are bright & fun. I'd definitely buy one for myself, and I can think of friends who would love one, too. To me, they definitely look like they'd be worth the price.

                    mara
                    Vote: Thumbs up!

                    I LOVE this item, but I would definitely not pay $90 for it. That price is much too steep. A better price would be half the estimate amount, at $45.

                    Kay
                    Vote: Thumbs down!

                    What a waste of $90.

                    Mary
                    Vote: Thumbs up!

                    Love them BUT too high a price for me to consider buying.

                    Danielle
                    Vote: Thumbs up!

                    I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE this product!!! I want to collect 1 for every state my family and I have traveled to through the years..They are priced just right to give as gifts as well..So creative too..The only thing I would love to see different about this product is to offer a few background colors choices, rather than just teal and red..

                    Patricia Sarah
                    Vote: Thumbs up!

                    Wonderful idea! I do agree with another reviewer re the chips in the background board. They detract from the art, and if the display piece is flawed, what might the subsequent ones look like? Though I voted thumbs up, it is with a very large caveat that better quality assistance is utilitzed!

                    Anji
                    Vote: Thumbs up!

                    I think these are really neat and creative ways for someone to show others where they've been or where they come from. These are a type of thing I would expect to see for sale at Uncommon Goods!! Love these :)

                    Rebecca
                    Vote: Thumbs up!

                    Seems like a high price. Cute, though.

                    Ashley
                    Vote: Thumbs up!

                    I LOVE this. It's absolutely wonderful, but I do struggle a bit with the price. It seems a bit out of the range of what I'd pay for it.

                    Jaime
                    Vote: Thumbs up!

                    I think they are beautiful! I love that they can be personalized to the state and city of my choice.

                    Colleen
                    Vote: Thumbs down!

                    VERY cute designs, but the price seems way too high!

                    erin
                    Vote: Thumbs up!

                    Love it! What a unique gift! Looks like I wont have to shop far for Christmas next year!

                    Jennifer
                    Vote: Thumbs up!

                    This is a very meaningful gift for someone who loves his/her place.

                    Jess
                    Vote: Thumbs up!

                    This is a very great idea and I love it. For some people where they come from is very important and this will always remind them of home when they have to move for reasons out of their control. Especially for someone like my cousin who had to move because her job requires it.

                    Calimoore

                    I would buy this for a wedding gift.

                    Donna Lee

                    Another produst that I hope to see from Uncommon Goods. I'm just hopefully that the price comes down so I can purchase one!

                    Ryan

                    I really love this I from Cali and I live in va right now would so live to have one of this in my house.

                    Melissa

                    I agree with several others here that the price is too high. At this price I would buy one - at a slightly lower price, i would probably buy several. I have lived in numerous states (Military) and could see these being a collection of our moves, or gifts for friends. Maybe $60-75 depending on the complexity of the peice (Lets face it, not all states are complicated, lol!)

                    Britney

                    I would prefer a more subtle background so as to match more interior decor, or if possible, no background - but I love the idea and would definately purchase one

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