Saturday, January 18, 2014


Welcome to Her Grace by Devata.

My name is Hettienne and I live in
Cape Town, South Africa.

 I write this blog primarily to showcase
my handiwork, some of which is sold
in my Etsy shop or in my online shop.
Both the blog and the shop is
'a dream come true' for me.

In blogging world I have met some amazing,
warm, funny and incredibly inspiring people.
From feeling like an outsider looking into
a world that I do not understand, I
connected with an entire community
that sees the world with similar eyes to mine!

I call my art 'Sacred Art'.
The vision of all my creations is to highlight
the sacred in the ordinary :
to see the wonderful myths that are alive
in our stories;
to encourage myself and others to tell the stories
that keep our vision alive
and to focus on the metaphor and symbol
which is hidden in our world!

I also share my love of dolls of all kind,
my handmade dolls

my love of creating shadowboxes - each
one a unique and miniature vignette of everyday

Keeper of the Keys

my love of the Divine Feminine,
especially in her embodiment as Mary

my love for making shrines, dedicated to
the inner spiritual life and all its symbolism,
much wider than religion

The Shrine of the Lost Inner Child

Archangel Michael Shrine

my love for showing the sacred in our ordinary lives

Follow your Muse

and most of all,
I love to travel to interesting and mystical places
and I love to share those stories on
Cloister of the Heart
and here on Her Grace I like to showcase
my shadowboxes which capture the essence of my travels

The Roma festival (Gypsy) of St Sara la Kali in Saintes-Maries de la Mer, France

I am very excited to participate in the Grow Your Blog event.
A great opportunity to find new blogs,
new followers
and a few give-aways.
I am looking forward to finding new
inspirational blogs!

As part of the fun, I have entered my other blog as well -
please go over and visit
where I am also offering a give-away!

I am offering one of the Shards of Beauty
from my Etsy shop as a giveaway there

I am giving away a packet of
Mary Blessing Seeds.
I make these by hand and distribute
them to those who want to offer healing
or prayers or good thoughts or
blessings or joy
to others or the earth or just put them
in their gardens!!

These beautiful handmade blessing seeds are packaged with blessed salts, sprinkled with sacred waters from Lourdes and dried rose petals which were touched to the St Teresa roses, carefully wrapped in tissue paper in a voile bag. An image of Mary with the above information will accompany your Blessing Seeds.

Bless the earth with these blessing seeds : infuse them with your prayers for healing and plant them where you pray. 

If you would like to read about these seeds and how I came to make them and about my travels to spiritual places, please go to and

Please click on the link
and visit the many other exciting blogs and
maybe you will even find a few to follow!!

Blessings, Hettienne


  1. Wow you really are very artistic in every sense of the word Hettienne. Your blog and posts are so beautiful. Thank you for that.

  2. Some very interesting religious themed artwork. Love the emphasis of Mother Earth!
    Enjoy your journey through the party blogs!

  3. Welcome to the Party! I am one of Vicki's Grow Your Blog Party Volunteers and wanted to thank you for joining in on the fun. I am sure your readership and Followers numbers will be growing quickly. Your shadowboxes are wonderful! Best of luck and have fun meeting bloggers from all over the world Hettienne!

  4. Oh what a delight to find your blog and see your art! Simply wonderful!

  5. Some very beautiful art here, and it looks like you have had some wonderful travels. I like that name, Shards of Beauty. Visiting from GYB. Have a wonderful day.

  6. Hello ,

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


  7. Oh Hettienne
    Everything is so beautiful on both your blogs - it's like being in Heaven!
    I love your shadow boxes and Mary's seeds.
    You are taking us all on the most wonderfully colourful spiritual journey!
    I will be back when the party ends to spend more time going though your posts at a leisurely pace.

  8. Hi Hettienne. Visiting you back from GYB. Love your relics. I remember making a relic with my youngest, Chloe, in grade school when she had to make an example of something medieval...chain mail being way too time We used a chicken bone as the relic and had amazing fun weaving beads and gold thread around it an an image of Mary. Hope you're having a lovely weekend and a nice party hop. :)

  9. HI Hettiene I came from your other blog and am blown away by your art. It is so captivating. I am in love with your creativity.

  10. Your soul touches your creations. I would be honored to win your seeds to help my mother with her hospice care. Peace.

  11. Hello Grace ..I'm Lynet, nice to meet you, your blog is beautiful, I following now,I love to share with you from now on and we are good friends!Happy grow your blog

  12. Oh your art dolls are just wonderful. And I love the religious theme to all your art. Wonderful shadowboxes. So glad I got to meet you.


  13. My older sister loves shrines. She has a few in her house.

    I'm still making the rounds from Grow Your Blog. Thanks for sharing your story & blog. My redwork/ embroidery blog is!


  14. Hello again! I would love to be included in your give away.
    Evalina, This and that...

  15. Hi Hettienne! It's so nice to meet you! You have a lovely blog and your art is beautiful! I'm now a follower. Thanks for coming over to my blog to say hi!


  16. Hi Hettienne,

    What a beautiful idea! The blessing seeds are wonderful and you can tell the energy and heart that has gone into their creation just from reading about them. I am glad to have found both your blogs and would love to be entered into your giveaways.
    Keli x

  17. I love your work and your enery. The blessing seeds are a true blessing. Thank you for visiting me! Di@Cottage-Wishes

  18. Your work is simply gorgeous. Love the doll and shadow boxes (especially the one with the frozen charlottes!). Thank you for the chance at your giveaways. Am going to follow you.

  19. What beautiful shrines. Thank you for sharing some of your life with us. Happy hopping!

  20. Your blog is beautiful. Iam now a follower. Thanks for a chance to ein your beautiful creation. Jackie.

  21. 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 and contact info is I have visit both your sites

  22. Still enjoying the GYB party, though I have to do my partying a little at a time. Your blog is beautiful, has a tranquil appearance with the wonderful color and designs on your sidebar. Your creations are gorgeous and it is apparent you are an artist of much talent. I have enjoyed my visit today and am going to sign up to follow you!

    I am hoping you may find a moment to check out my blog. Have a blessed day!

  23. Awesome site Hettienne Ma - full of Love and Light and WISDOM! May all being be touched by the Feminine Divine and transformed to become beings of Change, Light & Love. Blessings, blessings, blessings

  24. Just came from your other blog! You are very creative. And double effort to post 2 posts! I struggled with 1.
    Will look forward to your creations. And please enter me for your seeds. We do need some blessing around the house.



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