Taiwan Hearts

This edition of Weekend Market is inspired by Taiwan! Since moving here, I’ve acquired a collection of things shaped like this country. I have bookmarks, key chains, pendants and little wooden wall hangings, and am always looking for more objects to add. Taiwan is a very cute landmass, as these soaps by Taiwan Hearts prove. I love the photo above—it’s a pastel-hued Rockette lineup of Taiwan-shaped soaps!
At first I was only going to include items shaped like Taiwan in this post, but I couldn’t resist adding Taiwan Hearts’ new posters inspired by Snellen eye charts. They read: “I am Taiwanese and very proud of being one from head to toe and inside out.” The black-and-white version is the most literal riff on the classic eye chart design, but Taiwan Hearts’ turquoise and pink versions would look great against white walls.

Taiwan Hearts

Taiwan Hearts
Taiwan Hearts

This tiny pendant by iCharming is adorable. It’s the perfect size for my charm bracelet. I’ll attach it next to the charm representing my home planet of California. 
iCharming
I love all the bright colors in artist Amy Yeh’s (菓森林) painting of Taiwan. It’s available in prints, postcards, hand mirrors and even a puzzle in her Pinkoi store.
Taiwan puzzle

And last but certainly not least, one of the most unusual Taiwan-shaped items I have ever seen: a stainless steel soup spoon! Moko (玩木銀家) won a 2007 Taiwan Craft Award for this stunning utensil, which they created to honor the importance of food and drink in Taiwanese culture.

玩木銀家

Speaking of food, I saw the funniest thing today: a sheepish cat being escorted out of a steak restaurant and back into his home, the apartment building next door. The cat was rather tubby, so I imagine he manages to steal steak scraps all the time. He is my new hero! Have a great weekend!