Monday, October 22, 2007

Let There Be Love

I used to be a hopeless romantic. Now, I'm just a romantic. After meeting my husband Will, I don't feel so hopeless anymore! So sappy... but so true.

When Will and I arrived at the Dublin Airport in Ireland a few years ago, neither one of us expected to meet the person we would marry. Will had been in Ireland watching Wales play in the 6 Nations rugby tournament. I had been traveling around the country with some friends while studying abroad in Bath, England. We both ended up sitting next to each other in the airport with a 10 hour wait until our separate flights. The time flew by.

We spent the next four months together. From coal mines to castles, we traveled all over the UK and when it was time for me to go back to my home in California, we knew it wasn't the end for us.

As our three year wedding anniversary grows closer, I think about how lucky I am to have met the man of my dreams. Only three weeks before I had met Will, I had broken up with my longterm college boyfriend who I felt I had to leave the country just to get away from (hence, the study abroad!!). I had resigned myself to being alone forever and didn't think I would mind that. I thought I had loved the guy, but knew that we just didn't work together. I didn't really know what it was like to be in a loving and supportive relationship until Will came into my life.

And now, with two little girls to call our own, we are still happy and in love. And although we desperately miss the days when we were falling in love over wine and couscous in London (especially on nights when Gracie is still jumping on her bed at 11:00 pm, and Annelie is screaming her head off because of the whole teething nightmare that is my life) we wouldn't trade the life we have built together for the world.

For Will, and lovers everywhere, here is an Etsy tribute!

The first shop I would like to feature is Paper Fish. I love just about everything in this shop, and would spend spend spend to my hearts content if we didn't have kids to feed and bills to pay. But these colorful little hearts, made from felt and fabric, are just too irresistible not to show off!


You can find these hearts (which come as a set of three) at http://www.paperfish.etsy.com

The next shop, Annie and Olive, is another of those that I would shop in for the rest of my life, if only I had the money! I just can't get enough of these sweet little heart pendants! There are so many to choose from, and one day I would like to have a whole collection of them.




You can find these, as well as sweet little flower hairclips and minitotes at http://www.annieandolive.etsy.com

The next shop I would like to feature is very funky and very fun; the wire artwork of Kristine Mays. I am so in love with this LOVE set of letters for the wall. They each measure about 4 x 6 and are just so cool.
You can find these at http://www.kristinemays.etsy.com

This next item is a card from Dulce Mea Confections and I think it is so beautiful it should be framed! In fact, I think the majority of this entire shop should be framed and preserved forever, because I am completely in love with these collage cards.


You can find this card, as well as other beautiful pieces of collage art cards at http://www.dulcemeaconfections.etsy.com

If you are in love, don't forget to shout it from the rooftops. Love is rare and should be celebrated!

11 comments:

Barbra said...

I love the story of how you met your hubby. And the shops you featured are wonderful. I'm a sucker for anything in a heart shape!

Laura said...

Just found your blog via Etsy. I love the suggetsions you have made, and have added several favourite items to my etsy list !!

Good luck with the big move !

Candice said...

That is such a wonderful story...very romantic!!

~Stella said...

Cute post, what a lovely story!

Stella

charliemotel said...

aww thats an adorable story! i got married a year and a half ago and we are more in love everyday :)

Loving paperfish- such a find!

Thanks for your lovely comments on my blog! its nice to know someone actually reads it lol!

Anne-Marie said...

What a great story - and I can't wait to go check out some of those ETSY shops!

Love & Squalor Designs said...

absolutely wonderful story. i love the romance, but i love the everyday ordinary just as much--especially after years with long distance, etc. sometimes i look at my english husband and just marvel and think...how in the world did i actually find you.

Arian said...

Great post...Love is great : )

gorgeousredhead said...

awww you guys are too cute!!

Cathy said...

well said - and i relate totally to the toddler who refuses to go to sleep and the teething baby lol - we have been married almost 8 years (come february) and we have two little boys aged 1 and 2 :)

Lorissa J. Longfellow said...

So sweet! I know what you mean by never really knowing what true love was before.
I also understand the longing for falling in love over wine and travels, but you will have that again when the girls are grow.
I'ms o happy for you.

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