OK, so I love my Etsy folks, but I have to say in recent weeks, I found myself absolutely obsessed with one particular item. Every day, as I checked my stats on CraftCult, one sidebar advert always distracted me.  I, ever so subtly, sent my husband an e-mail which read, “Your wife NEEDS this for Valentine’s Day,” with a link to the posting on Etsy. I also felt compelled to convo Ashley Nizolek, the seller/artist/designer extrordinare to confess my obsession and that I hoped she’d soon be receiving an order from Austin. Happy me, when my husband walked into the house and placed a turquoise-blue box on my laptop keyboard. What, you ask, was the object of my desire? Absolutely one of the sweetest necklaces ever…

 
I love hummingbirds and this Love Birds necklace just sang to me.  When I was a child, I always watched the hummingbirds swarm to the feeder outside my grandparents’ kitchen window.  For my eight birthday, I requested from them a hummingbird feeder of my own (which hung outside my bedroom window).  When my husband and I purchased our first home together, my sister, brother-in-law and niece gifted me a lovely chartreuse green, hand-blown glass feeder for my birthday, which is still prominently placed near the kitchen window (rightfully so).  Every spring through summer, the little birds hoover around the feeders in our back yard.  They’re like pets to me and they are very well fed!  When I saw this necklace, I had to have it.  I almost bought it for myself, then realized, my husband might appreciate a little gift-giving guidance.
Ashley, of AN Original Jewelry is just one of the most pleasant ladies to work with.  She’s so communicative and her shop is just so original.  I also love the Love Bird Lariat and Flock of Lovebirds necklace.  Seriously…I’m detecting some OCD symptoms when visiting her shop.  Therapy needed, perhaps?!
Since my Love Birds necklace arrived, I’ve worn it every day.  I layer it with my diamond horseshoe, which was my wedding gift from my husband.  He’s English, and an English bride always carries or wears an upturned horseshoe for luck in her marriage.  Mine was sewn inside my dress.  Four years later, my Love Birds have joined my horseshoe.  I now can’t imagine walking out of the house without it, just the same.
What skill Ashley has to manage such intricate cut outs!  This necklace is adorable in photos, but I fell deeper in love upon opening the box!  It makes me smile every time I hang it around my neck.  It’s just too sweet.  Wait until my mom sees it…she might need one too!
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…and you KNOW I’m a fan!  You should be too!
Thanks so much, Ashley!  I love my little hummingbirds!
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