Giveaway :: Bettula

Tuesday, February 25, 2014


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As our month-long journey focus on “Abundant Love” draws to a close, we here at the BSP wanted to take a moment to reflect on what this concept really means for us. On a personal level, I have realized that my time here with you wonderful folks has created a ripple effect of love in my life as a whole. I look at brands and products and food and relationships with a more consciously open heart and definitely plan on carrying this practice over in the days to come. To honor this commitment, we wanted to make sure that today’s contributor was extra special.

Heather Fagan creates beauty out of the world at her fingertips and what better way to properly reflect on the abundance of love, don’t you think? Fagan’s company, Bettula, creates home decorations and jewelry out of birch bark and the results are nothing short of fantastic. This Personalized Birch Bark vase speaks of first love, holding hands, warm summer afternoons. (And what a perfect wedding gift, don’t you think?) Bettula showcases love for the beauty of nature and makes it accessible every day. If that isn’t love in perfect abundance, I don’t know what is.

Bettula is giving away one Birch Bark Curve bracelet to one lucky winner! To enter to win, please answer the following question no later than Thursday, March 5th.
Please visit Bettula and tell us: What is your favorite love story? (Could be a personal one, a book, a song, a movie…you name it!)

M/h5>Start checking the winner’s box on Tuesday, March 11th, to see if you’ve won!

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    Kate B says:

    As an aside, this work is SPECTACULAR. My jewelry tastes tend towards the minimalist pieces and generally much sleeker, but the items in this store are breathtakingly beautiful. (I immediately scrolled down to the care section of the listing to make sure I wouldn’t IMMEDIATELY destroy something made of actual bark, hee.) Thank you for sharing your work here today, I favorited the shop so I can peruse more in the future.

    As for my favorite love story, I have a real weakness for When Harry Met Sally. Partly because I am a total sucker for when friends fall in love and partly because when I saw it for the first time in high school, my friend *lied* to me and told me that all of the interview interludes were real people’s stories. I was so enchanted by this, riiiight up until the end credits when I noticed that the documentary couples all had different last names. I raised an eyebrow at my friend and she copped to having told me an untruth, but “didn’t it make watching the movie SO MUCH BETTER?” I had to agree and when I had the opportunity to watch it with another friend for her first time, I did the exact same thing. So maybe I love that love story more for the memories of friends making things perfect for each other, though Harry and Sally’s courtship itself does get me every time as well!

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    Tiffany says:

    I’ve always loved the story between Carrie and John (Mr. Big) from Sex and the City. No matter what they were going through, they always ended up being there for each other.

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    Jennifer says:

    My favorite fictional love story is The Notebook: true love that lasts a lifetime that even death or illness can’t diminish.

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    Jessica says:

    My favorite is the love story between noone and anyone in the e.e. Cummings poem, ‘anyone lived in a pretty how town.’ Anyone and noone have the kind of love that makes you better for being a part of it. My favorite line in the poem is: “when by now and tree by leaf she laughed his joy she cried his grief.” Anyone and noone’s love is sharply contrasted with the someone’s and everyone’s in their town: “someones married their everyones laughed their cryings and did their dance” who seem to be interested much more in themselves than in those around them. They “sowed their isn’t and reaped their same”. The years pass and anyone’s and noone’s love grows and grows until: “one day anyone died i guess (and noone stooped to kiss his face) busy folk buried them side by side little by little and was by was.” I hope to love my husband in this way, recognizing his special qualities, laughing when he laughs, grieving when he grieves, loving him in such a way that he becomes even better than the man full of character I married 5 years ago.

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    Juliet Farmer says:

    The Notebook, of course! 

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    Elizabeth says:

    I’m pretty sure me looking at this bracelet is its own love story.  (I’m serious.  I think it’s “the one.” Te he.)

    I’ve been burned pretty badly, so my idea of a great love story has changed.  I’m a *little* down on traditional love stories (I try to keep it to myself – I’m happy for other people!). Instead, I’m big on community and love from all sorts of places.  My own current “love” story reflects this.  I want to be a part of something bigger than just two people.

    I think this started a long time ago, when I was moved by the great Russian author’s representation of love.  If I had to pick one, I would go with Dostoevsky’s “The Brothers Karamazov.”  Technically, it’s not a love story.  But it IS!  Because love is bigger than kissing!  The place in the story where the monk Alyosha is depressed and tricked into going to see Grushenka (the loose woman) is the best:  they find meaning in the realization that they are sister and brother – and it changes everything.

    So that’s it: my favorite love story is the one where we realize that we love the people we’re not supposed to love – that we are connected.  In my own personal life, I love an old friend who has become a criminal. I still love him.  I can’t stop myself.  I shouldn’t, society seems to think.  But I still care buckets and buckets.  And I think it’s beautiful, not bad.  That’s my idea of a love story.

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    Amie A says:

    Clarence and Alabama from True Romance… I can quote the whole movie, but the intro really says it all:  

    “I had to come all the way from the highway and byways of Tallahassee, Florida to MotorCity, Detroit to find my true love. If you gave me a million years to ponder, I would never have guessed that true romance and Detroit would ever go together. And til this day, the events that followed all still seems like a distant dream. But the dream was real and was to change our lives forever. I kept asking Clarence why our world seemed to be collapsing and things seemed to be getting so shitty. And he’d say, “that’s the way it goes, but don’t forget, it goes the other way too.” That’s the way romance is… Usually, that’s the way it goes, but every once in awhile, it goes the other way too.”

    I apply this to my romantic relationships, when things go awry, I always remember that even though that’s the way it goes, it will go the other way, too.    <3 

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    Melinda KE says:

    This is my favorite love story, and it gets me every time I watch it.  I hope that one day I have the kind of love that Danny and Annie had, it just makes my heart melt.

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    I do love the story of Esther from the Bible. 🙂 Always have…But my love story with my husband pretty much rocks my world…

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    Sharon Siqueiros says:

    My personal love story with my husband is my total fav, but I really like the movie “Ghost”

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    Courtney J says:

    My favorite love story is probably The Phantom of the Opera; not sure if it’s a total love story, but there is plenty of love involved!

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    Samantha S says:

    In C.S. Lewis’ “The Horse and His Boy,” the very end of the book has this sentence: “Years later, when Aravis and Shasta were grown up, they were so used to quarreling and making up again that they got married so as to go on doing it more conveniently.” The idea of marrying your best friend and negotiating life together (because there are conflicts, but that doesn’t mean they have to ruin things) is both realistic and sweet, but the context of the story makes it better: the two have already traveled, fought, and had adventures together, and their love story ends up being truly a partnership of equals.

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    Anne H says:

    As many have said, this bracelet is amazing, birch bark and I go way back, as a child my father and I would find birch bark and make canoes and other things from it. I guess that leads me to my favorite love story I guess after my husband and I , I would have to say the story that is the loving relationship I am so lucky to have with my dad. Being of the generation, I am 50 , many kids especially daughters spent little time with their Dads. I was lucky my dad was a fire fighter and so we, my sister and I spent a lot of time with My Dad. He took me for early morning canoe rides, took my sister and I camping coached our teams and supported us in all of our endeavors. I am lucky to say I am very close to my Dad, I love him dearly and we still spend quality alone time to this day , which we both look forward to.

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    Susanna B. says:

    The love story of my parents! As simple as it is, it’s probably my favorite!  🙂

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    cindy says:

    Cinema Paradiso. The greatest of love stories and brings me to tears every time!

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    Erin S. says:

    “If I Were A Carpenter” by Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash. I love how the lyrics are so vulnerable and sweet, without being overly romantic. It’s a very simple and genuine love song, that is made even greater by the real-life love shared between the two singers. Between Johnny’s voice and the line “Gimme your tomorrow” it gives me goosebumps every time I hear it.

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    Charlotte D. says:

    The English Patient.  Just so touching.  How he goes above and beyond and risk his life to go back for her  because he promised.  And most importantly he kept his promise.  Love it.

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    Anna L says:

    My favorite love story is the one between a boy and his dogs in Where the Red Fern Grows!  One of the first books that got me to love reading,

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    Susan F says:

    My favorite “Love Story” is the movie “Love Story” with Ali McGraw and Ryan O’Neil

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    Susie says:

    My favorite is Life is Beautiful. This movie portrays such deep love amidst the most difficult of conditions, both between husband and wife, and between parent and child. So profound and so moving!

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    Sparrow says:

    Good question! When my great grandfather was courting my great grandmother, she was a school teacher some 200 miles away. So to see her, he drove a single-cylinder motorcycle the entire distance through the desert on dirt roads. I love the image of him going all of those miles through the dirt and the heat with her on his mind. I also love the stories if both of my grandparents. My paternal grandmother was a city girl who loved the sights and sounds and fashion. When she married my grandfather, they immediately moved to the middle of nowhere in Montana to start a cattle ranch. Completely isolated, she got into the business and worked side by side in the dirty work of ranching and in too of that, she made the wilderness bloom with her lush rose gardens and vegetable gardens. They are still together, through all the lean and tough times, taking care of one another through the tough business of aging gracefully.

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    Annette says:

    My favorite love story is the movie, “The Notebook.”  I hate that it makes me cry so much, but the love between the two main characters is beautiful.

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    Susan Fish says:

    I would have to say my parents love for each other is my favorite love story of all –  I remember  watching them dance to Sinatra in the kitchen and the look they gave each other – pure love and devotion . My mom passed away 6 years ago and my dad will be turning 90 soon- we still miss mom terriby –

    I hope to find that same love one day and make my own dacoits love story

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    Veronica says:

    My favorite love story is probobly the story from annabel lee. I know that it is very sad, but the story just touches me. I love how edgar allen poe shows his pain, not to mention how beautiful the poetry is.