Giveaway :: Paper Bird Creations

Tuesday, September 24, 2013



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I wear my heart on my sleeve. I just can’t help it. I am prone to declarations of love, delusions of grandeur, fits of fancy. It is just in my nature. Perhaps that is why I am drawn to personalized jewelry. It feels a bit more dazzling to know that something specific about me is decorating my skin. This could actually be true for all jewelry. Think about it: do you ever wear jewelry that just doesn’t feel like you? No, me either.

Michelle Villarroel of Paper Bird Creations specialized in the personal. Her gorgeous and simple pieces are subtle enough to feel effortless and handcrafted expertly enough to feel sublime. Villarroel’s background varies from advertising to jewelry design and her aesthetic creates a lasting impression. The Nene Single Finger Ring and the Double Knuckle Chain Ring are a couple of personal favorites but I must admit my heart belongs to the Custom Stamped Large Nameplate Necklace. Now I no longer have to be stuck wearing my heart on my sleeve. I can wear it around my neck, too.

Paper Bird Creations is giving away one Double Finger Ring & Skinny Custom Personalized Antique Brass Name Plate Necklace to one lucky winner! To enter to win, please answer the following question no later than Tuesday, October 1st.
Please visit Paper Bird Creations and tell us: Who was your first love?
Start checking the winners box on Monday, October 7th, to see if you’ve won!
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  1. 1
    Jenni says:

    A boy named Cody. He was tall, handsome and had a killer smile that made me go weak at the knees. He always left me little surprises that made my heart sing with glee, like a rubber bouncy ball, a valentine, a piece of candy, a brightly colored string… We were the best in the class during puzzle time and he even held my hand once on the blacktop. Over the summer he surprised me by showing up at my birthday party and giving me my first kiss! THe next year my heart broke when he want off to kindergarten and left me at pre-school, but I still have a little box with his mementos and he has an entire page in my baby book where my mom is quoted with saying, “I never thought that I would see such a strong love between two such very young little kids.” 

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    Juliet Farmer says:

    I thought I was in love many times, but it wasn’t until  i met my husband that I realized what true live is. I have only been in love once, and I still am. 🙂

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    ren says:

    his name was jason and we were in the first grade. i carried my torch well after he moved out of town. but i still remember him!

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    Sparrow says:

    His name still gives me the chills: Steven Nyman. My best friend, Lori, and I stalked him around the play ground in 1st grade (poor kid) and in the afternoons we worked feverishly on this book about our love for him, inventively named: The Love Story. A few years ago, I nearly fell off my chair when my husband and I were watching the winter Olympics and they called one of the US contestants as Steven Nyman. My long lost love! It was him, blonde locks still intact. I swooned that the love of my first-grade heart turned out to be an Olympic skier while my husband rolled his eyes. Luckily, my husband is devilishly handsome and amazing, or I would have been running for the slopes.

    On a side note, I’m really sorry to hear about your friend, La. Just last week, I learned that one of my dear friends has been diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer: 8 barbarous tumors in total in both brain and lungs. In a week, he went from his busy and active life to a wheelchair and hospice care. I feel cheated. I appreciate your words. I’m trying appreciate his life and the opportunity I have to live mine.

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    Anne H says:

    Jimmy Wilson we were 5 and in kindergarten and he lived at the end of my street. I was crushed when he moved away in grade 6 we were best friends all that time. I never really forgot him and on my first day of college who had the locker next to me! Still as sweet as ever, he was in love with a girl from home but it was wonderful to see him again!

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    Lynda Del says:

    His name was Bradley. We were in second grade and I had always thought fondly of him even throughout junior high. But then he moved away to Arizona and had wondered about him since.

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    Kristen H. says:

    Chocolate. No man has ever stacked up to how chocolate makes me feel. 🙂

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    Erika W. says:

    My first love was Brian in the 4th and 5th grade! I had to move in 6th grade so who knows what would have happened if we’d stayed together! haha

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    Natasha says:

    My first love had to by my first puppy – Fritz! He was such a good, sweet dog!! 😀

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    Pumpernickel says:

    I had a couple crushes but my very first love (and first kiss and first everything!) was and is my husband. I was lucky enough to find my match in life early at the age of 16 and we are immeasurably happy with babies now.

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    megan says:

    It’s my husband, although I told two others that I loved them I was only a teenager at the time. 

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    Jenn says:

    my first love (like real love) was named david. he was my best friend growing up. we have completely lost touch which stings my heart a bit. i often dream of him when i am going through a difficult time. he shows up and gives me a sense of comfort that all is not lost. i secretly hope that i do the same for him because he has helped me often without realizing it.

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    sam says:

    There is nothing quite like your first love!!  His name is Joe and even after all these years (about 30 of them) I still think about him and what might have been : )  

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    noor says:

    My first love is my mother, all you have provided for my happiness and my future, how much I love my mother :*

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    HNR says:

    My first love was my high school boyfriend. We dated for about three years and we won “best couple” our freshman year of high school 🙂 He wrote me poems all the time, celebrated our anniversary _every month_, and it was generally the best high school boyfriend type of love, until of course things fizzled out (with another girl in mind….) Now over ten years later we are still great friends and love each other’s partners and his child, and I am so thankful for the learning experiences (and fun!) we had together.

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    Nikki says:

    Jamie Sisson.  I was in first grade and he was in second, but it was a combined class in our school so we were together.  We used to play together on the playground and run around holding hands.  I kissed him one day after school outside the principal’s office (how brave of me!) and that was my first kiss! So innocent and sweet!! I thought he was just wonderful and when his family moved away and I was so sad.

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    Ann Rishell says:

    It is hard to remember back that far. I think art has always been my first love. Creating it and appreciating it.

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    Elizabeth says:

    I’m an English teacher, so when I read your question (in addition to flashing back through my life) I went to my etymology dictionary.  What is a “love” I asked myself.  There are so many words that are closely related, especially in the Germanic. “Lubo” is the main word, but in the Old High German it’s “liubi,” meaning joy, and even now “lob” is praise.  I love the idea that my first love was a first joy, and a first thing that my heart praised.  My first “love” was Brock, the boy who lived next door.  His older brother was best friends with my older brother.  He made me happy. I thought (and still think) he was beautiful.   I sometimes still find it hard to really find joy in a man or to really praise him.  I’m not sure why, and so for that reason, this first sense of awe at a male human being is really important to me.

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    Charlotte D. says:

    My first crush was in third grade and his name was John. He was gorgeous but he moved a year after that. It broke my heart. But my first love (true love) is my husband. There is no greater feeling of loving someone and someone loving you back.

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    Tiffany says:

    I’m pretty sure it was my best friend in 4th grade. I thought she was simply amazing and loved everything about her. Even though we have been parted for a long time, I still think fondly about her and always will.

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    Luisa says:

    I would never utter the name of my first love as it was embarrassing that I even liked him in the first place. Plus he is still a tool to this day.

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    Brittany K says:

    my first love was probably food. oh you mean person? my dad (always a daddys girl, even at 25!) and my friend Justin in first grade. We kissed under the cafeteria table. We share the same birthday so we thought it was okay.

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    EM says:

    My first love was a classic ‘bad boy’ on the outside. Older, moody, raced motorcycles, and perhaps worst of all… drummed in a rock band.  My poor parents!  Thankfully, he was also a good guy — and in retrospect, a great boyfriend.  He was romantic, loyal, fun in bed, and I truly felt that he loved me. Were we 100% compatible?  Nope.  Would I have been drawn to him if I wasn’t 17 years-old?  Doubt it.  Did it last?  Nah.  But it doesn’t matter — I wouldn’t change a thing.  My first love rocked.

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    Jennifer says:

    My dad <3