Spoon Art and a Love Story Sliver

We’re coming up on our 9 year wedding anniversary this June, but it’s been 10 years since I saw him standing there.

Across the room, with his back to the wall…one knee bent up, and the bottom of his sneaker planted up against the wall behind him.

He had his hat on backwards. I’ve always been a sucker for that. I was at-first-sight smitten with his long-ish hair and perfect nose, but I definitely wasn’t looking to fall in love right then. I was concentrating on my job, and definitely wasn’t going to be distracted by his (dreamy) arms, and broad shoulders. *sigh*

I was working, and he was waiting. We exchanged small smiles and tiny waves…his, because he was shy…mine, because I wasn’t quite sure if he was looking at me.

Was he looking at me?

He was. *smile*

That’s just a small sliver of what I remember about the day I met my Valentine, ten years ago this March.

We’re spending today working on the half bath, ’cause he knows I’m not a “chocolate, and roses, and night out on the town” kind of a gal.

He knows that demolition and hex tile are the way to this girl’s heart- ha!

I’m going to surprise him with this spoon art when he wakes up…

I’ve got a couple more fun little goodies to surprise him with today- but since he also knows that I’m a “surpriser” by nature, I’m sure he’s already figured that out!

Happy Valentines Day!

*The spoon art was created by my talented friend, KariAnne, who has published some super sweet love story posts over at her place: A Pancake Love StoryOnce Upon A TimeLove and Lee Press-on Nails.

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  1. Julie B.[Holland] says

    Happy Valentines Day Layla and Kevin, may your sweet dreams come true. (Love the spoon art)

  2. says


    I love your love story.


    The two of you are such a joy and such an inspiration to so many. Thank you for inspiring me and so many others with your joy.

    Happy, happy day to you my wonderful friend!

  3. Robbin says

    Ooooo, love the peek at the half bath! The dresser turned into a great vanity and I love the faucets. You definitely have the farmhouse look. Can’t wait to see the final product. Loved your Valentine story! God Bless.

  4. Rachel Carey says

    I’m not a chocolate or roses sort of gal, but I did deliver a healthy baby boy on this date 32 years ago! That’s enough of a gift to my valentine!

    Can’t wait to see the half-bath!!!!

  5. says

    What a sweet story! You seem like just a sweet couple. I wish you many long years together & that some day your realize your dream of a child. And…I also love the spoon art! Happy Valentine’s Day.

  6. Cory S. says

    Love the spoons! So cute. I can’t remember the first time I saw my husband. We’d been going to the same school since the 6th grade but I didn’t meet him until the 8th grade. We lived 3 houses apart. We both went off to explore the world after school, married other people had kids, reconnected after our divorces, had a son together in our 40’s and moved one street over from where we grew up. Our parents are still there 3 doors apart. Our son thinks that all grandparents are that close together! :-)

  7. Janet -Navarre, Fl says

    awwww so sweet. I am spending the day with my hubby of 42 years. Love the spoon art and wish I would have know about it. I love your blog and that dresser in the powder room…sigh…I’ m a 2×4 and a can of paint over diamonds anyday.

  8. says

    The spoon box is amazing. I am loving your bathroom and the wallpaper. My niece is trying to get me to do a wallpaper in my office with birds on it. I cannot wait to show the spoon box to my husband. He will get a kick out of it. Happy Valentine’s Day!!

  9. says

    The spoon art is so fun, Layla!
    My hubby (of 9 years this coming July!) emailed me that he would work on finishing the window trim in the bedrooms this evening so I can get the blinds ordered ;) love!

  10. says

    precious..from heart as always…and from another sister with the same love language…i hear ya!
    don’t need the flowers and chocolates…just work your hiney off somewhere in the house…xo

  11. says

    What a lovely idea for a Valentines gift. That would pull at my heart strings far more than any flowers or chocolates! Nicely done and very creative! You must tell us how you were able to do that.

    Happy Valentines Day and I hope your bathroom reno is going smoothly!


  12. Sue in Fl says

    What a sweet gift. I know he will love it. So clever, cute and personal. Loving how your new home is coming along. I knew it would be great with all the wonderful things you did with your other one.

  13. Lisa W. says

    Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh that “spoon art” is so COOL…right up you two’s alley I have to say!!! And Layla your like a girl’s bestest buddy, I too would love to redo…redecorate anyday…cute post. Happy Valentine’s Day to you and Kev:)

  14. ashlee c says

    your blog is fast becoming one of my absolute favorites. mostly because you guys seem so…nice. you aren’t showy, you aren’t too proud, you aren’t snobby like many bloggers seem to be! you seem so down to earth. i can’t wait to see how your adoption unfolds. i can’t wait to see how your house unfolds! i’m just so happy for you in many ways.

  15. Ter'e Crow Lindsay says

    Happy Valentine’s Day to two of my very favorite people. I absolutely love the spoon art! ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
    Layla – did my little book show up?????


    • Layla says

      It did! It did! Thank you SO much, Ter’e! I’m finishing up some adoption-related homework right now (a book called The Connected Child), but I can’t wait to dive into it as soon as I’m done! :-D

  16. debbie r says

    The spoon art is A D O R A B L E !!!! got me all excited when i seen it and its not even for me. Ha.
    Happy Valentines Day to you both.

  17. MelO says

    Put a smile on my face, Again!! Love the Love story, and Love that spoon art!!! Love, Love, Love!!

  18. kathy d says

    oh yeah after my heart too…….no chocolate and roses for me either, but a cozy evening at home planning or watching old movies sounds good. love the spoon art that is so clever!

  19. Heather says

    You are too cute!

    We have that faucet. I love-ed it until the finish started peeling after only two years. Hope it’s not exactly the same ;)


  20. Amy says

    Just have to say that I didn’t realize I was a sucker for a cap worn backwards until I saw my photographer husband turn his around so it wouldn’t be in the way when he snapped a photo. OMGosh! Swoon!!! :)

    By the way, the spoon art is so very creative and clever! Great idea.

    I like the flowers and a night out but I love it when my hubby does “acts of service” for me such as projects on the “honey-do list.” Wasn’t aware of this either until I read, The 5 Love Languages book. Have you read that?

    Wishing you both many more years of happy “spooning” together!

  21. says

    How fun to have a new home as a blank canvas. It looks fantastic and I look forward to lots more on how it is coming along!
    Did you do the spoon art yourself or have it commissioned? Love it!!!!

  22. karen says

    I’m sitting in the hospital with my dad catching up on my blogs and your spoon art is so awesome I laughed out loud. What a great idea! Happy anniversary.

  23. Anne says

    What a lovely gift to share with your special valentine.

    I’m looking forward to seeing your new powder room. I have an older house and am trying to return it to its 1930’s glory. Your faucets look perfect – would you share the brand?

    Keep up the lovely writing. Your adventures are great fun to follow!

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