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Chrysalis

Protect and cherish; give wings to fly

    “A chrysalis is the protective covering in which a caterpillar develops into a butterfly. The title is a metaphor for the relationship between a mother and her teen-age daughter — a time of letting go, in support of emerging independence. A mother’s first response is to protect her child. But the greater gift is to provide the love and trust that helps her daughter find wings to fly. The emphasis on this piece is on the daughter. It’s her emerging, her transformation, her unfolding. The title is illustrative of this particular time of life.”

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    Chrysalis

    Submitted by Karen Connell in USA, October 2016

    My favorite Willow Tree is Crysalis: Protect and cherish; give wings to fly. I raised my daughter as a single parent. My daughter, Noelle is my "Butterfly." She recently gave birth to precious baby boy, showing that God does intend for the world to go on.

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    Submitted by Reesa Cooper in Sarasota, FL, October 2016

    Gosh, so many meaningful pieces.... Chrysalis has to be one of my dearest favorites. The day before my wedding my mom handed me a box as we sat and cried hopeful tears. As I gazed at the figurine, I have to admit that at the moment I couldn't quite grasp the emotion that the piece represented. As my mother cried, I just held it and said thank you. Years later, I now am a mother to a little girl and I am able to see the piece through new eyes. The heartbreaking realization that the precious time with my daughter is fleeting breaks me. I now fully understand the depth of the piece. It's one of both pride and angst. Holding on and letting go. Now my favorite by far.

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    Submitted by Vicki Hardin Bramlett in USA, October 2016

    My favorite Willow Tree piece (and I love and have a ton of them) is Chrysalis because it reminds me of my mama who was always right behind me no matter what. She passed away in March of 2012 from lung cancer, but I still feel her here with me and looking over me. I miss her terribly, but cherish the memories I hold in my heart of her!

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    Submitted by Dawn in Galion, OH, US, December 2015

    Two years ago my mother died unexpectedly. I was devastated. My co-workers bought Chrysalis for me and it was on my desk waiting for me upon my return. I couldn't contain my tears when I saw this beautiful figure. The description for this piece speaks to the relationship between my mother and me. She was my best friend and whenever I look at my Chrysalis I do feel my mother right there with me, holding me in her loving embrace and giving me strength. Thank you for this.

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    Submitted by Makenna in United States, April 2015

    My mother has always had a small collection of Willow Tree figurines. A few years ago I started buying her one every gift giving holiday. Last year for Christmas she received the "Chrysalis" piece. I had written the description of piece inside of her card. This piece left a lasting impressing on her. Thank you for making it possible to get the woman who wants nothing, something she deserves.

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    Submitted by Shelley Singer in Petaluma California, May 2013

    We're using this beautiful piece for our wedding cake topper. We first were together in the Sixties and regrettably went our separate ways. Two years ago we got back together after 42 years apart, Polly driving across country to join me here in California. We plan to be married in the garden of our small house on August 18, 2013, life's vicissitudes and the Supreme Court permitting. She is 75, I am 74. We are so happy, and the sentiment of Chrysalis is perfect. Thank you.

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    Submitted by Lisa in New York, August 2012

    In August 2009 I found out I had a sister who is 10 years older than me, a daughter that my mom had given up for adoption 55 years ago. When we met for the first time one month later, she gave me the most beautiful gift of the "Chrysalis." I have been giving Willow Tree figures to special people ever since, the first of which was to give my sister the "Sisters by Heart" figurine. I have started a collection for myself and my two daughters ages seven and twelve, because they have so much meaning to me!

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    Submitted by Lindsay in WA, August 2012

    I started my collection in 2000, and I have always loved wood pieces. The craftsmanship of these pieces and the detail of each one is beautiful. October 2010 my dad passed away from a battle of skin and lung cancer. I miss him greatly and this year my husband gave me the Willow Tree figure of "Remember" to always remember my dad. I have a special meaning for each of my figures, from my pregnancy, to friendships, to my loss.Thank You Lindsay,

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    Submitted by Donna in NY, August 2012

    I have always loved your sculptures,but as a single Mom, they're usually a splurge I can't afford to make- especially for myself. I DID break down and buy one last year ("Chrysalis") that reminded me of my daughter and myself. Since the death of my mother seven years ago, it's been just her and me. This Christmas, my daughter (now nearly 16) bought me "Close to Me." I started to cry as it reminded me of the little girl she was, and next to "Chrysalis," the young woman she now is. Your sculptures do do what you intended, for me at least. They Do "speak" to me & bring me love & peace. Thank you Susan!

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    Submitted by Jennifer in Oregon, July 2012

    This past Christmas was difficult for my family. We lost our Nana. Knowing I could find gifts that meant more than words, I turned to Willow Tree. I was really looking for something for my mom. However when I saw Chrysalis, I was struck by how much it resembled my sister and me. Nikki is 10 years younger then me. She is a blonde and I am a redhead. What is so amazing to me is the way this figure captures her playful side with coming up behind me and giving me a hug, and whispers "sister" to me. We do not live close to each other, so I hope when she looks at this it will remind her that her sister loves her!

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    Submitted by Carol in Ca, May 2012

    My daughter has been in therapy for teenage troubles. She has a therapist whose job is her whole life. She wants to be a mother so badly and recently had a miscarriage. But, the truth is she's a mother to every child that comes to her. I have also been with my daughter every step of the way, so I felt this would make a perfect gift for the therapist to show her she already is the best kind of mother. I added one to my collection to remind me of this time in our lives when we are growing and changing.

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    Submitted by CINDY in MANITOBA, December 2011

    I saw the Chrysalis figurine and I bonded with it because I have an only sibling who means the world to me. She is a redhead and I am blonde. She is chronically ill with Lupus and all of the complications associated with it. She is older than I, but, now I am the one who is watching over her, trying to be strong for her, and wanting her to know that I will be watching over her.

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    Submitted by Jami in IA, December 2011

    I gave this to my daughter for her graduation this past May. She is my only daughter and I see so much of myself in her. Yet she has so many wonderful characteristics of her own. She is so beautiful and unique, and is definitely on the cusp of such a transitional time in her life. I placed a tribute baby ad in her yearbook, and I told her that the two most important things parents can give their children are roots and wings. If we have given her both, then we have truly succeeded.

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    Submitted by Rael in United Kingdom, November 2011

    I know this is another "Mother & Daughter" figurine, but I gave this to my sister, because when I look at this figure, I see myself, being the one at the back and my sister, who's younger than me, at the front (Although my sister is taller than me!).

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    Submitted by Kelly in Michigan, December 2010

    I gave this figurine to my sister-in-law for a Christmas gift. When I first saw this figurine I pictured Michelle and Ms. Kristin standing there as mother and daughter. I believe each figurine has its own unique story for everyone, and I see a mother and daughter that no matter what may be going on in their lives they will always love each other. “Everything I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my mother.”-Abraham Lincoln

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    Submitted by Brittany in TX, December 2010

    I went through a very hard time in my life this past year--very hard, unexpected and emotional divorce to my husband. My mom was there for me through all my hurt, anger, tears, and sadness. She was my backbone and my strength and helped me see that all would be ok and helped me see Gods love again. I gave this to her for Christmas to show her how much I appreciate her and how truly grateful I am to have her in my life.

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    Submitted by Judith in North Carolina, October 2010

    Ten years ago, I gave my left kidney to my dear friend Carol, who has Polycystic Kidney disease. The surgery was successful. Now when we see each other, she hugs me just like the two figures in Chrysalis, because my kidney is in her belly, and my remaining kidney is in my back, so when we hug like this, our two kidneys touch. There is such a special, visceral connection between us now.

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    Submitted by Rebecca in Indiana, August 2010

    My youngest daughter gave me this piece for my birthday this month, which happened to be two days before her wedding. She wanted me to be sure to go to the website and read the description of the piece. It is very special to me that she saw her teenage/young adult years and our relationship in this light. She is a very special young woman.

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    Submitted by Margaret in Michigan, January 2010

    I'm eighteen and my Mother gave me this the summer after I graduated from high school. She was having an especially hard time letting me go and while I love her and also didn't want to leave, this is now sitting on my desk in my dorm room at school (where I am right now) and I look at it everyday. Even better, I have long curly red hair and she has shorter brown hair. Before I left for school, I gave her a "Close to Me" statue. We've been through quite a lot together and my choice to go to school in a different state was hard on both of us, but we each received a Willow Tree ornament from the other, telling the other exactly what we needed to hear. I love you, Momma and think of you everyday.

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    Submitted by Jamie in Washington, December 2009

    My best friend and I have known each other since we were 6 years old. When we were 19, she had several very difficult things take place during a very short period of time. As I supported and assisted her through these trials, I watched her transform into the amazing woman she is today. I gave this to her, to remind her that I would forever be there for her, as I interpreted this figurine as a perfect portrayal of our friendship; how we have always been there for one another, and we always will be. Thank you so much for using your gift to inspire, heal, and say what the heart cannot through word alone.

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    • Name: Chrysalis
    • Materials: resin
    • Measurements: 9"h
    • Sentiment: Protect and cherish; give wings to fly
      "Dust with soft cloth or soft brush. Avoid water or cleaning solvents.",