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a time to reflect, a time to soarSoar$21.00Description
“The gesture of the figure and the bird communicates forward movement... being uplifted, moving onward; a release of hopes, dreams and spirit; of new beginnings and of endings; in celebration of a life... or in anticipation of a life together.
“This piece could be a way to express best wishes to someone who is taking a new path in life; on a road to recovery from illness or toward self-improvement... A hopeful symbol of peace for military families awaiting the return of their solders... An expression of sympathy to someone who has lost a loved one.”
“The sentiment refers to the song Turn, Turn, Turn, written by Pete Seeger in 1959, adapted from the Book of Ecclesiastes. In the song, there’s a contrast in each example...‘A time to be born/die, plant/reap, laugh/weep’ and so on. I like the lyrical, repetitive nature of the phrasing.
“At significant milestones, we often pause and reflect before moving forward, so ‘a time to reflect, a time to soar’ seemed like a nice expression for this piece.”
Reflecting a light from withinBright Star$20.00Description
“Bright Star can be for a new graduate or teacher, or a congratulatory gift to a friend or child; she can be a sparkly angel for the Nativity at Christmas time. Her star can reflect the shining personality or inner beauty of the receiver."
You have a radiant inner lightShine$28.00Description
"I was sculpting this piece at the time of the Winter Olympics. I was inspired by the strength and perseverance of young female competitors in figure skating, snowboarding, skiing... their confidence exudes with every gesture and movement, literally shining with happiness and pride. We all have the capacity to shine from within, so I wanted this figure to be a reminder of our own inner strength.
"Shine could be a congratulatory piece for a milestone reached, or a healing piece to show support and belief in someone. I wanted the form to be visually uplifting... a little reminder of personal goals, met. I embellished the surface with gold to suggest inner light and energy."
An abundance of health and happinessGood Health$20.00Description
May all your senses be filled with healing graceLavender Grace$23.00Description
“A field of lavender never fails to take my breath away. You experience lavender through all your senses – not only its aromatic fragrance, but its pure visual beauty... its form is uplifting, and the color is gorgeous. In any garden, it’s a standout. It even tastes good! Speaking as a gardener, lavender is just good for the soul – and so, it heals. I wanted this piece to be a healing piece. But it also could be seen as a piece about strength. She’s looking up; her stance is strong and uplifted, like lavender. I named her Lavender Grace... perhaps she could remind you of someone who exemplifies a life of beauty and grace.”
A gathering of beautiful wishes for you - love, health, happinessBeautiful Wishes$23.00Description
“Calla lilies are a symbol of majestic beauty. I chose this flower to represent a pure and simple wish for beauty and peace in our lives…a universal sentiment for so many occasions…birth, marriage, anniversaries, in sympathy and in remembrance. Beautiful wishes are what we send to those we care for and about.”
Each day, hope anewAngel of Hope$20.00Description
“I love the idea of lighting a candle for someone, or for a wish, or a thought … keeping it alive, carrying it forward. So this angel is sheltering and protecting a small candle with a little gold-leafed flame. It’s important that the flame is small — sometimes it’s just a little flicker or a fleeting sign that can give you hope. Sometimes for me, focusing on seemingly insignificant things — events or happenings that I might ordinarily take for granted — it’s those things, those little miracles, which can give hope. I wanted Angel of Hope to be a positive piece. Kind of like the little spark that keeps us going.”
Bringing a triumphant spirit, inspiration and courageCourage$20.00Description
“I sculpted the first Angel of Courage in 2001 to celebrate the triumphant spirit, inspiration and courage we call upon to face challenges in our lives — whether they be our health or the well-being of our loved ones. In response to an overwhelming request for this sentiment, I re-sculpted Courage in 2006. I hope this figure can be a reminder of people in our lives who inspire us with their strength and courage every day.”
Appreciating where you are… each step along the way
This figure could be an encouraging and supportive reminder to someone beginning a process, a 'journey'... perhaps moving toward greater well-being and independence; a new career or location; overcoming illness or personal loss... it's a reminder to pause and reflect on the moments—both difficult and joyful—along the path toward achieving goals.
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Submitted by Debby in Louisania, February 2018
My mom died 2 weeks ago. I already collect Willow Tree figures. I picked out 4; 2 for my sister. I picked 1 I already had and 2 just alike, in case I would try to be greedy. The one I picked was Journey. That piece was in her casket spray. I know that is how she went to Heaven, with her hands straight up. Thank you for all of your figures. Everyone means something to me. DebbyRead More >
Submitted by Krystle in Nova Scotia, December 2017
I have struggled with mental health my entire life. I've had a very traumatic past and present, to be honest. I finally took the steps to get the proper care and enter counseling. After my first meeting (that's generally only an hour intake) that ended up being four hours, I walked away with so much emotion, so much realization of how strong I really am, so much hope and inspiration for my future. I've been collecting Willow Tree for a few years now and I thought how fitting it would be to have a physical reminder of this day, these feelings and my journey that's to come.Read More >
Submitted by Georgie Pfaffinger in Minnesota, October 2016
Hi There...my name is Georgie and the piece that especially touched my heart...is "Journey"...as I have been on quite a life Journey...I had an accident a few years ago and have had to have 12 surgeries to be able to walk again...I was in a wheelchair for a year and was determined that I would walk again...play with my precious 11 grandchildren again, and be able to dance again, with my liturgical dance team, "Sacred Steps"...I have accomplished that...yet my journey has not ended...I have 1 more surgery to go... and in preparation for that, they have found an area of low-grade serous carcinoma cancer in my abdomen...this however, was a 'God Moment' as we found it early...so, my life 'Journey' takes a twist but continues...and I know this 'Journey'is all part of God's plans for me...He is not finished with me yetRead More >
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