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A tapestry of memories...beautifully woven, deeply lovedTapestry$27.00Description
"This piece is very much about healing. Her gesture is protective. While carving the relief pattern on her dress, I just kept carving... I wanted to push the message further, so I kept going, surrounding her with nature and everyday objects—metaphorical of a life well lived. The carved icons reflect our connections to those we love. Our story is one we share with others, all woven together, as in a tapestry. When we lose someone special, our shared experiences and memories become all the more precious to us."
Memories... hold each one safely in your heartRemembrance$20.00Description
“This piece is all about memories – how warm, comforting memories help us to heal when we’re missing someone. If you look closely at the carved icons on her dress, each recalls a memory by appealing to our senses…touch, scent, taste, sound, sight. We keep these personal memories safe within us, connecting us to those we love.”
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.”
Kept forever in the heartKeepsake$20.00Description
“I think of Keepsake as a remembrance piece. We keep those we love safe within us forever, no matter where they are. The gold symbolizes preciousness — a sacred place in our heart.”
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.”
Love, everlasting and trueLove$33.00Description
“The posture and profile of this piece is somewhat iconic. It speaks about a love so strong that it continues on beyond a lifetime. The words ‘everlasting and true’ express the idea that love can go beyond death. The rose stem gradually blends into her body, so there's no separation between the object that she’s holding and her body. I wanted the whole figure to be a symbol of love, not just the rose.”
Hero, we honor thee, keeping safe your memoryHero$33.00Description
“I carved this memorial in dedication to those who have suffered a loss in the service of others. I want to quietly honor the courage of the hero who has died, and the everyday courage of the hero who is left. This patriot’s grief is to be honored as well. There are other figures in the marketplace about patriotism and honor, but I wanted to create one that acknowledged personal loss. Hero is a melancholy piece. I see it as very much a memorial. On a very personal level, keeping safe your memory is an intimate promise made to one who is gone ... I hope the gesture of her embrace reflects some of these ideas.”
Luminary of Love
"I wanted this figure to be a strong message of hopefulness and healing. The gradations of gold and white suggest a glow from within.
"Vigil can be seen as a welcoming piece as well as a bereavement piece; a healing piece, a serene piece, a piece of comfort and mindfulness."
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Vigil and the angel with the little heart
Submitted by Jesse Daniels in CA, October 2016
My handsome, beautiful, and brilliant son, Erik passed away in his sleep when he was 16 - 9 years ago. It was unexpected and devastating. I bought the little angel with the heart and glued a picture on it of him and everyday I light a candle for him, but it fell and broke. I miss him so much! I love him so completely. I adored him, even with his faults, even when he was so very difficult and challenging (the bright ones always are). But he had a depth to him, and insight and such deep love that any hardships we went through were overshadowed by the light inside him. He loved nature and scuba diving, he was a proud boy scout. He was funny and charming. After the memorial when people were gathered at the house, I isolated myself to his and his brother's room. After a while his friends gathered around me and showed me pictures they had taken on their phones and shared funny stories. He wrote a very lengthy letter to one of his high school teachers that he had given a hard time to and recounted all the things he had done with the words, "I'm sorry" after each line. One time when I was sitting in my arm chair reading, I looked up and he had been looking at me and I felt complete love radiating from him. These two figures will be on both sides of his memorial candle.Read More >
Submitted by Amber Peterson in San Antonio, TX, October 2016
We lost our second son in 2013, just three weeks after his first birthday to SUDC. A few months later we discovered we were pregnant with out Rainbow. Our third son was born in 2014, just two days after our angel's second birthday. In January 2015, I was diagnosed with Stage IV Metastatic Melanoma. I developed a brain tumor in July 2015. I have fought and won many of my battles. In September of this year, I had to say goodbye to my students (I teach high school) because I am now undergoing chemotherapy for the next three months. The Vigil figurine has touched me. It just reminds me that I have people who are praying for our family and have been since the passing of our angel.Read More >
Submitted by Sandy Gumm in Arizona, October 2016
My favorite and most meaningful piece is "Vigil". Why? Ever since I was a young girl, am now 68, my Mom would leave one of those 1050's electric candles in our kitchen to light the way for family and remember those gone. Each night it sat there shining on. So I too would leave light on. Sometimes a "real" candle, sometimes a little electric tee light. My dear husband always marveled at this tradition- it was new to him. Recently his health had deteriorated so much that he was given a short time to live. While taking care of business I went into our hardware store and there sat "Vigil". Going through this time, this sweet figure brought me some measure of piece. Home she came and I explained to my husband, "I want you to know a light will always shine for you, day and night." And so she does ... at my home in ArizonaRead More >
Submitted by Christie in USA, October 2016
Vigil - I collect willow tree to remember my daughter that passed away in 2010. During Christmas we go to vigil lighting for parents that list their children. This beautiful piece reminds me of the vigils for my daughter. My daughter was 3yr old when she died I have 8 figures so far that remind me of her.Read More >
Submitted by Sarah in UK, March 2016
I was sent this beautiful and stunning piece by a close friend. She knows how much I love Willow Tree. I'm quite ill at the moment and she doesn't live near me so she sent this piece to be there because she can't be. Needless to say, I cried. It's such a tactile piece too. Willow Tree at its best.Read More >
Submitted by Michelle in Midwest, February 2016
I got Vigil for my confirmation into the Catholic Church from a beautiful friend. It was the perfect gift since I was receiving the Holy Sprit. This piece was perfect. Just like the tongues of fire above the apostles head she is carrying a candle which is also lit. I can't say enough about this beautiful piece. It is perfect for anyone and any occasion!Read More >
- Name: Vigil
- Materials: resin
- Measurements: 10"h
- Applied gold leaf. Interior packaging: recyclable paper pulp.
- Sentiment: Luminary of Love
- Dust with soft cloth or soft brush. Avoid water or cleaning solvents.