Monday, August 1, 2011

Memory Candle

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One of my BFF’s recently lost her brother unexpectedly. Flowers are great but they’re temporary. I wanted something that would last. Candles have always brought me solace, probably fostered by my Catholic upbringing and candles being everywhere.

I’ve shared a few altered candle projects before so that was an idea that seemed perfect. I chose to call this a "Memory" vs "Memorial" candle because I want my friend to reflect on good memories of her brother.

I started with a plain glass candle from Dollar Tree and some wonderful handmade paper I picked up because I loved it, but didn’t have a specific purpose in mind when I bought it:
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I tore a strip of the paper and Mod Podged it onto the candle, and then tore a strip of paper painters tape and MP’d it on top. Added a KandCo adhesive scrap book border in a coordinating color.
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I poked around in my embellishment stash and chose a 1.5” memory frame and glass slide from Ranger, and cut out a square from KandCo’s Life’s Journeys Stamp Collage paper that says “Always”. Glued the paper to the glass with Glossy Accents.  I also selected a heart and key charm. Always to remember that he will be in her heart and was a key figure in her life. Finished with coordinating beads and wrapped the top with twine.
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9 comments:

Bethany @ A Fish Who Likes Flowers said...

What a beautiful way to honor someone's memory! I'm sure your friend will appreciate such a thoughtful and special token.

Michelle L. said...

I love the idea, and this is so beautifully put together. Lovely post, Carol!

Michele {The Scrap Shoppe} said...

Very sweet, Carol. A perfect way to preserve a special memory.

Our Hopeful Home said...

What a lovely tribute, Carol. I use quite a few of these dollar store candles and you've just opened my eyes to yet another use for them. Beautiful!

xoxo
kathleen

Unknown said...

This is such a beautiful and special way to celebrate a life and honor a memory of a loved one. You did an amazing job on creating this candle and it was so thoughtful too.

Maggie Massey said...

Oh, Carol...I'm so sorry to hear about your friend's brother...this heartfelt gift you've created for her is beautiful...

Christine said...

This is a very special project Carol...beautiful.

Melissa said...

A beautiful and very thoughtful memorial gift...

Jenn Erickson said...

Carol, this is such a beautiful, thoughtful, and meaningful way to share your love and support with your friend.

Thank you for being a part of "A Little Birdie Told Me..."!

Jenn