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.

Charm Bracelet Diva 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

Holly Lefevre 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 @ Midwestern {Sewing} Girl 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