I posted the other day about my latest keepsake boxes and finally had the chance to photograph them and get them listed on Portraits of Animals. Sunday is traditionally the day I often post about pet loss, so it’s not a bad thing I had to wait to post these keepsakes here. I found that keepsakes were often purchased to use as urns for a cat’s cremains or memorial items, or as gifts to friends for these purposes. As I’ve been building my Pet Memorial and Sympathy Gifts page I decided to add my keepsakes to that page too, as well as in my Handmade Gifts Gallery.
When choosing a keepsake to use as an urn or memorial, maybe you want one that resembles your beloved kitty, or one that’s whimsical to make you smile, or has cat art that you like even if it doesn’t resemble your kitty, or one that doesn’t have a kitty at all, just a place for memories. Flowers and butterflies are also symbolic and help make a statement about loss, love, and remembrance. Since I’ve been building Portraits of Animals I’ve found that many people who like cats also like other animals and nature and flowers and pretty things that don’t involve cats. When I make gift items I make a little bit of both, and offer them together.
The boxes do not seal shut so you’d keep the cremains in a container or plastic bag inside the box in case it tipped. The smallest boxes, 4″ in diameter or 4″ square, will hold all the cremains of a cat up to 18 pounds. The larger boxes could hold the cremains of two cats, or memorial items of one cat along with its cremains.
Each box is unique, and when each box is sold it’s gone, but to a certain extent I can always make up a box similar to one that I’ve sold in the past, especially if a design becomes popular. They are made of cardboard or mache and I never know who will be carrying what in these lines, even when buying from the internet, but I can always find boxes somewhere. When I can find a source of boxes that are consistent, I can also offer a custom keepsake box, and I look forward to offering that. You can always check the Pet Memorial and Sympathy Gifts page to see what’s available, and if you don’t see one you had seen before you can always message me through my website.
I choose colors that coordinate with the artwork and paint the trim on each box. I then print my artwork on acid-free matte-finish paper with archival waterproof inks and adhere the print to the lid and sides. Box insides are unfinished. The boxes are handmade and may vary slightly in size and shape or have slight imperfections. Prices range from $15.00 to $20.00. Price includes shipping.
You’ll find the same artwork on other gift items and greeting cards too, so whether you are purchasing for yourself or a friend you can also find a card, gift bag, cabochon pendant, tile or coaster among many other gift items in my Handmade Gift Gallery.
A special discount
If you’re purchasing more than one keepsake, to share a beloved family cat’s cremains, for instance, you can get a discount on the price of two.
$25 For Two Keepsakes!
Two keepsakes would be $30.00, but you can pair up two keepsakes for $5.00 off the total, or $25.00.
Use the coupon code: 25FORTWOKEEPSAKES
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Handmade and made from my designs, gifts from Portraits of Animals!
Visit my gallery of handmade and gifts to see what’s available on Portraits of Animals.
All images and text used on this site are copyrighted to Bernadette E. Kazmarski unless otherwise noted and may not be used without my written permission, although links to your site are more than welcome and are shared. Please ask if you are interested in using and image or story in a print or internet publication. If you are interested in purchasing a print of an image or a product including it, check my animal and nature website Portraits of Animals to see if I have it available already. If you don’t find it there, visit Ordering Custom Artwork for more information on a custom greeting card, print or other item.
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