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A Custom Memorial Votive

A custom memorial votive for Oscar.
A custom memorial votive for Oscar.

This idea began with the “Star of Wonder” votive I designed for the 2018 winter holidays. Many people purchased it as a memorial item for themselves or for friends. I started working out the process of customizing the same square votive, but with a pet’s image on it as a customized item.

When the subject of a recent portrait died I knew I’d like to give Oscar’s people a gift, and they could tell me if the votive was something they might like to have or not. I used just his face from his portrait, and continued the background color all the way around the votive. They were in approval, and that made up my mind to offer custom votives using your own photo of your pet.

About the custom votives

  • Just like Star of Wonder and all my other votives, this glass votive is etched by hand inside the votive to better diffuse the light from the candle.
  • Because I want these votives to be consistent and have the flat surfaces to accommodate the image it’s made from a purchased cube-shaped glass vase 3.25″ in each dimension.
  • You can provide me with a photo; the image must belong to you to avoid any copyright violation.
  • I will prepare the image to the right size and shape to fit one face of the votive, and remove the background if you prefer.

I provide an LED tea light, though it can also be used with a regular tea light or other candle. Price includes shipping.

Pet Memorial and Sympathy Gifts

With these two votives I’ve set up a Pet Memorial and Sympathy Gifts page on Portraits of Animals. To be sure I’ll be featuring each item here on The Creative Cat, but don’t forget to stop in and visit there as well.


You can also find this votive and others featuring cats, butterflies, flowers, nature and wildlife in my Handmade Gifts Gallery on the page for votives.


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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Sunday: Essays, Pet Loss, Poetry, The Artist’s Life

Monday: Adoptable Cats, TNR & Shelters

Tuesday: Rescue Stories

Wednesday: Commissioned Portrait or Featured Artwork

Thursday: New Merchandise

Friday: Book Review, Health and Welfare, Advocacy

Saturday: Your Backyard Wildlife Habitat, Living Green With Pets, Creating With Cats

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From health and welfare to rescue and adoption stories, advocacy and art, factual articles and fictional stories, "The Creative Cat" offers both visual and verbal education and entertainment about cats for people who love cats, pets and animals of all species.

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