Sunday is typically my day to share articles about grieving our pets in their anticipated or actual loss. Though this votive is a product I feature, this design was adopted by many cat owners for sympathy for a friend’s loss or to memorialize their own cats all the way back to 2011 when I designed the greeting card. The garden flag also decorates a few memorial gardens. And so I really wasn’t surprised last autumn when I introduced this votive, and through the holiday season, that a few people purchased a votive for their own remembrances and for friends who had also lost pets. I am very honored by this, that something I designed was actually chosen by another to be a more permanent part of helping to remember another soul, and to ease their grief.
Star of Wonder feline votive
This glass votive is etched by hand and finished with a commercial clear label I printed from my artwork “Star of Wonder”. I etched the inside of the vase to better diffuse the light from the candle then burnished the label onto the vase. It’s made from a purchased cube-shaped glass vase 3.25″ in each dimension and comes with an LED tea light, though it can also be used with a regular tea light or other candle. Price includes shipping.
Friend and customer Carolyn Kozlowski, owner of My Three Cats & Co., recently purchased one and wrote a testimonial when she shared it on the My Three Cats page on Facebook:
Bernadette Kazmarski is a friend and talented artist who’s an avid cat lover just like us! She has created original cat artwork using a variety of mediums, and has transformed her artwork into such useful giftware items as notepads, garden flags, calendars, greeting cards table decor and votives (one of my personal favorites). She’s also an award winning writer. (her blog: http://thecreativecat.net/) Bernadette is a dedicated cat rescue volunteer and remains active in savings cats’ lives. Please visit her site to learn more. Enjoy!
Needless to say, I am thrilled with her endorsement.
ABOUT THE ARTWORK
This design is adapted from a holiday card, and of course inspired by and features my fine felines. One of the reasons to get myself set up with stencils and screen printing and new techniques with polymer clay was to create all the other ideas I have to share this design. I’m working on other items that aren’t ready yet, but when I woke up today I decided that I could and I would get this done. I just couldn’t wait any longer! Here is the story of the artwork.
We don’t really celebrate any one tradition for the winter holidays, but we enjoy sharing traditions of all our friends. I had created the six-pointed star as part of an invitation I designed for a non-denominational holiday musical celebration a few years ago. It could have been that, while I worked on that design on my computer, one or more young black cats found it intensely interesting against the black background of the design and an idea was born, a universal message for the season, with cats. It wasn’t the one above at first, but another one, below, adapted from remembering the Four when they were kittens looking out the big window at the birds and the snow, then it was night and there was a star…
I really like this design, and it was just what I’d envisioned. But there was another, more serious design developing in there. Soon I was looking for the purr-fect silhouette. You’ve seen me use daily sketches for new designs for merchandise, but I’ve also used daily photos. I remembered a feline silhouette from a photo of Mr. Sunshine looking up at a moth in the pendant lamp that I used for my annual Independence Day post Oooh! Aaah! I wanted to be certain to capture every single hair and whisker of that silhouette—it was very fun and worth every minute to isolate all those furs and whiskers to that his silhouette would look authentic.
A photo of the ones that didn’t work, which included Mariposa and Mimi, but they left.
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