19 January 2019

Pre-need and a Work of Art...Cheers to another 40 years!


Upon ordering a Winged-Heart YURN, "Fierce Robin" wrote:

Pre-need, preparing for cremation urn



It isn't too often that we get an order for pre-need arrangements... so, it was a different kind of experience to connect with Robin regarding her memorial artwork...rather than a mournful event.

She had come across our YURN listing previously.... So, with an approaching heart surgery and the encouragement of her daughter, she decided to go ahead and purchase the urn she wanted for herself. And, Lord willing, she would would be able to enjoy the piece as a work of art in her home, for many years, until the time comes to utilize it as a functional cremation urn.

We love the thoughtfulness she put into her decision, for her daughter and her outlook regarding our "art".  It's so touching to know that our art brings value and comfort to those grieving, and also to those who can enjoy them as artful home decor, prior to needing them for their intended purpose.

We enjoyed getting to know more about Robin through this experience.  Her career in healthcare and God-centered passion for helping others, her love of traveling, and her overall fun personality and zeal for life.

While working on her piece, we were surprised to wake one morning to read the sweetest five-star review on our Etsy store.....we hadn't even completed or shipped her memorial yet, and still she gave us a glowing review!  How awesome!

We received postitive review before the item was completed.

We completed Robin's Heart sculpture and she received it prior to her surgery.

Handmade Urn Sculpture

Memorial Art to enjoy in home

We are happy to follow-up on the status of Robin's open-heart surgery...

She pulled through it like a champ!  Now, she'll heal and prepare herself for a vacation to St. Lucia in April.  :)

Live it up! With love! ~

19 December 2018

Power of Personalization: A Symbolic Blue Butterfly




For an Australian family, who wanted a special blue butterfly urn to symbolize their dad.

They shared with us butterfly images they liked...including an image of a blue butterfly print that has hung in their home for years.

For their dad, an Interior Designer, they specifically wanted the piece to be a vibrant matte blue, and to include a special handwritten quote he had written to them.

We worked with them to create a design concept of the butterfly's shape and wing pattern. 




 The result...






15 December 2018

Power of Personalization: Captain Lived Life 'His Way'


For an Alabama Coast Shrimp Boat Capt’n…who lived and loved fully, unabashedly, his own way. These shrimp boat urns were handmade in his honor, for each of his three sisters.




Made for a local friend, Kathy, and her family...she would tell stories of her brother Doug's adventures and trials, big wins and pitfalls. Doug was known for his kind heart and unconventional style. The last boat he owned was fittingly named, "My Way".

May he rest in peace.  





07 December 2018

The Power of Personalization: A Pine Cone for Will


Will was described as loving life and everything about it.  His wife, Paula, wanted something related to nature to remember him...maybe a Pine Tree or nature scene? We suggested that a Pine Cone urn would be cool and she agreed.

They were married in Lake Tahoe and she saved a pine cone from their time spent there together.  Following his passing, Paula returned to Lake Tahoe for some needed time and reflection.  She took along Will's cremains and scattered a portion of the ashes there in remembrance of him and their union.

Pine trees hold a special place in our hearts too. We loved creating this piece to honor Will. We hope that it offers Paula, and their family, some comfort and beauty in their time of mourning and in the years ahead.


https://www.facebook.com/paula.pecoraro/posts/2402433519798207


Painted ceramic Pine Cone Urn with handwritten note engraving

08 November 2018

A ray of light in this very dark time...I truly did right by him.

03 November 2018

Power of Personalization: Stock Car for The Margarita Lady


We were honored again to create a custom piece for the Flickinger Family.  This piece makes the third urn they've asked us to make.  We were touched that they entrusted us to help them memorialize Mom this time.

Wanda loved dirt track, stock car racing. A long time fan, she was known as "The Margarita Lady" to her racing friends, and had expressed that wanting a stock car urn when it came her time. We based the design from pictures sent of a Modified race car of her favorite driver, Wendell Wallace's #88 of Batesville, AR.


We hand delivered this piece to her family, who were happy with how the piece turned out and how perfect it was for Wanda.



05 October 2018

Death Do We Art Giveaway - After-Life Artists' Offerings




We are excited to announce this special giveaway from a collective of four After-Life Artists. We have joined together in this special offering of our unique and treasured memorial art. We work with our hands and from our hearts, to honor lives and bring comfort to the bereaved.

Featured Artists include:
- Camille Borgas of Cami Bear 
(Drawing for winner 10/12)
- Chris Santora of Sands of Time 
(Drawing for winner 10/19)
- Rob & Jamaica of YURNS by MorzArt 
(Drawing for winner 10/26)
- Ashley Lozano of Ashley Lozano Jewelry 
(Drawing 11/2)

Submit your entry for a chance to win one of four prizes. Each Friday from Oct. 12 to Nov. 2, one winner will be selected, at random, to win the prize for that week. Prizes totaling over $1,000.00 in value!

>> ENTER TO WIN – CLICK LINK >> https://upvir.al/58822/DeathDoWeArt



21 September 2018

A Copper Winged Heart in Honor - Menkes Awareness



winged heart urn for ashes



This winged heart urn was handmade at half-depth to hold a smaller portion of ashes. It was created to honor a little boy who passed from this world too soon.  Little Braxton and his family fought a hard fight during his two short years on Earth.

He was afflicted with the condition known as Menkes Disease. It is caused by mutations in the copper transport gene, which is responsible for making a protein that is important for regulating the copper levels in the body. Primarily affecting baby boys, Menkes syndrome is terminal within the first few years of life, and currently there is no cure.

We pray that Braxton's family finds comfort and peace as they honor his spirit and mourn the loss of their little one.
  



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#menkesawareness

28 July 2018

Artists Thoughts: It was then that we followed our hearts



It was a Friday morning when we received an order for a guitar urn with an engraving.  This particular order came through a third-party online distributor who lists our products on their website.

It was the next morning when the distributor emails us about a misunderstanding with the production time/our schedule... the family who ordered it was under the impression it would arrive within a couple days. Our current work flow is 2-3 weeks for the production and personalization of an order. We informed the distributor that we could process the order on rush for a fee, but she opted not to do the expedited production.

It was at this point we became curious about the situation. We looked up the deceased's name online to see if we could discover more information.  We were able to find public posts on social media referencing the tragic accident which took the man's life.  There was an immense outpouring of shock, sympathy and love for this man who had a great impact in his community. Within the posts, we learned that the family was planning a memorial service for that Wednesday evening.

It was then that we made the decision to do whatever it takes to get this order to the family in time. We were inspired to help the family's situation. Regardless of whether the distributor would pay the rush fee, we would expedite the order as fast as we could.

It was over the course of the next 48 hours, that we "pulled out all the stops" and processed the guitar faster than we had ever done before. We worked through the first night and had accelerated our processes enough to get it into the kiln 24 hours after we cast it.

It was Sunday afternoon when we notified the distributor that we looked up the family's situation, the accident, and that were working on getting it out for the Wednesday service.  Seemingly unconcerned, the distributor told us it was fine to get it out later, that the family was ok with getting it after the service, and to send it ground delivery.

It was then that we remained committed to our goal and doing the right thing for the family. It was in the kiln already, so we continued forward. The kiln takes approximately 12 hours to fire and cool down.  As soon as we were able to pull it out of the kiln, we began painting the guitar...and again, worked throughout the second night. 

It was Monday morning that we received a message through our Etsy store.  A customer was inquiring about a guitar urn.  They weren't concerned about having an engraving, but really just wanted to have guitar urn by Wednesday, and to please call.  Rob returned the call right away. After hearing the man's plea, Rob asked if it was the same family that had ordered through the distributor...and, in fact, it was the same family.  The family was discouraged with the distributor's stated timeline, and were seeking out another piece that was ready to ship.

It was at this moment that Rob was able to reassure the man that we had been working on their loved ones personalized guitar with engraving.  Rob told him how we found their story online, read about the accident, and made the decision to rush them their order. He was able to tell the family "we're overnighting it today and it will be there tomorrow." They were blown-away and very grateful by our initiative and efforts.

It was that Monday afternoon that we were able to bring this family comfort during a very distressing time.  It was that Monday afternoon when we knew we made the right decision to follow our hearts.

It was that Tuesday when it arrived safely to the family.



guitar urn for human ashes


30 June 2018

The Power of Personalization: Cowboy Joe's Boots


Cowboy Boots Urn


Recently, we were asked by friends of the family to sculpt an urn for their loved one Joe.
Joe loved to ride his motorcycle, and was affectionately known as "Cowboy" to his bike club friends and loved ones.  It was decided that the most fitting tribute to remember him would be his cowboy boots.

His wife, Robin, sent us pictures of his most recent pair of boots, of which he wore with a spur on his right boot.  We used these pictures as our references to sculpt Joe's Boots.

Joe's Ariat Cowboy Boots

Additional personal touches included engravings of his name, dates, a handwritten note to Robin.

Artists working on custom cremation urn

We were able to hand deliver Joe's boots to his family. We were so touched by their warm response and kind words for Joe's memorial. We greatly appreciate Robin and her sister, Laura, for working with us to honor him through our artwork.


joe cowboy boot cremation urn sculpture