Sunday, November 22, 2009

Memory Box for VernaAnn Gabrielle

Here is a memory box I've painted up for Allison & Ross and their family to store treasured memories of their sweet angel, VernaAnn. The text on her wings is from poems printed in her funeral service program.

I printed her name on scrapbook paper and then sealed it under diamond glaze.

Since VernaAnn touched so many hearts around the world, I wanted that to be a part of this piece. I used scrapbook paper in a map theme, cut it up into small pieces and decoupaged it to the inside along with small photos also used in the program. I love the photo with her sweet little feet adorned with her parents wedding bands♥ (Click to enlarge)

Along the sides, in silver, I wrote a lovely little poem that Colleen shared with me.

"The angel from the book of life wrote down your baby's birth, and whispered as she closed the book, 'too beautiful for earth'"

I then added a little eye hook to dangle a beautiful charm I found at Michaels. It's a wing and a cross.

Thank you all again, so very much for your prayers for VernaAnn!

Allison is having a tough time, the tears seem to just keep flowing, so please, if you would, continue to keep her and her husband Ross, their 2 little girls (Faith & Sophie) in your prayers. Healing will come in time, but for now she needs love and support more than ever.

Thank you♥


Renee said...

Oh Darla that is beautiful. The box and your words.

They are in my prayers.

Love Renee xoxo

Diana Evans said...

oh my heavens made me cry when I saw this amazing piece you created for the are amazing and they will be so happy when they see this...I told all of my friends about VernaAnn...the youngest angel to ever get her wings....and we all cried when I told the story....she has truly inspired us and helped us become better people....

This is so precious...bless your heart!!!!


SugarberrySensations said...

Darla, that is the most moving, touching post and gift!

I will most certainly continue to keep them all in my thoughts and prayers.

Bless you for giving them this most beautiful keepsake! ♥


luthien said...

oh darla ... the memory box is so beautiful! now you started me crying again ... couldn't help myself when i saw the pictures of the little VernaAnn... poor allison ... if i can start crying each time i think of the sweet little angel ... i can imagine the kind of pain she must be feeling. may she and her family have peace and healing in time ...

Micki said...

Darla, I can't think of a nicer gift to give at a time like this.
I'm sure for years to follow it will be a very treasured item!

Micki x

Manon Doyle said...

This is so touching Darla!! It's a beautiful piece for the family. They are also in my prayers.

Studio At Crow Haven Farm said...

Darla, this is so precious. What a lovely gift from an amazing woman, artist and all of the good things in life. Happy Thanksgiving!

Martha Lever said...

This is absolutely beautiful! You are so sweet--they will treasure it forever. AND I love that abstract too---but I love all of your art.

Jo said...

Darla, I am once again at a loss for words. What you've made for this family is so lovely! They are, and will continue to be, in my thoughts and prayers.

Much love,

CMZ Art/ Rustic Goth said...

How wonderful for you to do such a beautiful box for this lovely family! I will continue to pray for them.

Anna Rosa Designs said...

Hi Darla,
This memory box is gorgeous.
I'm sure it will be greatly appreciated and so special for Alison and her family.
Um, what is diamond glaze?
Not sure if we call it something else down here in Aust.!

MagicMarkingsArt said...

I'm sure the family will treasure your box, and think of what a wonderful friend you are every time they look at it.
Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving Holiday.

Annette Q said...

Darla what a wonderful gift, you have put so much thought into every little detail, it makes it so incredibly special. I'm sure they will treasure it...
I will keep them in my thoughts and prayers x

Nicola said...

Oh Darla this is such a beautiful treasure you have created. What a lovely thing to do for your friends, it's beautiful! This family are still in my thoughts and have reminded me to cherish every moment I'm lucky enough to have with my babies. Thank you for sharing. I send my love to you and VernaAnn's family.

Jennifer said...

Darla... this *such* a precious gift!! It's beautiful! My heart breaks for dear Allison. I pray that she feels God's love near her!

priti.lisa said...

Love is sent to Allison.
Lovely keepsake, Darla.
Sunny times are ahead.
xox, Lisa

Debbie said...

What a beautiful gift you made for Allison and her family and how sweet of you! I will keep them in my prayers.

Marie S said...

Oh Darla you did a fantastic job and the box is so gorgeous!
They are in my prayers.
Love and hugs.
Too beautiful for earth!!! I loved that poem!

In My Sepia Studio said...

Darla, it's precious!! And the quote is beautiful-
I know Allison's pain all too well. My heart goes out to her.

A Dancing Mango said...

I am sitting her sobbing. I went to Hawaii got home last thursday.
I just see all of the writing about baby angel going to be with the Lord. OMG... Yes, I know she is with God, but I wish they would have had more time?.. don't you?
You are such a loving person for doing all of this.
Please tell me if you need anything as I would like to do something to help them.
Is that picture of the baby in her casket?.. OMG.. I can't believe it.
She is so cute and the Mothers look is so involved in 'giving her back to God'.. her heart is wrenched.
I can see/feel it.
Please let me know if there is somthing I can do, make, paint, write, anything!
Thank you, hugs, Darlene.

Artistic Accents by Darla said...

Thank you everyone!
Darlene, the picture of Allison holding VernaAnn is taken, I believe, during the short time she lived. The other pictures I've used in the memory box were done at the hospital by an organization called 'Now I lay me down to sleep' and you can see their website here:
None of these pictures were in her casket but I totally forgot to write about her beautiful service. I've never been so touched and moved at a funeral in my life! Thanks for your offer to help, I'll write you.

WrightStuff said...

My prayers are with you. I was so moved by this story. I haven't cried for ages but the tears are running down my face. What a beautiful gift to treasure with their memory.

Fotf said...

I love this but didn't finish reading it i'm already a bit teary and thought this will only make me cry more. Beautiful :)

Cat (darklingwoods) said...

what a beautiful heartfelt gift, its a treasure.

Serena said...

Such a beautiful box for cherished memories of VernaAnn. I will keep Allison, Ross, Faith and Sophie in my thoughts and prayers.

Btw, the little verse that Colleen shared with you is very touching and just perfect.

Mana Moon Studios said...

Oh Darla this is beautiful! I just can't say anything more than that.♥