A beautifully handmade bauble / ornament. Perfect for a memorial item or gift for a bereaved loved one (see separate listing for gift other than bereavement). Bereavement eggs are discounted from the standard gift price to offer my condolences to you. Created using a real goose egg of which the size is approximately 4″. The design is lovingly hand-painted onto the prepared egg using gouache paints and/or decoupage images of your choosing, it is finished with glitter and / or sparkles. Finally I carefully protect the egg with a layer of varnish.
Any number of designs can be added, feathers, robins, forget-me-not, images, magpies, other flowers. Just ask me, I work with compassion and care to help you find the perfect item. Please take a look at my other eggs, to give you an idea of my painting technique, also my bookmarks and mugs as these are all originally hand-painted in gouache.
Having lost my own husband leaving me a widow at 37, I understand the terrible loss one suffers during this time.
Each egg will be presented in it’s own recycled / up-cycled tin, also carefully designed to match the product inside.
I will work with you all the way through, helping you choose the design / images we use. Through each stage I e-mail photographs over to you so you can watch the process evolve and make changes where appropriate / possible. Finally the egg will be carefully packed ready to send to you.
The review below is for this blue sea fairing theme egg – although not technically a bereavement gift, it shows what can be created. To give you an idea of the range possible please take a look at my other gift eggs and Christmas eggs. I am open to all ideas and work with you.
Review: I have nothing but delighted praise for my commissioned egg! I can’t show more detail as it’s a gift, but it’s stunning – and even the tin it comes in is a work of art. CJ’s have patiently talked me through each stage of the construction of this joyful thing, bearing with me at each draft stage when I suggested different aspects. This is the first one, too – for a special occasion unique order, you won’t be disappointed! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐😁👏❤
Polite Note: Bereavement eggs and stands are offered at a discounted price due to my sympathy’s and having become a widow at 37. Only items of a bereaved design are permitted under this discount and I reserve the right to charge the full gift price if I believe the purchase is untruthful. The gift must cover a memorial theme, such as forget-me-nots, feathers, images or names / dates of the deceased. I am happy for this to include pet memorials, many people love their animals as much as a human. Please do not abuse my generosity as I love helping people where I can, and do not wish to remove this option. Any design not specific to a memorial item must be purchased under the gift section. Thank you for understanding. Carrie
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I have always loved anything crafty since my earliest childhood memories. I studied for both a GNVQ and a BTEC National in Art and Design, specialising in textiles near my home in Norfolk. I then studied at Huddersfield University and obtained a 2:2 in Creative Textile Crafts – this time specialising in Jacquard Weaving. Then life happened and despite holding a continuous love for anything remotely craft based, I needed to work long hours and had two beautiful children. In 2012 our life dynamic changed forever with the sudden heart attack my husband suffered. This resulted in a triple bypass and a horrendous infection. It took him one year to recover and next swiftly discovered he had Oesophageal Cancer. Thankfully, we chose to have our son before the cancer was diagnosed in 2013. So my next three years involved an even more long and tiring journey with an immensely sick husband who could no longer look after himself, an Autistic / PDA daughter aged just 5, who remained un-diagnosed until 2016 and a newborn baby. Needless to say there was no time for anything craft based – or fun for that matter. Roll on a few years, my husband sadly passed away on May 2nd 2016 and I became a widow aged 37, with a 3 and 7 year old. Soon after my daughter’s needs reached a point where she could no longer ‘mask’ in school and the explosions she had from the second she left the school door until she returned the following day were causing all of us such distress I had no clue where to even start. I knew it must be more than just Autism and upon researching discovered the little known and rare ASD profile of PDA. After discussing her needs with a psychologist with vast knowledge on the subject, (as by this time my daughter was only ever an animal character – she would literally be a dog, lapping water up with her tongue, making animal noises, walking on all fours, wearing a tail and playing fetch. Many other animals were used such as a lion, tiger or cheetah, sometimes a baby or characters from the television – around 50 over a few months, but never herself. This we now call her ‘bubble world’ when she cannot cope with reality and encases herself into something / or somewhere she feels safe) in the end, I pulled her out of school and began our Home Educating journey. It has been the beginning to a fraught few years, but finally I can see my daughter returning, she is now 12. With a few more good hours available each week, in 2018, I finally decided to start crafting again, although not textiles initially. I wanted to see if I could make an egg into a bauble for the children and loved it so much I progressed further. Now I am making Christmas Baubles – or celebratory ones such as for wedding gifts. They are all made from real eggs, chicken, duck and goose. I feel extremely guilty about making things as for me it produces such pleasure, but have decided it is time to attempt a business where I will hopefully branch out to other areas too. Each egg takes me around 3 days to make, some more. I am still in the very early stages and hoping that someone will like what I create. For the future, I wish to provide again for my family, fighting through the darkness and feeling as though I belong to society again from which I have been removed for so long. I used to be a manager of a holiday company, now I dare not go anywhere without another adult due to the meltdowns. I fear my daughter may always need a carer but remain hopeful she will pull through the tragic life she has led thus far. I am also writing a book entitled ‘4 years a carer – living with a heart attack, cancer and autism’ to help raise the awareness of carers and how much they have to do that remains unnoticed by the passersby. Along with this I have written and illustrated a bereavement picture book for children – entitled ‘Goodnight Daddy’. I am an all round crafter having been lucky to try out first hand so many types due to my education. You will find weaving, tapestries, book binding, egg baubles and so much more as they are added. Thanks for reading my story.