There’s a line of figurines that I discovered about two years that I completely and totally adore. The line is called WillowTree and it’s created by Susan Lordi. She has a series of statues that are essentially carved relationships and they are so beautiful they almost make me weep. No exaggeration here.
Twenty-one months ago, to the day even, my good friend gave birth to her beautiful son. At her baby shower, I gave her Cherish. For her first Christmas at home with the new baby, I gave her New Life. I stopped giving them after that because I don’t think she loves them quite as much as I do, but every time I pass a Hallmark, I find myself going in and checking out what’s new from the artist.
This past Sunday my mother-in-law threw a meet the baby party for my husband’s extended family. They all came bearing gifts and Derek’s aunt, bless her beautiful heart, got me a WillowTree figurine without even knowing how much I love them. I could have cried when I opened up Angel Of Mine. I was checking around the WillowTree site today and I found what the artist had to say about Angel Of Mine and it only served to make me love the piece even more.
This piece is inspired by the memory of holding my children when they were really tiny – holding them so close that it involves all of your senses – the scent of the fuzzy head against your cheek – the skin-to-skin warmth – the realization that you can love another being so very, very much. I wanted to capture that sensory memory that every mother has from when she held her newborn infant – an innermost quiet joy. The sentiment has a lullaby feel to it. I think this is one of my best pieces because the composition, the form as a whole, is strong from all viewpoints.
I hope to continue collecting these as my daughter grows. There are so many that are so relevant to the different stages of a mother/daughter relationship like this one and this one. There are also some beautiful ones to demonstrate love for a partner. Like this one which is one of my absolute favorites.
Next time you’re in a Hallmark, go check out WillowTree. Let me know what you think.
**Totally not asked by anyone to pimp this line- I just love it.