Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Sympathy Tributes - Easel Sprays

Easel sprays are often sent to funerals as a final tribute by family members, friends, businesses, or organizations to pay respects to a loved one. 

Family members many times want coordinating easels to flank each end of the casket from children and/or grandchildren. The first two sprays were fall mixed easels to coordinate for their mom and grandmother. One was more elaborate, while the other was smaller in size. 

Red and white mixed easel. 
Open heart with pink and white flowers.
Cross with white base and pink roses.
Yellow Rose easel.
Pink and white mixed flowers.
Pink and purple mixed easel.
Tropical style easel (please excuse the bad lighting - it was much prettier in person.) 

Mixed easels in blue, orange, red, yellow mixed flowers for each end of the casket. 

For " just an old country man, who loved his cows and tractors" If you look close, you'll see a tractor and cow included in spray from the grandchildren.

Sometimes customers want an wreath that will last or that the family can take home  or leave at the cemetery and keep as a memorial piece. Grapevine wreaths are a good choice for this. The wreath above was for a baby boy, so they want blue burlap roses added into the wreath. I try to keep some silk wreaths made up and ready on short notice. Some will be available in my etsy shop or I usually have some silk flowers on hand to create new pieces. I also try to keep a few crosses that can be added into the wreaths. 

Another alternative to the easel sprays is basket arrangements. Baskets or containers can be used to hold the flowers and then family members can enjoy the flowers at home for several days after the service.

More of the silk wreaths that have been delivered in the past.

For the Cowboy - Western wreaths.

For Meme - a "patchwork - quilted" heart

 For my Daddy, the tractor driver. I made a centerpiece for the coffee table in the estate room with my brother's John Deere tractor and green and yellow flowers. My daddy always taught us to be responsible and "work before play." We baled hay for many customers in the community and had our own farm animals and business to tend to and we always had to finish our jobs, before we could go play at rodeos, 4-H or FFA events. Its those lessons that I remember the most and carry forward to today. I know I must take care of my customers and business, before I engage in other activities.
The following three easels was a combined effort of Angea and myself (she made 2 easels on left.) They were made to coordinate with the spring casket spray in yellow, orange, purple, green, and blue. 
A silk easel with bright spring flowers, that was going to stay at the cemetery for the season.
Red, white, and blue easel. This easel had a hand painted sign, with the deceased Ham radio handle on it. I like being able to include special touches to personalize the tributes.  
The "Buckeye" easel with our local school colors including orange, black, and white flowers and ribbon.

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