Tuesday, February 3, 2015

For the love of our furry friends | Coping with pet loss

Losing a furry friend can be devastating. As I prepare my own home for a new puppy to fill an empty spot left by my children who are no longer toddling around my knees, I find myself reminiscing about all of the furry friends that have shared my life. For me, this pillow says it all about my relationship with my sweet furry friends.
When All Else Fails Hug The Dog Pillow Cover | Brown Mink Back Side | 12 x 12 inch | Nursery Decor | Belinda Lee Designs
When all else fails hug the dog pillow. Or the cat really, right?

Last year, a close friend shared that her father had lost his companion of 12 years - Duke. She wanted to celebrate Duke for her dad, so together we designed the Pet Loss pillow. Since then, this pillow has found it's way into the homes of many humans coping with loss of their furry friends.

A red one as a reminder of Hercules who always looked bright in red up in Massachusetts.

Always by my side even in spirit Personalized Pet Loss Pillow | personalized to match your sweet furry friend | Belinda Lee Designs
Hercules's friend in Lawrence MA said that red was his color.
The beautiful and sweet Hercules.

And the original, for Duke who kept his pop company for 12 wonderful years in New York.

Always by my side even in spirit Personalized Pet Loss Pillow | personalized to match your sweet furry friend | Belinda Lee Designs
Duke was the best friend of the king of the castle in New York.

And even this Dog is a Girl's Best Friend pillow really celebrates those special relationships. This one arrived just in time to put a bright spot on an otherwise sad day of good byes for a sweet dog mom in North Carolina.

Whoever said diamonds are a girl's best friend never had a dog Dog Lover Pillow | Belinda Lee Designs | http://www.belindaleedesigns.com
Whoever said diamonds are a girl's best friend never had a dog.
Never was there a truer sentiment for all of my female dog lovers!
It's so hard to say goodbye to our friends who have warmed our feet and our hearts. It's been wonderful to know that these pillow gifts, given by thoughtful friends and in some cases from the owners to themselves, are loving reminders of the bright light these loyal friends gave to their (our) lives.

Always by my side even in spirit Personalized Pet Loss Pillow | Personalized for Two Sweet Dogs | Belinda Lee Designs
Maggie and Molly a pair of sweet yorkies were quite the bed hogs but their NC friends loved every last snuggle.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Personalized Gifts to Celebrate Every Kind of Family

I've been working on new designs to celebrate the many kinds of families out there. Think second marriages or so-called non-traditional unions

As I was exploring this idea, I started working with the very popular subway art design and it was so flexible I found it could be customized to celebrate anniversaries, first weddings, second weddings or maybe just that something special for Mom on Mother's Day.

I had the lucky opportunity to make one of these for a new family in Texas recently.
Personalized Second Marriage Wedding Gift Subway Art Belinda Lee Designs
Subway Art design celebrating a second marriage in Texas
with the classic wedding vow "To Have and To Hold From This Day Forward"

And another wonderful family in North Dakota celebrating their 58th wedding anniversary.
Personalized Anniversary Gift Subway Art Belinda Lee Designs
Subway Art Design celebrating a beautiful family and their 58th wedding anniversary.

How would you customize this design to celebrate that special family in your life?

Is there a special vow or quote that resonates with you that would be perfect for this design?

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

A new uncle makes a most special custom gift for his new nephew

Greg was a first time uncle and he wanted to get something super special to celebrate his new nephew. As we worked through the proofing process, Greg painstakingly selected his colors: Periwinkle, Royal Navy and Lime. Then, we tried them in a couple of different spots to get it right... the navy for the middle and last name, no wait, let's try the lime instead. Nope, the navy for sure.

Proofs for creating Greg's custom Birth Announcement Subway Art Pillow
Proofs for creating Greg's custom Birth Announcement Subway Art Pillow
Then he asked for something new, something so sweet, something I hadn't thought of before.  Let's combine the hospital and state onto one line and put the parents' names onto that line we saved.  Now that's special!

What do you think?

Boy's Custom Birth Announcement Subway Art | Belinda Lee Designs
A truly special gift from a super thoughtful first time uncle. Nice job Greg!