Calligraphy: Memorial for Miss Daisy


I got an email from an acquaintance of mine asking if I would do some lettering for her daughter’s memorial. Not the kind of news I like to hear. Her precious girl left this earth before getting a chance to take her first breath.


There are no words, really. This hits me so close to home as I’m waiting for our little girl to arrive. And it breaks my heart to think about the pain of their loss.


Our family has been incredibly blessed with two beautiful, healthy children and one on the way. I haven’t experienced that pain of infertility or loss first hand, but there are so many women I know that struggle with it daily. It’s really changed the way I view this pregnancy.

I moan about the discomfort pregnancy brings, but it’s never with an ungrateful heart. The discomfort, frustration, emotional roller-coaster is because of a baby. A beautiful baby that I hope to meet in October and love as much as I love Penelope and Felix. I can’t forget that.


The quote below the name and date is so perfect. “Faith tells me that no matter what lies ahead of me, God is already there.” The perfect reminder that we’re not alone in our struggles.


The final piece is 11 x 14. Bonny wanted watercolor and gold like last month’s wedding calligraphy and little flourishes like my gold wedding inspiration calligraphy. I used a #1 liner brush with the watercolor and a gillott 404 with Dr PH Martin’s Spectralite gold for the calligraphed text.


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    1. elizabeth duke says:

      your work is absolutely beautiful! a lovely blend of classical with a modern touch! i cannot imagine the pain and loss this family is experiencing with the loss of their baby girl, so kind of you to take on the lettering job.! take care of you, your baby to come and your family!

    2. Carrie says:

      so beautiful. I know this family will cherish this forever.
      Your kindness and generous sharing of your talents continues to touch my heart.
      Sending love to your friend with empty arms.

    3. Juliette says:

      Lovely Melissa…

    4. Jana says:

      This brought tears to my eyes… My heart goes out to this family.
      I admire your work for quite some time now and your words in this post accompanying your calligraphy are just so heartfelt. Thanks for sharing! …
      We struggled with infertility and loss but were also blessed with two healthy children and our first son’s name is Felix too :)

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