When I picked up Makai's ashes after he passed away in May, they were in a tasteful, cherry wood box. I was glad they weren't in an urn. There's something about traditional urns that have always felt sad to me, a little old-fashioned and depressing-looking. As nice as the box was, though, there was something about it that still just didn't feel like our Shmoopie Pie.
I looked around for something else online that fit him and us better, but there wasn't anything out there that felt... right. I decided not to worry about it for a while, I'd find something eventually.
One day I was going through Makai's toys, trying to figure out which ones I wanted to keep, and which ones were still in good enough shape to donate. When I got to his very favorite toy, his giant weeble-wobble Kong, I said to J, “Man, I wish someone on Etsy could make us a ceramic version of this, it would make a cute little urn.” J said, “Oh that would be perfect! He loved that damn thing!”
I opened it up to take out the old treats that were still in it, and it dawned on me... I didn't need a ceramic version of this. I needed THIS.
It's the right size, and actually pretty cute with its beehive shape and years of Shmoops love.
So I gave it a good scrubbing, primed it, and spray painted it a glossy white.
Just like that, we have our own faux ceramic Kong urn that fits beautifully on our mantle and makes us smile. It's perfect.