22 March 2014

Flowers for Aja

Hi everyone! Many, many months ago I showed you a polish by Girly Bits called Remember Aja. It was made in memory of Aja Chandler, an Ontario girl who died last year at the age of 11 from playing the choking game. I felt touched by her story because, as I told you, I also had my own experience with this "game." Fortunately it did not end so tragically.

Flowers for Aja: Remembering Aja Chandler

Yesterday was the one year anniversary of her death, so I wanted to do some flowers in her memory. I wasn't able to post these yesterday but I feel better late than never. I'm not a parent, and could never understand what it's like to loose a child, but I think we can all agree that few things are sadder than a life cut so short, especially by a death that was accidental. So if you have kids, or nieces or nephews, please talk to them about the dangers of this "game."



About this design: When I am in need of some flower inspiration, I tend to head over to Wondrously Polished. Lindsey's flowers are so beautiful, and I love that she always comes up with something new and different. So just perusing the floral tag on her blog is a treat for me. These flowers were inspired by a few different designs on her blog.

Flowers for Aja: Remembering Aja Chandler

Flowers for Aja: Remembering Aja Chandler

To get this look: I started with a base of OPI My Vampire is Buff. Girly Bits Remember Aja is a bit sheer for nail art, so I painted the flowers first with China Glaze What a Pansy. When they were dry I went over them with Remember Aja. The leaves were painted with China Glaze Grass is Lime Greener, and the center dots with Metro Pollen-tin.

Flowers for Aja: Remembering Aja Chandler

Flowers for Aja: Remembering Aja Chandler

Overall: Sorry for the sad post, but as I said in my post last August, if the polish informs people about this dangerous game, then it is worth it. And if at least one person talks to their kids as a result of a polish, or a blog post like this, then for me, it is worth the time and effort.

Flowers for Aja: Remembering Aja Chandler

Thanks for reading! And please visit www.RememberAja.org to learn about Aja and the dangers of the choking game.

6 comments:

  1. This is a lovely manicure for Aja.

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  3. Meghan, I will definitely be one of the people who will talk to her kids about the choking game as a result of reading your blog today. Junior high and high school kids (like mine are) are still just kids, mature as they may seem at times. They do not know the dangers of this and may fall prey to a peer's suggestion simply out of innocence. Thanks for the public service and for your beautiful blog! I enjoy it so much even though I am an "old lady."

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  4. This is such a sweet, vibrant, thoughtful design, and even though, I suppose, painting nails could be seen as something of a small gesture, I think this is a wonderful, loving gesture of remembrance. I had never heard of the 'game' before your post; I'm from London, where (from my experience), thankfully, it doesn't seem to be something teenagers do, so thank you for raising awareness about this, for creating this beautiful design, and for handling this terribly tragic story with delicacy and consideration.

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