“ Type: Ornament with the poem 'Footprints' „
I was brought up by my parents who are strong Christians, somewhere along the way I lost my faith in the religion but as I still live at home the house is still full of Christianity related objects, one of which is this footprints poem crystal glass plaque. I wont clutter up this review and bore you all by repeating the poem as I'm sure it's familiar to most of you and if not it can be easily found online.
The plaque measures 12cm high by 11cm wide which makes it large enough to be easily noticed wherever you put it but also small enough to not be too intrusive in even the smallest of rooms. I haven't measured the base and truthfully don't really see the need but I can confirm that it's wide and secure enough to hold the plaque without any worries about it either falling or being knocked over.
The detailing around the edge is very well done appearing almost like an old piece of paper would. Despite being made of crystal glass even the pointed edges have been smoothed over and so are safe.
The flowers at the bottom of mine are tiny, I like this though as it means that they're just an extra piece of decoration rather then the main focus of the plaque. Despite being small the detailing on them is fantastic with each leaf being perfectly formed and shaped as an actual flower would be. The way they are clustered together almost makes it look like a gravestone. Morbid I know but my point is it's done delicately so that it brings your attention to the plaque rather then taking away from it. There are also tiny leaves surrounding the flowers which if you look close enough have all the detailing with the veins etc. that a real leaf would.
The writing itself is black and italic. The only real complaint I have here is that although the title is large enough to read in order to fit the whole poem onto the plaque the poem itself is actually quite small making it hard to see unless you're quite close to it. This is true regardless of whether it's against a light or dark background.
As far as cleaning goes for some reason the flowers and main body of the plaque doesn't seem to collect dirt and dust, the base however collects it like it's going out of fashion! This is easy to clean though and a quick wipe over with a damp soapy cloth is enough to remove it and either a clean tea towel or a piece of kitchen towel is enough to dry it which is easy to do even around the fine details.
Overall this is a really nice plaque that would make a nice addition to most peoples homes. Not being Christian the poem doesn't mean as much to me as it would those who practice this religion but despite this I am able to appreciate the plaque as a piece of decoration and actually quite like it.
Pricewise, I can't remember how much ours was as we have had it for several years but it is available on Amazon for £15. It's a hard one to recommend as it really depends on individual likes and dislikes but I have no problems with it and as I said, despite not being Christian I do appreciate it as a piece of decoration - although it's not something I would buy myself. If this is something you would like then I have experienced no problems and it's easy to clean so I'm happy to recommend it based on that.