Thursday, December 30, 2010

St. Michael and Archangels Religious Charm Bracelet

"The very name of Michael urges us to honor this glorious spirit; it is a cry of enthusiasm and fidelity, for it signifies: "Who is like unto God?" Satan trembles at hearing this name, for it reminds him of the noble protest wherewith the bright Archangel answered the call of the rebel angels. Michael proved his strength and prowess when he fought the great battle in Heaven. From that hour he has been known as "Michael, the captain of the armies of God, first Prince of the Holy City, to whom the other angels yield ready obedience. They most willingly and gratefully recognize his supremacy, for after God, they owe to him their preseverance in grace and their eternal happiness. With loving submission, they receive from him their various offices. They are attentive to the slightest wish, because they recognize in his commands and regulations the will of God, their sovereign Lord and King.*

* St. Michael and the angels

Power and Might that is what comes to my mind when I think of St. Michael. Mikael as he introduced himself my first experience with this glorious Archangel.

So powerful and fast to protect us from any evil or any harm. Invoking his powerful name Mikael brings me comfort knowing God gave him the power to help us in that instant.

I love the medal I used on this bracelet, it conveys that power and might. I also used other Archangel charms including St. Raphael, St. Gabriel, Uriel, Samuel, Jophiel and Zadquiel.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Sacred Heart Pocket Watch Shrine Religious Necklace

I was so blessed to be able to find such a unique vintage pocket statue of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, it's so beautiful with the red color, so different and I was so inspired to create a necklace to be a shrine but to be visible.

I used a pocket watch to assemble the shrine inside with the Sacred Heart pocket statue, Figural medals of Our Lady of Grace and St. Therese. I then adorned it with lace, faux pearls and Czech. rhinestones. I added vintage and Austrian crystal to the necklace to make it look more antique.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Earrings and More Earrings

I was so inspired today to create more earrings.

I had not created any for a while and today was the day of inspiration and I would not create without the inspiration.

There is a special surge of energy I must feel with the inspiration to create a piece.

I created honoring Our Blessed Mother and Glorious Archangels, including St. Michael, St. Gabriel and Uriel

These are listed in my Etsy shop

Virgin Mary, Saints Religious Medals Catholic Bracelet

I came across a beautiful watch that was no longer working but I loved the detail on the face and sides and was inspired to make it a bracelet and I added a figural medal of Our Lady of Perpetual Help inside watch's face

I added chain so I could add medals and beads
I also added two strands of Czech. glass beads and faux pearls to make it more dramatic and beautiful

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Miraculous Medal Altered Art Religious Necklace

As soon as I saw this pill box with the blue enamel and the beautiful golden image of Our Lady of Grace, I fell in love with it, I felt something very special and when I opened I knew I could create a meaningful necklace with it.

Inside I used a beautiful vintage medal of Our Lady of Miraculous Medal of Marian year 1854 - 1954 and adorned it with Czech. rhinestones.

I also created a shrine to Our Lord, Sacred Heart, St. Padre Pio and St. Joseph. I added some vintage pearls and vintage lace

Friday, December 17, 2010

Virgin Mary Miraculous Medal Religious Medals Bracelet

 Remember, O most gracious  Virgin Mary, that never was it Known that any one who Fled to thy protection, implored Thy help, and sought thy Intercession, was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of Virgins, my Mother, to thee I Come, before thee I stand sinful And sorrowful.  O mother Of the Word Incarnate!  Despise Not my petitions, but, in  Thy mercy, hear and answer Me.  Amen
I just love this blue, resembling Our Lady's Mantle. It's so bold and peaceful at the same time.

I used a beautiful vintage medal of Our Lady of Miraculous Medal and many other Catholic medals

May this mantle be a protective shield for us.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Jesus Christ, Saints Catholic Religious Medals Bracelet

O God the King of glory,
You have exalted Your only Son Jesus Christ
with great triumph to Your kingdom in heaven:
we beseech You, leave us not comfortless,
but send Your Holy Spirit to strengthen us
and exalt us to the place where Our Saviour Christ is gone before,
who is alive and reigns with You,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

This is another special and meaningful bracelet I created as a reminder of Our Lord's suffering for His Love.

I used a stunning goldtone vintage medal of Jesus with crown of thorns "Ecce Homo" and on reverse side Our Beautiful Lady of Guadalupe

I used many vintage and new medals on this bracelet and I wanted to create a bold reminder by making this bracelet bold using red coral beads to make it really stand out.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Our Lady of La Salette Cameo Religious Medals Bracelet

I created this bracelet beautiful and meaningful bracelet honoring Our beautiful Lady of la Salette. I used a gorgeous handmade porcelain cameo of Our Lady.

The roses represent the garland of roses Our Lady was wearing

The pearls represent Her gown

The gold crystals represent Her Radiance

The white aurora borealis teardrop-shape crystals represent Her tears

Friday, December 10, 2010

Our Lady of Fatima, Saints Religious Medals Bracelet

O Most Holy Virgin Mary,
Queen of the most Holy Rosary,
you were pleased to appear to the children of Fatima
and reveal a glorious message.
We implore you,
inspire in our hearts a fervent love
for the recitation of the Rosary.
By meditating on the mysteries of the redemption
that are recalled therein
may we obtain the graces and virtues that we ask,
through the merits of Jesus Christ,
our Lord and Redeemer.

This is a special bracelet I created in honor of Our Lady of Fatima. I used a stunning cameo of Our Lady of Fatima and used pink glass pearls and blue Czech. glass.

Catholic medals I used on this bracelet are St. Padre Pio, Our Lady of San Juan de los Lagos, St. Anthony, Our Lady of Sorrows, St. Peregrine, Holy Family, St. Dominic with Queen of Most Holy Rosary on reverse side.

Miraculous Medal Watch Shrine Religious Necklace

This is another style of necklace I love creating to give honor to Our Blessed Mother Mary. I love it because of the clear glass that you can actually see the image inside and the medals

This one gives honor to Our Lady of Miraculous Medal. I added a vintage pocket statue and vintage medals and lace.

Necklace has been created with beautiful vintage beads.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Medals Charm Bracelet

Remember, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, what ineffable power thy divine Son hath given thee over His own adorable Heart. Full of trust in thy merits, we come before thee and beg thy protection. O heavenly Treasurer of the Heart of Jesus, that Heart which is the inexhaustible source of all graces, which thou mayest open to us at thy good pleasure, in order that from it may flow forth upon mankind the riches of love and mercy, light and salvation, that are contained therein; grant unto us, we beseech thee, the favors which we seek. . . . We can never, never be refused by thee, and since thou art our Mother, O our Lady of the Sacred Heart, graciously hear our prayers and grant our request. Amen

This is another inspirational bracelet I created honoring Our Beautiful Lady of the Immaculate Heart.

I used a beautiful color medal and adorned it with Czech. rhinestones. I used many other Catholic medals including Our Lady of Miraculous Medal, Czestochowa, Archangel St. Gabriel, Padre Pio and others and added a beautiful handcrafted angel created with a heart bead.

Friday, December 3, 2010

St. Joseph Cameo, Saints Religious Medals Bracelet

Oh, St Joseph, whose protection is so great, so strong,
so prompt before the throne of God,
I place in you all my interest and desires.
Oh, St Joseph, do assist me by your powerful intercession,
and obtain for me from your divine Son
all spiritual blessings, through Jesus Christ, Our Lord.
So that, having engages here below your heavenly power,
I may offer my thanksgiving and homage to the most loving of Fathers.

Oh, St Joseph, I never weary contemplating you,
and Jesus asleep in your arm;
I dare not approach while He reposes near your heart.
Press Him in my name and kiss His head for me
and ask Him to return the Kiss when I draw my dying breath.
St Joseph, patron of departing souls - Pray for me.

I was able to create this beautiful bracelet honoring one humble man taking a very important part of Our Lord's life as a father on earth to Our Lord.

I used a beautiful vintage cameo of St. Joseph with Baby Jesus and many other catholic medals including St. Rocco, St. George, St. Clare, St. Benedict, St. Martin de Porres and others. Beads I used glass pearls and Czech. glass

Thursday, December 2, 2010

St. Barbara Religious Saints Medals Bracelet

Saint Barbara became the patron saint of artillerymen, military engineers, gunsmiths, miners and anyone else who worked with cannon and explosives, against thunder, lightning,and sudden death.
O God, Who didst adorn Thy holy Virgin and Martyr Barbara with extraordinary fortitude in the confession of the Faith, and didst console her in the most atrocious torments; grant us through her intercession perseverance in the fulfillment of Thy law and the grace of being fortified before our end with the holy Sacraments, and of a happy death. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

I was able to find such a beautiful vintage Mother of Pearl medal of St. Barbara made in Italy to create this bracelet honoring St. Barbara.
I wanted to create it very colorful and mixed materials from lampwork, glass pearl and wedding cake beads

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

OL Fatima, Padre Pio Locket Shrine Religious Necklace

This is another special and meaningful locket shrine necklace I created honoring Our Beautiful Lady of Fatima, Jesus and St. Padre Pio

I added a 3D resin cameo of Our Lady of Fatima and inside of locket I added a very unique medal with earth from San Giovanni Rotondo, Padre Pio's Shrine. Included inside are a tiny crucifix, tiny chalice and tiny archangel St. Gabriel figure adorned with rhinestones

It's a wonderful way to express your devotion and be able to carry such wonderful relic with you.

Monday, November 29, 2010

OL Perpetual Help, Saints Religious Medals Bracelet

Our Lady of Perpetual Succour


It represents the Mother of God holding the Divine Child while the Archangels Michael and Gabriel present before Him the instruments of His Passion. Over the figures in the picture are some Greek letters which form the abbreviated words Mother of God, Jesus Christ, Archangel Michael, and Archangel Gabriel respectively. It was brought to Rome towards the end of the fifteenth century by a pious merchant, who, dying there, ordered by his will that the picture should be exposed in a church for public veneration. It was exposed in the church of San Matteo, Via Merulana, between St. Mary Major and St. John Lateran. Crowds flocked to this church, and for nearly three hundred years many graces were obtained through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin. The picture was then popularly called the Madonna di San Matteo. The church was served for a time by the Hermits of St. Augustine, who had sheltered their Irish brethren in their distress. These Augustinians were still in charge when the French invaded Rome (1812) and destroyed the church. The picture disappeared; it remained hidden and neglected for over forty years, but a series of providential circumstances between 1863 and 1865 led to its discovery in an oratory of the Augustinian Fathers at Santa Maria in Posterula. *Catholic Encyclopedia

When I create a bracelet honoring Our Lady of Perpetual Help, I always feel so joyous, love the image itself, love the sweet expression of Our Mother Mary's face and how She is embracing Our Lord and love the colors.

I was able to create another bracelet in Her honor and Our Lord's honor using a gorgeous porcelain cameo adorned with Sapphire color Czech. rhinestones.

I used a smaller vintage cameo of Sacred Heart of Jesus as well and many Catholic medals including a beautiful rosary center of Our Lady of Miraculous Medal.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Prayer for Priests by St. Therese


O Jesus, eternal Priest, keep Your priests
within the shelter of Your Sacred Heart,
where none may touch them.

Keep unstained their anointed hands,
Which daily touch Your Sacred Body.

Keep unsullied their lips,
Daily purpled with Your Precious Blood.

Keep pure and unearthly their hearts, sealed
With the sublime mark of the priesthood.

Bless their labors with abundant fruit and
May the soul to whom they minister be their
Joy and consolation here and in heaven their
Beautiful and everlasting crown.


St Therese Altered Art Religious Locket Shrine Necklace

It is not so essential to think much as to love much
St. Therese

I created another altered art necklace honoring beautiful St. Therese

I could just feel so much love when I was creating this necklace, it is difficult to describe and when I began I had no idea what to add and all of the sudden everything just came together including the beautiful rose

Inside locket I added a vintage picture of Sacred Heart of Jesus a pocket statue of St. Anthony, vintage Hail Mary beads from broken rosary

May St. Therese always be with you

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Infant of Prague Watch Shrine Religious Necklace


The exact origin of the Infant Jesus statue was not truly known, but historical sources point to a small 28cm high sculpture of the Holy Child with a bird in his right hand carved in around the year 1340. Many other Infant Jesus sculptures were also carved by famous masters throughout Europe in the Middle Ages.

The popularity of the Child Jesus grew in the Baroque period in Spain which may have been caused by the visions of St. Teresa of Avila. A number of sculptures made in Spain eventually found their way to Prague. These sculptures were made of wax, ivory, and bronze and were dressed in garments reflecting the aristocratic fashion of that period.

It is unknown to this date which of those early sculptures that got to Prague was the exact origin of the Infant Jesus of Prague. It was speculated that it came from a monastery in Bohemia and from there it was obtained by Dona Isabella Manrique who gave it as a wedding gift to her daughter Marie Manrique who married a noble of the Czech kingdom. Later, the Holy Infant statue was again given to Marie's daughter Polyxena as a wedding gift in 1587. In 1628, Lady Polyxena presented the statue to the Carmelites at the Church of the Virgin Mary the Victorious in Mala Strana saying, "I am giving you what I most esteem of my possessions. Keep the sculpture in reference and you will be well off". This statue then became known as the Infant Jesus of Prague. It stands 47 cm high (includes a 2cm base) and has a long gown around the wax body.

Shortly after 1628, the Saxons and the Swedes took turns to invade Prague and the Carmelites had to flee and the veneration of the Holy Infant ceased. It was not until 1638 that a young priest named Fr. P. Cyril, a Matre Dei, returned to Prague and found the Holy Infant statue buried in the ruins of the Lady of Victory church. Fr. Cyril cleaned the statue and placed it in the oratory for worship. While he was praying before the Infant Jesus, he heard the Infant Jesus say, "Have pity on Me and I will have pity on you. Give Me My hands and I will give you peace. The more you honor Me, the more I will bless you".

The repairing of the statue's hand was a miracle since Fr. Cyril and his peers did not have the financial resources nor the know-how to repair it. Through prayer, Fr. Cyril asked the Blessed Virgin Mary in several occasions to to provide the necessary funds for fixing the Infant statue. The Divine Infant spoke to him again, "Place Me near the entrance of the sacristy and you will receive aid". Fr. Cyril then did what he was told and in a few days time, the statue was fixed by a man who came to the sacristy to offer help.

Since the statue was fixed, a number of miracles had occurred and the word began to spread, resulting in a large increase of veneration to the Holy Child. This includes the Czech nobles as well. These early miracles were recorded in a book by P. Emerich a St Stephano, published in German in 1736 and in Czech in 1749 .

In 1641, an altar was built for the Infant Jesus in the church, and in 1644 a chapel was built, but was not completed until 1654. Many nobles of the time had greatly supported the Infant Jesus, among them were Lady Polyxena, King Ferdinard (Czech), King Charles Gustav(Sweden), and Bernard Ignatius of the Lords of Martinic. It is interesting to note that the crown over the Divine Infant's head came from Bernard Ignatius, who presented the Infant statue with a little gold crown set with precious stones and jewels on January 14, 1651 during a procession that carried the Infant Jesus statue from the Lady of Victory church to other Prague churches. The Infant Jesus was solemnly coronated on April 4, 1655 by the Archbishop Josef Corta acting for Cardinal Harrach III who was sick.

After that period, Prague went through more wars and unrest but the church and the Infant Jesus chapel was miraculously protected. In 1776 the altar was rebuilt using marble and two huge sculptures of the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. Joseph were placed to the left and right sides of the altar. The Holy Infant was kept in a glass case standing on a pedestal engraved with crystals, and surrounding the Infant were twenty angels in gold.

These are one of my favorite necklaces to make because you can see inside the locket watch pendant and it makes it more special
I made this necklace honoring Our Child Jesus Infant of Prague. I used a vintage pocket statue with beautiful design, a vintage medal of Child Jesus and a tiny cross adorned with rhinestones and vintage pearls

Monday, November 22, 2010

St. Therese Relic, Saints Medals Religious Bracelet

Prayer is, for me, an outburst from the heart; it is a simple glance darted upwards to Heaven; it is a cry of gratitude and of love in the midst of trial as in the midst of joy! In a word, it is something exalted, supernatural, which dilates the soul and unites it to God. Sometimes when I find myself, spiritually, in dryness so great that I cannot produce a single good thought, I recite very slowly a Pater or an Ave Maria; these prayers alone console me; they suffice, they nourish my soul.
St. Therese

I created another honoring St. Therese. I was inspired by roses, which I added several beautiful purple polymer clay. St. Therese is a beautiful and unique figural medal on center. I also added several other Catholic medals including a figural medal of Virgin Mary with Baby Jesus.

I also added a beautiful cameo of Our Blessed Mother with Baby Jesus. The combination of colors include, purple and lavender.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Virgin Mary Our Lady of Victory Catholic Charm Bracelet

Remember, O most gracious
Virgin Mary, that never was it
Known that any one who
Fled to thy protection, implored
Thy help, and sought thy
Intercession, was left unaided.
Inspired with this confidence,
I fly unto thee, O Virgin of
Virgins, my Mother, to thee I
Come, before thee I stand sinful
And sorrowful. O mother
Of the Word Incarnate! Despise
Not my petitions, but, in
Thy mercy, hear and answer
Me. Amen

With this bracelet I wanted to make honor to Our Beautiful Blessed Mother Our Lady of Victory. I added a beautiful figural medal of Our Lady with Baby Jesus, I just love this medal, I can just look at it and it brings me joy and peace.

I added many other Catholic medals including St. Jude, Our Lady of Fatima, St. Patrick, St. Vincent de Paul, Our Lady of Guadalupe with Holy Child of Atocha and others.

Beads I added natural gemstones, mother of pearl, Czech. glass and glass pearls adorned with rhinestone rondelles