Wednesday, July 28, 2010

"EMBRACE" Virgin Mary Cameo Religious Medal Bracelet

The Depths of the Love of Your Heart Virgin full of grace, I know that at Nazareth You lived modestly, without requesting anything more. Neither ecstasies, nor miracles, nor other extra ordinary deeds enhanced Your life, O Queen of the elect. The number of the lowly, "the little ones," is very great on earth. They can raise their eyes to You without any fear. You are the incomparable Mother who walks with them along the common way to guide them to heaven. Beloved Mother, in this harsh exile, I want to live always with You and follow You every day. I am enraptured by the contemplation of You and I discover the depths of the love of Your heart. All my fears vanish under Your motherly gaze, which teaches me to weep and to rejoice! Amen. St. Therese De Lisieux


Have you ever looked at a picture of Our Blessed Mother and felt Her embrace?

That's what I want to capture with this bracelet, I felt that embrace as She is embracing Our Lord Baby Jesus with Her protection loving care.

I wanted to also capture the bracelet to appear as a crown of flowers for Our Blessed Mother.

I used a beautiful resin cameo of Madonna of The Streets set in goldtone setting.

Other Catholic medals I used are Our Lady of Miraculous Medal, Our Lady of the Well, St. Padre Pio, St. Anthony with St. Francis of Assisi. St. Dominic with Queen of the Most Holy Rosary and St. Thomas Aquinas

I surrounded the cameo and medals with beautiful pearls and vintage flowers and lucite leaves to make the cameo stand out.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Holy Child of Atocha Religious Medals Charm Bracelet

History of El Santo Nino de Atocha (The Holy Child of Atocha)

The devotion to El Santo Nino de Atocha originated in Spain. Its origin may be related to Our Lady of Atocha, in Madrid, Spain, who is mentioned in the "Cantigas" of King Alphonse the Wise in the 13th century. During medieval times, the Moors held large areas and battles between the Christians and Moors were commonplace. The Moors invaded the town of Atocha. Following a certain battle, the victorious Moors held a great many Christians captive, and prevented the adult villagers from visiting as well as bringing the prisoners food or water. Fearing for the lives of the prisoners, their families stormed heaven with prayers for relief. One day, a child appeared, dressed as a pilgrim of that period, carrying a basket of food and a gourd of water. The Moors allowed the child to bring food and water each day. The prisoners were fed, but the basket and gourd remained full. The child was not known to the Christians nor to the Moors, so the people concluded that the child Jesus.

In artwork, the Holy Child often wears a brimmed hat with a plume and a cloak or cape ornate with the St. James shell. (During the Crusades, scallop shells were the symbol of holy pilgrimages and one European variety is still referred to as "the pilgrim" or "St. James' shell." Poets have written about their beauty and artists have admired their symmetry and grace.) In his left hand, He carries a pilgrim's staff to the gourd of water is fastened, a pair of shackles, and a few spears of wheat. In his right hand, He holds a basket which generally contains bread or flowers. He either wears sandals or is barefoot. The Child is said to roam the hills and valleys, particularly at night, bringing aid and comfort to the needy, and thereby wearing out his shoes. He is usually shown seated.

The original statue of the Holy Child of Atocha was imported from Spain and now resides in the little town of Fresnillo, Mexico. El Santo Nino de Atocha is the patron saint of those unjustly imprisoned. He also protects travelers and rescues people in danger.

This is one of my favorite pictures of Child Jesus as Holy Child of Atocha. I grew up with this image of Child Jesus and I used to love just watching it and it brought me comfort.

This bracelet I created in His honor using His image and setting the medal on a stunning ornate setting.

I used teal wedding lampwork beads to compliment the medals.

Catholic medals I used are St. Benedict, Miraculous Medal, St. Michael, St. Theresa, St. Catherine of Siena, St. Padre Pio, St. Martha and Mary Magdalene.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Vintage &New Virgin Mary Cameo Religious Medal Bracelet

Prayer for the Immaculate Queen of Peace
Most Holy and Immaculate
Virgin, Mother of Jesus
and our loving Mother,
being His Mother, you shared
in His universal kingship.
The prophets and angels
Proclaimed Him King of peace.
With loving fervor in our hearts
we salute and honor You as Queen of peace.

We pray that Your intercession
may protect us and all people
from hated and discord,
and direct our hearts
into the ways of peace and justice
which Your Son taught and exemplified.
We ask Your maternal care
for our Holy Father
who works to reconcile the nations in peace.
We seek Your guidance
for our President and other leaders
as they strive for world peace.

Glorious Queen of peace,
grant us peace in our hearts,
harmony in our families
and concord throughout the world.
Immaculate Mother,
as patroness of our beloved country,
watch over us and protect us
with Your motherly love. Amen.

I Just love this image of Our Blessed Mother with Baby Jesus with such loving expression to Our Lord and love how Baby Jesus just looks upon Her for reassurance. This cameo is a replica image of a painting of famous painter Sandro Botticelli "Madonna of the Magnificat".

I wanted to create a bracelet with not so many beads, like I usually use, but yet be a bold statement of our faith.

I attached the cameo to a beautiful mother of pearl pendant and adorned it with yellow rhinestones and brass angels.

I also added vintage and new medals and beads on a large link brass chain.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

"LOVE" Jesus Cameo, Virgin Mary, Religious Bracelet

I had the inspiration to create a bracelet to reflect on LOVE and be a reminder of The Divine Love Our Lord and Blessed Mother have for all humanity

And the LOVE that we must radiate to others and to the world we live in and
I used different charms to represent a part of our life

Jesus Cameo to Love Our Lord as much as He Loves us

Vintage Virgin Mary medal also to Love Our Blessed Mother as much as She Loved Our Lord and Loves humanity

And for that LOVE to reflect on everything we do

LOVE nature that God created and loves as much as He loves us

LOVE our animals as they are too one of God's creations

LOVE the person in the mirror as was created by God

LOVE family as God resides in each one of us

LOVE your tears of joy as they represent love and gratitude

LOVE your tears of sorrow and pain as they will make you stronger and lead you to a process of growing spiritual and cleanse your soul

Monday, July 19, 2010

Virgin Mary OL Guadalupe, Saints Religious Bracelet

In 1531 a "Lady from Heaven" appeared to a poor Indian at Tepeyac, a hill northwest of Mexico City; she identified herself as the Mother of the True God, instructed him to have the bishop build a temple on the site and left an image of herself imprinted miraculously on his tilma, a poor quality cactus-cloth, which should have deteriorated in 20 years but shows no sign of decay 474 years later and still defies all scientific explanations of its origin.

Today I was inspired to create another bracelet for Our Humble Lady of Guadalupe. I used red roses as The Rose being representative of Mary

The rose is regarded as the "queen of flowers", and often symbolizes Mary, the Queen of Heaven. Also an almost universal symbol of perfect love, its color, perfection of form, and fragrance, as well as its thorns signifies Mary's role in salvation history as the Mother of God the Savior who was crowned with thorns and shed His blood on the Cross for love of mankind. The rose, arising from a thorny bush, also signifies Mary, the Mystical Rose, "our fallen Nature's solitary boast", who alone of the human race was conceived without sin. It also may contain a parallel with the fiery thorn bush from which God spoke to Moses: Mary, immaculately conceived, was the means through which God became Man, The Word made flesh.)

I used red coral beads, natural jade gemstones and turquoise howlite beads. Catholic medals include Jesus as "The Good Shepherd", St. Michael, St. Jude, St. Dominic with Queen of Most Holy Rosary, St. Michael, St. Theresa and St. John of God.

I love this combination of stones for Our Lady of Guadalupe, it just brings back memories of a dream I had where She appeared wearing those colors and immediately I knew it was Our Lady of Guadalupe, but with different mantle with those colors and told me "I'm the same and don't tell anyone that I'm here and I look different, I want them to feel I'm here"

That is why I just love these colors.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

My newest creations

I have been busy creating earrings for these past two days. I'm working on inspiration, I just had this inspiration and got me going on these earrings.

Here are just few pictures

St. Theresa
Two Hearts Sacred Heart of Jesus and Immaculate Heart of Mary
Our Lady of Medjugorje
Our Lady of Medjugorje
Virgin Mary Stella Maris
St. Michael
Our Lady of Fatima
Our Lady of Lourdes
Our Lady of Miraculous Medal

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Vintage and New St. Padre Pio Religious Necklace

"Yes, I love the cross and only the cross. I love it because I see it always on the shoulders of Jesus. Now Jesus sees clearly that all my life and all my heart is vowed to Him and to His sufferings" -Padre Pio

I had the most unique experience creating this special necklace with St. Padre Pio.

I had his pewter statue for a while and I just could not come up with anything that I could use it on and I added it to a silvertone filigree stamping, but nothing was coming to my mind as to what else to add and I just set it aside.

About a week ago this special Lady "Sunny" sent me anther box full of beautiful surprises to continue making my jewelry and in that box was this old Jerusalem rosary with Terra Sancta center but it was broken and some Hail Mary beads missing. I set it aside on my beading table waiting to see how I could repair it.

Today when I went to my bead room to start creating, the rosary was right up front on my table, like it was moved and I set it aside, and later again, it was in front and St. Padre Pio's statue was almost peeking from where I had placed it and I just could not keep my eyes away from his statue and all of the sudden I get this surge of energy and I just grabbed the statue and the rosary together and it was just like nothing could stop me creating it. I began and didn't stop until I finished and everything just fell into place on his statue, adding all the rhinestones and I loved how it just came together, like St. Padre Pio wanted to be added to this special Rosary.

Tuesday, July 13, 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.

I created another bracelet in honor of Our Beautiful Lady of Fatima adding a One Decade Rosary with Our Lady of Lourdes Water center and Fresh Water Pearls.

I added a beautiful resin cameo of Our Lady of Fatima adding a vintage rhinestone charm and white glass pearls and white crystals.

Catholic Medals used are St. Michael St. John of God, St. Martin de Porres, St. Padre Pio, St. Dominic with Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, Our Lady of Sorrows with St. Peregrine and others.

Monday, July 12, 2010

What a Blessing - Pictures are worth a thousand words

I feel so blessed and priviledged to have such a blessed child as my granddaughter. She is my first and only granddaughter for now. She is only 16 mos. old.Since she was born I felt that she has a strong connection with Our Blessed Mother and now that she is growing, I have witnessed several signs but what I captured today just brought me to tears. It's amazing what I was able to capture today in pictures and like the saying goes pictures are worth a thousand words and speak for themselves. I will share a little on it.

I have a statue of Our Blessed Mother and Christ "Pieta" and she has seen it before but since I moved it to the back room of my house where I keep all my bracelets and take pictures, the reason I moved it because I had a dream that the statue was there on the room where all my bracelets are and it was radiating light and lots of other lights like lighting were coming out of the statue and was killing some small snakes trying to get in, so after that dream I decided to move it to that specific room, well a couple of days ago, my granddaughter approached the statue and began caressing Our Lord's head and she had
a small cup with her and tried to give Him water and at that time I didn't have the camera ready but was so touched by her gesture.

Today I noticed she sat down next to the statue and began kissing Our Lord, so I grabbed the camera and took the pictures, she was even caressing His feet and saying "Coco" which is a word we use in our Hispanic culture to babies when they hurt themselves, like in English we say Boo Boo, she kept saying it then kissed Our Lord and Blessed Mother and placed her little hands on Their heads like healing, I was just tearing up. I just stood there speechless and she didn't even realized I was taking the pictures, she was just focus on what she was doing.
It's unbelievable how her little spirit sense The image represents pain and suffering and felt compelled to make Our Lord and Blessed Mother feel better. Still some people today don't believe statues have the power to convey a message and spiritual energy.

On this picture is where she was caressing Our Lord then looked at His feet and was saying "coco" like He has a boo boo on His feet then got up and the next picture shows what she did next.

I still get teary eyed when I look at these pictures and feel the beautiful energy and peace I felt the moment I witnessed it.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Beautiful Healing Experience

I must share my wonderful experience with my personal healing, truly a miracle. For several days last week and few from this week I had been sick, very tired and with really bad pain all over my body, I didn't know what was going if my arthritis was acting up or dehydration, this is the most pain I've experienced and no energy to continue with my creations.

I prayed to Our Lord, Blessed Mother, St. Padre Pio or whom could intervene for me and bring me the healing to my body and on Friday I received a wonderful surprise. It was a package with many jewelry pieces and medals from a wonderful special lady "Sunny" that she has purchased from me before and has sent me in the past other boxes full of supplies and medals to continue creating my jewelry. She is a very special Spiritual lady.

When I opened the box, the most beautiful scent of roses came from the box then another Saintly scent as well and I got chills, a burst of energy, good spiritual energy and inside was a couple of gorgeous pictures of Our Lady of Medjugorje and one of Fr. Peter Mary Rookey, O.S.M and my body began to experience the healing, the pain was less and by the end of the day was almost completely gone and today is completely gone. I cannot express my emotions how My Blessed Mother sent me the healing through this wonderful lady that needed to send me this wonderful cards of this Holy man and My Blessed Lady.

I cannot stop thinking of this wonderful miracle and would like to share the sites where you may obtain prayers or the cards. I believe I had to experience that pain then the miracle to let others about Our Blessed Mother's Healing and also about Fr. Peter Mary Rookey "Man of Miracles"

For Our Lady of Medjugorge card is

For Fr. Peter Mary Rookey, O.S.M you may send prayer requests to (708) 748-MARY (6279)

It has been a truly blessing to have received these wonderful cards and mostly my healing miracle.

With sincere gratitude

Friday, July 9, 2010

St. Jude Relic, Saints Religious Medals Charm Bracelet

Prayer to Saint Jude Thaddeus

Glorious Saint Jude, with faith in your goodness I ask your help today. As one of Christ's chosen Apostles, you are a pillar and foundation of His Church on earth. You are among the elders who stand always before God's throne.

Brother Jude, you are renowned for your kinship with Christ and your physical resemblance to our Savior. Help me remain close to Christ and resemble Him in my outlook and actions.

Holy Apostle, you are venerated for your work of preaching the gospel and your faithfulness to Christ by a martyr's death. Assist me to preach the good news of Christ by word and example, and remain steadfast in His service as you were.

From your place of glory, do not forget the needs and difficulties of Christ's little ones like me, still struggling on the way home to God. Pray for me that I may receive the consolation and help of heaven in my necessities, tribulations and sufferings, particularly (name special problem) and that I may praise God with you and all the elect forever.

Intercede for us all, gracious, brother Saint Jude, and pray for us to the Lord our God in our daily toil and our necessities. Amen.

On This bracelet I added a very unique 3rd class relic medal of St. Jude, two Jade unique crosses and glass lampwork beads.

Other Catholic Medals used are: St. Benedict, St. Peter and St. Paul, St. Rocco, St. Hubert, St. Padre Pio, St. Dominic with Queen of Most Holy Rosary, St. Augustine and St. Monica