Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Our Lady of La Salette Charm Bracelet

Consecration to Our Lady of La Salette

Most Holy Mother, Our Lady of La Salette,
who for love of me shed such bitter tears
in Your merciful apparition,
look down with kindness upon me,
as I consecrate myself to You without reserve.
From this day, my glory shall be to know
that I am Your child. 
May I so live as to dry Your tears
and console Your afflicted heart.
Beloved Mother, to You
and to Your blessed charge and sacred keeping
and into the bosom of Your mercy,
for this day and for every day,
and for the hour of my death
I commend myself, body and soul,
every hope and every joy,
every trouble and every sorrow,
my life and my life's end

This bracelet I created today making honor to Our Beautiful Lady of la Salette using a stunning picture of Our Blessed Mother adorned with pink Czech. rhinestones.  

This is a very meaningful bracelet using teardrop-shape glass beads representing Her tears and adding a beautiful Archangel with 18K goldplated wings holding gold Czech. glass beads representing Her radiance, the rose representative of the garland of roses She wore and the pearls representing Her gown.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Our Lady of Guadalupe and St. Juan Diego Cross Bracelet

I created another beautiful bracelet honoring Our Humble Lady of Guadalupe using a stunning unique cross with Our Lady of Guadalupe, San Juan Diego and Crucified Christ with gold gilding making it more unique and beautiful.

Complimenting the Catholic medals, which are, Our Lady of Miraculous Medal, St. Michael, Our Lady of Fatima, Holy Family, Blessed Sacrament, St. Ignatius and St. Martin de Porres, are beautiful green faceted glass beads, Czech. glass, Millifiori glass beads and turquoise color howlite stones.

Friday, December 23, 2011

The Gift of Love

If I decorate my house perfectly with plaid bows, strands of twinkling lights and shiny balls, but do not show love to my family, I’m just another decorator.

If I slave away in the kitchen, baking dozens of Christmas cookies, preparing gourmet meals and arranging a beautifully adorned table at mealtime, but do not show love to my family, I’m just another cook.

If I work at the soup kitchen, carol in the nursing home and give all that I have to charity, but do not show love to my family, it profits me nothing.

If I trim the spruce with shimmering angels and crocheted snowflakes, attend a myriad of holiday parties and sing in the choir’s cantata but do not focus on Christ, I have missed the point.

Love stops the cooking to hug the child. Love sets aside the decorating to kiss the husband. Love is kind, though harried and tired. Love doesn’t envy another’s home that has coordinated Christmas china and table linens.

Love doesn’t yell at the kids to get out of the way, but is thankful they are there to be in the way. Love doesn’t give only to those who are able to give in return but rejoices in giving to those who can’t.

Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails. Video games will break, pearl necklaces will be lost, golf clubs will rust, but giving the gift of love will endure.

Merry Christmas and lots of love to you and yours!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

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.

I just love this medal with the image of The Holy Child of Atocha, is so beautiful and unique.  It just brings me comfort.

This bracelet makes honor to the Holy Child of Atocha using other Catholic medals as well including Our Lady of Guadalupe, St. Therese, Our Lady of San Juan de los Lagos, Archanagel St. Gabriel, Our Lady of Sorrows, St. Benedict, St. Michael and St. Anthony.

I used beautiful handcrafted Peruvian beads and handcrafted as well vintage black clay bird beads making it very unique.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

"Majestic" Virgin Mary and Baby Jesus Catholic Cameo Religious Necklace

I called this beautiful necklace "Majestic" making honor to Our Blessed Mother and Baby Jesus giving splendor to Their Majesty
This beautiful cameo embellished with many vintage and new rhinestones, pearls and other embellishments like a vintage flower pendant. 

Daily, daily sing to Mary, sing my soul Her praises due;
All Her feasts, Her actions worship, with the heart's devotion true.
Lost in wondering contemplation, be Her majesty confessed.
Call Her Mother, call Her Virgin, happy Mother, Virgin blest!

She is mighty to deliver; call Her, trust Her lovingly;
When the tempest rages round thee, She will calm the troubled sea.
Gifts of Heaven She has given, noble Lady! to our race;
She, the Queen, who decks Her subjects with the light of God's own grace.

Sing my tongue, the Virgin's trophies, who for us our Maker bore;
For the curse of old inflicted, peace and blessing to restore.
Sing in songs of praise unending, Sing the world's Majestic Queen!
Weary not, nor faint in telling all the gifts She gives to men.

All our joys do fall from Mary; all then join Her praise to sing:
Trembling sing the Virgin Mother, Mother of Our Lord and King.
While we sing Her awesome glory, far above our fancy's reach,
Let our hearts be quick to offer love alone the heart can teach.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Our Lady of Guadalupe Feast Day December 12

O Virgin of Guadalupe,
Mother of the Americas,
grant to our homes the grace of loving
and respecting life in its beginnings,
with the same love with which
You conceived in Your womb
the life of the Son of God.
Blessed Virgin Mary,
Mother of Fair Love,
protect our families so that
they may always be united
and bless the upbringing of our children.

Our hope, look upon us with pity,
teach us to go continually to Jesus,
and if we fall
help us to rise again and return to Him
through the confession of our faults
and our sins in the Sacrament of penance,
which gives peace to the soul.

We beg You to grant us a great love
of all the holy Sacraments,
which are, as it were,
the signs that Your Son left us on earth.
Thus, Most Holy Mother,
with the peace of God in our consciences,
with our hearts free from evil and hatred,
we will be able to bring to all others
true joy and peace,
which come to us from Your Son,
our Lord Jesus Christ,
who with the Father and the Holy Spirit,
lives and reigns for ever and ever.

(Pope John Paul II.)

Sunday, December 4, 2011

St. Michael and Archangels Charm Bracelet

I was inspired today to create a statement bracelet making it unique and bold and I had saved that gorgeous sword for a long time until I would find the right time or piece that I needed to add it to and today, out of the blue, I was so inspired to take it and use it with this stunning as well cross depicting St. Michael and angels.
It gave me a bit of difficulty adding it to the bracelet to make it safe, even though, is not sharp, but wanted to be cautious with it and I just love the end result.

Bold and powerful like St. Michael and that sword truly makes a statement. 

Blessings St. Michael 

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Queen of Heaven Catholic Virgin Mary Cameo, Saints Religious Charm Bracelet

Remember, O most gracious
Virgin Mary, that never was it
Known that anyone 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.

I created this stunning bracelet honoring "Our Queen of Heaven" using a stunning porcelain
cameo adorned with vintage rhinestones and a stunning as well center on bracelet and a beautiful Bali-style metal rose.
Catholic medals I added are: St. Benedict, St. Francis Xavier, St. Cecilia, St. Martin de Porres, 
Our Lady of Czestochowa, Pope John Paul II, Our Lady of Miraculous Medal, St. Anthony, Our 
Lady of San Juan de los Lagos.