Thursday, February 23, 2012
I created another one of a kind embellished locket shrine honoring Our Lady of Mt. Carmel. I truly love creating these embellished altered art lockets. It takes a lot of time to gather the special pieces that will create each piece and more time to make sure every piece falls into place in harmony to finish one piece and all pieces coincide and appear so beautiful and it's worth the time and the effort for each one being so unique and special.
I have always been inspired how in Latin American Our Blessed Mother has been adorned with so many beautiful embellishments including lace, crystals and pearls and that was my inspiration for this piece.
I collected several pieces which are vintage including rhinestones and roses and I also added on the back a beautiful vintage sequin lace.
Saturday, February 18, 2012
This bracelet turned out so unique with the color combinations. I also found some stunning lampwork hearts with gold foil that were meant for this bracelet.
Catholic medals I used are Immaculate Heart of Mary, Christ, St. Juan Diego with Our Lady of Guadalupe, Blessed Sacrament, St. Benedict, Mother Theresa and Sacred Heart of Jesus.
In addition to the stunning hearts, I added beautiful cream color with black lampwork beads making this bracelet unique.
Sunday, February 12, 2012
Today I was inspired to create locket shrines including this very special locket reliquary.
It's a very special locket reliquary that includes a special relic touched to the Holy Sudarium of Oviedo.
Inside locket I added the special relic medal and included beautiful images from antique Holy cards one being from Our Lady of Sorrows and other of Sacred Heart of Jesus. These images are transferred onto fabric giving it a look and feel of canvas.
Outside locket I added a beautiful picture of St. Therese adorned with pink Czech. rhinestones and suspended by one large glass pearl
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
PATRONAGE: Against evil, witchcraft; against poison; agricultural workers; carvers; civil engineers; copper smiths; dying people
THE JUBILEE MEDAL OF ST. BENEDICT
The power of St. Benedict is revealed in this small object that has been fostered by his spiritual sons many years. Marvelous is the aid which the St. Benedict Medal affords to its devout wearers in the manifold necessities of soul and body. On this account the Medal is well known and widely used throughout the Christian world; everywhere it is regarded as a highly favored object of devotion.
St. Benedict (born at Nursia, Italy, in 480) had a profound veneration for the holy Cross and for our Saviour Crucified. In virtue of the Sign of the Cross, he wrought many miracles and exercised great power over the spirits of darkness. In consequence of the great veneration in which St. Benedict was held from the early Middle Ages, it followed that a Medal was struck, one side of which represents St. Benedict holding the Cross in one hand and the Holy Rule in the other. Around the image of St. Benedict are these words in Latin "May his presence protect us in the hour of death." St. Benedict has ever been the patron of the dying, because of the circumstances attending his own most glorious death, for he breathed forth his soul while standing in prayer before the Most Blessed Sacrament.
The reverse of the Medal shows the image of the Cross. Around the margin are the initials of Latin words which form verses supposed to have originated with the holy Father Benedict himself. The English translation is: "Be gone Satan! Suggest not to me thy vain things. The cup thou profferest me is evil; drink thou thy poison." In the angles formed by the arms of the Cross are the letters C.S.P.B., signifying "Cross of the holy Father Benedict." The letters on the Cross itself have this meaning: "May the holy Cross be my light; let not the dragon be my guide."
Medals of Saint Benedict are sacramentals that may be blessed legitimately by any priest or deacon
Beads I used are a very unique bumpy beads that I was taken away with it's uniqueness with green and blue over black. I also used beautiful Jasper Gemstone beads and glass blue beads.