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Sunday, February 19, 2012

Recycled Domino Art Saint Bracelets and Upcoming Italy Trip

One of my regular customers who is a fan of Saint Rita asked me to make a recycled domino bracelet featuring images of just this saint.   True to form, I can never stop at making just one of something, so I made three other bracelets dedicated to just one saint. 

St. Therese of Lisieux



St. Philomena

Our Lady of Guadalupe

...and the one that started it all, St. Rita.

Incidentally, I don't believe I've shared this information on my blog yet, but I'm going to Italy for two weeks this coming September with my daughter and son.  Two of the "must see" places we are visiting include St. Rita of Cascia's shrine in Cascia and St. Philomena's shrine in Mugnano.  These are two of my family's favorite saints and we are really looking forward to visiting these locations.   Other highlights of this trip include attending the Saint Gennaro festival in Naples, the Prosciutto festival in Parma, lots of shopping and time at the beach.  Cities we are visiting include:  Rome (of course - what kind of Catholics would we be if we didn't stop there, right? ), Vatican City, Venice, Murano, Assisi, Florence, the Amalfi Coast, Naples, Pescara, Pompeii, Positano and Bologna.  We have some definite sites we want to see during our visit, but we are also open to suggestions from people who have been to Italy before.  Please don't hesitate to leave me a comment if you have any suggestions for "must see" or "must do" things in Italy.  I look forward to hearing from you. :)

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Virgin Mary Necklace, Earrings and Saints Charm Bracelets

I've been on another jewelry making roll (so what else is new, right?) and I want to share my latest designs with you:

Virgin Mary Necklace ( I love the retro avocado green colors in this.  Even the filigree pendant base I used is avocado green):



Filigree dangle earrings, featuring my favorite subject, the Virgin Mary (yes, I know, I am so predictable. I just can't help myself...):

Catholic saints loaded charm bracelet in shades of pastel pink and white:
And another view of the bracelet with the portrait charms all separated out:
This was a custom order for a lady with a very tiny wrist who wanted a simpler version of a Catholic saints charm bracelet.  She selected the saints for her bracelet, who are (from left to right): St. Fiacre, St. Barbara, St. Hildegard, St. Joan of Arc and St. Brigid of Sweden.  I've collected saints images since I was a little girl and literally have thousands of images in my collection, even the more obscure and hard-to-find saints:

And speaking of custom orders, one of my best selling items these days are my folk art wooden cross necklaces.  These have been selling like hotcakes the past few months and I've made them with just about every perceivable image.  As always, any jewelry items pictured here and/or custom jewelry requests can be ordered by contacting me through this blog or visiting my Etsy and EBay stores.
As always, thanks for letting me share my creations with you!