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Monday, August 22, 2011

Upcycled Soda Can Earrings

Introducing my latest earring line, a fabulous opportunity to update your wardrobe with upcycled jewelry.  Soda Can Earrings!  What do you think??

Hahahahaha just kidding!!!!  I wouldn't actually wear those!!

But here are the ones I would wear.  Each flower is made from an aluminum drink can and embellished with a range of metal components and beads.  Each pair of earrings is one of a kind.

Arizona Ice Tea Can

Grapeade Can

Arizona Ice Tea again

I will have the entire collection of silver, copper, and brass earrings designed from a variety of soda and juice cans at Market Day at Graeme Park this Wednesday evening (Aug 24th) from 5:00 to dusk.  After this craft show, I will post the collection on my Etsy shop!  Check my shop or Facebook page for updates.

What do you think about this collection?

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Chaplet of St. Anthony of Padua

My local church, St. Anthony of Padua, has a wonderfully active congregation and truly blessed, inspiring pastor.  St. Anthony spend his childhood in Portugal and his adult religious life in Italy in the early 1200's.  He was renowned for his preaching and for performing miracles.  Many people know him as the Patron Saint of the Lost because of an incident when one of his students stole his book of prayers.  As books were still handwritten and extremely valuable, St. Anthony was upset by the loss of the book which also included notes from his lectures. He prayed for its return and the student soon repented and returned the book.  A popular short prayer is: St. Anthony, St. Anthony look around- something is lost and can't be found.  From my experience, this is a very effective way of locating misplaced objects!

Not only is St. Anthony the patron saint of lost things, but also of lost people.  As I have been feeling somewhat lost recently, I feel a connection to the namesake of my church.  Also, his feast day is June 13th- the day after my wedding anniversary.  Over the past few months I have spent a lot of time praying for guidance and asking St. Anthony to pray with me to God for counsel.  I felt inspired to create a chaplet of St. Anthony.  Like a rosary, a chaplet is a set of beads organized in a specific pattern; each bead represents a certain prayer.

In this chaplet, there are 13 sets of 3 beads followed by a large bead.  Of the group of three, the first bead is for the Our Father, the middle for a Hail Mary, and the last for a Glory Be.  The large bead is for the Miraculous Responsory, which has flowery language but references many events in the saint's life.

If you seek for miracles,
Death, error, all calamities,
The demons fly, and leprosy,
And health succeeds infirmities.
The sea obeys and fetters break,
And lifeless limbs thou dost restore;
Whilst treasures lost are found again,
When young and old thine aid implore. 

All dangers vanish at thy prayer,
The direst need doth quickly flee.
Let those who know thy power proclaim,
Let Paduans say these are of thee.
The sea obeys and fetters break,
 And lifeless limbs thou dost restore;
Whilst treasures lost are found again,
When young and old thine aid implore. 

To Father, Son may glory be 
And Holy Ghost eternally.
The sea obeys and fetters break,
 And lifeless limbs thou dost restore;
Whilst treasures lost are found again,
When young and old thine aid implore. 

Pray for us, blessed Anthony, That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us Pray
O God, let the votive commemoration of
Blessed Anthony, Thy confessor,
be a source of joy in Thy Church,
that she may always be fortified with spiritual assistance,
and may deserve to possess eternal joy.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

For this chaplet, I chose to use coral colored Mother of Pearl beads.  The crucifix is one of my favorites.  I also added a St. Anthony medal; he is traditionally pictured holding the infant Jesus Christ because it is believed that during deep prayer one night, he had a vision of the infant child.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Polymer Clay Party

Friday was my last day of school (YAY!) and I'm going to take this next or two to finally relax.  Working 7 days (about 70 hours) a week for 10 week straight is exhausting and I've made plans to relax by doing what I love- keeping my shop up to date, working on new projects, and writing blog posts. 

I did a few polymer clay projects during a clay party with friends.  They are so creative and made some great things!  Here is a sampling of their handiwork:

 The wires sticking out of the treats are going to attach the beads to earrings or charm bracelets.  In these pictures though they are cooling off from being baked or the glaze is drying.

I haven't worked with polymer in a while, and I forgot how much fun I have molding the clay into something new.  I also forgot how much work it is to clean up and how difficult it is to be patient while they bake!