Handmade Catholic Rosaries and Jewelry

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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

A Vintage Medal of St Therese of the Child Jesus

What a gorgeous St. Therese medal!
I have been looking high and low to find a special medal that I can use with my St. Therese Sacrifice Bead Bracelets.  The medal I currently use, is just a little bit larger than I would prefer.  (See the photo below.)

The medal I have been using is nice...but a bit too big.

Recently I was able to find an antique medal, which is exactly what I have in mind.  It came from Belgium and is a unique and special piece.

What makes my vintage medal  particularly lovely are the following:

1)  The beautiful representation of St. Therese.

2) The unique shape and detailing of roses and ribbons that encircles the medal.

3) The lovely quote and detail that is included on the back of the medal.

"Je veux passer mon ciel a faire du bien a sur la Terre".

Which translate to "I will spend my heaven doing good on Earth."

I especially love that this medal is so diminutive.  It is about half the size of the antique reproduction that I already have.

Since I am unable to find anything like this on the market.   I plan to have a mold made from it, so it can be reproduced.  I am presently in communication with a caster, regarding having it cast in bronze.  I will wait to have it cast in silver, because of the expense.

I am so excited.  I am praying to St. Therese that it will not take too long!

UPDATE:  My new Therese medals arrived at the beginning of May.  The reproduction medal is pictured on my bracelet below.  I will write a post to show case my medal after Mothers Day.

The Gift of Giving ---Mission rosaries

Over the years as each Christmas comes and goes it has been a real joy to see my kids outlook on Christmas mature.  When they were very little, their thoughts were all about what gifts they would receive on Christmas morning.  But as they matured, it was great to see their outlook change to excitement in the joy of giving gifts to others.

Some rosaries for the Girls
This Christmas it was fun to take the opportunity to make rosaries to give to some under privileged kids in the Philippines.  We included a little note with each rosary to tell the child that the rosary was made with love...and to share the name and age of the child that made it for them.
Some rosaries for the Boys
We made girl rosaries, with Turquoise, Lapis Lazuli, Aventurine, and Lilac Stone.  We made boy rosaries with Fossil Agate, Mahogany Obsidian, African Turquoise, and Snowflake Jasper.  I do hope each child will enjoy their special rosary.
   A friend of mine is traveling to the Philippines in a week and will be able to personally deliver the rosaries for us.  It was exciting for my kids to be able to make a special hand made gift for a child in another country, and even more exciting to know it would be personally delivered for them!