April 13, 2011

France Meets Chicago

What an unlikely couple.  France and Chicago.  But here they are.

This necklace is another one from my line of vintage medals mixed with other flea market finds (and some contemporary elements as well).  I bought the medal in a thrift shop, not knowing till I got home that it says something on the back.  It says "National Shrine of St. Jude, Chicago Illinois."  Then it says "Claretian Fathers."  Hhmmm.......pretty neat, I thought.  I mean, who knew?  I live in the midwest and had no idea that Chicago was the proud home of the National Shrine of St. Jude.  Some days lately I feel like maybe I should go there!  (St. Jude is the patron saint of lost causes!)

Okay, so there's the Chicago part.

What about the France part?

Well, I also picked up a vintage rosary at the same thrift store ~  a bit worn, just the way I like it!  And this amazing piece had a crucifix encased in a silverplate mold that says "Lourdes" on the back.  Lourdes!  Now we're talking France!  I was really thrilled to discover it.

So, I gingerly removed some of the r-e-a-l-l-y worn white beads (now almost clear) from the rosary and incorporated them into this necklace.  How blessed is that?
       





There's also vintage bling as well (of course).  And bird charms always make me happy, somehow.

France and Chicago.  I'm glad they met.

On another note, I can't believe that I've almost reached 400 (squeal!) Dear Diva Followers.  You guys have been awesome and I appreciate each and every one of you (and your comments and/or stalking).

So stay with me.  I promise to surprise you.

You're awesome.  No, really, you ARE.

xoxo


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7 comments:

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Pretty! Looks like Chicago and France blend well together. :D
Enjoy your evening.

The Answer Is Chocolate said...

What great finds in and of themselves but absolutely stunning combination! Congrats on almost 400!!

Pattie said...

Congrats on your upcoming 400! Love your blog. 8>)

Alison @ The Polohouse said...

So pretty Kathy!
I love this piece. How is your remodel project going? You have to post on it. Make sure you are taking lots of pics too!
Congrats on your almost 400 followers mark!
That's great!
I hope my friend Maureen has contacted you about your Gaelic bracelets. She will love them and needs one for her sweetie pie daughter.
Hope to see you again soon.
Alison

Privet and Holly said...

Congrats...400...Wow!
You are so talented.
Love the melding of
old and new in your
work. You are right, beads
that worn are really
special : ) and give
your pieces their heart.
I hope to own one, someday.
I love birds, too!
xx Suzanne

Netty said...

Just came over from The Answer is Chocolate to look at your beautiful blog. This bracelet is so interesting and beautiful. Loving the pillow below as well. Enjoy the weekend. Annette x

Stazio essentials said...

Yes, Great Find, beauatiful piece !

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