Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Jesus Mary Joseph pray for us

Ending May w Mary and Child image cufflinks - Enjoy!

I really enjoy the challenge of making cuff links, giving the piece depth and beauty. I love this image of Mother and Child... great Father's day gift for June. I am looking forward to exploring and executing more ideas swimming around in my head in regards to cuff links... always searching and creating ways of improving!

This Gentleman's Smart Links is made with coin (flat round) enamel red creative imaging. This item is decorated with a Blessed Mother Mary.

Monday, May 30, 2016

Prayers for the US

We need to remember to pray for our country - the rosary is the true weapon! Enjoy!

Here is a great opportunity to have a reminder present to pray for our country, our leaders, our citizens and all who need to know the Love of God - to change their hardened hearts. This rosary bracelet will allow the wearer to do just that w the cube multi colored US made glass beads and round faceted black onyx accompanied w a sterling silver crucifix. Enjoy!

Friday, May 27, 2016

Seeing Stars!

Patriotic stars for this upcoming memorial day! Enjoy!

When giving this gift to your spouse, honey, father, son you could be letting them know you love them to the stars and back and or he IS a rock star... however your imagination works! Enjoy!

This Gentleman's Cufflinks is made with cabochon black creative imaging. This item is decorated with a inspirational symbol.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Set my life on Fire!

Arty Smart links of the Holy Spirit! Great confirmation gift! Enjoy!

My favorite dove image again on Smartlinks for the young confirmandi or someone who loves the Holy Spirit and does not have a french cuffed shirt. Great witness and evangelizing tool at the work place.

This Gentleman's Smart Links is made with coin (flat round) enamel orange creative imaging. This item is decorated with a dove.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Wearing Mary on your sleeve...

Just a gentle reminder that Holy Mary is w you via your cuff links! Enjoy! 

This image of Mary is very sweet and child-like. I thought the image was very settle and would make a passerby do a double take not initially knowing the image was our Blessed Mother. In my mind that is a settle way for men to begin Catholic evangelizing. This is another one of AG specially designed cuff links. I really enjoy creating them... Enjoy! 

This Gentleman's Cufflinks is made with coin (flat round) enamel blue creative imaging. This item is decorated with a Blessed Mother Mary.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Hail Mary Full of Grace...

This Marian bracelet is packed w powerful prayers; can be used for the seven sorrows as well. Enjoy!

I was very excited to create this bracelet incorporating many of my favorite images of Mary w Jesus and or Mary alone. The perfect number of seven imaged coins on this bracelet also lends itself to be used a sorrowful chaplet. I have fond memories of having the word side of the 'coins' on my design table and a little girl accompanied her mother for a client consult and she just played w the coins figuring out the puzzle. When she realized the words composed the Hail Mary she squealed w delight 'cracking' the code. Enjoy!

This Devotional Bracelet is made with coin (flat round) family imagery/thoughts saint image(s) creative imaging and figure 8 metal work copper wire work. It features copper hand crafted chain. This piece has hand crafted toggle fastenings and findings. This item is decorated with a Blessed Mother Mary.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Jesus I Trust in You

Cuff Links inspiring the wearer to fully trust in God as well as share the faith! Enjoy!

My own designed Smart Links of the Divine Mercy with accent of blue around the rim. Another evangelizing tool in the office - wearing your faith on your sleeve!

This Gentleman's Smart Links is made with coin (flat round) enamel blue creative imaging. This piece has pin fastenings and findings. This item is decorated with a Divine Mercy of Jesus.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Celebrate Spring with flowers

A rosary bracelet w roses ever present - St. Therese pray for us! Enjoy!

This bracelet reminds me a spring time tea party - the roses and the pinks and greens. When I look at this piece I think of being in a garden, relaxing with a cup of tea spending time with Mary.

This Rosary Bracelet is made with oval black flower glass beads, multi-shape faceted pink Chinese crystals and taper/bicone faceted green Chinese crystals. It features silver professional grade steel cable wire. This piece has lobster clasp w/ heart jump fastenings and findings. This item is decorated with a crucifix.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Blue for Mary our beautiful Mother

Various blues in this rosary bracelet reminding us of our Blessed Mother - Enjoy!!

The sterling silver beads on this rosary bracelet are etched - they reflect the light and cast a twinkle. They are one of my favorite metal beads. The sterling silver metal bead within the crystal line also give a glint when moving on the wrist. I love the play of blue colors giving a description of Mary's Mantle.

This Rosary Bracelet is made with round faceted blue Chinese crystals and round etched sterling silver .925. It features silver professional grade steel cable wire. This piece has lobster clasp w/ heart jump fastenings and findings. This item is decorated with a crucifix. Enjoy!

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Spring means new life!

Rosary bracelet reminding us of all the new growth and birth around us this Springtime! Enjoy!

Green reminds me of new life, hope, a refreshed beginning; similar to the waving palm branches on Palm Sunday – a day of herald joy.

This Rosary Bracelet is made with cube faceted green Chinese crystals and cube dark green Chinese crystals. This piece has heart clasp fastenings and findings. This item is decorated with a cross.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Holy Spirit on the cuff!

Great cuff links for 'that guy' that joins the Holy Catholic Church! Enjoy!

Great confirmation gift for a guy. Holy Spirit cuff links - whimsical and fun. Nice statement of faith to wear on your sleeve. A quick reminder to always follow in the path of Christ... which I think can be tough in the work place!

This Gentleman's Cufflinks is made with coin (flat round) enamel beige creative imaging and coin (flat round) enamel silver polymer clay. This item is decorated with a dove.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Spring prayers w Mary's intercession

Celebrating Spring w a wonderful gem stone rosary bracelet! Enjoy!!

The purple, pink and clear bead combination reflects the images of flowers, soft roses, after a gentle rain; inspiring thoughts of being refreshed with little sprigs of joy. The five way Holy Spirit cross still remains one of my favorites. Enjoy!

Friday, May 13, 2016

Manly confirmation rosary

A very powerful Hematite wired with family Imaged confirmation rosary! Enjoy!

This rosary was quite the project... it was filled with very spiritual images of family men. This young boy has a multitude of people praying with him when praying the rosary - may the intercession of so many keep him on a safe path for Christ. This weapon is hand wired with heavy nickel wire and hearty hematite stones. Enjoy!

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Dated Holy Spirit

Arty Holy Spirit adjustable necklace! Enjoy! 

This adjustable necklace has blue Greek leather holding a very cryptic metal medallion revealing the Holy Spirit in 2012 adorned with some rustic wire work.. just love the look. Enjoy!

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

St. Joseph, pray for us

Wonderful St. Joseph, praying for us!

Another Saint necklace on adjustable black Greek leather with a metal medallion adorned with an image of St. Joseph on one side and the Holy Spirit on the other. Wonderful way to quietly evangelize. Enjoy!

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

confirmation rosary - St. Joan pray for us

Confirmation traditional full rosary w St. Joan Images - Enjoy!!

Here are six different images of St. Joan serving God with words on the back side commemorating the sacrament. The stone is orange howalite which I unfortunately can't find to use on future confirmation rosaries... I have tried for years to find more of this stone with no avail. All the Our Father medallions were hand made with polymer clay and hand twisted nickel wire then enameled. I hope all the "Joans" out there are being awesome warriors for Christ with much fortitude! St. Joan pray for us! Enjoy!!

Monday, May 9, 2016

Confirmation Necklace

St. Joan of Arc confirmation necklace on adjustable red leather strap. Enjoy!

Here is another Saint necklace for a student entering into the Catholic Church as an adult. This is a great gift reminding the confirmandi that the Saints in heaven are praying for them - especially during the age of high school when times can get tough. St. Joan pray for us. Enjoy!

Friday, May 6, 2016

Confirmation ideas for young men

Creative Image of an arrow encouraging St. Sebastian intercession! Enjoy!

Leather adjustable strap with a Saintly remember to the confirmation student - St. Sebastian pray for us to be strong followers for Christ. This necklace is a nice settle reminder, to the confirmandi, that he isn't alone invoking the intercession of his patron Saint. St. Sebastian pray for us... Enjoy! 

Thursday, May 5, 2016

May the month of our Blessed Mother

Beautiful Marian rosary bracelet with sterling silver accents. Enjoy!

Beautiful sparkly Swarovski and Chinese crystal rosary bracelet with sterling silver embellishments. I really like end caps - I should remember to use them more often! Every time I do, I am always amazed with "wow I really like that look!" LOL Gorgeous spiritual weapon of prayer - Mary pray for us! Enjoy!

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Delicate and girlie!

First Communion bracelet that is adjustable so it will grow with the little girl - Enjoy!

A rosary bracelet that is adjustable to fit the wearer. I really liked the triangular shaped purple beads giving the piece a nice texture in both shape and coloring with sparkle and sheen. This piece looks very nice on the wrist... very settle. I enjoy doing wire work and dangles which this piece lends to both. Enjoy!

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Spring Time celebrating Jesus

This first communion bracelet was made for a special little girl that I call my name-sake! Enjoy!

This Swarovski and Chinese Crystal rosary bracelet brought much joy to a little girl, wanting her priest to have something special to bless! The colors are amazing and just dance together. I hope she wears it offering up many prayers! Enjoy!

Monday, May 2, 2016

A new commitment with the Church

Confirmation Rosary bracelet with the confirmandi's favorite colors! Enjoy!

Here we have spring stones of peridot, rose quartz and pearls wired with stainless steel wire making a ladder rosary bracelet accompanied with six image medallions for the Our Father pieces. Each side of the medallion holds a special message for the young confirmandi - she actually had input on the design. I actually saw this piece recently and it is holding up very nicely - I too had a similar design representing my family during my prayer time.  Enjoy! 

Friday, April 29, 2016

How Exciting to Receive Jesus for the first time!

It is First Communion Season as well - enjoy this rosary bracelet for 1st Communion!

I remember making this First Communion bracelet for a little girl who loved purple (my kinda girl!!). I loved the image of the Blessed Mother on the reserve side of the Body Blood and Divine of Christ. I pray this little girl still uses her rosary bracelet. The Hail Mary beads are fiber glass and the Our Father end beads are amethyst with a hand wired heart clasp. Enjoy!

Thursday, April 28, 2016

The royal purple

Confirmation Rosary bracelet for a young woman initiated into the Catholic Faith, Enjoy!

Another one of my go-to-designs that have been tweaked and improved over the years. Here is the solution for a full rosary available at a moments notice since it sits on your wrist. Here we have used amethyst stones chained wired into five decades with a wired beaded bar leading into the Our Father beads. The sterling silver five way cross is one of my favorites.  I really enjoy this design and have referenced it often... including a variation for myself which won an international award in 2015. Enjoy! 

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Come HolySpirit!!

Confirmation upon  us I thought I would share some Ag gift ideas!! Sponsor rosary bracelet! Enjoy!

This rosary bracelet was an awesome commission piece... I love working on stings... they are my favorite! This piece has hand made garnet beads, representing the confirmandi's birthstone, with images of the patron Saint, Confirmandi and Sponsor. On the backside of this beautiful piece is a letter from the student being confirmed to his grandmother, the Sponsor. Precious keepsake. The metal is sterling silver with a magnetic clasp and safety catch. This bracelet design is one of my go-to designs... I a have a few... but this one is always classic. I remember the time well spent designing and creating the clustered garnet stones representing family always together either physically or prayerfully! Enjoy! St. Nicholas pray for us!

Friday, April 22, 2016

OLMC - pray for us!

Our Lady of Mt. Carmel on Sterling Metal with leather cording. Enjoy!

I remember the sweet lady who commissioned me for this piece. It was a pleasure to meet her... I was very excited with the outcome of this piece. I loved the picture and how it 'torn' onto the metal. I pray she still has an wears this piece. Enjoy!

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Early Creation - inspired by my daughter

Sweet little hands help inspire this crystal necklace. Enjoy!

My daughter liked all the sparkly pretty beads... that were small! She would get a design laid-out, begin the process and then say "I am tired Mommy, will you finish it?" Perhaps it was a mistake but I always helped her get to the end working together. When she got older I told her she needed to complete her pieces and that was the slow end to her hands on designing. She now gives her opinion and thoughts freely which I relish as well. But her little hands picked all the blue and clear crystals for Mary adorned with a sterling silver cross as well as hand twisted chain work near the clasp. Enjoy!

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Back in the Day - with my son...

Flash back - a piece my son designed when he was helping with creating the work. Enjoy!

Agape Gifts started out as stress reliever; alone time for this, at that time, home school mommy! BUT God had a different plan... my little children wanted to spend MORE time with me even after spending the entire day working on school. SOOooo I humbly relented and let them "play" with the wire and stones... turned out to be a blessing. Meeting lots and lots of people as we traveled from shows both as a vendor and to vendors. My son learned about running a business and marketing... both learned creative outlet and designs. Both my children are very artistic, but very differently.
Tomorrow and I will share a young design from my daughter. Enjoy!

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Simple Sparkle!

Diamond zircon set in Precious metal silver clay with an adjustable leather strap - good for casual or dress up! Enjoy!

I saved my money to purchase a kiln... my first big investment. I was excited to use PMC or precious metal clay which back then was either silver or gold. This piece, as are all my pieces, are silver. When the price of silver sky rocketed I relinquished using this technique due to cost. Since then the industry has found ways to make metal clay out of bronze, copper and I think steel. I haven't exercised my knowledge in this area... I wondered over to sheet metal and have been dappling in that media ever since. Enjoy!

Monday, April 18, 2016

Captured Dragonfly!

Fine Silver Metal Clay dragonfly hanging from a leather necklace and serpentine stone! Enjoy!

I remember being so proud of this piece... I worked to get that silver all shiny showing off the texture of the dragonfly. I wanted to focus on the metal piece therefore using just a simple leather cording to hold it all in place with the aid of sterling silver wire! Now I try to make my pieces very dimensional and much more complex... but again it is good to remember less is more, sometimes.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Simple is best - sometimes!

Very simple organic design leather, sterling silver and a real shell from the shore! Enjoy!

This is fun to see! An older piece I put together - very simple but nicely done. Its good for artists to go back and see their journey of design in the beginning -- which can inspire a remake with more enhanced skills. I like the simpleness of this piece... I remember that shell was an amazing blue gray with a wonderful sheen. Now I would probably remake the piece in textured metal... but I like the God created shell too! Enjoy!

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Mary is always holding us!

A sweet reminder that Mary is always protecting us! Enjoy

I just love Our Lady of the Streets - I believe that is the title of this image - I love the sleeping child reminding us that we should rest soundly on her shoulder knowing that she is wrapping her mantel around us. I like the way the polymer marbleizing around the words. The cording is a combination of leather and silk. Enjoy!

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Here comes the Spring!

A wonderful necklace that I like to "coin" as a chime necklace! Enjoy!!

I vividly remember making this piece! It was in the summer and I was outside hammering, cutting and twisting away. This piece took hours to make with every metal piece carefully textured and sanded. I love the play of colors and tones. Quite a statement piece... it is fun to wear because it sings when you where it! Enjoy!

Wednesday, April 6, 2016


My computer has been at the doctors for two weeks!! But we are slowly returning to the posting for the living!! I will be back shortly - perhaps next week! Please continue to pray for success... in this electronic world!

Monday, March 28, 2016

Coy bracelet

LCL Hand-painted layered Coy with mixed metals bracelet! Enjoy!

I was very happy with the playfulness of this bracelet. I had this idea of 'zooming' onto a piece detailing a portion of the hand painted image. I took the time to play around with enlarging the images; deceasing the images; then realized I just needed to repeat the image and the resin would do the enlarging. This has spurn many other ideas to bring to fruition. 
The 'rings' that hold the pieces together represents the bubbles of the fish. The texturing on the metal, especially the toggle, has circles again carrying the bubble theme. The toggle is one of my favorite parts of this bracelet... I was delighted on the out come of the coloring and texture! All done by fire. 
This bracelet is surprising light since the full image of the coy is mounted and painted on wood the detail pieces are adhered to metal.
Really love this piece... I hope you enjoy it as well! Enjoy!!

Friday, March 25, 2016

The Veil of Christ - Jesus have mercy

The Veil of Christ icon - painted by me! AIA! May you have blessed Good Friday! Enjoy!
Here is another icon that I painted, the Veil of Christ... his face actually have two sides to it - one of compassion the other of sorrow. If you cover half of it vertically you will see two different 'looks'. Perfect image for Good Friday!

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Pray for us Blessed Mother...

AIA - my  icon painting attached to wood to hang! Enjoy!
Mary, Mother of Sorrows - especially this week as she watches her Son be battered and broken for the sake of our sins. Mary pray for us, Jesus have mercy on us!

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Agape Gifts is now in Midland....

NU Midland Art Gallery that is! We have now expanded to three locations!

I am excited to show you the display in Midland, sorry the lights cast a yellow hue on the cabinet. If you are in the Midland area seek Agape in your downtown walk. Mia was extremely sweet to invite us in!!

"The little Agape brief case full of incredible goodies has arrived! Your jewelry is magnificent. Thank you so very much for trusting me with it and for gracing the Gallery with your work." ~Mia

Thank you Mia!! Enjoy!!

The Joy of the Triduum is upon us...

Living the Joy of Christ - AIA - ornament or wall hanging! Enjoy!
I had artistic fun with this piece, again my own art work extended into an ornament design. I really played with the color on the wood piece that extended from my original electronic drawing. I liked the heart wired work - new little attempt for something different. Again, I resin the original drawing allowing the wood painting to be matte finish. Enjoy!

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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

For every season...

For every time there is a season - a bracelet with AIA representing the change of seasons! Enjoy!
This bracelet has been a design idea in my head for awhile. The pieces are hand painted transferred to wood sandwiched between metal. I hand painted the image to the side of the wood that was attached to the embossed metal pieces. Then I took another image and attached it to metal layering it onto the wood pieces w a resin finish giving it a bubble look with dimension. I used different embossed metal to continue the theme of change - warmth and coolness as well as incorporated various coated copper metal to further the color depth. I was delighted with the outcome. AG designed toggle. The effort of many hours paid off! Enjoy!!

Monday, March 21, 2016

Entering into Holy Week - may your mind be present in Christ...

The Journey of Lent is almost over - Hand painted drawing AIA. Ornament or wall hanging. Enjoy!
This drawing is one of my favs. The memory of standing on the shore and hearing all the voices and faces of people praying for me... similar I am sure to Jesus as he journeyed through the town carrying that heavy cross of our sins. He did not always hear happiness and praise - it was a bitter sweet journey that lead to our Salvation! Remember your trials are your path to holiness... your path that will lead you right to Christ. Embrace it!

Friday, March 18, 2016

Think Spring...

Pink and copper wire ring! Very comfortable! Enjoy!

I was enjoying and exploring the use of square wire ribbons that has multiple use. A technique a learned years back but needed to bring forward for a ring commission. I like the simple-ness of this ring - the wire work quietly stated but the focus on the rectangular faceted pink stone. Good color for upcoming Easter celebration. enjoy!

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Green Sunshine!

Green bear for St. Patrick's day!!  Another ornament of AIA! Enjoy!
This little bear always makes me smile. I was given an actual stuff bear after my cancer surgery... I named him Ray Gene after my doctor and favorite nurse who took care of me post op. I thought it was appropriate to have been grace us on St. Patrick's day! He always brings me good memories! Enjoy!

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Angels watch over me!

Hand painted angel to watch over you! An ornament or wall hanging - Art in Art... Enjoy!!

I just love this angel image. It was commissioned by someone to be a gift - which was made into a pin. However her joyful presence has beckoned to be used in other pieces as well. One of my favorite bracelets has her pieced into it using a new technique - the owner loves it! I have other requests for her to be used as a purse ornament, necklace and ornaments as here. I enjoyed continuing to paint on the wood her image but only resin the actually printed image of the drawing. I like the dimension of the matte finish verse the high gloss. Enjoy!

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Spring time sparkle...

Swarovski crystals always add pizzazz - rhinestone flower earrings! Enjoy!

Again, an old find when I was cleaning my studio. I was intrigued by the rhinestone shaped flowers and saw a dangle design in my head. I matched up the Swarovski crystals with the flowers color combination. I used ball post which isn't my norm but felt the simplicity was needed to mimic the circles as well as hang off the ear lobes with the swing motion coming directly from the flowers. Enjoy!!

Monday, March 14, 2016

A little twinkle of spring...

Fun earrings with a sparkle! Brass wire work with black beads & rhinestones! Enjoy!

These earrings are another creation of newly found items that were stashed in my studio. I was playing around with the wire and the rhinestone pieces coming up with a fun little pair earrings. They look nice on! Enjoy!

Friday, March 11, 2016

Everyone loves the Kiss

The famous Hershey kiss - this painting is popular by request. AiA! Enjoy!

This painting of the Hershey Kiss was a wonderful challenge and I was pleased with the outcome. The funny story about this piece is that I had the 'kiss' on a black glass table and my family knew NOT to TOUCH the Kiss - since I was working on the drawing (eletronic painting). One day my little nephew stopped by for a visit - he has down syndrome - and promptly when over to the kiss... picked it up and proceeded to eat it! WE all sighed "NO don't touc.... touch it" Too late. I guess I was done with the drawing! Enjoy!

Thursday, March 10, 2016

A Warrior for Christ

St. Joan of Arc, pray for us! An icon - I painted!! Art in Art - AiA Enjoy!

Here is my latest icon of St. Joan of Arc - my daughter's confirmation Saint. You can really see the swirls in the back ground nor the silver pigment or gold pigment in the piece as displayed in the original. On a few of the prints I went back in and painted with some metallic paints. The wood that it is mounted on is painted with a silver metallic mimicking her armor. The red organza ribbon draws the eye onto the richly red cape adorn over Joan's shoulder! A true Warrior for Christ. Enjoy!!

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Year of Mercy...

Pope Francis painting encouraging the year of Mercy - another piece of Art in Art - AiA!! Enjoy!

Working on portraits with electronic painting - again placing the printed painting on wood and working the piece around it. I liked the white soft satin ribbon representing an extension of his beanie. It also reminds me of a dove descending down around him. We were blessed to walk through the Jubliee doors last month in Az at the Rock Chapel. Great graces!! Enjoy!

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

There is always a first time

Art within Art - here is my first electronic painting - mounted on wood, repainted & adorn w brass wire work. Enjoy!

This painting was my first attempt in electronic painting - I can honestly say I have seen an improvement in my work. But the first piece is always a good reminder of where one began. The gift of my orchids has instilled a love for the flowers - I now have three orchid pots... flowerless but healthy green.... just waiting for the prized blooms to appear. What I have found is I enjoy painting back into the painting after it has been printed. I like working the wood around it and extending the image onto the wood giving it a new and different dimension. This particular image is subtly done - others are a bit more obvious. Enjoy!!!