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I have been fortunate enough to garner myself a little bit  of press as of late….actually, my first magazine printing, and it is a little ironic that the piece that finally made it ‘somewhere’
are my milagro tags,  a charity piece that I created in gratitude to the presence of my furry four footed companion Lolita, 
who appeared in my life unexectedly and is the best friend a girl could have!  Milagro means ‘little miracle’ in spanish. The milagros of Mexico ( they are called ex votos in europe) are small silver charms left on the altar in Catholic churches. They are the embodiment of a prayer that needs answering. Highly representational in nature…an arm, a heart, farm animals,evil eyes, a book or a boat…. there are hundreds of  milagros. They can be carried for protection and good luck, but most commonly are used when a believer makes a vow or request to a Saint. When the request is granted, one is expected to make a pilgrimage to that Saint’s holy place and leave the metal milagro as a sign of gratitude and devotion. In Mexico, this practice is known as “manda’. Curanderas ( Mexican medicine women) will ask people to carry milagros after a healing to ward off evil and protect them from a recurrence. Lots more good info and photos of traditional milagros here if you are interested!
  Lolita’s milagros are carved in wax, a mano by me and have the classic heart with wing symbol of everlasting love and faithfulness. I have taken some liberty and added  my own little touch of a paw in the center! They are engraved with the words “best friend” on the back , and cast in eco-friendly argentium sterling silver. I make them in two sizes, small (suitable for little dogs or cats) and medium.  One hundred percent of the profits from the sale of these babies has gone to various animal relief funds, and I request retailers who have carried them do the same…to date we have donated almost $3000!
  Lolita walked into my classroom one day, filthy, dirty and collarless….but immediately I knew there was something special about her…she is my faithful friend, who asks so little, yet returns so much love…
    

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3 Comments

  1. This is such fine news! And the cover suits your design croma as well, the milagro tags are beautiful I hadn’t notices them before in the Etsy shop, and for the life of me cannot understand how I missed them, they are stunning!

    BTW: I still am following your blog, I just have my blog roll anonymous. I have you linked on my side bar though, for your craft is so darned lovely and you are one of my most enduring fellow crafting friends!

  2. Hi Kerin~
    What a neat story behind the inspiration of your milagros (I remember those from Frog Hollow–they were so cute and very popular with the customers 🙂 And CONGRATS! on your first publication in a magazine–that is so exciting! I hope it brings you lots of new sales, and raises awareness about the animal charities that the milagros help support 🙂
    hope you’re doing well!
    Ivy

  3. Thanks ever so much, lovely ladies for you well wishes!. Though this piece brings me absolutely no income, it brings me riches of a much more important sort!…and spaeking of that, I a so grateful to have you tow talented ones as friends and support…
    Namaste!

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