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Archive for January 19th, 2011

Day 19: 31 Day Challenge – Pocket Icon Shrine – to Breast Cancer

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

If you’ve been reading my blog during my 31 day challenge you might remember that last week I did a “Pay it Forward in 2011” project, where I gave away 5 handmade projects that I posted on my blog.  Yesterday I received in the mail a handmade gift from one of the people who I sent something to.  Her name is Paula.  In the package I received from her was an icon shrine devoted to women with breast cancer and it stopped me in my tracks.

Since 2009 I’ve had a few friends my age pass away from breast cancer.  I have also dealt with a few of my own mysterious lumps, which were benign, but were still scary to experience.

My feeling when I received this was, “This is important and would be a great project to share on the blog.” I will give the details on how you can create your own.

Day 19: Pocket Icon Shrine – to Breast Cancer

This shrine is made from an Altoid tin.  It is covered in paper that appears to be Mod Podged to the tin.  On the inside of the tin is a picture of Saint Agatha, the patron saint of women with breast cancer (St. Aldegundis is also the patron saint of breast cancer . St. Peregrine is the patron saint of all cancers).  On the inside of the lid is a prayer to St. Agatha and there is also a votive candle inside.  Paula, the woman  who made and sent me this icon shrine,  uses icons that her husband paints.  You can find out more about them here.

Note: I am not religious person, but I don’t think you have to be to remember someone and honor them.  It can be quite therapeutic.

Cedar and Penny, I miss you deeply and think of you often.

In case you didn’t read my first blog post about this project . . . this post is part of a 31 day challenge I am doing to bring more creativity, stories and solutions to my life.  I have been using my creativity almost exclusively for work in the recent past and for the month of January I will creating things for my personal life, talking about them and taking pictures.I would love input from readers as to which project you enjoy the most and if I get enough comments on one particular project I’ll turn it into a tutorial after the 31 day challenge of crafting, stories and solutions is over.  So please let me know what you like!