Feelin’ The Green of New Life With Malachite

Sterling Silver Gift Of God Ribbon Cross With Malachite

Sterling Silver Gift Of God Ribbon Cross With Malachite

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! I’m feelin’ the green today, so thought I’d share something green with my “Gift Of God” sterling silver cross pendant design set with a malachite cabochon stone. The scripture that accompanies this design is “For it is by God’s grace that you have been saved through faith… It is not the result of your own efforts, but God’s gift.” Eph. 2:8-9
I designed this cross to resemble the ribbon of a bow, symbolizing the gift.

Since St. Patrick used the shamrock as a symbol of the Trinity to teach about the Christian faith, I decided to do a quick photo shoot outside to show this design with a bit of the Irish spirit on my blog today. My yard is always a mass of this somewhat annoying oxalis weed in early spring. When I take photos I see things in a different way, in a new light, and today it did not seem like a weed. “Weeds are flowers too, once you get to know them.” ~A.A. Milne Many times my seeing and knowing just has to do with getting “up close and personal” and spending time with the subject and sometimes it has more to do with looking at something enlarged on the computer screen. In those varied ways the subject often speaks to me in a new way through my photography. Through the photo composition, the oxalis or shamrock entered the pondering of today’s subject matter. As a prolific, invasive weed, the oxalis is something troublesome to deal with as we clean out the flower beds each spring preparing for new plantings. “But a weed is simply a plant that wants to grow where people want something else.  In blaming nature, people mistake the culprit.  Weeds are people’s idea, not nature’s.” ~Author Unknown So many times I find myself drawn to photograph the pretty little surprises of nature that pop up in the grass. When photographing the weeds I don’t think of them in negative ways. I appreciate them for their beauty and stand in awe and wonder of their intricacies while contemplating their complexities and any messages they may hold for me. “What is a weed?  A plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

My time spent behind the camera is often precious God time since it leads to deep thought. I kept noticing the lovely heart shapes that compose the trinitarian shamrock. The heart shapes led me to ponder relationships which eventually brought me back to the Trinity and the relationship of the three persons in one and my relationship to each. Then I thought about love and more relationships. I contemplated the symbolism of green as new life and growth and back again to the gifts and Gift of God.

While I received many messages today in the photo shoot of my cross design juxtaposed against the shamrock, I am left pondering the ways in which the gift of God’s grace is shown to me through “my weeds” or the unwanted things in my life. If I ponder life’s unwanted things in the new light of that grace, I find them to be more embraceable. My experience of new life often comes in the form of new thinking or re-thinking old thoughts and ideas. I think that’s what we are called to do during Lent…to rethink our lives, renew our spirits in reflection, and to recommit ourselves to living by the Spirit, in relationship with our trinitarian God.

This cross design H23 The Gift Of God, is available with many gemstone choices. Click the image to see the jewelry design on my website with more details and ordering information.

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Butterfly Jewelry Celebrates Spring

In my corner of Texas, spring hit with a big burst last week. Each day as I walk around the yard I experience fresh fragrances, new blooms, budding new growth, butterflies floating through the air and nectaring on the new flowers. Butterflies hold such strong affirmations and uplifting messages for me.

sterling silver butterfly pendant with rejoicing figure Nancy Denmark

"Be Ye Transformed" Sterling Silver Butterfly Pendant

One of my earliest symbol designs was inspired by Romans 12:2, Be Ye Transformed, a butterfly pendant with a rejoicing figure as her body. This verse and story accompanies this jewelry design: “…and be not conformed to this world; but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind…” Romans 12: 2
When we allow ourselves to be transformed by Christ, he gives us wings with which we can soar to new heights. I designed this butterfly with a rejoicing figure for its body to symbolize that joyous transformation.

The Be Ye Transformed butterfly has always been a piece I like to wear when memorializing a departed loved one as a reminder to me of their new life of resurrection in Christ. So many friends and customers have shared stories with me of the healing powers that butterflies held for them around the death of a loved one. I personally experienced the presence of butterflies in the church yard as my father’s cremains were interred in the memorial garden that had once been my own church day school playground.

silver butterfly necklace

"Spirit Wind Beneath My Wings" Sterling Silver Butterfly Pendant

My most recent butterfly jewelry design H61, Spirit Wind Beneath My Wings, was the first piece of jewelry I designed from my new country home studio. As I worked to create this design, I watched butterflies dancing by my studio window, affirming my new creative life in a new setting. This symbolized for me the transformative power of new creative beginnings in my tranquil country studio setting. This jewelry design comes with the message: The butterfly is a living parable of the promise of resurrection as the caterpillar (Jesus) goes into the cocoon (tomb) and emerges from the chrysalis (leaving the old behind) as a butterfly (made new in the risen Christ) to soar free. The butterfly also symbolizes my freedom in Christ today on Earth, as I lay my burdens at His feet and soar light and free as a butterfly with the wind of the Holy Spirit beneath my wings. “If anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation; the old has passed; behold, the new has come.” 2 Corinthians 5:17

Diocese of Texas ECW Centennial Butterfly

Diocese of Texas ECW Centennial Butterfly

My other butterfly jewelry design H53, embodies the movement and activity of the butterfly to symbolize women in action. This was designed for a centennial celebration of a church organization of our diocese, The Episcopal Church Women or ECW. This design features a woman as a butterfly, with an “ECW” monogram on her wings. She is a woman on the move, heading into the future with joyful anticipation.

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May we all anticipate and embrace the uplifting symbols of spring, rejoicing in the transformative powers of our faith. There is a new creation, the old has passed and the new has come!