Due to unemployment, and thus financial hardship, I have changed my policy of not adding labor cost to my rosaries. I hope that you can understand why this is necessary and will continue to support my apostolate. At this time I need to support my family with my skills and resources. I have not added much to the cost of each item -- not as much as most vendors would, doubling or tripling their cost -- but just enough to contribute a small amount to my family's income.

Sunday, July 29, 2007

St. Francis & St. Anthony Beads

This rosary honors two favorite saints of our household, St. Francis of Assisi and St. Anthony of Padua. The handmade clay beads are marbled dark brown and ivory, symbolic of the brown Franciscan robes and ivory belts. In between the handmade clay beads are coppery brown Czech glass beads --with an aura of blue -- and black Japanese glass beads. The center depicts St. Francis of Assisi on one side, and St. Anthony of Padua on the other. The San Damiano crucifix is the very one that brought St. Francis closer to God.

SOLD Can be recreated

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace,
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy;

O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love.

For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.


Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Mary's Blue Mantle

This strung rosary is made from marbled light and navy blue pearled polymer clay beads, frosted aqua Czech glass beads, and tiny navy blue Japanese seed beads. When I created the clay beads, I knew that this would have to be a rosary for Our Lady, as the colors are reminiscent of the many pictures we see of her depicted with her Blue Mantle. The pewter center is a wreath encircling a silhouette of Our Blessed Mother with a cluster of Dogwoods at the bottom. The pewter crucifix is simple, but striking. $30.00

This is one of my very first strung rosaries. I've been toying with the idea, since creating several rosary-style necklaces, but have been hesitant to give it a go. I didn't want to completely switch styles, as I love the old-fashioned link rosary, but, it was fun to put the colors together and I felt a little more creative stringing this rosary than I do linking beads. I will continue to make both styles.

I have made all of the Aves and Paters by hand -- they are glazed polymer clay. Polymer clay, once fired is very durable. I even did a few tests on my own, and the only way I was able to damage one was with a hammer. Though strong, it is very lightweight. However, the best thing about polymer clay is the color availability -- by mixing and marbling, an almost infinite number of colors and combinations are available. These rosaries are strung on very strong, but lightweight and flexible, steel cable. They are double crimped for extra durability.

Stay tuned -- next up -- St. Francis/St. Anthony.


Auto Rosary

These ten Aves and one Pater are strung on a Soft Flex wire with a magnetic clasp in the middle so that you can unclasp it, place it around the support on your rear view mirror, and then clasp it again. It's a good length -- not too long to hang in the way. You can also easily unclasp it to take with you. This particular Auto Rosary has deep Amethyst fire-polished, faceted Czech glass beads, smaller iridescent clear glass round beads, and tiny iridescent glass Japanese seed beads. The center has a dove, the symbol of the Holy Spirit on one side, and the Holy Family on the other. $10.00


Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Divine Mercy Chaplet

This chaplet is made from a white, red and gold twine. The colors are reminiscent of the Divine Mercy image and are very unique. The chaplet has the traditional five decades of knots, plus large knots in between, but has three large knots above the crucifix to pray the prayers unique to the Divine Mercy Chaplet. This chaplet has a Papal Crucifix. Click on the pictures to see an enlarged image of the twine and crucifix. $4.00

Gold and White Twine Rosary

This twine is very pretty, mostly white with just a little bit of gold. This is a traditional five decade rosary with a Papal Crucifix. It is also available with a simple wooden cross. Click on the pictures to see an enlarged image of the twine and crucifix. With Papal Crucifix $4.00. With wooden cross $3.00. Also available in burgundy, and red/white/gold.