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.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Antique Brass and Caramel

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I bought these caramel mother of pearls beads a while ago. Each time I started a rosary, I would pick them up and look at them, and put them down to use something else. I did the same thing with this beautiful brass center and crucifix. They were so beautiful that the rosary I used them on needed to be just right. I just didn't know what it needed in order to be just right.


Yesterday I was rummaging through some supplies I had stashed in a basket when I came across a bag of beads from "discarded" rosaries. Sometimes folks give me broken bits of rosaries that they just don't know what to do with because it's wrong to throw away a rosary if you don't know if it's been blessed. And so, I have a collection of rosary bits and pieces that I occasionally use to make new rosaries. In the bag were a few decades of a rosary made with these beautiful white grooved milk glass beads. When I saw them, I realized what I needed for the caramel Mother of Pearl beads, and brass crucifix and centerpiece.

This strung rosary is made with 6 mm caramel Mother of Pearl Ave beads (which is actually the natural color of Mother of Pearl), 7 mm white milk grooved glass Pater beads, separated with Japanese crystal seed beads and Czech white pearl beads. The Miraculous center and crucifix are antiqued brass.


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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Pink Glass Seven Sorrows



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I've had a little time lately to create some rosaries with supplies I have on-hand. It's nice to pick through my beads and decide what I feel like making.

This Seven Sorrows Chaplet is made with 6 mm peachy pink glass beads and Seven Sorrows medals.

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Seven Sorrows of Mary, also known as the Seven Dolors, are contemplated through the seven sets of seven Aves and seven Paters. This devotion to the Blessed Mother originates in the thirteenth century. On the Seven Sorrows chaplet, we meditate upon the Seven Sorrows the Virgin Mother endured by witnessing the life and death of her Son, Our Lord Jesus.

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Sunday, June 14, 2009

Blue Goldstone Lourdes Rosary

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Many people have said, or written to me, that my pictures do not do my rosaries justice. I don't take that as a criticism of my photography, rather a compliment to my rosaries. This rosary, I can tell you right now, is far more beautiful in person than in this picture. There is just no way to photograph these beautiful blue goldstone beads and make them look like they do in real life. They sparkle in such a way that the camera just cannot catch. Paired with this Lourdes Water pewter center and Lourdes Chapel crucifix, it is a stunning rosary (even if I do say so myself).

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$33 plus shipping and insurance

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Tuesday, June 2, 2009

For the New Priest

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We had a wonderful deacon at our parish during the past year. He was a seminarian at the local Pontifical College Josephinum, a beautiful, reverent man full of joy for the Lord. I posted this homily of his at Praying for Grace, and I will always remember that lovely story during my Advent preparation.

Deacon Victor left our parish and finished his schooling in May. He returned to his home state of Wisconsin to be ordained. He will be a fabulous priest, I am certain. I created a rosary for him because I want him to know how much I have faith in him as an awesome man of God.

The beads of this rosary are hematite, the Aves are oval and he Paters are round. I've mentioned before that I really like the hematite because it warms up in your hands. The center is a pewter Scapular center, and the crucifix, also pewter, is large and masculine, but beautiful.



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