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.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Little Flower

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Like the pretty blue rosary below, this is another perfect rosary for a young girl.

The Ave beads are 6 mm pink aurora borealis glass beads, the Paters are base metal roses, and the center is an enamel depiction of the St. Therese of Lisieux, the Little Flower.




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Angel of God My Guardian Dear

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This pretty little rosary is a perfect rosary for a beginner -- maybe as a gift for a First Holy Communion or First Confession. The Ave beads are 6 mm blue aurora borealis glass beads, the Paters are base metal roses, and the center is an enamel depiction of the Guardian Angel.



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Thursday, December 16, 2010

Jesus Carries the Cross

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This is another of the car rosaries I created recently, using some brass pieces instead of silver. The beads are 8 mm brecciated red agate, and the Pater is capped with bronze caps. The crucifix and center are antique brass, the image of Jesus carrying the cross is stamped on the center.

The magnetic clasp makes it easy to disconnect and connect again, so you can grab it for prayer time and hang it back up when you're done.


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Our Lady of Grace

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I was very busy a few weeks ago creating car rosaries for a dear friend to give for Christmas gifts. I was really pleased with all of them (and hope she was, and the recipients are, too) and wanted to post them here to give you an idea of what can be done for a rosary to hang from your rear view window. The magnetic clasp makes it easy to disconnect and connect again, so you can grab it for prayer time and hang it back up when you're done.



 


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This car rosary is made with 6mm mother of pearl Aves, an 8mm aurora borealis with silver caps, all separated with white pearl and silver-lined crystal glass seed beads. The center is Our Lady of Grace and the crucifix is a pretty beribboned style -- all very feminine.

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Monday, December 13, 2010

Gate of Heavenly Rest

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When I saw this crucifix with the scene of the Crucifixion on it, I found it so unique that I bought it even though I had no particular rosary in mind. Though not expensive, I find it beautiful and I wanted to find just the right parts. Paired with these mother of pearl Aves, the 8 mm purple Czech Druk glass Paters, and this beautiful image of Our Heavenly Mother I think it is just perfect. The center has a back that rotates showing the Glorious, the Sorrowful and the Joyful Mysteries. The beads are separated with silver lined crystal and purple glass seed beads and the Paters are surrounded by pewter caps and round silver beads.








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Thursday, December 9, 2010

Adventus

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The word "advent" comes from the Latin word "adventus" which means "coming." I have to keep reminding my children that Advent means Christ is coming, not here. Coming in the future, not here in the present (in other words, we must wait). I think that's why I love the color purple so much in our liturgical calendar. The color purple, the color of penitence, offers a visual separation from Christmas. While we are seeing purple (and rose) it is not yet Christmas.

When I pulled these glass beads out of my stash and paired them with these gold beads and antique brass pieces, it just looked like Advent to me: adventus -- coming.






The Aves are 6mm purple glass beads, separated with gold and metallic purple glass seed beads. The Paters are 8 mm round, gold, Czech Druk glass beads capped with antique brass. The center is an antique brass medal with the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Miraculous image of Mary. The crucifix is large, and beautifully ornate.



$36, plus mailing and insurance ($4 in U.S.)

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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Blessed Among Women


When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the infant leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth, filled with the holy Spirit, cried out in a loud voice and said, "Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. And how does this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? Luke 1: 41-43

  

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This tenner rosary is made with 6mm blue fossil Ave beads, strung with white pearl and blue glass seed beads. The Pater, capped with silver caps and Swarovski crystal bicone beads is a grooved, vintage, white milk glass bead.



The center is a Pewter Miraculous Medal with blue crystals and the crucifix is matching Pewter with blue crystals.


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Mother of Christ Jesus

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And Mary said: "My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my savior. For he has looked upon his handmaid's lowliness; behold, from now on will all ages call me blessed. The Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name. His mercy is from age to age to those who fear him. Luke 1: 46-50


 
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This tenner rosary is made with 6mm jasper Aves, separated by ivory and antique brass glass seed beads. The Paters is an 8mm brown goldstone bead capped with antique brass bead caps.

The center and the crucifix are vintage pieces. The center has the image of the Madonna on one side of the heart, and the initials IHS on the reverse.


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This is a one-of-a-kind rosary and cannot be recreated except with a different center and crucifix.

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Suffering Servant

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So they took Jesus, and carrying the cross himself he went out to what is called the Place of the Skull, in Hebrew, Golgotha. John 19:16-17

This tenner rosary is made with 6mm black onyx Aves, separated by black and gold glass seed beads. They are strung on a steel wire, with an antique brass heart-shaped center, depicting the image of Our Suffering Servant carrying the cross. The Pater is an 8 mm obsidian bead capped with antique brass caps. The crucifix is an antique brass matching the center.





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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

St. Michael, protect us

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It has been my pleasure recently to make several St. Michael rosaries for men who are, or are becoming, soldiers. All have been gifts, and all are men I do not even know, but am pleased to arm with one weapon they can use at any time to combat evil. One soldier is in Afghanistan now, if you would remember him in your prayers. His name is Michael and he is a physician. He is most definitely in need of prayers, both for his physical and spiritual safety. St.Michael the Archangel, protect us!





This rosary is made with 6 mm poppy jasper Aves, 8 mm round metal Paters -- they have great texture, a St. Michael the archangel center and a beautiful beribboned crucifix.





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Friday, November 19, 2010

Mother of Divine Grace


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.This is the third of the rosaries I made for the silent auction (#1 and #2 are below).




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This rosary is made with 6 mm silver leaf jasper Ave beads separated by gold and antique brass glass seed beads. The Paters are 8 mm ivory Czech Druk glass beads set apart with twisted rope silver caps and Swarovski crystals. The center is a Miraculous Medal with picot and floral edges and the crucifix has an ornate picot edge.





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Mary, Cause of Our Joy

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This rosary is another of those I have donated to my son's school for their silent auction. It is made with 6 mm colonial jasper Ave beads, separated by gold and ivory glass seed beads. The Paters are 8 mm gold Czech Druk glass beads with antique brass caps. The Madonna center (Scapular on reverse) and crucifix are antique bronze hand cast from vintage pieces. The beads are strung on nylon coat flexible steel wire.










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Miraculous Mother






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Each year my son's all boys' school holds a silent auction just before Christmas and each year I donate several rosaries for the auction. This year I made all strung rosaries and I think that they have a definite European look. The one pictured here is a tenner, with a bronze crucifix and bronze Miraculous Medal.

The Aves are 6 mm turquoise stone beads, and the Pater is an 8 mm Swarovski fern green round, with bronze caps. They are strung on a steel wire separated by gold and silver-lined charcoal gray seed beads. The crucifix and Miraculous Medal are hand cast in antique bronze from vintage pieces. The rosary is 8.5 inches from end to end.












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Monday, November 8, 2010

Hail, Holy Queen

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I recently received a request from a gentleman who asked me to make a rosary and a chaplet for his wife (how sweet!). He knew he wanted purple beads, her favorite color, but other than that he had no preconceived notions. He liked the purple beads I used on this rosary (who wouldn't - -they are gorgeous!), and with purple being the color of nobility, as well as having much significance in our faith, it was the perfect color for both pieces. Together we selected the colored medals for the chaplet and the center and crucifix for the rosary. They turned out very pretty and his wife was pleased. What a dear man to take care of his wife's spiritual needs. God bless him!

The chaplet is a link Seven Sorrows of Mary Chaplet, made with 8 mm violet Czech druk glass Aves, and medals depicting the seven sorrows for the Paters.



The Seven Sorrows Chaplet is prayed using these prayers, meditating on the Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Mother.


The rosary (pictured above) is made with the same 8 mm violet Czech druk glass, capped with sterling silver for the Paters. The center is a simple sterling silver Miraculous Medal, encircled in a silver ring, matching the circle in the sterling silver Celtic crucifix (because the recipient is Irish). The links and chain are all sterling silver as well.









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Friday, November 5, 2010

Mother of the Poor

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Our blessed Mother in Heaven, the Mother of God, is certainly the Mother of the Poor, as she is the mother of all. This rosary was made with another mother in mind as well, Blessed Mother Teresa, who cared for the poor, sick and unwanted of society for most of her life.

I recently had a request from an online friend to create a Mother Teresa rosary for her mother who is going to be having knee surgery this month. In thinking about beads and putting all the parts together, I thought, "It has to be blue and white, the colors of Mother Teresa's habit." Would we recognize Mother Teresa without her blue and white? I'm not sure, we have only ever seen her in her signature blue and white, blue for the Virgin Mary.

For this rosary, I chose 6 mm blue opal glass beads for the Aves -- they have just the slightest hint of blue -- and 8 mm Blue millefiori glass beads for the Paters -- they have a beautiful yellow flower on opposite sides. I capped the Paters with silver flower petal caps. The Aves and Paters are separated with silver-lined white and silver-lined crystal seed beads. The center has the image of Mother Teresa on one side and a relic on the reverse. The simple crucifix is a clover shape and has a white enamel background with a silver corpus.




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Thursday, October 21, 2010

Ear Bobs

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I usually don't post pics of earrings because I have such a hard time photographing them. I realized recently, however, that the kind with French wires hang beautifully from crystal cordial glasses. They make pretty subjects when arranged properly. ;-) The bottom pair have spring clip wires.









All are gone, but can easily be recreated for less than $10 -- just leave a comment.

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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Pink Glass



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A week ago, in honor of our Blessed Mother's Feast Day, Our Lady of the Holy Rosary, I gave away a pretty pink glass rosary at Praying for Grace. I want to post the pictures here as well because it can be recreated for anyone looking for a pink glass rosary, or the beautiful center or crucifix can be used with another style of bead.


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The Aves are 5 x 8 mm rondelles and the Paters are 8 x 10 mm rondelles, both in facted pink glass. The Paters are capped with silver flower petals. The center is an Immaculate Queen image, with the words "Immaculate Heart of Mary" stamped in the back. The crucifix is a beautiful design with a picot edge.





Can be recreated

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