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, June 30, 2010

Iesous Christos

IHS, a monogram of the name of Jesus Christ. Blessed be His Holy Name.

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This rosary was created for a family friend. The stark black and silver colors are a beautiful contrast to each other, and very masculine. The Aves are 6mm obsidian -- each one a unique mix of gray and black. The Paters are 8mm black onyx, crowned with silver caps. They are set apart with black and silver lined crystal Japanese seed beads.

The silver crucifix features the monogram of Our Lord -- IHS.

The center is a silver scapular.

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Friday, June 25, 2010

Garden Enclosed, Our Blessed Mother


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This beautiful center featuring Our Blessed Mother at the garden gates was the inspiration for this rosary, made for a very kind family friend. The detail on this antique brass Miraculous center is perfect, as was Our Blessed Mother. From the stars above her head to the folds of her dress to the detail on each flower -- so beautiful.

The crucifix, also in antique brass is also so elegant.

The natural hues of the 6mm honey jade beads compliment the colors of the brass beautifully. Set apart with dark brass, and alabaster seed beads, the colors of the honey jade Aves range from golden honey to a rich amber. The Paters, set apart by brass caps, are 8mm pale camel colored Czeck druk beads.

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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Do This In Remembrance of Me

This rosary was created with a young man in mind. Not any particular young man, maybe a First Communicant, or a young RCIA candidate, or maybe a young groom. I just thought it was very masculine, and because the beads are 6 mm, I thought it fit a young man, or an older man with small hands.

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I love this crucifix and it was really the inspiration for the rest of the rosary.

The black onyx beads are dark and shiny, and I used antiqued silver chalices for the Pater beads, a reminder of Our Lord's teaching:

"Amen, amen, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you. For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him. Just as the living Father sent me and I have life because of the Father, so also the one who feeds on me will have life because of me. This is the bread that came down from heaven. Unlike your ancestors who ate and still died, whoever eats this bread will live forever."

On the center, a Holy Family image appears on one side and the image of the dove on the other. Both sides are beautiful.

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Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Pray Bracelet

A girlfriend's birthday recently gave me the opportunity to create some pretty baubles. I love this "Pray" bead and have used it for myself, my mom and another dear friend. Just a little reminder to keep God at the center of everything.

For this bracelet I used blue Venetian Glass beads (the flowered ones), Swarovski blue crystals, Swarovski pearls and sterling silver beads of varying sizes all strung on nylon-coated stainless wire with a U-shaped clasp.

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The earrings are matching bicone blue crystals (at the bottom) and tiny dangling bicone crystals above -- like little chandeliers. They sparkle beautifully.