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, April 25, 2010

Holiest of Sacraments




Is there anything more beautiful than a child receiving his or her First Holy Communion? The tradition, the beauty, the celebration -- it's all so truly awesome. For that reason, I love to make a First Holy Communion rosary. Often a First Communion rosary is the child's first "real" rosary, so it has a special significance. I recently made a very girlie First Holy Communion rosary for my friend Sara's daughter. She wanted pink and white and silver, and we chose a Miraculous Medal for the center. It's perfect for a girl to use as she grows into adolescence and womanhood.


The Aves are iridescent pink glass, the Paters are Mother of pearl, capped with silver filigree and in between are the tiniest oyster pearl and white silver-lined seed beads.



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Thursday, April 22, 2010

Mournful Mother

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A recent request for a blue Seven Sorrows Chaplet had me scrambling for some pretty blue glass beads. On a whim, I picked up these cobalt blue beads and, as it turns out, I love them. The deep blue and iridescent shine is a beautiful combination.

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

This chaplet can be made with or without the medals, substituting beads instead.

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Friday, April 2, 2010

Stained Glass

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Many of the rosaries that I have made lately have been special requests. Lovely people contact me and ask can I put this center with that crucifix and use those beads. I never mind making a special rosary for someone -- I know it's likely to be used often if it is special. Occasionally, however, I get to pick out all the parts and make up something just for fun.

These beads were some that I bought because I had never seen anything like them. They are faceted, fire-polished glass, called vitrail, which is a French word meaning stained glass. They reflect the colors around them, as well as the light. I see a lot of green reflected and they become brighter in bright light and darker in dim light -- very pretty. I used them to make this Seven Sorrows Chaplet, prayed using these prayers.



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Full of Grace





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I love the Miraculous Medal. Whenever I chose pieces for a rosary, I am always attracted to the Miraculous Medal. The story of the medal is a beautiful, faith-filled one, and the primary reason I love it so much is the promise of graces that Mary gives to those who wear the medal.

This rosary center is the Miraculous Medal, molded in pewter. The crucifix, a very ornate design, is also pewter. The bead are hematite -- a beautiful, heavy, natural, dark silver, shiny stone.

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