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.

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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