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.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Love is...



"Love is patient, love is kind. It is not jealous, (love) is not pompous, it is not inflated, it is not rude, it does not seek its own interests, it is not quick-tempered, it does not brood over injury, it does not rejoice over wrongdoing but rejoices with the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails." 1 Corinthians 13:4-8

I remember that scripture verse from my own wedding. It all seemed so true at the time...at the beginning, before we had lived through any tough times together. In reality, we know that the kind of love that comes after the wedding is often rude, seeks its own interests, and is most definitely quick-tempered. It is the love that comes through God, however, that is kind, patient and endures all things. Sometimes it takes many years of marriage to achieve that kind of love, but through God, and only through God, everything is most definitely possible.

My sweet younger cousin will be married soon and I made for her, and her husband-to-be, wedding rosaries. They were a delight to make, as I picked out each part specifically to go with the others, just for her.




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The bride's wedding color is a beautiful, vivid, peacock blue and I chose the Paters for both rosaries to remind her of her wedding day (I think the photo below of the crucifixes is most representative of the true color). The bride's Aves are 6mm cream Swarovski pearls, and the grooms are 8mm onyx beads.



The Paters are 8mm, faceted, aurora borealis, capri blue, Swarovski crystals capped in bronze. They are separated by bronze Czech and crystal Japanese seed beads.




The centers are a heart with a cross in the center and the crucifixes, also matching, have a heart at each side and top and bottom. The centers and crucifix are hand cast in solid bronze from vintage pieces.



 





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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Pray, Little Child

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"Lord, I am not worthy that You should enter under my roof; but only say the word, and my soul shall be healed"

I always loved the words of the Eucharistic prayer, which will be revised to the above words when the missal changes take place this Advent. These words, to me, spoke of the very essence of Christ's mercy and forgiveness..."Only say the word and my soul shall be healed."


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This little bracelet was created as a gift for a young girl's First Holy Communion, as a reminder to PRAY. The beads are 6mm, 32-facet, turquoise AB glass bead -- they are very sparkly, as you can see. They are strung on a steel wire with sterling silver round beads and Czech glass turquoise beads in between. The PRAY bead is sterling silver as is Celtic style cross, the clasp and the extender chain -- added so the bracelet can grow with her.


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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Faith...Hope...Love

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When I was a child, I used to talk as a child, think as a child, reason as a child; when I became a man, I put aside childish things. At present we see indistinctly, as in a mirror, but then face to face. At present I know partially; then I shall know fully, as I am fully known. So faith, hope, love remain, these three; but the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 11:13



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This little bracelet was a gift to a sweet little girl for her First Holy Communion. The Faith, Hope and Love medals are sterling silver, as are the links,  the clasp and extender chain. The beads are 6mm pink Swarovski crystal pearls.




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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

...For the Forgiveness of Sins

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"While they were eating, Jesus took bread, said the blessing, broke it, and giving it to his disciples said, 'Take and eat; this is my body.' Then he took a cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, 'Drink from it, all of you, for this is my blood of the covenant, which will be shed on behalf of many for the forgiveness of sins.'" Matthew 26:26-28
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This rosary is a beautiful girl's First Holy Communion rosary. The Aves are mother of pearl beads, and the Paters are silver-capped, blue Venetian glass, with yellow-centered daisies. The beads are strung on steel wire with silver-lined crystal and white glass seed beads. The center is a Chalice and the crucifix is a small dainty one.  
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Monday, May 16, 2011

Jesus Carried the Cross

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The Fourth Sorrowful Mystery: Jesus Carries the Cross...

...that bears the weight of our sins.



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"Then he said to all, 'If anyone wishes to come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it."" Luke 9:23-24


This rosary has, at its center, Our Lord with His cross.The center is antique brass, as is the matching crucifix. The Ave beads are 6mm moss agate and the Paters are brass capped sesame jasper. They are strung on heavy steel wire with gold and silver-lined crystal seed beads.


 





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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Gracious Mother

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This rosary is another of the lovely rosaries envisioned by the sisters I spoke about at this post. The colors are a combination I would never have thought to put together myself, but I think it's very beautiful.

The Aves are 6mm rainbow jasper beads, the Paters are silver-capped 8mm sesame jasper, separated by gold and crystal silver-lined Japanese seed beads, with an Immaculate Queen center and picot-edged crucifix.







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Monday, May 9, 2011

For the Sake of His Sorrowful Passion

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I recently received a request from a lovely lady in the Philippines to make a rosary and a St. Michael chaplet for her. In the process of figuring out what she wanted on her rosary, she learned her sisters would also like rosaries, and some other devotional items as well. In the end, I was busy for quite a while making rosaries and chaplets, but I was happy to do the work.

I always enjoy when a friend in Christ contacts me and gives me creative license to make a rosary, but it's equally as fun when someone else picks out each particular part and all I do is I put them all together. The lovely sisters mentioned above chose each part of every item and all I did was assemble. It was great fun to see them all come together -- and they all turned out very beautiful.






This Divine Mercy rosary was one of those items. It is made with 6mm Swarovski ruby crystal Aves, 8mm ruby lampwork Paters capped in silver, a Divine Mercy center and a Pardon Crucifix, all strung on steel wire with crystal and red glass Japanese seed beads.


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Saturday, May 7, 2011

Thy Praises We Sing

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May is the month of our Heavenly Mother, Immaculate Mary. If you don't read Praying for Grace, you are missing a month of Mary posts -- all May long. This month also happens to be the month of First Holy Communions. How happy is must make our Mother to see all of the little children come to her Holy Son at the First Eucharist.


"O Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, I would like to be filled with love for You; keep me closely united with You, may my heart be near to Yours. I want to be to You like the apostle John. O Mary of the Rosary, keep me recollected when I say these prayers of yours; bind me forever, with your rosary, to Jesus of the Blessed Sacrament. Blessed be Jesus, my love..,"  ~~ Pope John XXIII, Journal of a Soul

This rosary is made with a tiny pewter Miraculous center, and a dainty, shiny pewter crucifix. The Ave beads are sparkly 6mm 32-facet AB turquoise glass beads and the Paters are silver-capped 8mm crystal glass. This rosary would be perfect for a First Holy Communicant or any woman.















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Friday, May 6, 2011

Jesus, Meek and Humble of Heart


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I recently taught myself how to wire wrap beads simply because I previously didn't know how. I'm kind of like that, I just like to learn new skills.

I love the look of the wire-wrapped bead. It seems so, well, old, sort ancient. You can imagine that is the way monks made rosaries centuries ago. I especially like the look with the antique brass Scapular center shown here, and the antique brass crucifix. The Ave beads are 6mm chrysanthemum and the Paters are brass capped 8mm brown glass beads.











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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

True Bread from Heaven

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So Jesus said to them, "Amen, amen, I say to you, it was not Moses who gave the bread from heaven; my Father gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven and gives life to the world." John 6:32-33


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This First Holy Communion rosary is made with 6mm lilac colored glass Ave beads, 8mm silver capped crystal glass Pater beads, linked with a silver and enamel First Holy Communion center and dainty silver crucifix.



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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Miraculous Mother Bangle and Bobbles

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I'm loving these pretty bronze rosary parts I've been indulging in lately. Antique bronze is so different from shiny silver, and while silver is pretty, I love the vintage look of the bronze. I created this pretty bracelet and earrings for some other lovely lady...maybe you?

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The links, rings, clasp and caps of the bracelet and earrings are solid bronze. The medal is hand cast from a vintage piece. The beads are purple druk Czech glass beads, 6mm, and the bobble on the bracelet has two Swarovski beads and the earrings each have one. The druk beads have a beautiful shimmer that reflects the bronze color of the metal. The medal has the scapular image on the reverse side.


 



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