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, November 28, 2012

More St. Andrew Chaplets


There are more St. Andrew chaplets in my Etsy shop, if you need one, it's not too late. The chaplet is prayed during Advent, and is a beautiful devotion in preparation for Christmas.


Prayer:


Hail and blessed be the hour and moment
in which the Son of God was born of the most pure Virgin Mary,
at midnight, in Bethlehem, in piercing cold.
In that hour, vouchsafe, O my God!
to hear my prayer and grant my desires,
through the merits of Our Saviour Jesus Christ,
and of His Blessed Mother. Amen.




tanzanite crystals



dark purple crystal pearls



cyclamen opal crystals




mauve glass beads

Thursday, November 15, 2012

St. Andrew Chaplet


There is a giveaway going on at my other blog. Pop over if you want a chance to win a St. Andrew chaplet. If you'd rather be a sure "winner" you can pop over to my Etsy shop and buy one listed there. The proceeds of the chaplets go to our local Pregnancy Decision Health Center, committed to greater compassion for women facing an unplanned pregnancy.




Thursday, October 25, 2012

Blessed Mother Encircled in Cyclamen Opal and Pearls


A rosary of cyclamen opal crystals and pearls for Our Blessed Mother...




...this rosary is available at my Etsy shop with all the proceeds to be donated to our local Pregnancy Decision Health Center, committed to greater compassion for women facing an unplanned pregnancy.


The crucifix and center are beautiful gold pewter with pearls.






The Ave beads of the rosary are 6mm cyclamen opal Swarovski crystals. The Pater Noster beads are 8mm round Druk glass beads, the color of pearls, capped with bronze bead caps. The beads are strung on flexible steel wire with light beige silver-lined Japanese seed beads and brass Charlotte beads.






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My husband and I, with our family, have made a regular financial commitment to PDHC to help close up PP in central Ohio.


Thursday, October 4, 2012

St. Francis: Praised be to You, my Lord




by Jose de Ribera



Canticle of the Sun
by St. Francis

Most high, omnipotent, good Lord,
Praise, glory and honor and benediction all, are Thine.
To Thee alone do they belong, most High,
And there is no man fit to mention Thee.

Praise be to Thee, my Lord, with all Thy creatures,
Especially to my worshipful brother sun,
That which lights up the day, and through him dost Thou brightness give;
And beautiful is he and radiant with splendor great;
Of Thee, most High, signification gives.

Praised be my Lord, for sister moon and for the stars,
In heaven Thou hast formed them clear and precious and fair. 

Praised be my Lord for brother wind
And for the air and clouds and fair and every kind of weather,
By which Thou givest to Thy creatures nourishment.

Praised be my Lord for sister water,
That which is greatly helpful and humble and precious and pure.

Praised be my Lord for brother fire,
Through which Thou lightest up the dark.
And fair is he and gay and mighty and strong.

Praised be my Lord for our sister, mother earth,
Through which sustains and keeps us
And brings forth diverse fruits with grass and flowers bright.

Praised be my Lord for those who for Thy love forgive
And weakness bear and tribulation.
Blessed those who shall in peace endure,
For by Thee, most High, shall they be crowned.

Praised be my Lord for our sister, the bodily death,
From which no living man can flee.
Woe to them who die in mortal sin;
Blessed those who shall find themselves in Thy most holy will,
For the second death shall do them no ill.

Praise ye and bless ye my Lord, and give Him thanks,
And be subject unto Him with great humility.








I am putting this St. Francis of Assisi key fob in my Etsy shop today. All of the proceeds from the sale will go to the Pregnancy Decision Health Center in Columbus.
The key fob can be attached to a key ring, or a zipper on a purse. The beads are 10 mm smoked topaz Swarovski crystals, brass Charlotte seed beads and blue glass Japanese seed beads. The Sy. Francis medal is bronze, hand cast from a vintage medal.


Key fob is SOLD.



Tuesday, June 19, 2012

On Fire for St. Michael


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The beautiful and unique centerpiece of this rosary led me to choose the colors I did for the beads. The pewter center with the image of St. Michael slaying satan is framed with 6mm, platinum, Swarovski pearl Ave beads, and 8mm satin fire opal, Swarovski crystal Paternoster beads, capped in small silver caps.

The beads are linked with hand-turned 20 gauge non-tarnishing silver wire. The pewter crucifix is simple and elegant.




SOLD

If you are interested in this rosary or a recreation in different colors or with different parts, contact me by using my email address in the sidebar.

To purchase this rosary in my Etsy shop, go here. The cost is slightly higher to cover credit card fees.

Silver Sacred Heart


O Sacred Heart of Jesus, pour out Your benedictions upon the Holy Church, upon its priests, and upon all its children.  Sustain the just, convert the sinners, assist the dying, deliver the souls in purgatory, and extend over all hearts the sweet empire of Your love. Amen.

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The black Swarovski pearl Ave beads and the aurora borealis blue Capri Swarovski crystal Paternoster beads on this rosary are a beautiful contrast to the silver scapular center and silver crucifix. Hand wrapped with 20 gauge non-tarnishing silver wire, this rosary is durable and should last more than a lifetime.

The scapular center has a beautiful image of the Sacred Heart of Jesus on the front and a small image of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel on the reverse. The beautiful silver crucifix has the letter IHS on the top and side cross bars.












SOLD

If you are interested in this rosary or a recreation in different colors or with different parts, contact me by using my email address in the sidebar.

To purchase this rosary in my Etsy shop, go here. The cost is slightly higher to cover credit card fees.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Pieta Natural Rosary




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This rosary, has at its center, a beautiful image of the Pieta -- the crucified Christ in His mother's arms. It is a beautiful image. 

The rosary is made with 7mm rosewood Ave beads, lightly varnished, but pale in color, and 9-10 mm sky blue, tan and white, handmade clay Pater Noster beads flanked with silver nickel caps. The Ave beads are separated by a pearl blue Czech glass seed bead and all beads are strung on sturdy, flexible steel wire.









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If you are interested in this rosary or a recreation in different colors or with different parts, contact me in the comment box or by using my email address in the sidebar.

To purchase this rosary in my Etsy shop, go here. The cost is slightly higher to cover credit card fees.

Rose-Scented Tenner





This little tenner is made with rose-scented, painted wood beads. They are 6mm, painted a rose red color, and have a soft rosie smell. They are linked with nickel eyepins and chain. The crucifix at one end is nickel, a pretty design with flowers at the ends, and the medal is an Our Lady of Fatima medal. The Pater Noster bead has nickel silver caps.

 A tenner rosary is the perfect size to tuck in one's pocket or purse for praying one decade or a whole rosary.

SOLD
If you are interested in this rosary or a recreation in different colors or with different parts, contact me in the comment box or by using my email address in the sidebar.

To purchase this rosary in my Etsy shop, go here. The cost is slightly higher to cover credit card fees.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Mystical Rose


THERE is no rose of such virtue 
As is the rose that bear Jesu: 
Alleluia.

For in this rose containĂ©d was 
Heaven and earth in little space: 
Res Miranda.

By that rose we may well see 
There be one God in Persons Three: 
Pares forma.

The angels sang, the shepherds too: 
Gloria in Excelsis Deo: 
Gaudeamus.

Leave we all this worldly mirth 
And follow we this joyful birth: 
Transeamus.


By an unknown Medieval Author




This rosary is beautiful, with white pearls and clear crystals it is pure and perfect as Our Blessed Mother.



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The Ave beads are 6mm white Swarovski pearls, and the Paternoster beads are 8mm aurora borealis clear Swarovski crystals, capped in brass.




The beads are strung on flexible steel wire with clear Japanese seeds and and brass Charlotte Czech seed beads.





The center is two roses and their leaves. The center and the crucifix, a beautiful two-sided open style, are hand cast in solid bronze in the U.S. from vintage pieces.











SOLD

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Lovely Lady in blue


Lovely Lady dressed in blue
 Teach me how to pray! 
 God was just your little boy, 
 Tell me what to say! 


There are not many times when I am tempted to keep, or recreate for myself, a rosary that I have made. I realize that it would be a form of gluttony to want more than I need to have a devotion to the rosary. 

This rosary almost undid me. I fell in love with it and have, thusfar, resisted recreating it. It is really, really beautiful, especially if you like blue. And I make no claim on its beauty -- it comes from the sum of its parts, and each piece is really, really pretty.


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The Ave beads are blue dumortierite, and the Paternoster beads are 8mm indigo Swarovski crystal, flanked with copper caps and 4mm bicone Swarovski clear crystals. They are strung on flexible steel wire with cobalt blue and brass Charlotte seed beads.






This rosary is made with a beautiful Ave Maria bronze piece at its center. It is paired with a simple yet elegant bronze crucifix, both hand cast from vintage pieces.

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If you are interested in a recreation of this rosary, or in a similar rosary in another color, please contact me in the comment box or by using my email address in the sidebar.




Thursday, May 10, 2012

Old World Rosaries


Sometimes the combination of beads and metal parts creates a rosary that looks decades old. Sometimes it even looks like it is from another place as well as time. These rosaries pictured today, to me, look Old World, like they are from Spain, or Italy or Mexico. I love the look, though in most cases it is completely accidental.



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 This rosary was commissioned by my husband's aunt for her daughter. She gave me no direction except turquoise beads and bronze metal. We agreed Our Lady of Guadalupe would make a nice center. She also asked that it be wire-wrapped. Everything else just fell together from what I had on-hand. I hope my husband's cousin likes it, and I hope it gets lots of prayers.





 The Ave beads are 6mm turquoise, the Pater Noster beads are 8mm red jasper, cradled with filigree bronze caps. They are hand wrapped with 22 gauge bronze wire.






The Our Lady of Guadalupe center and crucifix are solid bronze, hand cast in the U.S. from vintage pieces.



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This tenner rosary was commissioned by a young man finishing nursing school. I love the scapular medal, with the image of the Sacred Heart of Jesus on one side and Our Lady of Mt. Carmel on the other. This particular medal is really beautiful.

The Aves are 8mm poppy jasper beads and the Pater Noster is an 8mm black onyx bead, flanked by 4mm bicone Swarovski bronze crystals.





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This rosary is available in my Etsy shop or directly through me.



The Ave beads are 6mm mookaite jasper beads, and are a variety of colors from red, brown, grey, beige, mustard yellow, and sage green.





The Pater Noster beads are 8mm poppy jasper, cradled with bronze filigree caps. They are strung on 48-strand flexible steel wire with silver-lined gold and brass charlotte seed beads.

The center, a heart with a cross in the center (same on both sides), and the crucifix are both solid bronze, hand cast in the U.S. from vintage pieces.




SOLD
To purchase this rosary in my Etsy shop, go here. It is priced slightly higher to cover credit card fees.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Mother's Day Key Fobs


A friend recently commissioned me to make a couple key fobs for her Mother's Day gifts and one for her daughter, a new driver. These little pretties clip right onto your key ring, and they make it easy to find your keys in your purse.

 The crystals on the first two, the ones I made for my friend, are just gorgeous, I'm afraid the camera can't capture how pretty they are.

 The last two are extras and are available here or through my Etsy shop.




8mm capris blue AB Swarovski crystals with St. Anne bronze medal



8mm blue zircon AB Swarovski crystals with St. Anne bronze medal







6mm turquoise beads with St. Joan of Arc bronze medal




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8mm aquamarine Swarovski crystals with a bronze Miraculous Medal


This fob is $15 plus $3 for mailing

To purchase this item in my Etsy shop, go here.

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8mm red and green Venetian glass beads with a bronze Sacred Heart medal



This fob is $15 plus $3 for mailing
To purchase this item in my Etsy shop go here.