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.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

St. Andrew Chaplet



The St. Andrew novena begins November 30, on St. Andrew's feast day. Every day until Christmas Eve, the St. Andrew prayer, also called the Christmas Anticipation Prayer, is prayed 15 times. The chaplet helps keep track of the prayers, and is a lovely sacramental. It is piously believed that whoever recites the above prayer fifteen times a day from the feast of St. Andrew until Christmas will obtain what is asked. Many women pray the chaplet in hopes of a new pregnancy.






I just put three brand new chaplets in my Etsy shop, (sorry -- sold out, but I have ordered parts for six more so stay tuned!) so if you are in need of one, please pop over there. The prayer is a beautiful one, and of course can be prayed without a chaplet at all.



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.




Sunday, October 20, 2013

Our Lady of Guadalupe for the poor





Our Lady of Guadalupe,
Mystical Rose,
make intercession for holy Church,
protect the sovereign Pontiff,
help all those who invoke you in their necessities,
and since you are the ever Virgin Mary
and Mother of the true God,
obtain for us from your most holy Son
the grace of keeping our faith,
of sweet hope in the midst of the bitterness of life
of burning charity, and the precious gift
of final perseverance.

Amen.





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This rosary, with Our Lady of Guadalupe at its center, is made with 6mm, faceted snow quartz Ave beads, 8mm capri blue Swarovski crystals Pater beads, capped with fluted nickel caps and flanked by 4mm bicone Swarovski capri blue AB crystals. 


The beads are hand wrapped with 20-gauge, tarnish-free silver wire. The center and crucifix are set apart by the same 4mm bicone Swarovski capri blue AB crystals. The wire-wrapping makes this rosary extra durable and virtually unbreakable.




The center and crucifix are nickel.









All of the proceeds from the sale of this rosary will go to Food for the Poor to build permanent homes for residents of earthquake-stricken Haiti who are still living in tents.




Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Dispenser of Grace

I love the colors of this rosary...almost no bead is the same color as another. They are like graces from heaven...none like another. 

"O merciful dispenser of divine graces, Mary most holy, mother of the Eternal incarnate Word who has crowned you with his immense wisdom, look upon the greatness of my sorrow and grant me the graces I need so much."




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The rosary is made with 6mm fancy jasper Ave beads in colors ranging from gold to gray to green to deep red. The Pater beads are 8mm poppy jasper -- deep red with veins of green and gray -- capped with beautiful, bronze filigree caps. The beads are hand wire-wrapped with 22 gauge vintage bronze wire. 






The clover style crucifix and unique Miraculous Medal center are solid bronze, hand cast from vintage pieces. They are set apart with 4mm bicone Swarovski crystals.








Monday, October 7, 2013

St. Nicholas tenner


"Loving God, we thank you for
the example of St Nicholas,
who fed the hungry,
brought hope to the imprisoned,
gave comfort to the lost,
and taught the truth to all. 
May we strive to imitate him
by putting you first in all we do. 
Give us the courage, love and strength
of St Nicholas, so that, like him,
we may serve you through loving
our brothers and sisters. Amen."
-by Amy Welborn

This St. Nicholas tenner is made with 8mm mountain "jade" (a high-grade dolomite marble from Asia) beads. The  beads are hand wire-wrapped with 20 gauge vintage bronze. The Pater is capped with filigree bronze caps. The St. NIcholas medal and crucifix are hand cast in solid bronze from vintage pieces. The medal and crucifix and Pater are set apart by 4mm bicone Swarovski crystals.





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Thursday, October 3, 2013

White Lily of the resplendent Trinity rosary



"Hail white lily of the ever peaceful and glorious Trinity! 
Hail, effulgent rose, the delight of Heaven, 
Of whom the King of Heaven was born and by whose milk He was nourished! Nourish our souls by the effusions of thy Divine influences." 





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This rosary is very delicate looking, with the open filigree Paters and the chain between the beads. The Ave beads are 6mm natural caramel-colored mother of pearl, and the Pater beads are 9mm brass filigree. The chain is made from vintage bronze (the core is brass) wire and is handmade. Though the rosary is very light, and puddles nicely in one's hand, it is durable enough for everyday use. 




 The fleur-de-lis crucifix and scroll center are made from solid bronze and are hand cast from vintage pieces.












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. 



Saturday, September 28, 2013

The cross



For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 1 Cor 1:18




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At the heart of this rosary is the cross, on a solid brass shield, with rays coming out from the center. On the reverse side of the center, is the Sacred Heart of Jesus, with the crown of thorns surrounding the heart. The crucifix is a beautiful style with ornate carving, also in solid brass.

The beads are 6mm round African sodalite, which has colors varying from dark royal blue to pale cloudy blue, hand-wrapped with brass wire. The Paters have antigue brass caps, and the center and crucifix are set apart with 4mm light sapphire crystals.

The solid structure of the wire wrapping makes this rosary almost indestructible.  


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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. 

Monday, August 12, 2013

Immaculate Conception





"When you see yourself with a dry heart, without knowing what to say, go with confidence to the Virgin Mary. Say to her, 'My Mother Immaculate, intercede for me.'"-- St. Josemaria Escriva


It's been quite a long time since I created a rosary for my Etsy shop (as you can see, it's rather empty). I have been a busy bee, mostly sewing commissioned scapulars, but also with commissioned rosaries and chaplets. I recently ordered some brass parts, however, and wanted to put them to good use. I can only find these parts from an online shop in Canada, and a friend and I split the cost-prohibitive shipping, making it more reasonable. I love these brass parts, though, and was glad to get my hands on some -- they are so pretty and unique.

I used some snow quartz beads, which are faceted and oval in shape. They make for a beautiful streamlined rosary. The snow quartz are really very beautiful, a milky white, and reminiscent of Our Blessed Mother's Immaculate Conception.

“God freely chose Mary from all eternity to be the Mother of his Son. In order to carry out her mission she herself was conceived immaculate. This means that, thanks to the grace of God and in anticipation of the merits of Jesus Christ, Mary was preserved from original sin from the first instant of her conception.” – Compendium of the CCC 




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The snow quartz are strung on a flexible steel wire, with crystal and purple seed beads in between. The purple is reminiscent of our need to turn to Our Mother when we are in pain and suffering from sin, or even just the trials and tribulations of life on earth.


"Virgin Immaculate, my Mother!, do not abandon me. See how my poor heart is filled with tears. — I do not want to offend my God!" -- St. Josemaria Escriva


The center is a beautiful image of Our Blessed Mother, surrounded by a wreath of flowers, and the crucifix is a simple, but pretty, scrolled-edge style.





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Friday, April 26, 2013

Tenners for Devotion


I made two new tenners this week, both for specific devotions -- grace during treatment of and for recovery from cancer, and for travel.

The tenner rosary is just one decade, and is a great rosary to keep in one's pocket, purse or car for praying part of or all of the rosary.
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This design is especially for the individual praying for his or her own grace during treatment of and recovery from cancer, or for another's recovery and grace during treatment. St. Peregrine is the patron saint of cancer patients.

This tenner is a pretty design with 6mm purple fossil Ave beads, and an 8mm Swarovski violet crystal Pater bead capped with silver filigree bead caps. The beads are hand-wrapped with non-tarnishing 20 gauge silver wire for an extra sturdy rosary which should last for many, many years. The St. Peregrine medal is silver-plated nickel and the crucifix is nickel. The center and crucifix are separated from the other beads by 4mm round, grooved nickel beads.







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This tenner is a pretty design with 6mm round turquoise Ave beads, and a 10mm Swarovski burgundy-blue zircon crystal Pater bead capped with silver filigree bead caps. The beads are hand-wrapped with non-tarnishing 20 gauge silver wire for an extra sturdy rosary which should last for many, many years. The St. Christopher medal is silver-plated nickel and the Papal crucifix is nickel. The center and crucifix are set apart with 4mm round, grooved nickel beads.

Many travelers have a great devotion to St. Christopher. 

There are several legends about him including the one in which he was crossing a river when a child asked to be carried across. When Christopher put the child on his shoulders he found the child was unbelievably heavy. The child, according to the legend, was Christ carrying the weight of the whole world. This was what made Christopher patron saint of travelers and is invoked against storms, plagues, etc. -- Catholic.org


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Though St. Christopher is not recognized as a saint, for the stories about him were based on just that, stories, I believe he is likely to be in heaven, dying the martyr's death, and thus he IS a saint. Many Catholic churches are named after this well-loved saint.



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Thursday, April 25, 2013

A Pure Heart


I made another First Holy Communion rosary -- pure white for that precious pure heart receiving Jesus in the Eucharist for the first time.

The beads on this rosary are beautiful 6mm faceted white cat's eye glass. The Pater beads have fluted bead caps. The center is a nickel chalice and the crucifix is a sweet flowered style in nickel.





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If you are interested in commissioning a recreation of this rosary, leave me a comment.

Monday, April 22, 2013

First Holy Communion


My Etsy shop is bare bones, but I put two new First Holy Communion rosaries up this morning.




Mary's Star




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This pretty handmade rosary is the perfect choice for a young girl making her First Holy Communion. The Ave beads are 6mm milky white glass beads and the Pater beads are 8mm blue, white, and yellow millefiori glass beads -- a pretty yellow and white daisy on a blue glass background. 

The ox-eye daisy, a traditional white daisy with yellow center, is commonly found in a Mary garden.
"The legend told is that the Magi followed the star to Bethlehem but weren't sure where to go once there. King Melchior then saw the ox-eye daisy growing, which looked very much like the star they'd followed. He picked it, and the door to the stable opened revealing the Holy Family." source: fisheaters.com

The center of the rosary is a nickel Communion chalice and the nickel crucifix is a pretty design with scrolled ends. The links and chain are nickel.











Azure and green rosary



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This handsome rosary is just perfect for a young boy making his First Holy Communion. It is colorful enough to get his attention, yet not childish.

The Ave beads are 6mm deep azure blue beads with flecks of darker blue and the Pater beads are 8mm crackled glass -- half azure and half pistachio green. The nickel center is a Communion chalice and the nickel crucifix is a unique and masculine design.

The rosary comes in a white gift box. 


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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Rose of Heaven



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This beautiful pearl and crystal rosary is very delicate and sweet. The Ave beads are 5mm Swarovski cream rose pearls and the Pater Noster beads are 5mm light rose Swarovski crsytals capped with silver flower caps. The beads are linked, hand-turned, with 20 gauge non-tarnishing silver wire, using old-fashioned twisted connectors between the Aves and the Paters and connecting the center and crucifix.





The center is a tiny 3/8 inch pewter Miraculous Medal and the crucifix is a delicate 7/8 inch pewter crucifix.







This rosary would be perfect for a First Holy Communion, Confirmation or for any special girl, young or old.


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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Sweet Flowering and Gracious Mercy


This simple rosary is elegant by use of the soft tones and glow of the 6mm dark green Swarovski pearl Aves and 6mm aurora borealis round Swarovski crystal Paters. They are wire-wrapped by hand with 20 gauge non-tarnishing silver wire for a very durable, heirloom-quality rosary.




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The center is an image of the Blessed Mother, haloed with flowering dogwood, and the crucifix is a beautiful Dogwood tree crucifix, reminiscent of the Dogwood Tree legend:

"It is said at the time of the Crucifixion, the dogwood was comparable in size to the oak tree and other monarchs of the forest. Because of its firmness and strength it was selected as the timber for the Cross, but to be put to such a cruel use greatly distressed the tree. Sensing this, the crucified Jesus in His gentle pity for the sorrow and suffering of all said to it: "Because of your sorrow and pity for My sufferings, never again will the dogwood tree grow large enough to be used as a gibbet. Henceforth it will be slender, bent and twisted and its blossoms will be in the form of a cross -- two long and two short petals. In the center of the outer edge of each petal there will be nail prints -- brown with rust and stained with red -- and in the center of the flower will be a crown of thorns, and all who see this will remember." - Fisheaters.com












Both the crucifix and center are pewter and are set apart with 4mm Swarovski bicone crystals.


The rosary comes in a white gift box.

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.



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