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, 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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