Bitchy business

I hate to toot my own horn 🎷, but  TOOT!  I really do hate self promotion, which doesn’t really jive with having your own business.

Rosaries
Fun rosary

My business is @Etsy and it’s a great place to be. I try to shop there exclusively for gifts, because I find so many unique and affordable items. Above and below are some pics of the jewelry and rosaries I make. It’s really fun to get my creativity on and I appreciate this freedom. For so many years, as a single mother, I just worked and grocery shopped and cooked and cleaned and paid bills and took care of my children. There was no time for anything else except occasional sleep.

Jesus
Madonna and child

So now I can add jewelry designer/maker to my already diverse resume. And although I’ve spent more than I’ve made so far, maybe the shop will one day be successful. I really want to help my husband out. He worries about paying the bills and works so hard, I worry about him. 😖


So here’s to creativity, because life is meant to be enjoyed and it’s fun to make stuff!

DIY

How to make your own jump rings.

I don’t know about you, but I hate when I’m in a creative mood (rarely) and don’t have an element to finish my piece.

So, I think it’s imperative to learn how to make your own findings, ear wires and pendants.

20 gauge wire

OK, #1 Grab some wire. Above is 20 gauge, which is pretty thick, but it’s what I had on hand. You might want to use 22 or 24 gauge. I get the wire above from Michaels and, it’s hard to tell from the photo, but it’s PINK !!!

2 – Wrap the wire around a pencil several times, shown below: , then slide off.

#3 Cut the wire at the same spot. You may have to pull back and only cut one or two at a time, as I did.

Wire and cutter

And voila! We have jump rings! They’re really nice for adding that rustic, organic, one of a kind feel to your pieces. That’s why people come to #Etsy, I think.

Handmade

Please see more at my shop.

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Bracelets!

I’m kind of obsessed with making rosary bracelets. They’re so easy. All I need is memory wire, a small cross and miraculous medal, 6 Our Father beads and lots (53) of Ave beads.

There’s one above. I found a huge beaded necklace at Goodwill and used some of those beads here. I also added a seed bead between each Ave bead and for the Our Father beads there are beautiful small silver beads on each side of silver bead caps. The beautiful silver beads are from Snoochy Beads. Snoochy is in England but the postage is cheaper from there than from within the United States.?!

I love the miraculous medal in this one. It’s shaped like a rose and slides open like a locket to reveal the form of Mary.

Bracelets
Rosary

For the bracelets above I used rose shaped beads for the Our Fathers. When I construct one of these, I work right off the spool. Start with 10 Ave beads and end with an Our Father. The cross goes with the Our Father end and the miraculous medal goes at the other.

Bracelet
Heart shaped rose

I love the bracelet above because of the heart shaped rose beads and the beautiful glass pearls. I also use a company called Gifts Catholic Inc for unique beads. They’re so fun and easy.

✌ on 🌎

First Rosary!

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I did it! I went to a shop called the Twisted Bead in Edgewater, MD and a really nice person named Michelle taught me how to string a rosary, as well as how to use crimp tubes and covers. I picked out all the beads, spacers, as well as the crucifix and center medal. I guess that means I “designed” it. Ooh, la, la!

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I’m going back for an earring class in July so I can learn the metal wrapping method, which is how I’d like to ultimately make my exclusive, one of a kind rosaries.
I’ve prayed with this rosary for the past two days and I feel much more calm and centered.
I’ll add updates as things evolve.
Thank you and peace! ✌

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15 Promises

I’m continuing my research on the Holy Rosary because I’m going to start making them!  I have a class tomorrow at the Twisted Bead in Edgewater, MD. Also, there are a lot of You Tube videos out there that go into great detail about it, which I really appreciate because I’m not “crafty” at all.

It’s so frustrating to see other people, crafty people, doing cool creative things while I can’t draw, paint or photograph my way out of a cardboard box! I have an Instagram account and really enjoy taking pictures, but it doesn’t come easy. My husband can take one photo and it turns out better than ten that I take. He acts like it’s no big deal. He can also make anything from stained glass, once again, No Big Deal. On the You Tube videos of people making Rosaries, many say it’s easy once you get the hang of it. I guess I’ll find out tomorrow. Maybe praying the Rosary will help.

Because praying the Rosary isn’t just an exercise in Catholicism, it’s supposed to actually help with difficult stuff in your life. Let’s see, I’m alive, life is difficult, I have difficulties. Let’s pray the Rosary!

Madonna in Glory, Carlo Dolci, 1670 O5H5422

The Blessed Virgin Mary promised to Saint Dominic and to all who follow that “Whatever you ask in the Rosary will be granted.” She left for all Christians Fifteen Promises to those who recite the Holy Rosary.

Imparted to Saint Dominic 

  1. Whoever shall faithfully serve me by the recitation of the Rosary, shall receive signal graces.
  2. I promise my special protection and the greatest graces to all those who shall recite the Rosary.
  3. The Rosary shall be a powerful armor against hell, it will destroy vice, decrease sin, and defeat heresies.
  4. The Rosary will cause virtue and good works to flourish; it will obtain for souls the abundant mercy of God; it will withdraw the hearts of men from the love of the world and its vanities, and will lift them to the desire for eternal things. Oh, that souls would sanctify themselves by this means.
  5. The soul which recommends itself to me by the recitation of the Rosary, shall not perish.
  6. Whoever shall recite the Rosary devoutly, applying himself to the consideration of its sacred mysteries shall never be conquered by misfortune. God will not chastise him in His justice, he shall not perish by an unprovided death; if he be just he shall remain in the grace of God, and become worthy of eternal life.
  7. Whoever shall have a true devotion for the Rosary shall not die without the sacraments of the Church.
  8. Those who are faithful to recite the Rosary shall have during their life and at their death the light of God and the plenititude of His graces; at the moment of death they shall participate in the merits of the saints in paradise.
  9. I shall deliver from Purgatory those who have been devoted to the Rosary.
  10. The faithful children of the Rosary shall merit a high degree of glory in Heaven.
  11. You shall obtain all you ask of me by the recitation of the Rosary.
  12. All those who propagate the Holy Rosary shall be aided by me in their necessities.
  13. I have obtained from my Divine Son that all the advocates of the Rosary shall have for intercessors the entire celestial court during their life and at the hour of death.
  14. All who recite the Rosary are my sons and daughters, and brothers and sisters of my only Son Jesus Christ.
  15. Devotion of my Rosary is a great sign of predestination.

 

The Holy Rosary: Mysteries

I’m thinking about making rosaries.  It seems like a fairly easy product to make;  I thought. Then I realized that the rosary is really complicated to actually use. I’m sure I was taught during CCD (Catholic Christian Doctrine) classes as a child, but have forgotten just about everything involved. So, I’m going to add a series of blogs on the history of and how to pray the rosary. We’ll begin with the Mysteries.

The Church has used three sets of mysteries for many centuries. In 2002 Pope John Paul II proposed a fourth set of mysteries—the Mysteries of Light, or Luminous Mysteries. According to his suggestion, the four sets of mysteries might be prayed on the following days: the Joyful Mysteries on Monday and Saturday, the Sorrowful Mysteries on Tuesday and Friday, the Glorious Mysteries on Wednesday and Sunday, and the Luminous Mysteries on Thursday.

The Joyful Mysteries

  1. The Annunciation
    Mary learns that she has been chosen to be the mother of Jesus.
  2. The Visitation
    Mary visits Elizabeth, who tells her that she will always be remembered.
  3. The Nativity
    Jesus is born in a stable in Bethlehem.
  4. The Presentation
    Mary and Joseph take the infant Jesus to the Temple to present him to God.
  5. The Finding of Jesus in the Temple
    Jesus is found in the Temple discussing his faith with the teachers.

The Mysteries of Light

  1. The Baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan
    God proclaims that Jesus is his beloved Son.
  2. The Wedding Feast at Cana
    At Mary’s request, Jesus performs his first miracle.
  3. The Proclamation of the Kingdom of God
    Jesus calls all to conversion and service to the Kingdom.
  4. The Transfiguration of Jesus
    Jesus is revealed in glory to Peter, James, and John.
  5. The Institution of the Eucharist
    Jesus offers his Body and Blood at the Last Supper.

The Sorrowful Mysteries

  1. The Agony in the Garden
    Jesus prays in the Garden of Gethsemane on the night before he dies.
  2. The Scourging at the Pillar
    Jesus is lashed with whips.
  3. The Crowning With Thorns
    Jesus is mocked and crowned with thorns.
  4. The Carrying of the Cross
    Jesus carries the cross that will be used to crucify him.
  5. The Crucifixion
    Jesus is nailed to the cross and dies.

The Glorious Mysteries

  1. The Resurrection
    God the Father raises Jesus from the dead.
  2. The Ascension
    Jesus returns to his Father in heaven.
  3. The Coming of the Holy Spirit
    The Holy Spirit comes to bring new life to the disciples.
  4. The Assumption of Mary
    At the end of her life on earth, Mary is taken body and soul into heaven.
  5. The Coronation of Mary
    Mary is crowned as Queen of Heaven and Earth.