On the Bead Board – NaBloPoMo #5


I’ve been inspired to make a few new rosaries and a bracelet or two. Normally I would put them in my etsy shop but this time I am going to save them to display in a friend’s new boutique. I will blog about her after her grand opening. If you see something you would like feel free to contact me. If you have a suggestion, don’t hesitate to leave a comment. I’m always open to feedback.

These are a few of my infant rosaries. I made them with t-tiny 4mm beads. Perfect for a baby shower gift or baptism gift.

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These are a couple of full size rosaries. The first one is made out of blue dyed fresh water pearls, each one hand wire-wrapped using non-tarnish silver plated wire. The following is a Divine Mercy rosary. The Ave beads are clear, multi-faceted glass beads with red Pater beads. Together, they symbolize the blood and water flowing from Jesus’ side. The center connector and crucifix have the Divine Mercy emblems on them.

Blue dyed Fresh Water Pearl

Blue dyed Fresh Water Pearl

Drop of His Blood

Drop of His Blood

Divine Mercy Rosary

Divine Mercy Rosary

This single decade rosary bracelet is strung on strong jeweler’s wire. The beads are a cream color with gold crackle detail. The findings are bronze color.

Rosary Bracelet

Rosary Bracelet

Let me know what you think. I would love to hear from you!

What have I been doing, you ask?


There is more to me than meets the eye… not saying that’s always a good thing…but it has it’s advantages. I’ve shared some of my work outside of writing at the end of this post. I love my life.

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Bwahahahah!

I have renewed enthusiasm concerning my novel, Secrets of the Old Ladies’ Club. One lesson I learned early on about self-publishing is that it’s hard to get the book out there, especially if you cannot afford a marketing package. So you can imagine how excited I was to get a phone call from a group of ladies at the Chamber of Commerce and Tourism in Ville Platte bidding me to come for a cup of coffee. If you are not from Louisiana, let me tell you that when you are invited for coffee by anyone, it’s a sign – a good one. I was so excited about the coffee klatch, even having the tire on my brand new car go flat on the way didn’t discourage me, although I do admit to being nervous for arriving late. Nervous? Not much! I was a basket case. But come to find out, the people I met were awesome and equally as excited as I was. It appeared that my 15 minutes of fame was extended to an entire 16 minutes. They thought they had a celebrity in the house. Who, me? The one who stuttered and had sweaty palms? The one who worried for many an hour about choosing a suitable outfit from my vast array of jeans and tee shirts for this coffee/meeting? Yes, me.

Worrying is pointless and I must re-learn over and over that it accomplishes nothing. The coffee klatch was a success. It started out with me saying a few words about the characters in my book, then, to my relief, the room exploded into hilarity as, one by one, the ladies reported ways in which they identified with my characters. One story shared led to another, and another and before long, all of us were laughing, slapping our knees, and gasping for air until someone passed a box of tissues to mop up the dripping Niagra of tears while we caught our breath. We couldn’t help it. Old ladies are fun.

So to cap it off, I was asked to give a little talk during the Chamber of Tourism dinner, which I did last Wednesday. And to the October Chamber of Commerce dinner coming up. And someone asked me to speak to the Rotary Club. Add to that, the person in charge of ordering books for Evangeline parish (not county, c’mon, we live in Louisiana) informed me that she had ordered copies of my book for every library in the parish. I. am. surprised. And can’t believe how blessed I am. The author of this blog does not ‘do’ social activity well. I break out in hives, blank-outs, and nausea when I meet people I don’t know. Usually. The good news is when I talk about my book, I rarely have to finish a sentence before someone else in the group takes over and within moments everyone is talking and laughing at the same time. That’s what makes it easy. I start, someone else finishes. I just sit back with a smile on my face, nod my head, and have a good time.

Truthfully, I don’t know how it happened that I have gone from 15 minutes of fame to at least 19 minutes now. I just started with some crazy old lady busting out of my head to get her story on paper. Or something like that anyway. If you have ever written a story, you know that the characters come to life in a unique and delightful way. Once you write about them, they move in. They don’t leave. It’s wonderful.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch….

In an earlier post I’ve mentioned that I have a habit of going through what my husband and step-son call ‘phases’, meaning I go off on a tangent with one of my many hobbies until I have come completely undone. It’s fun. To my husband’s surprise, or perhaps disdain, I rather like it.

My latest burst of energy produced some pretty positive results. Here are a few pictures:

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A bold statement-of-faith necklace and a St. Theresa Chaplet prayer beads.

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A one-decade rosary with a locket crucifix, a one decade world peace rosary with a “drop of His blood”

These are listed in my etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/ToLoveAlways

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And some five decade tee-tiny little rosaries made for baby’s baptism, or keep one close beside you in your pocket, or give it as the perfect original shower gift.

And these little darlings are not yet listed, but soon…

Oh, and don’t forget to pray for peace, ya’ll. God answers prayers. We wait for His time, but continue our vigil of prayer.

Springtime, Easter, and the Cycle of Life


I absolutely love springtime!  It is so beautiful here with all the flowers and trees blooming, birds making nests, butterflies and bees doing their jobs.  Pollen in the air (cough cough, sniff sniff).  Weeds taking over (get the Roundup).  Snakes coming out (get the shovel).  MOSQUITOES!!  (what? how?)

But I still love Springtime!

We barely had a winter season to prepare us for the glory of spring.  It is odd, really, that most of my tropical plants from last year are still above ground.  Usually by March, I am up to my elbows in the garden, removing this, replacing that, throwing away something else.  It hurts me to see plants die.  It’s kind of silly, I know, but what once was alive, vibrant, and there only for beauty, is now broken and without life.  It hurts for a little while, at least until Spring gets a good foothold and new life appears.   Think about it: a beautiful plant blooms, the flower dies and throws off a seed.  A new plant springs from the seed, and so on.  It’s the cycle of life.  Everything must die first to be able to bear fruit.  God planned it that way.  I’m sure He has his reasons, although I don’t profess to know what they are all the time.

Springtime heralds in the Easter season, and with good reason.  Easter is the epitome of the cycle of life.  Again, God planned it that way, don’t you think?  It is an amazing thing, that plan.  In a way, you could say that it pertains to every aspect of our lives as well.  We all have to die to certain things before we can produce the right kind of fruit.  Am I right?  We all make mistakes.  We all have our moments in the sun, so to speak, and we all become broken from time to time.  We have to start over hoping our experiences help us to bear good fruit.  Life goes on.

It is a very good thing, this cycle of life.  The birth, the death, the renewal of life.  None of us are immune to it’s cause and effect.  Every living thing goes through it.  Listen to this:

Even the Bread of Life was broken before New Life could be given.

As we count down to Easter morning, I plan to do a lot of meditating on this cycle of life thing.  I am in awe of the concept, especially how out of brokenness, comes life.  We humans are fragile.  We break all the time.  Don’t you think it is amazing that our brokenness can bring new life?  I do.  For that reason, I thank God for those times I have been, and those times I will again be, broken.  And I praise God for His divine plan and mercy that, by His death and resurrection, He has made for us a new life.

Ain’t God good?!!

What else comes with the Spring?  Baptisms, First Communion, Confirmation.  I have been busy putting together some rosaries especially for these occasions.  It has been such a joy and a pleasure!  I have had the opportunity to reconnect with the meanings of all of these special events, and now that the day is nearly at hand for my darling husband to be received into the Church, I am even more mindful of the joy of Easter.

If you see something you would like, or if you would like a custom order, please go to my shop on etsy:  www.etsy.com/shop/ToLoveAlways  or   www.etsy.com/shop/mynanaspocket

BABY BAPTISM ROSARIES:

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CONFIRMATION ROSARIES:

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NEW LINE!


I am excited to show a new line I’ve been working on for a little while!  Once again . . . fooling around one day and this is what I came up with . . .

When I had to stop working, I took my watch off because it was an integral part of my job in health care, and to be quit honest, it kinda hurt that I wouldn’t need it anymore.  I didn’t want that constant reminder.     Wait.    Am I being honest here??  Heck-fire, I was all too happy to take that watch off!!!  And I haven’t missed it since 1997.  That is until I made that one on the bottom left hand of the picture – you know – that GARNET knit bangle bracelet watch!  (Oh yeah, that one’s mine!)   From left to right starting at the top row:  Genuine amethyst bangle bracelet watch,  clear glass chip bangle bracelet watch (I call it ICE ICE BABY, lol), multi-color beaded watch bracelet,  there’s my garnet watch, and last a really sweet Valentine watch bracelet.

If you want to see more pics of them, I will be listing them in my etsy shop  😀  soon.  www.etsy.com/shop/nanaspocket

Here is another line I am particularly proud to present:

Tiny Baby Baptism Rosaries!

  

I have made a couple of pink ones already but they were snapped up before they were even finished!  They are strung on very strong jeweler’s wire and are so petite!  The one on the left has blue Swarovski crystals and the one on the right has pearl finish glass beads.  Talk about some fantastic baby shower or baptism gifts!!

These will be listed in my NEW etsy shop:  www.etsy.com/shop/ToLoveAlways

I’m seperating my jewelry line from my rosary line.  I don’t know why – it jut sounded like a neat idea.

Here’s a novel idea – would you mind leaving a rating or a comment if you like what you see?  Look at the top of the page for the rating meter.  And don’t be afraid to share my blog with your friends too.  It would help my designing muse if I knew what you like – or even if this post is being read!