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.


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.


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:


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


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


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.

Never Give Up

I’ve read a few very interesting blogs lately and I’d like to share a little knowledge I was able to glean, if you have a mind to listen. Of course, every blog I read is good, and I appreciate that bloggers take the time to share with us, the public. Now and then, a post will hit home in many ways. Take, for example, the guest blog by Elana Johnson ( www.elanajohnson.blogspot.com ) on the Stina Lindenblatt blog ( www.stinalindenblatt.com ). Elana is hosting the “Never Surrender” blogfest. She speaks of a time in her life that she was encouraged NOT to reach for the stars. The remarks of a discouraging mentor ignited a fire within her that ultimately led her to achieve goals even she didn’t think possible! I love that kind of brave woman. It reminds me of a time . . .
Before I get too far, let me say that I’m not trying to toot my own horn. Like everyone else, I have a story or two, and I want to share one with you. It’s about being discouraged and believing the lie that I wouldn’t (or didn’t deserve to) amount to anything. The year was 1975. I wanted to go to nursing school. I got everything ready, took the entrance exam for LPN, got the medical exam out of the way, but on the day I was to start. . . I couldn’t go. Someone told me I would never make it. (Ok, ok, it was my first husband. He’s a nice man, but at the time was very problematic!) I believed it, for a little while anyway. Then I realized I HAD to succeed. If I didn’t, I wouldn’t ever believe in myself. Self esteem issues have always plagued me but something within gave me the fortitude to stretch, take a step, make a start. I got a job in Central Supply at the local Charity Hospital. After a couple of years, I was allowed to transfer to the newly formed Respiratory Department. I didn’t stay long. I wanted to work somewhere where I could really learn something. I moved on. I took correspondance courses to become Certified. Years later, I took more courses to become a Registered Therapist. In fact, the national exam was on my 40th birthday (in New Orleans – hoo boy!). I’m not in the medical field now due to some medical issues, but my point is this: Don’t believe that you can’t. Believe that you can. Because if you don’t, you never will.
Another blog that I love, www.rachellegardner.com,  was full of sage advice this morning. The subject: Great Advice We Don’t Always Follow. Pretty good, that.  I encourage you to go to that blog and read the list.  Notice #9: Never Give Up.  I love it!
Time for a shameless plug —
Talk about not giving up! Look what I learned how to do! It took me a while, but I did it!

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