Tuesday, September 28, 2010

This Week's Treasury: Archangels

My two oldest children are in kindergarten and second grade at St. Gabriel's Catholic School. Every year on the feast day of the Archangels, the whole school celebrates their patron with Mass, a picnic, and a trip to the park. It's such a lovely gesture in honor of St. Gabriel, and the kids get so excited for it!

The Catholic Etsy Artists Guild offers many beautiful ways for you to remember our angelic intercessors! Explore this week's Treasury to craft your own celebration!

'Archangels' by CherubinoCrafts

Angelic items from the Catholic Artists of Etsy team, in honor of St. Michael, St. Gabriel, and St. Raphael, and all of our angelic intercessors:

Garden Angel violet


St Michael the Arch...




Archangel Gabriel R...


Mary and Angels Ado...


Rosary Place Marker...


Antique Lace Holy C...


Guardian Angel Doll...


Angel earrings


Vintage Look Renais...


St Raphael Turquois...


Prayer for Guidance...


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Monday, September 27, 2010

Crafting for Charity

Although Our Lord admonishes us not to let our right hand know what our left hand is doing, we sometimes need to discuss our contributions so that appropriate attention can be placed on the charitable organization. In this way, awareness of the charity grows and with that awareness comes more prayers, financial support, and/or volunteerism.

Brealie from http://www.etsy.com/shop/FullofGraceRosary has provided the contact for Our Lady's Rosary Makers, an organization that began in 1949 and has been making rosaries for missions around the world. This site leads you from instructions on making rosaries, to directions for mailing, to rosary parts suppliers. Brealie is hoping to utilize this site for her future rosary donations. Here are just some of her beautiful rosaries:

St. Joseph Catholic Rosary Bracelet, Unbreakable, Wire Wrapped, Tiger eye, Golden Color
Purple Swarovski Crystal MAGNETIC CAR ROSARY with Miraculous Medal and Ornate Crucifix

MASCULINE ROSARY Bronze, Brecciated Jasper, Catholic, Unbreakable Rosary

To find out more about Our Lady's Rosary Makers please go to http://www.olrm.org.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Friday Feature: Fall Craft Shows and Mary's Shelter

Here in Fredericksburg, VA, Fall is slowly approaching and with it arrives all sorts of craft fairs. Usually, the table or space fee for these fairs is cost prohibitive, but tomorrow the locals have an opportunity to share their wares at a reasonable cost. Fiberfads, Gracehill's second Etsy shop, will be doing just that with a wonderful group called Mary's Shelter in mind.

Mary's Shelter is a local organization that aids women in crisis pregnancies. Presently, three Fredericksburg homes are dedicated for the purpose of providing housing, food, education, child care, and pre- peri- and post-natal assistance to women who would otherwise have nowhere to turn. Through this beautiful ministry, these women and their children see the face of Christ. To find out more about this charity, go to www.marysshelterva.org.

Here is a glimpse of some items being donated for the sale:

Friday, September 17, 2010

Friday Feature: September 14th, The Triumph of the Cross, and Graceful Rosaries

Adoramus te, Christe, et benedicimus tibi,
quia per crucem tuam redemisti mundum.

We adore thee, O Christ, and we bless thee,
for by thy cross thou hast redeemed the world.

This prayer is often recited during Lent while praying the Stations of the Cross. But it is also prayed by the Church on September 14th, this passed Tuesday, to celebrate the Triumph of the Cross. The cross...a stumbling block to some and foolishness to others (1 Corinthians 1:23), but for believers, the means by which we are redeemed. Christ readily gave up his life upon it so as to defeat death by His rising on the third day.

As this Feast day was being celebrated this week, Mary's rosaries at GracefulRosaries came to mind. The crucifixes with which she chooses to begin and end her rosaries are extra-ordinary. She writes in her Etsy shop announcement that she uses "antique reproduction crucifixes and centers in solid bronze, brass, and sterling silver." Look at these examples...

Divine Mercy Rosary Chaplet Crystal and Sterling Silver Rosary

Sapphire Birthstone Rosary with bronze African Opal Agate Gemstone Rosary with stainless steel wire

Truly exquisite crucifixes adorning beautiful rosaries at

Friday, September 10, 2010

Friday Feature: Fall and Cherubino Crafts

Welcome Mossy Wreath

Welcome...such a wonderful word that brings to mind acceptance, friendship, and charity. To bring others into our home and share a meal, or to be invited to a gathering where the hostess has thought of every little detail is such a blessing.

As Fall approaches, we have so many opportunities to visit and share our gifts with others. Ann from Cherubino Crafts can get you started. Her creative ideas use the things of nature and transform them into heartwarming decorations and gifts that eloquently speak the word welcome.

Place Card Holder Wreath with Dried FlowersCork BallAutumn Wedding Boutonniere

Make sure you click on Anne's shop to view her many other lovely arts.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Something for the Children: This Week's Treasury

My two oldest children have been back in school for a couple weeks now, and I have to say, I miss them like crazy!! Don't get me wrong, the two babies and I are definitely enjoying our quality time when the big kids are in school. But it's just not the same without all four kids running around!

So with my little ones in mind, I created this week's Treasury to be just for kids! You'll find toys, games, Baptism and first Communion gifts, and all sorts of unique items- all made with love by the Catholic Etsy Artists shops!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Friday Feature: Cedar Creek Treasures, Grace Hill Gifts, and Lace Continued

This being the final installment of the lace theme, I thought maybe I should introduce several different ways fiber lace is made. The most fantastic method I have encountered is bobbin lacemaking. Artisans of this type use long wooden bobbins wound with thread which they cross and wind according to a printed pattern on a base. The example below is from Fine Threads (http://www.finethreads-vermontlace.com).

I love fiber and all fiber crafts, but I can't even imagine tackling bobbin lacemaking.

Another type of lace is one that is crocheted using fine cotton floss and a small crochet hook. The single and double crochet stitches build upon one another to make a beautiful piece of lace.

Cedar Creek Treasures' (http://www.etsy.com/shop/cedarcreektreasures) owner, Linda, decorates her shop of inspirational plaques and door decor with delicate crocheted doilies. She obviously understands the elegance inherent in lace as shown by a shop photo of her lovely Mother Theresa wall hanging.

Vintage Look Inspirational Plaque with Quote from Mother Teresa

Last but not least in my estimation is knitted lace. Sitting peacefully with beautiful yarn following a rhythmic pattern of knits, purls, and yarn-overs is one of the most pleasing things I can do. The baby's Baptismal bonnet is just such knitted lace with a crocheted ruffle:

white hand knitted baptismal bonnet three to six months

For a finer example of knitted lace, I have used crochet cotton in cream to knit lace bookmarks. These can be found at my other shop Fiberfads! where my net proceeds are donated to a prolife woman's shelter.

hand knitted lace bookmark with yarn charm

Icing and a pastry bag, paper and scissors, manufactured lace and a sewing machine, crochet cotton and a crochet hook, yarn and knitting needles...it doesn't matter how you make lace, just do it!