Thursday, December 30, 2010

Introducing myself - Maria Marz

My name is Maria, and I have been postponing my introduction for quite a while, because I just needed to find my identity. And well, I found out that I have too many identities to pick only one!

I have been described as a colorful, sweet, soft-spoken person. I am a wife, mom, craftista, writer, photographer & lover of comedy. I am also a pescatarian, Navy veteran, fibromite (fibromyalgia sufferer), migraine sufferer, and a former web designer. I also try to raise awareness about mental and invisible illnesses.

My store is http://www.etsy.com/shop/mariamarz
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I have my personal blog at http://www.mariamarz.com, and I have a side project at http://www.indiecraftista.com

I am based in Oak Lawn, a suburb of Chicago. As a photographer, you can see some of my work at http://www.mariamarzphotography.com.

My favorite saints - those who I ask the most for intercession are (in no particular order) St. Joseph, St. Mary, St. Jude, and St. Therese de Lisieux. I am also devout to St. Dymphna and St. Teresa of Avila.

On my shop you can usually find an eclectic collection of accessories, a variety of Rosaries, and crafting supplies.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Merry Christmas!


This weeks giveaway comes from PMMDesigns1 and is a Powder Rose Swarovski Crystal Pearl Pro-Life Awareness Rosary

Check out her shop which offers great personalized gifts for graduations,holy communions !!!






It up for grabs for anyone who follow the rules:

To enter the giveaway you can complete any of the following tasks. Please leave your contact email address in your comment(s) so that we can notify you if you are a winner. Completing multiple tasks will get you multiple entries into the giveaway.

IMPORTANT
Each task must be added as separate comment in order to count as an additional entry. If you do not leave an email address your entry will be disqualified.

1. Follow the Catholic Etsy Artists Blog by using the google friend connect tool (bottom left).
2. Leave a comment in the etsy treasury created here
3. Tweet about this giveaway and leave a comment with the link to your tweet.
4. "Like" on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/pages/Catholic-Etsy-Artists-Guild/138264902876262. Blog post about our giveaway with a link to our blog and leave a comment with the link to your blog post.
6. Tell us your favorite item from Etsy shop PMMDesigns1 sponsporing the giveaway for this week.

Giveaways ends Saturday Jan1st and watch out for the next giveaway!

The winnder for last week's cards was liz_crowny(at)yahoo(dot)com

Congrats and you will be contacted shortly!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

This weeks Giveaway ! Handmade Peach Card


This weeks giveaway comes from Dustbin Cards.
The handmade card is made with discarded labels from jars of Del Monte peaches, this set of 4 cards feature orange gingham ribbon,silk leaves and torn papers. The inside papers are blank for your own thoughts and are torn from a vintage,discarded cash ledger. The inside papers are held in place with circular paper clips and are easily removed for reuse of the cards, if desired.

The dimensions of each card are 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" and each comes with an A2 envelope.

Check out her shop which offers great recycled card option to put a smile on your recipients face!!!





It up for grabs for anyone who follow the rules:

To enter the giveaway you can complete any of the following tasks. Please leave your contact email address in your comment(s) so that we can notify you if you are a winner. Completing multiple tasks will get you multiple entries into the giveaway.

IMPORTANT
Each task must be added as separate comment in order to count as an additional entry. If you do not leave an email address your entry will be disqualified.

1. Follow the Catholic Etsy Artists Blog by using the google friend connect tool (bottom left).
2. Leave a comment in the etsy treasury created here
3. Tweet about this giveaway and leave a comment with the link to your tweet.
4. "Like" on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/pages/Catholic-Etsy-Artists-Guild/1382649028762625. Blog post about our giveaway with a link to our blog and leave a comment with the link to your blog post.
6. Tell us your favorite item from Etsy shop Dustbin Cards sponsporing the giveaway for this week.

Giveaways ends Saturday Dec25th and the watch out for the next giveaway!

The winnder for last week's Ring Bearer was garrettsamboATaol.com

Congrats and you will be contacted shortly!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

This week's Giveaway! Ring bearer Pillow bird Nest


This week giveway is a ring bearer bridal pillow with a birds nest using a woodland theme.This is bridal ring bearer pillow using a woodland theme.The ring bearer pillow is a birch wood on which 2 cute birds are nestled on a cushion of green moss.The rings can be tied onto the ribbon.Custom requests are welcome if needed.

This would be great photo op for the ring bearer :-)and would be great to show off in the house after the ceremony on a small cupcake stand.It can even be displayed next to the cake on the cake table after the ceremony.

Many other choices are available at my shop so do come by!

My shop is at: http://stjudescreations.etsy.com
My blog is at : http://stjudescreations.blogspot.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/StjudesCreations/176524212376603
Twitter: http://twitter.com/judepaperflower

Be sure to check out her shop of handmade flowers...See other items from the shop from the Spotlight shop.


flower girl ball






It up for grabs for anyone who follow the rules:

To enter the giveaway you can complete any of the following tasks. Please leave your contact email address in your comment(s) so that we can notify you if you are a winner. Completing multiple tasks will get you multiple entries into the giveaway.

IMPORTANT
Each task must be added as separate comment in order to count as an additional entry. If you do not leave an email address your entry will be disqualified.

1. Follow the Catholic Etsy Artists Blog by using the google friend connect tool (bottom left).
2. Leave a comment in the etsy treasury created here
3. Tweet about this giveaway and leave a comment with the link to your tweet.
4. "Like" on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/pages/Catholic-Etsy-Artists-Guild/1382649028762625. Blog post about our giveaway with a link to our blog and leave a comment with the link to your blog post.
6. Tell us your favorite item from Etsy shop stjudescreations sponsporing the giveaway for this week.

Giveaways ends Saturday Dec18th and the watch out for the next giveaway!

The winnder for last week's Peacock tag was codisweepstakes2 (@) gmail(dot)com Congrats and you will be contacted shortly!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

The Feast of the Immaculate Conception

"I am the Immaculate Conception."

Today being the Feast of the Immaculate Conception I wanted to discuss the meaning of the Immaculate Conception because it is one term which is misunderstood by many people.   The term refers to Mary being conceived without any stain of original sin.

Ever since Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden of Eve, that sin has been passed down to all of mankind, except Our Lord, and Our Lady.   Our Lord is sinless because He is God.  Our Lady was preserved from 'original sin' because it was God's desire that Our Lord be conceived within a spotless vessel.  Would it be fitting for God to dwell in anything unclean?  The answer is 'No' and this has been the understanding that has been widely held since the early church.  It was written in many Church documents prior to its infallible proclamation by Pope Pius IX in 1854.  (See the documented early writings at this link, http://www.ewtn.com/faith/teachings/maryc3a.htm)

Pope Pius IX proclaimed the doctrine as such, "the Blessed Virgin Mary, in the first instant of her conception, by a singular grace and privilege of Almighty God, and in view of the foreseen merits of Jesus Christ, the savior of the human race, was preserved free from all stain of original sin."

One of the reasons that Catholics have become confused is because todays Gospel reading is that of the annunciation, where the angel Gabriel announces to Mary that she will conceive and bear a Son and He will be called Jesus.   This reading is quite appropriate because the fact that Mary will bear the Savior is the reason she was Immaculately conceived.  But unfortunately because the reading is also about Our Lords conception, it causes people to think that it is His conception that this feast refers to.  There is no specific bible passage that discusses the Immaculate Conception of Mary, because this doctrine is not found specifically in Scripture but is based on what the Church has always believed to be true.  This is the teaching tradition of the Church; and of course, the Catholic Faith is based on Scripture and Tradition.

The Church has chosen Dec 8 as the day to celebrate this event, because it is 9 months prior to Mary's birthday which is Sept 8. 

Happy Birthday to Our Lady!


September 8: Our Lady's Birthday

Today is the day of our Lady's Birth! The time between 12noon to 1:00 pm is said to be the time of Grace so catching up on your prayer during this time would be great.The recommended reading is Psalm 51 during this time.


Day Blessing
G.E. Mullan
The feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary is celebrated each year on the eighth of September. Usually it is the custom of the church to celebrate the feast day of a saint on the date of their death as this is truly their "die natalis", the day remembered as their birth into everlasting happiness. Mary, however, entered this world sinless through the privilege of the Immaculate Conception and is the firstborn of the redeemed. Her nativity is a cause for great joy as it is considered the" dawn of our salvation" as Pope Paul VI wrote in the document, Marialis Cultus in 1972.


There is no reference in the Sacred Scriptures to the birth of Mary. That which is known about Mary's nativity is found in the Apocrypha, principally the Protoevangelium of James which has been dated by historians prior to 200 AD. This book gives us a detailed account of the birth of Mary which begins in the fifth chapter and even gives a detailed conversation between Mary's mother, St. Anne and the midwife.

The earliest document commemorating this feast comes from the sixth century. It is generally believed that this feast originated in Jerusalem since there is evidence, in the fifth century, of a church dedicated to St. Anne, located north of the Temple in the neighborhood of the Pool of Bethesda. Sofronius, the Patriarch of Jerusalem, affirmed in the year 603 that this was the location of Mary's birth. After the Council of Ephesus in 431 AD, the cult of the Blessed Virgin Mary increased significantly. This, combined with the influence of the Apocrypha, may have been a factor in the increase of popular devotion of the people toward Mary


It is generally believed that the date of September 8 was chosen to celebrate the Nativity of Mary since the civil year began in Constantinople on September 1. Scholars believe that this date was chosen since it was symbolic that the "beginning" of the work of salvation should be commemorated near to the beginning of the new year. The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of Mary was later fixed at December 8, nine months prior.

This feast day was introduced in Rome from the Eastern Church in the seventh century . The Syro-Sicilian Pope St. Sergius I, who reigned from 687-701, prescribed a litany and procession be part of the liturgical celebration of this feast day. Paschasius Radbertus (d.860) wrote that this feast of Mary's Nativity was being preached throughout the universal church and it became a holy day of obligation for the west by the year 1007.
The primary theme portrayed in the liturgical celebration of this feast day is that the world had been in the darkness of sin and with the arrival of Mary begins a glimmer of light. That light which appears at Mary's holy birth preannounces the arrival of Christ, the Light of the World. Her birth is the beginning of a better world: "Origo mundi melioris." The antiphon for the Canticle of Zechariah at Morning Prayer expressed these sentiments in the following way: "Your birth, O Virgin Mother of God, proclaims joy to the whole world, for from you arose the glorious Sun of Justice, Christ our God; He freed us from the age-old curse and filled us with holiness; he destroyed death and gave us eternal life."


The second reading of the Office of Readings is taken from one of the four sermons written by St. Andrew of Crete ( 660-740 ) on Mary's Nativity. He too used the image of light: "...This radiant and manifest coming of God to men needed a joyful prelude to introduce the great gift of salvation to us...Darkness yields before the coming of light."

A secondary theme of joy also appears throughout the liturgical celebration. The entrance antiphon at Mass states: "Let us celebrate with joyful hearts the birth of the Virgin Mary, of whom was born the Sun of Justice, Christ our Lord." It is with these two themes of both the approach of light and joy that the faithful senses the great happiness and festive nature on this beautiful feast of Mary's birthday.

Note: Fr. Matthew Mauriello is the Administrator of Our Lady of Montserrat Church in Stamford, CT

Sunday, December 5, 2010

This Week's Giveaway: Set of Peacock Gift Tags from CherubinoCrafts


This week's Giveaway is a set of 6 handcut, hand inscribed Peacock gift tags from CherubinoCrafts! The winner will be able to choose the text on the tags. Each tag is cut by hand, dyed in tea bath, and adorned with a gold satin ribbon for a beautiful vintage look!
Approx 3.5 x 3"
Since each tag is cut and inscribed by hand and, each card will be one of a kind!
Shown are two options for the inscription:
Joyeux Noel
Merry Christmas
I would be happy to personalize these however you desire!

Check out her shop at CherubinoCrafts





See other items from the shop from the Spotlight shop.

It up for grabs for anyone who follow the rules:

To enter the giveaway you can complete any of the following tasks. Please leave your contact email address in your comment(s) so that we can notify you if you are a winner. Completing multiple tasks will get you multiple entries into the giveaway.

IMPORTANT
Each task must be added as separate comment in order to count as an additional entry. If you do not leave an email address your entry will be disqualified.

1. Follow the Catholic Etsy Artists Blog by using the google friend connect tool (bottom left).
2. Leave a comment in the etsy treasury created here
3. Tweet about this giveaway and leave a comment with the link to your tweet.
4. "Like" on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/pages/Catholic-Etsy-Artists-Guild/
5. Blog post about our giveaway with a link to our blog and leave a comment with the link to your blog post.
6. Tell us your favorite item from Etsy shop GracefulRosaries sponsporing the giveaway for this week.

Giveaways ends Saturday Dec11th and the watch out for the next giveaway!


Congratulations to Eclairre@ymail.com from Hawaii for winning last week's Giveaway- a lovely rosary bracelet from GracefulRosaries! Eclairre, you will be contacted shortly!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Jesus Mary's Son

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

It's about that time to introduce myself...

Hi, my name is Tammy and I have two Etsy store, Righteous Rosaries ( www.etsy.com/shop/righteousrosaries ) and Star Graphics ( www.etsy.com/shop/stargraphics ).

 I have been an artist for over 20 years since high school. I have only been a Catholic since April 2010. Been a Catholic in my heart since summer 2008. The conversion and confirmation took some time, but now I get to go to Mass and have the Eucharist. That's the best time of my week. The other best times are being with my husband, spending time with my mum-in-law who lives with us (we take care of her as well, she is quite dependent on us) and running around after 4 pets, 3 cats and a dog.

 You may have wondered why do you have two stores? Well, I have two because Star Graphics turned from just doing web design/site and graphic design, to having actual pieces of art that evolved from my love of working with my hands. Then I was fixing a broken Rosary I had bought and thought to myself "I wonder if I can make these" I got some supplies and in about 2 hours, I had my first Rosary finished and usable. Then I did some brainstorming and lots and lots of praying and realised that I was meant to make Rosaries for my the rest of my life.

Then the jewelry came along and I thought what a great line to add to my Star Graphics. The Rosaries were crying out for their own store, I realised after much prayer this was the right thing to do for the Most Holy Rosary. Then Righteous Rosaries was born!

I am really blessed to be able to this from my home as my disabilities prevent me from getting a job outside the home, so this is a great way of keep me busy and hopefully to bring in a full income once they take off, so we aren't struggling on my disability cheque month to month. My husband is the one who takes care of all three of us and is an amazing man. We have been married for over 7 years but have known each other for 10 years. We have a really good communication between us and I am really able to rest and relax when Brian takes over the duties in the house. I make dinner, as I'm the better cook and Brian does everything else. He is amazing.


Having the Etsy stores and all that I do on blog as well, I find that my computer is my lifeline to the world out there. Sometimes I get cabin fever, but I joined the Calgary Catholic Women's League at our parish and I am hoping to expand my network of Catholic women friends there. Right now I have none here physically. I know our Lord is going to change that when I go to the potluck dinner on the 14th.

So that's about it from me, I must go and do my cooking for us three quite soon. Thanks for reading and I hope this was a fruitful introduction. I love the Catholic Etsy Artists Guild members, you guys and gals have made my life fuller and richer because of your input and sharing each and everyday!