Tuesday, September 28, 2010

A Wire & Beaded Necklace

This is a delicate crocheted necklace (one of a few)
I made using silver toned wire and luminescent
pearlised beads
in different shapes and sizes.
I have featured one of these necklaces
in my Etsy shop.
~Contact me for custom orders~

Although these lovely necklaces are made using wire and beads,
they are amazingly very lightweight and comfortable to wear.

Friday, September 24, 2010

My Rosary Bracelets

You may be wondering 'What is a Rosary Bracelet?'
Well, when I heard of Beaded Rosary Bracelets, they were quite a novelty to me too. They have been around for some time and came into use as part of a person's jewellery to be worn with the intention of reminding oneself to pray. Many of us say we are always too busy but really, saying the Rosary takes up only around 10 to 15 minutes. We may say we don't even have so many minutes to spare...OK, how about 2 to 3 minutes, even waiting for a bus takes longer! So we can just pray one decade (one mystery) whenever we find those extra minutes. AND that is what these bracelets are for...as a reminder and to help us pray...besides don't you think they're pretty!

For anyone wishing to learn more about how the Rosary is prayed, click on the link at the bottom of this posting.

These bracelets are most often made with chain, but some are also made with cord, elastic, twine, flexwire or even memory wire. A rosary bracelet has a small crucifix and a small medal, which in my case I have left out but inserted a finding which allows you to add your own. Usually this is a miraculous medal and many already own one or more in gold or silver. There are ten Hail Mary beads and one Our Father bead. Most bracelets are about 7 1/2 inches in length, but they can be adjusted by adding or removing chain.

Since I have been teaching myself beading and beading techniques, I decided to try and make some. I used different coloured beads so that when anyone is praying the Rosary, one can think of different intentions with each Hail Mary while contemplating on a particular mystery of the Rosary.

By the way you don't have to be a Catholic to pray the Rosary and as a Catholic you do not need to pray the Rosary, but it certainly has many benefits and spiritual fruits.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Upcoming Festivals and Fairs

September is a time of change, the weather is changing, days are getting shorter, children are getting ready to go back to school and all in all we feel there are winds of change which hopefully will take us towards a happier time of the year when temperatures are cooler and we more or less get into our 'routine' after the hectic summer months. For some of us this feels like a blessing while for others it means there is 'more to do' since the lazier days are coming to an end.
I have started a new line of products which are mostly beaded articles including among others an exclusive range of 'One of a kind' jewellery accessories. This is a new venture for me and I am very pleased with the results. I hope you will come see for yourselves.

Another change is the local Fairs and Festivals scene on our island. With the season change there are more festivities to entertain us throughout the month. Check out the dates and venues below for festivals to attend during our island's warm weekends.

‘Iljieli Skalin’
Venue: St Anne Gardens - Marsaskala
Dates: 3rd, 4th and 5th September 2010

Qormi Wine Festival
Venue: Close to San Gorg Church
Dates: 3rd and 4th September

9th Edition of “The Qormi Bread Festival
Venue: Close to San Bastjan Church
Dates: 9th, 10th and 11th September 2010

Notte Bianca - Lejl Imdawwal
Valletta 25th September 2010 All Night
Visit our Capital city of Valletta by night and enjoy the multitude of cultural and other activities offered on this occasion.


With the weather changing and rain in the forecast, I'm keeping my fingers crossed conditions will be favourable ~ Hope to see you there!

Note: I'm sure you must have noticed that the first two Festivals are on the same dates. Since I have not yet figured out how to be in two places at the same time, I have chosen the Iljieli Skalin in Marsascala but then I hope to be in Qormi the following week for the Bread Festival.

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