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Rosary and Rosary Repair
For love of our Lady
When I was a novice sister at the convent, I had to repair my habit rosary so often that I ended up in charge of making new habit rosaries for the sisters who would receive their habits the following summer.
I especially enjoy planning how to put together beads, wire or cord, centerpieces and crucifixes into unique rosaries and chaplets. It makes me happy to restore well-prayed rosaries or to incorporate pieces into new ones.
My sister gave me a crochet kit: Disney Princess Crochet by Jana Whitley
for my first Christmas in the monastery. I made a nun instead. I did eventually make some princesses, but I have much more fun making saints and angels. The following year, my mom gave me a crochet kit: Nativity Crochet by Kati Galusz, which I made in time for the next Christmas, and which led to angels and more saint dolls.
Most of the dolls remain at the monastery, but I have some pictures of those projects to share, lots of new ideas and plenty of yarn.
In the monastery, very artistic sisters would leave practice paintings in the scrap bin. I discovered that beautiful cards can be made by cutting these scraps. (The sisters named it "guillotine art".)
When I got home, I took a stack of almost fifteen years worth of water color paintings to the paper cutter to be transformed into cards.
I also have been digging through old photographs to make vintage notecards.