My calling: making prayer beads and rosaries

It is time to tell this story, believe it or not, about my calling: making Prayer Beads and Rosaries. I truly believe I was called to make Prayer Beads and Rosaries and perhaps others have experienced this same calling. Those who have been called may be able to relate to parts of this story.

Saved from addiction

Many years ago I began a spiritual relationship with God when He saved me from addiction to drugs and alcohol.

I had been raised in the Protestant Church, so I had basic religious instruction, but it didn’t really mean anything to me until I began my recovery and had a specific spiritual experience.

Once I was on the sober path I began opening my mind to seeking and finding out more about God’s purpose for me, learning to ask for direction, and how to listen for His instruction.

This was a very personal relationship that I didn’t share with too many people, I just went about my life in recovery and was blessed to have a renewed interest from childhood in beads and beading as a replacement for my destructive obsessions.

The calling to make prayer beads

Being of an entrepreneurial mindset AND obsessive, I began buying and selling beads and jewelry findings, and also making jewelry to wear and share with family and friends. This became a little side business and pretty successful.

I had a website and an eBay store that provided additional income. I was looking at my website one day and thought:

“what else could I add to my current selections?”

Then out of nowhere a voice in my head quietly and firmly said:

“Prayer Beads”

What a great idea!! But I really knew nothing about Prayer Beads, since they were not used in the churches where I grew up. So I started to learn and educate myself by looking up the different types of prayer beads and how to make them.

Anglican Prayer Beads
Amethyst Anglican prayer bead style rosary

Making Prayer Beads and Rosaries

It took me several years to put this divine idea into action, and even though I still sell beads, and make other types of jewelry, making Rosaries and Christian jewelry pieces are my constant and consistent thoughts.

I would like to say that every set of beads I make are inspired, and maybe in some way they are, but all are meticulously created and infused with my loving intentions.

Christian Earrings
Praying Hands Christian Earrings
Listening to God

I have done much reading and have acquired spiritual knowledge of all kinds from different faiths, and know that God (no matter what name you call Him) is constantly “streaming” out love, guidance and direction to everyone. We have to be tuned to the right “frequency” so to speak, to receive and accept these heavenly “transmissions”.

There is so much “chatter” in our world that blocks out this communication from God, but learning to pray and focus the mind on Him is a good way to start listening.

Prayer and Rosary Beads are a physical and beautiful tool to use for prayer. A reminder of this important way to communicate with and worship our Heavenly Father.

I am sure that I am not alone in this calling, if you also feel like you have been called I hope you will leave a comment below.

Do you send Thank You notes for gifts?

Do you send Thank You notes for gifts? Does anyone do that anymore? Just when I thought that tradition was dead, two handwritten thank you notes from celebrities were sent to The Artisan Group®, thanking us for the gifts we sent.

Jennifer Love Hewitt Thank You
Thank You Note from Jennifer Love Hewitt

These lovely notes thanked everyone for the handmade gifts that we included in the Mother’s Day Gift Bag for 2014.

Each note card expressed gratitude for our personal gifts to them and by sitting down to write thank you notes it showed their sincere appreciation.

Thank You Note from Kristin Cavallari
Thank You Note from Kristin Cavallari

To Jennifer Love Hewitt and Kristin Cavallari – You are very welcome for the gifts and I hope you enjoy wearing our Rose Quartz bracelet and all of the handcrafted jewelry and other gifts that were included in the bag!

Sending Thank You notes for gifts

When I was growing up writing, sending a Thank You Note through the mail was very important. In the past 40 years that tradition has seemed to dwindle now that you can easily pick up a phone and call, text or email your thanks.

I was glad to see that this time-honored social etiquette is still alive and not entirely forgotten!! Do you send Thank You Notes?

Leave a comment about how you say Thank You for gifts.

Celebrity Moms receive our rose quartz jewelry

We were thrilled to have popular Celebrity Moms receive our Rose Quartz Jewelry bracelet in a specialty gift bag created by The Artisan Group©, in honor of Mother’s Day 2014. 

Rose Quartz Jewelry Bracelet for Celebrity Moms
Our Rose Quartz Bracelet for Moms included in Celebrity Gift Bag

Celebrity Moms

This special collection of unique artisan made products was received by popular Celebrity Moms and included:

Jaime King. Alicia Silverstone, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Tammin Sursok, Halle Berry, Rachel Leigh Cook, Kendra Wilkinson, Gwen Stefani, Kerry Washington, Kristin Cavallari, Drew Barrymore, Mila Kunis, Alyssa Milano, Emily Blunt, Kelly Clarkson, Ginnifer Goodwin, Olivia Wilde, Christina Aguilera, Scarlett Johansson, Jenna Fischer, Ciara, Shelly Brown (Mrs. Zac Brown), Molly McNearney (Mrs. Jimmy Kimmel), Elsa Pataky (Mrs. Chris Hemsworth), and Danielle Jonas (Mrs. Kevin Jonas)

Many thanks were given by these popular Moms, including hand written thank you notes! It was exciting to be able to gift these new moms and know that they would enjoy our handmade creations made specially for them from the depths of our hearts!

Our rose quartz bracelet is still available on our website and makes wonderful gift ideas for mom as mothers day gifts, birthday gifts and other special occasions:

Rose Quartz for Celebrity Moms

I am excited to announce that Rose Quartz stones made into bracelets for 25 Celebrity Moms and 5 members of the Press are on the way to be included with other handmade gifts in The Artisan Group® Mother’s Day Gift Bag.

This was an achievement that I can say was a great experience, and I can only hope that these wonderful Mom’s will love wearing this gift that came from my hands and my heart.

Rose Quartz Bracelets for Celebrity Moms

I decided to participate in this collaborative gift bag to Hollywood Mothers so that I would have experience in a large production, working my way up to other events with The Artisan Group® that require more products.

Mom-Charm-xo
TierraCast Silver Plated Pewter Love Mom Charm

I was inspired to make this bracelet by this little charm that I found and decided to combine that with Rose Quartz because of its loving and nurturing qualities.

Rose Quartz, also known as the Love Stone, is a crystal of unconditional love, It enhances loving qualities such as compassion, tenderness, comforting, nurturing, etc.

I made a “prototype” and sent a photograph off to the organizers for approval, once it was approved I did the math and then ordered all of the beading supplies I would need to complete these 30 bracelets.

Rose quartz bracelet assembly
Assembly of Rose Quartz Bracelets at 7-8 per day

Assembly Process

I used an assembly process similar to the one I use when making Rosaries, which worked really well and within a few days I was done! OK, well maybe it took a week.

The hardest thing to do was get a really good photo for the Gift Guide, I must have taken like 100 shots to get the color of the stones just right!

Mothers-Day-Note-Cards
Happy Mother’s Day Note cards

I decided to create a little “Happy Mother’s Day” note card where I could write a little personal note to each Mom. On the other side I wrote a short description of the properties of Rose Quartz along with Care & Cleaning for the bracelet.

As I wrote out each card I looked up their names on IMDB and was surprised and tickled to know that a famous movie star might actually hold a piece of jewelry that I made. If I am lucky they might even contact me or look at other items I have available!

Packaging-Gifts
Packaging each gift with Bracelet, Note Card, Business Card and gift tag.

Boxing & shipping

I picked my ship date and made sure to assemble each individual gift package, along with the note cards, business card, etc by that date.  T

hen “boom” it was done! Time to seal the box and off to FedEx for the journey across country to California!

Finished-Package
Ready to seal and take to FedEx!!