So, I’ve spent the last few days creating and adding some more product to my Etsy shop
and drawing a shop logo and making plans for the upcoming holidays.
For the readers of this blog who are not interested in shop talk, please don’t worry: I’ve been working on creating an entirely separate blog for my shop, in case I have readers that would be bored to tears by shop updates and product discussions.
Likewise, if you are a blog reader who is interested in reading about the behind the scenes adventures of having an Etsy shop and you would like to follow my shop blog, please let me know and I will be certain to let you know once the creation of the shop blog is complete.
Such as yesterday, I spent most of the day working on a set of chaplet-style prayer beads for Hela
and I’m really pleased with how they turned out.
I wanted to make them in the style of a rosary – so I hand-twisted and glued all of the hooks/links between the beads:
It was a bit time-consuming – but I’ve always preferred the chaplet/rosary style when I make my own personal prayer beads – so I felt as if it was worth taking the time to get it right.
I was impressed with myself in making this piece; it is exactly the sort of prayers beads I would purchase for myself… y’know, if I hadn’t already made them.
Though it got me to thinking, as I was making it: I wanted to make certain that I stabilized the links enough.
You see, even though I’m not even a Catholic – I’ve always thought that rosary bead sets look and feel wonderful.
I love how the beads of a well-made set will effortlessly slide through my fingers during prayer… mmm, lovely ❤
Unfortunately, I’ve found most rosary beads to be rather fragile in my experience.
But this fact is not lost on me that, as much as I love the structure and appearance of rosary beads, when in the act of praying with them, I have been known to somehow inevitably destroy them.
I suppose that I must hold the beads too tightly or try to push them over my fingers too vigorously, or something..
In other words, I pray hard.
But I’m proud to say that I think that this set of Hela beads that I’ve made – could withstand even me and my vigorously devotional handling LOL.
And the other thing I learned? I really could use better lighting over my work-space.