Saturday, January 31, 2015

Wearing Heaven's Holy Gems - The Saints!

My girls and I like to wear medals - all kinds of saint medals! But when you hang a medal on a necklace it often looks so lonely. By itself, it seems so easy to over look and can appear not very classy. But recently I had an idea... My girls all love charms! They like the tiny, cuteness in these shiny miniatures. So why not combine medals and charms together to make a jewelry statement that is eye catching, beautiful, and meaningful? My girls just love these! So I'm making some more of them to sell on my Etsy shop. I thought you might like these, too.

I named the new charm/medal jewelry "Saint-Symbol Jewelry" because all the charms are symbols that relate to the saint medal that they are with. 

For example, here is the St. Therese Saint-Symbol necklace:
The St. Therese Necklace includes a 5 flower connector, a rose, and a heart/rose charm. I think they just look so gorgeous together!

St. Francis is hanging on a dainty looking branch with his woodland friends. It's makes you feel so peaceful! 

This St. Joseph necklace was a favorite of my daughter Elizabeth. She was born on his feast day and loves to work with wood! Win, win! :-) 

Our Lady Star of the Sea (Stella Maris) is accompanied by a light house - the symbol of God's guidance- and an anchor -the symbol of hope.  (I have two variations of this listed.)

The St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Charm Bracelet has a school theme. Look at all those cute little school charms!!

The St. Gerard bracelet is perfect for a mom-to-be or a pro-life advocate. It includes lots of baby items and a pro-life rose!

 Here is the charm bracelet with a First Communion theme. It has a church, wheat, chalice, grapes, Bible, wheat cross, a Blessed Sacrament medal, and a 2015 charm to commemorate the year that your daughter/granddaughter/niece received her First Communion.

On this necklace, St. Philomena is flanked by two of her symbols of martyrdom.

There are more Saint-Symbol Jewelry listed in our Etsy shop.
Drop in to see them all ... I will be adding more!

While you are there you also might like to see our other Jewelry gems. Above is a pair of earrings which are a crown of thorns and a crucifix. We also are selling a matching necklace! My oldest daughter Rachel designed these. Click Here to see them.
 You might like to look at our corded necklaces, too!!
We have two different Mary images available. Click here.

I have been blessed to have wonderful followers such as you. I would like to share that blessing back by offering 10% off your purchases of $25 or more. Use the code FOLLOWER at the check out.


This code is good for all items in our Etsy shop! Check out our Etsy shop to see the entire collection and visit often, because I will be adding more! We have lots of items which would make great gifts for First Communion, Easter, Mother's day, and birthdays!

Here are some general links to our new listings:
May God Bless you all with a wonderful joy-filled day!
~Jennifer



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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Use that weaving loom for something other than potholders! ~ Make Rosary Bags!


Do you have one of those weaving looms at home? I loved those when I was a kid and my kids love it too! BUT what do you do with all those pot holders - which really don't work anyway!? Well, my daughter, Elizabeth, (age 10) showed me her creative way to use those woven pot holders. She makes Rosary bags!! I thought her idea was quite clever!! So I thought I'd share it with you all! 
All you need is a weaving loops kit! If you don't own one you can buy a variety of different brands from craft stores or on Amazon - HERE


Here's how to make the Rosary Bag

Step 1: Just make a woven square as the weaving loops instructions show in your package.

Step 2: Choose two loops of equal size to create the bag.

Step 3: Fold the square in half and "sew" one of the loops through the ends to join them together. Be sure to close-up any holes on the end so the rosary doesn't slide out. Also, knot the loop so it won't unwrap.

Step 4: Do the same to the opposite side. You should now have a pocket.

Step 5: Choose two more loops to add to the top opening to use as handles and to tie it shut.
If you want more security so the rosary won't slide out you may want to add a few more tying loops to the ends, too.

Isn't Elizabeth's idea clever!? These sure help to keep our huge pile of Rosaries from getting all tangled together! They could make great gifts for Grandma, too! :-)  -Hope Grandma's not reading!!
Thanks, Elizabeth, for sharing your idea with all of us!

So what do you do with your weaving loom creations? Feel free to share your ideas in the comments! I'm always looking for new ideas for my kids!  ;-)

God Bless.
~Jennifer


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Monday, January 19, 2015

I'm Not So Sure This is a Good Idea! {St. Sebastian Cupcakes}


Today my 16 year old daughter, Rachel, asked me if there was any up coming feast days that we planned to celebrate. She knows I've had a rather unorganized month and that I've been missing a lot of feast days. She offered to make a dessert for the next feast day. I thought that was very sweet of her to ask, so after checking the calendar we discovered Jan. 20 is St. Sebastian's feast day.  With a gleam in her eye and a fun little smile she offered to make cupcakes for the occasion. Cupcakes! Ya, that sounds cute and harmless! Honestly, I should have known I was in for a shock, because Rachel has an interesting since of humor. Well, here is her creation:
I'm just not sure how to feel about these!! 
Is this too much! Over the top - as the saying goes?!  
I'm just not sure what to think!  What do you think?

Well, I believe this is meant to show me that I need to get myself back on track and get a handle on the feast day celebrating at our house again! ;-)

Till later,
~Jennifer

BTW: I'm still trying to finish up the Liturgical Ornaments for January - It's just been too crazy!!


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Thursday, January 15, 2015

And The Winners Are.....

Hi everyone! I just wanted to thank you all for entering our download giveaway!
We received over 750 entries on the Raffleopter and our 7 lucky winners are:
  1.  Kristina A.
  2.  Lisa T.
  3.  Mel M.
  4.  Jennifer Z.
  5.  Sonja C.
  6.  Jen L. (No this is not me, contrary to what my daughter says! )
  7.  Maryann S.
Our winners have all been emailed. Some of  the winners have already responded and are enjoying their prizes!! 


I hope you all enjoyed this giveaway as much as I did!
God Bless!
~Jennifer




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Friday, January 09, 2015

Trinity Snowman Printable Activity


On a snowy morning we made snowmen indoors! :-) Yes, it was a fun day of making snowmen and it was all centered around the idea of the Trinity! I heard several years ago that a snowman can be a great way to teach kids about the Trinity, and my kids always respond well it this idea. So while making our snowmen we talked about the Blessed Trinity and the Sign of the Cross. 
Our activities included creating 3D snowmen and these printable pages:


You will need:
  • printable page (download in the Members Area - Look under More Catholic Fun >> Trinity )
  • crayons or colored pencils
  • scissors
  • glue - we used a glue stick
  • tape - if you have a zealous little one who cuts off the tabs ;-)
Color his hat, scarf, and nose on the second page. You may also like to color the sky/background, as well as the Trinity symbols on the Trinity snowman page. 
Cut out the parts to the snowman on the second page. Be sure to cut out the tabs along with the snowman parts. 
 Add glue to the back of the tabs and attach the parts to the Trinity Snowman. If a child cuts off the tabs you can use tape to add the snowman parts to the Trinity snowman.
This will form a lift-flap so the child can read the names of the Trinity underneath. 
Outside the snowman....

Inside the snowman....

Download the printable in the Members Area
In the members area look for "Trinity" It's listed under "More Catholic Fun"
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It's Free!


You also might like to make
 the 3D Snowman Craft ...


Oh, and don't forget to enter our Download Giveaway!
You have till Jan. 14, 2015 to enter!

May God (all 3 in 1) bless you with joy!
~Jennifer



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Trinity Snowman Craft ~ 3D


Here is a fun and simple craft I made with my kids on a snowy day. We discussed the Holy Trinity and we also talked about the Sign of the Cross. 
We used the snowman as a symbol of the Trinity. The snowman is three part in one person, like the Blessed Trinity. 

I also tried to add a little bit of symbolism to the snowman:
  1. Top ball: crown - symbol for God the father 
  2. Middle ball: red scarf - Red for Jesus blood
  3. Bottom ball: pure white - symbol of a white dove (Holy Spirit)  
To make this craft you will need:
  • 3 white styrofoam balls - we used:
    1.9 inch (48mm)
    1.4 inch (35mm)
    0.9 inch (22mm) 
  • 4 inch strip of red felt
  • 2 inch strip of yellow felt
  • 2 round tooth picks
  • orange marker
  • black sharpie marker
  • scissors
  • white glue -- if needed or desired 
Cut your red felt strip so it looks like a scarf. We added fringes to the ends. We cut the yellow felt to make a crown. My kids thought the crown was cute! :-) 
Flatten the bottom of the largest ball. No need to cut it, just press on it to flatten it. You can push it onto a table top to help flatten it, too. This will allow the snowman to stand. 
Using a tooth pick connect the balls together. We used half a tooth pick between each of the balls. If the child makes the hole to big (often because of wiggling it or because of multiple attempts) You can add a bit of white glue to the hole to help keep it together.
After all the parts are together, sit him on a table and press down on his head and stomach so all the parts are better pressed together and feel more stable.
Use an orange marker to add color to the tip of a toothpick. Break off the tip and use it to make the snowman's nose. 
Use a black sharpie maker to make the eyes and mouth. This may need to be done by an adult, depending on the age of the child. 
While holding down the head of the snowman - so it doesn't fall off - wrap the scarf around his neck. If you desire you can glue the scarf down, but the styrofoam often just holds it anyway.  Then, add the crown, you may still need to hold down his head while adding the crown. 
We displayed our snowmen on our table for a few days! Aren't they cute!
The kids also ate some white/vanilla cotton candy for a fun snowman treat! :-) 

I'll be adding the printable activity we created later today!
It was some great crafting and learning fun!
Oh, and don't forget to enter our Download Giveaway!
You have till Jan. 14, 2015 to enter!

May God (all 3 in 1) bless you with joy!
~Jennifer



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