Archive for the ‘rosary-making’ Category

What is so nice about having friends is that, one feels good just talking and sharing ideas with them. There is really no dull moment when you meet someone who thinks the world of you too. There are no dull moments even if you just talk about your respective families, catching up on each other and sharing about dreams and promises. It is even more interesting once you venture into such subjects like life and books and writing.

Hubby and I met a friend today. Ding is from Cebu and this is the second time in a span of almost three months that we’ve seen each other.  She is flying back to Cebu tomorrow  so we agreed to meet today.  We had a lovely lunch at Racks at Robinson’s Place in Malate.   Thank you Ding for the lovely stationeries and the garden mags.

Quiapo is such a busy place.  We dropped by Wellmanson’s to buy some materials for my rosary-making project.  I would have wanted to take photos of the denizens of Quiapo – people from all walks of life eking out a living, people who are devoted to the Black Nazarene, people who are just waiting for some good Samaritans to drop a coin or two on their laps and those who are just there to buy something at the line of bead shops in Evangelista  St., but we didn’t have much time. I want to make another album like the shots I took at the Antipolo Shrine two years ago. Life in the city, an interesting subject that one could explore with a camera. Quiapo Church is known as the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene. A trip to Quiapo would not be complete without spending a minute or two inside the church.

Did I just say that today is another adventure I thoroughly enjoyed?

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Time really flies fast don’t you think? It was another busy Sunday for us, at least for Nissa and me. Just after the 9am mass, we went to Cubao to get the shoes and bag she will use for the wedding. Wow, how nice to see the pair of shoes she ordered which I think will really go well with her wedding gown.  I don’t want to spoil the surprise but it will surely be here when the big day comes.  I had my pair of shoes custom-made too for my gown. It is easier to order than to roam around malls looking for a perfect pair of shoes. They are Marikina-made so aside from being elegant, I am sure they are sturdy as well.

Next stop was at National Bookstore in Ali Mall. Gosh, I was surprised when I went to look for a comfort room and what used to be a public CR turned out to have a lady on guard collecting P10.00 for every woman who enters it. I would not mind a paid comfort room for convenience but at least they should see to it that it is clean and complete with tissue paper and hand soap. Compared to other comfort room in big malls like Gateway and Ayala, this one could not even reach a low 10%. The floor was wet and the trash can was not even closed. It really fall short of what I perceive a paying customer would expect.  They had a public comfort room on the second floor and it was cleaner than the one with paying customers.  Gosh, aren’t all malls supposed to provide something that would  make the life of shoppers convenient at least? How could you patronize an establishment like this when the simple comfort of its customers could not even be met?

Back to our adventure at National Book Store. They have started with their annual book sale but again, I was disappointed that the books on display with  discounts are not even on the bestseller list. I was trying to look for the bargain bin which another branch at Galleria has but even their bargain books were still expensive. I was able to buy two copies of a children’s fairy tale, fare enough at half the price, and a copy of The Shack  by William Young which I have long wanted to buy but  the price is too high for my meager allowance on books. Anyway, the trade paperback copy was P5.oo cheaper than the mass-market  produced one. I bought the trade paperback of course, still costly  at P247.00. Would really love to visit more branches, I might find a bigger surprise in one of them.

Next stop was at St. Paul’s. I love visiting this place just looking at the lovely rosaries on display and the books which they have on their shelves.  It’s my dream to own one of those books about saints. I bought  center medals ( an image of Pope Benedict)  and some connecting medals for the rosaries I intend to make once I am no longer busy with other things.  Hopefully, I will be able to go on another trip to Quiapo to buy some materials.

I slept late at 12am, finishing my blog and uploading pictures I downloaded from the albums of the AFCC members who attended our first gathering at Bahay Dominiko, Sto. Domingo Church in QC.

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A month ago, I promised myself that I would make my dream rosary. I’ve finally finished it two days ago and have it blessed by Fr. Luke yesterday after the mass. “It’s so beautiful”, exclaimed one of the staff at the parish office and she asked where I bought it so I told her, I made it. She was looking at me like saying, “Did you, really?” Then she asked if I have some rosaries for sale. We do sell some of them while the rest we give to friends as gifts.

This is one of those times that I miss uploading pictures from my camera, then I could have shown you how it looks. It’s made of 59 beads of rose quartz with the picture of Pope Benedict as the center medal. Rose quartz is known as the love stone and “it gives inner peace and helps in all matters pertaining to love in all its forms. Rose Quartz opens the heart to love. It also helps as a rejuvenator to the skin.”  It has lots of  healing properties too. I made a partner for it, a single decade chaplet rosary which is so convenient when one is on the road.

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I got carried away making rosaries the whole afternoon. Just tried using chain links on the hematite beads. You have to bend each connector and it’s  quite hard on the fingers.  Anyway, I am really, really glad that I am mastering the art of doing this. It is quite engrossing to experiment on bead works too. I am learning a lot from my daughter who has made several designs of bracelets and ID chains.  Doing crafts is also therapeutic just like writing.  Time flies and you are not even aware of it.  If one is serious in making fashion accessories, there are lots of instructional materials which you can download from the internet. It’s quite a challenge though when you make your own designs out of several colored beads that you have. Color combination counts too.

It’s quite fulfilling to see a work of art (no matter how simple) slowly unfolds before your eyes. How creative can one get? I’ve tried several crafts before including candle making(burning my fingers in the process) and cross-stitching (ah, this is one hobby I really like but my eyes could no longer see the small designs even with eyeglasses on). Cross-stitching is a very precise exercise, one wrong slot, one wrong cross  and your design would be distorted.  Three years ago, my daughter and I made these cute cellphone cases and gave them as gifts to our friends. I had great fun choosing threads and buttons.  Most of our materials got flooded though so all we have left were the pretty buttons and crochet hooks in different sizes.

This is one of my earlier works in cross-stitch way back in the nineties. I usually hang it in one corner of our living room every Christmas season until it got flooded too two years ago.  The design got soiled and it’s beyond repair but the wooden frame could still be used.

Crafting is one way of expressing one’s self. Who knows, if I get the hang of doing bead works, we could put up a small home business soon. 🙂

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Our so unreliable internet connection was a blessing in disguise last night.  I was able to learn how to make rosaries.  My son Josef jokingly remarked that  he will do the marketing if we ever decide to sell those we have made.  Well, I told him, why not give us some capital to make a go of this. Swarovski crystals are a little expensive and you can only make one rosary out of one string. Anyway, Nissa finally finished the cords  she made last night. We started on different colors but I like the Hematite beads best since they are so easy to make into rosaries.  I took some pictures of our actual projects  but I could not even edit them since I am using a borrowed computer. All my program files for my Canon Ixus are in my old PC.

Come to think of it, I was able to finish four rosaries last night and made three early this morning. Even my observant son was able to make two.  How’s that again? Now, I know how to make rosaries, yehey!

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