The woman who made them, Gayle, had started up a cottage business. I helped her get up and running on the web waaaay back in the days of Compuserve and the Catholic Online Forum. Gayle was also on the staff of the Forum. She, with Dawn, and a couple of others were a serious hoot.
Gayle’s life was complicated and had some ups and downs. But she made rosaries. In gratitude for my early help, she would send me rosaries when I wanted to give ordination gifts or if I had given mine to someone whom I sensed was in need of it. In a few instances, the gift of the rosary was a life changer.
Gayle died in 2016. I still have one of her rosaries and I will never let it go. I’m tempted to be buried with it, but I think I’ll pass it on. Perhaps someone will pray for me with it.
There has been a development.
Gayle’s daughter, Marian, had learned her mother’s technique of making rosaries.
She has decided to start her own business, as her mother had.
She wrote that she is sending me one. I am sure it will be as amazing as Gayle’s were. Even if were half as amazing, and as strong, it would be a fine rosary. I very much look forward to receiving it.
In the meantime, check out her shop. She wrote: “It’s just an Etsy page for now, but I hope that I can begin my own website once I have some momentum.”
Do you suppose you readers could give her some momentum?
There are lots of religious professions and marriages and ordinations going on at this time of the year.
Gifts… I’m just sayin’.
UPDATE: 5 June
I cannot thank you enough! In less than 24 hours, my page has had almost 5,000 views and I have sold 13 rosaries!
To which I respond: Those will be 13 very happy people.
UPDATE: 8 June
Marian had written that she would send me a rosary, so that I could see with my own eyes what she is producing. I got it right away, but I waited until today, the Feast of the Sacred Heart, to show it to you.
It came in a bag within a small gift box itself mailed in a standard priority mailer box.
As you can see, this rosary has a Sacred Heart medal at the connecting point.
This rosary is a bit lighter than the last one I had from her mother. It doesn’t have the little “caps” and the beads are a little smaller. That makes it a bit more compact. It is a good rosary for walking, if you get my drift, which is something I mentioned to her. I had asked for it to be “not too long” so that it wouldn’t touch the ground when kneeling and easy to carry in one hand when walking without touching the ground.
In other words, she incorporated my suggestions.
Seeing is indeed believing!
UPDATE: 16 June 2018
This is interesting. There was a story about these rosaries and their maker, Gayle’s daughter Marian, in her local newspaper.
Check it out, HERE. With photos!