Full of Grace Creations now ships anywhere in the world! I just had to start out this post by telling everyone that great news! And the shipping rates are pretty reasonable (I think!)! It's $2 for any shipment anywhere in the US and $3 for any shipment abroad! And I can add a gift note if you'd like to send it directly to a special someone! Now back to the post I was planning-
I have been hard at work on my etsy shop these last few days. In the days leading up to last months craft fair I hadn't posted much online. But I've been working on that these past few days and tonight I met my goal by posting five new strands of sacrifice beads. Here's the description of sacrifice beads that I put up when I post them (since they aren't the most common thing you run across!):
The story of sacrifice beads begins with the story of Saint Therese of Lisieux. As a child The Little Flower, along with her sisters, used a little string of beads to count their gifts of "little sacrifices" which they did out of love for God. They carried their beads with them in their pockets.And here are my latest strands of beads!
Saint Therese's "Little Way" is well known. She drew closer to God through small acts in her day to day life, saying:
“Love proves itself by deeds, so how am I to show my love? Great deeds are forbidden me. The only way I can prove my love is by scattering flowers and these flowers are every little sacrifice, every glance and word, and the doing of the least actions for love.”
Sacrifice Beads may also be used as a sort of pocket rosary, with one Our Father bead separated from the ten Hail Mary beads.
When you pull the ten smaller sacrifice beads they slide up the row and stay in place until you pull them back again. They are wonderful to use as a small rosary or to use to count good deeds and sacrifices throughout the day (and they are a great motivating tool!).
This one is my favorite! They are simple stone beads, with a very simple crucifix. The medal show the Divine Mercy Medal on one side and the Our Lady of Guadalupe on the other. It's very dainty!
These are my toughest beads. They even have double strand of elastic running through them. The picture doesn't really do the cobalt blue bead justice, because it's really brilliant in the sun!
I could just picture giving these to a little girl for her first communion, or someone who loves pink any time! These ones are a little bit bigger than the others but they should still be small enough to carry easily with you.
Malachite was one of my favorite stones when I was little (I was a very passionate little rock collector!). And so I was very excited when I saw these beads. And they went very well with the gold miraculous medal and crucifix!
The beads that I made for myself when I first began making sacrifice beads looks a lot like these. Amethyst beads are some of my favorites because every time I make something with them I think of advent and lent!
I posted this one late last night! This stand is made with large amethyst beads between a beautiful gold crucifix and a colorful Saint Therese of Lisieux medal.
Now to get a little bit of sleep before the princesses wake up!