Hey ya’ll! Welcome to my little boutique. I’m Andrea Boring, the most unboring Catholic chick you’ll ever meet (or so I’ve been told). Five little humans call me Mama, including two sets of twin boys, ages eight and one plus a two year old diva who thinks she runs the roost. David is my patient, loving and always supportive husband and we live in sunny Mesa, AZ.
So how on earth did you start making rosaries, Andrea?
I’m so glad you asked.
Right before Thanksgiving, one of my best friends, Danielle, found a lump. A pretty big lump. Her mama passed from breast cancer 19 years ago so Danielle was pretty sure that’s what the lump was. Diagnostics confirmed breast cancer right before Christmas and in January, Danielle had a bilateral mastectomy.
A little history on Danielle and I. We’ve actually never met in real life. We met online about 4 years ago. She’s in Kansas City, I’m in Arizona. I felt helpless and scared so I turned where I always turn, my beautiful Catholic faith.
St. Peregrine is the patron saint of cancer patients and I decided I wanted to get Danielle a St. Peregrine rosary. She’s not Catholic, but I knew that having something tangible to hold onto while navigating this journey would be perfect for her.
Here’s the thing. I like my rosaries with some bling. So I went to the Google. I went to Etsy. The only St. Peregrine rosaries I could find that I loved were around $100. #notgonnahappen
Then I went to YouTube and watched some videos and headed to Hobby Lobby with about $20. I got some beads, some wire, a crimping tool, crimps and crimp covers. I ordered four St. Peregrine centerpieces and four crucifixes from a seller on Etsy.
Then I made Danielle a rosary (plus 3 other rosaries from some other kickass, brave women fighting cancer).
Something weird happened when I was stringing the beads. My mind quieted. I stood in silence, stringing and praying. Peace surrounded me.
So I bought more beads. And kept stringing and praying. Before I knew I had about 15 rosaries. I posted some pics on facebook and much to my surprise, people wanted to buy them.
The rest, as they say, is history. I started offering the rosaries in a facebook group, determined not to turn this into a true business, but I couldn’t keep up with it. So I whipped up a website and shop and here we are.
Rosary-maker is now one of my many titles. And perhaps one that I love the most because I am creating beautiful things to honor our Lord and his Mama. I am creating beautiful pieces that are bringing people closer to Christ. And that my friends, as the Lord has told me many times, is what I am meant to do with this life of mine.