A Paranormal Library – Discovering the Mysteries of Ancient America

I would like to preface my review by stating that I have purchased all the books I review for the public.  I am in no way being paid for my reviews, but I am sharing my favorite paranormal books for your reading pleasure.  The opinions expressed in these books do not always reflect my own personal opinion, but I do find these topics fascinating.  Your purchases of these books do not monetarily benefit me, nor do I gain points with your readership or purchase.  I am sure, however, that the authors do enjoy your patronage.  Happy reading Dreamers!This disclaimer is in reference of my use of the word “paranormal.”  My use of the word “paranormal” refers to anything that is not normal, be it ghosts, conspiracy theories or aliens.  If the topic is not part of conventional beliefs, then it is paranormal.  So please do not bombard me with comments about how something is or is not paranormal.


Stupid History: Tales of Stupidity, Strangeness, and Myth-conceptions Throughout the Ages, by Leland Gregory

In response to the last book I reviewed for A Paranormal Library, you know I love history, especially those that can make or break or ideologies that makes our country special. Stupid history, takes a humorous approach to the “myth-conceptions” that we and other countries have created about our histories. I did receive this book for free from Free Book Fridays on Nook, so there were some serious typos.

I like this book, the humorous approach Gregory takes towards our famous legends brings to light the misconceptions we have towards our favorite myths which were started by literary interpretations than actual historical fact. One great example would be that of Paul Revere.

We are told that Paul Revere rode to Concord, Massachusetts at midnight yelling “The British are coming!” Did you know that this is based off of a poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow called “The Landlord’s Tale: Paul Revere’s Ride”? That’s right, Paul Revere ‘s story is a work of literary fiction! Paul never went to Concord, a contemporary of Paul’s, Samuel Prescott, went to Concord to warn that the regulars are coming (regulars being the name of the British Troops). Paul was captured by British soldiers on route to Concord and imprisoned till the next day.[Paul Revere House.org]

“Lizzie Borden took an ax and gave her mother forty whacks, when she saw what she had done, she gave her father 41.”

In the book, Gregory describes the fact that Lizzie was accused of killing her parents in 1892 and acquitted of all charges by a trial by jury. It was never proven that she did kill her parents. [University of Missouri-Kansas City Law School – Lizzie Borden Case]

We are taught (supposedly) that the Emancipation Proclamation freed the slaves, but in my own personal classroom I did not make such claims, but in fact the Emancipation Proclamation proposed the freeing of slaves in the South (not in the North). Lincoln’s purpose for the Proclamation was to keep the union together whether the slaves were free or not. The 13th Amendment in fact freed the slaves. [Information from Senate.gov]

Lastly, I would like to sing (type) you a song:

“Yankee Doodle went to town, riding on a pony, stuck a feather in his hat and called it macaroni.”

This song brings about memories of 4th of July, American Pride Parades, and for me: Hot Dogs. But this song is as old as our country itself, but when you read the words, they really don’t make sense do they? Well, the history of this song will help you understand its significance to American and British music histories. Written in Britain, the song refers to a Yankee (An American colonist), who is a Doodle (a sorry simple person), who stuck a feather in his hat and called it Macaroni (an Italian fashion). Basically an American fool who put a feather in his hat and thought he was fashionable. Kind of interesting considering that this was the colonists rally anthem for the Revolutionary War… [Somewhat history of Yankee Doodle]

This book has little bits of trivia in between passages that describe interesting historical facts or random pop culture events that are amusing, and informative. Below are excerpts from the book:

  • “People who lived centuries ago weren’t as stupid as we may believe they were. Chicken pox isn’t called that because people thought the disease was carried by chickens. It comes from the phonetic evolution of the Old English name gican [gee- can] pox or Itching Pox.” page 84.
  • “They’re some of the most famous footwear in history-the ruby red slippers Dorothy wore in The Wizard of Oz. But in L. Frank Baum’s original novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900), he had her wearing silver slippers. So why did they change it in the movie? Because, when shot in Technicolor, red looked more brilliant than silver.” page 93.
  • “Myth: Romans used chariots in battle. Truth: No. As one must hold on to the reins while driving a chariot, they were absolutely useless on the battlefield. Romans used chariots only in sports and as transportation. Thanks to Hollywood for this myth.” page 107.
  • “During the turbulent times of the Nixon administration; House Minority Leader Gerald Ford was nominated by President Richard M. Nixon to replace Vice President Spiro Agnew who had resigned. When Nixon himself resigned during the impeachment process for his involvement in Watergate, Ford assumed his duties and became the 38th president on August 9, 1974 making Gerald Ford the only person to be vice president and president without going through the election process.” page 117.
  • “We’ve all heard of London’s famous Big Ben—but what is it? Is it the clock? Is it the tower? Nope, it’s neither, Big Ben is the name for the thirteen-and-a-half-ton bell inside the clock tower. It was cast in 1858 and named in honor of Sir Benjamin Frail, who served as commissioner of works when the bell was installed.” page 126.

Again, read this book if you’re interested in all things trivia, the reason why I put this into A Paranormal Library is because Gregory brings to light information that we’ve come to know as fact and completely rip it apart due to the fact that movies and literature have destroyed our perceptions of history. While some find discrepancies in the factoids, I approached this book as an interesting and trivia based read, not a history book. In fact, I have used some of the anecdotes in class, putting them on Power-Point at the beginning of class to get the kids thinking for the day, and citing not only this book but other sources for those who wish to pick hairs. Its a very fast read, and very informative, I hope you will enjoy!

Photography Wednesday – 7

 

 

These lovely dolls were taken at an antique store in the Heights, they were the most creepy dolls I could find.  Just click the pictures for a larger view. I’m trying to set up something where I’ll be able to sell them online.  I know they’re grainy, they were taken on my phone (I seem to keep forgetting to take my camera), but I hope you enjoy their creepieness!

A Paranormal Library – Discovering the Mysteries of Ancient America

I would like to preface my review by stating that I have purchased all the books I review for the public.  I am in no way being paid for my reviews, but I am sharing my favorite paranormal books for your reading pleasure.  The opinions expressed in these books do not always reflect my own personal opinion, but I do find these topics fascinating.  Your purchases of these books do not monetarily benefit me, nor do I gain points with your readership or purchase.  I am sure, however, that the authors do enjoy your patronage.  Happy reading Dreamers!

This disclaimer is in reference of my use of the word “paranormal.”  My use of the word “paranormal” refers to anything that is not normal, be it ghosts, conspiracy theories or aliens.  If the topic is not part of conventional beliefs, then it is paranormal.  So please do not bombard me with comments about how something is or is not paranormal.


Discovering the Mysteries of Ancient America: Lost History and Legends, Unearthed and Explored, by Frank Joseph

Disclaimer: This book is about evidence that has been brought to light in recent years with new technologies that discuss the possible influence of Old World (Ancient European and Asian) civilizations in the New World (the Americas). Artifacts, bones and carbon dating techniques may have possibly proven that Ancient Greeks, Africans and Asians have, at one point in time, visited and explored the Americas before the Vikings landed in Canada. The book consists of articles that were published in Ancient American Magazine, edited by Frank Joseph. While I do agree with some of the items discussed in the book, I do not agree with most of it.

Frank Joseph is the editor-in-chief for Ancient American Magazine, and has published many books on the subject of ancient civilizations and possible visitors to our shores years before Columbus ever set foot on Bermudan soil. He lives in Wisconsin with his wife and son.

What I liked about this book is that Frank Joseph and the other contributors were not afraid to discuss something that was so “hush hush,” my favorite professor was too afraid to even discuss it in class. This topic is about the fact that Columbus and the Vikings were not the first people from other lands to set foot on American Soil. We were all taught in grade school that Christopher Columbus discovered America after an arduous journey from Spain to America. In recent years (including the textbook I used to teach from), it now states that Vikings had arrived in American long before Christopher Columbus ever thought about the Earth being round. We all accept the Viking theory, mostly because there is specific and hard proof that the Vikings did in fact start settling some of eastern Canada around 1000 CE. Did you know that the Viking theory was scoffed by major Historians until very recently (within the past 40 – 50 years)? The Viking theory was so unpopular due to the fact that there was little to no evidence proving the contrary, but there was evidence…the evidence at the time were considered hoaxes until some scholars delved deeper into the theory and used carbon dating to prove that the Vikings were here before Columbus.

Now, with the invention and the improvement of Carbon Dating, more and more evidence of ancient civilizations are being dated far older than we have previously believed, but modern scholars are denouncing these findings as glitches in the carbon dating process. While I would accept scholars being skeptical of the findings, I do find it hard to believe that after scientifically conducted trial after trial and getting the same results with about a difference of 50 years, it would be hard to not see these findings as astounding, but still there are those in the community who would still call these findings as preposterous.

In any case, the book, Discovering the Mysteries of Ancient America, brings articles that question the reality we have come to be taught and known, and bring evidence that proves this the contrary. In the book, there are several articles that focus on different topics, each showing that at some point in time Ancient Civilizations have visited our esteemed shores.

My first example from the book is what we have come to know as Vinland. This is the supposed area in Canada that has the oldest evidence of a Viking settlement and was referenced in many Norse sagas and maps. Basically, this is the fabled area that the Vikings established a small colony on escapades into the Atlantic. While we now accept the fact that Vikings did “discover” America before Columbus, there may be more evidence to prove that they may have settled farther south than originally perceived. This evidence may be in the form of a cat, and not just any cat the Maine Coon Cat.

The Maine Coon Cat is considered one of the larger domestic cat breeds (domestic, I mean a cat that has had a larger wild cat in them, but you can’t trace their bloodline through the members of their family like you can with the Savannah) and a long time resident of what is now the United States of America. The Maine Coon Cat’s history has always been a mystery to the animal scholars, since cats the size of domestic cats were not known on this side of the world and the Main Coon’s markings are unique as well. After a genetic study was performed on the Maine Coon Cat, it was discovered that the Main Coons have a genetic tie to a domesticated, though extinct breed of cat, and the Norwegian Forest Cat. The Forest Cat was brought to our continent from Scandinavia around 1,000 years ago. What is more striking is that the vast majority of the Maine Coon population is centered in Maine, which means that the settlement in L’Ans aux Meadows was not the only Viking colony. This implies that Vinland, the mysterious area that the Vikings had named and searched for was in Maine after all.

We don’t have to stop at the Vikings either, we can explore older civilizations’ marks on American soil. In another article, there were bones of an Irishman carbon dated in 2001 and the findings were said to be around 1,292 +/- 40 years Before Present, in other words, he existed around 710 A.D. +/- 40 years.

The discovery was made in Wyoming County, West Virginia, in a rock shelter, and this area is also controversial for the fact that non-indigenous pre-modern inscriptions on the wall of the rock shelter. The skull of the skeleton was found to be brachycephalic of an adult male, or a “round head” which implies possible European origins. Now to make it even more astounding, just a paragraph earlier, I stated that the bones were dated to be around 710 A.D. +/- 40 years! A European that is NOT from Scandinavia in a cave in America. A significant find considering this is probably the earliest a European has ever visited North America.

In the same area of West Virginia, in the same area as the rock cave where this man was found, petroglyphs were discovered that resembled those used by the Norse during the European Dark ages. Upon further examination, the writings were found to be Ogam, an alphabet used in the British Isles by the Irish, Scottish and Welsh. This discovery connects stories to St. Brendan, the sixth century cleric who supposedly set out with a crew of monks across the North Atlantic. Ogam, the language on the rock faces, is commonly used on the corner edges of tombstones in Ireland, and not rock formations.

There are other examples stated in the book, but I’ll let you discover those for yourselves. Like I said, this book helped answer one of the large poking questions I had from college, “Why do some of the rock carvings of Olmec society look more African than those who lived in Pre-Columbian Mexico?” What is worse is that I never once got a specific answer, because of the fact that I was approaching a sensitive subject.

What gets me, if we do have carbon dating proving that there were people who came to American before the Vikings, then how come is it so hard for modern academics not to accept the findings? Maybe because Modern scientific thought is too rigid for other explanations.

Finally, I had noticed in my own personal research, legends and gods who mimic those of other lands and cultures. While I tried to approach the subject with my Cultural Anthropology teacher (I was a Latin American History Major), he just dismissed my findings and questions and sent me on my way. I felt a bit burned, since my major was based on a major study and thesis, but I was glad that he turned me away, due to the fact that if I had presented my findings at the symposium, I probably would have been laughed off the podium.  In any case, I was glad I got this book, mostly because those findings I found were not invalid, but possibly something larger than I thought to have known.  I’m not too sure if the findings I found were correct, or if all the findings in the book are true, it may just be possible that there is something out there that we do not know, and we are not giving our ancestors credit to what they could have possibly done.

Do you believe that there were people here in America before the Vikings?

 

Photography Wednesday – 6

This is the newest edition to the menagerie of birds that frequent our feeder.  He’s a brand new baby Cardnial…I know he doesn’t look like a baby, but he is, his parents were not too far away, keeping a weary eye out for the monster that is my cat.  I am worried about him though, he’s not afraid of us humans.

A Paranormal Library – Darkness on the Edge of Town Paranormal Radio Show

I would like to preface my review by stating that I have purchased all the books I review for the public.  I am in no way being paid for my reviews, but I am sharing my favorite paranormal books for your reading pleasure.  The opinions expressed in these books do not always reflect my own personal opinion, but I do find these topics fascinating.  Your purchases of these books do not monetarily benefit me, nor do I gain points with your readership or purchase.  I am sure, however, that the authors do enjoy your patronage.  Happy reading Dreamers!

This disclaimer is in reference of my use of the word “paranormal.”  My use of the word “paranormal” refers to anything that is not normal, be it ghosts, conspiracy theories or aliens.  If the topic is not part of conventional beliefs, then it is paranormal.  So please do not bombard me with comments about how something is or is not paranormal.

Darkness on the Edge of Town Paranormal Radio Show

I first heard of Darkness Radio while I was enjoying a new episode of Jim Harold’s Campfire.  Darkness Radio Host Dave Schrader was on an episode of Jim Harold’s Campfire recounting a personal ghost experiences.  While I can’t recall (OR FIND) the episode in which he was featured in, I do know that it sparked an interest in this new radio show.

Darkness Radio was started in January 2006, and the show discusses all types of topics regarding the paranormal. In the short time I’ve been listening to the show, the topics discussed have ranged from Men In Black, Cryptozoology, the destiny of a Sociopath, How to create a better spiritual self, personal ghost accounts from people who have published books, Psychic readings and a break down of what really went on in the Amityville house.  What has been very interesting topic they’ve been discussing in the relatively recent events of Caylee Anthony’s death, was what happens to a sociopath after they die, and other real life cases in which Medium/ Psychic Attorney Mark Anthony discusses his own readings regarding several sociopaths who crossed over. One interesting topic that has been discussed on Darkness Radio is a study from listeners and guests alike who have had an experience with the Black Eyed Kids.

Darkness Radio hosts are Dave Schrader, Mallie Fox and Producer Tim Dennis, or Timmy D if you catch them on a Friday where Paranormal News is the day’s topic.  Dave is the main host and executive producer of Darkness Radio while he also hosts darkness events, contributes to TAPS ParaMagazine, co-authored The Other Side, 2009, lectured in conferences around the world regarding the paranormal, has been featured on tv shows such as Paranormal State and Ghost Adventures, and is the Head Judged on Travel Channel’s Paranormal Challenge.  Mallie Fox is the co hostess of the show, where she gives insight on topics and is an all around dear when it comes to the show, while Tim Dennis is an old friend of Dave’s whose skeptic beliefs keeps the guests on their toes.  Due to the close-knit ties each host has with one another, the show has this family feeling that one can “feel” when listening to the show.  This approach makes the guests feel comfortable and feel like they can joke around with the hosts and make a serious topic feel less serious, but keep the tone of the topic.

Now, every Friday, the Darkness Radio crew holds a Paranormal News night in which strange Paranormal accounts are read to the audience.  The crew jokes about some of these accounts, and there are at times I’m laughing hysterically in the car due to the crazy antics these guys get themselves into.  Some listeners really do not like Paranormal News night due to the fact that Paranormal News should be taken seriously.  I’m sorry though, another sighting of Jesus on a Wal-Mart receipt and the proud owners of said receipt are so backwaters hick that I can’t understand a word they say will prompt me into a hysterical bout of laughter.  It’s just that funny. Which is why I get where the Darkness Radio crew is coming from.  There are stories that are reported that are so out there, you can’t help but laugh, and sometimes we do need laughter in the world.

There is an archive you can listen to on all the past Darkness Radio shows that have aired, but there is one small problem, the shows won’t download…at least not until March of 2011 on a show that has been going on since January of 2006.  Honestly though, this mishap really doesn’t bother me at all, that’s just too much Darkness Radio to listen to on my already short schedule frame, but you do get the feel for the show starting from March 2011.  I honestly cannot get enough of this show, the hosts are HI-Larious, and they do bring on wonderful guests.  In fact I’m searching for my next book to review from one of the guests that was featured on both Darkness Radio and The Paranormal Podcast (which reset it’s RSS Feed to January of this year!!! I’m not done with 2011 yet!!).

As I mentioned earlier, the show has been conducting a study on the Black Eyed Kids Phenomena (BEK) that has been around for several years.  Through this study Dave, Mallie and Tim allow people to discuss their own personal events regarding this phenomena and allow their guests to describe their own personal experiences.  Now, I have heard of this phenomena before, and this topic has always creeped me out for several reasons, and I’ll get to those later.

The BEKs were first INTERNET noted on the internet by a man named Brian Bethel on January 16, 1998.  His story began when two boys had approached his car and asked for a ride.  Not phased by the request, since he did live in an area where one did not have to worry about such requests going bad, he had no qualms in letting the boys in the car.  They looked like normal kids with olive skin, dark hair and somewhat stylish for the times.  The boys explained further that they were on their way to a movie and forgot their money at home, and didn’t feel like making the walk back to their home, Brian was about to let them in when he had a strange feeling come over him.  Listening to this “feeling” he looked up once more at the boys and noticed that their eyes were  completely black.  Freaking out, Brian left, while the boys chased his car for a bit.

The BEKs are children, some are reported as young as 9 or 10 and as old as 15 or 16, I have heard of reports in which the BEKs are older teenagers, but those accounts just don’t seem as likely.  ANYWAY, all the reports are almost the same, people hearing children outside the home crying or laughing, and then the children knock on the door or a window asking to be let in. Some people look through their peep-holes or out the windows and see some young children at their doorstep.  The children ask again to be let in and that is usually when the person sees that something is wrong with the child.  The clothes are either super stylish or slightly outdated, outdated in a sense that a girl is wearing a Victorian child’s dress with modern tights.  And while the person is deciding to let in the children, they notice something even more strange, the child’s eyes are completely black and they refuse to let the child in.

No one really knows who these children are, and there have been no reports of someone letting the child into their home and what has happened afterwards.  One thing has remained consistent in all these BEK reports, they cannot come into the house, that is until I started listening to Darkness Radio.  There was one caller who told the show that she had woken up from being sound asleep with the feeling that she was being watched, and when she looked over on her side of the bed, she could see three children with dark eyes staring at her IN HER OWN BEDROOM!!!  The one in the middle (the boy, he was with two girls) told her that he just wanted to watch her sleep, and when she woke up in the morning they were gone!  Another was a caller who was recounting a story that had happened to his mother when she lived in Korea during the war.  She was a light sleeper and had woken up from being asleep to see the door adjacent to the family bedroom was open (this door led to the outside of the house) and there was a boy standing just out of the doorway, the boy was her brother, and he was motioning for her to come outside with him.  Knowing it was her brother she started walking towards the door, and tripped over something and cut her knee pretty bad, when she went to look at what she tripped over, she realized it was her brother sound asleep on the floor! She looked back up at the other brother and noticed that his eyes were silver in the moonlight and he was motioning very angrily to her to come outside and she flipped out and ran back under the covers next to her mother.  She then heard the footsteps coming closer to her and her mother and started to feel its hands trying to reach for her.  It didn’t stop until her mother woke up and asked the girl, who was in shock what had happened.  The family was told the story and they stayed up for the rest of the night praying, feeling that it was one of the deceased siblings who wanted to take the girl with him.  Either way, it shocked me that there were two instances in which BEKs were able to get into the house!!

Here’s a strange account as I was writing this blog post, it wasn’t about the one I was going to mention earlier, I SWEAR IT!, but it is something that just happened.  As I was writing the history of the blog post, I was sitting on my downstairs couch with my two dogs and my sister’s kitten sleeping soundly next to me.  My cat was upstairs with my parents and my sister was out with a friend.  So as I was typing this post, I heard someone or something knocking on the two downstairs windows.  Now these aren’t just some regular window, they’re two HUGE picture windows that sit right next to each other with the porch door in the middle of them.  BOTH those windows, which are over 6 feet apart were KNOCKING!! Not just one knock, but a series of knocks that sounded like two people knocking as if needing to be let in, kind of like an emergency knock.  I don’t know how to explain the knocking but it sounded urgent.  I didn’t move when I heard the knocking, but the dogs and kitten sure did, all three running to the windows to check out the sound.  Thinking it was a prank played by my sister I called her, and sure enough she was still at Big Texas with her friend Scott.  My parents didn’t hear the knocking nor the barking that started shortly thereafter.  I got my baseball bat, and went to the windows, opened each one flicking the light on and saw nothing, opened the short window on the back door and heard nothing, the air was SILENT, we usually have some late night doves cooing in the dark, and an owl lives in the tree behind our house who is usually Whooo-ing up a storm at this time of night, but NO! NO SOUND AT ALL.  Really strange right?  Maybe I’m going crazy…I don’t know!  I’m calling it hail and leaving it at that since we’re supposed to be getting a big storm tonight, even though the storm is nowhere near the outskirts of Houston, let alone the NW side of Houston.

If you have any Black Eyed Kids stories to share, please do! I’d love to figure out what the hell these things are!  Or what is your opinion regarding the BEKs, some say it’s just an internet hoax.

Go to paranormal.about.com for some other information on BEKs

Photography Wednesday – 5

It All Started with a Drawing #2

Rosary: n. A set of prayers common in the Roman Catholic Church, said during meditation on events in the lives of Jesus and Mary, the mother of Jesus.  A rosary is also the string of beads that the worshiper uses to count the prayers. From dictionary.com

I guess its no surprise to most who read this blog that I like to work with my hands.  Its something I find very cathartic, and use my “skills” to help relieve stress from the day.  One of my most favorite hobbies is to create jewelry.  I’m not the greatest jewelry maker in the world, but I do like to test my skills by creating things I see in my head.  Right now, I’m looking for some thin but good quality black and white PVC fabric (I may use canvas as a cheaper alternative for now) to create a cuff bracelet idea that you can alternate between the colors.  I don’t know if it’ll work, but I did get the idea from a post on these wonderful shoes Nubby Twiglet wore.

Anyway, I do like to create different types of jewelry, but what introduced me to the whole jewelry making idea was something I had hanging on my wall since my 15th birthday…a rosary.  One night, not feeling well, I was lying on my bed looking at my rosaries, they were swaying in the breeze created by my fan when I noticed something…they were handmade!  Not only handmade but they were made using tools and supplies I could find at Hobby Lobby!  Off to the internets I went, doing research on how I could create something that has given me comfort for a long while.  So once the research was done, and my shift at Hobby Lobby started the next day, I went and got 59 beads, a package of 100 silver plated brass eye pins, some cheap-o Hobby Lobby brand mini tool set (I DO NOT RECOMMEND THESE) and went to work.  After about three days of trial and error, I had come out with my first rosary, pictured in the Photography Challeng Day 20 – Bokeh.  I’m still very proud of my rosary, because I had offers to purchase it for someone’s use, but sadly, I did not take them on that offer, the rosary is kind of like a store’s first dollar bill, it is something to display, not to be put back in the till for later use.

Anyway, at Christmas, my cousin had told us that she decided to go ahead and have a Quinceñera.  While we were excited, I knew that the daunting task of being the madrina of the rosary fell to me.  Right then and there I KNEW this wouldn’t be an ordinary Rosary.

  • A good description of a Mexican styled Quinceñera can be found here at Wikipedia.
  • A good example of being a Padrino/Madrina can be found here at Yahoo Answers.

So to repeat a phrase that has been used in my blog before, “it all started with a drawing.” and below is a sketch I made when I found out that her Quinceñera was going to have a star and spring theme with her chosen color as purple.

When I decided to work on her rosary, I knew I wanted to use flower and star beads as part of the design, since this was a special day; I wanted to incorporate her theme into her design.  The flowers represent springtime and I originally wanted to do pastel pinks, oranges, blues, greens and purples to represent the theme of spring and use purple stars in the mix, but once I looked at that price! I had to go back to the drawing board (in total I was going to be using 112 beads!!!).  So I settled on her color purple: purple flowers, and purple stars.  The 53 flowers are the Hail Mary prayer beads, and the stars are the Our Father prayer/ Mystery meditation beads.   Now, I did want to use gunmetal or dark green findings but I couldn’t find colors that fit and those findings were more expensive than the ones I normally use so I decided to use silver findings instead.

Each rosary now takes me about an hour or two, depending on what I’m doing at that moment and if I have all my supplies.  With this rosary, it took me about an hour and a half, most of it done at school on my off period. The chain is usually the hardest to find, especially when you have a design in mind, but sometimes you have to make do with what you can get.

When I design rosaries, I design them with the person in mind, their personalities, their likes and dislikes, and usually have the people I’m making the rosary for choose the color they want in the beads to be.  I’ve been through dozens of rosaries in my lifetime, mostly because they were plastic beads on thin twine that broke after the first use.  When I went to design the rosaries, I wanted to make sure I use beads that will not fall apart, or use findings that will bend and brake after some use. I just hope my cousin Lizzie likes her rosary.

Don’t know how to pray the rosary? Go here for help!