I love to support small family businesses. And I love heirloom-quality, vintage-inspired rosaries. Put ’em together and you get FaithBeads–beautiful rosaries and jewelry made by a Catholic mama in her at-home business.
The artist behind FaithBeads is Erin Heller, Catholic homeschooling mama of three. Erin converted from agnosticism 10 years ago before marrying her husband, a cradle Catholic. They both experienced a renewal of commitment to their faith after visiting The Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help in Champion, WI 3.5 years ago.
Erin was drawn to the beauty of rosaries even before she began praying the Rosary. She loves to use vintage pieces and reproductions of antique medals and the result is stunning.
She strings all her pieces together by hand (sometimes her husband helps, too!) after getting her kids to bed.
I’ve been wearing this exquisite rosary bracelet with a miraculous medal, crucifix, and toggle clasp. Erin wasn’t kidding when she described it on the Etsy site as “durable.” Don’t be fooled by it’s delicate look, it has survived THE TODDLER TEST (AKA life in the Stewart home for several days). It’s flexible, but super sturdy.
And I just learned about sacrifice beads this Lent! I love these wooden ones with a St. Therese medal.
And now that I have you drooling over Erin’s lovely work, here comes the exciting part:
FaithBeads is giving away one piece to a lucky Carrots reader: the Three Hail Marys Devotion Chaplet in Bronze and Pink Glass
It has gorgeous light-rose premium Czech glass turbine beads and features a beautifully detailed Marian medal with a cut-out floral border, as well as a floral-design crucifix.
To enter the giveaway visit FaithBeads and leave a comment on this post sharing your favorite item in the FaithBeads Etsy shop.
Visit the FaithBeads FB page and then leave an additional comment saying you did.
Pin your favorite FaithBeads item to one of your pinterest boards and leave an additional comment saying you did.
Giveaway is open to U.S. and international readers. Giveaway ends Thursday, March 26th at midnight EST. Winner will be chosen by random number generator.