I’ve never seen anything like it. (More pictures here.) Very kid-friendly, ideal for Mass, but not cutesy or sentimental, like so many religious goods for kids — and it would make a beautiful devotional display for adults, too.
I wanted to spread the word about her gorgeous icon book — and then it occurred to me that there are lots of other Catholic crafters and artisans out there who have lovely goods for sale. So I put out a quick request, and the result is this little feature.
First, check out Elisa’s shop, Door Number 9, where she sells a wide variety of quirky, geekish handmade items, along with little oratories and contemporary styled religious jewelry, at her Etsy shop, Door Number 9. We have a few of her products and love them. Elisa graciously used my name, SIMCHA, as a coupon code for my readers, for 15% off a $25 purchase or more. It expires Easter Sunday, March 27.
If you have handmade religious goods for sale, feel free to add a link to your shop in the comments!
PLEASE NOTE: Many, but not all, of these sellers can ship before Easter. PLEASE check the delivery details on the individual pages, especially if you are ordering a custom-made item.
Also for sale: Communion veils and knit and sewn infinity scarves.
Bumblebee Bonnets: ADORABLE. Handmade bonnets for babies age newborn to 36 months.
Bumblebee Bonnets can deliver by Easter. Check out the selection of fabrics available now, and see the most lovely bonnet model in the world.
You’ve probably seen the cheeky ads for Catholic Beard Balm, featuring a quote from St. Augustine, “Catholic Saint and Beard Enthusiast.” Beard Balm which is made in small batches and comes in a variety of “Catholic aromas” like chrism and incense — and you can buy combination packs like “Crusader” or “Zealot” (tee hee). A portion of proceeds goes to go to support the ministry work of ProjectYM.
The Catholic Balm Company also makes Little Flower Lip Balm, in rose, mint, and citrus scents.
These aren’t actually handmade, but what the heck, who wouldn’t want a Papal flag for a buck? (That’s a special price – limit one $1 decal per household). Peter’s Mark also offers Catholic T-shirts and other clothing, infinity scarf veils, handmade rosaries, and more. Every purchase from Peters Mark benefits a Catholic ministry.
They also offer notecards featuring Charles’ splendid icons.
I featured a bit of the joyful work of Matthew Alderman just after Christmas. All of Alderman’s work is fresh and striking! I love this image of St. Agnes:
Anyone who follows my blog knows that I’m hopelessly devoted to the lovingly handmade cold process soap by my dear friend Robin. Robin is on hiatus for the moment, but her store still has plenty of gorgeous, fragrant soaps for sale in many varieties. Here’s my family’s favorite: just plain goatmilk
Wonderful for dry skin, very gentle and dense. Robin also has some sweet flower-shaped soaps for sale, along with a variety of beautiful and aromatic hand-cut bars.
Another option for handmade soap: Clean River Products. Christine Lyons says: “Our specialty is Chrism Scented Soap.”
“This is a perfect gift for the newly Confirmed, Ordained, or for anyone who would love to be reminded daily of the outpouring of Grace received from the Sacraments. We use only the highest quality essential oils to scent our soaps.”
AND NOW FOR THE ROSARIES!
Every well-appointed Catholic home has a large collection of broken rosary bits. If you’re ready for something that will hold together forever, check out my friend Kyra’s awesome new chainmail-and-hematite rosary.
While I was writing this post, her rosaries sold out, but she is making more!
These rosaries would make excellent First Holy Communion gifts, and more will be listed soon. In the meantime, check out Kyra’s strikingly beautiful and amazingly strong handmade chainmail jewelry at Iron Lace Design.
More custom-made, one-of-a-kind rosaries and chaplets from Allison Kinyon of Rosaries by Allison. There is a huge selection in a wide price range. Here’s one that caught my eye, because I am a sucker for sea glass:
Many lovely and unusual rosaries for sale. Several rosaries are ready to ship in time for Easter.
Another personal favorite: wrap-around rosary bracelets and other goods from Apple and Azalea, handmade and designed by my dear friend Theresa Barger, who lives in Webster, NH. It was hard to choose one to feature, but this swirled red brecciated jasper rosary with jet black glass Our Father beads is especially striking.
This homeschooling mom of seven offers a wide variety of rosaries, chaplets, jewelry, and rosary bracelets, many customizable.
Also available: sturdy knotted cord rosaries.
Et Corde is offering heirloom-quality rosaries and jewelry in many different styles. Here’s a wire-wrapped St. Patrick chaplet made of bronze and aventurine:
Another beautiful choice: The St. Therese of Liseiux Rose Rosary, handcrafted with pink rhodonite and bronze roses.
Shannon Wendt of Oganic Mama’s Shop says: “Everything in my shop ordered before Palm Sunday, can be shipped in time and delivered by Easter!”
I like this chunky rosewood rosary bracelet — a great less-frilly choice for a First Communion gift. Shannon also makes soft, food-grade silicone “Chews Life” rosaries in all colors
because it may look like a rosary to you, but to your baby, it’s an ideal teether. Cute!
Thanks to all the artisans who contributed to this post! If you have handmade religious items for sale, please feel free to leave a link in the comments.
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