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The following sites are some of our favorites. Please let us know if the links don't connect.

http://www.rosaryshop.com - A site devoted to the creation of rosaries. Our rosaries are shown in "The Rosary Guild" page.

http://www.scborromeo.org/patron_s.htm - Patron Saints

http://www.dayspring.com/ - Gifts and free e-cards "from the soul"

 

 

January: Garnet or Rose Quartz (dark red)
February: Amethyst or Onyx (purple)
March: Aquamarine or Bloodstone (pale blue)
April: Diamond or Rock Crystal (Quartz) (colorless)
May: Emerald or Chrysoprase (bright green or pale green)
June: Alexandrite or Moonstone or Pearl (cream)
July: Ruby or Carnelian (red)
August: Peridot or Sardonyx (pale green or brown/white)
September: Sapphire or Lapis (pale to deep blue)
October: Opal or Tourmaline (variegated)
November: Topaz or Citrine (yellow)
December: Zircon or Turquoise (sky blue)

Semi-Precious Stones

Some people associate different stones with certain powers - powers for healing, for happiness, for inspiration, prosperity, wealth, love and many other powers. Below is a list of various semi-precious stones and their meanings. Let us know if you would like your special rosary (either the Aves or the Paters, or both) to be made of any of these stones.

AGATE - The name agate is derived from the Sicilian river, Achates, where agates were probably found in antiquity. Wear multicolored agates for additional strength to carry out your goals.
AMETHYST - Develops inner powers and inner senses. Healing stone - alleviates mental stress, enhances the meditative state, creates pure thoughts, spiritual insight, relaxation, and higher values.
AVENTURINE - Increases visionary powers, intuition, and perception. A stone of opportunity and good luck. Creates a stabilizing effect.
BLUE LACE AGATE - Calms the mind, allows higher states of consciousness, and balances psychic centers. Aids in depression, despair, stubbornness, and emotions.
CARNELIAN - Good for people who are absent minded or confused. Stimulates energy, physical power, and courage.
CITRINE - Expands mental clarity. Increases physical and material power. Elimination of toxins from the body.
GARNET - Draws out negativity and increases well being. Brings circulation to normal, purifies, and balances thyroid disorders.
HEMATITE - Works as a shield of armor for any person or thing. Dissolves negative energy. Decreases inflammation.
JASPER - Stabilizes emotions, reduces fears and insecurities. Enables you to work with heavy negativity.
LAPIS - Strengthens intelligence and wisdom. Mental clarity and emotional healing. Illumination of the mind, mental endurance, purifying and healing properties, insight, good judgment and psychic abilities.
MOONSTONE - Opens up psychic potential. Assists in physical, emotional, and hormonal balance. Calms and balances emotional situations.
NEW JADE - (Serpentine) - Traveler's protection stone. Good relocation stone when you are moving. Protector for personal belongings in your home.
OBSIDIAN - Emotional security and peace. Provides protection for the supersensitive. Will help prevent emotional draining from others.
ONYX - Protection from negativity. Receives and holds vibrations both good and bad.
PEARL - Stimulates femininity and helps with self-acceptance.
PERIDOT - Clear seeing, problem solving, healer of the spirit and physical body. Protection from nervousness in front of others (stage fright); fearlessness and strong will. Cleanses bruised egos, and hurt feelings.
QUARTZ, CRYSTAL - A receiver, amplifier, conductor and generator of energy. Used for meditation, transformation, stability, knowledge, protection, healing, and enlightenment. General good health and balance.
QUARTZ, ROSE - The ability to give and receive love. All matters dealing with love, affection, compassion, and kindness. Relaxation, inner peace and tranquility.
QUARTZ, SMOKY - Endurance, fatigue, and depression. Enables you to follow through with your highest hopes and aspirations. Abstract thoughts and messages put to practical use.
RHODONITE - Restores physical energy, raises self-worth, gives an aura of elegance, self-confidence, and self-esteem.
TIGER-EYE - Decision making, creativity, and inner strength.
TURQUOISE - Mental relaxation, stress reduction, confidence, atonement, and physical balance. Attracts abundance and prosperity. Lungs and respiratory system.

When the Martinez family gathers for family dinners, men are in the living room, women in the kitchen, children wherever they can garner attention or gather tidbits of meaty gossip. Three women, brought together by marrying into the extended family, gather in a corner to share comfort and support in a sorority known as SILK - the Sisters-in-Law Klub. Julia, Ellie, and Louise Martinez face the challenges of marriage, career, death, and family honor through a series of "SILK" meetings held at their homes and during Martinez family parties - gatherings that are steeped in a rich mixture of Hispanic and American culture.

As she faces a terminal illness, Ellie's faith is strengthened through dreams, the support of her husband and her SILK friends, and the traditions of the northern New Mexican Hispanic culture. At the same time, Louise unwittingly stokes the flames of an affair that rocks her own family and threatens the stability of the entire Martinez family. Julia, an immigrant and businesswoman, serves as the anchor for SILK, offering her shop as a central meeting place and her shoulder for strength. Ellie's death affords an opportunity for new beginnings in the lives of the SILK sisterhood and their own daughters.

This is life in contemporary northern New Mexico: a mixture of the old and new values and traditions of three cultures - Spanish, American, and Native American - with the impact of old and new spirituality.

Author's note: This is my first novel. I believe that I was divinely guided throughout the writing with dreams, images, and introduction to special people who helped bring the novel to life. My spirituality was strengthened in the process; I began making rosaries during this time, and Santa Fe Crafts and Gifts was born as a result. The Sisters-In-Law Klub is not being mass-marketed - I have no publisher. You have found it on this site, and that's how it should be.

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