After I'd started making jewelry and getting into beading, I ran across a store that sold rosary parts: crucifixes and center medals. That seemed to flip a switch inside of me. A Catholic since birth, I'd owned quite a few rosaries, from the First Communion rosary given to me as a token of that sacrament to the rosary with a Celtic cross and green beads etched with shamrocks I bought as a symbol of part of my ancestral heritage. But the idea that I, a common person with no aspirations to sainthood, could actually make a rosary...it was an amazing thought.
The first I made used red polymer clay beads for the paternoster ("Our Father") beads. I'd used ivory colored glass pearls for the Hail Mary beads, and the combination was quite lovely. When I showed it to my mother and asked her if she'd like me to make a rosary for her, she had a request. She has a devotion to St. Therese of Lisieux, known also as "The Little Flower." Miracles ascribed to her are said to be accompanied by roses or their scent. Wanting to make my mother happy, I looked around and found a center medal with a color image of St. Therese holding an armload of roses, and a pewter crucifix embellished with a band of roses. Mom was delighted with her St. Therese rosary and loved to show it off to her friends, bragging that her daughter had made it for her. That led to other people wanting one for themselves, and my adding it to my Etsy store.
After a while, it seemed better for me to split the rosaries and the jewelry into two stores. When I wanted a name for the new store, I looked backward to my family roots. My great great grandmother, Emma V. C. Llewellyn, had written a book of religious poetry in 1875, with the title "Heavenly Dews." I thought there was no more fitting name to give to my "heavenly" store.
Here is the St. Therese rosary. My last two were bought this weekend, so it's time for me get back to work on making more.