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Marie-Fanchon Nezat

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I am a "newly minted" senior citizen, a Southerner, a Cajun, living in Exile in the Pacific Northwest. I am owned by a snooty little Persian cat named Chickie Roo, who rules my life with a velvet glove. My husband, Nathan, is the sweetest, most unassuming guy in the world who just sort of rolls with the punchesand puts up with my crazy sense of humor and irreverence. I needed to replace a rosary which was lost, and which meant the world to me, and I was bitterly disappointed in the rosaries available on the market locally, so I tried searching the Internet for one. I stumbled across Robert's Heirloom Rosaries and fell in love, but alas, they were out of my budget. Then I found the Rosary Maker's Guide and I thought - why not - I can make one! And here I am.

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Reply Marie-Fanchon Nezat
2:13 PM on August 11, 2012 
This started because of Hurricane Katrina. When we evacuated, it was such a mess, and I inadvertenly left my beautiful old Hillmark Rosary (those of you from Texas will probably know what I'm talking about) laying on the bedside table. Of course, when we got back into New Orleans 9 weeks later, it was gone. It broke my heart because my late father, Remy Nezat had worked a second job to buy that Rosary for me when I was a little girl. I have looked and looked for another rosary of the same quality and style (Sterling, double capped, red glass beads, ornate crucifix and medal) to no avail. I have been bitterly disappointed in what is available on the commercial market. An aquaintance suggested looking on the Internet and I stumbled across Robert's Heirloom Rosaries. Wow, I fell in love! Huh, can you spet c-o-v-e-t? Alas, as a senoir citizen on a fixed income, they were out of my league. Then, I found the Rosary Maker's Guide, with it's instructions for wire-wrapping, which Robert apparently wrote, and I thought "Ha! I can do this!" Oh, right. So I rushed out and bought soem cheap aluminum wire and a BIG bag of uglay plastic beads and started to practice.

Oy vey, do I have some serious penence to do. My husband says that I found swear words even he didn't know :-) BUT, 100 beads later, I can actually DO this!

I decided to do something small for my first project, so I made a Tenner for my husband. I used pewter wire and a pewter Mariner's Crucifix coupled with a small pewter Stella Maris medal (Mary, Star of the Sea, invoked against hurricanes and other peril at sea), a large turquoise bead fot eh Our Father, and smaller sandstone beads in beigy-brown for the Aves. I finished the "til" with a small stringer of six little pewter fish and a tiny pewter fish hook. (My husband is an avid amateur fisherman and often says his rosary out in the solitude of his little boat in the Sound or on one of the lakes, rivers around here). To say that he is delighted with this tenner is something of an understatement. He shows it to anyone he can get to stand still for 10 seconds. I haven't seen him this excited about anything since I gave him a set of electric trains when he turned 50, LOL.

I am now beginning to make the Rosary I have longed for to replace my tresure childhood rosary. I am using white mother of pearl beads for the Aves, Larger deep claret colored beads for the Our Fathers, with small mossy green jade beads, freshwater seed pearls and tiny wine-colored Swaroski bicones and small sterling spaces beads that look like little clusters of grapes and as Robert so succinctly put it on one of his photos, will be "dripping" in silver. I found a sterling crucifix and center medal which are trimmed in grape vines and clusters of grapes online. My husband laughingly refers to this project as the Our Lady of the Grappa rosary. :-)

I sincerely hope I do not offend anyone with my slightly irreverent sense of humor -- I firmly believe that God has a sense of humor - look at zebras and giraffes and skunks and porcupines and the people who populate this earth and tell me He doesn't have one.....if I have offended anyone, then let me offer a sincere mea culpa.

My blessing and prayer for all of you who so selflessly make rosaries for the poor and for missions.

And my deepest thanks and gratitude to Robert of Robert's Heirloom Rosaries who worte the wonderful guide for wire wrapping technique that's posted on this web-site, and who wasn't the least offended that I wanted to copy his style to make a rosary and gave me unbelieveable help to accomplish this. Robert, if you are ever in the Pacific Northwest, just email me and you have a homecooked Cajun meal waiting for you!

Sincerely, Marie-Fanchon Nezat