Sunday, August 25, 2013

Update from Lirio and Her Jewelry Making Trip to Columbia

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This post is an update from Lirio, who spent 14 days in Columbia on a mission conducting jewelry making workshops for women and their daughters.  You can read her story on the June 11, 2013 posting.

Here Lirio relates how the trip went, and some of her experiences.  She said found one of the hardest things was "working with and finding beauty in those who are homeless and who have drug addiction problems. Many of them have not heard her testimony but it aligns with a family background of destruction, drug addictions and poverty and so she tried to steer away from the of reality it all by not serving in these areas…. but she could not “hide” from it all this time around. She was brought face to face with it and it hit home, reminding her of her past, of the lifestyle she watched her parents live, of the environments she was put in, of the many times she blamed God for the circumstances her family was living in… man it was hard. But HIS plans are so far greater than her own." 

Lirio originally made arrangements to work with 20 women who have made the decision to leave the lifestyle of prostitution, and wanted to live a life that was Christ-centered and make make jewelry with them. Little did she know that God had much bigger plans.  She ended up working with 35 women who are still very active as prostitutes and their daughter’s, which was not an easy task to say in the least.  All she had to hold onto during the jewelry workshop was Jeremiah 29:11.  All she could do was stand firm in God’s truth and know that I know that the LORD knows the plans He has for her.

Before the workshop was finished, many of the women provided their names and contact information so they could stay in touch. As a result of the workshop that Lirio put together, the church wanted to actively get involved and serve these women in such a way that once again verified that God’s plans are ALWAYS much bigger than our own.

News came two days after the workshop that two of the women she worked with made the choice to live a life that was honorable to the LORD! Hallelujah!!

Lirio has been asked by the church to work beside them and assist them in the organization of this project and to come back to Colombia in October 2013 for a Pastoral Conference, and to share what is taking place with the other churches, with hopes that they will grab on to what God is orchestrating with the women who are walking the streets, broken and in dire need of love!

Lirio was blessed to fall in love with Alejandro who was a heroin addict who found his salvation in her speaking to him with rough love. She was able to tell her story and pray over him like she had never done before and again simply fall in love with those who the world tends to shun and turn their backs on.  It was amazing!  God is good!

So what is next for Lirio?

Lirio is raising funds for her trip to Columbia in October 2013, and is in need of $800 for the trip. She will be going in- depth on organizing the project being put together for the prostitutes.  Praise be to God that the cost is far more less than amount needed in the summer season.  She also has plans to return in June 2014.

Here's how you can help:

1. If you want to make a donation for the missionary trip Colombia by going to Lirio’s fundraising page at, where you can make a donation through PayPal. 

2. Use your social media to spread the word.  Let your friends know about Lirio and her ministry.  She has a Facebook page at where she posts almost daily and shares her work, events and outreaches. Like her on Facebook, and tell your friends, family and anyone else about her work; tweets or any other social media exposure is appreciated too.

3. Selling her jewelry is Lirio’s only means of sustaining both herself and her family. When you purchase her jewelry, it allows her to focus on the ministry. You may purchase a piece she has already created or you can order a custom-made piece. Email her either through the Facebook page or through her personal email address  Her webpage is

4. If you are a jewelry maker, and want to donate supplies, Lirio is looking for wire, jump rings, toggles or ring clasps for finishing pieces, or any cool bead findings.  Contact her for additional information at for more information.


Thursday, August 22, 2013

Baltimore Blue Moon

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Yesterday morning on my way to work, I heard we had a "Blue Moon." That means that this large, very round and bright moon is the second full moon to occur in a single calendar month. 

I whipped out my phone and took the photo below. The moon is nestled between a couple of evergreen trees. The photo does not capture the brightness and clearness of the moon. I wish that I had my camera with me so that I could take a better photo.

Even though it was still dark outside, I was surprised to see the blueness of the sky in the photo. The blue sky with the crisp whiteness of the moon inspires me to combine blue and white for a necklace and earring set. I'm going to check my bead boxes and see what beads I have in blue and white and see what I can come up with.

You'll have to wait awhile to see the next Blue Moon. It won't happen until July 2015.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Colorful Glass Beaded Stretch Bracelets

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There's something about the summertime that makes me think of bright colors and wearing bracelets since they can be shown off so nicely with short sleeves.  I recently made several bracelets with big chunky glass beads, most measuring 3/4 of an inch, so they really make a statement.
Glass Bead Stretch Bracelets by CatjuHandmadeJewelry
There are ruffled beads, swirled lentils, leaves, stars, squares, hearts and even a seashell.  Don't they just look like candy?

Purple, Lime Green and Blue Glass Bead Bracelets
The topaz gold beads in two of the bracelets have a lovely color and mixed with the purple are an interesting combination.
Chunky Glass Beaded Stretch Bracelets
Stretch bracelets are very easy to make and effortless to put on and take off your wrist.