Ivanka and Melania Trump Veils at the Vatican.

So, they were at the Vatican last week. Current papacy and presidency and whatever feelings you have regarding those aside, what do you think of the actual veils?

I thought Ivanka's choice was a pretty bold fashion statement. A little gutsy even for a lady who is unaccustomed to veiling. No?  I like the headband.

But Melania, I could've done you better; softer, more romantic! It looks like it was starched or something. It sort of appears to be like a helmet. And she needs to push it back further on the head. Was she trying to prevent it from falling off?  Maybe a sewn-in comb would've been better if she was worried about slippage. For such a beautiful woman, she should be stunning in a mantilla. 

In the end though, I was impressed and thought they showed good form in going the traditional route with modest black clothing and wearing a veil at all. Especially given the things the pope had to say about Donald during the campaign. Nice job, ladies!

How To Make A May Crown

Here's how I made my latest May Crown for the Blessed Mother, 2017.

I started with tiny roses and the purple flowers. I think that small flowers tend to work best. The white ones are artificial. In the past I've found a good quality artificial flower keeps the crown looking fresh throughout the month.


I use the inner part of an embroidery hoop for the frame. It's a good, sturdy and relatively inexpensive option. This one is 6", but you should measure your own statue to see if you need larger or smaller.

A reliable glue gun and a good supply of glue sticks will come in handy.

I use the floral tape and snipper-pliers even more than the glue gun.

I wrap the floral tape around the hoop, entirely covering it.That way the frame won't show through.

Snip the flowers into small clusters. Wrap a small piece of floral tape around each little bunch.

Keep the flowers all facing the same direction. Attach the small floral clusters to the hoop with more floral tape. The floral tape will stick to the hoop and keep the flowers well secured.

The glue gun can be used when the May crown is almost complete. Use it only to fill in a single flower here or there in any empty spaces. Don't over-use the glue gun, because it's easy to turn the whole thing into a stringy mess.

Bring Flowers of the Rarest

Refrain: O Mary we crown thee with blossoms today!
Queen of the Angels and Queen of the May.
O Mary we crown thee with blossoms today,
Queen of the Angels and Queen of the May.

Bring flowers of the rarest
bring blossoms the fairest,
from garden and woodland and hillside and dale;
our full hearts are swelling,
our glad voices telling
the praise of the loveliest flower of the vale!

Their lady they name thee,
Their mistress proclaim thee,
Ah, grant that thy children on earth be as true
as long as the bowers
are radiant with flowers,
as long as the azure shall keep its bright hue

Sing gaily in chorus;
the bright angels o'er us
re-echo the strains we begin upon earth;
their harps are repeating
the notes of our greeting,
for Mary herself is the cause of our mirth

Welcome to My New Sewing Kitchen!

Well, we're settling into our new home. I thought you might like to see my new sewing studio, which funny enough, turns out to be another second floor kitchen, just like my old sewing studio!

It's bright and sunny, which is nice. Here's the little porch which is adjacent to the kitchen.

I believe these cabinets were made by the original owners of the house, who were cabinet makers (above).

My sewing machine and new serger here, along with a laptop (above).

Notice my little friend here at the bottom of the photo (above). He's my constant companion.

Here's my embroidery machine.

The "kitcheny" part of my studio.

Thanks for taking the time to view my little tour. Have a great weekend and God bless!

A Joyous Easter Season to You!

We hope you and your family are having a blessed Easter Season. Christ is Risen!

Artist:  Carl Heinrich Bloch

  'The Resurrection'

A Blessed Holy Week to You.

I hope you'll enjoy this painting (fresco, actually) as much as I do. Christ's Entry into Jerusalem
Jean-Hippolyte Flandrin 1842-1848. Current Location: Church of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Paris

Matthew 21:5
Tell ye the daughter of Sion: Behold thy king cometh to thee, meek, and sitting upon an ass, and a colt the foal of her that is used to the yoke. 

The Triumphal Entry
(Zechariah 9:9-13; Matthew 21:1-11; Mark 11:1-11; John 12:12-19)

28And having said these things, he went before, going up to Jerusalem.

29And it came to pass, when he was come nigh to Bethphage and Bethania, unto the mount called Olivet, he sent two of his disciples, 30Saying: Go into the town which is over against you, at your entering into which you shall find the colt of an ass tied, on which no man ever hath sitten: loose him, and bring him hither. 31And if any man shall ask you: Why do you loose him? you shall say thus unto him: Because the Lord hath need of his service. 32And they that were sent, went their way, and found the colt standing, as he had said unto them. 33And as they were loosing the colt, the owners thereof said to them: Why loose you the colt? 34But they said: Because the Lord hath need of him. 35And they brought him to Jesus. And casting their garments on the colt, they set Jesus thereon. 36And as he went, they spread their clothes underneath in the way. 37And when he was now coming near the descent of mount Olivet, the whole multitude of his disciples began with joy to praise God with a loud voice, for all the mighty works they had seen,

38Saying: Blessed be the king who cometh in the name of the Lord, peace in heaven, and glory on high!

39And some of the Pharisees, from amongst the multitude, said to him: Master, rebuke thy disciples. 40To whom he said: I say to you, that if these shall hold their peace, the stones will cry out.


Here's a super good and spot on commentary on the chapel veiland what it symbolizes. 

"A controversial discipline in the Church today. Where does this teaching come from & why? Is it important for today? For more please visithttp://www.traditionalsermons.com/ & remember to say 3 Hail Marys for the priest."


Jackie Kennedy Onassis has arguably done more for the mantilla chapel veil in the latter half of the 20th century than anyone. Ladies in the Romance countries (Italy, France, Portugal, Spain, Monaco, San Marino, and the Vatican City) wore the mantillas. I have two veils that my mother bought in Rome, one of which she wore at a private Mass with Pope Pius XII. Yes, it's now my treasure!

But I'm told that in the United States, in earlier part of the 20th century, women wore hats and sometimes headscarves to Mass. As a young child do I remember a sea of hats at Mass and I remember being bedazzled with at all the different colors and styles. Hats were seen as classy and elegant head coverings.

Then in the 1960's, pictures of the first lady Jackie wearing mantilla chapel veils to Mass appeared. And that was IT. And that became the latest thing. American ladies began to wear the mantilla. In Catholic schools the little round chapel veils became the standard fair. I just missed the cut off for that, sad to say. By the time I hit grade school, the chapel cap was well on the decline.

So, where are the "Jackie Kennedys" of today? Where are those who inspire other to reverence before the Blessed Sacrament? You are she! It's beautiful ladies like yourself who bring back the reverence through the chapel veil. That's such a sight for sore eyes at Mass. You are the "trend setters."

With Pope Paul VI in Rome.

With Pope St. John XXIII in Rome.

Caroline, Jackie's sister Lee Radziwill, Jackie and John, Jr. at the funeral of Senator Robert F. Kennedy in New York on June 8, 1968.

At Sen. Robert Kennedy’s funeral with her sister Princess Lee Radziwill. 

Making the sign of the cross at funeral.

On her Wedding Day. 

The First Family.

Leaving Mass. I'm noticing she liked to wear her chapel veils "backwards". She how it frames the face? That's a rounded drape effect from a triangular or almond shaped veil. 

Saddest days.

A happier time for Jackie.  

Why Headcovering? Traditional Catholic Reasons for Mantilla Chapel Veils.

This sermon explains the historic and symbolic mystery of the Judeo-Christian veil. Father really hits all the points. So enlighting! Our chapel veils are actually so much more than just dainty pieces of lace. When Father gets to talking about skirts as veils, that women should wear only, I have to say I agree to an extent, yes it's better but it's not always practical. Pants with tunics are in my opinion, fine too.

New Orleans Garden District

Strolling through the Garden District of New Orleans in July is one hot and sticky endeavor. So our pace was slow. I was with my husband.

 We read that the neighborhood had gradually been taken possession of by wealthy American Protestants over a century ago. They wanted  to get away from the Cajun population in the French Quarter. 

I'm told that was all well and fine with the French Canadians. No love was lost.

Here's Our Lady of Bonne Succor below, and I think this is a garden at author Anne Rice's home.

More beautiful houses ahead!

Such grand facades every which way we look! Clearly these people are loaded.

Beautiful manicured lawns and gardens allover.

Some Greek Revival.

Here and there you find smatterings of Roman influence. This Italianate style house below was my favorite. Isn't it lovely?

I was sorry to hear it's supposedly haunted.

I am told that New Orleans is full of ghosts.

I trust many of the stories are highly fabricated and intended to entertain the tourists.  

I believe this is the home where Confederate President Jefferson Davis passed away.

Here's  Lafayette Cemetery, one of New Orleans oldest ‘cities of the dead’. 

I've read that the Catholics were buried above ground and the Protestants, below ground. A little like oil and vinegar?

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