Monday, 21 September 2015

Beautiful Baby Bonnets.

Much as a lace mantilla looks gorgeous on a baby girl, the likelihood of it staying on for more than two seconds into the Holy Mass would be nothing short of miraculous!
The classical baby bonnet is the perfect alternative and there are a vast range of magnificent bonnets to attire baby in for Church.

A beautiful white lace bonnet with white silk ribbon tie...this will stay on baby's head and teach her modesty too. 

Another lace bonnet with trim and tie.

Baby Anastasia in her dark green wool with red velvet trim bonnet at Mass. This is handmade by Elizabeth Dulston of 'Zelie's Roses', address on the right hand bar.

My brand new baby God daughter, Rose, at her Baptism. She wore a beautiful satin lace bonnet. 

Baby Rose again modelling another bonnet of white cotton her Mammy couldn't resist buying, and doesn't she look stunning?

Baby Grace Therese wearing a hand made smocked bonnet her older sister made for her. A bonnet like this is perfect for Mass and will last for a couple of years.

Another adorable bonnet from 'Zelie's Roses' in blue floral cotton with blue ribbon. 


But JESUS said ' Suffer the little children and bid them not to come to Me; for the Kingdom of Heaven is for such.'

St Matthew 19:14

Sunday, 12 April 2015

Amazing Grace.

I am very blessed to have a beautiful little 4yr old daughter called Grace Therese. She was diagnosed with JRA (Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis) at 3yrs old and has accepted and coped with her illness in a heroic manner. She has been in hospital four times for treatments and has suffered much pain. 
So this post is dedicated to her and for my immense love, honour and admiration for such a beautiful child of God. Jesus truly blessed me when He sent me Grace. 

Grace with her dear Godmother, Kathryn, on her Baptism. Grace was wearing a handmade bonnet by Zelie's Roses.

Little Grace wore a lace mantilla as a baby. She is wearing an ivory vintage mantilla from Etsy.

Handmade white lace mantilla from a friend.

On the Oxford LMS Pilgrimage at Benediction. White lace mantilla from Chapel Veils.

Oxford LMS Pilgrimage the next year, wearing a cream lace mantilla.

Corpus Christi flower girl just after a procedure in hospital. 

Candlemas, ivory lace mantilla.

Yes, even Grace's baby dolls wear mantillas! This was made by Zelie's Roses.

Pale blue, for Our Lady, lace mantilla by Etsy.

Mama and Grace at a Holy Baptism, Grace wears her white lace mantilla, I am wearing a long black one from Spain, so authentic!

My two precious daughters, Marie and Grace. Both mantillas from Etsy.

In Holy Mass in Lourdes where we have just taken Grace. I am wearing a vintage black and gold lace mantilla by Etsy.

Grace has a new mantilla from Lourdes, it has Lourdes written on the back, with a picture of Our Lady and St Bernadette, couldn't resist this one!

'Everything is Grace'   St Therese, the Little Flower.

Monday, 19 January 2015

Mantilla, mantilla!

Mantillas or head coverings of any kind help us keep our eyes towards Heaven. There are a multitude of different styles, colours, fabrics and prices. 
It really does not matter what we place upon our heads but the act of covering our hair when entering a Church shows reverence towards God and submission to His Holy Will. It also allows for more concentration when praying as the veil enshrouds us and provides some privacy.

A very simple scarf works just as well as a plush lace mantilla. It is modest and feminine, allowing the lady to keep her mind upon her Lord.

This little girl wears a delicate, pale blue lace mantilla from Etsy.

Classical white lace mantilla for a young, unmarried lady.

In the Russian Orthodox Church many women choose a simple white scarf to cover their heads.

A Jewish head covering where a colourful scarf is tied tightly around most of the hair. 

A majority of ladies still wear the classic black lace mantilla.

'Mind the things that are above; not the things that are upon the earth.'

Colossians 3:2