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12 Days of Christmas Catalog

A shopping guide filled with unique gifts made by Franciscan alumni.

Autumn 2023 | Jessica Walker

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Force of Habit Leather

Are you or your loved one a Lord of the Rings fan? Isabella Wedig ’18 creates Lord of the Rings-inspired leather bracelets, book covers, keychains, and mug sleeves, in addition to faith-inspired designs. Her shop began as a way to pay off her student loans so she could enter religious life. When God called her to another vocation, she continued to live out her passion of working with leather.

Visit her Etsy shop at forceofhabitleather.etsy.com.

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Ginny and Saje

Virginia (Joyce ’02) Leinen and her husband, Chip ’02, design and create original Catholic jewelry and home décor from Holy Family hearts magnets and push pins to saint-inspired earrings. Virginia started the business as their family was growing; it continues to allow her to stay at home with their children while using her gifts to evangelize and share the faith.

Visit their Etsy shop at ginnyandsaje.etsy.com.

Forever Floral

Maureen O’Neil Harvey (matriculated 1965–1968) has been gathering and preserving wildflowers for years. Now, she uses these flowers and other natural materials to create unique Nativity sets.

Visit Forever Floral on Facebook.

Moshi Publishing

An American living in Tanzania, Liz (Danik ’06) Mtunga says daily gratitude changed her outlook on life, and she wanted to help others do the same. So, she designed Christian gratitude journals for both children and adults. Each journal has lined pages to fill with reflections and prayers.

Visit blessingtherains.com/journals.

House of Love and Laughter

At House of Love and Laughter, Sophia Lebano ’23 and her mother, Heather, create Catholic jewelry and home goods. They offer tea towels, religious bracelets, and ornaments perfect for Christmas gifts.

Visit the shop at houseofloveandlaughter.com/shop.

Covenant Resources Miscarriage Ministry

Chris ’98 and Rebecca Harpring started Covenant Resources to help support other families experiencing miscarriages. As part of their ministry, they offer little souls memorial ornaments to commemorate babies lost to miscarriage. The ornament features Jesus holding a baby on the front and can be inscribed with a name and date.

Visit covenantresources.org/little-souls-memorial-ornaments.


Joslynn (Scott ’23) Rice loves finding joy in the small and simple things. So, she started creating custom jewelry, embroidery, and stickers to help share that joy with others.

Visit journey2joy247.com.

Hazel Valley Studio

Jessica (Dowling ’17) Heaslip has always loved working with clay and making homes beautiful with carefully crafted pieces. Jessica and her husband converted their garage into a pottery studio, and she has been making homemade ceramics and collectibles ever since.

Visit hazelvalleystudio.com.

Swaddle Me Sweet

Crocheting was a hobby Stephanie Schissel ’19 picked up as a young girl. Now, she makes custom crocheted baby blankets for little ones.

Visit her Instagram @swaddle.me.sweet.

Little Flower Calligraphy and Gifts

Fran Heider, a Franciscan alumni parent, turned her love for all things paper into Little Flower Calligraphy and Gifts. She designs hand-lettered prints, cards, and other gifts—many of which feature Scripture or saint’s quotes—in the hope to bring the beauty of God’s word and wisdom of the saints to life in a way that can uplift and encourage.

Visit her Etsy shop at lilflower.etsy.com.

Ivy Doe and Co

Riley (Laffoon ’17) Provost started Ivy Doe and Co eight years ago while finishing her theology degree. Ivy Doe and Co is an online gift shop filled with faith-inspired products such as apparel, baby essentials, home goods, and more.

Visit the shop at ivydoeandco.com.

Ertel’s Famous Butt Cream

Mary (Ertel ’03) Farniok’s great grandfather was a pharmacist and created Ertel’s Butt Cream in 1890. The business has since carried on throughout four generations, providing relief for diaper rash and other skin irritations.

Visit ertelsbuttcream.com.


Connor Edgington ’18 started making paracord rosaries for his Servants of the Savior Household brothers. Now, he continues to make beautiful, durable rosaries that people can pray with anywhere.

Visit the shop at paraprayers.com.

Timberlake’s Special Sauce

First lieutenant Bryce Timberlake wanted to bring something different to a military barbecue. In 1992, he whipped up a sauce that was spicy, salty, and sweet. Now, his family, including Paige (Timberlake ’17) Reese, sells Timberlake’s Special Sauce so others can enjoy it at their own cookouts, as a dipping sauce, or even on rice, pasta, and salads.

Visit their shop at timberlakesspecialsauce.com.

Humbly Homemade by Alli

Following the birth of her fifth child, Allison Lunsford read Your Blue Flame by Jennifer Fulwiler. She was inspired to find her own “blue flame,” or personal passion and talent, and discovered the art of crafting earrings. Alli now makes handmade earrings from genuine leather, wood, and acrylic.

Visit humblyhandmadebyalli.com or Humbly Handmade By Alli VIP on Facebook.

Little Love Stitches Co

Corinne (Jensen ’18) Wilborn crochets dresses, bonnets, sweaters, and booties for baby girls. She says she hopes to bless the hearts and homes of daughters and mothers by praying for those who will purchase and wear the items.

Visit her Etsy shop at littlelovestitchesco.etsy.com.

Nib’s Workbench

Pavel Federoff ’16 started making costumes while at Franciscan. Now, he continues to carry on that passion as a leatherworker, upholsterer, clothier, costumer, and religious artisan.

Visit his shop at nibsworkbench.com.

Practical Mama Wellness

While working as a nurse, Nicole (Cardone ’18) DeCarlo became aware of healthcare disparities for women. She returned to graduate school to study holistic nutrition and created Practical Mama Wellness, an online holistic and alternative medicine service. Nicole says her business is inspired by St. John Paul II’s Theology of the Body and rooted in the foundation she received while studying nursing at Franciscan University.

Visit practicalmamawellness.com.

Legacy Rosaries and Gifts

Caroline (Schnurr ’06) Masson’s grandparents made tens of thousands of rosaries for missionaries around the world. Now, Caroline carries on their legacy by making rosaries, jewelry, and religious gifts.

Visit her Etsy shop at legacyrosariesgifts.etsy.com.

Chels Marie Collection

Chelsea (Unterbrink ’07) Nye designs beautiful, ethically, and prayerfully made women’s clothing. Inspired by Our Lady of Guadalupe, her collection includes dresses, pants, blouses, skirts, and accessories.

Visit chelsmarieboutique.com/cmc or @chelsmariecollection on Facebook and Instagram.

For the Love of Beauty

Renata Grzan Wieczorek ’97 creates artwork to elevate the everyday through beauty that invites intimacy with Christ. She offers classical and contemporary artworks, icons, cards, jewelry, and more.

Visit fortheloveofbeauty.com.

Branch and Vine Co

Tiana (DeLorge ’18) Hawk started making hand-stamped jewelry pieces after purchasing many herself over the years. She hopes her custom, gold-filled necklaces can help others remember all the big or small moments of life and hold those memories close to their hearts.

Visit branchandvinecogoods.etsy.com.

Briana Marie Art

Briana (Feiler ’08) Miller has always been inspired by stained glass. At age 37, she took a class through a local community education program. Now, she creates custom stained glass panels and suncatchers.

Visit her Etsy shop at brianamarieart.com.


Candido Mukuni ’19 and family started IOSEPHstudio to share the faith doing what they love to do most—art.

Visit iosephstudio.etsy.com.

LZG Beaded Designs

Since 1999, Luann (Zanke ’78) Gilliland had designed and created beaded jewelry and suncatchers.

See her designs at LZG Beaded Designs on Facebook.

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