Franciscan University’s 2020 Christmas Catalog
Gift idea list looking a little light? No worries. Here are some of our talented Franciscan University community artisans who craft unique presents that your loved ones are sure to enjoy.
Becca Radzinski Anderson Art
Becca Radzinski Anderson ’15 produces high-quality prints of her original works in her Etsy shop, BeccaRAart. Her paintings focus on man, God, and nature. She can also be contacted to purchase the original artwork or to have a specific piece commissioned.
Katie Cunningham ’20 created Beloved Cards, which consists of colorful 5.5-inch-by-4-inch blank notecards that she designs using magazine clippings, in honor of her household, Carae Domini. Her hope is to revive the love of hand-written letters and encourage people to use them as a means to spread love throughout the world. Visit Beloved Cards on Etsy.
Danny ’14 and Christiana (Sengenberger ’14) Van Sistine create unique heirloom quality pieces from board games to dinner tables. They love creating custom items that fit perfectly into your home, and their work can be found at their Etsy shop, DVC Designs.
Ecce Wood is a small woodcraft business by Megan Reznicek ’19 that offers custom-made, wood-burned sacred images, landscapes, and meaningful messages. Just as the name “Ecce Wood” indicates, each item is thoughtfully, carefully, and prayerfully designed to help you behold the wood and contemplate the beauty it points to. Visit Ecce Wood’s website to learn more, explore the gallery, or request a commission.
Hope Jewelry Shop
Hope Jewelry Shop, with Lynn Knapke ’07 and other artists, is a small but upbeat non-profit Catholic jewelry market offering adult and teen handmade products. All proceeds support family-strengthening charitable causes, such as the Anna Terruwe Museum.
Joyful Little Catholics
Joyful Little Catholics—owned by Zack Hinger ’10—makes resources to support families with young children in forming their Catholic faith. Their first board book, My First Catholic Words, is a great point-and-learn resource for young kids.
Maria Norris Creates
Maria (Markle ’15) Norris does customizable crochet work, specifically soft, squishy saint dolls and nativity scenes for little ones to play with as they learn their faith. Purchase her creations at her Etsy shop, Maria Norris Creates.
Pavel Federoff ’16 is a self-taught artisan and iconographer specializing in quality pop-culture replication, original leather goods, and Catholic artwork that seeks to spread devotion to St. Joseph. He does commissions and can be contacted through Etsy, PleatsandThanksArt, or directly at email@example.com.
The Praetzel Shoppe
Katy (Blythe ’16) Praetzel creates prints of saints using watercolor and pen, as well as lovely, simple wreathes for Christmas, Easter, and autumn. Austria Program alumni will especially enjoy the painting of the Kartause monastery. Visit The Praetzel Shoppe on Etsy.
Secret Fire Woodburning
Secret Fire Woodburning is a small handmade wood art and signage business founded by Zachary Mercugliano ’19. He uses various pyrography tools to develop primarily commission-based pieces. While at Franciscan, he did extensive work for students, professors, and households. Find his work on Instagram @secretfirewoodburning.
The Simple Saints
The Simple Saints are a collection of beautiful, subtle, and simplified images of your favorite saints. Surround yourself with this great cloud of witnesses through digital download prints or vinyl stickers, designed by Jaimee (Rocca ’12) Keogler.
Small Things Great Love
Allison (Paolini) Seitz, a former Franciscan residence director, makes rosaries and other items to celebrate the beauty of the Catholic faith. She’s most known for her wall rosaries. Explore her shop, Small Things Great Love, on Etsy.