Doing Business

Happy Liturgical New Year! I would like to start off this season with a call for a different type of feature called, “Business Support.” I am looking for any type of B2B [business to business, in regular speak] Orthodox professional who helps small businesses grow and succeed. I want small business owners to know they are not alone when faced with the challenges of growth. Often times, the decision-making falls squarely on…

Featured Makers: An Orthodox Workshop

Craftsmanship and creativity help us along every step of our Orthodox Christian journey, even at death. There has been a recent renewed interest in parishes around North America to organize burial services outside the conventional funeral home and cemetery system. The emphasis of parish-based ‘death care’ is centered around our beliefs regarding how our bodies are treated after death and our religious ceremonies. Rather than having our bodies embalmed and sealed in…

Featured Makers: Draw Near Designs

  Marian and Caroline both attend St. Michael Antiochian Orthodox Church in Louisville, though they met several years ago in Lexington, Kentucky. In their experiences as mothers and as Orthodox women, they were inspired by their childrens’ curiosity in the faith and how there were few resources to support that curiosity through meaningful play. They also felt the need to organize their daily lives with the Church liturgical calendar that would also…

The Thread of Tradition

How does a seamstress make a straight seam? They start with a straight cut of fabric. I took on a small liturgical sewing project recently. Small in terms of simplicity, not in scope, as it is an altar cloth four yards long! It is made of pure white, sturdy linen fabric, that comes off the bolt 54 inches wide. The altar cloth must be 31 inches wide when finished. The basic geometry…

Welcome to From Faithful Hands

Did you ever stop and think, “I wish there was a thing like this?” A thing that would be helpful to you or fill an empty niche of beauty in your home. A thing that would communicate with others about your faith without you having to say anything at all. A thing that doesn’t yet exist and you haven’t the skill to make. Good chances are that an Orthodox Christian makes that…