DIY Chapel Veils : 3 New Styles, Lent Season

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My friend Hang wearing her Chapel Veil

Greetings!

Lent officially started on Ash Wednesday Feb 26 and will end Thursday April 9th.  I wore my Chapel Veil to mass for the first time and decided that I would wear it at mass through the Lenten season.  I am hoping the Chapel Veil will help me focus and remember the sacredness of the mass.  If you are interested in Veiling and creating your own, I did create a tutorial for 3 new styles below:

I use to think Lent was a 40 day journey when you “give up” something you love (ex: sweets/soft drinks/social media, etc.)

However, someone once told me that it could also be doing something good for you, like creating a new healthy habit.  For example: running half a mile on Tuesdays and Thursdays until Lent ends or eating a side serving of greens at every meal, even possibly get enough sleep. It’s meant to help find balance, build discipline, do penance, prepare for the death & resurrection of Jesus, and ultimately build a closer relationship to Christ.

It reminds me of New Year’s resolutions, but you only have 40+ days to do it – And you do it all for the glory of God.

I understand Lent means something different to everyone or maybe has no relevance at all. But I would like to challenge everyone to do something good for yourselves until April 9th (forever would be good 😆). At the very least, speak words of encouragement everyday to yourself, someone you know, or a complete stranger🙏.

I’m still learning and growing in my faith.  Feel free to share what Lent means to you? What are you giving up that too much of is not healthy? or what new good habits would you like to incorporate into your life.

Since there are three pillars of Lent (prayer, fasting, almsgiving), I will…

1) Pray to love and appreciate where I am today, not belittle my daily efforts.
2) Fasting: on top of Fridays, No meat during Lent season – Hoping I can learn to meal plan better. If you know of tasty and healthy vegan/vegetarian recipes, feel free to share😁.  Also, I started Veiling at mass on Ash Wednesday.  A personal practice I would like to continue after Lent is over.
3) Almsgiving: share and spread the works of @svdp_hou_vol

Here is a Veil I made for mass on Ash Wednesday and through Lent.  It is the triangle Chapel Veil in the first video.

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Here is the first Chapel Veil tutorial:

Thank you for visiting and may you have a wonderful Lenten Season.

Hugs!

Ann

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DIY Infinity Veil : DIY Guest Carolyn Nealen

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I was tagged on IG by Carolyn Nealen @bugsnbeauty from Bozeman, Montana (originally from Michigan).  She created her own Infinity Veil with the guidance of my DIY tutorial.  Thank you Carolyn for sharing your beautiful veil!  This completely makes my day.  Seeing her work & others who are inspired by my tutorials inspire me to do better.  Thank you!

I asked her a couple of questions because I know she will inspire you;)

1. What inspired you to create the chapel veil? I was inspired to create the chapel veil because I already had purchased an infinity veil, which I love. I’ve been sewing for a while now so the idea of making my own veils appealed to me.

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2. How long did it take you? It took 45-60 minutes to make a veil, depending on the intricacy of the edging being stitched on.

3. Pros/cons of making one? Choosing your own lace or mesh allows you to customize a veil based on your style. I have so many different options in mind for the future! Honestly, I don’t think that there are any cons to making a veil yourself, though some may say the construction process is one. Frankly, veils are one of the simplest, most straightforward sewing projects I’ve done.

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4. How did you find my tutorial? When I decided to try making my own veil, I came upon Youtique Bridal’s tutorial in a Google search. The clarity of instructions and different options were what drew me in.

5. When and why did you start veiling? I started veiling during Lent. Several of my friends had adopted this practice and I had done a little research. Another friend posted a detailed article on the practice, in a Catholic moms group. I read through the article, felt that God was nudging me, and now veil anytime I am in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament.

6. How long you have you been married? And do you have any marriage tips for young couples? My husband and I have been married for eight years.  It takes three to make a marriage: you, your spouse, and God. Make sure that you take time to pray individually and together. Remember also that you are different but equal, with individual strengths and weaknesses. Lastly, a sense of humor is so important. Not everything is going to go as you planned and you have to be ready to laugh at things!

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Congratulations on your recent Anniversary!

7. A little about yourself.  I am the oldest of four children and grew up in a loving, Protestant family. I’m an unashamed nerd/geek and love anything to do with science…okay, not physics or astronomy. A teacher by trade, I taught third and fourth grade for a number of years, but middle school is my niche. I am a convert to the Catholic faith and met my husband on Catholic match. After getting married I took time off teaching to kick cancer’s butt, raise our son, and run a small business. With our son in school full-time this year, I started substitute teaching and, in a few weeks time, will have completed my masters.

8. Anything else you would like to share? My current favorite place to buy lace online is Fabric.com and I always order at least 2 yards.

Thank you so much Carolyn for taking the time to answer the questions and sharing a little about your inspirational life.  May God continue to bless your journey.

Thank you for visiting & may you be inspired to create something EXTRAordinary.

Love,

Ann

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To create one, feel free to view my tutorial below.  Have a wonderful day!