Due to unemployment, and thus financial hardship, I have changed my policy of not adding labor cost to my rosaries. I hope that you can understand why this is necessary and will continue to support my apostolate. At this time I need to support my family with my skills and resources. I have not added much to the cost of each item -- not as much as most vendors would, doubling or tripling their cost -- but just enough to contribute a small amount to my family's income.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Job's Tears

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A dear lady contacted me recently with a request for an Our Lady of Sorrows chaplet made from Job's Tears beads. We agreed on the materials, and then she decided that she'd like a rosary made with Job's Tears for a friend who is a priest. And when we worked out the details on that she decided that she'd like two more Our Lady of Sorrows chaplets and another rosary.

It was a real pleasure to make these items for her and I hope that the recipients of her gifts are using their prayerful beads often.


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This Seven Sorrows Chaplet is made with the beautiful Job's Tears beads linked with medals representing the Seven Sorrows Of Mary.

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Seven Sorrows of Mary, also known as the Seven Dolors, are contemplated through the seven sets of seven Aves and seven Paters. This devotion to the Blessed Mother originates in the thirteenth century. On the Seven Sorrows chaplet, we meditate upon the Seven Sorrows the Virgin Mother endured by witnessing the life and death of her Son, Our Lord Jesus.

The Job's Tears bead is not a man-made bead, but the hard outer shell of the fertile female flower of the Job's Tears plant,
C. lacryma-jobi. The origin of the name is the Old Testament Job who endured great suffering. Many people who string rosaries with Job's Tears also call them Mary's Tears and Christ's Tears. Job's Tears come in many natural colors, from white to gray to brown.

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This rosary is made with the Job's Tears beads, a beautiful scrolled pewter Scapular center and a uniquely feminine scroll pewter crucifix.

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This rosary was created with the Job's Tears beads, one of my favorite pewter Scapular centers and a Pewter Papal crucifix.

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Saturday, December 6, 2008

Miraculous Mary

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I created several rosaries with some beautiful blue glass pearls that I found months ago at a local bead shop. A recent request for another had me scouring the pearl bowl at the bead shop for more of those pretty blue pearls. I found several different shades and recently made this five-decade rosary with them, as well as some car rosaries for someone else.

These beads are 8 mm glass pearls in a gorgeous shade of Wedgwood blue. The pewter center is a cut out Miraculous Medal and the unique Pewter crucifix has a heart at each tip, representing Christ's incredible love for us, as well as the undying love His mother has for Him.

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Divine Mercy Rosary

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After receiving a request to make a Divine Mercy rosary, I was really happy to find this beautiful center. Made from pewter, it has a very nice image of the Divine Mercy Jesus, and the words "Jesus I trust in you" inscribed on the back. The very pretty pewter crucifix is a nice match, I think. And the crystal and ruby beads are reminiscent of the red and white beams in the Divine Mercy image.



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Thursday, November 20, 2008

Beads for Charity

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Our all-boys Catholic prep school holds an annual silent auction each December which benefits scholarships for the needy. Each year, for the past few years, I have donated several rosaries. This year I donated several one-decade rosaries and two five-decade rosaries, pictured here.





This link rosary is made with some very pretty ceramic shamrock beads. These beads have the image of the shamrock impressed in them and they feel very nice to finger. The center is a Holy Family center with the image of the Holy Spirit as a dove on the reverse. The crucifix is a log style.

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This five-decade rosary is made from frosted plum-colored glass beads, pearl Czech glass beads, and crystal Japanese glass seed beads. The center is a Madonna center and the crucifix is a delicate four-way style.


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I didn't catch a picture of the other one-decade rosary I made, but this one was especially pretty and I did get a picture. This one-decade rosary is strung with beautiful amethyst faceted glass beads, crystal Czech glass beads, and metallic purple Japanese seed beads. The center is a Scapular center and the crucifix is a lattice style that I really like.



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Opal Glass Seven Sorrows

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This Seven Sorrows Chaplet is made with some beautiful opal white glass beads linked with medals representing the Seven Sorrows Of Mary.


The Seven Sorrows of Mary, also known as the Seven Dolors, are contemplated through the seven sets of seven Aves and seven Paters. This devotion to the Blessed Mother originates in the thirteenth century. On the Seven Sorrows chaplet, we meditate upon the Seven Sorrows the Virgin Mother endured by witnessing the life and death of her Son, Our Lord Jesus.

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Thursday, October 16, 2008

Little Flower Rosary

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When I saw this beautiful pewter St. Therese crucifix, I knew that a Little Flower rosary was in my future. This crucifix is beautiful, but simple, with the signature spray of roses across the corpus of the crucifix. The medal, with the image of St. Therese, says "St. Therese, Pray for Us." The beads are 8 mm fire-polished, diamond shaped glass beads in a beautiful shade of peachy pink. These beads twinkle in the light in the way I imagine the light of St. Therese must have twinkled when she was on earth.



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Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Amethyst Scapular Rosary

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This rosary was created with 8 mm round, amethyst, crackled, glass beads, a cutout Scapular medal, and a Papal crucifix.

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Daffodils for Mary

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This rosary was created with pale yellow-colored, 8 mm, frosted glass beads, a Miraculous Medal center, and Papal crucifix.

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Holy Family Rosary

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This rosary was created with beautiful 6 mm peridot green faceted glass beads, a Holy Family center, with the Holy Spirit on the reverse side, and a Papal crucifix.

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The Sacred Heart

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This rosary was created with beautiful 6 mm blood red faceted glass beads, a Sacred Heart center, and a heavy pewter crucifix.

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Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Our Lady of the Holy Rosary, Pray for Us

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Win this rosary over at Praying for Grace by leaving a comment before midnight Thursday.



This five-decade rosary is made from Mother of Pearl glass beads, iridescent crystal Czech glass beads, and dark rose pearlized Japanese glass seed beads. The Miraculous center is silver plated, as is the ornate crucifix.

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Monday, September 22, 2008

Rosary for Life

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This beautiful link rosary was created to honor the Pro Life movement and to encourage the praying of the rosary to end abortion.

The Aves are a 6 mm cube-cut Aurora Borealis glass beads. The Paters are 8 by 10 mm alternating pastel pink and pastel blue faceted glass beads -- the Pro Life ribbon colors.

The crucifix is a Pewter Papal crucifix and the center is a beautiful Pewter Madonna profile.

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Sacred Heart and Wooden Beads

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This link rosary was created with natural colored 8 mm wooden beads. The center is a Sacred Heart of Jesus cutout and the crucifix is a Papal crucifix.

$13 plus $3 shipping

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Thursday, September 4, 2008

Blood Red Scapular Rosary

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I've had little time lately for making rosaries, with the start of our school year and getting my oldest ready for college, but when I saw these gorgeous red beads, I had to make time for this rosary.


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The beads are 6mm blood red fire polished faceted glass. They have a deep, rich color and they reflect the light beautifully. The center is a pewter Scapular with decorative edges and the ornate crucifix a is a heavy pewter one.

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Monday, August 25, 2008

Beautiful Auto Rosaries

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A really nice woman from New England contacted me recently about making some auto rosaries for her family. As much as I like coming up with unique creations, I also love it when people tell me just want they want. She knew just what she wanted and I created them. These all turned out beautiful and will look gorgeous hanging in this family's cars.



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For this rosary I used faceted fire-polished crystal Ave beads separated by rose Swarovski biconal and Japanese glass seed bead spacers. The Pater is a special lampwork bead that I have used in the past for my Roses for Mary auto rosary set apart by crystal Czech glass and rose colored Japanese seed bead spacers. The center is a cutout Miraculous Medal and the pewter crucifix is unique, with a heart at each tip. A St. Michael medal was attached near the center for the young lady for whom this rosary was made.




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This rosary is made with lapis colored glass beads, with Czech crystal glass and blue Japanese seed spacer beads. Like the one above, the center is a cutout Miraculous Medal and the pewter crucifix is unique, with a heart at each tip. The medal attached near the center is a St. Joseph medal for the father of the family.




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For the mother of the family, this rosary was created with blue Czech glass pearl beads, and pearl Czech glass and crystal Japanese glass seed bead spacers. The center and crucifix match those above. This rosary has a Sacred Heart medal attached near the center.

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Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Assumption Rosary

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This Friday, on the Feast of the Assumption, I'm going to give away this beautiful, blue and crystal glass rosary. Pop over to my other blog and leave a comment if you want to enter to win.

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Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Vintage Bronze Crucifix and Center



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Everyone once in a while someone will give me a broken rosary, missing parts, in hopes that I will be able to turn it into something else. I love these vintage pieces and though I can't always do something with them right away, I always save them with the hope that I will find a use for them. I recently matched up a vintage scapular center and crucifix and made a one decade rosary with some 8 mm black onyx beads, frosted gold Czech glass beads and black Japanese seed beads. The resulting rosary will be a gift for one of my son's friends and I know it will be valued.

The crucifix has "JESUS NAZARERUS REX JUDÆORUM" imprinted above the corpus -- "Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews." On the reverse is "Father forgive them; Behold this heart which has so loved men."


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Saturday, July 19, 2008

Ruby and Crystal Seven Sorrows

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This Seven Sorrows chaplet is made with 8 mm ruby and crystal colored faceted fire polished glass beads. The red and crystal are reminiscent of the blood and water that Our Lord shed for us on the cross with his Holy Mother as witness. The beads are separated by medals depicting the Seven Sorrows of Our Holy Mother.


The Seven Sorrows of Mary, also known as the Seven Dolors, are contemplated through the seven sets of seven Aves and seven Paters. This devotion to the Blessed Mother originates in the thirteenth century. On the Seven Sorrows chaplet, we meditate upon the Seven Sorrows the Virgin Mother endured by witnessing the life and death of her Son, Our Lord Jesus.

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Saturday, July 5, 2008

Mother of Pearl for Our Lady



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I am astounded at the number of people who have found me for my Our Lady of Sorrows chaplet. All corners of the country have contacted me asking about this special rosary. While most have been men, a few have been women, and I made this one for a special lady out there, whom I do not yet know.

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Seven Sorrows of Mary, also known as the Seven Dolors, are contemplated through the seven sets of seven Aves and seven Paters. This devotion to the Blessed Mother originates in the thirteenth century. On the Seven Sorrows chaplet, we meditate upon the Seven Sorrows the Virgin Mother endured by witnessing the life and death of her Son, Our Lord Jesus.

This Seven Sorrows rosary was created with 5 x 7 mm Mother of Pearl glass beads, linked with the Seven Sorrows medals.

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Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Black Scapular Rosary



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This rosary is made from black lacquered wooden beads. The Aves are a smooth oval bead and the Paters are carved round beads, making it easy to feel the difference with one's fingers. The center is a cutout scapular center and the crucifix is a Papal crucifix. Both are base metal.

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Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Mary, Our Loving Mother







This link rosary is made with beautiful blue Czech glass pearl beads. The blue, the color so often associated with Our Blessed Virgin, is soft and feminine, yet the glass pearl is durable enough to last a lifetime.

The center is a Pewter cutout Miraculous Medal and the unique Pewter crucifix has a heart at each tip, representing Christ's incredible love for us, as well as the undying love His mother has for Him.




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Tuesday, April 29, 2008

St. Paul the Apostle




A fellow home-schooler contacted me about a rosary for her son's Confirmation. He chose Paul for a Confirmation name, after St. Paul the Apostle. After much searching I was able to find a rosary center for her, and matching crucifix.

This strung rosary is very masculine, in color and weight. The beads are polymer clay marbled brown and beige, brown Czech glass and black Japanese glass. The St. Paul the Apostle center and scrolled crucifix are sterling silver.

These beads are strung on very strong, but lightweight and flexible, steel cable. They are double crimped for extra durability.

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Monday, April 28, 2008

Daffodil Yellow First Communion




This pretty yellow rosary was created for a special First Communion girl whom I hope to meet one day. The frosted glass beads are jonquil yellow -- just the color of my daffodils outside. The center is a First Holy Communion chalice and the crucifix is small, perfect for small hands.

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Monday, March 31, 2008

Green of New Life






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Green symbolizes new life, in our Church and in nature. The green beads of this link rosary are as green as God's green earth. This rosary would be a beautiful choice for someone who has come back to the Catholic Church -- experiencing a new life, as well as for anyone who enjoys this beautiful color of life.

This rosary would be appropriate for a man or a woman.

These beads are 7 mm fire-polished emerald green glass. The center is a Miraculous Medal and the Crucifix is a large, ornate log style.

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Friday, March 21, 2008

Amethyst St. Ann Rosary





This pretty strung rosary was created for a fellow Catholic blogger to give as a gift to an RCIA candidate she sponsored this year. I can't think of a more meaningful gift to give at the Easter Vigil.

The Aves and Paters of this rosary are 8 mm fire-polished crackled amethyst glass round beads, separated by crystal clear Czech glass and metallic purple Japanese glass seed beads. The center is a St. Ann center and the crucifix is a delicate silver crucifix.


These beads are strung on very strong, but lightweight and flexible, steel cable. They are double crimped for extra durability.

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Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Mary Queen of Heaven


This beautiful blue rosary was made for a dear blogging friend in want of a Seven Sorrows Chaplet. Searching for the right color and material bead for this friend was difficult -- this is a complicated woman. Ultimately I chose blue, the color that so often represents Our Blessed Mother. Blue symbolizes her faithfulness to her Holy Son Jesus. And this particular blue is the color of the sky -- a smoky sort of blue -- where Mary reigns as Queen of Heaven. The blue beads are Czech glass pearls, which I chose for their softness and femininity.

The Seven Sorrows of Mary, also known as the Seven Dolors, are contemplated through the seven sets of seven Aves and seven Paters. This devotion to the Blessed Mother originates in the thirteenth century. On the Seven Sorrows chaplet, we meditate upon the Seven Sorrows the Virgin Mother endured by witnessing the life and death of her Son, Our Lord Jesus.

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Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Job's Tears




This link rosary is strung with the unusual bead called Job's Tears. This bead is not a man-made bead, but the hard outer shell of the fertile female flower of the Job's Tears plant, C. lacryma-jobi. The origin of the name is the Old Testament Job who endured great suffering. Many people who string rosaries with Job's Tears also call them Mary's Tears and Christ's Tears. Job's Tears come in many natural colors, from white to gray to brown. This rosary is varying shades of light oyster and cocoa.

This rosary has a Basilica crucifix and Madonna profile center.

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Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Black Onyx Sorrows Chaplet


The Seven Sorrows of Mary, also known as the Seven Dolors, are contemplated through the seven sets of seven Aves and seven Paters. This devotion to the Blessed Mother originates in the thirteenth century. On the Seven Sorrows chaplet, we meditate upon the Seven Sorrows the Virgin Mother endured by witnessing the life and death of her Son, Our Lord Jesus.

This Seven Sorrows Chaplet was created with beautiful 8 mm black Onyx beads. The Pater Noster is said on the each of the Seven Sorrows medals and the chaplet is finished with a one-inch medal depicting Our Lady of Sorrows.

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Saturday, January 19, 2008

Sapphire Blue Seven Sorrows Chaplet

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The Seven Sorrows of Mary, also known as the Seven Dolors, are contemplated through the seven sets of seven Aves and seven Paters. This devotion to the Blessed Mother originates in the thirteenth century. On the Seven Sorrows chaplet, we meditate upon the Seven Sorrows the Virgin Mother endured by witnessing the life and death of her Son, Our Lord Jesus.

This chaplet consists of three Aves, followed by one Pater, a centerpiece; then 7 sets of 7 Aves. This chaplet was created using medals depicting each of the Seven Sorrows as well as the first medal, depicting the image of Our Lady of Sorrows. The beads are sapphire blue fire-polished glass.

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