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.

Monday, March 31, 2008

Green of New Life

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.



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.


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.


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.