Tensha beads are beautiful. If you aren't familiar with them, visit Fire Mountain Gems and key in "tensha" beads. They are acrylic beads, usually with a floral decal and gold accents. They are lightweight. I started collecting them with the intension of making myself a necklace and then I figured I could make one for my sister-in-law, and from there, my collection started growing.
The first time I saw them, I knew what I wanted to do for Mrs. C. Mrs. C loves rosaries. She collects them. She uses them when she prays and carries one with her to church. Mrs. C also loves red roses. I found a way to combine two of her favorites.
Mrs. C's rosary
Close-up details of the tensha beads used
I hope she likes this. I found the pattern and instructions at www.rosaryworkshop.com in case anyone's interested.