Summer is here and life is busier than ever. Here at Graceful Rosaries I am only able to be in the rosary shop on a limited bases. Summer is full of traveling plans and swim team for the kids. But have I never stop making rosaries. I have actually stepped up production! I continue to make rosaries even on the go! My Fluorite Rosary and Blue Jasper Heirloom rosaries were made on a train traveling to Connecticut! And most of the summer's custom rosaries are made pool side!
I may not be as available check computer messages all day long. But I manage to keep on top of communication with customers nonetheless. Its a lot to juggle running a business while still entertaining a large family through the summer....but we manage to fit it all in. One things for sure....I am never bored! Hope your summer is a great one!
I wanted to thank the Catholic Digest Magazine for featuring my Graceful Rosaries shop in their April 2013 Issue.
The photo on the left is a rosary that they included in that article. If you get the Catholic Digest Magazine, look under the article entitled 'Sacramental Guide" April 2013 issue.
It is truly a privilege to be noticed by such a lovely magazine!
I want to thank Lisa Goddard for featuring my Graceful Rosaries shop in her blog today.
She wrote such a lovely article featuring photos and an interview....Check out the post on 05/15/13 You should check it out!
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There's a new little bundle of fluff bouncing around our rosary workshop. Her name is Coconut....Coco for short. She's a small Mini Schnauzer. Her fur is as soft as a bunny. She's a wee 3 lbs at 9 weeks old. Isn't she adorable! Just thought I'd share her cute photo.
Here are the new rates in a summary. Additionally there is a handling fee of $3.50 for each international order because of the extra gas and time to take packages to the post office.:
I want to thank all my customers who purchased gifts over the Christmas season. This Christmas was the busiest season yet. Thank you so much!
I fully expected the month of January to slow down considerably. Boy, was I surprised that business has not slowed down at all in the New Year. Rather, I have had more custom orders then every before. I expect the main reason for this surge of business, after the Christmas season, is that I opened a new email account specifically for communication with this website. For some reason, the 'Contact Me' form was not sending my messages as it was programmed to do. I cannot explain why, as I checked the settings several times. Finally, I redirected the Contact form to a brand new email account. It is so wonderful to now have an efficient means of communication with my customers once more!
I appreciate everyone who visits my Graceful Rosaries shop. I ask for your patience that many pieces are listed as 'SOLD'. I have a steady stream of custom requests, so keeping the shop stocked can be difficult at times. Rest assured, I give each and every order the personal attention it deserves. My customers are very important to me. Providing you with Sacramentals is not just a business, it is a Mission. God bless you all for visiting my shop, and thank you for all your encouragement!
There are some beads that look better with silver than they do with bronze...but sometimes sterling silver medals are out of the price range of the customer. I really don't like silver plated parts since in time the silver plating will wear away and expose the copper metal that is at its base.
What is so disappointing about Sterling Silver rosary parts is that the price keeps skyrocketing. Do you know that Sterling Silver is at the highest price in thirty years! For many of my customers, that just makes Sterling Silver rosaries out of their budget range.
In response to the high cost of Sterling, many Jewelry manufacturers are now turning to White Bronze as a quality alternative. I am absolutely thrilled to have White Bronze Rosary Parts as an alternative to Sterling Silver.
White Bronze medals have the look of vintage Sterling Silver, are tarnish resistant, solid through and through, strong, detailed, beautiful and affordable. At present I have very limited styles available for my rosaries....however, I will be adding more, as they are available from the caster.
For more information read my other blog post at http://www.blogger.com/blogger.g?blogID=6504289284194767420#editor/target=post;postID=2214823830345795535
Summer is a super busy time for me. I have to keep my Rosary shops going, start stocking up inventory for the Fall, and still take time to be with my family. This year I flew to a nieces wedding for a week, and we also did summer swim team. Three of my kids are on a summer swim team so I am at the pool every morning. I take my beads along, and make rosaries poolside.
On top of all this activity, summer is also the best time to do home improvements. This summer I removed wall paper from the Dining room. It has been on my 'To Do List' for 10 years....so it was about time. I have been systematically removing wallpaper from 1 room every few years and am nearly finished. I also like to paint a room or two
But the most significant of my home improvements was when I moved my rosary workshop completely out of the Dining Room. That too was long overdo. No one wants to look at their business all day every day. So I had been slowly converting a basement space into my rosary workshop. Just a week ago I finally finished organizing all my beads and findings. (See photo on left) It was very exciting for me. Now I can close the door on my business and have a normal looking house...like normal people do!
This shop will be on vacation from June 23 through July 7, 2012. Any orders placed during that time will not ship out until after July 7. I apologize for the inconvenience.
I now carry a lovely bronze Pardon Crucifix that is an option for most rosaries. If you are not familiar with the Indulgences attached to this rosary, they are as follows:
These indulgences have been declared upon the Pardon Crucifix by Pope St. Pius X in 1905, and have been approved in the pardon of the living and the souls in Purgatory in 1907. The lengths of the indulgences were repealed in the new Enchiridion, and the indulgences were granted to remit the guilt of the sin committed:
1. Whoever carries on his person the Pardon Crucifix, may thereby gain an indulgence.
2. For devoutly kissing the Crucifix, an indulgence is gained.
3. Whoever says one of the following invocations before this crucifix may gain each time an indulgence: "Our Father who art in heaven, forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us." "I beg the Blessed Virgin Mary to pray to the Lord our God for me."
4. Whoever, habitually devout to this Crucifix, will fulfill the necessary conditions of Confession and Holy Communion, may gain a Plenary Indulgence on the following feasts: On the feasts of the Five Wounds of our Lord, the Invention of the Holy Cross, the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, the Immaculate Conception, and the Seven Sorrows (Dolors) of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
5. Whoever, at the moment of death, fortified with the Sacraments of the Church, or contrite of heart, in the supposition of being unable to receive them, will kiss this Crucifix and ask pardon of God for his sins, and pardon his neighbor, will gain a Plenary Indulgence.