Neon MADNESS!!!

Heads up all you neon fans!  I just got a huge box of 6mm fire polished neon beads in.  There are 10 different colors (I think).  It will take me a while to sort through them and get them photographed and listed, but I wanted to give you all a heads up.  Here is a sneak peek! b_wink

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New Car Rosaries Coming Soon!!

Hey Everyone!

Just a quick note to let you know I am revamping my car rosary inventory, just in time for Christmas!  I have several new designs coming very soon.  Please check back here for pictures and more details.  Some of these new designs will be a one time deal because they are made from beads that have been discontinued.  So if you see one you like, check the description to see if it is a “one of a kind” design.  OK?  Once those are gone, I won’t be able to make any more.

Thanks bunches,

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Parts Back In Stock!!

Hey Everyone!

This is just a quick note to let you all know that my Italian shipment came in this week.  I’m in the process of updating the store, but I wanted to let you know that we will have 2 new saint centerpieces in (St. Agatha and St. Dymphna) along with larger quantity discounts (30-40% on some items). So come by and check it out!!

Once I get the new saint pieces listed, I’ll post links here!

Speziale 🙂

Rosary Part Confusion

Hey everyone!!  I just wanted to take a few minutes to talk about a rosary part issue that’s been popping up more frequently lately.   Most of the time I believe it’s purely accidental.  I mean, we’ve all been there right?  Super busy, without a lot of spare time on our hands. Sometimes it’s just easier and faster to shop by looking at pictures instead of reading item descriptions. b_wink  I know these types of situations are perfectly innocent, but sometimes this type of thing has happened for less innocent reasons.

About a month or so ago I had someone deliberately trying to bully me into giving them parts either below wholesale cost or for free.  I wish I could say this was the first time, but unfortunately it has happened before.  These types of buyers purchase with the intention of taking advantage without any remorse or regret, which is strange when coming from people making prayer beads.  Honestly, it’s a horrible position to be in which is why I decided to take some time and explain in more detail the way the shop is set up when it comes to rosary parts.  Hopefully this will help clarify things by showing everyone exactly what to look for. b_wink

As most of you know, my shop has rosary parts in two different locations: those for individual sale and those for use with Custom Rosary orders. Individual parts are listed under the category heading “Individual Rosary Parts” while those used for my custom rosaries are under the “Custom Rosaries” heading.  Normally the cost for parts in the custom section is lower than the cost of individual rosary parts, for a reason.  When a customer purchases a custom rosary the “base price” includes the cost of the beads, basic wire & chain, along with some basic centerpiece and crucifix choices which is why many of the part choices (in the custom rosary sections) are free.  Their cost is already included in the base.  The more expensive, upgraded parts will have an additional cost to make up the difference, which is why they are cheaper than when listed individually.

OK, let’s start with the Custom Rosary category pages since those areas seem to be the most confusing for people.

The simplest way to see if the parts you are looking at are for custom rosaries is to look for the words  Custom in the item titles, and  “not for individual sale” in the item and category descriptions.  For example, the first screenshot below shows the main Custom Rosary category page.  This page offers links to bead and part options for Speziale custom rosary customers.  You will see the words Custom (next to the titles) and the words “not for individual sale” in the category description.  You can click on all of the images below to see larger versions with more detail.  The highlighted sections point out what to look for while shopping.

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This next screenshot shows the Custom: Rosary Centers page.  All of the subsections of the Custom Rosary Category are set up the same way including the words Custom and “not for individual sale” spread throughout.  But also notice how the parts are listed/grouped by theme (not individually), which makes it easier for custom rosary customers to find what they need.

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This next screenshot shows what an the rosary part listings look like in my Custom Rosary section.  Rosary parts for custom rosaries are always pictured/listed in themed groups instead of individually.  Like before, you will also see the words Custom and “not for individual sale” in several places (i.e. beneath photo title, in the photo caption, and in the description for the items).  See the highlighted sections below for more detail.

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Now, let’s take a look at the areas of the store where rosary makers and crafters can purchase rosary parts for their own very special creations! The 1st screenshot below is of my “Individual Rosary Parts” category page.  You can see where the parts are categorized according to type (i.e. crucifixes, centers, sets).  Even though it is similar to the custom section, you won’t find the word “Custom” anywhere on this page.

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This next screenshot shows what the individual part sections look like (for this purpose I just used the rosary center category page, but the layout is the same for crucifixes and sets).  You will notice that the parts in each section are listed individually, not according to theme or groups.  Another thing to notice is the item title.  You don’t see the word “custom” here either, just the name for each part including a rough size for that part.  OK?

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This final screenshot shows you what an individual rosary part listing looks like. Notice the product name (including size), the item photo (single image), and the words “priced per crucifix” in the item description. Sometimes, quantity discounts are even available!! b_wink

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Does that make sense?  So in short, if you are looking at something that mentions the word “custom” and doesn’t say “priced per center/crucifix/set” then you are in the Custom Rosary section which means those parts are “not for individual sale”.

I hope this will help clarify things a little bit more.  Remember to click on the screenshots so you can see the details better.  And remember if you every have any questions about ordering parts, please let me know.  I’m here to help!! b_wink

Breast Cancer Rosary Part Set

Hey everyone!!

Good News!!  My breast cancer rosary part set is now back in stock!!  I have enough for individual sale as well as a few for custom rosaries in both the silver plate and sterling silver finish.  The back of the crucifix says “pray for a cure” and the back of the rosary centerpiece says “remember”.  Click here for more details on the symbolism behind my breast cancer rosary parts.

Thank you for your patience!! b_winkpink opal bc rosary

Why Cancer Rosaries for Charity??

My cancer rosaries are dedicated to friends and family members who have passed from various forms of this scary disease. They are a small gesture to help those who are going through, or have recently been through, the trauma of Cancer. At a time when they need to heal, find strength, and process through their grief. To read about the symbolism behind my custom cancer rosaries click here for Breast Cancer and click here for All Other Cancers.

It is not uncommon for those with a severe illness to lose their support systems. Sometimes family and friends aren’t strong enough to cope with the challenges and sacrifices involved in being there for someone who is very sick. It’s just too difficult for them to watch someone they deeply care about suffer so much.

I’m hoping my rosaries will be a source of comfort and support for ALL cancer victims (including those who feel completely helpless while their loved one either struggles for their life or loses the battle). They are also a gentle reminder to those who have survived to thank God every day for the gift of life and continue to pray for a cure.

The important thing to remember is praying for cancer victims, their families and friends is not enough. We also need to pray for those involved in cancer research, like the drug companies, doctors, scientists, etc. Sometimes their focus strays and their priorities shift to financial gain instead of finding life saving and affordable treatment options.

50% of the profit from all of my Cancer rosaries goes to various charities for Cancer Research.cancer rosaries
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USPS Postage Increases Now In Effect!

I have some bad news. Sad Face :(

The US Post Office just raised their shipping rates as of Jan 18, 2016.  Although it has been a couple years since their last major increase, for some, this one will be a doozie depending upon which shipping option you choose.  My new shipping rates are now as follows:

1st Class US Shipping: Flat $3.50
Priority 3-Day (not guaranteed): Flat $7.25 (included up to $50 insurance)
Canadian Shipping: Flat $11.00 (no insurance or tracking included)
Shipping insurance for US shipments only starts at $2.20 and goes all the way up to $5.80 depending upon the amount of insurance you need.

Click HERE to check out my Shipping FAQ page for more details.