Just like duct tape…so many uses

How do you use yours?

Party Favors * Giveaways * Business Cards * Herb Markers * Graveside Mementos * Celebration of Life Reminders * Meditation Tool * Pocket Reminders * Gifts *
Wedding Favors * Table Decorations * Event Take-Away * Destination Souvenir * Uplifting Reminders * Motivational Tool * Talismans * Good Luck Charm *
Religious Coin * Touchstone * Advertising * Collection Pieces * Decoration

 

 

Indulge Yourself…It’s OK

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Indulge means ‘to give free rein to; to take unrestrained pleasure in; to yield to the desire of; to treat with excessive leniency, generosity, or consideration.’ (Merriam-Webster)

Years ago we took a chance when we added the word ‘indulge’ to our line of word stones. In the middle of all of our other positive, uplifting words, phrases and scripture, the word indulge felt risque, bold and self-serving.  But we were curious how it would be perceived and ran that first batch with a bit of trepidation.

Sure enough, right out of the gate, I remember going through the list of words with a customer one day on the phone.  “Yes, I’ll take Accept, Breathe, Comfort, Discover, Grace, Happiness…oh goodness, no Indulge!  Can’t have that.  That would totally be sending the wrong message…Joy, Kindness…” and the list went on.

“Can’t have that?”  Why not?  I was frustrated by her comment, but I get it.  Your order, your money, your prerogative.  Depending on why you’re buying the stones, I can understand certain circumstances would not warrant ‘indulge’ being the right choice.

But sometimes indulging oneself is good and necessary.  I think the new phrase today would perhaps be ‘self-care’.

I indulged in some self-care this morning, in fact.  I have two elementary school aged children, and getting them to school this morning was…challenging…let’s say.  Feeling frustrated and not a little bit sorry for myself, I pulled out of the school parking lot and conveniently remembered that Dunkin Donuts was just up and around the corner.  10 donut holes later and a cup of good, fresh coffee, and I was perking up for the day.  This morning I deserved those donuts, darn it!

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Indulge remains in our line of word stones, and while it isn’t our most popular word, it sells enough to keep it in the line.  I’m glad.  I’m glad there is some indulgence in the world.

What is your indulgence today?

 

 

 

Colorful Glass Fruits of the Spirit Stones

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Set of 9 coloful glass Fruits of the Spirit stones.

Self-Control * Faithfulness * Joy * Love * Peace * Gentleness * Patience * Goodness * Kindness

$23.50/set in our Etsy shop.

Just like duct tape…so many uses

How do you use yours?

Party Favors * Giveaways * Business Cards * Herb Markers * Graveside Mementos * Celebration of Life Reminders * Meditation Tool * Pocket Reminders * Gifts *
Wedding Favors * Table Decorations * Event Take-Away * Destination Souvenir * Uplifting Reminders * Motivational Tool * Talismans * Good Luck Charm *
Religious Coin * Touchstone * Advertising * Collection Pieces * Decoration

 

Always and Forever

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These colorful glass love stones are just $1.95/each.  Choose the perfect saying to gift to a special person.  The stones come in a variety of colors and fonts styles – from romantic to uplifting, these stones work wonders for the heart.

Check out our entire line of imprinted colored glass stones.  So much fun!

http://www.CourageInStone.com

 

In God’s Care

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Saying goodbye is hard. This stone can be a comforting reminder that your loved one is in God’s hands.

This stone, and other inspirational sayings are $2.95/each with discounts for large quantities.  The stones measure approx. 3″ and are deeply engraved with white ink.

http://www.CourageInStone.com

It’s hard to say goodbye

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Years ago when I first started this business, my first line of word stones were very similar to the picture above.  They were made of marble, and were etched with about 50 different words.  They were great sellers, but they needed some improvement and we eventually decided to design our own using a new manufacturer.  The line pictured above was born.  We call them Marble Energy Stones.

We eventually expanded our inventory to include words engraved or imprinted on river rocks, glass, pewter and even ceramic.  But as we grew our lines, the marble stones took a back seat.  River rocks became our #1 seller…I think because of their organic nature and price points.  The marble stones just weren’t holding their own anymore.

The shift happened about 5 years ago, and each year since, as we brought in new product and liquidated old, I would campaign to keep these marble stones that reminded me of how far we’ve come and carried a nostalgic weight.  Deep down I knew it was not business savvy to keep these stones.  But I have poured my heart and soul into this business and to give up on an original product seemed like failure.

That is, until we had so many other great, wonderful and fantastic products that we just don’t have room for those original stones.  We are beyond excited about all the new stones and tokens and pocket pieces we have in stock and in the works.  Our creative juices are flowing…we’ve got so much new energy and we’re so jazzed to spread as much inspiration as we can!

And so here we are.  I am ready to say goodbye to these marble stones.  And yes, they are ‘just’ stones, but they are more than that to me, and always will be.

~Brenda

P.S. These Marble Energy Stones are now on sale while supplies last.  A superb deal at $1.25/each (down from $2.50/ea)!  They truly are beautiful stones…deeply engraved with gorgeous swirls of color.   But I’m not biased.  😉