We’re not sure what we like more, the new candles or our new custom boxes!
We have 3 new tumbler (or jar) candle scents: White Tea & Berries, Very Vanilla and Classic Lavender! They all come packaged in our own new boxes!
Each of these candle scents were chosen after careful “testing” by our own in-house testers–the Sisters! White Tea & Berries was a favorite. Very Vanilla was a favorite and Lavender, well, you guessed it, that was a favorite, too! There were a few other scents the sisters thought were worthy of the Cloister Shoppe and perhaps we’ll be able to offer those in the future.
Our new boxes are a great improvement on the original boxes we were getting. These were made for this particular tumbler are sturdy as well. The sisters worked on the design with the box maker. Now we have A LOT of boxes!
If you don’t know which candle to choose you just might have to try them all!
While the weather has been quite stormy Sister Chandler has been inside creating beautiful 100% beeswax tapers for the Cloister Shoppe!
Enjoy the beautiful glow of all natural 100% beeswax tapers. These candles are approximately 10″ and fit standard 7/8″ candlestick holders. Each candle burns for approximately 9-10 hours and are nearly drip less if burned in a draft-free location.
Each candle is hand-poured and then after the candles begin to cool they are “topped off” with more wax. After they are removed from the molds, the wicks are trimmed and each candle is is given a fluted base by inserting the candle in a hot base former.
The bad news is that come tomorrow, January 26th postage is going up again! Can you believe it? We’ll see how it goes but we might need to make a few price adjustments later on. We hope we don’t! We do our very best to keep our shipping costs as low as we possibly can.
In fact did you know that if the actual shipping is more than you paid we don’t charge you! If it is considerably less we give you a refund! I bet Amazon wouldn’t do that!
Thank you to all who have written expressing concern that the Cloister Shoppe perhaps was no more!
Yes, indeed, we are still very much in business. Our site is experiencing some technical difficulties. We think that perhaps it went to Florida for a quick vacation until it warms up a little around here!
We hope to have the site back up soon!
God bless you!
By Tuesday, December 17th, the shelves were BARE! It looked like the grocery store before a blizzard! Grateful for the store being closed until January 2nd, we shut the door and enjoyed preparing for and celebrating Christmas!
So, now we’re back stocking up again! Today the Sisters have an enormous pot of hand creme in progress as our hand cremes are popular during the winter months. Some people tell us that now they are used to the “real thing” it’s all they will use! We like to hear that!
Soon, we should be all stocked up again and Sr. Mary Veronica and Sr. Mary Catharine are looking forward to some mornings in the sewing room! The Sisters look forward to receiving new aprons! Aprons might not officially be a part of our habit…but they should be!
This morning Sister checked the orders before Mass to see if she needed to turn on the soap pots. To her shock there were 44 orders placed since last night!!
She posted it on the board near Choir with the note. PLEASE HELP in the soap room if you can! One sister walked by and said, “I guess there are a lot of procrastinators out there!”
Later, we found that the cause of this “flurry” wasn’t procrastination but the kindness of Fr. Z who told everyone to “buy soap”!
Thank you to each and everyone of you for your generosity! Believe it or not, we got nearly 80 orders packed today!
You probably can imagine what it was like since we are not set up for this many orders at once nor do we have much room! Sabina didn’t help as she kept needing to lay down right next to various sisters working and getting in her loveable way!
The Cloister Shoppe closes tonight at midnight and will reopen after Christmas–probably not until January 2nd!
By the way, we had lots of fun and Aisling, our candidate arrived around 1PM from Ireland just in time to join the fun!
We hope you all had a blessed Thanksgiving! Here at the monastery we celebrate the holiday pretty much like everyone else except for a few noticeable differences:we still keep our schedule of prayer and we don’t watch football!
Several friends—old and new—stopped by with gifts of pies, vegetables and bread and even a fully cooked turkey! We are blessed every year to receive Thanksgiving dinner from our friends at the Grand Summit Hotel across the street from us.
Our Advent candles were a big hit and we are sorry that we don’t have any more available. We’ll be more prepared next year!
We hope to have 100% beeswax tapers available in 2014. For now we hope you will try our Christmas tumbler-jar candles. It seems that each scent is a favorite of different groups of Sisters. All I know is that when we make a batch of candles everyone comments on how much they enjoy the smell wafting up to the main floor of the monastery!
Some have asked if the glass can be used after the candle has burnt out. Absolutely! This is one of the reasons we choose this type of receptacle. These are very sturdy Libbey drinking glasses. If you have difficulty removing the wick tab you can do a few things. First, place the glass on a cookie sheet, pie plate, etc. and put in the oven on LOW for a few minutes. Or, if you have a gas oven, you can put the sheet with the glass on it on top of one of the stove burners for a little while until the glass heats up. Or you can fill the glass with hot water and soak until the tab loosens.
It’s hard to believe that Christmas is in less than a month except that we’ve been quite busy in the soap department! We do our best to get orders out within a few days and with December 16th being the LAST DAY you can place your orders you’ll receive everything in plenty of time to wrap your gifts! If you are ordering from another country besides the USA give some extra time for that.
Don’t forget that if you use the coupon code NATALE (our favorite Christmas soap!) you can receive 10% off any order over $20. Just a little way for us to make it easier for you and to to show our gratitude for your support.
At the requests of several customers, limited edition fountain pens are now available online. From start to finish these pens are made by Sr. Woodworker. Sister learned how to make pens from another sister back in July, and by August we had already launched them on the website. Much attention and detail goes into making sure each pen turns out well. The craftsmanship and care of each pen truly makes it a work of art.
This craft fosters a re-connection with the beauty of handcrafted items and the importance of having to work hard to complete a quality item, continuing the tradition of our monastic roots as featured recently in our newsletter.
Sister’s pens were even featured on Elizabeth Scalia’s blog The Anchoress. with a wonderful picture of what the logo design card looks like. These pens are great for Christmas gifts, which will be upon us soon. This is one item that won’t go bad in the coming months so it doesn’t hurt to get them early.
In the finishing process 150, 240, 320, 400, 600 grit sandpaper is used to achieve a smooth finish. Then 1500, 1800, 2400, 3200, 4000, 6000, 8000, and 12000 grit sanding pads with a high friction polish are used to complete the wooden section of the pen a thin coat to protect against fingerprints and supposedly make it “food safe” (I guess for people who like to chew on pens). Most of the pens are made from select exotic woods. These fountain pens or the Wall Street II version, several featuring a stylus may be found at our web-store here.
The candle shop has been a beehive of activity (excuse the pun!) these past weeks as the Sister Chandlers have been experimenting to make Advent Candles! Do you know how hard it is to get a nice liturgical purple? And rose! Or is it pink?
By request of our friends 100% beeswax candles for your Advent wreath are now available at the Cloister Shoppe! We choose to make them from beeswax for several reasons. First, for the symbolism of beeswax (you can learn about it when you visit the candles!) and because there are many practical reasons why beeswax is superior for taper candles. Although beeswax is more expensive it really is a lot more value for your dollar as a taper can last approximately 9-10 hours. Also, the candles are drip-less unless there is a draft. Sister Chandler has not-so-good memories of her family Advent wreath and the stearine candle of the 1st week being burned down nearly to the end by the end of the week!
Our beeswax comes from US hives so that helps US beekeepers! Incidentally, our jar candles are entirely from US sources as well!
The Advent candles are made in small quantities using molds not so different from the molds used hundreds of years ago. So, order your candles early so as not to have Sister Chandler burning HER candle on both ends!