Monday, October 21, 2013

Sunday, August 25, 2013

OK, so this has nothing to do with candles…

Recently our pastor (also my husband) asked a group, “In what way(s) do you want God to change you?”  My answer automatically formed into 6 bullets, which all just happen to start with the same letter – I’m not sure why.  I think this happened partly because I’m a “list person” and I always think in bullets, but it can also be attributed to living with a pastor for 28+ years.   At any rate, here they are…
I want God to help me to be more:
 Loving – put people first, above things or the task at hand, to not look at people as an interruption, to remember how much God loves me, and share that love.
Lively – energetic, enthusiastic, excited about Jesus – not the long-faced “suffering servant” but a joyful person, living out an abundant life in Christ.
 Loud – proclaim the gospel unashamedly, never passing up an opportunity.
 Legit – authentic, genuine – does my Walk match my Talk?
 Linked – connected in a real & genuine way to other believers, to not shy away from people who need me because it may be too time-consuming, complicated, or emotionally draining.
 Looking – Always expectantly looking for God at work around me.
So, how about you?  In what way(s) do you want God to change you?

"Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God." ~Ephesians 5:1-2

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Fundraiser FUN


Your group can earn up to 50% of total sales with Fragrant Offering Candles Fundraisers

Thanks to Fragrant Offering, our cheer squad
raised enough from our "Fragrant Offering"
fundraiser to go on an end of the year trip.
Working with Gina Dees was a pleasure and
our order was delivered on time with
everything we ordered correct. We had
nothing but good feedback about the
fragrances. The candles were wonderful and
seem to burn forever. The wax warmer blocks
are strong, but not overbearing at all. It was
the only fundraiser like this that I have been
involved in that personalized the products
with our school logo. Very impressive! I would
highly recommend Fragrant Offering for a
fundraiser for your organization.
June Alexander
Volunteer Sponsor
Calvary Baptist Academy Green Cheer Squad





Saturday, August 17, 2013

Over Yonder

"Take delight in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart." Psalm 37:4 (RSV)
It's so good to see a dream come true, or at least make progress toward it.  At the beginning of this year, I set a goal of finding another couple of local places to sell my candles.

In July, I saw a friend's Facebook post about how she was going to rent a booth to sell her handmade photo albums in a new crafters outlet called "Over Yonder" here in my town.  Next thing you know, I'll be moving in on Aug. 31 & the Grand Opening is Sep. 3rd.  So now I'm making Candles as fast as I possibly can!

A couple of nights ago, we had a vendor meeting at the new store to give us a chance to meet each other and get necessary information about the Grand Opening.  One of the vendors I met told me about another Art & Craft boutique in a nearby town...a store that just happens to be looking for a candlemaker!  I say, "just happens to be" tongue-in-cheek, because I know God has orchestrated both of these situations.

I praise Him and give Him the glory for any success I will have in these new places.

 "Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established." Proverbs 16:3 (RSV)

Monday, August 5, 2013

What’s a Gross?

My Dad and “Hee-Haw” have about the same sense of humor – both belong in the cornfield – if you know what I mean!  I was raised on Hee-Haw & maybe the Disney movie on Sunday night & classic country music.

As I was growing up, I loved to sneak and listen to my Dad's records when he wasn’t around.   I learned to appreciate Porter Wagoner, (and all his rhinestones) Dolly Parton, Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn.  I loved how their songs told stories of love and life – happiness and heartache.
As a kid in the late seventies & early eighties, the word “gross” (among many other words) was taking on a new meaning.  When we said it, we meant gory, bloody, dirty, sickening, etc.  But without fail, every time one of us would say “Gross!!” around my Dad, he would inevitably respond “What--a hundred and forty-four?”  He thought he was so funny.

Tonight, my aching back knows exactly what a gross is … 144 – Aloe Vera scented Soy Wax Mini-Melts.  They’ll be on their way to Peoria , IL tomorrow.  My house smelled so wonderful while I was pouring and packaging these, and it still does.  I love my night job!!!

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Don't you just love productive days?

I love days like today!  It has been so productive.
I poured 3 oz. melts & 1 oz. mini-melts in 12 brand new fall & winter scents -- amazing scents like Grandma’s Kitchen, Pineapple & Brown Sugar & Cranberry Orange Scone – just to name a few.  While the wax is melting, I am creating and printing the labels.  I have always made my own labels, as it would be too costly to have them professionally printed, with over 100 scents & all the different sizes and styles of labels required for each different product.  Once the melts and candle wax is set up, I can place the labels on the products.  Some stay here at my house and I list them for sale on my website.  Over 40 melts & a few candles I made today will go to the craft boutique downtown where I rent a small booth. 
Another big project I completed today was a major editing on my website.  The average customer wouldn’t notice it.  Even a fellow seller probably wouldn’t notice it either, so outwardly it is a very subtle change, but it was big & time-consuming for me.  When I first started selling on Etsy, I “followed” any and everybody, just to get them to “follow” me back.  Those numbers mean something to somebody, but I’m not sure who.  Lately, I have been thinking about how many of the sellers I have followed and favorited, and especially some of the items I favorited, don’t really reflect who I am.  So I spent a large amount of my time today “un-following” and “un-favoriting.”  Now if anyone looks at my favorites, you can know that they are really my favorites.
Oh, and I also learned what Snow Taffy is… but that’s another post.
I have been working so hard lately – burning the candle at both ends, so to speak.  You could say I have 2 full-time jobs (one that I get paid for) and my candle business, which is more a labor of love (for now.)  So tomorrow – Sunday – I will take God’s word literally and REST!!

The new fragrances I poured today...

Pineapple & Brown Sugar
Frosty Windowpane
Grandma's Kitchen
Victorian Pine
Autumn Mums
Snow Taffy
Alpine Frost
Warm Vanilla Nutmeg
Mulberry Frost
Toasted Marshmallow
Cranberry Orange Scone
Rocky Mountain Memories


Friday, August 2, 2013

Oh, yes... and if...

I just completed my 1st year as a Seller on ETSY.  For those of you who may not know what that is, Etsy is an e-commerce website that has been around since 2005, focused on handmade or vintage items as well as art and craft supplies.  The name of the company is derived from the word “etsi” which means “oh, yes” in Italian, and it means “and if” in Latin.

In retrospect, those 2 words describe my experience perfectly!!  There were many “Oh, Yes!!” moments, like my first sale to a lady in Kentucky… and then there was my largest order: 40 candles! That order went to a sweet lady in Boston just a few days after the Marathon bombing.  I have had the pleasure of “meeting” so many nice people from all over our country and the world thru Etsy.  A few months into my adventure, I set a goal of making 50 sales by my one-year mark & I actually ended up with 57 sales…”Oh, Yes!!”

And that’s where the “and if” comes in.  I review all my stats for the year, and set my goals for my 2nd year.  It’s a bit loftier, “and if” I work hard (really, really hard) I can do it!  In setting the new goal, my first thought was just double that number.  But after much soul-searching, I realized that’s not good enough.  I can do better than that -- so I decided to not double, or even triple my goal for this year… I quintupled it.  Yes 250 sales is my goal for this year!! 

In the words of John Lennon, “You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one!”

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Aromatherapy & Stress

Author: Adam Khan

Smelling something pleasant makes you measurably calmer and kinder. Aromatherapy stress relief has a long history but the relationship between aromatherapy and stress is something scientists are now documenting. Read on...

AT THE UNIVERSITY OF CINCINNATI, volunteers did stress-inducing tasks on a computer while wearing oxygen masks. Piped through the masks was either plain air or scented air. For this study, they used two scents: peppermint and lily-of-the-valley. They got about the same results from both scents: People breathing the fragrance made, on average, twenty-five percent fewer errors than the people breathing plain air.

Similar studies have been done on other tasks — clerical work, decoding, proofreading — with similar results. People perform better when they're smelling something pleasant.

As researchers look into it, the sense of smell appears to have far-reaching effects. Robert Baron's research at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute found that people smelling a pleasant fragrance were more than twice as likely to volunteer to help a co-worker than people breathing plain air. "It's not the particular scent that's important," Baron says, "but that a person finds it pleasant." Light floral scents, he says, as well as the smell of citrus, appeal to almost everyone.

Baron did other experiments at a mall. When the aroma of baking cookies or roasting coffee was in the air, people were twice as likely to hand over a dollar when a stranger asked for one than in areas with no particular scents.

Baron tested the same thing with someone clumsily dropping a ballpoint pen. People were twice as likely to help the person (by picking up the pen for them) when there was a pleasant smell in the air than when there wasn't. Baron says basically the effect is caused by simply improving peoples' moods. He says when people are in a better mood, they are nicer.

Smells have a definite, measurable effect on your sense of calm. Alan Hirsch, a researcher in Chicago, said, "We've been looking at a form of long-term anxiety, called generalized anxiety disorder, hoping to find an odor that might reduce the level of stress. So far, green-apple smell seems to be the most effective."

He also said they've discovered that the scent of lavender increases alpha brain waves, the electrical rhythm of the brain associated with relaxation.

Get some essential oils or incense, or candle, or some fresh flowers, or anything that produces a smell you find pleasant. It is hardly noticeable, but it will make you feel calmer, and maybe even improve your competence.

Author: Adam Khan

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Benefits of Soy Candles

Soy Wax Candles are fast gaining popularity. Soy Wax is more opaque than parafin wax and candles made with soy usually come in pastel colors or white/off white.  Made from Soy Beans, soy wax is a clean-burning natural wax which may be used without additives necessary for changing the color, hardness, or clarity. Unlike paraffin wax, soy wax has natural oils that mix well with fragrant oils. Therefore, soy wax is able to hold more scent per pound than paraffin wax and shrinks very little during the candle making process.  Soy candles can have a bumpy or cratered surface.  This is perfectly fine and there is nothing wrong with your candle if the surface is not as smooth as petroleum based candles. 
Some other benefits of Soy Candles

  • Soy Wax is nontoxic.
  • Soy Wax is a completely natural and renewable resource.
  • Soy Wax helps support the American farmer.
  • Soy Wax is clean burning.
  • Soy Wax produces measurably less soot than other waxes, when burned correctly Soy Wax is virtually soot free.  
  • Soy Wax candle spills clean up much easier than other wax spills; simply use soap and hot water to get the wax out of carpets or upholstery.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

The Music of Fragrance

Fragrance notes

If you read many fragrance descriptions, you will notice that they are usually described in a musical metaphor as having three sets of notes, making the harmonious scent accord. The notes unfold over time, with the immediate impression of the top note leading to the deeper middle notes, and the base notes gradually appearing as the final stage. These notes are created carefully with knowledge of the evaporation process of the perfume.

Top notes: The scents that are perceived immediately on application of a perfume. Top notes consist of small, light molecules that evaporate quickly. They form a person's initial impression of a perfume and thus are very important in the selling of a perfume. Also called the head notes.

Middle notes: The scent of a perfume that emerges just prior to when the top notes dissipate. The middle note compounds form the "heart" or main body of a perfume and act to mask the often unpleasant initial impression of base notes, which become more pleasant with time. They are also called the heart notes.

Base notes: The scent of a perfume that appears close to the departure of the middle notes. The base and middle notes together are the main theme of a perfume. Base notes bring depth and solidity to a perfume. Compounds of this class of scents are typically rich and "deep" and are usually not perceived until 30 minutes after application. The scents in the top and middle notes are influenced by the base notes, as well the scents of the base notes will be altered by the type of fragrance materials used as middle notes. Manufacturers of perfumes usually publish perfume notes and typically they present it as fragrance pyramid, with the components listed in imaginative and abstract terms.


Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Did you know Soy Candles have a Memory?

When you light a Soy Candle for the very first time, it is important to allow it to burn for 2 ½ - 3 hours, until you have achieved a melted wax pool about ½ inch deep across the entire surface of the candle.  This will establish your soy candle’s “memory” for the remainder of its life.  This will not only increase the scent throw of the candle, but will help to avoid tunneling (burning only down the center of the candle) or self-extinguishing flames.