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