Springing into something new

I have always had a love for candles. Who doesn’t?

And I have, for some time now, wanted to offer them in my Etsy store. I had hopes last year when I began to work with a candle maker and sell in her shop in Smithville that I could finally expand to carry them. But as things sometimes do it didn’t work out.

But, now…. Now, I have taken a workshop and researched and read and watched and learned all I can to begin this venture on my own. I’m giddy with excitement as the first few I’ve done came out flawlessly. Friends and family bought up nearly all I had in my first round.

( I have, of course, made dozens of candles in mason jars as well)

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50 pounds of soy wax at my doorstep (I do believe the UPS guy fully dislikes me now),

along with the 8oz tins, and cotton wicks I’ve choose to use (shipping with these seems like the best 1st step).

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I hope to reach and begin to work with brides and create these as favors for their weddings, bridesmaids for showers, and so to be mommies baby showers. I have packages outlined on my Facebook page already as I have had several messages about candles as favors and will be getting samples and package prices listed on Etsy asap. These are truly the perfect thing every bit of it is customizable from the color and scent to label and saying on it. Such a fun process to work with someone and create something that is just them.

The possibility is endless with these and I just love the work, birthdays, and anniversaries, teacher gifts, and Mother days, house warming, or just a quik lil thank you to that someone who is always there for you candles are always a perfect choice.

But even if you just want a great candle for your home or need a great gift at a great price, we can create a label just for you and any scent (just about) you can think of we can do as well as color.

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Regards!

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They’re All My Favorite

I guess if asked to pick just one,  I would have to say fall is my favorite. But really I love them all, each for their own reason.

Summer

I love summer for the sun, for the outdoor activities,

canoeing, hiking, biking, fishing, camping.

I love bbq’s and smores around a fire pit in the evening. I love the long days.

Fall

How can you not love fall!?

The days are still warm and the light fades slowly in to the twilight. You can still do everything from summer, but the air is less thick. The kids are off to school all day, and things get done.

Acorns and leaves start to change into fiery colors and soon fall to the ground and crunch under foot.

Sweaters and soft socks come out and work their way back into your life with your favorite worn out jeans but you still need no jacket. The only slow season as it begins so warm and slowly gives way to the cold of winter. Its the only season that gives you time to prepare for the next.

It holds Halloween, and pumpkins and corn mazes and I begin to cook all day stews and such.

Winter

Comes in like a bull the wind whips up, an the bitter cold will take your breathe away.

But that’s ok as Christmas is coming and the tree and beautiful décor all goes up and the music and warmth of these things make you want to stay inside by the fireplace.

Oh I do hate the cold, and the length of this season, it seems to never want to let go of its hold. The short days are sad and cabin fever always takes hold of me.

Spring

Oh Spring you should be as great as fall!

But you never are, maybe a good day here and there but mostly cold, wet and windy, and than out of now where the heat of summer. Spring is by far the weakest season. It seems to allow winter to still stay and break away for the heat and humidity of summer.

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Today I have Fall on my mind.

I lit a Pumpkin Crunch Cake Candle and the smells of vanilla and caramel and pumpkin fill my home.

Its so full of these scents Im hungry from it!

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How Did I Not Know?

Nearly everyday I light a candle.

A beauty ritual I started just over a year ago.

When I came to meet Ashley, a stunning, young, self made women. And she is a Candle Marker.

Owner of The Candlewyck Cottage

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But these candles are not what you may think!

These are in fact lotion. Warmed by the light of the wick. Heaven on your hands, and feet.

I must admit. I am addicted.

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Here’s how it goes for me…

Light Candle before shower. Blow out candle after shower. After drying off, indulge in this soft as butter, silky and sweet, warm lotion. There is NO greasy after feel, and I dress before or after using it. The scent is light and clean. Jersey Girl here is my 1st favorite as I just love the Pineapple Mix scent to it.

 Each candle is hand poured by Ashley, in small batches, combining 100% cosmetic grade soy wax, body safe fragrance/essential oils & NOW infused with organic coconut oil & a touch a vitamin E oil!!

One “dip” & you will be in love!  These candles are designed to soften hands, elbows & heels! But I use it everywhere!

This is heaven sent in the winter.

  Warm lotion? I mean come on! Dry winter skin? Gone!

I’m a barefoot girl myself (year round), this makes for rough feet, or at least it did before I started to treat myself to this process.

So again…how did I not know about these? And if you didn’t either and

your looking for a new way to pamper yourself, or an amazing gift, or you are a shop owner that would love to carry these (yup she’s a wholesale supplier as well). Reach out to Ashley at the Candlewyck Cottage. She will ship…

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Regards!

Having A Dream…

I have never known who or what I wanted to be or to do with my life.

I pretty much let life rule over me, take me down whatever path she saw fit.

Well…That no longer works for me.

And I now have a dream. Ultimately to own my own store,  but currently to create a mobile store.

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These large step vans converted into rolling boutiques are amazing.

Well..at least I think so.

The idea that you can bring a real store to your customers, to have a dry, clean, even heated and/or cooled shop

standing out among the pop-up tents and tables at any festival, fair, or show makes me giddy!

Weather damage to my products a thing of the past, theft cut down, and set up and break down time nearly gone.

The Gypsy Wanderer in me see’s this as her future, her legacy, something to have and hold with my children, to have continued after Im gone. To one day look back and see. You did that. You made and had that.

Now the banks don’t see it this way. They of course see me as a high risk loan, a crafter with a dream, and nothing more.

I see myself as Owner/Operator/Designer. A Hand Crafted Artist. Creator of unique and one of a kind things.

This led me to a GoFundMe campaign.

And Ill admit, this process is online panhandling and very little more. Ive had it set up for about 3 months and raised nothing, but than again Ive put about that into it as it makes me uncomfortable. But I still check in with it “dreaming”. Even today I will update it and share it with fingers crossed.

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For now I remain contently not content with my etsy shop and rental space in a small shop.

Don’t get me wrong these are great but I still make next to nothing Ive lost more money in the last 2 months than I could ever explain yet I still must pay my rent and fees, and it seems every one is making money off me but me.

And so here’s to the “Dream”.

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The Candlewyck Cottage

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Oh where to being, where to begin!?

First, I must say I am beyond blessed to have some the stuff I make available for sale in this shop. And to work with someone so talented and creative. To draw strength, and ideas from her and her shop it is truly a gift.

This is an amazing shop, with a homey feel and warmth unlike so many other candle shops.

From an antique fridge in the corner serving as a stunning display to the beautiful one of a kind hand crafted lights hanging above, I swear you wont know where to look first. I personally always go right for smelling the candles.

This shop will stay with you, in your senses and in your heart.

The Candlewyck Cottage.

Well of course there’s candles! But this shop and its owner are so much more.

A specialty boutique

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Home Décor

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Gifts

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Favors

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Now lets just pause on that right there!

Favors. Favors. And oh so many Favors!!

Candles, Soaps, Banners all so customizable.

Weddings, Bridal/Baby Showers, Birthdays, and so much more. If you are looking for something she can cover you.

Now about those candles.

Hand Poured Soy Candles that is…

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Oh and my personal favorite Sweet Caramel!

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One of the best things about candles is how scents bring back memories, times, people & places.

Now for another favorite…

Their “Simply Soothing Lotion Candles” are BACK & better than ever!! Each candle hand poured by Ashley combining 100% cosmetic grade soy wax, body safe fragrance/essential oils & NOW infused with organic coconut oil & a touch a vitamin E oil!! One “dip” & you will be in love!  These candles are designed to soften hands, elbows & heels!

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These are a true treasure.

This shop is located in the heart of Historic Smithville Village in Southern Jersey.

But don’t worry she can ship.

Stop by, like and follow her facebook page.

https://www.facebook.com/CandlewyckCottage?fref=ts

And if your in Jersey, the village is a great place to go…

http://colonialinnsmithville.com/blog/candlewyck-cottage/

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