Sunday, September 19, 2010

Doing What You Love

Ever been told "Its more fun when you do what you love?" Well, I must say I've heard that phrase more times than I can count, but it wasn’t until I discovered what I loved that made that phrase make so much sense.
When I first stumbled upon the craft of candle making, i must say that I was very intimidated. There were so many different types of waxes, scents, and wicks to choose from, that in the very beginning I was ready to throw the towel in and stick to what I knew which was other bath and body products. But as time grew, and I began to seek more knowledge on the craft, I soon discovered how much I really enjoyed it!

Family and friends would find me lost in the candle sections in various stores and I’d find myself drifting in thought on my next candle making experience. I must say that it is refreshing to do something you love. Waking up in the early hours to start on a task that doesn’t seem like “work” is an excellent way to start your day. I am constantly thinking of new ways to mix candles, or new containers that I’d like to try with new scents. It’s a never ending thought process I must say, but I’m doing what I love . .and I encourage you to do the same!!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Fall is Near!!

With summer closing in on us, I can’t help but get excited about my favorite season . . . Fall! Every since I was a young child, I was always fascinated with the way nature changed. I loved the colors of fall, the way the leaves fell, the clothing one wears, and more importantly my favorite holiday Thanksgiving!
While making candles, I can say that I have learned how to recreate the warmth of this season. Upon entering my candle making studio, one could expect to be greeted with the warm scents of apple pie, pumpkin soufflé, pecan pie and other baked deserts. I am so excited about fall. What about you? What is your favorite season and why?

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Back to the Basics!!

Good Afternoon fellow Bloggers and friends! It's been a long time since I've posted to my blog, and in that time a lot of has happened and a lot of thinking has occurred! I am so thankful, that I come to realize how much I loved the craft of candle making and couldn’t stay away from what was calling my name!
I guess I should first tell the story of why I stopped posting blogs, making candles, and selling my products. About a year ago, I lost a close family member at the age of 25 to pancreatic cancer. It shook my world completely! I couldn’t understand how such a young man could be diagnosed with such an aggressive form of cancer; I couldn't understand how he could leave four small children to be raised without a father. Now of course, I didn’t blame him or anybody, but I just couldn’t understand. Upon diagnosis, it only took six months for the cancer to eat away at his body and the time afterwards really left me depressed and without reasoning to want to continue selling or even making my craft.
One would probably think otherwise, that if nothing else, his passing should have encouraged me to continue on. .that life is short. And in some parts of my life, I can say that he did teach me that. However, when it came to entering my craft studio, and begin creating I could not bring myself to do it. I needed time, and I took full advantage of that time. I cried a lot, I asked a lot of questions, I developed new friendships, I laughed, and then I told myself I was ready!
I can honestly say that it was not without help. A special friend told me could I could it. They offered encouragement, they were patient and I thank them for that. I needed someone to listen and to believe in me and they did that, and I thank them for that also. In all areas of my life, I was one who offered encouragement to others, but often neglected to offer that for myself. Now I can say, I understand the power of friendship, motivation and encouragement from others.
So now . . . here I am! Back to the basics! Back to creating what I love! This morning my oldest daughter came to me and said “Mommy, let’s go make some candles!” Wanna guess what we did today?!?!?! Made some Candles! I’m Back!!!!

The image above is my oldest daughter helping to measure the soy wax. Go Ajah!!