March 2012


All done...

Posted on Monday, March 26, 2012

I let the candles sit over night and cure, so this afternoon, I trimmed the wicks and decorated the jars a tad. (I definitely think I am going to use 'sticky' labels instead of the cards.)

Anyway, I took a bunch of pictures of the finished candles, because I am trying to figure out the best way to photograph them. (Any comments on which photos look nice would be greatly appreciated!  I really need to work on my picture taking skills!)

Both of these pictures, are of the large (15oz.) jar of the Black Raspberry Vanilla candle...
The top one is without a flash and the bottom one is with the flash turned on. (I think I prefer the one with the flash turned on.)


All three of these pictures are of the small (4oz.) jar of Black Raspberry Vanilla candle and they all were taken with the flash on.  I did take a couple with the flash off, but those didn't turn out very well. (I'm afraid I am still pretty shaky when it comes to taking pictures, so I had a lot of trouble today!)


The last four pictures are of the first candle I made, a 7oz. jar of Pearberry scented...
I'm not really sure which pictures I like, I do think the ones with the flash on tend to some out clearer and a bit sharper.  I think I just need a lot of practice with my camera!



Yesterday afternoon, I decided to make a couple more 'test' candles for myself and some friends.  I took some pictures and thought I would share them here...

(Here are the jars, waiting to be filled with the pretty colored, wonderful smelling wax!)


The next pictures are of the jars, once they were filled...

I ended up using a small back-up jar I had set up, because my large jar took a lot more wax then I thought it would. (Unfortunately, my small wicks haven't come in yet, so I had to make due with my large ones.  That little jar will definitely be staying with me!)

Anyway, there shall be more pictures soon of the finished products!


Some candle safety tips...

Posted on Friday, March 23, 2012

(These tips are directed towards Soy candles, because those are the type I am planning on making, but the tips are good for other types of candles as well.)
  • Keep wick trimmed to 1/4" at all times. (This ensures even burning and prevents the flame from becoming to big.)
  • Keep candles out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Burn candles within sight.  Never leave burning candles unattended!
  • Always burn candles on a stable, heat resistant surface.
  • Discard any ribbon, twine, tags or other decoration before burning the candle. (Never pick up a candle by the lid, they are used for decorative and covering purposes only.)
  • Extinguish the flame if it becomes to close to the side of your container. (Never use the lid to extinguish a candle.)
  • Keep candles away from drafts or air vents. (Keep candles away from anything that can potentially catch fire.)
  • Do not touch or move candles when they are lit or when the wax is melted. (Remember, the containers can become very hot!)
  • Don't burn candles more than 4 hours.
  • Keep wax free of wick trimmings, matches or any other flammable material.
  • Burn soy candles in a well ventilated room.
  • Don't burn candles when there is a 1/2" or less of wax on the bottom of the container.
  • Put out the candle if it smokes or if the flame becomes larger than 1".  Let the candle stand for at least an hour to cool, then trim the wick and re-light.
  • To discard extra wax, pour it into a trash can or similar container. (Never pour wax down the drain!)


What is this site...

Posted on Thursday, March 22, 2012

There are probably many looking at this, wondering 'what in the world is this site'...
Well, this little blog is all about the homemade crafts I am currently working on and will be placing up for sale soon. (I am planning on opening my own little shop on Etsy, once I get some inventory.)
Right now, I am concentrating my efforts on making candles (and candles will be the main focus), but there will be other creations for sale, during certain times of the year.

I will be working on creating nice, cute soy wax container candles, that look as good as they smell! (Well, that is the plan anyway!)

On this blog, I will be sharing little tidbits and tips that I pick up along the way about candles and other, pictures of projects I am currently working on and possibly some plans for the future.
So, I hope those that visit enjoy their time looking through my blog and eventually my store!