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It’s been a while since Husby and I have been at a craft show.  They seem few and far between now days, and I hope that changes.

However, last weekend I showed my wares at the Cannon Falls Wine and Art Festival and we had a blast.  The attendance was phenomenal, much to the delight of all food and artisan vendors.  The weather was more wonderful than could have been expected (low 80s F and wonderful breeze!) for the third week in July in Minnesota.

Whenever I show my wares at a craft show I demand my roadie participate in certain activities.  Mostly dancing.  I was so happy to listen to the music of The Northside Dukes at this festival.  Husby (aka roadie) and I have enjoyed their music for over a decade, and have become friends with the band members, mostly because we know the moves to Hand Jive.

There was a guy taking a video of me and Husby doing the Hand Jive with band, but I didn’t catch him to request a copy.  It may be out there in cyberworld somewhere.  However, the organizer of the event caught Husby and me dancing by our booth to some other song. We can’t help ourselves when it comes to The Northside Dukes.

 

Thank you Cannon Falls for hosting a most wonderful event.  Thank you Auntie B’s Wax fans for supporting my business.  And thank you, Northside Dukes, for bringing jives to my hands.

 

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Hiatus

I’m not one to apologize for not posting on my blog.  I’m not going to make excuses or explanations.  Let’s just say a “hiatus” is something very common to the very best writers and artisans, although I don’t claim to be counted among the best of either.

Sure, Wordless Wednesday posts have popped up here and there; a photograph is easy, especially if one is not known for her photography.  But even some of my photos, no matter how good or intriguing, have been tossed to the ditches of Hiatusville.

Of course Auntie B herself hasn’t been on hiatus.  Many things have been happening in personal and business ventures.  Her (aka “my”) writing muscle hasn’t been working too well lately, but the atrophy is lifting.

And because I always like to leave my visitors (if any are left) with at least one photo, let me show you one that depicts the eternal journey…

 

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Buy It Friday is a nice addition to Auntie B’s blogging adventures. Not only does it give me the opportunity to show some of my fabulous products, it gives you the chance to buy those products directly from this site. Win-win!

The Midwest is being pummeled with tons of snow and high winds of late.  You’d think it was wintertime instead of springtime, or dare I say…Christmastime?

The snowfall has harkened me back to the snowy, cozy days of Christmas.  Perhaps Ebenezer Scrooge’s quote “I shall honor Christmas in my heart and try to keep it all the year” is ringing forth in my ears, as we’re over four months into the new year and I’m filled with the Christmas spirit due to the snowy surroundings.

What better light to bring to a cold winter night than a flickering candle scented with peppermint?

You may not be living through the dreadful springtime blizzard that is rushing through my neck of the woods, but peppermint is so much more than a scent of Christmas, candy canes and winter.  The aroma of peppermint has been known to have memory- and alertness-enhancing properties.

Oh, I can’t guarantee alertness and acute memory with the burning of this candle, but it is certainly refreshing and rejuvenating.  No matter what the season, a peppermint-scented candle will bring a lively and enjoyable fragrance to your home.

Peppermint Pillar Candle

The energizing aroma of peppermint and the cheery color of pink all in one fabulous candle! Remember, candles make a great hostess or housewarming gift ~ if you can resist keeping it for yourself! I hand-pour all of my candles in small batches to ensure each one is created to give you hours of candle-burning enjoyment. I use only the best quality paraffin wax and all cotton wicks to provide the cleanest burn possible. Please remember to trim the wick to ¼ inch (.63 cm) before burning. If the flame becomes too large or if smoking occurs extinguish the candle, trim the wick and relight, being careful of the hot wax and wick. Dimensions: 3” (7.62 cm) diameter X 3” (7.62 cm) height Shrink wrapped for maximum fragrance retention.

$15.20

Price includes shipping within the US only. If you’re outside the US and would like to purchase, please contact me at auntiebswax4u@yahoo.com and I’ll provide an adjusted price.

Auntie B’s has many other things for sale in the Etsy shop. You can also seem me in person at these venues.

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Buy It Friday is a nice addition to Auntie B’s blogging adventures. Not only does it give me the opportunity to show some of my fabulous products, it gives you the chance to buy those products directly from this site. Win-win!

All right, I realize the Buy It Friday post is a little late, but there’s a good reason for that.  I was busy on Friday and was watching Batman (the series) on Saturday.

The Batman episode I saw was titled That Darn Catwoman.  I’m not even kidding.  Robin was seduced and drugged by Pussycat (Leslie Gore) and Catwoman (Julie Newmar) proposed to Batman before jumping into the river/ocean to her apparent death.  That darn Catwoman, indeed.

I fancy the old Batman series well over the newer Batman movies because they’re schmaltzy and more true to the old comics.

You can bring all the glory of Batman to your next party with Auntie B’s drink charms.

Your guests can choose a charm for their drink (to be fit on a mug or stemware) or you can assign characters to them according to your personal feelings.  Will your guest be charmed as a villain or hero?

Batman, Robin, and Catwoman. Purrrrfect.

Joker, Penguin, and Riddler – the evil trifecta.

So much kitsch and retro charm!  Invite your guests into the Bat Cave for some Bat Libations with these utterly nostalgic drink charms.

 

Batman Drink Charms Set of 6

Each set contains six (6) drink charms. Images are cut by hand before being affixed to flattened bottle caps with archival quality adhesive, then sealed with resin. Each of the six charms will have its own unique bead color. The colors of the beads are at the discretion of Auntie B and subject to availability (may differ from those shown in the pictures). The charms come on a white cardboard label describing the use of drink charms and the names of the images included. The Batman set includes: Batman, Robin, Catwoman, Joker, Penguin, and Riddler Each bottle cap charm is approximately 1 1/4″ (3.17 cm) diameter These charms are not dishwasher safe but can be wiped clean with a damp cloth. Price includes shipping within the US only. If you’re outside the US and would like to purchase, please contact me at auntiebswax4u@yahoo.com and I’ll provide an adjusted price.

$18.50

 

Auntie B has many other things for sale in the Etsy shop. You can also seem me in person at these venues.

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Buy It Friday is a nice addition to Auntie B’s blogging adventures. Not only does it give me the opportunity to show some of my fabulous products, it gives you the chance to buy those products directly from this site. Win-win!

If you don’t know who Christopher Walken is, you haven’t been paying attention.  As one of my favorite actors he’s taken parts involving dancing, comedy, and my favorite, the resident psycho.

 

One thing I imagine Christopher to embrace is a sense of humor, which is why I created these magnets.  A play on words or a pun (I can never remember the difference of the two), Chris is Walken on all sorts of things with these magnets.

 

 

I sell them individually in my Etsy shop, and now they’re also available as a set of seven for a discounted price, in the shop and here on this page.  If you’re a Walken fan, or know one, these magnets are just right.

 

 

Christopher Walken, you’re my hero and most definitely my inspiration.

 

The Walken Series ~ Magnets

Christopher Walken has been know to play some of the most psychotic and/or intense characters in movie history, which makes these magnets so great. This set is a collection of all the Walken magnets available in this shop (available separately), and by buying all seven you save over $20! Great gift for the Christopher Walken fan or anyone who loves a good pun. Laminated images will ensure easy cleaning (damp cloth). Thickest magnet available, approximately 1/16” (.67 mm), making the cling of the image as strong as the message it sends. All magnets are hand-cut. “AUNITIE B’S” WATERMARK WILL NOT APPEAR ON THE MAGNET. Dimensions of each magnet: 3½” (8.89 cm) Wide X 2½” (6.35 cm) Long All orders will be shipped within 4 business days after payment is complete. If I’m unable to ship in a timely manner I’ll contact you. Price includes shipping within the US only. If you’re outside the US and would like to purchase, please contact me at auntiebswax4u@yahoo.com and I’ll provide an adjusted price.

$33.00

 

Auntie B has many other things for sale in the Etsy shop. You can also seem me in person at these venues.

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Buy It Friday is a nice addition to Auntie B’s blogging adventures. Not only does it give me the opportunity to show some of my fabulous products, it gives you the chance to buy those products directly from this site. Win-win!

Decades ago I’d played with Barbie dolls, not unlike any other girl of my generation.  Between me and Charlotte we had (at least) two Barbies, a Skipper, and a Francie.  Barbie was brunette, Francie was blonde with a flip hairdo, and Skipper was Barbie’s younger sister, a teen doll.  There were Barbies at Grandma’s house too, a red-haired Barbie (probably one of the originals) and also Midge, Barbie’s best friend.  We had no Ken dolls because, well, he was a boy and boys were icky to us.

The Barbie(s) of my era didn’t cause me to think I was less than perfect and didn’t project a desired body image upon me.  Barbie, Midge, Skipper, and Francie were dolls to play with.  They had no influence on my self-esteem.  Barbie (and her cohorts) was beautiful and glamorous and that was that.  I never once thought I should have a figure like Barbie, nor her luxurious hair and sky-blue eyes.  I guess back then kids knew toys were toys and not social statements.

 

Barbie has evolved over the decades, as has her doting boyfriend Ken.  (Or are they married by now?  I haven’t kept track.)  I have a soft spot for the originals and those of my day.

 

Barbie & Ken Bottle Cap Magnets

These magnets, made with real bottle caps, will cling heartily on your refrigerator, filing cabinet, locker, any metal object. The images are framed by the scallops of plain bottle caps, but are anything but ordinary. Wipe clean with a damp cloth. All 6 magnets come in a handy dandy tin for gift giving or to store your nuts and bolts or what-have-you when the magnets are up on your fridge. Dimensions of each magnet: approximately 1 1/4″ (3.175 cm) diameter Dimension of storage tin: approximately 4” (10.16 cm) diameter Price includes shipping within the U.S. only. If you're outside the U.S. and would like to purchase, please contact me at auntiebswax4u@yahoo.com and I'll provide an adjusted price.

$11.00

 

Auntie B has many other things for sale in the Etsy shop. You can also seem me in person at these venues.

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Yesterday’s Wordless Wednesday might have seemed like a piece of weirdness.  Some shop front?  What is this place?  Why does Auntie B include this image with her ever-famous photos of glory on her blog?

I know, you have questions galore, but I only have one answer for you, one that comes in story form.

A couple of years ago I was approached by a very skilled artisan asking if I’d like to show my candles at the artZ Gallery in Amery, Wisconsin.  I thought she was joking.  Me?  My candles in a fine arts gallery?  I thought I’d lose my breath for laughing so hard, but then I realized she was serious.

I’ve participated in many craft/art shows in the Wisconsin county of Polk over several years and have come to know a lot of the local artists and crafters in that area.    The artZ Gallery is “a group of 17 regional artists working together to make (the gallery) a place to take pride in and professionally share our talents. The gallery is a gathering place for viewing quality artwork of members and over 40 guest artists, with meaningful communication, the meeting of artists, sharing ideas, and participating in classes.”

Once I got my head around the fact that I was recognizable in the area because of participating in several local festivals and fairs I felt honored to have my candles shown and sold among the fine pieces of art displayed at the gallery.

This week Husby and I took a road trip to Amery to refresh and revive the Auntie B’s Wax inventory at the artZ Gallery.  We brought in lunch and enjoyed it with our friend Loretta, the artist working at the gallery that day.  Spending time in the gallery, talking with Loretta who I’ve known for at least a decade through shows and festivals, and seeing the great works of art on display just made me feel all warm inside.  “I’m a part of this,” I said to myself.  That thought makes me smile.  Always.

Loretta’s yarn. “She spins, weaves, felts, knits and crochets natural fibers to create functional and beautiful pieces to use and enjoy.” I’ve commissioned Loretta to make things for me and let me tell you, they’re glorious! Photo credit: Randy Lee for artZ Gallery

 

That’s why I posted that particular Wordless Wednesday this week.

artZ Gallery in Amery, Wisconsin. Such a cool place!

 

artZ Gallery  is the only place in Amery, Wisconsin where Auntie B’s Wax products are displayed and sold.  If you’re in the mood for some spectacular fine art or fabulous scented candles, visit the artZ gallery!

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