This past weekend I had an escape. I was in a deep coniferous forest surrounded by the scent of fir trees.
I felt the moist earth along with the crisp crunch of pine needles under my feet.
The air was clean and the smell of the forest was so invigorating.
In the midst of the quiet, cool forest I built a fire with more glowing embers than flame. I found the perfect stick on the forest floor and with my small pocket knife whittled the end to a sharp point. Upon that point I skewered the freshest marshmallow ever, and toasted it to a golden brown.
What could be better than a marshmallow melted by an open flame, I thought, than to pair it with a bit of creamy chocolate? And to sandwich it all between two squares of graham cracker? They call that delectable treat a s’more. Anyone who has been camping, and even many who haven’t, know the utter delight of this taste treat.
Such satisfaction I felt, deep in the woods and indulging in the gooey lusciousness of a s’more.
Except I wasn’t in the woods at all. And there was no campfire and no marshmallows. I was busy pouring candles in my studio all weekend long. But my work took hold of my imagination and I was transported.
It wasn’t an accident that I poured a large batch of Northwoods Dream pillar candles, a lovely fir scent that takes you deep into the woods of northern Minnesota, a batch of Toasted Marshmallow votive candles and a batch of German Chocolate votive candles. The three scents took me away from what would normally be considered work into the fantasy of a lazy afternoon in the peace and quiet of nature, not to mention the decadence of s’mores.
The sense of smell is one of the most powerful of our five. One whiff past the nose can take you back to your childhood or to a cherished place. Never underestimate the influence of scent and the primitive power of a single flame.
Auntie B’s Wax has a variety of scented candles. Check them out and come back often as there will be additions to the shop periodically.
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It’s after 9:00 p.m. and I should be in bed. But you know how it is when you have all this stuff to do right when you come home from the day job and then spend some chatty time with your spouse or kids or partner or housemate or even yourself over dinner and then have a bunch of other stuff to do after that? It’s 9:00 p.m. before you know it and there was no relaxing time at all.
I love relaxing time. I need relaxing time. I’m kind of lazy that way.
But tonight I was on a mission. I can’t say too much about it because the person for whom this mission must be accomplished might read my blog and it’s a surprise for him/her. Suffice it to say the mission involved technology, and with that I stink.
Stink, I say.
Needless to say the mission was not accomplished, but I haven’t lost hope yet. When it comes to computers and digital devices I’m usually determined to figure it out even if it takes me months. Unfortunately in this case I don’t have that long, so I better hop to it. Tomorrow I’ll give it another whirl.
And tomorrow will be Wednesday already! I had a nice, long weekend for Memorial Day, thanks to a government job that gives me national holidays off. I wouldn’t say the weekend was particularly relaxing either, because I went to the family cottage and there was a lot to do to open the place up for the summer. Charlotte did most of the work though, because she’s disciplined that way. There were windows to wash, an outhouse to scrub, cobwebs to brush away, dusting to do, animal gnawings to repair and a bunch of other stuff that we all pitched in to accomplish. It was a fun weekend though, spending time with everyone.
Because tomorrow is Wednesday I’ll be doing some craft work to get ready for the show at Chateau St. Croix next month. (Wednesdays are devoted to craft work for me.) There will be some candle pouring and product pricing done, and that always makes me feel productive. I’ll also have to get back to that technology project and see if I can figure it all out.
Lazy days of summer? I’d like proof of that, please. I’m rarely lazy during the summer months because the summer months demand a lot of activity, especially in places like Minnesota where half the year we’re snowed in. That’s when we’re supposed to be lazy, but it doesn’t seem like I am then either.
With that report I’m going to sign off and go to bed. I hope the sleep is good because I have to be awake and pay attention for the next twelve weeks or so. I’d probably sleep a lot better if I knew I could figure out this dang technology project.
I’ll keep you posted.
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Posted in Candles, Etsy, Holidays, tagged Auntie B's Wax, candles, Christmas, cranberry, peppermint, winter, winter berry on August 15, 2013|
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My Grandma Harriet used to say this about summer, “first is 4th of July, then comes the Minnesota State Fair, then it’s Christmas.” She was so right. Time is flying so fast I never even got a chance to post anything about my 4th of July holiday, and the Minnesota State Fair starts one week from today. Before I can say ho ho ho Christmas will be upon us. But here’s the thing: I have already begun the Christmas candle production for the three upcoming shows I have before Christmas.
You see, when I’m pouring candles in Craftland the aromas waft through the house. And yes, you can find some of these great autumn and winter aromas in some of the candles in my Etsy shop right now. Click on the picture to fly to my shop for details.
How could you be cold in the winter with this bright red, Spiced Cranberry candle burning?
How about a nice berry scent to sweeten up those chilly nights?
I know, it’s still eighty degrees outside, even in Minnesota. But like Grandma Harriet said, Christmas comes right after the Minnesota State Fair as the time flies.
In the melting pot lately there has been a batch of delicious Hot Apple Cider candles, some spicy Clove, Amish Harvest with its cinnamon and dried fruit tones, and some creamy Cappuccino Hazelnut for a good measure. Warm scents for the cold weather that’s coming.
I’m looking forward to those cold nights, but not until after the fair. What could be better than cold nights warmed by a flickering flame and the light aroma of…whatever suits you best?
Keep watching the shop for the candle scents you might love. Auntie B’s Wax is a great place to do some holiday shopping for other people too!
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The weekend is upon us and I’m more than ready to jump into it.
Last weekend I was really domestic, getting caught up on house cleaning chores, doing piles of laundry, and generally doing the things I wasn’t doing while I was busy selling stuff at craft shows. Because I was feeling so domestic I got carried away and started obsessing about the french doors I inherited from an old convent. I want to incorporate those doors into my house and have been trying to think of possibilities.
I got a nice response on the last post about the doors by Nano, and a helpful one too. She thought I could get Ray to do anything I wanted if only I would feed him sardines and cashews and let him wash them down with whiskey. (She would know, Ray is her brother.) But if that didn’t work she suggested a Google image search of “repurposed french doors.”
I took Nano’s advice and started a Pinterest board dedicated solely to The French Door Project. I’ve been having a blast looking at all sorts of repurposed doors and other vintage door projects. I really like this one:
What a great idea! Now I have to go to an architectural salvage shop (only one of my favorite things to do) and pick up a bunch of key plates to make this. Lots of great ideas on Phantastic Phinds.
Alas, this weekend I have to suppress my desires to collect key plates to assemble a light fixture and concentrate on some candle production. I might nudge the chemist in myself and concoct a nice little autumn fragrance of apple cider. We’ll see how that goes.
Until next time, have a lovely weekend!
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