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In a creative-type business the First Quarter of the year means lots of icky stuff that involves nothing of what an artisan loves to do.  It’s tax time.  It’s reorganization time.  It’s time to crunch numbers.

I don’t have a head for figures, but I do have some sense of organization.  My tax man says I keep impeccable records.  While I don’t know which numbers add up to what, I do know that compartmentalizing sales and expenses in little boxes according to where the sales and expenses were made is an important part of business record keeping.  I’m good at that, thanks to spreadsheets.

My spreadsheets are nowhere near as complicated as this one, but they dizzy me just as much.

The First Quarter of the year is slow, sales wise, just getting out of the busy holiday buying season.  It’s a good thing because I need the months from January through March to get my act together.  It’s not only about submitting numbers to the tax man, but also assessing where things are selling, what things are selling, and where I can find new selling adventures in the coming year.

Just in the midst of First Quarter my subscription to Midwest Art Fairs arrived, a publication to guide the vendor to find a good fit for craft/art show venues as well as being a guide for the craft/art show enthusiast as to where the great shows are.

A lot of the great shows featured in this publication are worth my looking into to sell my wares.  Even if I don’t show my wares at particular venues, the publication is a great source for me to visit shows and festivals, which I love to do.

Tonight I’m going to peruse Midwest Art Fairs to see what may be in store for me in the 2018 season.  It’s one of the pleasures I take in the First Quarter.

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Hello!  Remember me?

I haven’t been blogging much lately as I’ve been busy traveling and spending time with family and friends.  There will be plenty of posts coming up regarding all that, but I wanted to let you all know that the production activity at the Auntie B’s Wax World Headquarters is also busy.  Yep, I’m churning out the product for in-person and online sales regardless of my vacation time.  That’s how awesome I am.

I’m still making the same wonderful candles of pure beeswax and all-natural palm wax…


100% pure beeswax, solid pillars



Beautifully scented all-natural palm wax


Still making fun magnets for your home, office, locker, anyplace that has metal to stick a fun magnet…

The Drinking Buddies bottle cap magnet set


Sheet magnets with subtle (?) messages


And of course the ever-popular bottle cap drink charms, which will keep your party alive with nostalgia and fun conversation…

Mark your drink with a monster

Treat yourself to these great things, or surprise your friends with an impromptu gift.  These and many other things are available in my Etsy shop.  I’m also going on the road a bit this summer and autumn to meet and greet shoppers in person at top-notch craft/art shows.

There are also lots of new items ready for presentation online, if only I could get up the gumption to photograph them.  Stay tuned for that, as I’ll be showing them here as soon as they’re ready for sale.

Until then I’ll be keeping you updated on the behind-the-scenes action at the Auntie B’s Wax World Headquarters.  Thanks to everyone who supports and encourages me along the way, be it by sales or cheerleading.  You’re all fab!


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At the Auntie B’s Wax World Headquarters springtime poses a bit of a dilemma.  On one hand I love to tackle the spring cleaning chores.  Deep cleaning.  Thorough cleaning.  The kind of cleaning that takes a few weeks to accomplish.  On the other hand a lot of my crafting projects clutter up the house.

Tidiness facilitates cleaning projects, crafting projects thwart tidiness.

I’m in a constant state of conflict trying deciding what should take priority.

For example, creating drink charms involves this…

…and this…


Mr. Henry Hedgehog likes to keep an eye on things.

Luckily the candle creations occur in Craftland, far away from the living spaces I want to deep clean.  Craftland never gets a deep clean, but while wax is cooling in the molds I try to straighten up the area and keep things organized.  Multi-tasking, man.

Creating, tidying and deep cleaning keeps me busy in the spring.  Also kind of makes me mental.  With my shoulder to the wheel those deep cleaning projects will be completed and I’ll feel so accomplished.  Or maybe, as is the case many years, the ammonia, rags and mops will become forgotten before I’ve finished spring cleaning the entire house and my attention will focus on bottle caps, fragrance oils and wicks.

Either way, everything will get done in time.  I hope.


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There was a tale written by W. W. Jacobs in 1902 titled The Monkey’s Paw; it’s one of my favorites.  The message of the story is, be careful what you wish for because you may just get it.  Interestingly, this sentiment goes back as far as 1749, attributed to Goethe.  The gist of it is, perhaps what you wish for isn’t really what you want, especially in the literal sense.

When I retired from the day job I thought it would be perfect if I could accumulate wholesale and consignment business to sustain my candle/craft business.  I figured it would be easier tending to businesses rather than depending on art/craft shows and festivals.  After all, I’m not getting any younger.  Setting up a canopy and displaying goods to people who may or may not attend the festivals much less purchase items, is becoming more risky, physically.  Oh yeah, Husby and I are still very able to do the shows now, and love to, but we can’t do it forever.

Wholesale and consignment opportunities are what I wished for.  Guess what?  I just nabbed a new one.  I was fortunate enough to be noticed by someone who thought I might be a good addition to a gallery.  Did you hear me?  A gallery.  After encouragement from this person I applied to show my candles in the gallery and the jury decided that yes, Auntie B’s Wax is a nice fit for us.

Today I dropped of my first contribution to the artZ Gallery in Amery, Wisconsin.  I’m so honored and proud that the artists who run the gallery thought so much of my candles to include them in their lovely space.

The artZ Gallery in Amery, Wisconsin.

The artZ Gallery in Amery, Wisconsin.


I wished for another brick and mortar venue.  I got it, despite my feeling out of my comfort zone pursuing it.  A fine art gallery?!  I’m glad I wasn’t too careful with my wishful thinking.  I feel like I did right by Maude when she said:

“Take a chance.  Get hurt even.  But play as well as you can.  Go team, go!  Give me an “L.”  Give me an “I.”  Give me a “V.”  Give me an “E.”  L-I-V-E.  Live!  Otherwise, you got nothing to talk about in the locker room.”

I wished, I lived, and I’m happy to have done so.  And I’ll talk about it in the locker room.





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