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Today marks the first day of the summertime season (even though it’s still technically spring) as I hung a couple of loads of laundry on the line.  There’s an old-timey, soothing feeling to the practice of pinning garments and linens on a clothesline outside.

I’m dismayed that some neighborhoods ban hanging clothes on the line.  It’s true, those neighborhoods actually exist!  You’d think drying clothes by the natural means of sunlight and wind would be embraced as opposed to using the energy needed to dry things in a dryer, but no.  Apparently it’s ghastly for neighbors to see t-shirts, jeans, and sheets flowing in the breeze.

Linens kissed with sunshine.

There’s nothing like the fresh fragrance of clothes that have been hung outside to dry.  And sheets?  I like nothing better than crawling into a bed with sheets fresh off the line.  In fact, there are candle fragrances out there that mimic the aroma of laundry fresh off the line.  I’ve used one of those fragrances in my candles and they sell like mad.  People love it, and could have it in their own closets and dressers if they’d only hang their laundry to dry outside.

If you’re sad because you can’t or don’t have time to hang clothes on the line, these candles will give you the same fresh scent. Burn them around your house, or use as a “sachet” in your closet. Don’t burn them in your closet though. That would be a fire hazard extraordinaire. If you’d care for a set of these votives, click on the picture and you’ll be directed to the listing in my Etsy shop.

I highly encourage people to hang clean laundry on a clothesline outside if at all possible.  It saves energy and makes everything feel and smell fresh.  I, for one, am very glad to be able to air my laundry in nature for the next few months.  And I’ve never yet had a neighbor complain about this summertime practice of mine.

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It’s a dreary day at the Auntie B’s Wax World Headquarters.  The dark, grey sky keeps spitting ice pellets, making the sidewalks and streets look like they’re coated with kosher salt.  I love days like this.  But I’d probably opt for plain rain rather than ice this time of year.

It’s a perfect day to play on the computer.  I’m in a big green chair facing the window out to the back yard, the laptop warming my legs.  I’ve been catching up some blog reading and writing the usual e-mails back and forth to Charlotte.  Seriously, I don’t know any two sisters who can talk/write to each other more than Charlotte and I.

Coconut Lime Verbena Paraffin Pillar Candle

One thing that’s sort of new at the World Headquarters is that I’ve reopened my Etsy shop.  The shop was on vacation for quite a while, but I’ve been slowly adding things to the listings and everything shown is up for sale.

There are candles, drink charms and magnets.  The most exciting thing of all is that in the days to come I’ll be adding some never-before-seen products; I just have to get over the photography hump on that.  I’ve been experimenting with the camera and my new items, but the lack of sunshine and natural light coming into the windows these days is making it difficult.

Mr. Margate’s Mermaid – Pulp Fiction Magnet

It matters not.  There are plenty of existing items I can keep adding to the shop.  Right now there aren’t many, but I’ll be adding a few listings every day, whether they be new or existing products.

Wish me luck with the photo shoots!  I’m not a professional.

Ferris and Friends – Drink Charms Set of 6

You can keep up with new listings on Facebook or Twitter.  I invite you to visit the shop too!  I’m excited about getting back into the swing of things.

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One night I was with some friends and we got to talking about the apocalypse. One friend talked about the Bible version, you know, with the four horsemen and all that. The rest of us were focused on the zombie apocalypse because we’re not as smart or holy as that other girl, but are very hip to pop culture. It’s all the rage, you know, the zombie apocalypse ~ the undead stalking humanity, eating brains and stuff ~ our friend was getting a little frustrated with our flippant view of the apocalypse. What frustrated me was that I couldn’t pronounce the word apocalypse. It kept coming out alpacalypse.

My muse took a liking to my mispronunciation. The zombie alpacalypse. Zombie alpacas. I love alpacas, and the thought of a zombie alpaca horrifies me. It’s sort of like those killer bunnies in Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Gentle animals gone stark raving mad! Musie told me to run with it.

I don’t know if anyone else is as cracked-up with this weirdness as I am ~ after all it was inspired during an evening of much laughter and a little too much wine. But as you know, art (ha!) is at the mercy of the muse no matter when, where, or in what state of mind it strikes. And so my “art” was born.

Not only is this magnet displayed loudly and proudly on my refrigerator, I decided to put more like it up for sale in my Etsy shop on the off chance others have a fear or fascination with zombie alpacas. It’s all about sharing, you guys.

Happy weekend to you all.

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‘Tis The Season

There’s a full moon tonight.  There’s a tree standing in the corner of the room waiting to be adorned with lights and ornaments and other assorted sparkly things.  There’s a pantry full of baking ingredients and a freezer full of butter ready to be turned into cookies and other goodies.  There are Christmas songs floating through my head getting me in the mood to turn my house into a winter wonderland.  There’s a cabinet full of Christmas movies waiting to be watched for the bazillionth time.

Did I say there’s a full moon tonight?  Yes, and some deer meandering through neighboring yards looking for something to eat.  It’s all practically magical.  This is the Christmas season.

Winter 1 by ArtByMonika ~ found on Etsy

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OK you guys, I’m ‘fessing up here.  I haven’t paid much attention to blogging, bloggers, blogs, or anything else that starts with the prefix “blog.”  I feel ashamed and guiltyHusby, Ruthie, Ray and I have been on two…two…dive night dates and I didn’t even write about them yet.  They were really good ones too!  Don’t worry, I’ll post them eventually.  I’ve been doing craft work too, but haven’t been blogging about it because, well, I think it’s boring to write about.  There’s plenty I could report, and yet I don’t.

The thing is, I’ve been doing stuff and quite frankly I’ve had very little time to write.  Yes, doing stuff.  Like, I have a life going on lately.  I don’t know what to blog about when I have nothing going on, and when I have a bunch of stuff going on I’m too busy to blog.  It’s a conundrum.

Candles at Auntie B’s Wax

Here’s the deal.  I’ve got a ton of stuff going on in the next couple of months and something’s got to give.  After a lot of thought I decided to put my Etsy shop on vacation for a while.  But guess what?  It’s not going on vacation until this coming Monday, May 12.  And guess what else?  Before May 12 everything is on sale!

Pulp Fiction magnets at Auntie B’s Wax

Because we’ve had a really long, hard winter, and because the buds are starting to pop on the trees, and because I feel all warm and fuzzy I’m going to offer a coupon for 30% off anything in my shop.  I know!  It’s a fabulous deal on some fabulous products.  They make great for gifts for others and are great for yourself too.  The best part about it is everything in my shop is under $20 retail, so getting 30% off is like my practically giving it to you.

Bottle Cap Drink Charms at Auntie B’s Wax

If you’d like to visit the shop and get a bunch of stuff at 30% off, click HERE and enter the coupon code spring2014. 

Help yourself to some fun stuff and great savings.  I’ll be back in the shop after things settle down a little.  Until then, I’ll be here, hopefully writing more about the life and times of Auntie B.

Support handmade at Etsy.  Especially my shop!

AUNTIE B’S WAX

COUPON CODE: spring2014

Expires May 12, 2014

 

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January.  It’s the month I have to think about numbers and spreadsheets and…taxes.  I spent most of Saturday playing with my very specific spreadsheets, making sure they were accurate, so I could print them out for my accountant (Husby).  I also had to make my sales tax submissions to two states, a task that makes me nervous and sweaty every single year.  It’s not that I don’t think I’m doing it correctly, but I’m always a little concerned about making the whole online submission thing work right.  Well, I got my spreadsheets turned in and my sales taxes submitted so I felt pretty good; kind of like a real, live business person.

It’s been a couple of months now since I actively worked on making product.  Lately I’ve been feeling like it just isn’t worth the trouble.  The thought of starting up production again, just the thought, made me bored.  But working with my spreadsheets and seeing the sales I made and where I made them got the fire burning again.  I like what I do, and it’s fun to make what I make.  Over a glass of wine Husby and I started brainstorming about how I can grow my business into other directions and make it more profitable.  Not only is Husby my roadie and accountant, he’s also full of great ideas and inspirations!

January usually starts out as a drudgery for me business-wise, thinking here I go again, doing the same old thing over and over and over.  But when I realize what is and what could be, my motivation and enthusiasm starts up all over again.

Take a look at my shop and let me know what you might like to see listed there.  I’m always open to new ideas.  There will be some new drink charms on the way, and maybe even some candle accessories.  I also have a different plan for marketing my bottle cap magnets.  Be sure to stay tuned, because 2014 might produce some pretty fun suff.

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I’ve been meaning to do all sorts of decorating for Christmas and the most I’ve done is light the tree.  Well, two trees actually.  We have a little fake tree in the parlor, right in front of the window that faces the street, and one in the rumpus room which is our main tree.  The fake parlor tree only has lights on it, no ornaments.  The rumpus room tree is the one Husby and I get to look at every day and night.  It’s usually pretty big, and putting lights on it can be challenging.  Right now it, like the parlor tree, only has lights on it.  I haven’t found the time to put on the dozens of ornaments and other embellishments like tinsel.

Pictures never do it justice, do they?

What could be more important than decking the halls this time of year?  Well, there’s this thing that I kind of like to do ~ provide the fun presents people will open on Christmas Day.  The Etsy sales are rolling in on a fairly regular basis these days, and I had to restock my inventory at the gift shop in town.  It’s pretty cool to know that my fun little crafty stuff is worthy of being Christmas presents.

Still, I really should get busy and get some presents for my own people, and decorate my house before Christmas Eve.  And that’s not to mention all the baking I have to do!

But when I think about it, if you’re going to be stressed out it might as well be over something totally worth it, like Christmas!

How are your preparations coming along?

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