Candle Therapy

I think making candles is my therapy. Baking is also a great therapy for me as well as gardening but I think, no I’m quite certain, that crafting these bakery candles has become something I actually do when the world starts spinning too fast.

I mentioned in my last post that I’ve been dealing with a few things. One of those things (on a somewhat smaller scale compared to the others) is that my washer and dryer both went out. I’m not sure if that’s something that the average person would just blow off but I’m talking about the only washer and dryer for a family of 12! If you could only see my laundry room, you probably wouldn’t know whether to shriek or burst into tears. I’m on a strict laundry schedule folks. I have to wash a minimum of four loads of laundry daily or the laundry monster is taking over. It sort of makes me wonder why we all don’t go back to having a select few items to wear, one or two items for every occasion in similar colors, to reduce the laundry loads! That’ll never happen.

That brings me back to candle therapy. I’m going to spend this afternoon making my Valentine’s Day candles and wax tarts. I’m hoping that I can shift some of that frustration into creating some really pieces to put up on Etsy.  On a somewhat brighter note, I’ve managed to somehow come up with a few creations that sell really nicely during these times of frustration when I’ve had candle therapy. I’m hoping that happens again! So the afternoon begins and I’m off to look at the laundry one more time so that I can get my creative juices flowing. Is that odd to torture yourself to become creative?

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Treasury Tuesday -Something in the Winter Air

Today’s treasury I’d like to share is called “Something in the Winter Air.” It’s right here.  I have to be honest, I pretty much favorited every single item in this treasury. It’s cheerful and it actually made me feel that sense of Christmas is coming. Love this one. Check it out for yourself. These treasuries are cool ideas for decor and Christmas gifts.

Another is my own Cookies for Santa treasury. I’ve just finished my own cookies for Santa candle set, and I thought this treasury was a great way to express that theme. Let me know what you think of it. Oh! And check out my own cookies for Santa candle set right here.

Christmas Candles and Wax Tarts Cookies for Santa in Oatmeal Cookie Candle Melts and Buttercream Candle

Cookies for Santa on Etsy

When You Can’t Do Everything

I’ve been mixing away Christmas candles for an upcoming Christmas Open House an a local antique mall where we’ve been renting a booth. I wanted to have a ice snow theme with the pale blues, silver and creams but the theme isn’t really working in the scope of what I’m creating to place on the booth. So, of course, I’m changing the theme altogether. Needless to say, this is taking a lot more work than I originally anticipated. Instead of blues and creams I’m looking at reds, whites, and greens, you know, the traditional Christmas colors. Man I wanted to do something different!

Rather than beat myself up, I figure I’ll just keep pressing on with this traditional thing and grab some baskets to make this thing as Christmasy as I can. So now tonight my 15 year old is making dinner (a baked fish dinner might I add) and I’m going to be engrossed in candle making to get these wonderful shelves stocked for the open house.

Meanwhile, I had to decline a different event happening tomorrow at an almost local elementary school. I hated to do it and I really tried to squeeze it in but it was just too difficult to do both. Alongside the matter of having already paid for the booth and needing to get my money’s worth this month, I sadly declined the elementary school. Sometimes it’s hard to face that fact that I can’t do everything.

On a brighter note, I was able to donate quite a few items to the school that I shipped off this morning. I packaged up a cherry pie candle, a pumpkin pie candle, cinnamon stick wax tarts, an apple pie candle, a buttered rum jar candle, and a couple of other freshly made items and placed them in a medium sized priority box. I was relieved to see them picked up by the postal carrier. I feel a little better now. I think a donation beats not being there, doesn’t it?

Well, that’s my day! Please, if you have a moment, please sign up for the giveaway we’re doing over on our Facebook page. It’s filled with Everything Dawn Christmas candles: cupcake candles, ornaments, and the other good smells!

Marvelous Monday, Veterans Day and Another Giveaway!

It’s Marvelous Monday, Veterans Day, and time for another Everything Dawn Bakery Candle Treats giveaway. I know it’s really soon but with the holiday coming up, we thought it would be nice for some random person to have a little something hanging around to smell really good. So why not give something away?!

Anywho, there are four ways you can enter this drawing but all initial entries have to go through our Facebook page.: The ways to inter include using Facebook, Twitter and this Bakery Shmakery Blog. I know that’s a lot but I wanted to add a good variety of ways people can enter this time. So you can simply choose to enter one way, use the others, or you can opt to enter by using all four entry methods! You can enter daily and time you do one of the activities, it counts as an entry. This contest ends on December 2, 2013 and the winner will be randomly (and automatically) selected and then announced on our Facebook Giveaway Tab.

Rules of the contest:

Random entry selected. Contest is only valid within the continental United States. This giveaway is not affiliated with Facebook or Twitter.
a) By participating in an Everything Dawn Online competition or giveaway, you fully agree and accept the Everything Dawn Standard Twitter Giveaway Terms and Conditions as well as the individual terms and conditions of the specific competition.
c) All prizes are non-refundable and non-transferrable.
d) No cash alternative will be offered for any prizes.
e) Prizes can only be delivered to a valid U.S. address.
g) The prize draw decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

The prize for this giveaway is a handmade Cupcakes and Gingerbread Gift Basket that includes:

  • 4 oz Cinnamon Clove Room Spray
  • 1 Apple Pie Scented Christmas Hot Pad
  • 1 Gingerbread Scented Ornament
  • 1 Christmas Spice Cupcake Candle
  • 1 Gingerbread Cupcake Candle

These items all have a fabulous scent and each are available in our online stores at www.EverythingDawn.com as well as our Etsy store. So head over to our Facebook page to enter for a chance to win each of these great scented items in a basket!

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On a separate note, I want to extend a personal thanks for all of the brave men and women who have fought for our country so that we can have the freedoms that we do. Our family is very grateful and, having love ones who have served as well as those who are presently serving, we are beyond words in our appreciation of the sacrifices that have been made for us. Happy Veterans Day!

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Our Crazy for Candy Corn Gift Basket Winner Is…

Congratulations to Joy Quinnan on being the random winner for our Facebook like and share contest.

Our next contest is coming very soon so keep posted for more information on that. Meanwhile, please enjoy our Thirty Three sale for our Facebook Fans. Head over to http://www.facebook.com/everythingdawn and click on the “Thirty Three” tab for more details. Happy Saturday everyone!

How I Started With Bakery Candles

Before going with the niche of bakery candles, I made all different scents. I sold them at a little store in the area that allowed me place a few things on a shelf. I sold them to the moms of my son’s baseball team. The only thing I didn’t do was like the candles I was selling.

It wasn’t so much that I didn’t like the process. I loved producing fragrant candles that people couldn’t stop talking about but there was nothing “special” about them. They were the same as every other candle you’d see around the corner. Everyone had a homespun tie and everyone’s candle was either grungy or rusty. I thought it was rather boring and I didn’t feel as though I really had anything different to offer. So I stopped making candles.

After a couple of years (and much coaxing by my husband and a few other family members), I slowly came out of hiding but this time I decided that I wanted to have a “specialty.” I loved the idea of creating the same great scented candles but I decided that I’d make them look like food, bakery sweets that is. So I went to work on different ways I could make my candles look like baked goods. There were so many different flops that I’d need a few blog posts to tell you about that. But I finally came up with a formula that would produce candles that could carry a great fragrance and look appetizing. There was my specialty, bakery candles.

So that’s how I started making bakery candles. Since then, I’ve started to sell on Etsy and I sell on my own website, www.EverythingDawn.com. I have to say that I enjoy candle making so much more now. I’m creating wax tarts, votive candles, full size cake candles and pie candles. I have even expanded on that idea to include handmade scented ornaments that include, colonial cakes and pies. It’s been a lot of testing and trying but I enjoy having a product that isn’t like every other product. I suppose the two years I stepped away really were beneficial.

My Bakery Cake Candles.

scented colonial cake

One of my 8″ colonial cakes

cake candle bundt

Cake candle