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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New Year New Mission

Happy New Year everyone! Since my last post, I’ve had quite a time dealing with a number of setbacks but I’m thankful to have the opportunity to blog again. It’s amazing how when we experience some of life’s challenges we are often given the gift of hind sight. I look at it as a gift because my challenges have many times been the boost that I’ve needed to take things to a new level. In this case, my newest challenges are inspiring me to make this year a more prosperous one.

That brings me to my business mission. I had to ask myself several times last year what in the world I was doing. I found myself doing things that I absolutely didn’t want to do, things that made my job harder, and serving customers that I didn’t want to serve. In  my honest opinion, those things that I didn’t want to do resulted in my achieving things I didn’t want to achieve. This year my focus will be more on the things that I want to achieve and I’ve revised my business mission statement a bit to reflect that.

Everything Dawn Bakery Candle Treats’ Mission is to provide its customers with beautifully handmade scented bakery replicas that look good enough to eat!

So whether my products be jar candles, wax dipped toilet paper, wax tarts, scented ornies or…whatever, my products will likely fall under this mission statement. My customers must be customers who want beautifully handmade items and must therefore be willing to pay for beautifully handmade items. (There are few exceptions that I will make to this rule but only because I am considering a separate venue for these items.)

Hopefully this new focus will be the beginning to a great start for a great new year. Have you thought about your mission for 2014?

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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To Be or Not to Be (Cold)

I am not a fan of cold weather but I’m even least pleased with this cold house I’m living in. Yes, I’m thankful for the cold house but, nevertheless, I like to be warm. I get out of bed and it’s cold, I’m walking through the house in the middle of the day and it’s cold. I’m thinking about how many more months of this cold I’m going to have to endure before I can be warm again! I mean, I want to look cute in the house but it’s too blessed cold to wear my cute stuff. So sweats it is.

The cold did inspire me to create a treasury that I so happily named “Jack Frost.” Bet you don’t know why. Of course it’s because I’m so cold! The treasury, itself, is beautiful powder blue and, by the time I finished it, I loved it so much that it’s now my new favorite. I selected things that I really love for this treasury, and there were so many that I pretty much favorited each and every one.

Being a venetian lace gal (and having contemplated what I’m going to actually buy some for since I absolutely have to have some after reading M&J’s blog post), I favorited light blue venetian lace. Then there was the gorgeous snowdrop mineral makeup that is such a beautiful color. I’m not sure it’s my color but it sure looks beautiful on the screen. The light blue glitter, the crocheted hat, Euro Shams, like I said, they’re all so beautiful! Then there was the winter snow photography that is stunning but I have to admit I intentionally picked this photo because it expressed how cold I really am. Anyway, these are gifted artisans guys.

Today my mission is (besides staying warm) to get a few new items up. I did a few gingerbread cupcakes and gingerbread ornaments that are scented in complete yum! I’ll be listing those at some point this morning. I’m also hoping to bake some pumpkin bread sometime today. I’m sure my dear family will appreciate that. Well off to a second cup of coffee and maybe some heat!