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Decorations Abound

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So I have been thinking about cold weather and the availability of creating designs on the containers that I can pour my candles into, including tea lights and votive.

There are endless designs and creative ways to decorate and present candles, everything from rope to seashells can be added to tea light cups and votive glasses, jars and other containers.

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The possibilities are again endless but the presentation is unique in each instance. You can have so many decorative choices that sometimes you do go overboard or waste materials attempting to add designs you come up with on the spot. Learn to plan, see in your mind the design and its purpose in the scheme of the overall décor. More than likely you will then be focused not only on the best smelling candles you can create but also designer aesthetically pleasing candles in 1, 2  even a dozen pieces at a time. A dozen seashell themed Mason jar candles look beautiful and even more vibrant when say Caribbean Teakwood as a fragrance is added. A theme of palm trees, thatch huts, a drink with an umbrella, again the ideas are endless.

You find the best themes and present to your customers in advance so you can customize the best product for your customer (clients). You can make customized containers for everything from engagements and anniversaries to weddings and birthday parties. For myself, I currently only do small votive glasses, the kind you can get from the pop-up dollar stores in your neighborhood.

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In getting back to decorations and designs I have found literally so many decorations and designs, I stumble over how many decoration ideas candle makers come up with based on much of the same research and curiosity I am willing to delve into. I mean, for every example, there is a town, city and country with a unique theme that you can use for your candles. Do you live in a small quaint town with a traditional past? Use that. Use the local or state flower, bird, a popular Route like Route 66, again, not to be redundant but the possibilities are…..all the way out there.

I even have a theme in my mind for space-themed votive candles with even small scenes such as glittering planets, shining stars, holographic solar systems, bright STARS (the SUN). There would be a busy theme filled with galaxies and the flame would be the middle of the SOLAR SYSTEM. See how easy it is to think of that theme, I am sure you can think of more than just clear votive glasses. Sure, absolutely if your clients want plain clear glasses please keep to the contract agreement but keep in mind you have ideas that if possible you can present to a client for feedback and yes, upsell.

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I realize candles are a luxury item unless needed in an emergency capacity but the industry overall has been around for 5’000 plus years so it is not as explored and promoted as it should be. I am in love with candles, something my Aunt introduced me to 22 years ago. I will always see the possibilities every tea light, votive, taper, dipped and pillar candle that I create and others create as well.

Thank you for enjoying this post, please like and share and as always comments are welcome.

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So I Continue…

I really would like to learn how to write and travel. Ever since I got fired from of my job back in October I am more determined now to write full time than before being fired. I really do want to see a lot more of humanity and the world in which I live rather than be relegated to a tiny corner of the globe. I also produce candles and having not only travel but also candles to write about is ideal in my quest to break out of the mold I have backed myself into to be good for the sake of my survival and to appear “good” in the eyes of others.

Sorry, just deviated from the topic, anyway I love writing and creating, editing and producing videos of my candles because they comfort and relieve my stresses, much as a person who has “passion” feels. Out of all of the work that I have done since 1997 my candles have withstood relocation through choice and through upheaval, through marriage, children and financial strains.

I have invested more time in candle making and related activities that even studying my customer service jobs, which have been my bread and butter since leaving college and working at a chicken fry restaurant in the town I was raised in. I went on to relocate with my family to New York in 1997 and my Aunt really wanted to help me find my voice, my “something” to do. I was lost, completely and utterly lost because I truly had no solid life plan in place. I floated through jobs and schools, really angry under the surface of my pleasant demeanor, angry that I could not keep a voice, couldn’t hold in place some pact to keep me going.

When my Aunt and I melted wax candles from the shops we went to I loved seeing and smelling the various fragrances and seeing this beautiful oily material was just a catalyst to doing so much in the candle business. I disregarded my candles on and off throughout the years and although 22 years have come and gone I still work to ignite my candle business throughout these times. I will be content when I am able to supply more than just a few samples or glass votive gifts to my family and friends. I would like to be able to ship out to individuals and companies so that others will enjoy what I have come to understand, value and enjoy; customized fragrances made with a long tradition of quality. I have transitioned to acrylic containers for tea light samples and those seem to be doing well with heat and fragrance throw. I do want to stick with acrylic samples and glass votive and then transition to other vessels, shapes, and sizes in the future.

 I have gained and lost hundreds of dollars of supplies due mainly to relocation but with the stability of the current situation, I am able to think with a more level headed approach and create better action plans for how I would like my business to be run in the future. The hectic lifestyle of my past gave rise to the more mellow person I am today who can still recreate beautifully fragrance candles. I love my art craft, still is very much timid to explore but willing to break out of my hesitation, and try my hand at a craft that is constantly by my side. With life’s major upheavals there will constantly be the ability to bounce back even from the most egregious of acts you believe has been done to you. The reason I say this is because I know, I know about being homeless and stripped of soul (momentarily) but I have always managed to keep my candles in my foresight. I love my candles like no other.

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Introduce Yourself (Example Post)

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The Week That Was – 2020

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There are some weeks when nothing happens – zip, nada, bupkis!  And then there are other weeks that just boil over with stuff going on.  Last week was the boiling kind, and here are a few events of note.

After three and a half years of dickin’ around, the UK finally left the EU.  And — no big surprise — the sun didn’t fall out of the sky, the Chunnel didn’t implode and Big Ben didn’t chime 13!  In fact, if you were asleep at midnight GMT, too bad — ya missed it.  Still, the Irish are offended, the Welsh are dismayed and the Scots are downright pissed off.  But let’s face it, if the English were offering free tea and crumpets, somebody on that island would bitch about it.  However, one part of Brexit does unite the various peoples of the United Kingdom: they all — boys, girls and…

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Rainy Work

Today is rainy and a great day to sleep in. I didn’t want to get out of bed because it has been raining nonstop since last night and the pitter-patter of rain makes me feel drowsy.

Is this what it means to push through?

These are my creations

There are some days I don’t want to get up but those days are few and far between, the weekends come pretty close to me sleeping in until 12 even 1 pm in the afternoon but I write on the weekends as well so I am in constant thought motion. My sense of writing has grown stronger the more I read and the longer I can write.

So now a quarter of the way into reading this blog and you are thinking “how is this related to candles?”

Well here is the simple answer, it’s not, no seriously, I just wanted to talk about my writing habits overall.

Anyway onto a more adventurous topic, candles and the craft of making marketing and selling candles.

I admit my sales and marketing skills are slim to none as of recently. Years ago I could entice, observe, customize and much of that.

Now I sit with some energy drink next to me and write for at least 3-4 hours every day so I can home my skills in writing. I don’t simply want to say “here buy this” – that’s absolutely poor business skills.

In today’s technology-driven world you have to have a craft (skill/trade), a staff (support team – those who believe in you) and some start-up funds (finances to build upon).

I absolutely have the craft part down, I have been making and promoting my candles for the better part of 15 years, although my interest stretches back 22 years.

I have tools and equipment skills and can use a melting pot with the best of them. Thermometers should be used as much as possible, I admit I can gauge a temperature but still every now and then dip a thermometer to get an accurate reading.

So again I have the craft part pretty well-rehearsed, now to reignite the selling and promotion because I love my candles and I am sure you would as well. Besides the aesthetic beauty of creamy white candles in clear plastic tea light cups, there is also the glow that comes from a votive glass shimming off a dark bedroom wall, living room wall or space of choice.

Still my candle creations!!

I continue writing these blogs for your support and interest and it shows you have dedicated I am to candles and candle making. I have a few pics of candles I have done in the past, please enjoy this gallery. Note of warning, please disregard the link to bumamo.com, it is no longer active, looking forward to having another website very soon.Candles, candles, candles, please like and share and as always comments are welcome. Word of note, any websites or links you see are no longer active, please do not go there. Thank you. undefined

Winter Themes for What..

Winter themes for candles and candle holders are as varied as any other seasonal theme and therefore this means the themes are as vast as the material available. There are some straight wintry themes you can’t look past like deer in a snow-coated forest, just imagine that as a silhouette against a flame, it is beautiful and you can add smaller or larger decorations based on how you want your theme to be.

Do you want an all-white theme, all red, all green all blue? Your theme, the makeup of your design will flourish on a glass medium. There are so many decorations and designs to inspire you that your imagination will soar but keep your focus on the theme of what you are doing candles for.

I personally take into consideration my audience or who I want to attract to my candles. I do a lot of themes because I like seeing my candles in different ways and mediums.

I have done lace, twigs, twine, and foil as a way to enhance the glasses. Sadly I lost many of my photos, no Google Drive at the time, no OneDrive and I hardly could tell you what Cloud storage was then. I, therefore, stress that you store your hard-earned photos from candle making on a few different cloud storage apps, including the ones I have mentioned and similar ones like Dropbox and others. I store many of my newer photos on Google Drive and it may be but a few hundred but they are worth the photos.

Okay, so back to decorations for votive candles. You will never run out of enough materials as long as you have an idea for each piece of material you choose for your candle glass decorating. You can use flowers, leave and branches from trees and bushes in your yard or a public park, don’t disturb the landscaped stuff, you just need at most, 1-2 dried leaves and similar smaller items that have been discarded. Eventually, you will want to have a small budget and head to a craft store for more customized decorations, my favorite item of all time is felt, I don’t know what it is about felt, it is just smooth and fluffy, all in the same instance. Your craft budget may include everything from balsam/plywood to pumpkin/gourds.

You can jazz up or tone down your container depending on your mood and what you want to portray. You can make tiny houses of treated wood for tea light candles or large carved out vases for votive/pillar candles.

Use your imagination, skills, and material to keep creating.

Candles, candles, candles, please like and share and as always comments are welcome

Essential Oils, Maybe…

Having fragrances for the season can be worth every sensation of the soy candle you bought or received as a gift. For the winter months here in the South the most popular fragrances in our collection are white birch, whiskey, vanilla chestnut and frankincense/myrrh. Each carries a unique fragrance throw, whether it’s whiskey with infused essential oils of patchouli and birch tar or its white birch with infused essential oils of cedar leaf and bir needle.

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I have smelled essential oils and there are numerous ways to describe the contrast in smells from extremely sweet to tart, bitter and offsetting. Again I don’t know much about essential oils but what I do know is that they can be beneficial for candle and soap making.

Essential oils are very difficult to extract and therefore very costly so candle fragrances are made with fragrance oils and essential oils. This combination allows the use of essential oils but at a much lower concentration. When a soy candle has eucalyptus oil (for example) in the fragrance list then it has a small percentage of that essential oil.

My personal creations

 Essential oils in candles are frustrating, unstable or unreliable when attempting to add to a candle, although I have never personally tried to do straight essential oils as fragrances. The process is tedious, time-consuming and scents can fluctuate and become possibly overwhelming or simply too weak to make a difference.

I enjoy the fragrances from the vendor I use because this vendor is only 1 of 3 I use to purchase my candles supplies from since starting this journey.

I love the smell of patchouli if I were to choose any particular essential oil. Patchouli has high and low notes which your olfactory sense will pick up upon first smelling it.

The best way to describe a fragrance is to think if a particular way you react to the fragrance you have in mind. If you had a white birch fragrance with essential oils of cedar wood (sweet) patchouli (musk) and eucalyptus (minty) then you would have a fresh yet cozy fragrance for fall-winter months.

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Since most of us are significantly indoors more than Spring/Summer we want to enjoy the air we are breathing and make that scent pleasant, cozy, even uplifting. We feel a fragrance in a candle is best suited to the mood you feel and everyone has a mood about the festivities of being in good company with others.  

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Candles, Candles, Candles

Candles, candles, candles- so for the few days my husband and I have been discussing the candles and supplies at length. It has been tedious and extremely detailed including the mind-boggling aspect of pricing, labels, price assessment, product details, and compatibility of accessories. Being assured by my research in the candle industry and a local vendor I know matching wicks, what is winter wax versus summer wax and how to correctly match wicks and wax together. The choices, the choices.

Candles have been around for ages, are more globally recognized and can be easily identifiable to just about everyone around the world, however, the greatest contribution of candles is so easily overlooked that most use candles as simple heating and light emission.

Walk down any hallway in pitch darkness and think of the one thing that would illuminate your path and that would absolutely be light and the simplest form of light outside of natural sun or moonlight, fire.

Candles can throw a single beam of illumination across an expanse, eating (well not literally of course) up dark space and defining the environment around you. It is a weapon of defense against feeling hopeless when confronted with an unknown space, no matter how familiar. For instance, say the lights go out at home, especially in a storm during the winter months. Hopefully, they blink back on, who wants to get stuck in the cold, let alone the dark.

Candles provide a small inkling of warmth and assurance that as long as that flicker of a flame is jumping and bouncing at the end of that wick you can warm at least your hands for any necessary purpose like tugging that extra blanket on or putting another log in the fireplace.

I want to think about candles all day every day because not only are candles a passion, as you can probably tell, but they are a comfort, the fragrance heal, uplift and in general, make environments better. Every day I light 4 tea light candles, no scent because I have hurricane frosted glasses in decorative metal claw holders I ordered through Amazon and I love watching the flicker of this momentary energy being fueled by the components which make up tea lights.

I always look for unique tea light containers, whether they are small, deep plates and bowls or unusual cups, glasses and other oddly deep cupped items like shot glasses, food holders and such. I would make some interesting fragrances themed around the items I am using for the tea light holders but sturdy plastic or metal tea light cups do the trick 99.9% of the time.

I always like to experiment with the vessel I am using for my tea lights as themes are starting to gain popularity with a candle and candle vessels.  The ability to make this business success in the future very much relies on changing with the times and using that change to be ever more creative and revealing about how to address the needs of candle lovers.

What do you prescribe for your candle in the future? Is it a clown porcelain doll holding a cotton candy smelling candle or a gnome sculpture with a freshwater tea light resting on its bent knee? Can you imagine the possibilities of having fragrances match the vessel you choose to use?

Candles, candles, candles, please like and share and as always comments are welcome

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Stories from Work

In these writings –

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Communication when candling, what is customer service with a candle twist, how to engage customers, how to hone in on customized repeat customers.

How to successfully communicate what candles mean to me and what they can and should mean to my customers; here’s looking at you.

Candles mean light, warmth and good relaxing, mellowing or uplifting tones depending on the theme, environment, and attitude of each place where candles will be. The fragrances in the B&O Collection mean so much individually based on what fragrance you select when customizing your candle collection. Each fragrance communicated what the user intends whether it be a birthday-themed tropical votive/tea light collection or a leather book club themed collection for votive/tea lights.

I want to showcase that candles are not just some forgotten novelty on a shelf collecting dust bunnies but rather an integral…

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Candlish

In these writings –

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Communication when candling, what is customer service with a candle twist, how to engage customers, how to hone in on customized repeat customers.

How to successfully communicate what candles mean to me and what they can and should mean to my customers; here’s looking at you.

Candles mean light, warmth and good relaxing, mellowing or uplifting tones depending on the theme, environment, and attitude of each place where candles will be. The fragrances in the B&O Collection mean so much individually based on what fragrance you select when customizing your candle collection. Each fragrance communicated what the user intends whether it be a birthday-themed tropical votive/tea light collection or a leather book club themed collection for votive/tea lights.

I want to showcase that candles are not just some forgotten novelty on a shelf collecting dust bunnies but rather an integral part of your home and company atmosphere. Candles can create stress-free, party on or cheery atmospheres depending again on who is wanting what for the moment or future occasions.

What happens when there is no idea as to why you want to purchase a candle? Maybe you think in your mind that having a nice smelling candle was ideal when you picked it out but now the thrill of enjoying the glow and fragrance of the candle is gone, you have this homemade lump of non-fragranced wax in a glass just sitting there staring back at you with its waxy eyes (okay too far). Light the wick, go ahead, light the already trimmed wick and sit back. Is the fragrance throw there yet after 1 minute, 5 minutes, and 10 minutes? If not then it is a dud, might as well get your money back. However, a candle, whether it be tea light, votive, pillar should produce a throw or fragrance awareness (depending on the proximity) within 5-8 minutes maximum.

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Much like a pebble thrown in the water, you should have a ripple effect of the fragrance emitting whether the vessel or stand-alone candle is placed high or low. Remember heat rises, cold air falls so if you place a candle upon a fireplace mantle it will emit into the surrounding air at or above your eye level and then descend gradually to the floor as of course gases dropping. This is normal and natural and as the fragrance descends enjoy the smell, let it soak into your olfactory senses, flooding space and memory.

I know much of these writings are abstract and candles absolutely sell themselves when the correct fragrance is introduced to the correct recipient but it is worthy to talk in detail about a craft that I have dedicated time, space and energy to. I prefer to blabber on about waxes, fragrances and wicks instead of continuously try to just sell, sell sell, because I want to provide not only a worthy product but product knowledge as well as assurance. You ever get a candle and it smells “okay” or it smelled good in the store but when you get it home the whole olfactory rejects that “pumpkin latte” you thought was ideal and now everyone who smells what you smell when the candle is lit wants you to just chuck the candle into the nearest trash can. “This is not good,” you think, as you debate mentally whether throwing away a $5, $10 or even $15 20oz. candle that you purchased for the holidays and now you are stuck with a container of nastiness. Well, that is the feeling when dealing with mass-produced under quality candles. Your senses should be tingled, touched, persuaded and teased by a candle product whether it be tea lights for small intimate settings or votive and larger for larger gathering with friends family and co-workers. Candles can communicate like no other medium. Please like and share this post if you enjoy and as always comments are welcome, thank you.

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Waning and Waxing

I like what I write or I wouldn’t write what I like

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Tealights

My enthusiasm for everything has slowly waned, even after numerous attempts to restart, revive, reignite and revamp all that I am doing.

The purpose of this blog post is not to complain, although that first sentence states to the contrary, I am aware.

I have been challenged with numerous circumstances and situations that have caused me to change direction numerous times just this year alone. I mentioned in an earlier post that I lost my employment in early October and didn’t start looking for work any further or immediately I should note.

I stopped everything, in terms of sending out resumes and scouting for new work from home positions. I just sat back waited for about a month, heard a new set of lectures, concerns, and complaints from everyone concerned, family and friends and my spouse who was not worried but just wanted to see where my head was.

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Waning and Waxing

Tealights

My enthusiasm for everything has slowly waned, even after numerous attempts to restart, revive, reignite and revamp all that I am doing.

The purpose of this blog post is not to complain, although that first sentence states to the contrary, I am aware.

I have been challenged with numerous circumstances and situations that have caused me to change direction numerous times just this year alone. I mentioned in an earlier post that I lost my employment in early October and didn’t start looking for work any further or immediately I should note.

I stopped everything, in terms of sending out resumes and scouting for new work from home positions. I just sat back waited for about a month, heard a new set of lectures, concerns, and complaints from everyone concerned, family and friends and my spouse who was not worried but just wanted to see where my head was.

I stated that I no longer wanted to be in customer service as a call center agent and we went back and forth about this because customer service, in various ways, is all I have known since starting work back in 1996.I stated that I would dedicate my time and a portion of my souses income to making marketing and selling candles full time. Trust me, I was very scared, because although I had dabbled in candles for 22 years, since 1997, I just kept feeling defeated, endlessly failing because of transitions, relocations, and situations that literally forced me to keep regrouping and that is tiring in itself. I am restarting my venture at this 22-year mark, with as much vigor as I can muster and new information I can gather about the updated but consistent candle industry as I research what is happening in this day and age.

Homemade Tealights

The equipment has not changed much, maybe newer and shinier but wicks, containers, and wax have all been consistent since I ventured into candle making. There are the usual statistics about candles, demographics, target market and such but candle making and supplies are plentiful and I suspect this will continue to be the case as long as there is a need for candles here in the USA and globally.

The process of making candles has kept me occupied for years, the various smells, and designs of even simple votive candles makes me excited and wanting to enjoy this craft I have adapted. Yesterday was no different, I made and packaged 2 more sets of tea light samples for future distribution as I am reviving my craft for what seems like the 15th time in this process.

I have had the old naysayers, the new enthusiast, and the constant hints that maybe this is not ideal. However, I intend to see this portion through with giving my all strictly to making, marketing and selling candles as a means to support first myself then support my family.

I write about more candle information when I write although I have a personal blog that I sporadically contribute my attention and time to just to get my feelings out. Writing takes my mind off the negative thought process of beginning this venture of writing about, making and selling candles.

I choose to go forward into candles, candles, candles because although it has been an on-again, off-again venture, besides my personal relationships this industry has enthused me for 22 years and keeps popping into existence due to my tenacity and determination through these phases of my life.

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