Happy Easter

For God so loved He gave..

Published in: on April 4, 2010 at 1:48 am  Leave a Comment  

Back to Work..

Well, I kinda took the Summner off from all the computer stuff. My son was in Texas visiting his Dad and I tried to spend a little more time with my husband instead of being on this laptop all the time. But we are now headed into the Fall and holiday season so I am busy with new candle fragrances, getting the shop changed over to Fall, pricing all the Christmas stuff that has been arriving the last few months, home/shop schooling and raising show Bettas. The newsletter will be going out again and if you have not signed up CLICK HERE . When you sign up you get a coupon to get one of our Antique Jar candles for only $10 and every month you will receive a special discount for Newsletter subscribers only.

An update on some of the stuff going on down town.. I have new neighbors on both sides! On my North side is Uptown Furnishings. This shop will be selling brand new furniture and they have said people are already trying to buy their stuff.. and they are not even open! Set for a grand opening and ribbon cutting this Thursday, September 3 at 1:00 pm and will continue through the weekend. I am excited for them and the down town.

To my South will be an Antique Shop. This building was bought several months ago but the owners also bought a house in town and had to get moved in and settled there. I was told they thought they might open the end of Augsut. Well.. I have not seen or heard anything going on over there but  my son helped them hang a sign while I was getting my nails done last week so I would think they too will be open soon. And, with Pack Mail open on our side of the  square we are now full.

The North side of the square looks to  be getting a new Alltel location and on the East side Domino’s pizza has re-opened.. much to my son’s delight. A few more businesses over there on the East and we will have a busy little down town that will be a delight to stop and shop.

Published in: on September 1, 2009 at 2:00 am  Leave a Comment  


office2Finally.. I am getting some work done on my office in the back. There is a lot of dark paneling in the back area.. including my office. I don’t get to spend much time back there, but when I do, I’d like things a bit more cheery. So, to lighten the paneling I selected a warm creamy color. So far I only have 2 of the 4 walls done, but it has made such a nice difference and brightened up the entire room.

basketIn the office I have a simple old wood desk and several metal filing cabinets. I put together this basket with the multi colored ivy bushes and a few of my rusty star picks for an accent. The colors play off the creamy walls quite nicely. I’m planning on relocating some notebooks on the top of one set of file cabinets and putting this basket up there. What else? Well, right now I don’t know. A grapevine tree with some lights might be nice. Might also add some of my favorite crocks. First I need to finish painting the room. Then, I will find some favorite items to put in there and enjoy the time I will be spending there.

Published in: on May 6, 2009 at 2:32 am  Leave a Comment  


obit_30_1239018114091Service for my father was today. My brother arranged to have full military honours for Dad. They opened the side door and at the first shot I lost it. Having been a military family, I am too familier with the guns and Taps. The finality of everything was really hitting me. He was gone. Though with my Lord, he will never again be my father.. and for that I ache.

The Kerrville Funeral Home was wonderful. They took care of the smallest details and made this stressful time managable for us. They even have a web site where you can view not only service times, but the obituary and even a nice video tribute. To read the obituary for my Dad and see his video see Oakley Allen Korbelik. 

The comfort I have is all this is the cancer did not get my Dad. He had a blood clot and they determined it moved to the lungs. The stress on his heart caused it to fail. He passed away in his home with his wife right beside him. Though I would do anything for more time with him, I would not have it to watch him ravaged by cancer. The thought of the pain and suffering for him and us as we watched, would be more than any of us could have born. God in his mercy saw fit to take him now. Though weakened by treatment, he was still in his own strength. I’m now trusting God to help me with the hole left in my heart and life with his passing.

I thank everyone that has thought and prayed for me and my son.

Published in: on April 9, 2009 at 3:31 am  Leave a Comment  

Very Sad Day..

I received word this evening that my father has passed away. It was only a few months ago that we found out he had multiple myeloma, a bone cancer. Doctors were optimistic about the treatment, and my father seemed to be responding very well. So the news today has been very unexpected. I wish the Doctors had advised things were moving quickly so I could have made time to see him. We had plans to spend several weeks in July with him, thinking we had a few years. You just never know.

I am making plans to head for Texas to be with my Mother and the rest of my family there. The shop will be closed at least a week. I am sorry about having to be closed. For those that pray, I covet your prayers at this time. I will see my father again so I have comfort in that. It was he that answered my questions about God and was there to guide me as I started on that path. The journey now will be different without him.

I love you Dad.. and I miss you terribly right now.

Published in: on April 4, 2009 at 3:55 am  Leave a Comment  


Another day off and I am once more on the computer. I really need to be at the shop making soap and lotions.. but here I am playing with technology.

I got an account over at Facebook. Not sure what one can do over there yet.. but I did upload some pictures to play around. Bruce is always photogenic so I uploaded some pics of him into an album on Facebook. You can check him out at FaCeBooK .

Published in: on February 2, 2009 at 5:24 pm  Comments (1)  

What’s new

Since I finally have had a few minutes to catch up on the blog posts, what’s new around the shop? In addition to the goodies from market I posted about earlier, we have added more sweet treats. The sweetest treat of all are the hand made chocolates, granolas and hard candies. Early favorites are the stick pretzles dipped in white chocolate and the peanut clusters. Our pretzles come in both regular and white chocolate, plain and dipped in nuts. If my son had his way, he’d be the only one eating these. Other delightful treats are the Haystacks, Turtles, Peanut Brittle and of course the Peanut Clusters. Hand made in Ohio by the Amish, I can personally vouch on the tastiness of all of them.

The granola is also hand made by Ohio Amish. My personal favorite is the Maple Grandola. Discovered at the January market, I had to add it to the shop. We have reordered this several times already as it is a favorite with our customers. With milk or dry as a snack, the granola makes a nice healthy snack. We add it to yougart as well as our smoothies around the shop.

Another new item for the shop is jewelry. We have found some lovely necklace and earring sets that are reasonably priced and made well. I can’t keep a favorite any length of time as they are quickly leaving the shop. These and the handbags we have added are a colorful way to update your wardrobe. Either one would make a nice Mothers Day gift as well.

Things around the shop are always changing. I tell everybody I get board easily so am always looking for something new. And it’s true.. every few weeks I feel the need to get something new in and redo the shop. I hope to go to market out east in the fall just to get some things not normally found in the area in time for Christmas. We are also planning some fun events in the Fall as we come into the holiday season.


Published in: on April 14, 2008 at 1:45 am  Leave a Comment  

Spring has sprung.. sorta

The new year has come and gone and Spring is trying to get here. We had 2 absolutely beautiful days in the 70’s this past week and then here it is again Winter with sleet and flurries. YECH! I did get 4 pots bought and planted for the front of the shop. Being from Texas I am used to seeing flowers by now so the Pansies are giving me the color I am wanting to see. Inside the shop I have been enjoying Irises, Pansies, Lilacs and other Spring favorites. Combine that with one of our floral scented candles or melts and you can almost forget Winter. They have been a nice contrast to the snow and yuck that has been outside.

In January, a trip to market brought some new items to the shop. Instant favorites were the lights I picked up. Large canning jars and glass cyliners with a light, rusty stars and primitive fixings make a wonderful addition to any room. I bought the last few the vendor had and sold them in two days. So this last trip to market I made sure to get more. Our flicker bulbs are delightful in the cylinder lights, giving any room they are placed in a warm and cozy atmosphere. The larger canning jar takes a different light bulb and we have a larger silicon bulb that looks awsome in this light.

Another instant favorite from market is the Beeswax dipped tapers. Two double A batteries will give you 600 to 700 hours of light from the flicker LED bulb. Sized to fit all our candlesticks and candelabras, they give you the feel of candlelight with the worry of an open flame. This is especially nice when they are used in the candelabras overhead. Combine these tapers with a candle holder and a Pip Berry ring and you have a great accent for any place in your home. And, since we make wax products here, we decided to wax dip our own tapers. Our version is bumpier and tripple dipped to give it a more rustic and primitive look. Currently only available in a dark brown, in time we will offer a lighter version in tan and gold.

Published in: on April 13, 2008 at 11:59 pm  Leave a Comment  

Finally Open

Where did time go? We got notice they were ready to close on the building and everything started to blur. The day we closed we started to knock down walls. The dream was becoming a reality! It felt like so much got done. It was the last time I would feel that way.

The building had 2 inside office rooms. We knocked down parts of the walls and made doors from one office to the other to make a loop through the shop. It gave a more open feel yet kept some neat nooks and crannies that still felt cozy. After walls were down we had to refinish the edges and rip out carpeting. 

Because the ceiling was stained in places, we decided to paint the ceiling. I had decided on a very dark charcol gray.. like an aged black. Based on square footage we bought 4 gallons of paint. Into a paint sprayer it went and the fun began. What a mess! My husband looked like a gorilla and the overspray went everywhere. And, 4 gallons was just the beginning. The paint sprayer was clogging every few minutes and needed to be cleaned. We were constantly having to adjust the spray and much of the paint seemed to be going every where but the ceiling. We were out of paint and about half way through so bought 4 more. That finished the ceiling so we cleaned up and went home. The next day revealed white showing through the black. A call to the paint manufacturer found we could add water the the paint to thin it out. Two ounces in a gallon and the sprayer worked wonderfully. The thinner spray also penetrated up into the textured ceiling tiles and gave much better coverage.

Now we are over time and budget. Still have the walls to paint and the carpet to install. After waiting for the carpet to finally get here, the day before it was to be installed we had above average rains. My installer woke up to waist deep water in his yard and truck. The other crew was on another job so we had another delay. The Grand  Opening was fast approaching and we were running out of time. Long hours and lack of sleep were becomming the norm around our house. I kept thinking I’d get a break after we opened.

The fun part finally started.. buying merchandise and displays. A few road trips and phone calls and all the goodies stared coming in. Opening was coming fast so some wonderful frineds showed up and helped with the pricing and getting everything displayed. I was now beyond stress and excitement. Slowly but surely everything came together.

The big day finally arrived. We had a ribbon cutting and lots of people in. The shop looked nothing like what it had been only 8 weeks ago. The late nights and hard work were so worth it. I was now a shop ower and on a wonderful adventure.

Published in: on April 13, 2008 at 9:02 pm  Leave a Comment