EnoUgh of ThiS WeaTher

Ok.. who is with me on this..

They are talking about more snow coming this week. Ugh!! People on some of the boards I’m on are without power in the Northeast.. and my Florida friends teeth are chattering with the unusual cold they have been having. Crops and tropical fish in the south are being destroyed with the cold. I think we will feel the effects of this weather for a while. We are paying higher utility bills now and will pay extra for other things throughout the coming year. Thank goodness they are talking warmer temps next weekend. I’m really ready for warmer weather.

Published in: on February 28, 2010 at 10:05 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Spring is FINALLY Blowing in..

We sure have has some goofy weather. I bought some Lantana in Texas with the thought I would put them in our pots outside. Somewhere… I guess in Arkansas.. we drove right out of Spring. I left a Lowe’s filled with tons of Petunias, Verbenas, Gardenias as well as veggies and herbs and got back up here and the leaves were not even out. Bummer!!

And yesterday.. though the weather was finally warming.. that WIND. I’ve been a bit spoiled here at the shop. We have had Hydrangeas, Hyacinths, Pansys and many other cheery flowers blooming since January. That, combined with the nice ivies, have made for a rather pleaseant diversion from the Winter that was hanging on outside. So now that the weather is finally warming outside, I’m getting ready for Summer. I’ve finally got the stuff I bought at the Cash and Carry out on the floor and now I’m in the mood to start rearranging things.

maybePlates.. we have several nice new ones. Our Dance in the Rain plate is a best seller and now this one is coming in right behind it. A similar sentiment and words of encouragement for a friend or family member. There are four plates in this collection all with nice sentiments. Sit them in a plate stand for individual display or add them to one of our wood or metal plate racks that allow the display of two or three plates either vertical or horizonally.

img_0239_2Another nice new plate is the one on the right. With the recent loss of my Father, the verse has taken on new meaning and is a gentle remider to live each day fully and with no regrets. If tomorrow never comes, do they know  you love them? I’m making sure family and friends know how much they mean to me.

basket1Check out this cute metal basket. I added two pip berry whisps. It will sit real nice on a shelf or table as well as hang on a wall with the wire handle.

Published in: on April 26, 2009 at 5:21 am  Comments (1)  
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Curing Winter Blahs

02210001OK, it is once again snowing. There are Winter Storm Warnings for the area.. sweet 😦 . If you read the previous post, you saw the Battery Operated Tapers are in. I have wax melting in the back and will be back there soon to get some of these Tapers everybody has been waiting on done. So, while I’m waiting I took some pictures around the shop and am going to share some pics to take your mind off that ugly Winter stuff going on outside.  02210009

This muted Ivy was new last year. Instead of a sharp contrast of dark green and white, these muted colors of cream and a more sage green go with sooo much more here around the shop. Last Fall I stuck some bright orange pip berries and mini pumpkins in these Ivys and the color combo really popped! You can see they look pretty nice with the pastels as well.  The arrangement is stuck in a rusty watering pitcher and a cute little sign as been added for fun. These little signs are really fun to add to floral arrangements, hang over the edge of a basket or even bend the hanger back so you can set them out as a little sign with an easel.

02210006How about these really cute shelves?? Each one hand made here in Kenton, they are all unique. Painted a nice aged Cream, they come with barn red or navy blue stars. They are about 29.5″ long across the shelf and about 3.5″ deep. You can see they are great for displaying a few odd and ends on the top and make a statement all by themselves.

02210022Been busy in the candle room. We finally redid the tops of the cabinets and it is a lot more homey in there. We have also removed the double display of our candles [2 of each fragrance side by side] and are only showing a single row of each. We are steadily working to have these cabinets full of unique fragrances to give us 156 different scents. Where else are you going to be able to go with that kind of selection! We already have over 90.. so we are well on our way of achieving our goal. If you have never experienced one of our candles.. you are missing a treat. Designed to burn all day, rather than a few hours at a time, these candles will throw their scent strongly from top to bottom. Each one burns an average of 115 hours. Any time you walk in the shop you are experiencing our testers. I get so many comments it is easy to decide which fragrances to add. Plus, if they can throw scent in this place.. they can sure fill your home.

Now Testing

02180002Monday we got a dozen new test fragrances into wax. I have 2 Sugar Cookies, 2 Lemon Pound Cakes, 2 Green Teas, Orange, Apricot Freesia, Fruit Loops, Cinnamon Sugar, Pecan Pickups, Cinnamon Frosting and Caramel Orange. Last night I took home the Cinnamon Sugar, Pecan Pickups and one of the Lemon Pound Cakes to test. The Cinnamon Sugar is strong and delicious! We will be adding that one for sure. The Pecan Pickups was in the dining room where I was working and it also is very nice. Today in the shop we have a Sugar Cookie, the other Lemon Pound Cake, Cinnamon Frosting and Apricot Freesia burning. Early favorites are the this Lemon Pound Cake and the Apricot Freesia. The Cinnamon Frosting is also nice. These need a couple more hours of burning before we can really see if they have a nice throw. Most are looking to be keepers so we sill get the fragrances ordered and add the scent to our melts.

Well, the weather is forecasting snow.. again. I got Spring going on around here so kinda hate to step back out into cold Winter weather when we leave. My son has finally had a chance to ride the dirt bike he got for Christmas.. and now the weather is making it difficult to get out and have fun with it again. He waited so long for the bike… saved for several years. His Christmas money gave him enough to get one.. and now the weather is not cooperating. Inside, he is getting interested in tropical fish. We have a 10 gallon tank that is still in the new tank cycle. He has a Sword-tail female and several Guppies. The Guppy has given him 8 babies that he is real ct6proud of. He also has a pair of Bettas. In my younger years.. in Texas.. I used to raise Bettas on my apartment balcony. I raised them up and traded for more fish food till the weather got cold and I had to stop for the season. So, we are going to try to breed this pair and see what we get for colors. If you like this fish, you have to check out this site: Betty Splendens . WOW! The fish has come a long way in the 15 years since I raised mine. The fins, the colors.. it is hard not to appreciate these fish. If we are successful from the pair we got from the pet shop.. I’d love to get my hands on a fancy pair and breed them. Just what I need.. another hobby. But for now, my son is interested and we will see how far his interest goes.

We finally got some lotions back out. The ever popular Buckeye and Sandalwood Vanilla as well as Honey Almond and  Pink Sugar. I will be making more of the Naturally Nothing hopefully this weekend. The Naturally Nothing has no fragrance.. just our wonderful lotion. Good for sensitive skin, use on the face and for some of the guys that don’t like fragrance. The new Body Butter formulation is awesome! I am sooo loving it. Softer than our previous version, it is easier to apply and melts quicker with body heat. It melts to more of an oil, but quickly penetrates into the skin. I have been using this all over and am noticing a much softer and smoother skin. Great on the face [unscented] under the eyes it helps smooth out the fine lines we get as we mature. I also like it on my hands and keep some by the computer. This will also get made up this weekend so you can experience it too.

Published in: on February 18, 2009 at 5:03 pm  Leave a Comment  
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In like a Lion..

02120005Well, the sun is finally out after all that wind yesterday and last night. It looks like things are calming down outside. We had50 mph winds and supposed gusts close to 65 mph. We have some siding under the eave of the house coming loose and a lot of branches down.. but everything else seems OK. I am always amazed at the winds we get up here in Ohio and the houses that withstand them. You can actually feel those gusts hit the house. As you can see.. Bruce is hanging out by the font door waiting for his people.. and the sun beam that will be pouring in soon.02120002

While I was getting ready to come in this morning, I got a call from the coffee shop down at the end of my side of the street. Seems there was a lot of roofing material strewn down the sidewalk on our street. Sara wanted to give me a heads up to check my roof when I got to the shop. A city work crew was cleaning it up, so that was nice to know to look for damage before the rain comes. On the way in I called the previous owner of my building to inquire about my roof.. and the roof next door as he still owns that building. I was comforted to know both roofs were metal, so the debris was probably not mine. When I got to town I found out the roof belonged to the Aston building.. the one with the black awning in the picture. Seems like they lost about 1/3 of their roof. If  you go to the end of the block and look at the bank catty corner to us their sign has blown off and is halfway up the North side of the street. [We are on the West side of the courthouse] What a mess! I’m sure as the day progresses we will discover more damage to these old buildings. The hurricane last year broke and upstairs window at the shop, so we need to get up there later today and make sure all is well.

02120020My son is starting his day off with a test. Home schooling has been good for him.. but keeping him focused at times is a challenge. Especially when it comes to writing an essay.

Published in: on February 12, 2009 at 4:08 pm  Leave a Comment  
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They weren’t Kidding..

janyary-snow-004We got a bunch of snow! At this time we are under a Level 1 Snow Emergency. That means “roadways are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow. Roads are also icy – drive carefully.” School is closed, my DH work is closed and I’ve decided to stay home and not deal with being on the roads. Sure, I could get a lot done up at the shop.. but, if this gets any worse I don’t want to be on the roads trying to get home. I lived in Texas for a reason… I hate driving in this stuff. Would much rather stay home and admire the beauty of it all.

janyary-snow-002Here are some pictures outside right now. The side of the house with the drive way and the old maple in the front yard with the field accross the street. We live on a state highway so the road in front of us is usually plowed fairly well. Something I tend to forget and then get to sliding on the other roads I have to travel.janyary-snow-011

Bruce is hanging out in the windows watching the snow and DH plowing. You can see he is very interested. He appears to be quite mesmerized by the whole plowing thing. So typical of a cat, he is very curious about everything.. especially if it involves people.janyary-snow-013 We have two bay windows at the house. One in the kitchen and one in the dining room. These windows have become a favorite spot for Bruce to hang out. Every morning when I come downstairs he is hanging out in one of them.

The weather reports says we are still supposed to get several more inches of this stuff. Yuck! I’m still kinda used to having flowers blooming this time of year. Even though I have been up here a while, this is my 5th winter, by January I am tired of dreary winter and looking forward to Spring.. my favorite season. I still haven’t gotten used to winter lasting till March. Time to get some hot chocolate and cozy up in front of the fire!

Published in: on January 28, 2009 at 3:39 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Between Seasons

I really enjoy all the seasons in the shop. The changes in the colors.. the seasonal items.. all mixed into our regular every day items. It’s the inbetweens that make me crazy. Tearing down and packing up sure makes a mess of the shop. And, because I tend to get really board with the same ol’ thing, I also tend to rearrange the larger display pieces as well. And until the shop gets put back together it will drive me nuts!

The candle room is up for change. We have the ability in the candle room to display about 150 different fragrances on the 2 hutches dedicated to the jar candles. So my goal now is to get tested and produced 150 highly fragrant and unique candles. And, if we carry that many jar candles, we have to have that many melts. So the racks of candle rings are going to have to find a new home and bins for the melts are going to replace them. When we reach this goal we will be able to advertise we  have the largest candle selection in the state. And with Helen’s Gift shop up the street carrying many great brand name candles, Kenton can/will be the candle capital of the state. We’ve also has request for some cake candles and we will be looking for a supplier of these at market next weekend.

Spent the day divided between picking up and putting away Christmas and organizing  my production area. I am waiting for shipments of new items and fixtures but they just don’t seem to be getting here as quickly as I want. Without these things it is so difficult to really to get the shop changed over.  And in the back I have to set up areas to keep my candle inventory. As we get more involved in the wholsale of our products, we have a need for deeper inventory levels in the back. So we are trying to get better organized back there to so we can be more efficient in getting things shipped.

We will be going to market and the cash and carry next weekend. The cash and carry is my favorite as I get to immediately get things and bring them home. No waiting for them to ship. By then I hope to have the display pieces in and in place. When we get back from market I will have a bunch of neat new items and be really excited about getting them out in the shop.

Published in: on January 11, 2009 at 4:09 am  Leave a Comment  
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I hate Winter…

Well Winter is here.. and in full force. I left Texas last Saturday where it was 85 degrees and got back here to Ohio on Sunday. It was a cool 50 degrees when I got out of the car. Then came the snow. On the way in to the shop on Tuesday I lost control of the car and fish tailed down a good stretch of the road. Would I hit the truck in the other lane or go off in a field and possibly catch a telephone pole off on the right. After going back and forth for what seemed like forever, the car finally straightened out and we continued on. I’m still amazed I didn’t hit SOMETHING. My son said the whole thing was ‘wild’.  More snow today and more slippery roads. And there is more coming… they are predicting about 6″ more inches by Sunday. By now I’m thinking I left Texas for this?!

Around the shop we are getting  Christmas packed up and putting out Spring. Last year I loved being surrounded by daffodils, hyacinths and songbirds while watching the snow outside.  It just makes you feel good to see the bright, cheerful colors when the outside is so drab and gray. So when cabin fever sets in and you get tired of Winter, come in and get a breath of Spring. We will also be burning some new candle fragrances that will make you forget how cold it is outside.

New items are also arriving this month. We have several new Hearthside plates that are due in any day now. We had several new plates come in around Thanksgiving that sold out very quickly. Reorders of these items will also be coming in. Yesterday we received some really cool new primitive night lights as well as more of the best selling ones we already had. On the way are several new Wax Warmers. My favorite pattern, Old Mill, is no longer being made in the regular warmers. It is, however, being made in the new Junior Revere wax warmers. These warmers will also introduce a new Barn Star pattern. The projected ship date on the Junior warmers is March 1. We expect them in the shop shortly after that. Also expected in before the end of February are more of or our Revere Warmers. These warmers are very popular and go quickly when they hit the shelf. To see these new warmers check out the web site: www.the-comforts-of-home.com . You can reserve one of these warmers before they come in by stopping by the shop.

Published in: on January 9, 2009 at 3:07 am  Leave a Comment  
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