I am so excited. My annual candle sale is almost here. Saturday December 5th from 10-4pm.
I love to make costumes and when I was a kid I loved being in the theater, doing plays and dressing up. Dude and I would put on a production every summer. We would make costumes and involve all the neighborhood kids in whatever play we were doing. One summer we decided to do the theatrical production/lip-synch of our Alice in Wonderland vinyl record ( I am sure some of you have no idea what a record is).
I feel like I’ve watched every YouTube video there is on it. There are so many paints now to choose from where do you start?
Here are just some of the techniques and products that I have used. This is just what has worked for me so use your own ideas and go crazy.
First thing… I know they say you don’t have to sand and they are right. When I do pieced for myself, I don’t sand. But when I do a piece to sell, I lightly sand it. I mean barely rough it up. It doesn’t need much. This paint sticks like crazy. After I sand I clean my piece really well with TSP.
Now the paint…
It took me quite a bit of research and trial and error to figure this out. I couldn’t find any bloggers or websites that really talked about it. They talk about waxing with clear before you dark wax but no one talks about varnishing and then waxing. I am telling you it is possible. I have done it a lot.
I found a guy that talked about waxing and varnishing his boat and he gave me more info than any chalk paint website I went to. I would give him some props but I can’t remember where he was.
This white Dixie Henredon French provincial set I picked up at an estate sale. I didn’t take many before pics but it is the set we all had if we were little girls in the 80’s. Dude had the canopy bed to go with it and I thought it was so cool.
I sprayed it with Americana. The color I used is called Vintage. I finished it with Soft Touch. I then distressed it with dark wax. Just a little in the cracks and creases to make it look antique. I custom painted these for a customer. When she came to look at my furniture she backed over the fire hydrant near the bottom of my driveway. It was pretty exciting. I think that might be a blog for another day!
Delaney liked to use this table for a lemonade stand. She really wants to keep it but I think it needs a new home. It is for sale. Contact me if you are interested. I used APC color Mama’s Kitchen for the green (I think I might have used some white to lighten it) and used a wet rag to distress it. I used Americanas Pink (mixed 1/2 with white) for the top and legs. I used sandpaper to distress it, then Soft Touch Varnish to seal it.
I can’t forget to show you my bathroom cabinets. Here are the before and after. I bought a wood appliqué at Lowe’s and attached it with wood glue. I then painted with Americana Vintage, then Soft Touch Varnish. I then used APC dark wax and buffed when it was dry.
I bought two kinds of drawer hardware. They didn’t match so I spray painted it all with an oil rubbed bronze spray paint and used a bronze acrylic paint to give the handles a vintage rub and buff look. The handle on the top is the finished product the gold and the one below the gold were the handles I bought on Ebay. I made a how to video but I have to figure out how to edit it before anyone can see it!
I also have known people who have made their own chalk paint. You can get a recipe on Pinterest. I think it is acrylic paint with plaster of paris or something. The trouble I have had with homemade is that you have to sand it smooth between coats. Time is money and I would rather pay a little more for a pre made paint. I don’t have the patience to sand. I don’t love sanding and that is one reason I love these pre made paints.
So there is my run down of paint. Happy painting! Sorry about the typos. I am exhausted and my friend really needed this info. I am sure my mom and Dude will let me know where I made mistakes and I can edit this later! ha!
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Brad says it is a little over powering. Everything is made and set up and I think we are ready. The sugar scrubs are made, the bath salts are ready and the I have made lots of Crème Brûlée candles. I think my favorite this year is the Crème Brûlée sugar scrub. It smells so good you think you could eat it but please don’t! Eeeewwww!
I have been busy promoting on Facebook. My friend Raquel Ramirez has been helping me boost my business and teaching me about social media. Sometimes I feel like my grandpa when he couldn’t figure out how to program the VCR. I will figure it out and then they will change it! haha.
Please check my Facebook page for coupons. I have coupons on there for $1 off tart bars, if you spend $10 you get a free gift and buy 4 pillars ($25 each) and get one free.
You know what? Since you are reading this I am going to go ahead and post them here.
Thanks for supporting me and my many businesses and my crazy ideas and my creative A.D.D. and my family and and and! It is because of you all that I get to do what I love.
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I am so excited. Saturday is less than a week away and I think I am almost ready. I tried to be ready early but you know how that goes. I keep adding stuff. Oh, I could do this or I can do that and the next thing you know I am up until 4 am the night before the sale! Not this year. I am going to be ready!
I have some new items this year.
Mason jars are so popular. So, I don’t want to disappoint. I made 3 sizes of mason jar candles. I even went so far as to hand paint a few mason jars. My friends have already come over and have staked their claim to a few of them so I have an idea they are going to be popular!
I still have a few things to finish. I am making up some gift baskets to sell and I have to pour some more creme brulee tart bars. Other than that, I am ready!
I can’t wait to see all of you at the sale. I always have fun catching up with people I only see once a year.
Please check Facebook for coupons. You can print them or show them on your phone.
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I took a chalk and mineral paint class a few weeks ago and it was so fun. I was hooked. This paint is not “chalk Board” paint, it is chalk paint. If you use 3 coats on a piece and you don’t seal it, then yes, you can write on it with chalk.
You don’t have to sand and prep your piece but since it was my first attempt I did.
It has been over 7 years since I poured a pillar candle.
I have been asked over and over again, “When are you going to make crème brulée pillar candles?”. I finally did it. Just in time for the sale on Saturday. Let me tell you it wasn’t easy. I really miss having my factory (or at least my parents old garage). It wasn’t because I didn’t want to make pillars, it is just that they are a long process and it takes space to do it (they are really messy too). I have some die-hard pillar fans and I want to give you all what you have been asking for. I only have a limited supply (there is not a lot) so if you want one you better be at the sale right when it opens.
Let me tell you the difference between a paraffin pillar and a soy jar candle.
Paraffin is a petroleum product. With gas prices being sky-high, the paraffin wax prices are also high. Wax prices are 4 times more than what I paid for it back in 1997. Soy wax is a natural product. It still is not cheap but it is definitely less than paraffin.
Paraffin melts at a higher temperature. The scent burns off quickly and doesn’t linger in the air as long. The soy candles burn cooler, therefore the scent doesn’t burn off as quickly and it seems to linger in the air and smell stronger for longer (does that make sense?).
Paraffin candles need babysitting. The rule is if they are 3″ in diameter you should burn them about 2.5-3 hours so they burn down evenly. The problem is if you let them burn longer they can spill over the sides (this is why you should have them on a plate/holder with a lip) and you have a mess. The soy candles are in their own neat containers and they don’t need to be watched. Don’t leave the house or go to bed with them burning (use common sense please) but they are pretty self-contained. The glass or tin will get hot, but they burn down very evenly and they cool fast when extinguished.
If you are over the whole wick thing you can opt for a tart warmer and tarts (wax with scent and no wick). These are great because they plug-in and the lightbulb heats up the little dish and warms the wax in the dish. I sell a ton of these bad boys. They are great for homes with kids or places like dorm rooms and schools where candles and open flames are prohibited. They work great and make the room smell amazing. I am still a fan of the good old candle (nothing smells better) but I have to say the tart warmers have been a great invention for us moms with small kids. Now, not all tart bars are created equal. It is the same thing with candles, you usually get what you pay for. If you decide to splurge on the $3 tarts at Wally World you are going to get a $3 tart. Some are good, but the scent usually doesn’t last long. My tart bars will smell good for twice as long as the scenty people’s (just ask my friends and my sister-in-law, she was amazed) and theirs are really good.
Pillars are still the best when it comes to decorating. The look of them on display is just beautiful. I love that so many people have chosen my candles to decorate and fill their homes with smelly goodness!
I can’t wait to see you all at the sale. Saturday November 23rd 10-4pm. 2186 Brookhurst Drive, El Cajon CA 92019
If you can’t make it please email me. I can ship you your order or arrange pick up.
I know I have been bad and I have not blogged in FOREVER! I have been busy and I am sorry. But, the good news is I have been busy making candles and bath products and now I am ready to offer them to you! Aren’t you excited? I just spent the day making Crème Brûlée sugar scrub and it looks so good I could eat it (not recommended because I am sure it would taste yucky). I have so many surprises for my sale on November 23rd. My labels have gotten a whole new look and I have a new line of bath and body products including: lotion, body wash, bath salts, sugar scrubs, room spray and body spray.
So, if you haven’t like me on Facebook yet, you better get to it. I am posting pics there as I make new things. I have also updated my inventory list here on the candle page.
I bought face paints about a year and a half ago and we have been having fun with them ever since. I paint my kids faces all the time. It is good practice and they love it. Some times we pick out designs from the internet. It has all gone well up until now. Delaney is turning into a pretty harsh critic.
She picked out a butterfly pattern that she liked and I started. It is so hard to paint her when she wants to keep turning her head to look into the mirror. If I was smart, I would have gone into the salon and grabbed the hand-held mirror but I thought I would be done pretty quick and then she could look. Wrong.
She was so picky. She kept turning around and looking while telling me ,”the picture doesn’t look like this”. She wanted it to look identical to the picture (ya right kid, impossible), close was just not going to work with her. Then she told me my flower looked like a star fish! I began to explain to her that most kids don’t get face paint on a regular basis and she should be thankful and grateful she gets painted at all. I was doing my best (not good enough for her apparently). I now know she is face paint spoiled.
She started crying in the middle of it and that made green and blue run down her face and her white run (which wasn’t the right white anyway, so she told me). Well, I blotted it off (the tears) and she is left with a splotchy butterfly face. She is going to have to like it because I am done with face painting for today.
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I finally got an iPad (thanks Ellen) and we have had so much fun with it. One thing I like to do is watch hair tutorials and try them on Delaney. She has gotten into watching them to and she actually asks if she can watch them. Our favorite YouTube channel is Cutegirlshairstyles . This mom has all kinds of cute styles to learn and she makes them all really easy. We go on the site the night before and Delaney picks what style she wants to try. Today she wanted to try Belle (her favorite princess-duh). She was excited when I picked her up from school last week with a new yellow ribbon (it doesn’t take much to excite Delaney). We are ready!
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