August 31, 2008

Gift Basket Idea

I was browsing though one of my book club websites today and discovered this book on sale for 4.99. Suddenly it hit me: This would make a great basis for a holiday gift basket!

I think I may buy multiple copies of this title and place them in baskets with candles selected from Gold Canyon's Homespun Holiday collection. Maybe I'll finish it off with an edible treat of some kind (candy?) and a Gold Canyon scented bookmark.

August 24, 2008

Only 123 More Shopping Days Left!

Christmas is four months away and I am off to a pretty good start with my shopping. I have a few things for the kids, some things for the hubby, and a list of ideas for other people.

This year, most of the ladies on my list will be getting something from my own catalog, of course. Candles have always been a gift-giving staple of mine - so many people I know and buy for love them as much as I do. This is the first year I'll get to buy them from myself!

August 15, 2008

Scrapbook Page Maps: Sketches for Creative Layouts Scrapbook Page Maps: Sketches for Creative Layouts by Becky Fleck

My review

rating: 4 of 5 stars
I think this may turn out to be the best scrapbooking idea book I've ever purchased. Everything about this book has been well thought out, from the fantastic sketches to the beautiful color examples to the fact that the book is spiral bound so it can lie flat on your work surface. The punch-out (and therefore portable, for shopping purposes) mini layout cards at the back of the book are an excellent bonus.

I anticipate getting a lot of use out of this one!

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August 06, 2008

It's Here! It's here!

My candle business starter kit arrived yesterday. I opened it right away, of course, and drank in the smells of several of the samples near the top of the box but didn't have a chance to sit down and really experience all 100+ samples provided.

Until tonight.

My sister came over and she and I had our own little mini party paging through the catalog and locating each scent in the kit. They. Were. Awesome!

I have always loved vanilla scented things and there were plenty of those to please my palate. I was very impressed. But what surprised me was just how good the scents that I am not usually a fan of (florals and "clean linen" types of things) were. There were a couple of the 1/2 dozen or so smells in the linen line that were exceptionally pleasant.

The fruits and other summery smells were heavenly and the baking scents were divine. We even got to sample a few things that hint at what is to come in the Fall and Winter catalogs, such as warm, spicy things like "Autumn Walk" and deep, invigorating Evergreen combinations.

Of course, we had a delicious smelling candle with blends of melon, strawberry, banana, jasmine and vanilla burning for most of the evening. I can still smell hints of it now and it's been extinguished for about an hour.

This business is going to be a blast!

August 01, 2008

I'm Going to Earn While I Burn

I registered for my new candle business website this morning. Within a few hours of submitting my information they had my consultant site up and running. All I had to do was personalize the My Story page!