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It’s Beautiful, I Love it, but is it Real? An Open-Ended Question

Candle-Maker’s Diary Week 9 Greetings from semi-quarantine, a time to re-think, re-make, and mop the floors. Here in brick-and-mortar-land we are slumping toward midsummer with temperatures climbing and loose ends begging to be tied up. In that vein have been thinking the unthinkable and researching same, all for the purpose of finding a proper medium […]

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Fractals, Spirographs, and Mandalas: a Love Story

Candle-Maker’s Diary Week 8 Greetings from quarantine–a time for restoring what’s been lost, making it cleaner and better, and infusing it with new ideas. In the spirit of the times, I’ve been examining the idea of patterns as a theme for a series of black-on-white decorated candles featuring the Mandala, a shape with a long […]

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Scents, Sense, and Fragrance, Week 7

Greetings from quarantine–a time for decisions, revisions, and, well, memories of wonderful times past in the Hudson Valley. A long time ago–before Lockdown—I created a series of candles to capture and hold these moments line and named them “Hudson Valley Highs.” This evolving line of beauties are presented in tubby glass-topped apothecary jars and finished […]

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The Candle-Maker’s Diary, Week 7

Welcome to another week of quarantine, a time for creating, reflecting, and procrastinating, peppered by the occasional rant, which will be left to bubble up naturally at some future date. So today’s meditation is about creatures that work—not just for each other, but for us as well. I’m thinking of my favorites, admired not for […]

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Scents, Sense, and Fragrance, Week 6

Greetings from quarantine–a time for retraction, redaction, and refraction. Yes, I will continue to write from quarantine until it is withdrawn, along with all that is withdrawn with it. I am reminded of a retreating iceberg that leaves a trail of rubble in its wake. Will it morph into fertile ground, or remain a weedy […]

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The Candle-Maker’s Diary, Week 6

Greetings from quarantine—a time for contemplation, evaluation, and, well, more contemplation.  We are now sliding into summer, a season not notable for brisk sales where candles are concerned. At our store we filled the summer shelves with locally-sourced potions and lotions for the season’s inconveniences: bug repellant, sunscreen, organic deodorant, hand cream, foot cream, itch […]

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