So, I got my shipment. Really happy with the scents. Not so happy that I ordered and paid for 10oz apothecary jars that are only 8oz. This would have been okay in the end, because I like 8oz better as a size, but my wicks are one size too small, so it is a little frustrating because that means another order for wicks so I don't waste these jars. I need to order more fragrance from my wick place anyhow, so perhaps it is all for the best. I've actually sold out of four fragrances now.
I just finished a four-candle order and have one more to go on another order.
Still perfecting the cannoli candle. This one could really pay off....or make me fat, one or the other - who knows?
So excited to get my supply shipment in tomorrow. It means that I will be able to craft all my full-size sample candles and be ready for retail orders.
I made two deliveries for St. Valentine's Day this year in response to the email I sent out with my specials.
In the meanwhile, in preparation for this weekend, I started the massive project of pulling the weeds in the front yard. It rained last night, so I had to take advantage of the softer soil today. Still can't get my right hand completely clean. I think I'll try the grapefruit soap ;) Been waiting for the perfect opportunity, although I really should sell it.
I got my first big candle order today for 6 - 8oz candles for St. Valentine's Day! It is my first non-family- related order and definitely my largest. I'm firing up the kitchen right now. It is going to be warm in here tonight! Hopefully this is a sign of many to come. :-)
Strawberries and cream - smells like summer in here!
I tried to do it as a swirl, but it isn't as pretty as I had hoped. It is going to take some practice.
It already has a few views on Etsy, but I'm not holding my breath for a sale. Without any feedback, it is really going to take a leap of faith for someone to buy from me. I wish that my local sales could comment on there as well so that others would know I am a legitimate vendor.
The key is persistence. I just have to keep on keeping on. I am trying to learn as much as I can from successful people and be humble in accepting criticism.
Working on a few gift candles today. This one is Vanilla Lavender. The last one I made had far too much lavender. This one, I fear, may not have quite enough. One of these days I'll get it right. Hopefully sooner, rather than later as it is one of my favorite scents.
I have an outstanding order for a Praline Pecan as well with a request for an actual pecan pie to go with it. No idea what to charge for such a thing. I wouldn't do it, except that it is for someone I know and it is local, so I'm not as worried about it.
I am trying to make some in advance for St. Valentine's Day, but as it is my first, I have no idea how much of anything is likely to sell. I have made a short list of my picks though:
Fascination - a romantic, light floral and citrus blend
Pour Some Sugar on Me - vanilla and warm sandalwood blend
Fondue for Two - delicious chocolate and vanilla blend