How candles are made at Master’s Hand Candle Co…

So in November, you might have noticed I didn’t have a lot of projects to post about… Part of the reason for that was that I was actually gone off and on for a couple weeks.  I was up in Tekamah, NE at my mom’s shop, Master’s Hand Candle Co. & Gift Shop.

What was I doing up there? Why pouring candles, of course!  Since getting married, I don’t spend much time up there anymore… But I do go up every fall to pour.

 

And I got to thinking… Perhaps all of you would enjoy seeing how that all works!

 

We have poured up to 15,000 candles in a year before, so it really is quite the project!  Especially since candle pouring “season” is from October-December.  The reason being before October it’s too hot to add more heat with the melter…  After December it’s craaaaaazy cold where I pour!

 

So long story short, I gotta pour a whole lotta candles in a short amount of time!

 

 

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This is my melter.  Believe it or not… This is the small one.  I use it for small batches or my “re-pour” batches.  Don’t know what re-pour is?  Hang on… I’ll cover that! 🙂

 

 

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This is the wax after it has fragrance and color in it.   It’s perfectly clear except for the slight color… And OOOOH-WEEEEE it’s s.t.r.o.n.g!

 

 

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Here I am in full swing… When I am really going, I can pour 1000+ candles a day!  Every single one is hand poured by yours truly.

 

 

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These candles are fully cooled.  The black things go on the top and the wicks snap into the middle to keep them taunt while the candles cool and contract.

 

 

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Christmas Cabernet! Yum!

 

 

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After the candles cool, you’ll notice the wax sinks down.  Sometimes it even leaves gaping holes down the middle.  This makes a “re-pour” necessary. (I told you I’d get around to that!! 🙂 )

 

 

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Here are the re-pours where I’m topping off the candles to finish them off and make the perfect candle we know and love.

 

 

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Little known fact:  That’s often why with cheap candles they’ll smell good when you first start burning them then after a while they just don’t smell as strong.  They heavily scent the re-pour but the main candle hardly has any fragrance in it.  Sneaky sneaky! 😉

 

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And taaa-daaa!  Finished candles! These are the 9 best-selling Christmas fragrances.  You should see the whole shelf of 70+ fragrances!  Better yet… Make your way to Tekamah, NE and see for yourself!! 🙂

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

I hope y’all had a maaaaavelously BLESSED Christmas!

 

 

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Filled with matching pj’s…

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Fun times in those aforementioned matching pj’s…

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Brothers with hilarious t-shirts they got as presents…

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Christmas cookie decorating…

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Even if you forgot to get food coloring for the frosting before all the stores closed…  I hope you learned that you can still have fun with only white frosting!

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Especially when your brother makes you laugh because he tries to look macho even though he’s decorating cookies with everyone else! 😉

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And I hope you were filled with all the wonder and excitement of a 6 month old munchkin who’s celebrating her very first Christmas!

MERRY CHRISTMAS everyone!

Christmas 2013: This year’s tree

Again with the tree, I mixed glitzy and simple…

 

 

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I especially adore these new “sunburst mirror” ornaments.  So delicate and glitzy!

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I also wrapped a bunch of white twinkle lights in the deco mesh.

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Kinda like this stuff.  I used copper, gold, and silver mesh for the mixed metal look.

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The presents are stacking up under the tree as I surprisingly wrap presents early!  🙂

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I also love this adorable fluffy little guy!

He makes me smile! 🙂

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*Happiness*

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 I also wrapped the artwork that’s usually up there like the rest of my presents under the tree using kraft paper and red/white baker’s twine.

Kinda of a fun different look.

Also continuing the glitzy meets simple! 😉

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– Get your Jingle On –

Love the sign!

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Also.  This munchkin can’t get enough of the tree.

Adorbs.

Christmas 2013: Window Wreaths

So this year, I kinda went glitzy meets simple.  Mixing sparkly and burlap ribbon was kinda how I rolled this time.

 

 

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I put all these wreaths on every window downstairs.

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It’s kinda nice, because I can pull the curtains open and closed behind the wreath.

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I didn’t even hot glue anything.  Just stuck the poinsettia stems, burlap, and glittery leaves in and wrapped the wreath stems around them.  Super easy to do something different next year! 🙂

Christmas 2013: Staircase Decorating!

One of my favorite places to decorate in our home is the staircase.  I love, love, love it!  This year I went super simple…

 
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I used a couple nice thick mixed garlands I got 75% off at Hobby Lobby 2 years ago and wrapped them with some cheap $9.99 garlands for extra oomph.  Then I wrapped some white twinkle lights…

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Add l.o.t.s. of great crystal prisms, ornaments, etc…

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I love how the glass crystals reflect all the twinkle lights…

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Christmas is just too much fun!! 🙂

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And decorating for it is my favorite!

Roundup of Christmas Ideas

So I was looking through my Christmas Pinterest Board before decorating… And I forgot how much awesome Christmas ideas I’ve pinned!  It’s awesome!

 

So I thought I’d put together a round up of my 20+ favorite Christmas ideas!  Enjoy!!!

 

 

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I love the concept of wrapping and stacking faux gifts, candles and hanging garland.  Lovely!

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Love this cutesy idea from Handcrafted Parties!

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CUTE idea by Inspired By Charm!  I kinda LOVE this!  It’s definitely on my next year’s to-do list!

Making some bigger ones would be awesome too!!

Outdoors perhaps?  Drill holes and stick lights through them?  Could be adorable!

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Cool idea by May This Journey!!  Cut a small “x” into the Ping pong balls, and pop them over the bulbs.

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DIY Sea Glass Ornaments by Sand & Sisal.  Super pretty!

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This is kinda awesome too for a beach-y tree by Sand & Sisal!

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Awesome glittered skates tutorial by The Magic Brush!  Jennifer is pretty awesome!

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Ha! Adorable idea by Serendipity Patchwork!

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So pretty!  Use a simple string of beads to hang ornaments!

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I like this simple inexpensive idea!

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Isn’t this some kinda awesome?  Place cards would be fantastic!

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Cute door decoration idea by SAS interiors.

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Good ‘ol epsom salts, Modge Podge and Dollar Store candleholders!

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Simple garland idea by Not So Random Stuff.  

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Love this idea by Tutto Bella.  Turn mints into a serving tray! After your party, break and keep in a candy jar! Great idea for a plate of cookies you don’t have to get back. Love this for delivering Christmas cookies.

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Robin @ Heart of Wisdom had a great idea!  Using a coffee filter to make a snowflake… Already in a circle, gives the 3D effect when open.

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Love this idea from Organize and Decorate Everything.  Glittered bottles – tape off where you want glitter, add mod podge, peel off tape and let dry = beautiful!

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My Home My Style showed off this cute idea… Wrap wire around foam cone to make trees!

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Ha!  This makes me laugh!

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Dandelions and Dust Bunnies used this brilliant idea to fill vases with ornaments!

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And to top it all off…. A little redneck Christmas cheer for you! 😉

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Christmas Ornament Cuteness!

So when I first started unpacking Christmas, this was the first thing I wanted to do was recreate a mix of these inspirations.

 

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Only I wanted something more subtle than ribbon.  If I wanted to go even more subtle, I could even have used fishing line to make it look like they were simply floating!

Next year maybe?

Instead, I used this stuff again.

You know, the stuff that comes on a roll that lasts forever!

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And I love the result!!

 

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Seriously??!  Could it look any happier??!

 

 

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They’re so Christmas-y and happy looking!

 

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I hung them on the front door too!

*Cuteness!!*

 

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Christmas 2013: Cute yet Inexpensive Christmas Wrap

So…. I started something novel this year.

 

Something new.

 

 

Something fun.

 

 

Something I’ve never done in my entire life.  (Not joking)

 

 

 

Yes people.  I am in fact wrapping my presents BEFORE Christmas-Eve-late-at-night-after-everyone-is-in-bed Christmas Eve.

 

 

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I know… I know…. How embarrassing is that??

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But I’m not gonna lie… It’s kinda fun! 🙂

And I feel totally prepared!

Don’t get me wrong.  I’m not going to be one of those people who gets her Christmas shopping done before Thanksgiving anytime soon… But…

 

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I’m going simple/inexpensive wrapping… But it’s oh-so cute!!!

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I just got THIS kraft paper from Amazon.com…  It’s enough to wrap presents for maaaaaaany years.

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And THIS bakers twine… Also from Amazon.com.  (Thank you free shipping Amazon Prime)  Also enough there to last fooooorever!

I also had a few of these jingle bell/evergreen garlands that I cut up and added to the gift tops. Cute!

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Now to wait till Christmas to open them!

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And to keep THIS scooting munchkin away from them!

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas….

Well… We officially had our first snow!  It was the light-fluffy-keep-you-snowed-indoors-snuggled-on-the-couch-type-of-snow. We got maybe 5-6 inches, which by February won’t be enough to keep us snowed in.  But something about that first snow begs for cuddling on the couch with popcorn, hot chai/coffee, and a cute baby and hubby watching old movies.  Simply glorious!

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And my man brought over all the Christmas shortly before it all happened.  (We keep it all stored in the basement of one of our duplexes since we have very little storage here due to converting the storage closet into a bigger bathroom.  To see what I mean, check out this post)

 

 

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I’ve spent the last week decorating here and there.

 

 

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Totally different from past year’s with a munchkin around.

 

 

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Emma is a TOTALLY happy and delightful baby…. As long as you’re giving her lots of attention.  Takes after her daddy.  😉

 

 

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So I’m getting used to a new normal.  Instead of hitting it all in one day and being done, it takes a week.  And I’m okay with that.

 

 

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I’m okay with the boxes hanging around a bit longer.  I’m okay with it not being instantly Christmas.

 

 

 

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A friend shared this article on Facebook and I loved it.

“If baking cookies and watching your kids sling sprinkles all over the kitchen is going to make you yell today? Then no. Don’t do it. Always choose the relationship with your kids over the Advent activity that makes you scream. Always choose the Simple over the Pinnable.  Listen, the only person who expects you to accomplish All The Things on that list? Is you.”

 

 

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Even now, I’m writing this blog post in several settings.  Because Emma wants to eat.  Then she’ll happily play on the floor awhile.  She’s so close to crawling.  She actually scoots quite well now – but only backwards! 😉  Then she wants to snuggle.  So we snuggle.  Then she sits for a while laughing at Kaydee, the dog.  Then she wants to be held again.  Actually, I’m currently typing one-handed as she sleepily lies on the other giggling at the Christmas tree.

 

 

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I’m not sure if it’s the lights or the colorful ornaments, but she loves looking at it – giggling.  It’s hilariously adorable.

 

 

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I guess all that to say… Life changes.  I’m still getting used to a new normal.

 

 

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But for now, I’ll enjoy my week-long Christmas decorating… And the munchkin that changed everything.

 

 

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