Wednesday, June 22, 2011

simple is best

isn't this pretty? my friend jennifer used my candles in a recent wedding photo shoot. while soy candles shouldn't be burned without a close-fitting container, i think this is such a cute way to display them.

Monday, June 13, 2011

vacation day 1

what do i do when i'm not at work? i get stuff done.

there's nothing i enjoy more than ticking tasks off a to-do list then treating myself to a big ol' nap.

let's see how the day progresses, shall we? i am going to try to chronicle the activities of the day. this may just be the OCD talking but here goes.

dropped the car off at the repair shop. it needs both outer cv joints replaced. sweet jesus, that's going to be spendy. but this is a good shop and the guys are nice.

walked to bakery. no bran muffins. so i had to have a chocolate doughnut. looked at the display of graduation and wedding cakes. they were all pretty dusty. sat at a table and imagined how i would redecorate bakery if it was my own.

walked to new target and waited outside for my ride. the store is built on a former cornfield and in the process of turning the land from pristine fields of green to a concrete wasteland a number of big, lovely round rocks have come unearthed. i found two really good melon-sized  ones and snuck them into the truck when T. arrived.

while riding home with giant rocks in my lap i decided that the truck really, really needed to be vacuumed. i think an entire bag of chex mix has been ground into the carpet over the course of the winter.

while T. ate his maple long john from dorothy ann's i mixed up a batch of my new favorite chocolate chip cookies. they are so toffee-licious. it's an interesting recipe as you brown the butter and mix everything together by hand. the dough is refrigerated overnight then brought to room temperature and baked. they are crazy good.

completed above vacuuming. found all of the gone-missing laminated maps. yay. not too many surprises besides the chex mix. a couple skittles, a partial french fry and a few gum wrappers.

began writing this post.

T.  had to make a bunch of work phone calls so we went out for some girl time. L. hit the big sale at her most favorite store. I managed not to pass out from the cacophony of scents and exuberant sales ladies. After that we had lunch and made a run to Costco for fruit, zyrtec, maple syrup, dishwasher pellets and a 24-pack of frozen fruit bars.

the repair shop said the car would be ready at five, so i was able to get in a yoga class before picking up my ride. it was a good class but i was a little unsteady. i nearly tipped over trying to do a side twist in crescent lunge and no way was i doing crow after launching myself into a somersault on saturday. during savasana i decided i was hungry for corn salad for dinner so made a lightning stop at target (no rocks this time) to get the stuff.

so now i'm digesting my dinner, wondering if i should go work out later or just chill. i have been running around a lot today. but tomorrow will be a lot more sedentary.

i just polled my housemates. they told me to go work out.

and now i am officially pooped. thanks for coming on the adventure of monday, june 13 with me. see you next time.

a late add: L has now seen her first episodes of Dragnet and Adam 12. Thanks, hulu!

Friday, June 10, 2011

can you handle a bargain candle?

as promised, i have slashed the prices of the soy candle gift boxes you know and love. time to clear out the workshop and make room for new scents and new colors. so for this one time only, i have packed up the boxes in lovely color combos for instant gifts! a treat for your deserving self! see you at DIY!

Sunday, June 5, 2011

summer's here.. how did that happen?

window box flowers!

it has been a very busy month, i had a million things going on: the hectic schedule of a 7th grader combined with a long daily commute, a new exercise regimen, getting the house painted, planting a garden, planning lyd's summer vacation schedule and trying so achieve even the slightest sense of calm and order in my life. yeah, right.

i am trying to simplify. i am purging unnecessary clutter from my house and it feels really good. i have taken carloads of stuff to goodwill. clothes from the 90s? well, if they come back in style i will be out of luck. i just had to let it go. even lydia joined in and agreed to part with 10 trash bags of old toys. we put away the most precious books and treasures but all that plastic crap? it's gone. good riddance. my goal is to go through every room this summer and weed out everything i don't love or can't really use. i need to make this happen. i am so affected by my surroundings and as a homebody, it makes me nuts when i don't feel at peace in my home.

i am paring down my activities, too. i am trying to wrap up a few freelance assignments and am making candles only on special order now. i do have a small craft show on friday, but i'm not making any new yarn or candles. the show is just three hours and realistically, i have plenty of stuff on hand. this will be the first time i sell candles on in pre-made boxes. my current candle transport system bangs them up too much and toting them more than once gets them looking a bit shabby. so to keep things as pretty as possible, into the boxes they go. i may offer them at a sweet discount, stay tuned!

the show is the diy unraveled event being held at the u of m's rapson hall on friday, june 10 from 6-9. it's sponsored by the textile center of minnesota and should be a really good time with lots of fun activities.  i'll have candles and yarn as usual. do check out the vendor list at the link above.