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Employee Spotlight: Carol

Employee Spotlight: Carol

Tell us a little about yourself.

My name is Carol Dishon.  I'm from Rossville, Indiana.  My husband's name is Gunnar, and we have two sons, Aidan and Soren.  I homeschool my boys and I also work part time as a financial secretary at my church.

 

What is your job at Antique Candle Works?

I am a Candle Maker.  I actually make the candles and do a lot of the prep-work for candle making.  Jobs like wicking jars, cleaning, and labeling the candles after they are poured.

 

What do you like to do if you have spare time?

I like gardening and being outside.  I also like to play tennis.  I really enjoy just spending time with my family.

 

What is your favorite place to grab some grub?

Probably Nine Irish Brothers or Maggio's in Indy.

 

What is your favorite Bible verse?

Lately I like the verse Isaiah 49:15-16. - But even if that were possible, I would not forget you!  See, I have written your name on the palms of my hands.

 

What is your favorite TV show?

I really enjoy Fixer Upper.

 

What is something most people don't know about you?

I completed the Belfast, Northern Ireland marathon in 2003.

 

You are happiest when...?

...I'm on a beach with my family.  We always go to a beach because that is our favorite place to visit on vacation.

 

What part of working at Antique Candles Works do you enjoy most?

I enjoy the atmosphere and the people I work with, and that I always smell good when I leave.  It's also cool to know that the candles we make are going to people all over the country.

 

Do you have any life goals?

My biggest life goal is just to raise my boys to be gentlemen and productive citizens.

 

Have you learned anything from working at Antique Candle Works?

It's neat to see how someone can turn a hobby into a successful small business.  I've seen how it is definitely possible to be successful at a small business if you put your mind to it.

 

What is your favorite fragrance at Antique Candle Works?

I like Apple Pickin'.  It smells so real, like you're walking through an apple orchard.  I love how it is so fresh and authentic.

 

What is your favorite thing about Lafayette, Indiana?

It's a friendly community.  A lot of people know each other, and even though it's growing, it still feels like a nice small town.

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September '17 Scent of the Month

September '17 Scent of the Month

It is finally that time of year that we’ve all been waiting for.  It’s time for colorful decorations, the changing of leaves, delicious home cooked meals, and cooler weather that with it brings back cute boots, warm hoodies, and snuggly blankets.  It’s time for corn mazes and family campfires, and, of course pumpkin flavored everything!  The Autumn Equinox takes place this month on Friday, September 22nd.  One of the most beautiful seasons is finally upon us, so it only makes sense that this month’s Scent of the Month is a fall favorite: Pumpkin Spice!  This popular scent of seasoned pumpkin aroma with a fall spice mix never fails to say, "Welcome Home!" 

Pumpkin Spice is a classic fragrance that is definitely a favorite around the Antique Candle Works studio for both the studio team, and our friends—you!  Our friend Danielle on Instagram is already enjoying her fall candle: “The BEST pumpkin spice candle I've ever had—not too over whelming or synthetic smelling. Perfect amount of spice. My house smells amazing!”  Another friend, Brooke, agreed, “Love pumpkin spice! Makes me crave fall.” A scent like Pumpkin Spice somehow just makes you feel warm and fuzzy on the inside!

Starting today, during the month of September, all Pumpkin Spice products will be 10% off!  This includes the 16oz, 8oz, and 4oz candles, as well as the 2.5oz melts sold exclusively at antiquecandleworks.com*!  You simply can’t have fall without a little pumpkin in your life, and is there really such a thing as too much Pumpkin Spice?  I think not!

Check out all of our Pumpkin Spice candles and melts, and be sure to contact us if you have any questions or if you just want to tell us about your experience with our soy candles!  Stay connected with the Antique Candle Works team on Facebook, and don’t forget to become our friend though the Antique Candle Works emailing list to receive 15% off your first order, and have the exclusive chance to be a new fragrance candle tester!

 

The Pumpkin Spice Scent of the Month sale ends at 11:59pm EDT on September 30, 2017.

 

*This sale does not include candles or melts sold in stores or wholesale.

 

 

 

Photography by Jennifer from The Grace House, Heather from The Southern Hydrangea, and Stephanie Spring

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How to Remove Wax Melts

How to Remove Wax Melts

A few weeks ago, we discussed our hand poured wax melts and how great they can be as an alternative or pairing to our soy candles.  We described what they are and how to use them safely and efficiently.  The small wax cubes really are an amazing way to fill your home with sweet, floral, fresh, or any of our fragrances that you and your family love!

So, now that you know how to use the soy tarts, you’ve probably got one warming in the melter right now!  This is great!  Your house smells wonderful and you have that fuzzy feeling you get when you smell your favorite scent.

However, you start thinking that maybe you want to swap your Clean Cotton melts for some Apple Pickin’.  You can’t mix the cubes because that would make the Apple Pickin’ fragrance weaker, so how do you remove the used wax from the burner?

Here are the top 2 tried, tested, and mess-free Antique Candle Works wax melt removal hacks:

 

1. Ribbon

After your wax cubes are completely melted, shut off your warmer and carefully place one end of a ribbon into the wax. 

Allow the wax to cool completely and harden.  Once the wax is solid, simply lift it out using the ribbon.  If the solid disc breaks apart while lifting out the wax, simply pick out the broken off pieces.  Super easy and mess-free!

 

 2. Cotton Balls

Turn on your tart burner and melt down the wax. 

Once the wax is completely liquefied, add 1 or 2 cotton balls to the melting dish (generally, 1 for every wax cube). 

The cotton balls should easily soak up most of the wax.  Once the wax is absorbed, throw out the cotton balls, wipe out the dish, and replace with a new fragrance!  

While these hacks are great methods for clean wax melt removal, sometimes they may leave behind a little bit of wax still in the dish.  If there are left over bits of wax, gently scrape them out with paper towel. 

However, if you have built-on wax or residue, simply use a bit of rubbing alcohol and a clean cotton ball to wipe out the dish.  If that doesn’t work, you may have to break out a magic eraser.

 

I hope these hacks have been helpful!  Our soy wax melts fill any home with amazing fragrances just as well as any of our candles, and our goal is to provide you with the best possible experience using them.

 

Let us know what you think of these tips and which one is your favorite!  Or if you have another method that works for you, share it with us on Facebook or in the comments section below!

 

Have a beautiful day!

 

 

 

Photography by Jennifer from The Grace House and HJay Creative Photography

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How to Create the Perfect Candle Setting: Simple Cozy Charm

How to Create the Perfect Candle Setting: Simple Cozy Charm

As you may know, here at Antique Candle Works we strive to achieve that popular farmhouse look in our Mason jar and antique candles.  It’s a style that is pure and simple—just like us.  I recently connected with our friend Martha from the Simple Cozy Charm blog who also adores farmhouse design and shares an appreciation for our soy candles!

 

For Martha, it all started a couple years ago when her oldest of three daughters went off to college.  With a husband who travels for a living and the realization that in a few years they would be ‘empty nesters,’ she was concerned about how to handle this new transition.  So, she decided to focus on her love of decorating and push forward in hopes of “finding a new beginning.”

 

Her home is evidence that farmhouse style came naturally to Martha.  With early roots on a farm and a house on a quiet lake, the country life is home!

 

I feel like many of us can relate to one of Martha’s favorite aspects of decorating: shopping!  I know I always love browsing the home goods section!  She also loves that a big part of interior design is change.  She can create an entirely new space by simply rearranging the furniture and décor she already has!  There is always something new and creative that can be added to a room.

 

On Instagram, Martha shares a whole gallery of photos of her beautiful home.  We adore all of her pictures, and we love seeing how she styles Antique Candle Works candles in her home! “Candles mean COZY!”  They create an atmosphere of warmth and romance, which can add a whole other level of hominess to any room!

 

To Martha, the perfect candle setting means a grouping of three.  Three different items, including a candle, that complement one another within the room. 

She enjoys combining fresh flowers, an old book, and a good candle (like an Antique Candle Works candle!).  No matter how she designs a candle setting, it always creates a happy atmosphere in every room. 

 

Her favorite room to decorate with candles, however, is the kitchen!  With the classic Mason jars that hold our candles and some of Martha’s favorite scents such as Clean Cotton, Momma’s Kitchen, and Pumpkin Spice, the kitchen is the perfect place for an extra touch of farmhouse flare!

 

Visit Martha’s blog for some excellent reading on home décor and stop by her Instagram for a gallery of gorgeous home photos!  Stay up to date with Simple Cozy Charm on Facebook!  I hope Martha’s insight on decorating helps you to create your very own, perfect candle setting with your favorite Antique Candle Works candle!

 

This article is second in the series of, "How to Create the Perfect Candle Setting."  Has Martha's advice inspired you?  Let us know, or check out Lisa's advice from the Farmhouse on Boone!

Come back next week for a long-awaited post featuring our soy melts and some great hacks for using them!

 

Have a beautiful day!

 

 

 

Photography by Martha Knake

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How to Clean out Candle Jars

How to Clean out Candle Jars

At Antique Candle Works, we use Mason jars and antique vessels to house our uniquely scented soy candles.  Mason jars, as you may know, are also popular farmhouse décor and craft pieces.  Wouldn’t it be nice to repurpose your old Antique Candle Works candle into something new and crafty?  One of the questions we often get is: How do you clean out the left over wax from the jar?  Well, we’ve done our research and have found what we think is the best and easiest way to do just that!  Here’s what we did:

 

Step 1

Fill a sink or basin with hot, soapy water.  Your hands will be in the water, so get the water only as hot as you can stand.

 

Step 2

Completely submerge your candle.  You want to make sure the jar fills with the hot water.  Then, let it soak for a few minutes.

 

Step 3

After a couple of minutes, you can start cleaning out the wax.  Thanks to the hot water, it should be soft around the edges.  Use a spoon to carefully loosen the wax from the glass.  This should also loosen the base of the wick.  The wax will come apart in fairly a solid piece, which you can then pull out of the jar.

 

Step 4

 

Once you have the majority of the wax out of the jar, you can then use a scrub brush and wash the inside of the jar.  Not only will this help remove any remaining wax, but it will also clean away soot and stains on the glass from the candle itself.

 

And there you have it in four easy steps: How to clean wax from your candle jars! 

The next step is to scour Pinterest for some inspiring DIY Mason Jar ideas and get creative!  Your Antique Candle Works candle, whether it’s a Mason jar candle or an Antique candle, can remain beautiful even after the flame runs out.

 

What do you think of this candle hack?  Is this how you clean out your candle jars, or do you have your own way?  Let us know!

 

Don’t forget to check out some of our other candle/melt tips and care methods to learn more!

 

Have a beautiful day!

 

 

 

Photography by Hannah Christine Photography

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How to Date Your Ball Jar

How to Date Your Ball Jar

In 1880, the five Ball brothers used a $200 loan from their uncle to start a business manufacturing tin cans for products such as paint and kerosene.  Then, in 1884, the brothers switched to glass home-canning jars and created the household name that we still know and love today.

Ball jars are classic vintage pieces that add so much to any room.  Not only are they beautiful as décor, but they are genuine pieces of history that bring more to a home than a modern reproduction ever could.  Each is unique in its own way.

 

Ball jars are one of the most sought-after vintage jar brands, so it’s no wonder how fast they go during our monthly Antique Candle Restock!  Many of the Ball jars that become available as candles during the sale also vary in their production dates.  So, that begs the question: When was your Ball jar made?  To answer that, compare the logo of your jar to those on this chart:

You can also use other identifying marks to help date your jar.  Phrases such as “Improved,” “Perfect,” and “Ideal,” give further clues to find the approximate year that your Ball jar was made.

Some helpful thoughts to keep in mind:

  1. Not every jar has their manufacture date, but most do have the patent date. However, this date has no relation to the year your jar was made.
  2. There will be a large number on the bottom of your jar. This is the mold number, and unfortunately, also has no relation to the manufacture date.
  3. These charts tell you the approximate decade in which your Ball jar was made.
  4. Every Ball jar is special, and no matter what decade yours was manufactured, it’ll still look beautiful in your home!

 

So, will you be lucky enough to snag one of these vintage Ball jars during tomorrow's Antique Candle Restock, or did you manage to grab one in the last sale?  If so, when was yours made?  Let us know in the comments below, or send us a message on Facebook!

 

The next Antique Candle Sale is August 10, 2017, at 8pm EDT.  Get your antique candle before they're gone!


 

 

Photography by Ashley from Our Modern Antebellum and Heather from The Southern Hydrangea

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New Fragrance Alert!

New Fragrance Alert!

During the past few months, the Antique Candle Works team has tested and sent out samples of potential fragrances to 50 lucky candle testers.  We had narrowed it down to four fragrances to be a late summer scent, but we needed your help to decide.  And now, the results are in.

I, and the rest of the team, are very excited to announced our new, limited time fragrance: Cucumber Melon

The crisp, clean scents of cucumbers, ripened in the sun and picked fresh from the garden, mixed with a hint of delicious melon.  Late summer is the time of year that many of the fruits and veggies growing in your garden are ready to be harvested.  One of my personal favorite things about summer is my grandma’s garden!  So why not combine two of those delicious garden smells?

Cucumber Melon is one of the freshest fragrances coming out of the Antique Candle Works studio!  The deliciously sweet scent creates a relaxing and cozy atmosphere in any room.  It is perfect for those summer days full of sunshine and the cool breezes that remind you that fall is just around the corner.

Cucumber Melon is only available for a limited time!  This fragrance will carry you through the late summer and into the early autumn days, so get yours before it’s too late!

 

Be the first to know about exclusive deals and news - like when a new fragrance is available - by subscribing to our newsletter!

 

 

 

Photography by Jennifer from The Grace House

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August '17 Scent of the Month

August '17 Scent of the Month

August is the last full month of summer, and I don’t know about you, but I am ready for the fall season!  I love the cool evenings of wearing hoodies, having campfires, and just enjoying the season.  Pretty soon, some of us will begin to see the first signs of fall in the trees.  It won’t be long before little bits of yellow, red, and orange will begin to spread through the leaves, creating the beautiful scene we call autumn.  It’ll be here before we know it, and in the spirit of fall, this month’s scent of the month is none other than Autumn Leaves!  The naturally fresh, woody smell of leaves in the brisk autumn air; this medley of birch and maple leaves with pomegranate, juniper berry, and orange blossom brings the glory of fall right into your home!

 

Jennifer from The Grace House, whom you may recognize from The Grace House home tour we shared back in April, has shared several gorgeous photos of the Autumn Leaves candle in her home.  She told us that this fragrance is “So yummy!” and “One of my absolute favorites!”  Autumn Leaves is definitely a favorite going into the fall season, and we love providing a cozy scent for one of the coziest times of the year!

 

During the entire month of August, all Autumn Leaves products will be 10% off, starting July 1st!  This includes the 16oz, 8oz, and 4oz candles, as well as the 2.5oz melts sold exclusively at antiquecandleworks.com*!  The colors of the fall leaves paint some of the most amazing scenes of nature, and Autumn Leaves transforms that painting into a beautiful fragrance.

 

Check out all of our Autumn Leaves candles and melts, and be sure to let us know if you have any questions!  Or, let us know what your favorite fragrance is on Facebook, where you can keep up to date with what’s going on inside the candle studio!

 

The Autumn Leaves Scent of the Month sale ends at 11:59pm EDT on August 31, 2017.

 

*This sale does not include candles or melts sold in stores or wholesale.

 

 

 

Photography by Jennifer from The Grace House

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How to Create the Perfect Candle Setting: Farmhouse on Boone

How to Create the Perfect Candle Setting: Farmhouse on Boone

At Antique Candle Works, we love the farmhouse home decorating style!  We are obsessed with shiplap, neutral colors, and vintage repurposing.  I recently connected with one of our friends, Lisa from the Farmhouse on Boone blog, who shares our love for farmhouse life and decor!

Lisa has always adored DIY (Do It Yourself) and creative things, and is always coming up with a new project to tackle!  There is something beautiful about turning anything into something amazing. 

The simplicity of the farmhouse style allows her to create a gorgeous home for her and her family while reflecting her chicken raising, cooking from scratch, garden growing lifestyle.

 

Lisa’s favorite aspect of interior design is the first step: collecting inspiration.  She spends a lot of time on Pinterest finding new and creative ideas, as well as thinking through designs before she begins working on them.  Envisioning a finished project and understanding exactly what it will look like and bring to the home as a whole is an important step before even picking up a hammer—you don’t want something that’s out of place!

 

One of our favorite things about seeing Lisa’s beautiful photography of her home on Instagram is how she creates gorgeous candle settings with our candles!  With minimalism and simplicity, she puts together incredible candle settings that are natural and add to the comforting, casual atmosphere in her house.  A candle makes everything more cozy!

When styling candles, Lisa typically pairs them with flowers or a small basket.  She picked up a decorating tip that suggests to create decorative settings by styling in sets of three, each item varying in height to create a new, eye-catching level with each piece.  A great tip!  Sometimes Lisa chooses to follow it with candles, sometimes not, but she always manages to create a beautiful candle setting!

Lisa’s favorite way to decorate Antique Candle Works candles is to place them on a windowsill and pair them with a pitcher of fresh flowers.  What could be more perfect than a refreshing fragrance and a lovely bouquet in the sunlight? 

She also likes setting them on night stands to fill a bedroom with any one of our unique scents, including her personal favorite: Apple Pickin’!

Check out Lisa’s blog and the gorgeous photos of her farmhouse home on Instagram and Facebook!  I hope her insight on décor and how to create a beautiful setting helps you to create the perfect candle setting in your home using your favorite Antique Candle Works candle!

 

Stay tuned for our next few blog posts!  We are excited to be introducing our brand new, limited time, late summer fragrance!  Here’s a hint…You’re going to love it!

 

Visit the Antique Candle Works Facebook page to keep up to date with what's going on in the candle studio!

 

Have a beautiful day!

 

 

 

Photography by Andrea Elizabeth Photography and Lisa Bass

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Employee Spotlight: Ed

Employee Spotlight: Ed

 

Tell us a little about yourself.

My name is Ed McQuinn.  I grew up in Lafayette, Indiana and Brittany (owner of Antique Candle Works) is my sister.  I currently go to school at Boyce College in Louisville for Biblical Counseling.

 

What is your job at Antique Candle Works?

 My job title is Candle Maker and I help mainly with the production of the candles.  I also have my 'Magic Elf Duties' around the studio (trash, unloading boxes, etc).

 

What do you like to do?

I usually like to listen to music and play video games.  I like folk music and I'm currently playing a game called Battlegrounds, though one of my favorites is Witcher 3.

 

Where is your favorite place to grab some grub?

I don't really know.  I guess Panda Express.

 

What is your favorite Bible verse?

 Psalm 116.  I like the whole psalm because it is almost like a story.

 

What is your favorite television show or movie?

 Supernatural is my favorite TV show.

 

What is something most people don't know about you?

 I'm not a big fan of dogs.  I've lived with Waylon (Brittany's dog), so I'm just used to him being in the studio.

 

You are happiest when...?

...I'm with my family.  We all like to play competitive games like euchre or bad mitten. 

 

What part of working at Antique Candle Works do you enjoy most?

I enjoy pulling candles from the back stock shelves to fill orders, and I also like to do inventory.  I like the satisfaction of checking things off a list. 

 

What are some of your life goals?

Right now, I don't really have a lot of long-term goals.  I would mainly like to have a family one day and live in a nice area.

 

What have you learned from working at Antique Candle Works?

 I've learned that it really does take teamwork to get the job done well in a small business.

 

What is your favorite fragrance at Antique Candle Works?

I like Good Tidings because it is Christmas-y. 

 

What is your favorite thing about Lafayette, Indiana?

 I grew up here, so I like that I know the area and the roads pretty well.

 

 

First photo by Lindsey Galloway

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