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  1. 9 points
    Just wrapped our last show of the season! No more markets or shows until April! Yahoo! I'm officially on vacation, except for website sales. Time to sew, read, and play video games. LOL And let my assistant handle pouring and packing at the slower pace we have Jan-March. We made more than 28x our booth fee at this last show. This one is a goody. All the vendors were raving about how well they sold! My Dh was there a good chunk of the time, and he is a BORN salesman. That may have helped our bottom line. LOL Sold loads of holiday soaps and threw away quite a few empty cases that we had brought candles in. I can't remember a time when I had so little unpacking to do when I got back. LOL Lip balms were so-so sellers, but sold OK-ish. And I'm happy that I sold most of my holiday / winter tarts. The few that I have left will be perfect for our use. Then the non-seasonal ones will always sell whenever. Really happy with this show. Every last-minute Lucy and last-minute Linus comes and buys lots of presents at this show, because they know they've pretty much run out of time on having gifts shipped. Ha ha The only real surprise was how few Christmas Tree candles we sold. Normally we sell a ton at this show, but we came home with half a dozen, which is WEIRD. Oh well...I'm still happy as a pig in slop.
  2. 5 points
    I thought it was you....so prime example people have reactions to different waxes which makes me stand firm in my belief ingredients should be listed on candles just like they are and bath and body 😉 The mighty dollar isn't worth putting someone in misery because of "creative" labeling trying to sell a product
  3. 4 points
    I feel so accomplished. This year, my accumulation of FO's outgrew the one cabinet in the kitchen I used. So I had to find shelves in my closet and in my bedroom and I hated having them scattered out throughout the house. So I cleaned out a couple of shelves in another cabinet, moved stuff around from here to there, and now my FO's are all back in the kitchen, kind of organized according to supplier, and I even have room for more. Which is good because I have 6 pounds coming from NG today. It's not a perfect system, but it's better. I don't have a workroom, so I make do. Want to show us your stash? I like to see how others do it.
  4. 4 points
    I am so happy at how my first attempt at sundae candles turned out. The ice cream is scented with sugar cookie, and the bottom part is scented with blackberry (from RE). The fruit embeds are from Tropical Breeze Candles. I made them for myself, my sister & a family friend - who know these are first attempts & no great burn or scent is guaranteed! Lol. I almost hate to do a test burn. There was enough left for a tiny float in a mini mason jar shot glass.
  5. 4 points
    Well that's what I call good PR glad they are informing and keeping customers updated about it! now if we could Get that list of the some they may run out of stock on.... 😂
  6. 4 points
  7. 3 points
    Hey guys! I contacted Candle Science this afternoon and was told that they will not be impacted by this fire as of now. If anything should impact then in the future they will notify by email and social media so that customers will know.
  8. 3 points
    Some business here in the US could make a killing producing Citrical right now. I'm so glad most of my suppliers have stated what they are doing so I know if I need to place an order whether I need to retest the fo. RE is one of my main suppliers, haven't heard from Flaming yet but I need to see if they addressed it on their website or if anyone else has commented on them.
  9. 3 points
    I would be less alarmed by all the changing if the retailers would just put lot numbers on each bottle of FO they send out. The cosmetic industry is required to do it for GMP. Why do our retailers get off the hook? we are all buying a pig in a poke in this horrid situation the market is in. How on earth can a consumer know which formulation is in that bottle?
  10. 3 points
    Fragrances are available in different concentrations made directly at the lab. All aromachemicals are dispersed into a carrier base. That is not the same as "being cut". a lb of pure aromachemicals will cost hundreds, if not thousands of dollars depending on the particular item you need. Fragrances are blends of many (sometimes hundreds) of individual aromachemicals. Perfumers use the same base aromachemicals, and dilute into carriers of their preference for personal scenting. The cost of those aromachemicals is astronomical by the dram. It would be cost prohibitive to make a candle from a personal recipe of most raw aromachemicals. Some may not even disperse well into wax without a solvent (vanilla oleoresins for instance). The cheapest ingredients for someone to "cut" aromachemicals would be either DPG or a veg oil. Both would be very easy to detect. soapmakers who also use those same skin safe oils know just by how the raw soap reacts to the fragrance. DPG makes soap seize into a solid mass almost immediately. Liquid veg oils such as soybean turn the soap slimy and cause oxidation (DOS). if you want access to really cheap fragrance oils, don't expect them all to be concentrated or nuanced. That does not mean they are cut, just that there are not the same amounts of the expensive aromachemicals dispersed into the blend. Save on scents is a perfect example of this. If you want the cheapest concentration, don't expect it to be the same as the most expensive. Liken this to paint. If you want a deeeeep color, you need more pigment. More pigment costs more $. You want a more intense coffee flavor, add more beans to he brew. The carriers are the same in both cases.
  11. 3 points
  12. 3 points
    Candy, do you maybe have inner ear crystals? When they migrate where they don't belong it is spin city. The "half somersault maneuver" saved me.
  13. 3 points
    If you do a search on this forum for "wet spots", you will see there are hundreds of responses indicating it is normal. And even if your soy candle looks like it has no wet spots, it will probably develop them sometime down the road. Others will pop in and respond, I'm sure. Just don't fret! And remember, "a family that makes candles together, stays together." GoldieMN
  14. 3 points
  15. 3 points
    I think it's pretty well organized. There are a few areas that seem to see a lot less action than others, maybe consider making them sub-forums? Like for example, the recipes section doesn't get many posts at all, I'd consider sticking that in the Learning Center section of the board. And the gel candles, maybe that could be a sub-forum in the general candle making area? I'm just thinking that less topic areas to choose from might help people find the right topic to post their questions under, thereby getting a better response rate. Maybe a giant banner across the top to point out the search function. 😂 I think it would be fun to have a couple challenges this year in the slower months, something like a "one FO, 10 blends", or "taste the rainbow" in soap or wax... I've got all kinds of goofy ideas. 😁
  16. 3 points
    That is a blowout. See the little slit in the rim? The wall got too thin as it burned and the molten wax burst through.
  17. 3 points
    Funny you mention that. @ComfortandJoy and I were discussing how to accomplish this very thing recently. Social media, Instagram, etc.
  18. 3 points
    With paraffin pillars yes, it is. Because even if you don't see shrinkage, paraffin cools at different rates and the top can be perfectly flat, however inside can be huge caverns that need to be filled, otherwise when burning the wick can hit one of those air pockets and do one of several different things. A) go out - best case scenario B ) burn off center causing a lopsided and uneven burn, C) flop over causing something beside the pillar to catch fire D) spill molten wax down the side of the pillar and onto whatever surface you are burning the pillar on. And several more I'm sure I'm forgetting to mention. It only takes a second to poke relief holes, and only a few more to fill them in once the relief holes are poked, so it's just easier to do IMO than have an iffy/unsafe candle.
  19. 3 points
    Ambient temperatures definitely affect soy burn. No question, in my experience.
  20. 2 points
    This is a Public Service Announcement... BASF/Germany had a fire in October of this year - this affects anyone using fragrance. As a result of this fire, fragrance companies have lost a key raw material in the manufacturing FO's. I have seen letters to my customers from fragrance companies basically stating they have to reformulate everything to try to compensate for the loss of a key material. They are making no guarantees that it will be the same or perform the same. Additionally, there have been a few instances recently where the fragrance has caused some real problems. Test everything, every time for at least the next 6 months. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-basf-forcemajeure-aroma/basf-declares-force-majeure-for-certain-aroma-ingredients-idUSKBN1D21AB
  21. 2 points
    I wonder if they are really honest about that - they told me that I'm the only one being concerned about the latest soywax situation....
  22. 2 points
    I wonder if the Iced Raspberry is close to my mix? I mix Wild Raspberry, with a touch of sun-ripened raspberry with cool water and peppermint mixed. It's an amazing scent. I love it.
  23. 2 points
    For those who mention changes, kudos. But without a lot number on the bottles we receive it is impossible to know what we are actually receiving. Was it from a new lot, or an old lot. This ability to trace is basic GMP. We have no way of asking and receiving info back from the supplier with no identification of what is in that bottle. To make things simpler for us, all should be adding lot numbers to our own bottles for our own manufacturing records, so we know exactly which soap/candles/etc used which bottle of fragrance in case we need to pull some in the future. It is a pain to begin, but so worth it in the end for traceability, costing, etc.
  24. 2 points
    @KervenI just noticed a typo- I'm currently testing a small ribbonwick, not a medium.
  25. 2 points
    Sooo many fo's and sooo little time! With 36 hour days I would kill it, lol.
  26. 2 points
    You need to slow your roll there buddy and show a little respect- Being a complete Potty mouth and basically screaming at one of the most educated, successful and experienced chandlers on this forum is not only rude but making you look like a kindergarten brat! You are totally STUCK on wanting a 8 ounce candle so here is some new advice.... Go buy a BIGGER jar and fill it to 8 ounces and BOOM- you got your 8 ounce candle not filled to high to your liking If your wanting to use that jar you are not going to be able to sell a 8 ounce candle in it- 7 to maybe 7.5 ounces is all your going to get out of that at a comfortable fill level, it should be just up to the neck for proper air flow and circulation
  27. 2 points
    My advice? Know your market and chandle on. I dont use those words any more. My market wants fun, fragrant candles. Maybe one a week even asks about soy. Make what you like and “your” customers will follow.
  28. 2 points
    I have many FO's that are several years old. Since 2009, I've only thrown out a couple that started smelling 'off'. I'd be in deep trouble if FO's went bad after a couple of years. There's no way I could possibly use all I have in that amount of time.
  29. 2 points
    Wax melt throw has a lot to do with the type of melter I find. Then add in the variable of the air current in the house itself. It may be that your melts perform vastly different in your house than mine. If you are confident in your product, and your brand, then you can find a market for anything.
  30. 2 points
    @katmeltswax, The Candlemaker's Store has about 250 sample bottles available to sniff out of their 1000+ inventory. But someone told me once if I wanted to smell a particular fragrance to let them know beforehand and they would have it available for me to smell. I live about 2 hours and 20 minutes from them. You are brave to order scents like Secret Waterfall, it sounds good but who knows with no scent description. I also have the Sweet Melon but have never used it. I might try to blend it someday with a scent that's tart or even a floral. I have found that I like fruit and floral together sometimes. Like Cantaloupe & Lily from Aztec. Italian Creme Cake sounds good. Here are the ones I wrote down after I smelled them, as possibilities to order. Hot Maple Toddy Fresh Strawberry Lavender Fields Mocha Cappuccino Oak Moss Raspberry Creamy Cedarwood Cedarwood Spice Woodberry Cloves Coffee Caramel Coffee Fresh Ground Bamboo Lime Once I got home and checked out the prices per pound though, that knocked some off my list. I don't like to pay more than $20 a pound at the most when other suppliers have good FO's in the $15 range. I have Woodberry and Lavender Fields in my cart for whenever I'm ready to order again. I may wait until warmer weather and make a trip there. They carry the wax I use. I also definitely want Bamboo Lime. Woodberry was very unique and guess what? They actually have a scent description: Fruity bouquet with notes of jasmine and rose combine to form a deliciously fragrant candle making oil. Ah, maybe that's why I liked it; fruit and floral
  31. 2 points
    Black Cohosh will help with hot flashes and you can also buy Progesterone cream from Swanson Vitamins that's bio identical and not synthetic that should help with hot flashes etc. DHEA and Pregnenolone will also help but I would start in low doses. Apple Cider Vinegar helps with hot flashes too but most people can't stand the taste of it. I happen to love it though. @Candybee, I have tinnitus too and have had it for 18 years now. I had an ENT tell me that it was nerve damage from working in a loud shop when I did construction work at Brown & Root. We had to wear eye protection, hard hats and steel toe boots but nothing for your ears. I'm paying the price now with the ringing and hearing loss. Anyway, Black Cohosh helped me a lot with hot flashes and the bio identical Progesterone makes me feel better too. Progesterone is what carries thyroid hormone into the cells so if you're low in it then your thyroid hormone won't go where it's supposed to be and will build up in your blood and cause your TSH level to appear "normal" but you can still be hypo thyroid. Of course I practice medicine without a license LOL!
  32. 2 points
    Thank you for the review on this one.I have had a 1 oz sample of CW Smoked Ginger for a long while .I am glad I did not put it into the wax ,does smell strange oob .Also their Spice is very odd ,cannot recommend this one at all.I do love many of CW oils ,just now & then get a weird off one .I think that's with every supplier .I have a pound bottle of CW Christmas Essence & cannot detect anything from this one . I do not care for the White Berry Balsam either .The rest I have used have been Super strong and great in paraffin wax melts .I use their Ulitamate Bold oils . I do love most of CW oils & in my opinion great quality in most I have used ,which includes alot.I could make a super long list of great ones from CW .I do wish they had reviews, also Candlemakers Store no reviews bummer .
  33. 2 points
    Hubby is in charge of the outdoor decorations, so it could be any time between now and June, lol. I'm in charge of the inside, and the tree is already down! I left up just a couple of decorations, including a wonderful handmade light-up Star Wars glass panel that my friend made for me. I'll post a pic later to keep this thread crafty. 😉😄
  34. 2 points
    Anyone using these? Snort aways They might be fun to have except for the concern of people huffing EOs and scent with this in their nose, but was curious if anyone was trying them and if so have you thought of ways to mask that it looks like a tampon applicator?
  35. 2 points
    No matter what you do, what tricks you find, how you stop them, it is temporary. They will ALWAYS come back. Sometimes not for days, weeks, even months, but they always, always do come back. Any type of atmosphere, temp, or climate change will have a reaction to the wax in the jar, and that will change whether the spots go away or come back. You can't control it, so it's better just to embrace them as a fact of life and move on or else you will drive yourself crazy.
  36. 2 points
    All that For shipping of $30, I would let my fingers do the walking and let them ship it. So many other things I could be doing with that time. Unless, I was an entertainment trip.
  37. 2 points
    Do we REALLY need an excuse! LOL! I guess it makes us not feel so guilty
  38. 2 points
    More and more venues require insurance to attend, and require they be named on the certificate. Insurance is simply a cost of doing business.
  39. 2 points
    Candlewic specifies which of their FO's are diffuser compatible. I don't know if other suppliers do. Haven't noticed. For instance, here's one that is:
  40. 2 points
    Heat gun. Heat that dripped wax then wipe clean with a paper towel. Is there anything a heat gun can't do?!!! Just aim it on the wax and not yourself. Should be okay if you do this. Ask me how I know!
  41. 2 points
    Scrape it off with a credit card, fingernail or whatever - and then rub the remainder off with a towel. If this doesn't work, use rubbing alcohol, goo gone, or similar.
  42. 2 points
    Exactly this. I don't have the money (or at least feel like I can't spend on stuff not direly needed since we are trying and working so hard to catch up and get out of debt! -completely with all cards, bills, etc, paid off so all we will have is a couple years left on the house and our regular household bills - it's been a struggle - but will be worth it in the end) Not sure if I mentioned this in this thread, but I don't use any products in my hair other than shampoo and conditioner, with every now and then (about once a month or less) a leave in conditioner. I don't iron or blow dry my hair, and since eliminating all that extra fuss, my hair is now healthier than it has ever been. I do, however, get it dyed/highlighted about every 8 weeks or so, and that's it. I think once I hit retirement though I will let it go natural (did I mention, I am also hoping for an early retirement too! We'll see about that! HA) So anyway, I want something that will not damage my hair and still leave it healthy without leaving it heavy feeling, if you know what I mean. And I just don't have time to research, experiment, and test to make my own, but I will need something now that my favorite shampoo and conditioner is no longer available.
  43. 2 points
    I think I am going to try out that base too JC. I would much rather buy a good base than make one. At least for now. I just don't have the time or money to buy all the ingredients I need to experiment with something like that. I am loving the hair conditioning base I have so much. Lately I have been washing my hair again with my own shampoo soap then using the conditioning base on it. My hair is still staying nicely conditioned and shiny. Not sure how long a gallon will last but I have had it for several months. I think I got it last spring or early summer and have used less than a quarter of it. BTW-- I mix mine with Nurture's Shampure FO. OMG I love this scent so much! Reminds me of the old Prell shampoo only nicer!
  44. 2 points
    I'd love to see a thread dedicated to online selling. A place to chat about online presence and the use of social media would be perfect imo. So some topics would include the best websites( etsy, Twitter, Instagram, facebook) to post, ways to attract followers and the like. Also a place to discuss diy website builders and html coding etc. This would the include the photography too I think. I think there is some of this here already but nowhere dedicated to just this already is there?
  45. 2 points
    I've seen all of the above case scenarios happen with my pillars. So yes I do poke around the top looking for air pockets. But you can usually tell where one is when you see an indentation start to form on top layer of wax. You can start poking as soon as the wax has cooled but is still warm. Just remember to pour the repour wax 10 degrees hotter than the original pour temp to help the new layer bind with the old. i love paraffin pillars. They are probably my fav because when you burn a paraffin pillar you can 'hug' the candle to help level it and make it burn more evenly.
  46. 2 points
    You didn't say what wax but I definitely find with soy that ambient temp makes a difference. My wax (C3) is softer in a warm room than it is in a cold room if the temp varies 20+ degrees, which my house does summer to winter. Should add that if it's a new box of wax, you could be experiencing the soy problems we've all been having.
  47. 2 points
    That sounds like a lovely scent blend. If applying after a shower, you can towel off lightly to ensure not much is left behind. of those in the list, avocado seems the "heaviest" to me. And it is still a light feeling, decent shelf life oil. jojoba I use all over-face, hands, hair, you name it. It has the longest shelf life and is closest to human sebum. Just use a teeny tiny amount.
  48. 2 points
    Yes, you beat me to it, lol! Maybe just my opinion, but I find the recipes and tutorials on the various supplier's websites to be more about selling thier products. Totally understandable, but Susan's blog really helped me understand how to craft products that work for my specific needs, and not just whatever hot new ingredient is out there. So a real basic conditioner recipe might look like: q.s. water 5% BTMS 1-3% fatty alcohol/fatty acid q.s. preservative You'd make it just like a lotion - heat and hold the water phase, heat the oil phase (the BTMS and fatty acid), combine, mix, cool, add preservative and voila! Super easy! I always work in grams to make the math super easy too. When you want to add the fun stuff like hydrolyzed proteins, silicones, quats and stuff, you just need to check the reccomended usage rates and if it's water or oil soluable to figure out what phase to put it in, just like a lotion or butter. Susan is an absolute gem of no bullshit advice, if you have the patience to really read through her blog. Much like Craftserver!! So @Jcandleattic, my light conditioner recipe looks like: 88.5% water .2% TEDTA 1% panthenol .5% polyquat 10 2% hydrolyzed wheat 4% BTMS 50 2% cetyl alcohol 1% dimethicone .5% liquid germall + .3% fragrance Of course you can modify to suit what you have or what works for your hair!
  49. 2 points
    @Candybee @Jcandleattic have you ever visited the Point of Interest blog? Here's a query just for conditioners: http://swiftcraftymonkey.blogspot.com/search?q=Conditioner susan goes into the types and reasons behind ingredients, and provides formulations for different hair types. Once you understand the ingredients whipping up hair care products is simple.
  50. 2 points
    Marbling technique Skill level = Intermediate. *These candles can be made by a beginner, but I have found in teaching this technique that the more comfortable you are with the way your wax behaves, the easier it is to achieve the desired outcome. Equipment and supplies needed: Pillar wax – this can be any type of pillar wax – either a blend, or straight paraffin. - I have used IGI4625, IGI1343A and MP140 Pre-production blend wax – both with very similar results. *Note – I have never made these using a soy blend or straight soy so I cannot speak to the outcome, but I see no reason why it wouldn’t work with soy. As long as it’s a pillar wax – and can be molded. Mold – any metal pillar mold will work – I do not recommend plastic or polycarbonate molds due to the heating of the outside mold step performed later in the process (see …) Wick - however you would normally wick the mold you are using, and whatever wick size works for the size candle you are making with the type of wax you are using is the wick you want to use. Scent - optional Candle Dye - I find that liquid candle dyes work much better when doing this technique due to the fluid nature of the liquids vs. blocks that you have to melt. The blocks don’t disperse nearly as easily. Melt pot - this can be a double boiler or a presto pot. Whatever you are familiar with using to melt your wax. Pour pot - this is whatever you normally use to pour your wax into your mold with. If you use your presto pot for this, it might be easier to get a separate pour pot. Scale - to weigh out the wax you need and also scent if you use it. Additives - this is optional - only use additives if you normally use additives for your particular pillar wax you have chosen to use. *Note - I will be using the MP140 Pre-production wax for this tutorial which is a paraffin blend that requires no additives, so I will skip this part. If you are using additives, add them whenever you normally would for your pillars. Knife - just a little butter knife. This is for scraping the sides of the pour pot, leveling out the top of the mold (somewhat) and banging on the outside of the mold once it’s pour to help decrease air-pockets. Heat Gun - For step 9, and it’s handy for cleanup Griddle or leveler - to level candle while still in mold Paper towels - for clean-up Embed or tart mold(s) - optional Step 1: Weigh out your wax. Weigh out enough to fill your mold, plus a little extra for the re-pour. This will insure you don’t get sinkholes. Add to your melt pot and melt wax Melt wax until just liquid - (Or however you are comfortable with. The first part of this technique is exactly like making a normal pillar - I personally don’t take temps, ever, but for this particular technique temps are not necessary, unless you are stickler about when you add your scent - I know some scents require a higher temp. In that case melt as normal and add scent. I suggest to only melt until fully liquid, but not hot - the hotter your wax, the longer it will take to get to the slushy stage to pour into the mold) Step 2: As your wax is melting, weigh out your scent and set aside. Also prep your mold with wick. Step 3: Determine your colors and get them ready. I use Peaks liquid candle dyes. For this particular candle I am using the following colors - Hunter Green, Golden Honey/Vanilla, & Purple. Step 4: Once your wax is melted pour out of melt pot into the pour pot. Add scent as you normally would, but do not color yet. Make sure scent is fully incorporated. (at the lower temp I melt my wax at for this technique it takes a bit more stirring) Let sit for a while - anywhere from 5-15 minutes, until there is a thin build up on the sides of the pour pot. Step 5: Once the wax starts to cool and clings to the sides, gently start scraping the scraps off the side of the pot and stir - it may turn to full liquid again - just keep waiting, scraping, stirring, waiting, scraping, stirring until your wax finally gets to be very slushy, but not too liquid. This is where it starts to get tricky. You want it to be slushy but still pourable, but not so liquid that your colors run and become solid. Step 6: When you have hit your sweet spot of slushiness (with practice you will know when this is - also the pics hopefully will help you determine when that is) it’s time to use your colors. If using only 1 color you will put 4 drops of color in sort of an X pattern (see pic)- if 2 colors 2 drops of each color opposite of each other. *Since I am using 3 colors, I am putting 2 drops of green opposite each other, 2 drops of purple opposite of each other and 1 drop of the honey/vanilla right in the middle. Step 7: Another tricky part - now you want to take your knife and very gently but firmly swirl your colors into your was. Don’t stir too much to where you color all of your wax, but enough that you also get the color towards the bottom of the pot. For this I have no pic of how I do it, but I sort of stir up and down as well as in a circular motion. Total turns with the knife = no more than 4. (Otherwise you lose your marbling effect and it just becomes a solid colored pillar) -(Sorry the pic is blurry) Step 8: At this point your wax should look marbled and like the pic in step 7. Now you will pour that into your waiting prepared mold. Try to get the mold as full as possible - even pushing with your hands if necessary. (but be careful - even though it’s not molten, it is still hot) Once wax is poured in your mold, bang your mold on your work surface a couple of times (wax may splash out, this is where the goggles come in handy) then take your knife and bang it against the mold. Not hard enough to dent your mold or anything, but enough that it will clear any air bubbles. Step 9: We are almost done! At this point, you want to take your heat gun and gently heat the outside of your mold. This will accomplish 2 things - melt any wax into any bubble gaps, and also help make the outside of the candle a bit more shiny when you un-mold. Step 10: Set aside and let cool - checking in about 10-20 minutes to poke relief holes. You will most likely have a lot of wax left in your pour pot - remelt this remaining wax and use it for your re-pour. Once the re-pour is done, if you still have wax left over (I always do) you can pour it into an embed mold or tart molds to make wax melts. (after the re-pour has cooled a bit, and you would like to speed the cooling, you can place the filled mold into the refrigerator to accelerate the cooling process - this will also help with the gloss/shine of the finished candle) Step 12: Once cool, trim excess wick off top of poured mold, but don’t un-mold yet. - This part will most likely be bumpy and uneven. Warm a griddle (or whatever you normally use to level your candles) and level the candle. Once that is done, turn mold over, undo wick and un-mold candle. Step 13: CONGRATULATIONS - At this point you should have a beautiful marbled finished candle. The only step left now is to take a pic, post it, and enjoy the accolades of your beautiful creation!