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Crafty1_AJ

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About Crafty1_AJ

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    http://www.ajscountrycottage.com

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  • Makes
    candles soap b&b
  • Location
    Missouri
  • Occupation
    chandler/soaper/B&B'er
  • About You
    Married mom of 2. Love to make candles, soap, and b&b items. Love cats. We have 2, plus a sweet dog!
  • Likes / Dislikes
    Likes ~ Colors: Cool colors and jewel tones. Royal blue, purple, teal, deep pink. Love vibrant colors. Scents: eo's, plus vanilla, citrus, spicy, bakery, fruity fo's. Hobbies: Flavored coffees & herbal teas, knitting & crocheting, reading, See's chocolate, and collecting cute Snoopy stuff! Love pillars w/ interesting textures / finishes and layers; love handmade lotions, creams & scrubs.
    Dislikes ~ Scents: florals; heavy perfumey scents; straight lavender (ok in blends though!)
  1. Sweet 7,000!

    2 lines of candles -- 2 different types of wax. Started with paraffin, then added soy line.
  2. Still creating for the season?

    I have one last show this weekend. Not really scrambling to get product made, as we're pretty much good to go on lip balms, candles, tarts, soaps, and knit dishcloths -- unless we get a large last-minute order that goofs up our inventory. LOL. We just wrapped up a big session of soap packaging and candle pouring. Got 8 batches of soap ready to go, and my assistant poured 9 batches of candle restocks on some popular scents that we were low on. All that's left is to print out some signs for the display and we'll be ready to roll Saturday morning. I still have one more gift to make for a friend, but it's just bath salts, so not much stress there. LOL Then I have two gifts to wrap - both for the same person. Her birthday is just before Christmas, so I'll give her both at once. Weird, but that way I won't miss it when she's traveling for the holidays. Now getting ready for guests? THAT'S where I'm running behind ... big time. My guest room is a mess and I have a guest, my mom, coming to stay in a week. There's where I'm stressing out. LOL I use the guest room as a sewing room / office / and general dumping grounds for "what to do with this?" We've just been so busy with everything else that tidying up the guest room has taken last priority. Putting out other fires like filling orders , Christmas shopping, and the like has taken up ALL my time. The usual holiday stuff. J, I'd say you are tired because of the job change? New jobs = stress = lower energy levels? Just a guess. That's why I get in a funk sometimes ... change. Kinda throws you for a loop until you adjust.
  3. Made 1 kg of lotion yesterday...

    Lip balms. I just prefer mine over the store bought stuff.
  4. AH's Interlude smells just like Angel to my nose. Just got some of this in a swap.
  5. How can sellers claim to have a 100% "natural" product that has FO's in it?! Not to mention dye? Ugh... Sorry for the rant. I normally put on my big girl panties and deal with this sort of thing by just brushing it off. Must be tired from prep for an upcoming show, because it just really got under my skin this morning. LOL So, anyone picked some yummy FO off a tree today? Back to my normally cheerful self...ROFL
  6. Christmas soap packaging

    Our usual soap labels with website, ingredients, logo, weight, etc. are on the back.
  7. And now the cut of the mermaid soaps.

    Those are CRAZY cool!
  8. So DD got the bright idea to switch up our soap packaging for our Christmas shows. This was way more tedious and time consuming than our usual "slip it into a box and slap on the label" approach. (I'll deal with HER later...lol)
  9. Rain Forest

    LOVE it!
  10. Sweet 7,000!

    I'm telling you, life has been pretty tough for our family for the past few years. So this is definite cause for a happy dance. LOL Thanks again, all.
  11. To be honest, I'd probably go dye free on my soy line if I could. Frosting would not be so evident if the candles were all white. I'd keep the paraffin candles colored. But the vast majority of my customers have told me they prefer colored or have no preference. And I've gotten lots of comments at markets and shows along the lines of, "Your display is so colorful and pretty!" or "I love your colors." etc. At shows, I don't really have to "decorate" my booth - the candles themselves are the decoration. LOL I string up a few ivy vines, set out my signs, and I'm done. ha ha So I'm sticking with colored for now. Besides, I'm just a person who is really into color and drawn by that. It's one of the reasons I also do quilting. I love putting pretty colors together to create something beautiful. i'm not very artsy, except when it comes to color. It's a big deal to me. But three cheers for those of you who don't color. More power to ya! LOL I have admired many a candle that is dye-free. Now when I do palm pillars - those absolutely MUST be colored, in my book! Really shows off the beauty of palm wax.
  12. Sweet 7,000!

    Thanks!
  13. Sweet 7,000!

    Thanks for rejoicing with me, everyone!
  14. Sweet 7,000!

    Quite a few years. I think about 10.
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