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Crafty1_AJ

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    http://www.ajscountrycottage.com

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    candles soap b&b
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    Missouri
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    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!
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    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!)

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  1. I can usually tell on the first burn if the wick is going to be wrong. It either burns way too fast, or it tunnels and begins to drown out. If the first burn is great, I still keep testing until I get to the bottom. But it's often quite obvious on the first burn if I'm way off.
  2. Another factor is positive feedback / word of mouth. Unless potential customers see good feedback and positive reviews, they're less likely to buy. Unsolicited glowing feedback is the best form of advertising.
  3. One of my all time faves was Vanilla Mint from Peak.
  4. A guy once told me, "Anyone can make a candle!" And I said, "But not everyone can make a good candle."
  5. Most small businesses don't make it for the long haul; they close within a year or so of start up. IMO, it takes a unique combination of creative person + entrepreneurial / business savvy person. You don't see that combo very often.
  6. Wow, @Belinda, that is quite the exhaustive list! Color me impressed!
  7. USPS announced rate hikes for the holiday season. This will start Oct. 18. https://about.usps.com/newsroom/national-releases/2020/0814-usps-announces-temporary-price-increase.htm
  8. The great thing about making face masks for kids is that you can use all kinds of fun novelty fabrics. Today I made masks with prints of donuts, unicorns, bugs, snakes, frogs, lizards, dinosaurs, bright tie dye, and dogs wearing silly hats. I'm having fun with all these crazy prints, and hey ... as long as kids have to wear masks to school and in Walmart, they may as well have some fun too!
  9. If I only have a few jars to deal with, I put them on candle warmers to melt residual wax. Then I pour into a tart mold so we can enjoy the fragrance in our tart warmers. Or I pour scrap wax into a container I use to make firestarters. If I have quite a few jars to deal with at once, I place them on an old pizza pan and pop them into a warm oven. Then I use a silicone jar grabber (ok, that's NOT the technical name! :D) to hold the jars while pouring out wax. I wipe them down with a rag or paper towel, then sometimes I need to spritz a bit of rubbing alcohol at the bottom where
  10. Also not looking forward to the Amazon HANDMADE offerings appearing exactly like the commercially-produced stuff. We're already challenged to stand out as handmade amidst the vast number of commercial items. Ugh.
  11. I know, right? When I read this, my heart sank. I detest plain white boring backgrounds for my candle pics, esp the white candles. NOT looking forward to re-shooting ad nauseum.
  12. I would echo that going public has been bad for sellers. Working hard to keep shareholders happy often comes at the expense of sellers. They dropped letting you use your own PayPal. They hiked fees, and take them out of shipping money and even sales tax. They force you to offer free shipping or penalize you in internal SEO. Now the forced 12% ad fees for the lifetime of your shop. I don't get to choose which items to feature in the ads, and I don't get to choose a minimum sale. I can't opt out. Many of those forced ad sales have resulted in a net profit for me of about $2 -
  13. Three of my five shows have been cancelled so far. Still waiting to hear about the other two.
  14. Soy candles really do benefit from a good cure time. I can't comment on your wick since I don't use that type, but my experience with lots of different soy waxes is that a week of cure time is minimum...two is even better, generally speaking. I've had lousy throw at 1-2 weeks, then at 4 weeks - BOOM! There it is. Lol There are a LOT of factors affecting HT ... wax type, fragrance load, cure time, wicking, ambient temperatures and airflow patterns when burning, and the type of fragrance itself. Some fo's just are NOT going to throw well in soy ... so testing different variables is key. A
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