Monday, October 27, 2014

Hampton Creek / Just Mayo Giveaway with Swag ends 11/20

Hampton Creek / Just Mayo Giveaway with Swag

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& A BIG Shout Out To All Of The Other Blogs Promoting This Giveaway! Thank You!
Deliciously Savvy received a variety of products to sample from Hampton Creek (Just Mayo and Just Cookie Lines) and I loved them! Did I mention that Just Mayo is outrageously delicious, better for your body, for your wallet, and for the planet. It's a piece of philosophy to make good things a little easier. Everyone has taken notice, including Oprah Winfrey, Bill Gates.....and list goes on!
Check out Hampton Creek HERE

1 LUCKY Winner will receive a 4 pack of Hampton Creeks ~ Just Mayo, Hat and a Tote bag!

  • 1 Bottle of Hampton Creek Just Mayo (traditional)
  • 1 Bottle of Hampton Creek Garlic Mayo
  • 1 Bottle of Hampton Creek Chipotle Mayo
  • 1 Bottle of Hampton Creek Sriracha Mayo
  • 1 Hampton Creek Baseball Cap
  • 1 Hampton Creek Re-useable Tote Bag


GIVEAWAY DATES: 10/28 12 AM EST until 11/20 12 AM EST
Open to Continental US only and must be 18+ to enter.
This giveaway is in no way endorsed, affiliated or associated with Facebook,
Twitter or any other Social Media Networking Site. This giveaway is valid only
in the Continental United States. Entrants must be 18+ years of age to enter.
This giveaway will end at 12:00 AM (EST) 11/20/2014.

AND NOW THE GIVEAWAY! GOOD LUCK!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Guess How Many Candy Corns Contest Closes 10/31/2014 11:00 pm EST USA ONLY



 A GAME!  A PRIZE!  A WINNER!  USA only.  free shipping

1. LIKE this same post on my group on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/385931391535240/

2. SHARE with friends

3.  GUESS how many candy corns are in the jar on the COMMENT along with the answer to #4.

4.  COMMENT on the blog about the scent you would most like at this time of the year!  Be sure to visit my site first  https://candlesforsale.scentsy.us/Buy/Category/1653

5. FOLLOW MY BLOG http://carolynscandlesandmore.blogspot.com/

Rules
You have to STAY a member of my group and you must be active in commenting on posts from me. 
LIKES are good but no more than 10 per person. 
I pick the scent of the bar you receive.

PRIZE:  ONE Scentsy bar (complete package) and I choose the scent! 

HOW TO WIN: Be the person who guesses the closest and doesn't go over the correct amount!  Winner will be announced on HALLOWEEN night 10/31/14 and you must claim your prize in 48 hours from the time of the announcement and NO posting of the winner here.  The winner will be announced here.


 Disclaimer:
This contest is in no way related to FaceBook and Facebook is not responsible or accountable for anything in it.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Candle in a Bottle for Sale June Wide Mouth Special $5.00 plus shipping Father's Day Gift Appropriate!

I can add the page to the bottle or you can mail one to me to add.
What I love about making this candle is that I know specifically who it is going to and I ask them what kind of reading would they like in their bottle.  There is my choice or your choice (you can mail me the paper to go in the bottle... maybe you want to write or type a memory on a piece of paper that fits the jar, 4" high and 10" round and remember that I punch a shape in the paper to see the flame.)

Origami Box Contest due 6/15/14 (could be for Father's Day)


THE CONTEST IS:
How to make a gift box! You do the same for the top of the box as you did for the bottom of the box. I need to find one more item to go with this. This is a contest for a $5.00 giftcard to your choice of Target, Walmart, Amazon.com, or Starbucks! You can decide with me in email after I pick the winner! 

You have from now until 6/15/14 at 12pm ET/ 9am PT to complete the whole thing (top and bottom) and I made these recently and am hooked on them!

Tips

  • For best results, fold neatly. For each fold, carefully align the edge or corner with whatever edge, crease, or other feature it should meet, then crease the paper firmly.
  • You might want to dab some glue on the bottom of the triangular flaps in order to make them stay down, or you can use tape.
  • If your paper is colored on one side, fold it so that the colored side faces down at first.
  • To make a lid for your box, create a square of paper half a centimeter larger than the first box, and repeat all steps.
    • An alternate method for making a lid is to repeat the steps with the same size paper, but on steps 12 and 13, don't fold the edges all the way to the center. Instead, leave about 1/8 of an inch between the edge and the center on both sides.
  • You can use poster board to create a bigger box. You can use sticky notes to make a very small box. But beware it is very difficult.

Warnings

  • Don't put anything too heavy in the box, or it will collapse. Remember, it is paper.
  • Watch out for paper cuts.

Related wikiHows


Sources and Citations

Article provided by wikiHow, a wiki how-to manual. Please edit this article and find author credits at the original wikiHow article on How to Fold a Paper Box. All content on wikiHow can be shared under a Creative Commons license.

Optional:  
http://www.wikihow.com/Make-Origami
Is for anything that you would like to do in origami for the top of the lid. There's a heart there that isn't very complicated. http://www.wikihow.com/Make-an-Origami-Pocket-Heart

So where are the contestants? I want to provide you with opportunities to win that are challenging and not just the easy contests!

Welcome new members to my Candles and More Blog and Company!





I have loved making candles since I was a child.  I decided that I would go a step further and sell candles that I make or bring to the blog from other sources.   I am particularly interested in making candles and bringing in candles that don't cost a lot to make, therefore, don't cost a lot to buy!

I am having my first ONLINE party (with some favors for those who purchase from me) from this blog.  One such favor is going to be a DIAMOND WRAP!  No, they aren't real diamonds but rather simulated.   Here it is and this is for a sale of $10.00 strictly on products sold here. 

Diamond wrap will measure 8" in length 
The Diamond Wrap is a perfect length for wrapping around a pillar candle.  I have some pillar candles for sale.  Below is the red 8" around and 2 3/4" high.
Have fun exploring the various posts on this blog.  The first post shows a lot of the PRIMITIVE (grunge) looks.   If you need a price for something that you don't see, please write to me at carolynjm@live.com for the prices!  Thanks!


Saturday, March 23, 2013

How To Age Fabric with Tea and Coffee Staining


Tea staining has been around a long time and was first used to hide stains on linens. Tea staining is an easy way to create an "antique" or primitive look. In our experience, the differences between tea staining & coffee staining are subtle. Tea is lighter and gives a more 'dirty' look. Coffee seems browner and give a more 'old' look. Just be aware that coffee is much more aromatic than tea, and your finished item will smell like coffee for a long time to come. We have found that some fabrics (or paper) look better tea stained and some look better coffee stained. We have tea stained & coffee stained with both brewed and instant, both gave satisfactory results, I just find instant easier, but there is not near as much color selection.
Tea/coffee staining only works on natural fibers. Tea is orange-ish if it contains orange pekoe tea; fabric dyed with such teas becomes more orange over time. Earl Grey is usually the tea of choice, but English breakfast is ok, too. Check out your grocery store or specialty shops and buy black tea for a gentle, soft brown, antique look.

Tea/Coffee dye solution for 1 yard fabric
*4 cups water
*1 1/2 cups instant coffee or tea.
*4Tb vanilla extract (optional)
*cinnamon to dust
*1 yard fabric (cotton prints, muslin, cheesecloth)

In a container large enough to hold your fabric, bring water to a boil, remove from heat and add instant tea/coffee. Add vanilla or cinnamon(optional). I feel the vanilla scent does not stay. Dip the fabric in the dye solution for 20-60 min. You may want to check the fabric every 10 minutes or so, until the color is dark enough. Generally, the color will dry lighter than it looks wet. I like to crumple up the fabric for a mottled effect. If you don't like it, re-crumple and re-dip. If you still don't like it, soak fabric in dye solution or rinse it out with water and start over.

When you like the color, hang fabric to dry. I like to crumple the fabric up as it dries to get variation in color. I have put fabric in the dryer, (in an old pillowcase to protect dryer) to soften the fabric when it gets too stiff. If you want a grubbier look, place your fabric on a foiled baking sheet bake at 225 degrees for a few minutes. Keep an eye on it so it does not burn!! When you like the look, take it out to cool. When the fabric is dry if you want it darker repeat the process.

If the fabric is going to be used for something that is going to be washed, set the color with a mordant. I use 2 Tb alum to about 2 gal water and soak overnight. Then I machine wash the items with my regular laundry. There are other mordants such as ...

Recipe 1: soak it in a gallon of cold water to which you have added 1 tablespoon of vinegar.

Recipe 2: soak the stained fabric in two parts vinegar, one part water, and two tablespoons salt for 15 minutes, rinse thoroughly, dry in the dryer, and press.

Recipe 3: Because vinegar is smelly, return the fabric dyebath, and add 2 tsp alum, soak for 5 min.
BTW, your hands and nails will turn brown too, you might wear gloves.

Coffee Staining:
Massage the coffee grounds into the fabric. This distresses the fabric more. Massage the grounds in circles. Very messy! Damp grounds give more distress than very wet grounds. Raw ground coffee (not made up into coffee at all) gives the darkest distressing. Make a paste of raw coffee and smear it on the fabric. Dry the fabric thoroughly with the grounds still in place. Use a hairdryer, let air dry, or use the microwave (1 min. only on a paper towel; then air-dry flat until completely dry). Brush off excess grounds when fabric is completely dry. Press with a dry iron.

For worn places in your fabric, you can take a sheet of sandpaper and rub worn spots after the fabric is dry.
Supposedly, if you wash your fabric with regular detergent, the tea dye will come out as detergents are designed to remove tea stains. Tea dye is semi-permanent. What this means is that while it will not wash out easily, you can usually remove it with bleach. If you do not use bleach the fabric only lightens. I have not tried using bleach yet. If the fabric is too dark wash the fabric in a gallon of water to which you have added 1 tablespoon of bleach.

Note: I have read that coffee will degrade your fabric less than tea. Tea will degrade it in 30-40 years; coffee-dyed fabrics will last 75-100 years. This doesn't matter to we crafters, unless you're thinking about "antiquing" your great grandmothers quilt!

Candle Safety Tips

Don’t Add Fuel to the Fire!

The wax of a candle is the ONLY fuel that a candle needs to burn properly.

When you light a candle, the heat of the flame melts the wax near the wick and creates a small pool of molten wax.  This liquid wax is then drawn up the wick by capillary action to fuel the flame. 
If you light a candle and then discard the match into the wax pool…or leave any other debris in the wax pool... you’ve added more fuel to the candle than it’s designed to handle.
Too much fuel can cause the flame to unexpectedly flare up or even start a small fire near the candle flame. 
Be candle-wise and safe.  Make sure the wax pool area is always free of wick trimmings, matches, lint, paper or any other type of debris.
Below are additional safety precautions to remember when burning candles.

Always keep a burning candle within sight. Extinguish all candles when leaving a room or before going to sleep.

Never burn a candle on or near anything that can catch fire. Keep burning candles away from furniture, drapes, bedding, carpets, books, paper, flammable decorations, etc.

Keep candles out of the reach of children and pets. Do not place lighted candles where they can be knocked over by children, pets or anyone else.

Trim candlewicks to 1/4 inch each time before burning. Long or crooked wicks cause uneven burning and dripping.

Always use a candleholder specifically designed for candle use. The holder should be heat resistant, sturdy and large enough to contain any drips or melted wax.

Be sure the candleholder is placed on a stable, heatresistant surface. This will also help prevent possible heat damage to counters and table surfaces and prevent glass containers from cracking or breaking.

Keep the wax pool free of wick trimmings, matches and debris at all times.

Always read and follow the manufacturer's use and safety instructions carefully.
Don't burn a candle longer than the manufacturer recommends.

Keep burning candles away from drafts, vents, ceiling fans and air currents. This will help prevent rapid, uneven burning and avoid flame flare-ups and sooting. Drafts can also blow lightweight curtains or papers into the flame where they could catch fire.

Always burn candles in a well-ventilated room. Don't burn too many candles in a small room or in a "tight" home where air exchange is limited.

Don't burn a candle all the way down. Extinguish the flame if it comes too close to the holder or container. For a margin of safety, discontinue burning a candle when 2 inches of wax remains or ½ inch if in a container.

Never touch a burning candle or move a votive or container candle when the wax is liquid.

Never use a knife or sharp object to remove wax drippings from a glass holder. It might scratch, weaken, or cause the glass to break upon subsequent use.

Place burning candles at least three inches apart from one another. This is to make sure they don't melt one another, or create their own drafts that will cause the candles to burn improperly.

Use a candle snuffer to extinguish a candle. It's the safest way to prevent hot wax from splattering.

Never extinguish candles with water. The water can cause the hot wax to splatter and might cause a glass container to break.

Be very careful if using candles during a power outage. Flashlights and other battery-powered lights are safer sources of light during a power failure. Never use a candle during a power outage to look for things in a closet, or when fueling equipment - such as a lantern or kerosene heater.

Make sure a candle is completely extinguished and the wick ember is no longer glowing before leaving the room.

Extinguish a candle if it smokes, flickers repeatedly, or the flame becomes too high. The candle isn't burning properly and the flame isn't controlled. Let the candle cool, trim the wick, then check for drafts before re-lighting.

Never use a candle as a night light. 


Much thanks to the National Candle Association for material to educate and not sell.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Facts and Figures from the National Candle Association

About Candles

U.S. retail sales of candles are estimated at approximately

$2 billion annually, excluding sales of candle accessories. 

Candles are used in 7 out of 10 U.S. households. 

Candles come in an endless variety of sizes and shapes, from tapers, votives, pillars and tealights to container/jar candles, floating candles, liturgical candles, outdoor candles, novelty candles, utility candles and birthday candles. 

Manufacturer surveys show that 90% of all candles are purchased by women. 

Votives, container candles and pillars are currently the most popular types of candles with American consumers.

Candle industry research indicates that the most important factors affecting candle sales are scent, color, cost and shape. 

The retail price of a candle generally ranges from approximately 50¢ for a votive to $30 for a large pillar or jar candle. Highly unusual or embellished artisan candles can be $200 or more.

About the IndustryAbout the Industry

There are more than 400 commercial, religious and institutional manufacturers of candles in the United States, in addition to scores of small craft producers for local, non-commercial use. 

NCA member companies account for more than 90 percent of all candles made in the U.S. 
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Candles are principally sold in three types of retail outlets:
specialty or gift shops;
department and home décor stores;
mass merchandisers (discount stores, drug store chains, grocery stores, etc.)
Approximately 35% of candle sales occur during the Christmas/Holiday season. Non-seasonal business accounts for approximately 65% of candle sales. 

Major U.S. candle manufacturers typically offer between 1,000 and 2,000 varieties of candles in their product lines. 

More than 1 billion pounds of wax are used in producing the candles sold each year in the U.S. 

It is estimated that more than 10,000 different candle scents are available to U.S. consumers.

Candle-User PreferencesCandle-User Preferences

Consumers are increasingly purchasing candles as a focal point for their home décor, and for aromatherapy-like relaxation and stress reduction.

Fragrance is by far the most important characteristic impacting candle purchases today, with three-fourths of candle buyers saying it is “extremely important" or "very important" in their selection of a candle. 

The majority of U.S. consumers use their candles within a week of purchase. 

Nine out of ten candle users say they use candles to make a room feel comfortable or cozy. 

Approximately three-fourths of candle users say they typically burn candles for 4 hours or less per sitting.

Candle users say they most frequently burn candles in the living room (42%), followed by the kitchen (18%) and the bedroom (13%).
Get more candle information from the National Candle Association.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

First GIVEAWAY! Diamonds are Forever!


GIVEAWAY! Diamond Wrap for a pillar candle. Size as shown in picture. (candle is not included) All you need to do is join some of my sites (not a bunch of pages of other bloggers that you don't want to be on in the first place!) Starts SPRING (USA) 3/20 - 3/31 and the winner will be announced on 4/2. Thereby giving the winner 2 days to reply. If you know you are not going to be online at that time, please don't enter... that slows the process down making me choose a different winner.

a Rafflecopter giveaway


Be sure to enter all the places listed for my sites on the ENTRY FORM.  Failure to do so and you CAN'T be the WINNER.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Primitive Grungy Candles and More



I love flameless and flame candles.  The more I got to know flameless candles, the more I liked them. No melty wax goop, mess, no smoke in the air to bother people and you just need to turn off the flameless candle. But there's something ROMANTIC and ATTRACTIVE about a burning candle.  Especially those that are handmade!

We sell all sizes and shapes Primitive Soy Candles.  We will sell these on our etsy store.  To be announced.  We also sell non-primitive or grungy candles.  Those will be on the etsy store as well.


No needing to worrying about turning off this Primitive Grungy Battery operated candle!

Primitive Grungy ELECTRIC TIMER candle 




I haven't yet used flameless timers  like this candle to the right but I'm going to very soon and then offer them for sale on my etsy shop!  

Primitive Grungy tealights with timer!  


My obsession with GRUNGY candles, homemade cards, and all things GRUNGY is off the hook!

Here at Carolyn's Candles and More we will be adding more GRUNGY if there is some interest by you in this!  Please click LIKE on the post and comment if you are interested!  Thanks


Primitive Folk Art Craft Mall
Primitive Folk Art Craft Mall