Next stop: Ayame Kai Holiday Craft Fair

Mark your calendars, folks! The buzz hath begun for this year’s Ayame Kai show. If you haven’t been before, you gotta come by. It is so much fun. A frenzy of shopping! The show is from 10am-3pm but shoppers start lining up before 9am. When the doors open, people pour into to see what handmade goodies they can snatch up before the person behind them gets its all.

I am in the same spot as last year and would love for you to come say hello!

For more information, here is the official Facebook page. And yes, those are my candles making an appearance as their profile picture this year. Woop!

 

Bellevue Club Thank You

Thanks to each of you who came by the lulumière booth at the Bellevue Club Bazaar this weekend! With other pretty candles being sold around me, you still supported my little candle business and I am truly grateful.

Some of you even left feedback after using the Square swiper for your credit card transactions:

“Exceptionally scented wax candles poured into a classically stylish clear glass. A pretty box of matches is included with each candle purchase.”

“Beautiful candles and the scent, even the ones i don’t normally like, were amazing!”

“I loved the fantastic customer service and love, love, love all the candle fragrances. An added bonus was to be able to chat a little with you too.”

Whaaat?? You guys. Your words of encouragement mean so much to me. Thank you for taking the time to send such sweet messages.

 

2016 Candle Line

I am pleased to announce the 2016 Lulumière candle line. Some of the scents are returning favorites and there are a few new scents as well!

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Grapefruit

A bright, punchy citrus base with a slight hint of peach that mellows it out. Our most popular scent.

Lavender

Infused with lavender essential oils, it fills the air with its calming properties. This one is clean and classic.

Island

A nod to the tropics, this has a warm blend of coconut, pineapple, tangerine & banana.It will bring back memories of that one perfect vacation.

Coffee

The whole room will smell like your favorite weekend cafe, the perfect gift for any coffee lover.

Nectarine

This juicy smelling candle has a smooth peach base with ripe orange & papaya notes. It is rich, unctuous and smooth.

Citron

A great scent for the kitchen, it has a definite crisp base but with a sweet orange hint that is very pleasing.

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Get the most out of your candle

To help your candle burn safer and longer, here are a few tips.

Let’s start with safety first because well… that is the saying and all. Ok, here we go!

  • Don’t leave your candle unattended.
  • Don’t burn your candle for more than 4 hours at a time.
  • Keep your lit candle away from drafts, windows & anything flammable because flames can be jumpers.
  • Burn your candle out of reach of children and pets. They like shiny things but don’t know how to be safe. Also, cat tails.

Now for the fun part! Soy wax burns way longer than the inexpensive paraffin kind. Take advantage of that! When you first burn your candle, trim the wick to about 1/4″. Candle makers like me sell candles with longer wicks because they look prettier, but when you burn your candle, you don’t want the wick too long. You’ll want the flame a little closer to the wax. If you can, your first light should be at least an hour or until your wax melts all the way out to the edge of the glass or tin. This will give you a nice, even melt.

Before your next lighting, take a glance at your wick. If you’ve been enjoying your candle with normal use, it should be good to go. If you’ve left your candle burning for more than several hours, you may see the mushroom/George Washington effect on your wick. You’ll know it when you see it. Just trim that bad boy off before you light your candle and you’re all set.

Now, when all is said & done and your candle is all used up, don’t throw your glass away! Did you know that soy wax has a low melt point? What that means for you is that you can wash your candle glass with some soap and hot water and give it another life. What you’re looking at is an actual double old fashioned cocktail glass. Here are some ideas:

  • Turn it into a mini terrarium. Those are all the rage.
  • Be like grandma and fill it up with some candy.
  • Grab all those pens laying around and put those in there.
  • Make it a gathering place for all those makeup brushes.
  • Use it for its intended purpose. Cheers!

 

2015 Recap

Some things happen because of sheer will & determination. Other things happen because of divine opportunities & plain dumb luck. I experienced all of the above this year. And this is how Lulumière was born.

In the late summer, I was told about a local private craft show going that would be a great opportunity for me to present my candles. It would be at the University Women’s Club Holiday Market in October. It sounded lovely, so my friend reached out to them on my behalf. Unfortunately, all the spots were filled. Bummer! But not too long after, they called my friend and told her that a spot opened up for me. Yay! As you can see, this business has a lot of ups and downs. I did the show and it was a valuable learning opportunity. I was truly grateful for my sole 2016 showing! Or so I thought…

After the UWC show, that same friend reached out to another local show. This one was just a few weeks away, so she was checking for next November, obvi. Ayame Kai is a bustling Asian community craft fair that is always full. However, because of my friend’s outstanding reputation & veteran status at Ayame Kai, they said they were taking her recommendation and would make room for me!  For this year! This year – like in 3 weeks.

In the meantime, I had already signed on to do a holiday show at our local high school. This would be just a week after Ayame Kai. Things were really moving.

But wait, there’s more!  The first week of December, I ended up participating in two other lovely home events. Both of them far exceeded my expectations. Am I serial? Yes!

Several evenings each week, after the kids went to bed, I was pouring and measuring and melting and labeling and trimming. There were boxes of candles piled in every corner of our dining room. The house was a mess but the kitchen always smelled on point. Some days, it was Mrs.Claus’ house, other days like a citrus grove and then others like a legit hipster coffeehouse.

Fall 2015 was a whirlwind year for Lulumière. I had so much fun but I know I can improve tons – especially when it comes to inventory, organization & time management.

Ok – so what’s next? I’d love to say that I have 2016 planned out and that I’m going to be fully prepared this go at it. I don’t really know for sure though. I do know that I’m excited for some new scents, possible opportunities and a fun idea for my fall collection.

I ended last year & am beginning this one with a profound sense of gratitude. None of this would be possible without my spectacular family & friends. Cheers to you!

Making do

Last week, during the storm, we lost power at home for four days. Home is my manufacturing center & office (and daycare & restaurant), so that was a setback. But thanks to a ton of extra candles and a few great friends, I made it through. And the house smelled great. 

 

University Women’s Club Holiday Bazaar 2015

The last show I did was at my little girl’s elementary school holiday bazaar in 2014. There wasn’t much foot traffic then but I did ok. And that was only because two of my sweet friends comprised of 85% of my sales that day.

This time, I was going from old school gym to beautiful dining room in downtown Seattle at the University Women’s Club. I figured my cute little mason jars wouldn’t cut it for these women so I upped my game a little. This year, I am pouring in lovely straight sided glass jars. They hold more wax and have a fresh, clean, elegant look.

It was a beautiful space with lovely women. A great way to start of this year’s show season!