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FREE SHIPPING!!!

Posted on 15 December, 2011 at 16:58 Comments comments (1)
Last Minute Shopping Deal!  Free Shipping on all CANDLE orders over $50!
Stock up while it lasts!
All orders are shipped via UPS Ground, 1-3 business days after ordering.  Orders are sent from Vancouver, WA so keep this in mind when ordering, if you are in a time crunch!
Sorry, Body Products are not included in the free shipping.
 

Free Shipping ! Great Green & Healthy Products (and my candles of course!)

Posted on 12 December, 2011 at 13:00 Comments comments (1)
How exciting it is to see my candles on other websites, in catalogs  and in stores!  Even more exciting is the fact that people are converting to sustainable, petroleum free, foreign material free, synthetic fragrance free candles!  I want the world to be healthy for a very long time.  Just thinking about the here and now doesn't work for me, especially since I have children so everyday I am reminded of what the future may bring.  I know that candles are just a little start, but how wonderful it would be if everything were sustainable and not petroleum based and full of toxins?!  Here are some amazing businesses, run by amazing people, that are devoted to selling only healthy, eco-friendly products.  They sell my candles and two
 
are offering free shipping for the holidays!  Thanks to companies like this, we will hopefully enjoy many more Merry Christmases.
 
 

Pillar Votives now available!

Posted on 3 October, 2011 at 1:39 Comments comments (1)
I am very pleased to say that I now have pillar votives available!  They are so much fun to make and, since they don't come in a container, you can use your own favorite containers for these natural soy, essential oil & essence candles.  You do need containers for these or else they will melt all over.
 
I have been experimenting with large pillar candles and tapers and wow, I have a whole new respect for those who succeed at this art form!  My large pillars aren't so hard to make, it's once I burn them that the fun begins!  They create a huge show of wax waterfalls and configurations.  My husband and children love them and get very excited to see what will happen next!  However, I don't know how well they will go over in the retail world?  
So, these Pictures are in backwards order, but I'll type forwards... #1 it started out nice, #2 Sixty Hours later....#3 only 10 hours later.  Entertaining, but not very practical.
As far as tapers go, wow, they are hard to make look even!  My first batch was received with glee by my sons because they said they looked like Shrek candles!  EEK!  Ear Wax candles was not exactly the look I was going for!  I'm working on it though and I am still hopeful that I will be announcing a new line of pillar and taper
 soy candles very soon!

Come check out my new product lines at the Seattle Gift Show!

Posted on 3 August, 2011 at 16:40 Comments comments (0)

First Friday Art Walk

Posted on 6 May, 2011 at 0:54 Comments comments (0)
Don't forget!  Tomorrow is First Friday @ Milepost 5!!  Come enjoy the festivities as artists throughout the complex open up their studios and let strangers in.  Everyone is welcome and the retail shops (including mine, JUST THE GOOD STUFF), will often have sales and workshops, while the artists throughout the complex dull out treats and love to talk about their work.  E.A.T. will most likely have a band playing  on their stage and will, ofcourse, be serving their out-of-this-world food.  See you there?
Milepost 5 is really easy to get to.  Just take I-205 to the Glisan exit and go west.  Turn right on NE 82nd Ave.. Go one block and turn left on Oregon St.. Find a place to park.

Grand Opening Success!

Posted on 12 April, 2011 at 12:39 Comments comments (1)
So, at my store's Grand Opening the Mayor, Sam Adams, came in and said, "This is the best smelling store in Portland!".  Well, he is right about that one!
The Grand Opening of JUST THE GOOD STUFF @ Milepost 5 (NE 82nd, just N. of Glisan) was a lot of fun.  Many wonderful people came in, browsed, oohed and aahhed & bought organic fragrance for their home & body.  If you have the chance to stop by, I also have a collection of upcycled home & garden art (tiki torches, hummingbird feeders, garden art), handmade chocolates, hand painted glassware, fused glass, jewelry, pottery faces made by my son, greeting cards and whimsies.  I hope to see you there! 

JUST THE GOOD STUFF @ MILEPOST 5

Posted on 13 March, 2011 at 17:07 Comments comments (0)
I am jazzed!  Now you can buy my highly sought after candles at my little boutique in Milepost 5.  Located just N. of Glisan on NE 82nd Ave., and across from the community center park, Milepost 5 is a live/work community with a fab restaurant E.A.T. (eat, art, theater), a gallery, free community activities and concerts, and various shops.  My shop, JUST THE GOOD STUFF, located next to the restrooms in the hallway by the restaurant, will be loaded with my candles, melts, and body products, as well as upcycled items for the home and garden and necessary treats (caramel corn and chocolates for starters).  Official opening will be March 18th, with the Grand Opening Ceremony April 8th.  The complex grand opening extends throughout the weekend with free activities, music, a ribbon cutting ceremony by the mayor, and much more.  I will be giving out FREE samples of sweet w/ heat caramel corn and lip balm. Hope to see you there!

New Labels! New Store!

Posted on 16 February, 2011 at 23:07 Comments comments (3)
Well, I've changed up my labels 6 times this year and this time I think I finally got it right!  I am very happy with these.  They are elegant, recyled, down to earth, slightly whimsical, branded and are just paper that is wrapped around and taped so the buyer can take it off and have a plain candle if they would like.  I am also making tags for my coffee candles and other funky sizes.
  What do you think?
I will still keep my recycled white labels for any hard-core fans but otherwise, I really like the recycled brown.
 
 
 
Speaking of new......Handmade Local Market opened this weekend!  If you haven't had a chance to check it out, please do!  For the month of February you can buy one of my healing shea,soy and essential oil massage candles for only $5!   This Saturday, ALL CUSTOMERS GET FREE LIPBALM while supplies last.  One per customer.
Plus, I have a shelf of OOPS! candles with the wrong wicks, discontinued fragrances, discontinued jars, etc. that are only $5!
 
Hope to see you there! 
Vance Family Soy CandlesCustom Organic Coffee Candlesmarket bagsSweet with Heat Caramel Corn
For the Love of KnitLijah Hanley PhotographyUpcycled Bird FeedersVintage Cards
Heat PacksCloth Diapers and Baby GearOne of a Kind JewelryStuffed knit animals
Essatto Handmade Leather ShoesTaylor's Pottery FacesOil cloth market bagsCardtagious
Handpainted wine and champagne glassesHand dug, hand shined, igneous element jewelryGoat soap!Up cycled bird feeders
Handmade wooden airplane from salvaged wood and new teak and cedarPhoto on CanvasCeramic cupcake boxesLeather Dog Collars
Hand Roasted Nuts and Handmade CandiesVance Family Soy Candles new labelsGardener's Hand Salve

I'm Opening ANOTHER shop in Battle Ground!

Posted on 9 January, 2011 at 18:44 Comments comments (1)
So, I've done it.  Enough people have said they want a shop in Clark County and I found a good starter location that I can afford.  It's not going to be called Vance Family Soy Candles but rather Handmade Local Market.  It will have dozens of vendor's wares, from art to artichoke cheese.  Creating a Market makes it much less risky for me and creates great opportunities for all those involved AND fills a void in the shopping marketplace.  I know that we are all going to have a great experience and I look forward to a CRAZY year.  See you there!

Thank you Everyone!

Posted on 28 December, 2010 at 17:04 Comments comments (0)
I just want to say. "THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!" to all the wonderful people who supported me this past year!  I want to especially thank Taylor, for constantly telling me that you know I CAN DO ANYTHING and your unfailing faith.  Leaf, for being my inspiration for many of my products and for always telling me how wonderful they are.  Lake, for being my smell tester and eating all the chocolates from the shop!  Tim, for never doubting me and always encouraging me.  Mom and Dwayne, for all your support and the fact that you absolutely LOVE my product!  Heather, for being a living testimony and #1 fan!  Jen, Ben and Thomas for helping move things, build things, and watching the shop. All of my repeat customers who keep coming back for more and more and tell me what an amazing product I make.  This means more to me than you can imagine.   And my wonderful vendors in my Christmas shop.  It was a delight to meet everyone of you and I look forward to colaberating with you again, SOON!  Speaking of which, now that the Christmas rush is over, it's on to Valentine's Day!   I look forward to expanding my in-home shop for a holiday sale and adding many more, quality, handmade, local vendors.  In March, I am hoping to open a Made Local Market, about 4 miles from my home, complete with a gluten-free bakery, chocolate shop, drive-thru Real Food Stand, Garden and hundreds of vendors.  This is a process that I have been praying about and thus, am not going to jump in until I get the go-ahead.  In February I have the Seattle Gift Fair.......if anything, it will be fun to be up in Seattle with my family and do some sight seeing.  Happy New Year Everyone!

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