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|Posted on 18 May, 2013 at 18:27||comments (0)|
Take a journey with your nose through the USA! I'mcreating, based upon my own, personal travels, a series of candles that takes you on a journey through each state with your nose!
As Helen Keller put it so perfectly , " Smell is a potent wizard that transports you across thousands of miles and all the years you have lived."
Currently ready are:
Oregon (made with pure essential oils of Douglas fir, sage & coffee with a helping of organic hazelnut and marionberry flavor oils)
Washington (made with pure essential oils of Douglas fir, lavender, & lilac with a generous helping of organic apple flavor oil)
California (nothing reminds me more of California than a fresh, warm, just of the tree, juicy orange- plus, I've added essential oils of Redwood cedar & eucalyptus along with organic strawberry and grape flavor oils)
Pennsylvania (we used to live near Hershey, Pa so I was awakened by the smell of warm chocolate wafting through my window each morning. Thus, this yummy candle contains: organic chocolate flavor oil along with organic oils of: honeysuckle, cinnamon, and molasses)
South Dakota (after long, hot drives across South Dakota, a stop at Wall Drug for a strawberry shake or some local sassparilla is just the ticket. Add the essential oils of spruce, pine, and sage from the forests and you've got an amazing scentsation!)
Each state comes with a more descriptive story and some interesting facts or recipes from/about the state.
Some fun tidbits-
Our American Scent Trip candles have been featured on USA Love List and are one of the founder's favorite items of all time!
The cast of the t.v. show, GRIMM, adore my AST-Oregon candles and wrote a special note to Vance Family Soy Candles to let us know!
The first lady of Oregon is a fan of our AST-Oregon candles!
I hope you, too, enjoy our new candle line and they transport you on a trip throughout the beautiful country of America! - Amy
|Posted on 6 May, 2011 at 0:54||comments (92)|
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.
|Posted on 12 April, 2011 at 12:39||comments (188)|
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!
|Posted on 13 March, 2011 at 17:07||comments (317)|
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!
|Posted on 16 February, 2011 at 23:07||comments (299)|
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.
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!
|Posted on 9 January, 2011 at 18:44||comments (159)|
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!