I don’t know about you, but I can never have too many candles. Luckily for me, this is like the one expenditure that my husband and I agree upon. The cost of groceries can be cause for discussion in this house, but candles automatically get a pass because he is just as obsessed as I am.
Just lighting a candle can transform a room with its warm glow and scent. When entering a room it can be one of the first things I notice, whether it is the smell of cinnamon and pumpkins in the fall, or a fresh evergreen smell greeting me during the holiday season. Come January, I’m ready for an energizing and clean scent to motivate starting fresh– both with deep cleaning and organizing the house and getting back to a healthier eating routine after all the gingerbread cookies. In springtime I reach for the soft floral scents, and by summer I’m in the mood for something that smells like I’ve been baking something delicious without all of the work (because who wants to bake in the heat?!).
Six months ago as I was shopping at the Polkadot Roadshow, I came across All Good Things Candles with the cutest booth displaying candles in mason jars wrapped with twine. It took just one whiff to get me hooked, and I came home with a bag of 4 oz jars in four different scents. I spoke briefly with Michelle, complimenting on her lovely candles, and her sweet personality made an impression– I thought to myself, “I wish I had a candle making friend like that!”
Between my husband and I, those candles went fast! I just couldn’t get enough of the scents that were so unique and yummy, like sweet pink sugar, antique jade, lemon creme, and cinnamon vanilla. Plus, if the scent from small 4 oz candle could fill my whole kitchen, I knew I had found a winner.
More recently as I was planning a craft day for girlfriends, I thought of Michelle and her hand-poured candles, and I asked if she would be willing to come give us a hands-on lesson in candlemaking. Michelle was so kind to oblige us, and our morning spent making candles over brunch was one of my favorite days ever. Not only did my friends and I learn all about the candle making process, we also loved getting to know Michelle and hearing her story of how All Good Things Candles came to be for a busy homeschooling mama.
“My candle business is called ‘All Good Things Candles.’ My Russian grandma used the phrase “all good things” to describe the ingredients in her dishes, or a pretty setting…she was happiest when her home was filled with people who were willing to eat lots of her wonderful food, and she was a beautiful example of hospitality and generosity! I love the way that different scents can evoke happy memories and make a home feel cozy and welcoming, no matter the size.