Saturday, June 28, 2008

Summertime Candles

My friend Charlotte told me the other day how much she loves summer nights...even more than summer days.

Tis the season for gatherings of friends and family at the beach, the park, the cabin, and of course your own back yard. You've got burgers on the grill and a washtub full of refreshments buried in ice. Stories are told and laughter rises into the night.

Add to the festive evening ambiance an abundance of colorful candles! Scatter pillars on the picnic table. Burn votives and t-lites inside plain mason jars. Anchor tapers in sand-filled terra cotta pots.

And don't forget the stormy summer evenings. Thunderstorms give the perfect backdrop for cozying up inside with candles and a good movie. If the weather puts the power out, who says emergency candles have to be drab and scentless?

Winter and the holidays aren't the only appropriate times to burn candles. Take advantage of summertime colors and scents to make your warm evenings more festive. With the small flickers of light about your back yard it will seem the stars have come down to earth. No wonder Charlotte loves summer nights.

See (and buy) these and other candles in my shop!

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

The Drink Charms Are Here!

It's finally outdoor entertainment time here in Minnesota. What goes better than a refreshing glass of pinot grigio with grilled shrimp kabobs? A robust merlot with a juicy steak? An ice cold beer with a burger? Here at Auntie B's Wax we like to keep everyone's drinks identifiable with none other than Auntie B's Drink Charms.

What's a drink charm? It's a little beaded ring you slip around the stem of your glass or handle of your mug. Traditionally, each ring is beaded of a certain color in order to identify your particular glass. "My glass is the one with the orange beads. Yours is the one with the blue beads." They may also have a little charm or fancy bead as an embellishment.

I thought it would be extra fun to create charms out of bottle caps. The rings are still color-coded, but the true identifier in these charms are the fabulous bottle cap charms themselves. An image is affixed to a pounded bottle cap and sealed in resin, making the most charming charms you could ever use at your party. Each set is of a particular theme. This set is TV Moms, which was inspired by the suggestion given by Darla at The Frosted Pane. Check it out:

Each set is boxed displaying all of the charms with a label describing the use of the charms as well as the names of whomever or whatever is pictured on each charm. Like this:

The finished product looks like this:

The TV Moms charms are available at my shop. There's just no end to the fun you can have with Auntie B's Drink Charms!

Stay tuned to this blog and Auntie B Online for a look at all the sets you can collect.

Now, I think I'll have a little glass of white zinfandel embellished with Carol Brady.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Fete des Fleurs Festival

I woke up at 4:30 a.m. to the sound of birds chirping outside my window. I wasn't expecting the alarm clock for another half hour, so I let the birds sing me into a semi-doze. At 5:00 I woke up invigorated and ready to go.

It's true. Getting up at the crack of dawn is so much easier when you're working for yourself. All week long I have to get up at 5:00 to put time in at my day job. On this particular Saturday husbie and I were on our way to sell my wares at the Chateau St. Croix Fete des Fleurs Festival.

The chateau is nestled in the rolling hills of eastern Wisconsin. In addition to grape vines the property also includes a field full of horses, a serene little pond, a formal garden, and the grand chateau itself. There was music, food, art, and of course wine tasting. The owners and staff at the chateau were like a family to each other were gracious hosts to the vendors and guests during the event.

Husbie and I had a wonderful two days meeting people and soaking in the fresh country air. It was such a relaxed setting (could it have been all that wine?) and the work I was there to do was actually a joy.

Thanks to all of you who stopped into my booth, and to the staff of the Chateau St. Croix for giving me inspiration and motivation. I need to do more shows like the Fete des Fleurs Festival as they give such wonderful opportunities to interact creative artists and enthusiastic shoppers.

There could be a fall festival in store for me at The Chateau St. Croix. I would jump at the chance. If you missed the experience this past weekend, be sure to visit during the season of autumn colors. I'll keep you posted.

Monday, June 02, 2008

Do You Twinkle-Bell?

Some people call it New Age music. In my family, it’s referred to as Twinkle Bell music. I fell in love with Mike Oldfield in the late '70s, with Jean Michel Jarre in the early ‘80s, and just recently with Tangerine Dream.

The music takes me back to parts of myself that go missing once in a while. It takes me forward and gives me visions of what can be. It reminds me of Dig, which sometimes makes me sad, but at other times happy for the mutual attachment we have for Twinkle Bell music.

You don’t have to be a hippy to dig it. You don’t have to believe in crystals or homeopathy to lose yourself in it. Be careful of imitations. Be aware of emotional upheaval – sometimes when listening to the Twinkle Bell you’ll find yourself crying for no apparent reason, and then just as suddenly, you’ll be smiling like the sun.

Here is a very limited list of excellent Twinkle Bell music recommended by Auntie B:

Mike Oldfield:
Tubular Bells

Jean Michel Jarre:
Les Chants Magnetiques

Tangerine Dream:
Tangents 1973-1983

Fly away...
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