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Artisan Spring Market 2017

This weekend, I had the pleasure of attending the second event organized by Frizzles Artisan Markets. Although it was cold, it was still an amazing day!

YYC Beeswax at the Artisan Spring Market 2017
YYC Beeswax at the Artisan Spring Market 2017

It was a delight to debut 3 new products and a packaging update:

I think the new tealight packaging is a huge improvement! I absolutely love it!

Star Beeswax Tealights
Star Beeswax Tealights

I had the privilege of being placed between two amazing vendors – Soul Gardens and mixed media artist Karen Riley. It was Karen’s very first market!

Karen of Heartful Distractions at the Artisan Spring Market 2017
Karen of Heartful Distractions at the Artisan Spring Market 2017

I absolutely loved all of Karen’s pieces, so I left it up to her to share her favourite piece with us. Unfortunately, that one has a special place at her home, so we don’t get to see it. However, the next best is this amazing sculpture:

Sculpture by Heartful Distractions at the Artisan Spring Market 2017
Sculpture by Heartful Distractions at the Artisan Spring Market 2017

The picture just doesn’t do it justice! If you have an opportunity to see her art in person, don’t miss it!

I have to say her steampunk hearts really caught my eye. That said, it would have been extremely hard to choose just one piece as everything was so beautiful.

Thank you to Kayla for organizing another fantastic event, Soul Gardens and Karen for being amazing booth neighbours, and all the new and not-so-new faces at the market! I’m looking forward to being back in Inglewood for the night markets this summer and for the Winter Artisan Market. Our next market is the Makers of Alberta Spring Market in Airdrie. Hope to see you there!

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Unique Wedding Favours

It’s finally happening… You’re getting married! You’ve already taken the first step in the journey to your big day, and a lot will happen between now and then. Whether you’re hiring someone to take care of  some or all of the details for you or you’re doing it all yourself, there are so many choices to be made. From choosing a venue to the guest list to making sure your picky great-aunt is kept happy, the list can seem endless. Today, we’ll share with you some ideas for unique wedding favour ideas. We’re including ready-made options as well as more hands-on projects for the crafty people out there.

Custom favours are a great way to share a bit of your personality with guests. Many artisans are happy to customize their products for your big day. You can often choose fonts, colours, and sizes, so don’t be afraid to ask your favourite artisan if they can do some custom work for you.

Table Settings

Who said favours are just for guests to take home? Get twice the value by using them as place cards for the tables. Customize your favour with the guest’s name. You could even personalize the thank you!

Mason Jar Beeswax Candle Wedding Favours
Mason Jar Beeswax Candle Wedding Favours

 

Centerpieces

Choose favours that can be set up as attractive centerpieces for the table. That way, they will be out of the way while your guests enjoy their meal and there is less for you to clean up later! Just make sure guests know they should take one before leaving at the end of the night.

Martha Stewart Potted Plant Take-Home Centerpiece Idea
Martha Stewart Potted Plant Take-Home Centerpiece Idea

Click here for the tutorial from Martha Stewart. These would be fantastic with bee-friendly plants. Your guests can support local bee populations AND enjoy the lovely blooms long after your wedding.

Something Useful

Think about weddings you’ve been to and what you’ve enjoyed receiving (if they did favours). Consumables tend to go over well as the guests can enjoy them without cluttering up their house. Here are some custom labelled lip balms I made for a wedding:


I think they turned out fantastic!

Just because you are giving something useful doesn’t mean it has to be run-of-the mill. There are many options out there to come up with a creative twist that can still be useful!

Double Heart Beeswax Candle
Natural beeswax double heart shaped candle. Approximately tealight sized.

DIY

What better way to show your guests just how much you appreciate them than by making your own favours? Depending on your idea, this approach is not for the faint of heart; however, you can make it easier by enlisting some help. Organize a crafting session with friends or those who may be interested from the wedding party. This is a great opportunity to enjoy friends and family while getting some work done! Take it one step further and organize a potluck or order in pizza and make an afternoon or evening of it.

These tips can help make your crafting session run smoother:

  • Make sure you know what you want the end result to look like. Even better, have some samples for your helpers to reference while they work
  • Prepare as much as you can in advance. Make sure you have enough materials
  • It helps if each person picks only one task (for example, cutting ribbon or tags) and moves on to another only once they are finished. It’s more efficient, and the teamwork is part of the fun!

If you’re interested in making something yourself but aren’t quite sure where to start, look for local places that offer workshops for something you’d like to make for a favour. Contact the organizer to see if they will run a private workshop for your group. They should be able to assist you in making sure you have enough materials and the skills to complete your project. Depending how many favours you need and how many people you can recruit to help, you may not be able to complete everything during the workshop itself, so be sure to find out what support the organizer can give  you post-workshop to ensure everything gets done!

Candle Making Workshop Participant
Showing off some newly made rolled beeswax candles.

Rolled Beeswax Wedding Favour

For more inspiration, check out our wedding Pinterest board. We’re also happy to discuss custom wedding favours or assist you in making your own. Contact us today for more information.

All the best in planning your wedding!

 

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Beeswax Paw Wax

Do you have pets? Have you seen this video on Facebook?

It’s been quite popular. If you’re interested in giving it a try, we have some great resources on where to get the ingredients locally:

Beeswax – we have 1lb blocks and 0.3oz blocks or contact your favourite beekeeper
Coconut oil – try your favourite grocery store. I’ve seen it at Superstore, Costco, Co-op, and more
Calendula oil – try Soap and More or substitute olive oil
Avocado oil – try your favourite grocery store or Soap and More

If DIY isn’t really your thing, let us know and we’ll make some for you!

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HHAC Craft Sale and Tea and Vivo 2016

Last weekend was our final market weekend of 2016. We were at both the Harvest Hills Alliance Church Craft Sale and Tea and the Vivo Craft and Gift Fair. Huge thanks to Loleini for her help at Vivo on Saturday!

The HHAC sale was unbelievable! I came early to set up so I would have time to check out the other booths before starting on Friday. I’m very glad I did! There was so much to see.

YYC Beeswax at HHAC Craft Sale and Tea 2016
YYC Beeswax at HHAC Craft Sale and Tea 2016

Once the sale was underway, I had a chance to chat with Dana of DSL Crafts, who had a table beside me.

DSL Crafts at HHAC Craft Sale and Tea 2016
DSL Crafts at HHAC Craft Sale and Tea 2016

Dana makes all of her fabric animals from repurposed fabric. They don’t have any plastic parts and the limbs are movable. Dana also makes crocheted creatures of which she had quite a selection. The pigs were popular and sold out in short order.

Pig by DSL Crafts
Pig by DSL Crafts

She also had chickens and snow people. I know someone who would love to get their hands on a set of the snow people! Dana is happy to do custom orders and can be contacted through her brand new Etsy shop.

In a slow spell, I made a few rolled beeswax trees. I think they are pretty cute!

Rolled Beeswax Trees
Rolled Beeswax Trees

Thank you to the organizers of both the HHAC Craft Sale and Tea and the Vivo Craft and Gift Fair. Special thanks to Loleini for helping out at Vivo on Saturday. Thank you as well to Dana for being a great booth neighbour. Huge thank you to everyone who came out to the event to support local! 

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2016 Etsy One-Stop Christmas Shop

I love visiting greenhouses, especially in the winter. There’s just something about being among greenery in the depths of winter that is therapeutic for me. Last weekend, the Etsy One-Stop Christmas Shop was held at Golden Acre Garden Sentre. I have to say, I did wander among the plants a bit on one of my bathroom breaks!

YYC Beeswax at Etsy One-Stop Christmas Shop 2016
YYC Beeswax at Etsy One-Stop Christmas Shop 2016

I was fortunate to be beside Maryrose and Gabriela who are the brains behind RED Paper Boutique.

Maryrose and Gabriela of RED Paper Boutique at Etsy One-Stop Christmas Shop 2016
Maryrose and Gabriela of RED Paper Boutique at Etsy One-Stop Christmas Shop 2016

These two lovely ladies are nurses as well as paper fiends. It was great to chat with both Maryrose and Gabriela throughout the day.

I happened to be in need of a card, so it was fortunate we were beside each other. They have a ton of amazing cards including great Christmas card options such as boxed sets. One of the favourites they picked out was this thank you card:

Thank You Card by RED Paper Boutique
Thank You Card by RED Paper Boutique

It’s been tealight mania at our booth this season. I just realized I haven’t shared any booth pictures! We have some great scented tealights including seasonal Mulled Wine and Christmas Memories (only available until Christmas). We also have some decorative tealights featuring gingerbread men and trees that are available until Christmas as well.

YYC Beeswax Tealights at Etsy One-Stop Christmas Shop 2016
YYC Beeswax Tealights at Etsy One-Stop Christmas Shop 2016

Lastly, our tealight sets with earrings have been going over quite well. How often do you see super heroes and minions merged?

YYC Beeswax Theme Tealights at Etsy One-Stop Christmas Shop 2016
YYC Beeswax Theme Tealights at Etsy One-Stop Christmas Shop 2016

Thank you to the fabulous organizers of the market. Huge thanks to Maryrose and Gabriela of RED Paper Boutique for being great booth neighbours. It was fantastic to reconnect with The Tea Wagon and Lamb’s Soapworks as well! Special thanks as always to everyone who came out to the market! I look forward to seeing you soon!

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2016 Bearspaw Christmas Market

This weekend, we were at two amazing shows – the Crazy4Crafts Bearspaw Christmas Market at RockPointe Church and the Etsy Calgary One-Stop Christmas Shop. This week, I’ll share some details on the Bearspaw market and next week will be all about Etsy!

I have to say, I had an amazing drive out to RockPointe Church on Saturday. It was clear and the mountain views were amazing! I had to pause for a moment to enjoy the view before setting everything up.

YYC Beeswax at Bearspaw Christmas Market 2016
YYC Beeswax at Bearspaw Christmas Market 2016

I was also fortunate to have a helper for the day. Alyssa was a huge help, and it was great to have her at the booth. I hope she’s able to make it out to other markets!

There were a ton of amazing vendors, and I was fortunate to be situated across from Anna at Woolly and Whimsical Wonders.

Anna of Woolly and Whimsical Wonders Bearspaw Christmas Market 2016
Anna of Woolly and Whimsical Wonders Bearspaw Christmas Market 2016

Anna spent the day creating between sales. It was fascinating to watch her at work. In between sales at my booth, I got to see the adorable penguins peeking over their box.

Adorable Penguin
Adorable penguin by Woolly and Whimsical Wonders at Bearspaw 2016

Thank you to the organizers for putting on such a great event. Thank you to Pebble and Bee for being fantastic neighbours and Woolly and Whimsical Wonders for sharing their fibre art. It was fabulous to reconnect with Kristi of Wire Expressions and Stephanie of Hillcrest Naturals. Special thanks to Alyssa for helping out and everyone who attended and stopped by our booth. Hope to see you again soon!

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Artisan Winter Market and Aspen Crossing Christmas Market 2016

This last weekend, we were at two shows! We headed out to Aspen Crossing for the annual Christmas market and also made an appearance at a brand new market in Inglewood.

The Artisan Winter Market was the first market hosted by Frizzle’s Artisan Markets.

YYC Beeswax at Artisan Winter Market 2016
YYC Beeswax at Artisan Winter Market 2016

Located at the Inglewood Community Hall, it was nice and central. It was great to see some of the vendors we’ve met before including Stitch Plus Stitch and Lil Shop of Fairies. Thank you to everyone who came out to support this brand new market! Thank you to Loleini for doing a great job at the booth as well!

The second event we were at this weekend was the Aspen Crossing Christmas Market.

YYC Beeswax at the Aspen Crossing Christmas Market 2016
YYC Beeswax at the Aspen Crossing Christmas Market 2016

There were two greenhouses full of vendors with something to fit everyone’s Christmas list. I had the opportunity to wander for a bit and crossed one gift off of my list! This colouring book was created by local artist Brenda Jean Campbell (check out an article about her here).

Canadiana Colouring Book by Brenda Jean Campbell
Canadiana Colouring Book by Brenda Jean Campbell

It features 16 beautiful pages showcasing Canada from coast to coast. There’s even a hidden mouse on every page. I’m really looking forward to giving this!

This market is also the first market our beeswax melts are available! It was exciting to finally share them!

Beeswax Melts
The first market with our brand new beeswax melts!

Huge thanks to Loleini for running our booth at the Artisan Winter Market on Saturday. Thank you to the organizers at both events. Special thanks to Kayla of Frizzle’s Antiques and More for all the hard work she put in to make the first Artisan Winter Market a resounding success. Thank you to everyone who came out to both markets to support local vendors. We’re looking forward to seeing you next weekend at the Crazy4Crafts Bearspaw Christmas Market and the Etsy One-Stop Christmas Shop.

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Etsy Foothills Holiday Market 2016

This weekend we were at the Etsy Foothills Holiday Market at the Elks Hall in Okotoks.

YYC Beeswax at Etsy Foothills Holiday Market 2016
YYC Beeswax at Etsy Foothills Holiday Market 2016

There were many great vendors once again including Corey from Baskin Boy Art.

Baskin Boy Art at Etsy Foothills Holiday Market 2016
Baskin Boy Art at Etsy Foothills Holiday Market 2016

Check out his selection of art prints and greeting cards online. You can also request custom work or a painting party!

Baskin Boy Art Greeting Cards at Etsy Foothills Holiday Market 2016
Baskin Boy Art Greeting Cards at Etsy Foothills Holiday Market 2016

Special thanks to the organizers of the event and everyone who came out to support local businesses!

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Congratulations Fall Draw Winner!

Thank you to everyone who has stopped by our table this fall to check out our products, talk shop, and enter the draw! We’ve drawn the winner for the fall and would like to congratulate the winner, who wishes to remain anonymous.

This time, we have a set of goodies consisting of a beautiful glass floating candle holder, floating beeswax candles, a full size lip balm, and a mini lip balm.

Summer 2016 Beeswax Prize Pack
Glass floating candle holder, floating candles, regular lip balm, and mini lip balm.

Here’s what the floating candles look like from above.

Summer 2016 Beeswax Prize Pack Floating Candles
View from above. Floating candles.

Congratulations once again! We hope you enjoy it!

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Candle Making Workshops: Fun with Friends and Family

I have been teaching candle making workshops in Calgary for over a year now. In that time, both the participants and I have learned a lot. Today, I want to share some of the beautiful creations I’ve seen in workshops so far. I’d also like to share how the workshops evolved and some of the brand new workshops we are offering this year.

For the last year, the focus of the candle making workshops was rolled beeswax candles. When I first started making candles, I made rolled candles. I have since branched out into making solid beeswax candles as well. That said, I still enjoy making rolled candles. The beehives are quite popular and one of my favourites too!

Cayman Blue Rolled Beeswax Beehive Candle
Cayman Blue rolled beeswax beehive candle with bee.

There are a few styles available in our store although I think making custom orders is more fun! From making custom sized pillars to supersized tapers, every order is new and exciting.

Custom Rolled Beeswax Pillar Candles in Natural
Custom Rolled Beeswax Pillar Candles in Natural
Custom Super Sized Rolled Beeswax Taper Candle in Cilantro
Custom Super Sized Rolled Beeswax Taper Candle in Cilantro

Make and Take

I love to share my knowledge with others, so I am naturally enjoying the workshops. I started out small by running what I call a Make and Take station at markets. Anyone with a few minutes to spare and interest in candle making can stop by and learn to make a candle.

Make and Take: Candle Making at the Inglewood Night Market July 2016
Make and Take: Candle Making at the Inglewood Night Market July 2016

I have had people of all ages stop by for candle making fun. It’s always a pleasure to see how excited they get about the finished product.

Candle Making Workshops

From here, I started running longer workshops. To me, workshops are more than just learning how to make something. I wanted to provide a opportunity for people to have fun with friends and family. As an added bonus, they get to do something a little different. Paint parties and ceramic painting have been around for awhile. I hadn’t seen any candle making workshops in Calgary.

Candle Making Workshop November 2015
Candle Making Workshop November 2015. Busy bees!

Candle making workshops are great for newbees and oldbees (pun definitely intended). Experience is not necessary, but we do welcome those who have it! Not only do makers learn to create candles, they have an opportunity to socialize. Whether it’s with friends and family or strangers, we have fun. We’ve had groups of friends, date nights, and solo adventurers, so there’s a good mix every time.

November 2015 Rolled Beeswax Candle Making Workshop
Beautiful candles from a rolled beeswax candle making workshop.

On top of candle making, I like to share some of my bee knowledge. Makers learn a bit about where the raw materials come from and how bee colonies operate. The bees work hard to produce the wax. I believe it’s important to acknowledge their amazing contributions.

Candle making is part art and part science. Rolled beeswax candle making workshops are perfect for getting the creative juices flowing. Before coming to a workshop, I encourage participants to look for ideas. Google and Pinterest are both great resources. We have a Pinterest idea board to help makers get started. Sometimes the ideas work and sometimes not quite, but we can usually find a way to make it happen!

Candle Making Workshop June 2016
Candle Making Workshop June 2016. Check out the spiral and stacked candles they made based on Pinterest finds!

All the people who come to rolled candle making workshops leave with a unique set of candles. I love seeing the variety each person gets to take home.

November 2015 Rolled Beeswax Candle Making Workshop
Beautiful candles from a rolled beeswax candle making workshop.

Workshop Partnerships

Earlier this year, I was fortunate to partner with Sam from The Tea Wagon to do a combined workshop. Sam led the group in creating their own custom tea blend while I taught them how to make beehive candles. There were so many choices of ingredients for the tea blending! It was interesting to learn about each ingredient. We learned about the benefits they have and how they are normally used.

Tea and Candles May 2016
Making a custom tea blend at the Tea and Candle workshop.

The beehives were beautiful and the tea blends sounded delicious! I am looking forward to partnering with Sam again for more workshops. Find out how you can sign up for our upcoming tea and candle making workshops below.

Tea Blending and Rolled Candle Making Workshop May 2016
Personalized tea blend and rolled beeswax beehive candles.

Upcoming Candle Making Workshops

This year, I wanted to come up with a series of new and exciting candle making workshops. I received a lot of feedback from previous workshops. One request I saw a few times was for lip balm. I’m excited to share we will be running a lip balm workshop this season!

From teacup candles to holiday themed candles, every month features a different project. I am excited to be partnering with The Tea Wagon again and Stitch Plus Stitch this season. Details on all the workshops we offer are available on our workshop information page. If you’re interested in coming to a workshop, registration links are available here.

Private Candle Making Workshops

Although our public workshops are quite popular, the dates don’t always work for everyone. For large groups or busy schedules, we are happy to offer private workshops. Private workshops are great for:

  • Birthday parties
  • Corporate team building
  • Family fun nights
  • Ladies night
  • Church groups
  • Camps
  • More

We can also help organize wedding activities including:

  • DIY wedding favours
  • DIY unity candle sets
  • DIY wedding decor
  • Bachelorette parties
  • More

Contact us for details on how you can book a private event.

Candle Making Kits

Mini Taper Candle Kit
Kit to make four rolled beeswax mini taper candles.

If you prefer to fly solo and need a hand getting started, we have candle making kits. Kits come with materials and instructions to make your own rolled beeswax candles. No cutting required! All kits are available in the colour and style of your choice. They also make perfect gifts for young makers who may not feel comfortable using knives yet. Shop now to get yours!

Beeswax Sheets

Mexican Blue Beeswax Sheet
Mexican Blue Beeswax Sheet

For those who already know what they are doing, we also sell beeswax sheets. Local pickup is available year-round. With twenty four different colours to choose from, there is something for everyone. Check out the available colours here.