Monday, December 3, 2012

Jersey Strong Benefit Candles

Making our Jersey Candles for the Norma Alliance Fire Department was so much fun! We had to make them in batches because we can handle the assembly line much better that way. This is Becca wicking the jars before we pre-heated them.
 
We had help from everyone in the family with this project. Here we are placing the shells on the top layer. They were tricky to place on at exactly the right time - too early, the shells would fall through the top- too late, the shells wouldn't "stick" in the wax and move around in shipping.
 
Sarah worked really hard designing the perfect label for the candles and Becca & Arika put placed the labels on the jars. The camera seems to always snap Becca as she closes her eyes :)
 
Sarah took the job of cutting each candle it's very own "Beach Towel"- an idea from Dad :)
 
 
Here we are packing the last of the candles to be mailed. We think they turned out pretty good. The scents that were chosen were Jersey Beach Bum and Jersey Ocean Breeze.
 
 
And here are our finished candles! We really like how the ideas were born. Mom was contacted by a firefighter from New Jersey whom she had grown up with. The firefighter asked if we would be interested in assisting with a fundraiser to help Hurricane Sandy victims through the fire department. We all were so excited to be able to help our home state in anyway that we could!
Calls were made back home to Grandparents and Aunts. Soon we had the color choice by our Aunt Casee, the layered look of sand and ocean by our Grandmom Boyer and the scent choices by our Aunt Pammy!
 
Grandpop Boyer and Dad also had some great ideas but we decided to stick with the lady opinions on this one ;)
 
What a great idea this was! We wish the firefighters all the luck with their fundraiser!!


Thursday, November 8, 2012

Getting ready for the Christmas Craft Fair this weekend


We wanted to try something new... Gingerbread Eggnog Tarts. Yummmmy! They smell as good as they sound!
 
 

These are our newest Peppermint Patty Candles. I think we used too much white peppermint & not enough "Chocolate". We will make some more tomorrow. What a wonderful Christmas scent!!!
 
 
Sarah


Saturday, November 3, 2012

First Indoor Show of the Season

 
Here we are with a friend. We were blessed to have Jaden offer her help today! Thanks Jaden so much!! 
 
 
Our first craft fair of the Holiday Season was a hit! We had such a great time making the candles & tarts. Here is the Hot Chocolate Candle that Becca made. She even put mini marshmallows in it!
 
 
 
The benefit candles need more attention so we are going to be focusing more time and energy on Isaiah this month. We are trying to raise money for Isaiah Casillas. He is a little boy whose story really touched our hearts.
 
Diagnosed with a rare and aggressive cancer, High Grade Undifferentiated Neoplasm, He was only given up to six months to live. This family is going through so much  right now. We can't imagine the fight this little boy is going through. His parents are savoring every moment they can with him. We want to help Isaiah and his family have a great Christmas this year.
 
Isaiah's favorite color is purple. His father, Mr. Casillas, choose the scent Eternity- type for his son. This smells just like the popular men's designer fragrance. Isaiah's mother chose the Tropical Tutti Frutti for Isaiah. This has mango, pineapple and wild berries with a hint of sugar, plum, & coconut milk and a hint of musk.
 
The proceeds of these candles go to the family to help cover any necessary costs they may incur while their son his bravely fighting for his life. Please help this family. We are also giving a free pack of tarts with all candle orders as our way of saying thanks. Click here to order your special Isaiah Casillas Candles.
 
 
This is precious Isaiah at a Fundraiser Car Wash in August. He was so full of life and excited to wash the "Monster Truck" :)  We are still praying for you, Little Man!
 
 
 

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Preparing for RailFest 2012


It has been a while since we have posted here. We have been so busy with Rail Fest 2012, ( and our new puppies) that we haven't had the time to even blog!  :(
 
But... now that Rail Fest is over and we can breathe, we can get back into our blogging! Oh how we have missed updating everyone! We have many pictures to share :) 
We made it out alive and Mom found her table & counter tops once again!
We put in some late hours but I have to admit that we made some good memories. We made some mistakes and hope to learn from them for the next time. After all, the fires are getting smaller :)
 
No matter how we prepared, the night before was still crazy! Sarah kept busy making Tarts upstairs while Rebecca & Mom created the candles in the kitchen. We have to say our brothers and sister were great troopers! They didn't mind eating in the living room or even laundry room when we couldn't find the table under all the wax mess.
 
Here we were setting up in the early hours of Saturday. This really was a family event for us all. Dad had to work out of town this weekend so we had all the younger kids there offering their help ;)
 
These are some of the Tarts Sarah made. Caramel Apple Crunch Tarts smell like the real thing!
 
A new topper for our Wide Mouth Jars is just adorable! More pictures to come and I promise to try not to go so long without posting next time. Hope you all have a great night!
God bless.
Sarah & Rebecca

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Rest In Peace, Precious MaKenna Walters

Today we watched a mother and father do something no parent should have to do. The strongest mother I have ever seen, Mrs. Walters, walked such a graceful walk of faith today. MaKenna's services were beautiful with the presences of the Holy Spirit all around.
 
 
North Platte is a stronger community because of this little girl. This precious child brought barriers down in our town that we didn't realize were there. Personally, MaKenna has made us feel like North Platte is "home", at least for now. A feeling we haven't had in a long time. There are no words that can be said for how MaKenna has helped us. MaKenna Walters will always have a special place in this town's heart.
 
 Thanks to all who came out yesterday at Walmart to help support her cause. Together, you all raised $416! (The total for MaKenna's fundraiser) As for now, we don't know what we will be doing with the candles we made for MaKenna's Fundraiser. We want to honor her family and do what they wish. We will let you know at a later date. We know our Lord will lead us in the direction He wants.
 I think the rest of the weekend will be a time of prayers, rest, and reflecting on our Loving Lord.
 
Thank you, Lord Jesus. Thank you for allowing us to be touched by this angel and allowing us a  glimpse into her life. When she gets back from her ride on the zebra this afternoon, please give her a hug from us. 


Thursday, August 23, 2012

Wicks / Flame Drowning in Wax!
Wick drowning out the flame in our Apple Pie Loaf Candle

 
Have you ever had a candle that drowned itself out in its own wax? We have had that happen more than once here. We wanted to show you some options you have on how to fix this.
 
First, know that sometimes this will happen no matter what. We have had this happen with commercial candles, soy only, and paraffin & soy blended candles.
 
Drowning wicks could have happened to your candle if you had trimmed the wick too short, if you have a really soft wax, or if there was a draft while burning. But don't despair! You can save that candle & your money!
 
Good candles don't cost pennies for a reason. The fragrance oil is expensive - so save your money by getting every last drop of scent from your candle.
Since our candles are scented throughout, not just "top poured" (like most commercial candles) this is a great way to save money and extend the life of your scent!  The last drop of scent at the bottom will smell the same as when you first lit it.
 
Extinguish the flames and pour that flooded melt pool into a tart warmer. Remember, keep your wick trimmed to 1/4" after you pour the melted wax into the warmer.
 
Or, you can absorb it with a paper towel.
Carefully Extinguish the flames and fold a paper towel. Absorb what you need to properly trim the wick,  1/4".
 
Hope this has helped save some candle wax and your money :)
 


Monday, August 20, 2012

Heaven Has a New Friend Today

A Moment of Silence for our Sweet Precious MaKenna Walters. The Lord called her home to live with him yesterday. No words seem to sound right at this time. I just wanted to share what MaKenna will always mean to us.

MaKenna taught me be brave even when I am the most scared and to live life to the fullest. No matter what I may be facing. We have been lucky enough to be allowed a glimpse into MaKenna's happy & brave spirit while she was sick in the hospital.


What a beautiful example of living life to the fullest. I pray I can have half as much grace and love in my lifetime as MaKenna had in hers.

Thank you MaKenna Walters for bringing our community closer together. You taught many lessons to many people by just being you.


Mr. & Mrs. Walters, Thank you for sharing your daughter's journey with the world. Thank you for allowing us to watch, grow & learn with your family. We are deeply sorry for your loss.


All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us. 2 Corinthians 1:3–4

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Our banner came today!


Can you tell we were excited to receive our new banner today? Hopefully we will look a little more professional at the market. Now for that tablecloth... :)



We tried our hand at the Blueberry Loaf last night. They look good enough to eat! Now I want to make Blueberry Muffins ( the REAL ones! :))

Here are the Banana Nut & the Apple Slice loaf. My favorite is the Banana Nut!
We are planing to start our fall scents of testing. What are some scents that make you think of autumn?


Sunday, August 12, 2012

Our first day at the Whistle Stop Market


What a sweet surprise we had found taped to our Candle Room door when we went to make candles! Our younger brother, Dennis made this door sign for us :)


Rebecca volunteered to make the signs for the market.


She is very patient with fine details. What a great job she did!



Gabe helped Sarah to bag the candles.


 Arika helped to wrap the candles in tissue paper.




 We put in a late night but we had lots of fun! Rebecca was upstairs making some Isaiah Casillas Candles while Sarah glues the ribbon to the MaKenna Walters Candles


We did really good for our first day at the Market. Now we know what to expect next Saturday.  :)Does anyone have any advice or tips for some Craft Fair Newbies?




Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Making the MaKenna Walters Candles


We were all pretty excited to see the "Big Brown Truck" pull into the drive today! A new shipment of wax and fragrance oil makes for a huge deal at our house. This order contained mostly sample fragrances that we plan on testing this coming month for fall :) AND.... more Sweet MaKenna fragrance for the benefit candles we are making for Makenna Walters.  http://www.facebook.com/#!/PrayersForMakennaWalters


Rebecca is wicking the Sweet MaKenna Pink Candles. Becca is such a trooper- helping to wick all these candles!  



Weighing the wax -2 pounds exactly! Thanks Becca.



And here is the final product of the Sweet MaKenna Walters Candle! The scent is awesome and really reminds us of a sweet little girl eating cotton candy at a country fair! Well, at least that is what I think of :)

Tomorrow we will be making more Isaiah Casillas Eternity Candle! Have a great evening everyone!

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Extended Vacation & Testing

I didn't realize how many days it has been since we last posted. I thought we should let you know just what we have been up to this summer :)

Fishing with Dad at the lake and a family reunion took up much of our "free time" in June.

Then we had a beautiful lightening show with our firework display for the 4th!


What great pictures Sarah took!


Wow! Another beautiful picture Sarah took just in time.



Back to work. We've put in a few good hours of testing. The entire house has been filled with the aroma of Coconut, Vanilla & Birthday Cake this past month :)


Our Birthday Cake Candle burned for over 55 hours!


Rebecca has been really good at keeping the times on our Cupcake warmers.

Hope you enjoyed the pictures as much as we enjoyed taking them!  More tart testing to come this weekend  :)

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Triple-Dipped Washcloths... How fun!

We are getting some more fun products made in all the free time we can find. Yesterday we thought we would make some more of the Waxed Washcloths that we had made last month. We had so much fun with these adorable room fresheners and can't wait to make some more!


Here I am folding after the second dipping. A little warm under those gloves ;)





This is the third dipping. We dipped each washcloth individually two times and then folded them to dip another time. Then we dipped all three together. We chose French Vanilla with this set. Mmmmm!


They have to dry now then we can decorate tomorrow!
We will keep you updated on this set. Have a great day!

With Love, Sarah & Rebecca



"Blessed are those who are generous, because they feed the poor." Proverbs 12:9


Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Welcome!

Hello and welcome! My name is Sarah and my sister is Rebecca. We are "learning the ropes" in this blog world so when we make a bunch of mistakes please excuse us. Feel free to offer any advice you may have to a newbie blogger.

We started this to post our progress in our Scents mission. We do hope you join us and join in on the conversation from time to time. Let us know what you like and what you could have done without.

What is our "mission"? We're glad you asked. We make scented products with profits going to help orphans around the world. We also help out locally as often as we can as well. Please check out our website at scentsonamission.com. There you will find our growing products and an opportunity to join us.

We had an eye-opening moment last year as we learned how many children there are literally starving in our world. It made us beyond sad and made us want to take action to help change this. But seriously, what can two teenage girls do?  We thought there HAS to be something we could do. Age shouldn't be a reason to not be able to help people.

After some praying we talked to our parents and came up with the idea of making candles to sell with all profits going to make a difference in someones world. We aren't going to let our age stop us. Our young age just gives us a head start in helping. So Scents On a Mission was born!

Eventually we hope to travel on our own mission team to help feed starving children. But for now we help the mission teams already established in different countries and save for our own trip.

Hope this explains a little more about us. If you have anything to say or have any questions, please feel free to ask us. Please check out our website.
Sarah C.