Grow Where You are Planted

I have moved a lot.  A lot.  I grew up in Washington state, then headed to California and back again.  I moved to Colorado Springs, and Boston.  I have moved across the country twice, and moved to Los Angeles four times.  Scouted Portland, Connecticut and New York too.

I saw the quote “grow where you are planted” and it resonated with me right away.  It  thought it fit this photo of my daughter perfectly.  This quote reminds me to give things in life some time, to slow down and relax.


I took this photo while living in Mukilteo, WA, (near Seattle). Our family took a day trip to the tulip fields in Skagit Valley.  It was beautiful, and we had a great day.  We even found an alpaca farm and got to pet them!

While I still want great adventures, I’d rather it not include a U-Haul truck.  But I can not rule out the possibility… wanderlust is in my heart.




How To Make a Bloody Candle for Halloween

Have some bloody good fun and dress up a candle with blood.   Great for a Halloween display or for your vampire gothic decor.

How to Make a Bloody Candle

Start with a red colored candle, any container candle with red wax will work.  You can get this red candle in my shop.

Get some fake blood.   You can usually find fake blood from a costume shop or get it online.  If you can’t find fake blood, you can make you own (lots of tutorials online), use ketchup,  or melt some of the candle wax and pour it over the edge.

Protect your surface. The dye in the blood will stain.  I laid a piece of glass from a picture frame down over this wood table.

Drip some of the blood on the edge of the candle. I used a q-tip to apply the blood.  I like to let it drip naturally from the top of the container.  Then I added more to the table to create a pool of blood.

drip blood on the candle

Clean any blood off the wax, it might clog the wick.  And light.

Bloody Candle for Halloween


How to Pin On a Boutonniere

How to Pin on a BoutonniereI specialize in dried and silk flower boutonnieres for weddings and prom.  They are long lasting, make a great keepsake, and are very light… making them easy to pin on.  Here is a tutorial on how I like to attach them.

Wildflower Boutonniere

Place the boutonniere on the left side of the jacket.  I like to center it over the button hole on the lapel.

Pinch your fingers on the front and back of the lapel to hold it in place, and flip it over.

From the back, with the pin at an angle, slide the pin through the fabric, catch a bit of of the boutonniere, then back out through the fabric.  My boutonnieres come with 2 pins, you can use 1 or 2 depending on how secure it feels to you.  The second pin can form an X or go above or below the first.

how to pin a boutonniere

Dry Flower Wedding Boutonniere

With the pin on the back, it looks nice and clean, and shouldn’t poke any one.

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2 Ways to Tie a Wrist Corsage

Dried and silk wrist corsages are a great long lasting keepsake for prom, a wedding, or an accessory.  All of my corsages can be used both for pin on or tied to the wrist.

My wrist corsages are tied with ribbon.  You can tie the ribbon with a bow or a knot at the bottom of your wrist like this:

rustic wrist corsage with twine

or with the ribbon at the top, by the flowers, like this:

pink silk wrist corsage

You can always change your mind and and pin it on too.  Just trim the ribbon.

artificial succulent corsage

A Little Fireplace for Your Space

Now that it is getting cold outside, l want to sit by the fireplace in my pajamas, and there will probably be hot cocoa.  My firewood candle is perfect for getting that fireplace feel in your space.

Mason Jar Candle with a Wooden Wick

The wood wick crackles and sparks just like a real fire, and the scent of wood and smoke makes it feel so cozy.  This is one of my best selling scents, both men and women love it.

Get a Firewood Wood Wick Candle here.


The candle comes in a great little glass, mason jar with a lid.  And you can re-use the jar when the candle is finished.

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Buy a Firewood Candle.


Palm and Soy: From Plant to Wax

I have burned soy, palm and paraffin in my home.  (I would also like to try coconut wax!) Soy and palm are my favorites.   Beeswax is nice too.  I do burn some paraffin candles, but only small ones or for a short time because I don’t really like how they effect the air quality.   So mostly, I burn candles made from palm, soy or beeswax as they burn cleaner and don’t bother me.  Everyone is different,  and that why it is so great that there are lots of choices!

I make candles, and the wax I love the most is a blend of soy and palm.  Soy is a very soft wax, and palm is a very hard wax, so adding the palm hardens the soy and improves the burn and scent throw.

Candle Wax

The soy wax I use in my candles is renewable, sustainable, made from abundant crops grown by American farmers. The wax is made from the soybeans and is 100% natural.  It is not tested on animals, is kosher certified, free from pesticides and herbicides, and is manufactured meeting FDA standards.

Soy Plant

Palm wax is made from oils derived from the palm kernel.  I found a palm wax that is responsibly farmed, is renewable and sustainable.  There is concern with palm wax about deforestation and endangering the Orangutan.  So I am happy there are organizations that are working to support best practices, because the palm plant can be an eco-friendly and sustainable resource that farmers depend on to support their families and communities.  I buy my palm wax from certified members of the MPOA and RSPO, so I know they have been grown by responsible farmers on private plantations.

Palm Plant

I think that 100% pure soy and palm wax candles burn beautifully, so I don’t use any additives.  And if it happens to spill, it cleans up super easy.


Visit Lot 450 to shop for this handmade, Moody Wicks candle.

The Perfectionist’s Guide to Burning Wood Wicks

Candles made with wood wicks have become very popular, they are so fun and look so beautiful!  Just like an open fire, you can hear the crackling and see little sparks sometimes.

The wicks I use in my candles are made from high quality wood in the US.  I have done tons of testing with different types and sizes to be sure I get the best burn.  Taking into consideration the burn pool, burn time and scent throw.  But still the wicks like to do their own thing sometimes and depending on the day, the wick may burn mid-size and relaxed, or high and very lively, or low and easy.

A high flame can burn hotter and smoke a little, causing your candle to burn too fast.  A low flame might not reach the correct burn pool or decrease the scent throw. Some days I am in the mood to just let nature do it’s thing, but other days my perfectionist side chimes in and wants that perfect mid-size, relaxed flame.

So here is a tip for us perfectionists:

Is the flame too high?

1. Blow out the flame  (let it cool a bit, so you don’t burn yourself).
2. Pinch off the burned wick and scrape the top of it with your fingernail.
3.  Re-light.

Is the flame too low?

Same tip.
1. Blow out the flame  (let it cool a bit, so you don’t burn yourself).
2. Then pinch off the burned wick and scrape the top of it with your fingernail.
3.  Re-light.


I think in the end, the only perfect way to burn your candles is just to be easy, have fun, relax and enjoy them!