Friday, December 19, 2008
Well the weather this last week, and the weather still to come has thrown us all for a loop. Due to the icy and snowy forecast the Winter Solstice show at the PSU Ballroom has been canceled. I have mixed feelings. I would have had a great time and been able to finish up all my Christmas shopping had the show gone on anyway, but I do really dislike driving on icy roads, so I guess I'll accept it as a wash. Sorry to any dye hard shoppers that were set on coming out to see us. I wont be doing any more shows until February. Should you want to get some candles you know were to find me, and I am happy to let you do a local pick up either from my home or my office in Lake Oswego.
Autumn Comfort Candles
Merry Christmas Everyone!!!
Thursday, December 18, 2008
This is it. If you have any more Christmas shopping to do before the end this is the place to do it. from 8 to 3, Saturday @ the PSU Ballroom I will be selling my candles. I am sharing a table with Erin, from Atomic Glass Works who kicks ass I might add. This is a huge show so if you need it, we got it. Hope to see you all there.
Friday, December 12, 2008
So by now everyone knows that Crafty Wonderland is the "can't miss" show of the holiday season. I mean 180 vendors, all unique, all so talented. I mean I can't wait to tell my friends and family as they open there gifts "and that was made by "so and so" and they hand "paint, etch, assemble, mold, add and sew" that!" So when I settle in at the huge Crafty Wonderland sale here is who I can't wait to check out:
5pmstudioI am a sucker for birds. Her pottery is so beautiful and original.
AllegraB I already have a pin up biker girl bag from her that doubles as a diaper bag. But why stop there, right?!
Bossanova BabyI really want to get my hands on a scissor patch for a black hoodie I have. Ya, it's for myself, but Santa says I've been a good girl this year.
Bread and Badger This is her year. Her mustache pints are going to 4 family members.
Burdyflyaway makes hand printed, hand sewn, hand dyed Tees for kids and mammas alike.
Leah GlassBright beautiful mobiles that I love.
LeakartsShe is one of my favorite artists. I must have some of her new stickers and of corse coloring books with her original art.
Lolly totsMy booth mate and one of my favorite people Mary makes incredible tees, buttons, magnets and so much more with her original art.
MonsierTI really want the "Let's F* Sh* up tee for my hubby.
PDX soft GoodsMy 16 year old brother in law would love a "foxy Lady" can cozie.
Phoebe OwensMakes incredible one of a kind lamp shades from vintage picture slides.
Ruby Girl I love her snowflake pendants.
Salmon Street Studios I can't wait for a pregnant friend so I can buy a "don't touch" porcupine maternity tee. And there incredibly talented and now famous daughter Zoe who will be show casing her art in her parents booth.
Sew Many Cats Who doesn't need a Ninja Kitty?!
Thinking MamaOh how I wish I had an infant to put in the brown deer cashmere hat.
Zeldaloo makes the most amazing plush ladies. I am in luv!
Well that's just the tip of the iceberg folks. I can't wait to see every single artist at this event, but those are the ones I just had to share. See you at the Oregon Convention Center on Sunday.
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
It's almost here. Sunday from 11am to 7pm at the Portland Convention Center, exhibit hall E I will be excitedly vending at the Crafty Wonderland Super Colossal Holiday Sale with 180 other vendors. I will be sharing a booth with Mary from lolly tots who has been feverishly working on some great stuff for this craft fair. Don't miss this one folks.
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Come on out and see me and a whole bunch of other Artists and Crafters at the Chelsea Ballroom this Sunday. I'll have quite of few wine bottle candles not listed yet in my shop and a whole slue of my little $3.50 20 hour soy candles which make great stocking stuffer's, alone with a lot of other great thinks. Some of the proceeds from this event will go to Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro East build homes with a local family in need. To donate today, go to Habitat for Humanity or stop by the wrapping station after you shop and wrap with a reason. Wrapping supplies loving donated by SCRAP.
For more info on this show and others visit Handmade NW
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
I recently stared working on some collaborative work with artist Amanda Siska of Bread & Badger I will be listing them in my Etsy shop and possible have a couple at some of my upcoming shows. Keep checking back as I will add more during the month and possibly beyond.
Friday, November 21, 2008
She used recycled/upcycled clothing and redesigns it to make the most beautiful clothing. Anyway the reason I am mentioning her is because I always loved how her myspace quote was "made with human hands." I think about that on a regular basis. It's so simple but so important.
The reason I mention this is because it is that time of year again, when we shop for our loved ones. There are so many options for shopping and next Friday there will be hundreds of amazing deals to be had.
But if you want to find something different, unique and feel good about your purchase you should visit etsy.
It is an online shopping experience that houses thousands of handmade shops. You can find a gift for every last person you know and find deals while your at it. There are a ton of Etsy "shops" that will be having some great sales, most running from black Friday until cyber Monday.
I am also member of PDX Indie, which is a handmade cooperative. Several of our members here locally will be having sales.
Visit the following web sites for great deals on hand made items:
www.SoloArtworks.com - Is going to have a buy one get one 1/2 off sale during these dates.
Melissa sale details are as follows: Your choice of four 5 x 5 prints for $40 or four 8 x 8, 8 x 10 or 8 x 12 prints for $80! Select either the 5 x 5 or 8 x 8 print set option from the sale section and leave the titles of the four prints you would like in the notes to seller box upon checkout. She is still working out the details of her gift shop sale, but I will update you as I find out more.
Souly Stones will be having 25% off everything in her shop.
I myself will be having a $10 off a $50 purchase as well, which you can check out at
I will be adding more lovely shops as I find more sales for these important dates so stay tuned. Also if you haven't already don't forget to enter the Portland Craft Mafia scavenger hunt. You can find the details below.
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
The boys and I made snowman crayons the other day. It's pretty simple and turned out very cute. We have been saving all the pieces of broken crayon for a while now. All you have to do is peal off all the labels, brake the crayons in at least half, but more if you can and place them in a mold like a muffin pan. I have a couple snowman ones I got from the dollar spot at Target. I use them for make seasonal candles, but they pulled double duty that day. Heat your oven to between 275 to 300 and bake for about 8 minutes, but watch them close. Once they start to melt they melt quick. You can cool them on the counter or in the fridge to speed things up.
If making these crayons doesn't sound like to much fun, you can buy similar recycled crayons on www.etsy.com.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
So this last Sunday I set up my candles at The monthly craft show Crafty Wonderland which I keep trying to link to but I am finally giving up. (One day I will learn some HTML.) It seemed like it was starting slow at first, and I started to get discouraged. I had not yet had a show I would consider a great success. But things picked up, boy did they. I sold out of all but one of my small candles and all but 2 wine bottle candles. I had to buy change twice from the sweet Dolcetti. I ran out of shopping bags for people to carry there candles in. I was a mess and cleaned out and it was great.
It has sure prepared me for these upcoming December shows though. I know it will only be busier and more chaotic so I am preparing now. I have some great new Christmas-y fragrances I will be selling and I will have a lot more merchandise especially wine bottle candles. Hopefully I will see some familiar faces and new ones at all the up coming Christmas shows and I am so looking forward to it!!
Friday, November 7, 2008
and who doesn't like free stuff while saving our environment, huh?
Thursday, November 6, 2008
The other day the boys (well mainly Cohen, cause Wyatt is to busy causing trouble) dipped leaves in scented soy candle wax. The great thing about soy is that it doesn't get hot enough to burn anyone, so kiddo's can help with this one. I have a thermometer to test the temp just to be sure and as always use caution when kids are involved and with hot wax, even soy. I put a couple in my car and one in the linen closet. Wow, I love them. They look pretty and my little van smelt like Pumpkin Spice all the way to work. Here are some pictures from our fun little project.
This is our deck covered in lovely leaves, so you can see we had plenty for our little project.
Here is my little boy dipping away. I used the same wax and same % of fragrance oil as I do when making candles.
And the final product, which looks just like the original leaf only a bit shinier. The wax should preserve the color of the leaf just the way it is. That is the cool part. The kids and I have saved pretty leaves before but they turn brown over time. This should keep them vivid and rich in fall color.
Friday, October 31, 2008
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Then I have a little break until November 9th when I will be at Crafty Wonderland from 11am to 4pm. If you want to start your Christmas shopping so you don't have to fit crowds or buy everything in December, and you want to get your hands on some sweet hand made gifts, that you ain't gonna find at Target, you just can't miss this one.
and after another little break.....the fload gates O'Christmas....
December 7th - Handmade Northwest Formal Artisan Fair @ the Chelsea Ballroom from 11am to 5pm. This event is a formal affair with live classical music and great vendors full of unexpected Christmas gifts you know you want.
December 14th - Craft Wonderlands Super Colossal Holiday Sale from 11am to 7pm at the Oregon Convention Center, exhibit hall E. This one is going to be huge. Great goody bags and so many one of a kind hand made gifts your head will explode.
December 21st - The farmers Market Holiday Fair at the PSU Ballroom. (More to come on this one too, but it's sure to have great gifts that will say "No. I didn't wait until days before Christmas to buy you a gift. I put a lot more thought into it then that". How can you miss it.
So as you can see I am ready to rock and roll.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
So I have been meaning to post this for s while, but things have been so busy around the Drey house. Last Month when I did the Portland Craft Mafia Kick Off Show I was approached by a lovely lady with a great little hand made only shop called Union Rose. She mentioned that they were looking for a line of candles to add to there already incredible hand made products. So I took the plunge into store front retail. If you have a minute take a peak at there web site or head on over to there great shop at 2023 NE MLK Jr. Boulevard.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
I couldn't find a video of it to embed, but go to you tube and watch it if you have any taste at all!!!!
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Thursday, October 9, 8pm
Re-airs Sunday Oct 12 at 6pm
Crafting — The DIY craft movement has taken the city by storm. But trust us, this is not your grandmother's knitting! See why more and more people are joining the handmade revolution.
They will be talking about Crafty Wonderland so don't miss it.
Oregon Art Beat Link
Monday, October 6, 2008
Sunday, October 5, 2008
Fill a spray bottle with straight white vinegar, saturate the area, and let it sit.
For more resilient mold, try mixing of two teaspoons of tea tree oil and two cups of water. Nearly as effective as tea tree oil, grapefruit seed extract (20 drops mixed with two cups of water) will do the trick without the smell.
These tips are from The Green Guide
Friday, October 3, 2008
OK, maybe not delicious, but intising at the least. A while back, probably a year or so ago a friend of mine (Sam Roderick, in case you need to know. You sure are noisy aren't you) Told me about a little thing called Blackle. Blackle was a search engine much like Google. OK, it was just like Google. The main difference is Blackle was a much more eco friendly way to surf the web. In January 2007 a blog post titled 'Black Google Would Save 750 Megawatt-hours a Year' proposed the theory that a black version of the Google search engine would save a fair bit of energy due to the popularity of the search engine. The reason this search engine would save so much energy is due to the fact that a black computer screen uses much less energy or wattage then a white one. Sounds simple enough, right.
Well I have been doing my best to use Blackle whenever searching the world wide web, but not going to Google is a hard habit to break my friends. It made me think though, that if a black screen saves energy maybe I should change or set up my web pages in the same way. As you can see my blog is black. One of my myspace page is also black. For me it's not just about being green (although that is very important to me) but it also saves me $$$. And who doesn't want that.
So the next time you want to search something on the internet, try blackle. Book mark it, and delete Google. (I had to, or I would forget) The changes we make no matter how minor are so important. Just wanted to share in case you didn't know and thanks for reading.
Thursday, October 2, 2008
I am currently having a sale on all my 8oz frosted jar candles. The regular price is $8.75, but I am discounting them for $6. That's right 6 bones, 6 buckaroos, 6 Benjamins. You can't get a better deal. Once they are gone, they are gone. I will be replacing them with a smaller 6oz size and the price will be more due to the rising cost of supplies so sad but true. So send me a email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are looking for something specific. I will check my inventory to see if I've got it. And remember if your local, I you can do a local pick up.
Start your Christmas shopping early and buy hand made, at an incredible price.
Friday, September 26, 2008
They look sweet and innocent enough don't they. Let me share a story with you. It's long so if you don't have time just skip to the bottom.
So I have been working sort of feverishly on a bunch of business related things lately. I had to complete all my samples and check off all other awesome contributors to insure there samples were mailed (they did this on there own. I'm just trying to sound busier then I was.)( I had to mail samples for the sag bags and 2 big candles as door prizes for tomorrows Portland Craft Mafia kick off show. Business has been picking up on line, and I have been applying for and doing every show I come across. Cohen started school this month, and I keep hurting my ever sensitive back which makes me pretty much worthless.
I have been working on become more organized, which means I have been scheduling specific things to accomplish each day. Yesterday I cut and sanded a ton of bottles, I painted and made a bunch of wine bottle candles for orders and for tomorrow nights show. I packaged all my fall flavored votives and new pumpkin and leaf candles so I have those for tomorrow as well. I cut a bunch of business cards and made more tea lights to give out tomorrow. I am sooooo prepared. I want this show to be a huge success for me and everyone vending it.
So anyway when I tend to accomplish a lot with my little business I also tend to ignore my house and kids. At this point my house looks like someone should take a match to it. And the boys, well, let's just say they kept busy while mom made candles. I recently received a HUGE shipment of frosted glass jars and as anyone who has received breakables in the mail will tell you, you get a lot of packing peanuts. One of the boxes arrived with the side broken open so there were already peanuts all over the garage floor. I had opened a couple other boxes to take out the smaller boxes inside. The boys decided sitting inside these boxes was a blast and as long as they are not bugging me while I get some work done then who am I to judge right!?
In my maybe 10 to 15 minutes of distraction this is what took place.
And the attempted clean up.....
Sunday, September 21, 2008
This Saturday I will be at the Portland Craft Mafia Kick Off Show. I am really excited for this one. I will have all my 8 oz jar candles marked down from $8.75 to $6.00 and I will have some of my palm wax votives in delicious pumpkin-y scents.
The Mafia got some great press in the Portland Mercury and I was named specifically in a comment from original Portland Mafia member Cassie of BeBe Babies and Friends. If you want to read are bit o' press there is a link here at the Portland Mafia blog spot http://portlandoregoncraftmafia.blogspot.com/ . I hope to see some of you at our this great show. It's gonna be a blast!!
Thursday, September 18, 2008
As some of you know I am a member of the Portland Independent Artisan's Cooperative or PDX Indie. It's an incredible group of crafters and Artists who have joined forces to cross promote, increase business and encourage each other as independent artists. One of the ways we have joined together to support each other is by putting together the PDX Indie City Sampler. A large number of members contributed 25 to 100 samples of our craft or art product in order to give people an idea of what this great group has to offer.
The Home of the Sampler is a business that each month collects and sends out a box of fantastic samples from independent crafters, artists, designers, zinesters and record labels from all over the world. To see what each month of the Sampler has in store, please visit our Gallery for a peek at some wonderful samples from our Contributors.
For more info or to get a box of PDX goodness, which will be available in October, visit there website @ www.homeofthesampler.com
Window clings by Eyepopart
A little something lovely from Beads and Badger
Love Ladies from Zeladoo
Stickers from Lolly-tots
and so many more. I am so excited about this little projest and if you buy a sampler please let me know all about it.
Friday, August 29, 2008
Last night may have been(lets hope not) the last Last Thursday of the year in which the weather was warm, and it stayed light out until 9ish. It seemed to me to be by far the busiest one of the summer. I arrived around 4:30 thinking setting up would be a breeze that early, but it turned out a bit more complicated then I thought. I parked on 16th, and set up on 20th. Have I mentioned my candles are really heavy. Anyway I promptly locked my keys in my car. Good thing I have AAA. I set up across from a lady named Monica. She had a coolest blue tights and was selling these great little stuffed creatures called Moctipye or secret keepers. They are lovely little plushes made from reclaimed fabric with 2 different sized button eyes and no mouth so you can tell them your secrets and and they can tell anyone. I knew my oldest son would think this was the greatest idea ever created. He loves to both tell and receive secrets. At the end of the night Monica and I made an excellent exchange. Cohen has not put his down all day.
As the evening progressed we had a great group of drummers set up about half way down the block from us. There is something about just a bunch of different drums that really gets people dancing in the street. I did pretty well, got rid of nearly all my paraffin pillars and votives, and had a ton of fun. Thanks Mary for being such a great partner in crime.
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Ok, ok enough about wine bottles. The reason I keep on blabbing about the shape of the glass is that I wanted to show you the new tumbler and cooler shaped glasses I am adding to my etsy shop. I am continuing on my quest to find candle jars with lids that resemble my old jars, but have a more condusive shape, but until then this candles burn great and look beautiful. I hope you think so too.
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
So it's really important to me to do everything with this little business of mine as green as I can. I few months back I decided to start hand cutting recycled glass wine and some beer bottles. I have been working like crazy to come up with something that was still really pretty, but a bit more green. I have been testing and burning like crazy so I can be ready by fall with alot of great new upcycled items. Here is what I have been working on:
Thursday, July 10, 2008
What you need:
Water-currently we all have that.
1 cup Borax- I have seen this everywhere, Safeway, Albertsons, Target- You name it.
1/3 bar Fels Naptha soap (This is the part I would change)
1/2 cup washing soda(a bit harder to find but Fred Meyer has it for sure)
and a 2 gallon or larger bucket.
2 to 4 tbsp of your favorite essential oil (optional)
so here is what you do:
cut up your soap or grate it into a sauce pan with 6 cups of water and heat it until the soap is fully melted. It took a bit longer then I had expected so be patient. Something I am working on. Now add in the washing soda and the borax and stir it all up until dissolved. Remove from heat and add 4 more cups of Hot tap water. pour mixture into your bucket and add a bit less then 1 and a half gallons of water. Add essential oil (I love either lavender or sweet orange.) Stir it all together and let sit over night. It turns into a sort of gel or the sort of slim stuff you see on the Nick Choice Awards (Yes I have kids and watch to much TV.) Most the recipes I found recommend 1/2 cup per load.
I am not completely sold on this recipe. Personally I like to see suds. I know, I know suds don't mean something is clean, but they make me feel clean so next batch I will add 1 hole bar of the fels naptha soap.
It was pretty fun to make and now that I have tried it once the next go around will be a kid and mom activity.
Lastly this soap is way cheaper then buying laundry soap, especially if you are buying the eco laundry soap. The costs works out to be about a third so give it a try and tell me how it goes. You can adjust any of the ingredients you want to. I have heard some people like to double the borax to boost stain removal. I tend to pour a bit of extra borax right into the washer with my laundry soap when washing heavily soiled cloth anyhow.
Good luck and happy washing!!!
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
Thursday, May 1, 2008
About 5 or 6 years ago before I did any gardening of any kind, (I don't do much now, but it is something I am working on.) I was at a friends home and spotted the most beautiful plant I had ever seen. She must have had 10 to 15 varieties. I asked what it was. She said "that's a Clematis". They come in so many beautiful vivid colors and have the most unique blooms.
If you are a plant lover, a gardener or just an admirer you will appriciate the beauty of a garden, and of the Clematis.
Below is a link to information for this event, but of you would like Tickets please contact Susan directly, or myself and I will relay the info. She has to sell a certain number of tickets. Hope you all can enjoy a taste of summer and check it out.
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Thursday, April 17, 2008
So in further steps to undo my daily damage I have come up with 2 more things (we I would consider substantial for our family,) to move out of the red and into the Green. Here they are; First I vow to (and have started some) replace all my cleaning supplies with more natural, and hopefully home made cleaning solutions. I have been searching the web for recipes for everything from a replacement for my beloved 407 to home made laundry soap. I will let you know how my new found recipes turn out. Second as a family, (ok my husband and I) have decided to declare Friday as NO TV DAY!!!! I know this doesn't sound like much, but we are serious TV addicts. But isn't that what the DVR is for. I figure since summer has to get here eventually this is a good time of year to make this change. We watch much less in the summer anyhow. Now those of you with children know that TV can be a big part of a preschool and toddlers life unfortunately. I know there will be those (probably childless) who say "kids should be watching TV anyway. Why not NO TV ever?!" Get back to me when you have 2, 3 or 4 little ones and just need 20 minutes to make dinner. We have decided to give this special Friday a different name. NO TV Friday will only incite children to bag for TV they would have otherwise not even missed. We have declared it Special Activity Day instead. I have discovered that if you call anything"special" my 4 year old thinks it's the greatest day of his life. I am excited for these special changes to take place. Hopefully these small/big changes will inspire you to celebrate Earth Day all year long. It can be like New Years, but with Green Resolutions.
Sunday, April 13, 2008
I make my massage candles with skin or cosmetic grade soy, shea butter, coconut oil and essential or fragrance oils in skin safe amounts. All my massage candles are 100% dye free. I feel like I found a way to make a extremely high quality massage candle by at almost a third of the cost of most large companies. I am really proud of it. If you would like to sample my massage candles please join me at some of the up coming craft fairs I will be doing. I bring small samples so you can try my product before you buy.
I will be posting my up coming fairs as they approach. Hope to see some of you there.
Autumn Comfort Candles
* Soy wax is all-natural - Soy wax is not made from petroleum, like paraffin candles. Burning of soy candles does not increase the CO2 level in the atmosphere. It is biodegradable and totally sustainable!
* Soy candles last longer - They can last up to 50% longer than paraffin candles.
* Wax spills are easy to clean - It's very difficult to remove paraffin wax from furniture or textiles. Soy wax spills can easily be cleaned up with hot soapy water.
* Soy candles produce less soot - Soot is very unhealthy and can eventually coat furniture and walls. Soy candles produce about 90% less soot that paraffin candles.
* Soy supports the American Farmer - Soy wax is made from soybeans grown right here in the United States. By purchasing products made from soybeans, you are supporting the U.S. Economy and the American farmer thereby helping to reduce Americas dependency on foreign oil.
* Soy candles burn uniformly - Soy wax candles burn more evenly, so the wax is not wasted and burn time is extended.