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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

My First Give-A-Way!

Soy Wax flakes. Double Boiler
Melting the Wax
Fragrances
Soy Wax color chips
Some candles I made this morning. They are cooling. (this one is not complete)

Various containers I have used for candles.

This is my 325th post since I began blogging in August of 2008. Hadn't a clue I have posted so much. (I guess I must be addicted) I enjoy making Soy Candles in various containers. My Soy Wax candles are hand-poured and will burn longer and cleaner than paraffin Wax. 100% biodegradable and 100% paraffin free. Soy Wax is natural. Test show that paraffin candles can produce a variety of harmful substances including benzene and toluene, known carcinogens. You will be making the environment cleaner and supporting the American Farmer when you use these candles. Once you wash the containers with hot soapy water they are re-usable for anything.

I will be making 5 candles. Three candles will go to the first winner and one candle each to the second and third place winner. You will have your choice of fragrance and color, containers will be a surprise.

Fragrances are: Lavender, Boysenberry, Jasmine, Strawberry, Cinnamon and Spice, Pumpkin Pie Spice, Southern Butter Pecan, French Vanilla, Orange Creamsicle, Apple Orchard, Amaretto Apple Crisp, Cucumber Melon, Rain, Island Getaway, Baby Powder, Wave Crest, Iced Cranberry, Plumeria, Airburst, Rose Passion, Pomegranate, Star Fruit, or Slices of Fruit. (I am sure these are not all)

Color Choices are: Red/Pinkish, Blue, White, Yellow, Orange or Green.
Leave a comment and you will be entered. Post about it on your blog and let me know, you will be entered two more times. Make sure you add the link so they can click on it and come back here.
You must have commented by midnight on March 20th, First Day of Spring, in order to be entered. I will have each of my three girls draw a name from a container for the three winners!

Winners will be posted March 21st.

53 comments:

marmee said...

very cool giveaway darla!
i have always wanted to make my own candles but i only buy soy candles.

marmee said...

i added you to my side bar to let people know about it, thanks!

Carla said...

Ooooo! Add me in! Thanks SITSA!

Valerie said...

Well, you know I am in. I already love your candles. I also would love to make some. I have a few questions that you might want to answer here so everyone can see. Is that the only thing that you use that pan for or can you reuse it? Also, can you give a list of items that I need to purchase to make some of these? Where do you buy these items? Your containers- glass, metal, anything else? Thanks for this give away! It will be on my sidebar!

Darla said...

Don't forget to add a link it you post this on your blog. The containers are re-usable for anything once they are cleaned.

Val: Going to the nursey right now, will answer your questions tomorrow!! Okie Dokie?

Tootsie said...

awesome!!!!! I didn't know you did this! Love all your posts...keep going!

bennie and patsy said...

Well, add me to your giveaway I like soy candles.
Patsy

fishing guy said...

Darla: How fun, I'll try to mention you tomorrow when I do Wednesday's post. You had to do some double posting to get this many already. I'm glad you found this addiction my friend.

Dennis said...

And to piggy back on Val's question...how much do you think it costs to make 1 candle. I ask because my wife looooovvvvves candles. I grew up 10 min. from Yankee Candle's home base in Deerfield, MA and once my wife visited there once...it was over! She's been a YC fanatic since. As you can imagine.....it can be a little expensive! lol. I'm thinking....hey she could make them herself too! So, I was just wondering how yours compare cost wise & quality wise? I know they look awesome.

Dani said...

I wanna win, I wanna win! :)

Jean said...

I'm sure glad you started blogging! I'd love one of your candles! Jean

gardenerprogress/Catherine said...

How fun! I love the soy wax candles! I hope I win :)

marina said...

I'll make some candles too! Great idea! What do you think of puting some dried leaves in the glass pots in order to decorate the wax?

perennialgardener said...

You are one talented lady! They look great, I've never tried soy candles before, but anything that burns cleaner sounds like a winner to me. :)

Shellmo said...

Great giveaway! You are so creative! So many great scents to choose from! I'm thinking either cucumber melon or Rain! I will add to my log cabin post right now! (Check at the end of the post!)

marmee said...

i put a link on the photo of the candles on my side bar.
good luck everyone!

Susie said...

Oh you know I want my name in the hat! Thanks Darla and by the way, I didn't know you made candles. How fun!

Dawnie said...

thank you to Shelly for directing me here! Your candles look awesome. Please enter me--I will mention this on my blog also! I will be checking out you blog.

niartist said...

Ooooo Darla! PICK PICK PICK ME ME ME! :) I saw you were having a give-a-way and I thought whoo hoo, just in time for my gardening season ... I just thought for sure it'd be some sort of great gardening thing, but candles? EVEN BETTER! I love soy candles! Keeping my fingers crossed! :)

Roses and Lilacs said...

Hi Darla, I've always wanted to make candles but never actually done it. It's like #847 on my list of things I plan to do when I retire;)

I love the little water can candle!
Marnie

Catherine Holman said...

Please enter me Darla. I love candles!
Hugs,
Cathie

Kara said...

Just stumbled across your blog- I'm always in for free candles! :)

Carolynn said...

Hi! I swung by after seeing your post at Muddy Boot Dreams. I LOVE soy candles and don't know where to get them. I'd love to join in the fun, if you'll have me.

tina said...

Hi Darla, I would love a handmade candle by you. I recently started burning some here and boy do they make the house smell sweet. I have blueberry. Never heard of soy candles before. At first I thought you were giving away the wax, lol. No thanks! Got so much to do already so an already made one is perfect.

Kathleen said...

OH Darla..How cool!!
I have at least 2 candles burning at any given time.

Anonymous said...

I just found you by way of Shelley at Log Cabin in Michigan.
I love your garden picture. I'm wishing spring was here and would bring some rain. We are in a serious drought in central Texas.

A new candle would make me happy!

ella
austin tx

Dave said...

Candles are always nice to have around. I think my wife was very excited to hear about the contest!

PEA said...

Oooooh I love soy wax candles and how awesome that you make your own!! I would love to have my name added to your giveaway and I will post about it on my blog tomorrow morning:-) xo

Frances said...

Hi Darla, count me in! I didn't know that about parafin and soy wax. Thanks for the head's up, even if I don't win anything. I used to make candles to sell with dried flowers and leaves on the outer shell. But didn't know about soy I am ashamed to say. Yours sound like they smell divine. :-)
Frances

Leedra said...

I already have your candles (and nice they are), but I have a daughter-in-law that keeps picking one up and hinting about it. So enter me and if I win I will give it to Lindsey.

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Rose said...

I love soy candles--they burn so much cleaner than regular ones. Whoever wins these will be very lucky!

Wow! Over 300 posts? I just passed my one-year mark, and I don't have half that many:) Quite an accomplishment, Darla!

Genevieve said...

Oh wow! Enter me in for sure! I love soy wax - with asthma, you gotta pay attention to these things. Soy burns SO much cleaner and so much better to support farmers rather than oil companies.

Genevieve said...

Just posted about it on my latest post!

Gardeness said...

I've always wanted to try making candles. It looks pretty cool. You're so sweet for having second and third place prizes. Are you a mom by any chance? (teehee)

flowergardengirl said...

I've been over here 4 times trying to comment. It would not go through. Let's see if it will now. I want Lavender!!!

Victoria said...

Hi, Darla, I found your blog through Julia's Bigger Pot. Wow, making candles looks a lot of fun. Count me in for the draw!

blossom said...

Hmmm ... are you willing to send those candles overseas? I'm in Malaysia. Can I enter? Ops ... I'm already in 'cause I commented. And I'll get your link in my post. I'll blog about this wonderful giveaway. Oh I wanna win ...

Bren said...

Fiber Optic is my favorite!!!

Jill said...

Great giveaway! I love candles.. Please enter me into your giveaway!

grammy said...

It is my Birthday today, March 12th. Hope my name gets picked!!

Peggy said...

Wow, I have been reading your blog for ages and you never mentioned you also made candles?! You must post on how you actually make them

themanicgardener said...

I'm in, but it looks like the competition is fierce. Those sound wonderful.
--Kate

Muddy Boot Dreams said...

Darla, this is a great idea. I love soy candle, they are the only type we burn. Especially after reading about the toxicity of the other ones.

I had no idea that we both started out blogs at the same time. Congrats on your first give a way.

Angie said...

Darla, what a wonderful blog! Thank you for a wonderful giveaway! I will post your giveaway on my side bar as well! Love your garden picture too!
Blessings, angie

Anonymous said...

Lovely candles! Please add me in your giveaway. :)

Jhocelyn

Jan (Thanks For 2 Day) said...

I really like how you photographed the steps along the way. I've never made candles, but this looks like something even I might be able to handle. Thanks for the inspiration. Yes, I'd like to be entered. (And the offer still holds for you with my handmade gift, which I am still working on...and can add 1 more). It would be nice

CrochetnQuilt said...

Winning even one of your candles would be great! Thanks for the giveaway.

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

Just stumbled over here from Carolynn's site. I love how you showed the process of candle making with soy flakes. Wow! I love candles but have never had any created from soy.

Please enter me in your contest. Have a great day!
It's snowing here :)

~Lisa
New Mexico

Heather said...

Hi Darla- I have always wanted to try this with my daughter. She loves anything crafty. Your candles are gorgeous. I also like that you use soy, great stuff.
-Heather
smallgoatgarden

Betsy from Tennessee said...

You giveaway looks incredible, Darla. I'll take one of each!!!! ha

I've never had a soy candle--so want to get some sometime even if I don't win.

Have a great day.
Hugs,
Betsy

Christina said...

Yummy!!! If I were the blessed winner... I'd choose either Cinnamon and Spice, Pumpkin Pie Spice, Southern Butter Pecan, French Vanilla, Orange Creamsicle, Apple Orchard, Amaretto Apple Crisp, or Slices of Fruit.
Great giveaway!!!

Jeanne said...

WOW, love your candles and your blog. We don't have spring here yet, waiting impatiently. :) Your photos are making me jealous. We still have SNOW ON THE GROUND HERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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