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One our favorite parts about sending candles out to our friends is seeing where those candles end up. We love it when you tag us in your photos on Instagram so we can see how you styled that favorite candle in with your home décor, especially during the holidays!
The Christmas season is that time of year when so many people break out their most festive decorations to turn their home into a literal winter wonderland! Seeing Antique Candle Works Christmas-scented candles in these stunningly styled homes brings that much more Christmas spirit into the studio!
I would love to introduce you to some of those sweet candle friends with such amazing style! These lovely ladies inspire me so much with my own holiday décor, and maybe they can give you some inspiration, too!
I can’t get enough of that brick archway in Jess’s home! Can you believe it’s faux brick? Jess from House on 77th has a stunning home and used those farmhouse neutrals to her advantage for the Christmas season! An Antique Candle Works candle just adds to the cozy!
Laura from The Turquoise Home Blog went for that “Merry and Bright” look this season! This lovely lady knows how to use greenery and floral, even during the winter months. And of course, you can always spot those lovely antique turquoise Ball jars for a vintage touch!
No one does vintage like Sarah from the Sarah Joy Blog! Pops of red and frosted trees are the perfect Christmas additions to her oh-so-cozy home. With a Good Tidings candle to finish the look with yummy smells, her décor makes you want to snuggle up with some hot cocoa!
The kitchen is always the hardest place for me to decorate for the holidays, but Becky from Becky Cunningham Home has no problem with her winter kitchen! She took the natural approach with lavender trees and evergreen garlands, and I bet that candle might even be White Pine!
Cindy from Blessed House of Three makes me nostalgic with her rustic-inspired holiday bedroom! That little rocking horse with a mini frosted tree reminds me of waking up and getting out of bed on Christmas morning—oh so perfect with a Christmas Day candle!
There are so many ways to decorate your home for the Christmas season, and it warms our hearts to see Antique Candle Works candles being a part of décor that makes so many feel warm and cozy this time of year.
How do you decorate your home for the holidays? Tag us in a picture of your favorite candle with your Christmas-y home on Instagram! We’d love to share the joy of the season with our friends!
UPDATE: This giveaway is now closed! Congratulations to Debbie for winning these yummy holiday candles! Thank you to all who participated!
It’s Christmas, friends!
We passed through the seven levels of the Candy Cane forest, through the sea of swirly-twirly gum drops, and finally the Lincoln Tunnel to get here. Or at least that’s how it feels in the studio—HA!
We may not be elves, but we can work hard and celebrate like them!
The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear, but a Pinterest Candle Giveaway works pretty well, too!
From December 4th through December 10th, check out the Antique Candle Works Pinterest page for your chance to win THREE of our most festive 8oz candles: *
Splendid mix of fresh cut pine boughs of balsam, pine and fir wrapped around warmed cinnamon sticks, ground clove, with a base note of dried holiday fruits and sweet oak moss.
A Christmas favorite with top notes of lemon, lime, and pine with clove and cinnamon added to the blend. Topped off with raspberry, maple, and musk.
A refreshing and soothing aroma that is both minty and sweet.
It’s super easy to enter!
To enter the giveaway:
- F O L L O W Antique Candle Works on Pinterest
- C O M M E N T on the Son of a Nutcracker! It’s a Pinterest Candle Giveaway image found in our “Inside the Candle Studio” board
The giveaway will run from Tuesday, December 4th through Monday, December 10th at 11:59 pm EDT.
The winner will be announced Tuesday afternoon on December 11th!
*You must live in the United States and be at least 18 years old to enter.
*THE WINNER MUST RESPOND WITHIN A WEEK TO CLAIM YOUR CANDLES!
A giveaway is a fun way to take a little bit of a break from the holiday craziness and try your luck on some free Christmas gifts! These fragrances are literally all the best parts of the season made into convenient candle packages. If you’re like Buddy the Elf and smiling is your favorite thing, these cozy candles are sure to do the trick!
Want more than just these three holiday candles? Take a look at our Antique Candle Works Gift Guide to help you pick out the best fragrance for anyone on your list!
Good luck friends, and Merry Christmas!
It’s that time of year where it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas and, if you’re like me, am a little behind in checking friends and family off the shopping list. But no worries! We have got you covered!
Even if it’s not a gift for Christmas, Antique Candle Works have nearly 20 unique fragrances and there is sure to be something everyone on your list will love! I mean, you can’t go wrong with a good candle, right?
We understand that it’s hard to pick out a new scent without actually being able to smell it first. But I know all our fragrances by heart, so this new and improved Antique Candle Works candle guide is sure to help you find the best candle for your loved one (or even for yourself)!
For the Holidays
Is there anything better than a warm Christmas-scented candle around the wintery holiday season? We have some yummy fragrances that literally just smell like joy in a jar—plain and simple. (My Mamaw actually loves Christmas Day all year-round!)
Let’s give a hand for the candle-lovin’ man! These fragrances definitely don’t discriminate (hello—my favorite it Cashmere!), but these our most popular scents with our guy friends!
For the Homebody
These people love everything cozy! They are perfectly content staying home with a fuzzy blanket, a warm cup of coffee, and a good book (or movie!). Comfort and feeling warm inside is priority. All our candles are cozy, but these have a little something extra!
For the Adventurous Spirit
Just the opposite of the homebody, this person wants to explore the world—or at least the great outdoors! But no matter where they go, they always have a place to call home.
For the Neat Freak
No shame in being a busy body around the home—I wish I was like this! These are your friends who seem to always be on top of the household chores and like things fresh and clean!
For the Flower Child
Do you know a crazy plant lady? Well these candles are for her! Extra floral and extra fresh, these friends love the feel-good, natural sense of aromatherapy. Or, maybe they just love to stop and smell the flowers.
No matter who you’re shopping for, Antique Candle Works has the best candle fragrances to match! There’s a new yummy scent for everyone, and if you follow this guide, you might just find your new favorite, too!
Thank you to all who supported us this past Cyber Monday! What candles are you gifting your friends this year? Let me know in the comments below!
Keep up with Antique Candle Works on Pinterest for all the best Candle Tips & Tricks, including a super easy to follow candle guide!
Have a blessed day friends!
Dear Candle Friend,
Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, and we are feeling sentimental here in the candle studio. Looking back at 2018, Antique Candle Works has changed and grown in all the best ways as you have walked with us on this small business journey. Our team has grown to nearly 20 amazing people, we’ve met so many new friends, and we are able to bring you more candle joy than ever before. All this, is thanks to YOU.
There is so much to be grateful for this Thanksgiving, but three things are for sure: we are thankful for you, our team, and the Lord.
We are thankful for YOU.
Did you know that your support for Antique Candle Works has been five years in the making? It all got started with a hobby and a passion, but the candles are still hand-poured with love just like they were five years ago. We would not be where we are today without your continued support.
Whether your support for our small business is through your candle purchases, leaving your thoughts in a review, following our journey through email and Instagram, or even just spreading the candle love by word of mouth, every one of you has made a difference. And this means so much in the lives of every person on our team, and beyond.
We are thankful for an amazing team.
Every man and woman on the Antique Candle Works team is 100% dedicated to their job. They have an honest passion for creating the best handmade candles and giving a voice to your favorite candle company.
We all understand that this is so much more than just a small candle making business. Antique Candle Works is a platform to spread joy, and this crew is determined to see that dream become a reality.
We are thankful for God’s blessings.
He is a good, good Father. He has blessed Antique Candle Works with opportunities that have allowed us to grow and share our faith through this business.
We’ve been able to support a young missionary, be involved in volunteer work, and share our hearts through larger platforms. What’s so special about this is that even if the business wasn’t where it is today, the Lord would still be so good. That in itself is worthy of thanks.
Thank you for allowing us to share our love with you this holiday. We appreciate each and every one of you!
Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!
Antique Candle Works
If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably already gotten a start on your holiday shopping. However, if you’re like me you’ll probably still be shopping that weekend before Christmas! This year, though, I’m taking a bit of a different approach as I cross friends and family off my list.
I recently celebrated my two years with Antique Candle Works. It has been truly amazing watching this small business grow in so many ways. Two years ago, it was primarily just Brittany and I. Now, the candle crew has grown to nearly twenty people and everything is completely different in all the best ways.
Working here has given me a perspective on small businesses that I never even realized, but one that I will always appreciate. So this year, I’m shopping small for the holidays. And here’s why:
5 Reasons You Should Support Small Business
- You are helping make dreams come true.
Starting a small business is no simple feat, but it comes from a place of passion. When you place an order online or buy that cute shirt at your local boutique, a real person is doing a happy dance in your honor. They wouldn’t be able to do what they love without your support. That’s why we are always doing happy dances here in the studio!
- Small businesses care about YOU.
Small businesses are run by people, not by boards or stockholders. There’s a unique kind of care and love that comes from real people serving real individuals. You mean everything to small businesses, and not just as a customer. You are truly valued as a person and friend, and we are constantly looking at how to thank you for your support. You can always feel like your purchases and input matter.
- You’ll be a part of a community.
When you support local or small business, you become a part of a larger community that is really more like family. At Antique Candle Works, each of you are our candle friends, and we love being able to interact with you on a personal level. Whether that is through email, Instagram, a blog, or meeting you in person, small businesses value spending time with you. There’s a unique relationship unlike anything else.
- You support local communities.
Not only will you be part of a family when you support local business, but you will also be contributing to the local community around that business. Small businesses also tend to buy from other small businesses, so your support goes beyond just one community and into the lives of more people than you may think! Remember how I mentioned that two years ago, Antique Candle Works had only two employees? You are the reason more jobs can be created, and that matters to many people and families behind the scenes.
- Small businesses know what you love.
Local businesses are close to the consumer, so they know what you do and don’t like. There is something so creative and authentic about goods from small businesses that just can’t be replicated on a large scale. That’s because these businesses use every resource to create the highest quality goods, and it’s all for you. Pure heart and soul goes into everything that comes from these businesses, and you always know when something is made with love. Anything that comes from passion always means more on so many levels.
When you shop small, you become a part of a support system that goes so far beyond your purchase. You may not even realize it, but you are supporting countless individuals and families who put their whole hearts into making dreams a reality.
Antique Candle Works couldn’t be more grateful for all our friends, new and old, who have supported our candle journey over the years. Being a part of a small business has personally changed my life, which is why I’ll be shopping local this holiday season!
What are your favorite places to shop small for this upcoming Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday? Let me know in the comments below!
Become a part of the Antique Candle Works family and be the first to know about everything behind the scenes!
Happy shopping, friends!
Tell me a little about yourself.
My name is Hannah, and I'm originally from the Atlanta, Georgia area. I'm a Georgia Peach turned Indiana Hoosier! Before I came here, I studied at Georgia Southern University where I majored in Multimedia Production with a focus in film and television. My husband, Alex, and I have been married for three years, and we moved to Lafayette two years ago.
What is your job at Antique Candle Works?
I am a Digital Media Specialist. I create photo and video content for our social media channels (Instagram, Facebook, etc.), as well as for the website and mailing list. I also get to help the team make some candles every now and then!
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I like to watch Netflix with my husband and find yummy Paleo dessert recipes on Pinterest. (And then bake them!) I also love to explore new towns and places. Whether that means a short weekend getaway or vacationing with family, it's fun to experience new things!
Where is your favorite place to grab some grub?
My husband and I are Paleo, so we mainly cook our meals at home. But we did find this restaurant in Indy called 'Nook' that is a Paleo Influenced Diner. They have the best brussels sprouts!
What is your favorite Bible verse?
Psalm 73:26 - "My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever."
This verse reminds me that even though I am weak and I'll fail, God is my constant and will always be faithful and strong for me.
What is your favorite TV show or movie?
I am currently watching New Girl and I feel like I can resonate with the Jess character because she sings everything she thinks about, and I feel like I do that! My favorite movie is probably Pride and Prejudice with Keira Knightley.
What is something that most people don't know about you?
Before I found my niche in photography and videography, I originally went to school to be a news anchor. In high school, I created a small production with a weekly news show called "Hawk Talk." The show actually kept running after I graduated!
You are happiest when...
I'm in a local coffee shop during the fall season. I'd be most happy if that coffee shop is located in the mountains! There's something about being surrounded by the beautiful creation and sipping a good drink that is so cozy.
What part of working at Antique Candle Works do you enjoy the most?
When I'm shooting photos and videos, I think being able to picture how I would want to see a candle come to life depending on the fragrance is so interesting and fun, especially if it's for a new fragrance or an upcoming announcement. I love creating scenes that make you want to actually smell the candles.
I think everyone else's favorite part of my job is when there is food involved in my shoots, because that means they get to eat the spoils!
Do you have any life goals?
Yes, I have several. I want to be a good help-mate to my husband, and if it's God's will, be a godly mother to our future kids. In the far, far future, I also think it would be so fun to own a coffee shop in the mountains!
What have you learned from working at Antique Candle Works?
I've definitely learned how a small business is an 'all hands on deck' operation and it takes everyone doing their part or lending a helping hand to create the best candles possible. Seeing the small business side of things and the amazing businesswoman that Brittany is is so interesting, and this whole experience has helped me learn and grow personally.
What is your favorite fragrance at Antique Candle Works?
This is a seasonal thing for me because I like to alternate with how many good scents there are! In the fall I love Pumpkin Spice, but in the winter it's definitely a tie between Peppermint and Good Tidings. I think overall my favorites are the cozier scents that make you want to wrap up in a warm blanket.
What is your favorite thing about Lafayette/West Lafayette?
My favorite thing is my church family at Cornerstone. When Alex and I moved to the area, we literally moved away from all our family and lifelong friends, and the first people that welcomed us was our church. Their welcome was heartwarming and something I'll never forget. We have family here in Lafayette because of that.
Y’all I am so excited to share with you Antique Candle Works’ CUTEST Mason Jar DIY yet! I think we can all agree that repurposing old Mason jar candles into something unique and beautiful is all part of the fun with handmade candles, and we had so much fun putting together this craft for you!
Vintage Snow Globes!
They are literally too cute! I need at least ten of these globes to put around my home and the candle studio, and even more to share as Christmas gifts! The vintage farm style touches my heart on a spiritual level, friends. These repurposed jars are so simple yet so adorable!
Christmas Truck Globe
What you will need: old Antique Candle Works 8oz candle jar, old Antique Candle Works 4oz jar lid (label removed, if you want!) mini vintage truck from Hobby Lobby (note: your standard sized toy truck is too big), mini evergreen tree from Hobby Lobby (snip off its stand if it has one), faux snow, red & white baker’s twine, 2 mini red jingle bells from Hobby Lobby too!
1. Clean out your candle jar. You’ll want to follow our tutorial to get your 8oz jar as crystal clear as possible. After washing it, make sure it is completely dry before moving on to the next step!
2. Add your faux snow to the jar. You just want to line the bottom with a layer that isn’t too thin, but isn’t too deep. You don’t want to bury your truck!
3. Next, you’ll want to carefully tie the mini tree to the truck with the baker’s twine. I just looped it up from under the truck and tied it on the tree.
Then you can snip the excess string and smooth down the strands into the branches of the tree.
4. Now comes the surprisingly tricky part: getting your truck in the jar just right.
You may have to fiddle around with it so that it looks perfect in the snow, but it isn’t too hard and is so worth it!
5. Screw the 4oz Mason jar lid onto the globe, and use the baker’s twine to wrap around the lip of the jar.
At this point it’s easy to string your jingle bells on the twine, then you can tie a cute little bow!
And there you have it, one super Pinterest-worthy Vintage Snow Globe! It’s so perfect for the holidays! But if you’re still loving the cozy season, the fall version is just as easy as the winter one!
Fall Tractor Globe
What you will need: old Antique Candle Works 8oz candle jar, old Antique Candle Works 4oz jar lid (label removed, if you want!), mini vintage tractor (note: your standard sized toy tractor is too big), mini pumpkins, faux grass, jute string, straw button bow, glue
Follow all the same instructions as the Christmas globe, except with all your fall goodies!
You’ll want to make sure you get your tractor/pumpkin placement just perfect!
Instead of twine, use jute string to wrap around the lip of the 8oz jar, and tie it off.
Use an adhesive such as hot glue to attach your pre-made straw bow to the front of the jute string.
So simple and so fun! I get tons of pumpkin patch and corn maze nostalgia from this adorable vintage globe! It reminds me of home.
Who else needs these Vintage Snow Globes in their life? I’d love to see you try this Mason jar craft out on your own! Post a picture in the comments below, or tag us on Instagram!
Happy crafting, friends!
“Fall is my absolute favorite season—I could live in it forever.”
October is kind of that middle peak in the fall season. It’s the height of corn mazes, apple orchards, pumpkin everything, and of course there’s Halloween. After October, it becomes more like the holiday season than fall, at least to me. Don’t get me wrong, I’m pumped for Christmas (only 62 days left, by the way!), but fall has a special place in our hearts at the studio.
We’ve been reminiscing on our favorite things about the cozy season, and our favorite Antique Candle Works fall fragrances that carried us along the way. There’s so much goodness that comes out of this season!
Here’s why we love fall most of all.
Carol and Emily mark off their fall checklist with all the fun family activities! Both these lovely ladies love Apple Pickin’—and caramel apples! Carol enjoys hayrides and “seeing the beautiful changing leaves,” while Emily always goes to the corn maze with her family. Another fun fall activity they both have to do this season is the tradition of pumpkin carving! There’s nothing quite like spending time doing fun fall things with family.
Even though Julie and Darby both love Pumpkin Spice candles during the fall season, they can’t get enough of “all things apple!” Literally all the best apple creations come from the fall season, and it is so so good! Darby actually loves going to all the apple orchards to “stock up on apples, apple cider, and apple butter.” Is anyone else’s mouth watering?
Cozy Season for a Reason
It makes sense that both Tori and Sarah love Fall Harvest—one of our coziest fall scents ever! “The change to cool and crisp weather means” cozy sweaters, fuzzy socks, yummy fall treats (I’m talking pumpkin spice and s’mores, y'all), and so much more! It’s the perfect season to light a cozy candle and always be warm and snuggly with a good book. What could be better than that? (This is my favorite thing about the season, too!)
All the Fall Colors
There’s no doubt that God had a special eye when He painted the fall season. “When all the leaves change to gorgeous reds, oranges, and yellows,” you know there’s something special going on. Macey and Kaitlin love Fall Harvest, Kelsey and Hunter love Autumn Leaves, and Hannah loves Pumpkin Spice, but they all agree that the best thing about fall is the colorful outdoors. And with that comes all kinds of “cute outfit potential!”
Around the Fire
Jack and Alyssa can’t get enough of Fall Harvest, and Libby is an Apple Pickin’ girl, but all agree that “sitting around the fire with family and friends” is the thing to do this season. There’s nothing better than getting cozy at a campfire with some hot apple cider, a fuzzy blanket, and good company. This can make anyone’s heart so full.
You can’t have fall without pumpkins. That’s the simple truth. Jessica and Grant love all the pumpkins at the pumpkin patch, and Pumpkin Spice candles to go with them! Brittany’s favorite fall scent is her classic favorite, Cashmere, but pumpkins hold a special place in her heart because for her October birthday, her family would “forgo the traditional birthday cake for Pumpkin Pie!” There’s no such thing as autumn without pumpkin!
There’s so much to be thankful for every season of the year, but there’s just something about fall that makes it a little extra special. Which is why we love fall most of all.
What’s your favorite thing about the fall season, and what’s your favorite fall fragrance to go with it? Let me know in the comments below!
Happy Fall Y’all!
Y’all, we have been working so hard to spread that candle love all across The United States and Canada, and we are so happy to say that Antique Candle Works is in more stores, online marketplaces, and subscription boxes than ever! With over 200 unique retailers, it’s never been easier to find Antique Candle Works near you!
We recently connected with a brand new candle partner that is like the Hobby Lobby of farmhouse boutiques! Think of never ending florals, the cutest kitchen goodies, and all the best decorations of the season, and you’ve got Rod Works!
This ever-inspiring business began in 1996, born from the creativity of the owners who wanted more unique, higher quality décor in their home. Their iron creations sparked requests from friends and neighbors, and as business grew, they moved from working at home to the first Rod Works location on Lehi, Utah.
Since then, they have expanded their quality décor line and have opened several more storefronts in Utah, Nevada, Colorado, California, and Arizona. As of just a few months ago, Antique Candle Works became a part of the Rod Works vision to inspire you and help you decorate your home with your own personal style! Yay!
Rod Works is literally on my bucket list of adorable stores to visit. I could probably spend an entire day in just one of their stores, and get some decorating advise while I’m at it! The Rod Works crew actually offers free in-store decorating help—all you have to do is bring in a photo of your home or tell them about your space, and they’ll help you fill it!
Rod Works takes decorating seriously, and seriously takes it to the next level. If you’re ever out west, you’ve got to check out this amazing Antique Candle Works partner!
Do you have your own retail storefront and are interesting in working with Antique Candle Works? Contact us! We would love the opportunity to meet a new friend!
Happy decorating, friends!
Photography by Rod Works
We know that with fall comes that overwhelming craving to have everything—and I mean everything—pumpkin. From the cutest pumpkin decorations, your annual visit to the pumpkin patch (who else goes more than once?), to that infamous PSL, you gotta have that pumpkin.
Some of the best pumpkin you can get are definitely pumpkin candles and pumpkin desserts. What’s better than yummy smells to fill your home and something sweet you can eat with it? Antique Candle Works’ teamed up with our friend Jenna from Jenna Kate at Home Blog to bring you the best of both worlds!
Jenna is a talented home decorator, DIYer, and baker whom we met for the first time at the Haven Conference in July! She specializes in the same area we do: helping you make your house a home. Who better to create a delicious dessert inspired by our reinvented Pumpkin Spice candle that’s more pumpkin-y than ever!
With that pumpkin craving in mind, Jenna created the oh-so-good, Pumpkin Swirl Brownies! This perfect fall dessert is exactly what every pumpkin-lover needs with all the best of chocolatey brownie, fall spices, and of course, pumpkin-y goodness!
½ cup unsalted butter (melted)
1 tbsp vegetable oil (or coconut oil)
1 1/8 cup superfine sugar (put granulated sugar in a bag and crush with a rolling pin until fine)
2 large eggs
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
½ cup all-purpose flour
½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
¼ tsp salt
For ingredients for the Pumpkin Swirl, visit Jenna’s original recipe!
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (175 Celsius). Lightly grease an 8-inch square baking pan with cooking spray and line it with parchment paper
Combine melted butter, oil, and sugar in a medium-sized bowl. Whisk well for about a minute, and add the eggs and vanilla. Beat this together until the mixture is lighter in color (about another minute). This is Jenna’s tip for a nice, crackly top on your brownies!
Sift in the flour, cocoa powder, and salt. Gently fold the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until just combined. Jenna suggests using a wooden spoon or spatula to make sure you don’t overmix.
Pour the batter into your prepared pan and smooth it out evenly.
Combine all the pumpkin swirl ingredients in a bowl and add the mixture to the brownie batter. Check out Jenna’s original recipe for these ingredients and instructions on how to make the prettiest swirls in your brownies!
Bake for 25 minutes or until the brownies no longer jiggle in the pan and are just set to the touch.
Light an Antique Candle Works Pumpkin Spice candle, grab a good book, and enjoy the flavors of fall!
I can’t wait to try out this yummy dessert! I’ll definitely be baking it for the candle crew, and pairing it with our new Pumpkin Spice candle when I do! That candle literally makes you crave the real thing, and with Jenna’s Pumpkin Swirl Brownies, they are the perfect match made in Pumpkin Heaven!
If you liked this recipe, you have to check out more on the Jenna Kate at Home Blog! She has so many yummy recipes for snacks, drinks, meals, and even more pumpkin desserts. I’ll be checking out her pumpkin sugar cookies, whoopie pies, and pumpkin spice donuts next!
Happy Pumpkin Season, friends!
This yummy recipe and the recipe photography are by our friend at Jenna Kate at Home.