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Happy Fall Y’all! The best time of the year is finally here! In just 3 days, the season of sweater weather, apple cider, corn mazes, hayrides, changing leaves, pumpkins, plaid shirts, bonfires, and especially Grandma’s homemade pie will finally be a reality! (No more pretending my fall décor will magically change the season.)
We LOVE fall here in the candle studio. It means we will be making a ton of all our coziest fragrances—which makes work even more fun!
Antique Candle Works actually recently released two yummy fall fragrances: one brand new, the other a reinvention of a classic scent. We also have several more that are just too yummy to pass up! Our favorite autumn scents are the BEST to share with friends like you and bring the goodness of the season right into your home!
A warm, delicious blend of pumpkin, spices, honey and maple with sugary vanilla frosting.
The most classic of all the fall fragrances, but also one of the yummiest! This year, we reinvented our classic Pumpkin Spice fragrance to bring you an even more perfect blend of that sweet, spicy, pumpkin-y goodness you all know and love!
An autumn aroma with apple, crushed cinnamon, and clove, with hints of orange peel and sweet vanilla.
Antique Candle Works’ brand new fall fragrance may just be the best one yet! It has stolen the hearts of many of our candle makers (including myself) and is so yummy, you just have to try it for yourself. It is literally sweet, spiced, and everything nice!
The naturally fresh, woody smell of leaves in the brisk autumn air, this medley of birch and maple leaves with pomegranate, juniper berry, and orange blossom added to the blend, brings the glory of fall into your home.
This is definitely the most outdoorsy of all our fall scents! Autumn Leaves literally brings the crispness of the autumn air indoors with the most perfect fresh blend. It’s great for those cozy fall mornings and relaxing evenings.
Warm and cozy all wrapped up in one great smelling scent! Top notes of green apple, peach and pine needle leading to a spicy cinnamon clove and thyme with sweet balsamic spice.
This yummy fall fragrance has all the spiciness you love! It’s a nostalgic scent that leaves you feeling all warm and cozy inside, and you just can’t help but smile every time you smell it. Remember all those days of Mom or Grandma baking pies during the harvest season? THIS is that smell!
The sweet smell of freshly picked apples from the orchard.
There’s no other smell that makes your mouth just water like freshly harvest apples. A fun fall activity has always been to go to your favorite apple orchard and get a bushel of the best apples of the season. Apple Pickin’ tells that story in one super yummy, super crisp fragrance!
What is your favorite fall fragrance? Let us know in the comments below!
I know what you’re thinking: “I wish I could smell all these yummy fall fragrances!”
Well, you can!
If you live in or are visiting the Midwest soon, stop by the Antique Candle Works studio in Lafayette, Indiana, for our second official Open Candle Studio Event! On September 29th, we will be opening up our doors to everyone who loves yummy snacks, live music, candle making, and of course, the best handmade candles!
Come and smell all of our 18 yummy fragrances, and fall in love with a new one you’ve never smelled before!
We are so excited to meet you friend, so be sure to join the event on Facebook and come say hi!
Have a beautiful first day of fall, y’all!
You know as well as I do that there’s no such thing as ‘too much farmhouse’ to the girls at Antique Candle Works. We can’t get enough of vintage decor, rustic signs, neutral and white colors, or basically anything that comes from an antique store! While there is a whole world of styles that can be made a part of the ‘farmhouse look,’ there is one trait that we love more than all others, and that always resonates with the Antique Candle Works message.
You’ve all probably seen Him, maybe even in your own homes, so you know that Jesus is a frequent visitor of The Farmhouse. His presence shows up in the form of signs with traditional prayers and favorite verses, pages of old hymns, and even pillows offering comforting words.
These faith-centered farmhouse pieces are not just decorations. They allow you to express the love of Christ through something that, although stunning, brightens your home with more than just pretty words.
The heart of many of our blogger friends’ families is Jesus. Through all the little personal touches they add to their individual farmhouse styles, the one thing most of them have in common is Him. As a faith-based small business, Antique Candle Works loves seeing our candles paired with pieces that inspire His light.
Our sweet friend Katie from The Rustic Boxwood Blog shares amazing home projects and décor that are truly inspiring, and the little pieces of Jesus in her farmhouse highlight her creativity.
One piece that is close to her family’s heart is an old Bible that belonged to her grandmother. Seeing this unique heirloom fit beautifully in Katie’s home and bring it to life though Christ and a loved one is touching. It was an honor to see one of our candles paired with such a beautiful and special Bible!
When I find Jesus in The Farmhouse, I find joy. To look beyond the décor, you’ll see Christ at the center of the family. It gives you encouragement, comfort, accountability, and so much more, all while making your house look and feel like a home.
Have a blessed day, friends!
A lot goes into Antique Candle Works to make truly unique, high quality candles that are handmade with love. From the candle makers who have a personal hand in every single candle, to the candles themselves made with natural, domestically grown soy, fine fragrance oils, and pure cotton wicks, every detail has you in mind. That even includes how your candles reach your door.
We’ve made a lot of changes to the ACW Personal Touch since the last time we talked about your favorite happy mail. Every candle delivery is special because it is a little gift to you, and that’s exactly how we want you to feel!
Your candle mail begins with a hand-stamped box so you always know when that package on your step really is happy mail. That is, if you can’t already smell the yumminess inside!
Open your package, and you’ll find some goodies right on top for you to enjoy!
As a small business, we want you to know Antique Candle Works and the people behind it personally. You can read a little bit about the story of Antique Candle Works and its owner, Brittany, learn about the uniqueness of our candles (and some candle tips), and even see what fragrances we are loving for the season. You can also find out which of our sweet candle makers made your candles!
Then finally, your favorite moment has arrived. In our carefully wrapped packaging you’ll read, “Hand Poured Goodness Inside.” Pull back the decorative tissue and there they are. The goodness you’ve been waiting for: your favorite Antique Candle Works candles!
The first thing you see is a little bonus candle of a fragrance you didn’t order. It might even be one you’ve never tried before! These little samples are included in every order to help you find a new favorite scent every time you open our happy mail!
Every candle and wax melt is individually packaged for protection, and to make your gift extra special! Our larger candles are wrapped and put into their own small boxes, and small 4oz candles and melts are wrapped in decorative tissue. Everything is its own little surprise for you to open and experience one at a time!
The joy of finding happy mail by your front door is so much fun, but what's even more fun is actually opening that package! Even though you probably remember what candle goodness you ordered, it is still exciting to finally open up all those little ‘treat yourself’ gifts and be able to smell all that yumminess right in your own home.
With a little extra care and a lot of love, Antique Candle Works hopes to bring you your favorite unboxing experience! We care about each and every one of you, so this is a little gift from us to our best candle friends.
Here’s to the best Happy Mail Day, friends!
Did your candle package just come in? Share your unboxing story with us on Instagram!
Have you heard? Our newest fall fragrance, Fall Harvest, is available before its release date exclusively to our email friends! Become an email friend to join in and be one of the first to try my new favorite fall scent!
Fall Harvest: An autumn aroma with apple, crushed cinnamon, and clove, with hints of orange peel and sweet vanilla.
As you may have heard, a couple weeks ago Brittany and I traveled to Charleston, South Carolina to be sponsors at the design and blogging conference, Haven! With over 300 home décor, DIY, and lifestyle bloggers in attendance, it truly was a gathering of our kind of people, so we had to be there!
Fun Fact: I had never flown before. Brittany is a pro and helped me know what to expect (thank you!), but I was getting very anxious in those final days before the conference. As it turns out, I was nervous for nothing. The flights to and from Charleston were actually quite pretty. It was kind of amazing being up close and personal with God’s painted sky!
Once we arrived, it was time to get to work. We spent the entire first day putting together our ‘floral farmhouse’ booth.
Our goal was to create a little homey hub that would be the perfect space for meeting friends new and old. This was a first Haven, so while we were not exactly sure what to expect, we knew we were in for a good time!
And a good time is was! It was incredible to have the opportunity to finally meet in person many of the ladies we’ve known for so long! We were finally able to share a few laughs with our good friend, Erin, from The Cotton Stem Blog!
It was also great to meet up with Liz from Liz Marie Blog, Laura from The Turquoise Home, Sarah from Dreaming of Homemaking, Holly from Our Faux Farmhouse, Kayla from Plum Pretty Décor and Design, and Deb from Seeking Lavender Lane! These are just a few of the ladies that we are so thankful to know and work with!
We also met so many new friends, too many to count! It was great to be able to introduce ourselves to those who already knew about our candles, and welcome those who had never heard of Antique Candle Works.
Haven was not only fun, but also a learning experience. We were fortunate enough to be able to attend a few of their blogger classes. Brittany heard from Erin, Holly, and Lauren McBride about the power of Instastories, and I took notes from Alisa Meredith about the heart of Pinterest. We even got to hear the testimonies of Chris and Peyton Lambton, Taniya Nayak, Amy Howard, and The Shanty Sisters, Whitney and Ashley!
All in all, Haven was truly a great experience for us professionally, and personally. Small business is about relationships, and Haven offered us an opportunity to build countless friendships with people that we truly care about.
We could not have done it without out amazing team in the studio who worked their butts off in the weeks leading up to it, or without all of our friends who have followed the Antique Candle Works journey. And who knows; maybe there is a Haven Round 2 in Antique Candle Works’ future!
The Haven fun doesn't stop here! Come back next week for some exciting 'floral farmhouse' news!
Have a beautiful day friends!
As you may know, if there’s one thing we absolutely can’t get enough of here in the studio, it’s vintage jars! Most of our candles are hand poured into adorable Mason jars, and many of our antique candles are poured into old jars. Of all these rustic vessels, one jar that is always everyone’s favorite is the blue Ball jar used for antique candles! That stunning blue tint on these jars is so unique, and fits perfectly into every home!
For this next Mason Jar DIY, you finally won’t have to wait until the next Antique Candle Restock to get your hands on one of those gorgeous blue jars. Just grab your old candle jars and a few crafting supplies, and learn how to tint your jars that vintage blue!
What you will need: old Antique Candle Works candles (I used three 16oz jars), blue liquid food coloring, Mod Podge glue (I used the gloss version), small mixing containers (I used three for three different shades), wax paper for baking
1. Clean out your candle jars. You will want to make sure the inside of each jar is very clean and dry before you begin this project.
2. In your small mixing containers, add 1 tablespoon of clear water. I used small measuring cups, but even though the sizes are different, they have the same amount of water in each.
3. Add the drops of blue food coloring to each container and stir to combine. I used the size of the cups to mark different amounts of food coloring.
I used 20, 40, and 60 drops. The number of drops will determine how tinted the jar is, so you can adjust according to what you want. However, anything less than 20 drops is hardly visible, so I would use at least that much.
4. Add 1 tablespoon to glue to each jar, then add each food coloring mixture. Mix this up well inside the jar, but try not to mix it too fast to create fewer bubbles. At this point you will want to put something down to protect your work space.
5. Now, you’ll coat the inside of the jar. With the top of the jar over the mixing container, twist the jar so that every bit of the inside of covered in blue. I did this a few times just to make sure the entire inner surface got enough blue.
If you want to tint the rim of the jar, do this carefully while turning the jar and pouring the mixture back into the mixing container. Save this run-off, because you may want to reuse it!
6. Once the jars are coated on the inside, let them sit upside down for about 10 minutes in order to let excess blue drain out. In the meantime, you can preheat your oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit and prepare a baking sheet with some wax paper.
7. After 10 minutes, let your jars remain upside down and place them on the prepared baking sheet with wax paper. Put them in the oven and ‘bake’ them for 15 minutes.
Then, flip them right side up and warm them for another 15 minutes. Let the jars cool completely before moving on.
At this point if you’re happy with the tint of your jar, great! However, I thought mine could use a little more blue…
8. Once the jars are completely cooled, repeat the entire tinting process. For the jar with 20 drops, I simply created another mixture with 20 drops, for the 40 I created another mixture with 40 drops, and so on. If you saved your run-off from when you coated the jars for the first time, you could also just reuse the one for each jar!
Bake these jars just like you did before. Once they are cooled, they are ready to use!
I absolutely love these tinted Mason jars! They make the perfect vase to set in the window, to add as a décor piece on a shelf, or even as a table centerpiece at a rustic wedding!
If you love the Antique Candle Works blue Ball jar candles, now you can up-cycle all your old Mason jar candles to have the perfect tint to match! They are just too cute!
Do you love these crafts? Well we’ve got plenty more Mason Jar DIYs to keep you busy this summer! Projects perfect just for you, or to do with the kids! Check out some of our other projects we’ve done, and if you do this DIY or any of the others, be sure to post of picture for us to see in the comments below. We’d love to see how you repurposed your Mason jar!
Happy crafting friends!
At Antique Candle Works, we send candles out all over The United States and Canada to spread the joy that a simple candle can bring. It is always fun to see where our candles ended up once they left our doors, and that they are bringing joy to homes all around. Thanks to outlets like Facebook and Instagram, we are able to see tons of photos taken by people just like you!
There’s been some great pictures over the past few years, so as a thank you to all our friends who have ever shared photos with us, I’ve put together some of our favorites from home decor bloggers for everyone to enjoy!
I hope you love this gallery of beautiful candle photos set in even more stunning homes, because I can't get enough!
Small businesses are unique establishments in and of themselves, especially “mom and pop” retail stores. Though a shop may be small, the amazing individuals who work hard to keep it up and running might just have the biggest hearts around.
One small retail business that knows how to spread the love is The Tin Roof: Fine Gifts and Home Furnishings, an adorable little shop in Princeton, Kentucky that specializes in “great products and outstanding service!”
Serving the area since 2002, The Tin Roof was actually in the works since 2001 when the late Carolyn Boaz made her dream of owning a store a reality. Nearly 20 years later Carolyn’s daughter, Molly Egbert, continues her mother’s legacy through the joy that is spread in and outside the walls of The Tin Roof Gift Shop.
The Tin Roof also shares their hearts with other small businesses and artisans to stock their shelves and bring quality goods to their customers. One of these small business is none other than Antique Candle Works!
Molly loves sharing unique items with everyone who comes through her doors, including our handmade soy candles! She loves burning both the Sweet Lemon and Fresh Cut Herbs fragrances together!
The Tin Roof Gift Shop is in the business of spreading happiness through the little things. Whether that be cute outfits, fun dish ware, or farmhouse decor, they are so thankful to the Lord for giving them the opportunity to share this with friends new and old.
Here at the studio, we love seeing where our candles end up after they leave our hands, and we are so glad that some of them have made their way to The Tin Roof.
It is fulfilling to know that we can help spread some of Molly and her team’s joy in Western Kentucky! In small business it’s about the heart, and this little store has that down!
Do you have your own retail store and are interested in working with Antique Candle Works? Contact us! We would the opportunity to meet a new friend!
Check out our list of all the stores that carry Antique Candle Works candles in The United States and Canada; there might just be one near you!
I don’t know about you, but I love crafting! It’s so satisfying to create something fun and unique with your own two hands, which is exactly what Antique Candle Works strives to do with every hand poured soy candle! With that in mind, I’m drawing inspiration from the Mason jars we use to house our candles to give you yet another Mason Jar DIY!
This DIY is a little more in depth than the last one, but it is so cute! It is perfect now that the days are warmer and the days are sunnier. You can enjoy it indoors or outdoors, and once you make one you’ll definitely want to make one or two more! I present to you:
Jute String Lantern
What you will need: old Antique Candle Works candle (I used a 16oz and 8oz Mason jar, and an antique blue Ball jar), jute string, craft scissors
2. Depending on what size jar you are using, you will measure and cut 8 strands of jute. This also determines how long your lantern will hang (remember, it’s always better to have extra that you can cut later).
A trick you can to is to turn the jar upside down and measure jute around the jar vertically from top rim of the jar, to bottom, back to top, then multiply that length my ten. For 16oz, I cut 8 pieces about 96 inches long (this made it a little longer); for 8oz, I cut 8 pieces that were about 56 inches long (this made it a little shorter).
3. Divide the jute in half so you have two bunches of 4 strands each. Find the center of each bunch, and cross them. You may have to use objects to hold the strands in place because you are working with a lot of jute!
4. Now for the trickiest part. You will tie a lanyard know at this center point. Don’t worry, it’s not bad once you get the hang of it! We’re taking this one slow:
- Once you crisscross the strands, bring the top part of one strand down over the other strand on the left side. We will call this ‘Strand A,’ and the one that hasn’t moved yet ‘Strand B.’
- Next, take the right side of Strand B and move it underneath both halves of Strand A at the bottom of the center point.
- Take that same part of Strand B that you just moved and take it back over the two halves of Strand A that you just went under.
- From the center point, find the bottom half of Strand A (the piece you haven’t moved yet), and bring it up over, over, and under the pieces of the right half of Strand B. Doing this will create a new center point.
- That’s it! Now all you have to do is carefully bring the knot together by pulling opposite ends of the knot so that you are pulling two ends of the same strand.
Just keep pulling the opposite corners until the knot finally shrinks down into your lanyard knot! This is the bottom of the jute lantern.
5. Next, you will find two strands that are right next to each other and tie them together about 1½ inches up from the center.
6. Do this with the next two strands, and so on.
Continue tying knots all around the center until you have the shape of a flower and there are not more lone strings of jute.
7. Now you will just do the same thing on the next outer layer. Take two strings right next to each other and tie those about 1½ inches up from the last knots.
Again, just do this all the way around until every strand has a pair and you see an even larger flower shape.
8. Depending on what size jar you are using for the lantern, repeat step 7 until you reach the height of your jar. You will notice the jute begin to raise as you do this, and that is because it is already forming the holder for your jar! This makes tying knots a little trickier, so just simply move the jute around or to the side so you can easily tie those knots!
You can have the knots reach up over the rim of your jar (which is what I did), or a little below the rim. That’s up to you!
The number of layers of knots depends on the height or your jar and the thickness of the jute you are using. I was using thicker jute, so the 16oz size only needed 4 layers, and the 8oz only needed 3 layers.
9. Lastly, you will knot the ends of all the strands together. This is where you will hang your lantern, so it needs to be a decent knot. You can also tie in a curtain loop or metal d-ring to hang the lantern with, but just hanging it by the knot worked fine for me!
Now you can enjoy your adorable jute string lantern! You can put anything inside them, or nothing at all, and they still look stunning no matter where you hang them!
I left mine empty, added a little tea light, and for my person favorite, put in fairy string lights!
If you loved this DIY project as much as I did, make sure to check out some of the others we’ve done! Also, if you tried this project for yourself, be sure to comment below and post a picture of your own jute string lantern!
Have a beautiful day, friends!
St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner and it’s got me thinking green—green décor, that is!
That may sound a bit strange considering our love of the light and airy look that comes with farmhouse neutral colors, but sometimes the one thing that this style needs to really pull off the right look is just a touch of color. And what better to go with natural neutrals than natural greens?
We’ve talked to a few different home décor bloggers about their best decorating tips, including Heather Case from The Southern Hydrangea for her home tour blog, and she agrees that one of the best ways to make a room pop is a simple yet stunning touch of greenery. This really may be one of the easiest, and most clever ways to make a room pop! Pair that greenery with one of our adorable neutral colored candles, and you have a match made in heaven!
Heather Case’s home is actually almost all white. It’s actually pretty amazing, and just gorgeous. She has the perfect balance of neutral or natural colors in her furnishings, and adds one, maybe two notes of green in every room. I love how she creates such simple yet eye-catching settings on her living room coffee table. I can’t get enough of these garland plants! Heather has really got the pop factor down!
Erin from Cotton Stem Blog uses a bit more of a variety of color in her home, but she still manages to bring the perfect touches of greenery to every room! She truly is a ‘faux plant lady’ and puts together adorable settings that truly bring life into her home. I personally love the fireplace in her bedroom. She’s taken this and has created something unique by filling the fireplace with logs and notes of green, and has kept the mantelpiece simple yet beautiful.
Finally, we have Natalie from the Vintage Porch. Her specialty, and my favorite thing about her home, is right there in the name. Her home really is vintage. Everything about it takes you back in time, or reminds you of your favorite antique store! The small notes of greenery she adds in every room only enhance the already lovely décor. The pale green she often uses is a great way to compliment the pale neutrals of her home while adding the perfect amount of contrast.
What you should know about adding greenery to your home is this: a little goes a long way, but don’t be afraid to be unique! Greenery in the form of plants is a great way to bring some freshness into your home (even if they are faux plants), while adding the perfect touches of color where they need to be. They complement your home in all the best ways, so why not join the queens of greens and add a little greenery to your home!
Want your home to smell like the perfect touch of greenery, too? Check out our brand new fragrance: Fresh Cut Herbs! This cozy, spicy smell of herbs includes basil and fresh spearmint with hints of floral and apple. The perfect scent to bring an extra note of freshness into your home!
The Antique Candle Works team always has so much fun putting together vintage vessels for the monthly Antique Candle Sale, and we had many unique candles in our latest restock that we were so excited to share with you! If you were lucky enough to snag one of these vintage pieces before they ran out, you’ll need to know how to style them in your home! Thanks to Laura from The Turquoise Home and Erica from Our Humble Nest, we’ve put together some helpful tips and ideas for styling one of our antique candles in your home!
If there’s anything that makes these candles truly unique, besides their enticing scents, it’s that they really are vintage. We actually get these vessels from antique stores and similar sources to repurpose them into the adorable candles you see. So, work with that! Surround your candles with other vintage décor pieces that complement the candles and make them the highlight of a room.
Speaking of making the candle a highlight of a room, putting it at a high place in an area may not make it the center of attention but will add an extra touch of eye-catching vintage style to your home. Laura often places her antique candles on her mantel piece. The light of a candle being at a high place warms up a room with happy moods and yummy smells.
Add it to a collection. A collection of décor, that is! You might, like many of our friends with an interest in interior design, decorate their home based on seasons. Luckily, our antique candles make perfect additions to every type of seasonal décor. For spring, our blue Ball jars go particularly well will bright spring flowers and notes of greenery. Pair them with these pieces to create stunning floral settings with the perfect note of vintage!
Antique Candle Works candles are the only candles that Laura from The Turquoise Home burns in her house, and our antique candles in particular go perfect with her unique and bright style! Erica from Our Humble Nest has many gorgeous photos of antique candles in her home by mixing the perfect amounts of green notes with her white/neutral colors.
No matter how you style your antique candles, there is no doubt that they will be the great additions to every room of your home!
Don’t have one of these unique candles yet? Don’t worry! Keep a look out on the Antique Candle listing page for an update on the next antique candle restock!