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Jesus at The Farmhouse

Jesus at The Farmhouse

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.

 

My people will live in peaceful dwelling places, in secure homes, in undisturbed places of rest.
Isaiah 32:18 

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!

 

By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established; through knowledge its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures.
Proverbs 24:3-4

 

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.

 

As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.
Joshua 24:15

 

See more about Walking in Faith at Antique Candle Works on the blog!

Have a blessed day, friends!

 

 

 

Photography by Katie (The Rustic Boxwood), Christina (Vintage Four Fifty), Sarah (Little Vintage Nest), Enjoli (Our Cotton Farmhouse), Bianca (With Lavender and Grace), and Erica (Our Humble Nest)

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Heart of the Business

Heart of the Business

There are many things that make up the heart of Antique Candle Works.  We love our many friends both in, and out of the studio; we take joy in being even a small part of transforming your home into a cozy and comfortable space; and of course, we value the importance of creating high quality, artisan candles.

 

And you can’t forget our love of everything vintage and farmhouse!

 

However, we have one belief that stands above the rest, and we share it by using our God-given talents to grow this small business.

 

The heart of Antique Candle Works is Christ.

 

He is leading us through every peak and valley as we try to make a positive impact in the world through the joy that a simple fragrant candle can bring.

 

 

“Use whatever gift you have received to serve others,
as faithful stewards of God’s grace,”
1 Peter 4:10

 

God has blessed Antique Candle Works through you and your continued support, which has allowed us to extend our hearts beyond candles.  Most recently, we had the opportunity to support Katie Sollars financially and through prayer as she serves helping young women in Vermont.  We hope to support more missionaries in the future!

 

 

“Live lives worthy of God,”
1 Thessalonians 2:12

 

By His grace this business will continue to grow, but Christ will always remain the heart of what Antique Candle Works stands for.  Every candle will continue to be hand poured with love, and a part of that love comes directly from Him.

 

 

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings
salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile,”
Romans 1:16

 

We can’t thank you enough for following our business journey.

 

Read about the Heart of the Business as told directly from Antique Candle Works owner, Brittany Whitenack, and see more about our Walk in Faith on the Blog and Pinterest

Have a beautiful day, and God bless!

 

 

 

Photography by Ashley from Our Modern Antebellum, Erica from Our Humble Nest, and HJ Creative Photography.

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The Story Behind Antique Candle Works

The Story Behind Antique Candle Works

We are all on a life journey and sometimes God can take us places we wouldn’t expect to go. He prepares our hearts in such a way to be ready for our next stage in life. When I look back at the year leading up to the inception of Antique Candle Works, I can easily see how He was preparing me for something new. My life NEEDED a change.

I graduated from Purdue University with a Management degree in 2012. My husband and I married during college and lived in our first home on campus (so fun!). Our friends said we were the cool married couple, ha! After graduation, we left West Lafayette, Indiana and moved to the Chicagoland area. I accepted a position as an Assistant Store Manager at a Super Target. That store generated 63 million in sales/year and as a 22 year old, I was very overwhelmed. I worked so, so hard and gave all of myself to that job. I would come home and be utterly exhausted. This was so much harder than any all-nighter I had during college. My husband was working in the city and worked long hours as well. This continued for a year.

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There was a low point realization moment – I came in after closing the store one night and the sink was full of dirty dishes. It was beginning to smell. I didn’t have anything left to give and found some Lysol in the bathroom and sprayed the dirty dishes in the sink so the smell would dissipate for a time. I remember doing that – I was so ashamed. How did I get to this point? Everything seemed to be falling apart. I knew I wasn’t being a Godly wife, sister, or friend. I needed to do something that would honor God in all the aspects of my life, not just my career.

I left Target and began searching for another job. In the meantime, I took up a hobby – candle making. I always would buy a candle at the grocery store or department store as a little gift for myself and would find joy in a small candle. Then, I thought, it would be so fun to make candles! I spent a few months learning and perfecting the exact ratio of fragrance oil to soy wax; I now understand why there are many not-so-great handmade soy candles. The entire candle making process is very precise and can be difficult to master.

After a few months, the Lord began to reveal to me that I have the ability to offer these candles to others and even begin a legitimate small business. I wrote a business plan (thanks business school!) and planned to name my company, Antique Candle Works. I liked ‘Works’ because it implies something is being made and produced. These candles were hand poured with love 5 years ago, just as they are today.

It is now 2018 and it’s been 4 years since I founded Antique Candle Works. God has blessed this business and I want to give Him the glory for it all. I partner with 100’s of small brick + mortar shops who love their businesses, and I have the privilege of working with 7 wonderful ladies who enjoy candle making as much as I do!

Because the Lord allowed me to deeply struggle at Target, I considered a different path... to begin a business. I am so thankful for this. It’s amazing to look back at God’s hand working through it all. He truly is a good, good Father.

What is the Lord revealing to you in your own life and circumstances? Are you willing to take a leap of faith and follow the Holy Spirit’s leading?

Thank you for being a part of the Antique Candle Works journey.

-Brittany

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Why We Celebrate Easter

Why We Celebrate Easter

This Sunday, the Easter Bunny will bring baskets full of candy-filled eggs, kids will be frantically searching for treasures hidden in the grass, and of course there will be the much anticipated Easter feast, featuring your grandma’s famous banana pudding. 

I’m so excited for all of this, but Easter is more than bunnies and colored eggs, and it’s no coincidence that Easter Sunday is one of the two days out of the year that churches everywhere are packed to the brim.  This day is so much more than just a holiday to many people, including the ladies in the candle studio, so this is why we celebrate Easter…

 

1On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. 2They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, 3but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. 4While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. 5In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them,

 

“Why do you look for the living among the dead? 6He is not here; He has risen!

 

Remember how He told you, while He was still with you in Galilee: 7‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’”

Luke 24:1-7

It’s not a difficult or complicated reason, in fact, it’s actually quite simple.  Long ago, God’s perfect and only Son, Jesus, took all the evil and sin that ever was or ever would be in the world, and paid the ultimate price.  Just in case one day, 2,000 years later, you’d decide to believe in Him, He was punished for your sins so you wouldn’t have to be.  God’s Heaven is perfect, and because we are not, we all fall short of the glory of God.  But thanks to Jesus dying and rising again, we can be saved.  On Easter, He was risen.

 

So it’s is more than just a holiday; it’s a joyous celebration.  At my hometown church, we had balloons and confetti canons, and danced during worship.  We had a party!  What better reason to have a party than to rejoice that He is risen! 

This Easter, we celebrate because Jesus rose from the grave, leaving behind our own evils so that we can be with Him in the Kingdom one day.  We are thankful that He opened the doors to something we do not deserve, so even when we die, we will live.  So Christians everywhere celebrate this:

 

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

John 3:16

 

 

 

 

Photography by Ashely's Decor Space, Sarah from Little Vintage Nest, Ashley from Our Modern Antebellum, and Erica from Our Humble Nest

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What Christmas Means to Us

What Christmas Means to Us

Christmas is a beautiful time.  It is a season to celebrate love, joy, faith, family, and so much more.  While we are busy making tons of holiday candles here at the studio, we are also taking some time to reflect on what it all means. 

Christmas is so much more than Santa Claus and presents, and we thought we’d share our thoughts on the most wonderful time of the year.

 

Brittany

Christmas is such a wonderful reminder of God’s gift to me!  Christmas means that Jesus decided to leave the throne next to The Father to die on a cross for me.  I am not worthy, but I am so thankful that He sees me as such!  In addition, He came to save the ones I love—my husband, brothers, mom, and dad.

Jaycie

            Christmas is my favorite time of the year!  Not only can I break out all my decorations and listen to Christmas music (while it is socially acceptable), but I have the opportunity to be with my family and friends.  There is a warm feeling that surrounds the Christmas season, and I can’t get enough of it.  It is a time for loved ones, and a time to reflect on your blessings throughout the year.  Most of all, it is a time to celebrate the birth of Christ.

Macey

            Christmas is my absolute favorite holiday!  I love spending time with my family that I don’t get to see very often, as well as my closest friends.  I love seeing the snow and eating delicious Christmas cookies and so much more.  Christmas is such a sweet reminder to me of just how thankful I am for my heavenly Father.  I am forever and always blessed for what He had done for me and my family over the years, and the love He has given us.

Carol

            Christmas is a time to celebrate the real reason for the holiday—the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ.  Christmas is spending time with loved ones and reflecting on the many blessings in my life.  It is a joyful time of parties, gift giving, delicious food, Christmas carols, candlelight services, and making memories with family and friends.

Sarah

            I love Christmas!  I love decorating, spending time with my family, seeing where the Elf on the Shelf shows up in the morning.  Of course, my favorite part of Christmas is taking time to remember the sacrifice Christ made for us in coming to Earth for our salvation.

Kelsey

            For me, Christmas is a time to reflect on my faith and what in truly important in life.  It is also a time of giving and to spend time with loved ones.

Julie

            Christmas is a joyful time to give back to those around you and to thank God for all the amazing gifts he has blessed us with.  Christmas is a celebration for friends, family, and Jesus Christ.

Emily

            Christmas is a celebration of family and friends, sharing time together, and celebrating life and the hope of our Savior.  It is a time to share meals, gifts, and laughs.  It is a time for making memories.

 

What it all comes down to is love.  The love of Christ, family, friends (coworkers!).  To us, Christmas is a celebration of love in its many, many forms.  What could be more joyful than that?

So…

 

What does Christmas mean to you?

 

 

 

Candle photography by Ashley from Our Modern Antebellum

Studio photography by HJCreative Photography

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Giving Thanks - Linen and Basil

Giving Thanks - Linen and Basil

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, and we couldn’t be more excited!  Thanksgiving is a time to be surrounded by your loved ones, enjoy a delicious feast, and reflect on your blessings throughout the year. 

This year, we at Antique Candle Works have so much to be thankful for!  We’ve grown as a team, as a business, and have made so many friends along the way!

In the spirit of giving thanks, we’ve teamed up with our good friend Jen from Linen and Basil to share one of the things we are so thankful to be able to give to you: candles.  Without great friends and candles, we wouldn’t be where we are today!

Jen is a lover of Jesus and interior design from Atlanta.  She has a gorgeous home where she takes beautiful photos of her modern farmhouse décor, and our candles!

Jen also shares something else we are very thankful for this holiday.  Antique Candle Works is a Christian-based small business, and we are open about who we are as followers of Christ.  Like us, Jen’s faith is very important to her.  She couldn’t have put it better, “I think we often take for granted that we live in a country where we are free to worship whoever we choose.  For me, Christianity is a part of who I am, and I am thankful to be able to say that.”

The holiday season often brings to light what is truly important in life.  Through our candles, we want to remind people of what that is.  It may be Momma’s Kitchen that reminds you of the love of family, or Vanilla that reminds you of the sweetness of friends.  Or perhaps it’s Good Tidings, a reminder of the good news of the true meaning of Christmas. 

We are so thankful for faith, family, friends (like Jen!), and the opportunity to share those happy thoughts with you through the simplest of gifts: a soy candle.

What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving?  We’d love to hear how you spend the holiday, and which candle most reminds you of the important things in life.

 

 

 

Photography by Jen from Linen and Basil

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Journey: Survival to Success

Journey: Survival to Success

At Antique Candle Works, we are fortunate enough to have the opportunity to support churches and nonprofits that reflect our own beliefs and serve a worthy cause.  One of these nonprofits that we actively support is the Journey Pregnancy and Life Hub in Mokena, Illinois. 

Journey is a Christian organization that is committed to helping women through personal, emotional, life, and relationship issues and goals.  With a purpose that states, “We seek to care for the whole woman by guiding her on a safe journey to Family, Purpose, and Wholeness,” it is to no surprise that Journey is an excellent resource to those in need. 

Journey believes that no one should have to go through life alone.  If someone is struggling, be it with pregnancy and baby essentials, unhealthy coping, or job skills among a large number of issues, this nonprofit will share every step of someone’s journey in order to get them the help they need and reach their personal goals.  

The individuals who need help not only receive it, but they also are able to witness ministry and how this can have a positive impact on life.  All of the mentors who offer support, such as the co-founders of Journey Hub, Christine and Margie, are mature Christians.  By dedicating their time to “working for God and serving the people,” they help guide struggling individuals down a path of growth and recovery. 

Another part of the Journey Hub is the Journey Goods boutique.  Because it is a nonprofit, Journey relies on volunteers, donations, and proceeds from their resale store to fund all of their free services.  The boutique is also home to some very happy cats that visitors can meet!

They sell upscale-gently used items that feature modern and vintage style—which we love!  This boutique was actually one of our first wholesale partners.  For the past two years, Brittany has taken candles to Journey for the boutique, as well as candles for Journey to use throughout their building. 

Antique Candle Works couldn’t be more proud to support such a wholesome organization that allows people to move form survival, to success.

 

To learn more about the Journey Pregnancy and Life Hub and their calling to assist those in need, visit their website and keep up to date with them through Facebook and Instagram!

                                          

I will lead the blind by ways they have not known,

along unfamiliar paths I will guide them;

I will turn the darkness into light before them

and make the rough places smooth.

These are the things I will do;

I will not forsake them.

- Isaiah 42:16

 

 

 

Photography provided by the Journey Hub website and Facebook page.

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