Monday, May 31, 2010

Unity Candle Set - May 31






Finished up all June orders and quite a few other orders as well.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Unity Candle Pictures - May 29th



My priority is shipping all remaining June wedding candles, ones ordered in late April, then the July weddings. My Summer shipping policy is now in effect. Please read it at www.wreathartist.etsy.com These candles were completed on May 29th or sooner. They will ship on Tuesday, June 1st.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

June Weddings = Unity Candle Sets - May 23rd



I spent today working on June wedding candle sets. Several more are on the table waiting for answers to questions and ribbon approval. But these are finished and will ship by mid week.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Unity Candles - May 16th


We did our Mother's Day dinner today since last weekend I was working through the flood mess. So I got boxes and boxes packed (pretty much all that you see in the May 14-15th photos below) and these 6 sets. Whew what a weekend.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Family Unity Candle Set



I created this one for a special bride and her family. She needed extra tapers as they both have children and want to include them in the ceremony.

Unity Candle Sets - May 14 & 15th





Friday, May 14, 2010

Candles finished the week of May 9-14th





If the candle was for May it already shipped. These were done over the last few days.

Back to work

Well everything with the flooding that could be done is done for now. I managed to get a three day weekend this weekend and plan on spending the entire weekend in the studio working except for a belated Mother's Day meal I need to cook this weekend. Mother's Day took a backburner to the flood. So please watch the blog Sunday evening for lots of unity candle pictures. My goal is to finish 35 sets over the next few days. Many of the sets are MULTIPLE pieces. I want to also thank everyone for their prayers, warm wishes and patience during this trying time for my family. See you Sunday!

Saturday, May 8, 2010

We went down and worked yesterday and will go again today and tomorrow. Right now I have the medals from WWII (my uncles) laid out and drying in my garage. I am trying to dry them then will figure out what I can spray on them to clean them (please let me know if you know). The water was filled with sewage, dead fish, etc, so everything stinks. We are trying to save somethings that a personal pieces of family history. I found a recipe box in a top cabinet, when I cracked it open, I lost it - my grandmother's handwriting was on the cards and scraps of paper. If that had been tossed......... furniture is stuff, but that is memories and treasures. more story and a few photos in the blog. We arent comfortable taking photos of the debris lining the streets. But there are a few photos below. The field you see is a soccer field that is between the house and the river. If you look at it you will see a brown line in the trees on the far side of the field. That is the river and where it went. My son is standing by a street sign and you can see the brown line on it. Everything is defined by brown lines.

IF YOU ARE AN ETSY CUSTOMER - I will be working in my studio this evening and tomorrow evening when I get back. Your wedding is not forgotten. Thank you.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Tears for Tennessee

My aunt and uncle are both in mid 80's. He is blind now and can barely walk after a stroke. They live in Nashville, TN scene of the devestating flooding last weekend. Today was the first day we could get down there to help them salvage items. Last Sunday we spent the day on the phone with her trying to get them to get out as the water approached their house. They finally were evacuated Sunday evening. The area they lived in was the Lakeshore community by Opryland Hotel (also flooded). The waters of the Cumberland swallowed their homes and left behind a trail of debris, tears, fears but also hope, charity, strength and hometown pride. Tennessee is called "The Volunteer State" and justly deserves that name. As we worked today, truck and cars pulled up offering drinks, granola bars, sandwichs, boxes, trashbags, cleaning supplies. Church volunteers came by with clipboards to talk to each homeowner to see what they could do to help. It was incredible. When we left Nashville today we saw a mobile kitchen set up in a shopping parking lot feeding people. People were also dropping off supplies there. The national media hasn't shown even a drop of interest when compared to the flood of attention New Orleans received after Katrina. But it hasn't deterred the spirit of the people of Tennessee. Here are a few pictures we took today. I think they tell the story of tears as lives and homes were upended and left in puddles and piles.








My aunt and uncle are both in mid 80's. He is blind now and can barely walk after a stroke. They live in Nashville, TN scene of the devestating flooding last weekend. Today was the first day we could get down there to help them salvage items. Last Sunday we spent the day on the phone with her trying to get them to get out as the water approached their house. They finally were evacuated Sunday evening. The area they lived in was the Lakeshore community by Opryland Hotel (also flooded). The waters of the Cumberland swallowed their homes and left behind a trail of debris, tears, fears but also hope, charity, strength and hometown pride. Tennessee is called "The Volunteer State" and justly deserves that name. As we worked today, truck and cars pulled up offering drinks, granola bars, sandwichs, boxes, trashbags, cleaning supplies. Church volunteers came by with clipboards to talk to each homeowner to see what they could do to help. It was incredible. When we left Nashville today we saw a mobile kitchen set up in a shopping parking lot feeding people. People were also dropping off supplies there. The national media hasn't shown even a drop of interest when compared to the flood of attention New Orleans received after Katrina. But it hasn't deterred the spirit of the people of Tennessee. Here are a few pictures we took today. I think they tell the story of tears as lives and homes were upended and left in puddles and piles.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Sunday, May 2nd Unity Candles finished





New photos of candle sets finished this weekend. I didn't get much done today. For those of you that have seen the weather news reports from Nashville, TN...I have been on the phone and watching tv all day. My elderly aunt/uncle were evacuated about an hour ago along with their neighbors. The river that was quite aways from their house is now across the street. So I have been distracted and worried.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

I have to share this, lol

I served for 9.5 years in the US Army and have been in stressful situations where you have to find fun or a moment of creativity just to get through. Don't ask me about decorating the field latrine hut as a pink divadom while at Fort Magsaysay in the Philippines. Considering that there were 200 males and 2 females (me being one) I thought it would be pretty funny to make it pink and pretty, lol. But I never got as creative as the guys in this video. LOVE IT -

Monogram Unity Candle Sets




It is a busy weekend in my studio. My goal is to get 30 candle orders done this weekend. Mother Nature seems to be helping with that as we are having flooding and severe storms here in southern KY this weekend. Good weather to hunker down and work. I also will be uploading new wedding products tomorrow evening into my ETSY STORE Here are a few of the candle sets I have gotten done so far this weekend.