Archive for March, 2009

Looking Back to March 17, 1991

Well I can’t actually believe tomorrow is 18 years since I had my oldest! Although there are times when it has seemed like forever ago~ I can easily go back and remember all the feelings I felt and what I was thinking. He was due March 10th and arrived March 17 weighing 8′ 1 oz and 20 1/2 inches long. He had blonde hair and little blue eyes…and I was just amazed, scared, but amazed. My parents were able to make it to his birth as we were 3 hours away but my water broke at 4:30a.m. ( I actually thought I had wet the bed.) I didn’t have him until 7:55pm that night and it was a Sunday. He was my only “natural” birth~and being a “new” Mom…I never thought I would make it this far…lol… He is a great kid, my challenge, but great all the same. His views and mine are opposite, and I struggled with this for such a long time until a few years ago he looked right at me and said-“Mom, we aren’t the same, you care what people think, I don’t”…gosh that summed it up all in 1 heated sentence….and since then I take it for what it is worth. He is his own person, but at the same time he tells me everything…sometimes the things I don’t want to know. But in that same instance I know I have done a good job this far. He is now a Senior…and we are hoping that all goes well and he will finally be done with school…He is an athlete, he has played soccer, football, baseball and even wrestled. He is a natural when it comes to sports that he tries. Years ago when he turned 12 he had a size 12 foot, and then at 13 a 13, at 14 a 14…luckily that finally stopped as he is now 6’1 and 178 pounds..with a size 14 shoe…We laughed the year he decided to be in chorus so he could go to a waterpark, as his feet hung off the risers. Then come to find out he thought he would miss a day of school, only to find out the trip was on a Saturday, and during Turkey season no less. I am proud of him, love him to pieces, don’t always understand him but he is mine, my oldest….my “trial run” so to speak. Looking back there are things I would have done different, but isn’t that the way? We don’t get a second chance…just the ability to always “try” to do better by them…There is a part of me that is sad, sad that my little baby boy is now “just about a grown-up”, but also happy that a lot of that “tough” growing up is behind us. He is my St. Patrick’s Day baby…with a name that suits it “Aaron Michael”….and although he is a man now…he will always be my first…and always be my baby boy.Aaron holding the signAaron is the one holding the sign.

Log Cabin Antiques & Gifts~A spotlight on one of my retailers.

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One of my customers was so gracious to give me a testimonial for my newsletter, so in turn I wanted to mention her store on my blog as I just love it! This is what she said:

Log Cabin Antiques is a small antique store offering rustic and primitive antiques. We also have a line of country gift items. Before opening in Oct. 2006, I was looking for a nice country candle supplier. I found Country Keepsakes online and ordered some candles to try. This was one of the best decisions I have made! Even when a customer doesn’t find anything in the antique section, they will often buy a candle, either for themselves or a gift. I have many customers who come in just to purchase another candle in their favorite scent. The packaging has a great country look too that fits right in with my log cabin decor!
I also love to decorate seasonally and am very pleased that Country Keepsakes offers so many different seasonal scents. I have ordered Jelly Bean for Easter, and Cupid for Valentine’s day, etc., and they just add to my displays in a special way.
The candles are wonderfully scented, the jars are virtually soot free, and very reasonably priced. Becky is wonderful to work with and her customer service is outstanding, she is both professional and personable at the same time. She feels like a cherished, and comfortable friend! I highly recommend offering Country Keepsakes to your customers, you will be glad you did!
Lynn Coolen-Log Cabin Antiques

Lynn is a great person. She has been with me since I took over~and really started before that with my sister. She shows her appreciation by sending me Christmas cards, or notes to let me know her ordered arrived safely. I have listed her blog on here, and am including 2 pictures…but you have to visit her blog to get the feel Log Cabin Antiques
If you are in the Kingston NH area…you will have to stop by…here is directions… Welcome to Log Cabin Antiques! We are located off the Plains (or Common area) in Kingston, NH. At Rick’s Cafe and Grille, turn onto Bartlett Street. Look for our sign and flag halfway up on the right. Hours are Thursday through Sunday 10-5. Log Cabin Antiques-21 Bartlett Street, Kingston, NH 603-642-4943 Stop in soon for a visit! I can ship small items if you see something you like! Call me at 603-642-4943 Thurs-Sun 10-5 or email any questions to logcabinantiquesgifts@yahoo.com
Thank You Lynn for taking the time to write such a nice testimonial.
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Visit her blog, and leave her a note that you were there….Or leave a comment here and I will pass it on to her…

March & Snow?

Yesterday we had mid 50’s…with a cool wind..which was nice. This morning I wake up to about 1 inch of accumulation…I thought we were in March..not October…it is about 25 degrees here in Watkins Glen and I have had it with the winter winds and blowing snow…I am hoping this is the last of it. I have included a picture…
I am busily working and trying to keep warm…but I am sure before I know it-we will be in the 70’s…at least I am hoping.
Here is to So Happy Its Thursday…

Until next time….
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Have you EVER been so excited You….

Couldn’t stand yourself? Well that is where I am at today. First I have so many new ideas to add to Country Keepsakes Retail & Wholesale, I have a new site coming (I know, I know-quit talking about it Becky and just do it) well I am trying….Then I am going to have a column at: Crafters in the News Where people can ask their questions regarding candle making and I get to answer them.

THEN there is this EXCITING site that is growing by LEAPS & BOUNDS… it is called WAHM ADDICTS. If you are in business for yourself-whether you are a crafter, a graphic artist, you sell others items at a profit for yourself…just starting out, have been in business for a while..THIS is the time to get in and get noticed. We keep hearing about the “big” companies having layoffs, closing plants and on and on…well this is an AWESOME time to grow your home based business. People are looking for quality, friendliness, and that personal touch. They are looking for you~they just can’t find you…well that is going to be over with when you join WAHM Addicts…are you looking for helpful information? Networking at its best? Then you just have to join WAHM ADDICTS SOCIAL. I have posted about this before…and I am posting about it again-so what does that tell you? I endorse this wonderful site and its people. I believe in them…get in while the getting is GREAT…You won’t be sorry. Are you serious about your business? Then you will want to be a part of this group that is growing. With over 500 members and counting~you can’t go wrong. SO go to the sites, check it out…You will be so glad you did. Do you sell jewelry? home decor? flower arrangements?…a special service?…it is for you too….When you join, add me as a friend..and let me know you are there…I look forward to seeing you there…
If I find that you join and you are one of the businesses I have posted…I will give you 6 months FREE advertising at The Homestead Register on the front page… http://www.thehomesteadregister.com Now does that tell you just how excited I am?….
Before the week is out I will be posting new products…but for now…Keep your thoughts positive and just ask yourself…Today what did I do for my business? (and if you don’t have a business), Today what did I do to further myself?

Exciting Things to Come….

Well now that I am adjusting to my new computer and finally found a new label program…I am on my way.
I have a lot of new ideas and am planning on getting them on my site(s) soon.
Despite the cold I am trying to keep moving..and creating.
I will be adding Body Wash to my Bath n’ Body Line, new scents to the line up. Scents like: Fuzzy Navel, Fried Ice Cream (in both candles & lotion), Strawberry Lemonade, Island Baby (a cross between Baby Powder & Plumeria), Lemon Meringue, just to name a few.
I have been busily pouring blueberries, banana slices, walnuts; and soon to be pouring strawberries, grapes, cherries, apple slices, peach slices & a Rocky Road Brownie….
So keep your eye out whether you are a wholesale customer or a retail customer…or a customer to be.
If you haven’t been there lately look up my site: http://www.cntrykeepsakes.com and if you are looking to carry my items-I have a wholesale link on that site. All you need is a Tax ID…
Until next time…Keep warm…and keep positive!