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Now I love candles… My mom used to work at Yankee Candle Factory so I have a ton of candles in all scents.  However, there is something special about handmade candles.  Especially candles that have been made from pure beeswax.  Even more special is the fact that this lady married into a family of Bee Keepers…  Now how awesome is that!

The main draw for me with these candles is that beeswax is very heathly.  Burning pure beeswax candles are great for people with allergies and/or multiple chemical sensitivities.  To prep the wax is a very interesting process that she describes here:

“To prep wax, you gather the cappings which are what is left over after the honey is spun via centerfuge out of the frames of comb.  Then you clean it.  To get it real clean is a lot of work, as usually there a lot of impurities, like dirt, dead bees and honey, which is not an impurity per se, but when you are trying process wax it tends to burn then it becomes a pain, so we try to get rid of as much of it as we can beforehand. Basically what is involved is you have to separate the wax from the honey — when you heat the mass the honey sinks to the bottom and can be drained off.  Then you filter it real well and you are ready make whatever you want…”

Whatever you want is exactly right, she has some of the most variety in candles I have seen.  Just look at this one in particular:

LOTUS FLOWER FLOATER CANDLE PURE BEESWAX WHITE OR NATURAL

LOTUS FLOWER FLOATER CANDLE PURE BEESWAX WHITE OR NATURAL

When asked about the molds, she told me that a master mold is carved out by a scupltor, however, she is going to begin sculpting some herself very soon.  This makes her very versitile when it comes to custom requests.

Not only does she have carved candles but just take a look at these pillar candles… And yes folks those are real dried flowers.

 	 PURE BEESWAX PILLAR WITH REAL DRIED FLOWERS NATURAL 4 INCHES TALL

PURE BEESWAX PILLAR WITH REAL DRIED FLOWERS NATURAL 4 INCHES TALL

Now, you wanna know where you can find her and what else you can find.  Well, first not only does she sell candles but also Bulk Beeswax, Honey Stix and Raw Natural Honey.  Here where you can find her:

You can find her on their main website located at:

http://www.wildbeehoneyandcandles.com

and also on ArtFire:

Peaceblossom Candles ArtFire Shop

Peaceblossom Candles ArtFire Shop

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With Spring right around the corner, I have been watching the flowers and trees begining thier new life in this world once again.  I love nature and everything in it, so when I saw this artisans shop, I fell in love.

Just starting out on ArtFire and only 2 things so far listed, this artisan has already got me waiting (and drooling) for the next installment of her ceramics.  I saw this little guy on the front page and just thought he was the cutest thing I had seen in a long time.  The way he’s made and especially the colors make him look like he really belongs sitting on my desk instead of in my planters.  Meet Walter the worm:

WALTER THE WORM

WALTER THE WORM

Isn’t he just so adorable…

If you think he’s cute then take a look at her other piece, little Delila the butterfly:

DELILA THE BEAUTIFUL BUTTERFLY

DELILA THE BEAUTIFUL BUTTERFLY

These little critters are both slip cast and then finished with acrylic paints and sealer to protect them from the elements.  They would look so cute in a little garden…

So, if you are like me and have a love of nature and gardens, then keep your eye on this shop. If you would like to take one of these cutie pies home with you then just click the photo to be taken to the listing.  Want to bookmark her shop for new adorable critters click her shop avatar below.

You can also check out her Etsy shop for more adorable pieces…

TeresasCeramics Etsy Shop

TeresasCeramics Etsy Shop

TeresasCeramics ArtFore Shop

TeresasCeramics ArtFire Shop

When you think of Polymer Clay, you may think of little beads and flowers or some other small and delicate pieces.  This artisan today has a very different approach to using Poly Clay.  She has been making crazy characters for over 5 years now.  The ideas she comes up with are totally unique and each sculpture/coaster  is 100% one of a kind.

This particular coaster is one of my favorites.  I don’t know what it is about it that just cracks me up every time I look at it.  It has to be the tongue or maybe the utters sticking out on either side…  Whichever way you look at it this is just adorable.

 	 THE FLAT COW CRITTER COASTER

THE FLAT COW CRITTER COASTER

She does a lot more then just making cute little flattened animals out of clay… She also uses various mediums in artwork.  This ACEO is a reproduction of a 5X7 pen and acrylic illustration.  I love animals and this just makes you giggle when you see this cute litt doggie… well, mer-doggie.  Hey, mermaids can have pets too… right?

 	 MERMAIDS LOVE DOGS - ACEO SIGNED ART CARD PRINT

MERMAIDS LOVE DOGS - ACEO SIGNED ART CARD PRINT

So as her shop banner says, “Because most things are funnier when you flatten them”, her work will get a good laugh out of you. So if you’d like to see what all she has flattened… Just click below

NothingLikeIt ArtFire Shop

NothingLikeIt ArtFire Shop