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July’s Candle of the Month box was fun to create! I love collaborating with local #outerbanks artists and Meg Rubino is as sweet as they come (and I also happen to think one of the most talented artists I know! 🎨🥇)
For this box, I used one of her watercolor beach images to create a sticker for the candle & box and the same image as a frame-able 4x6 ART print as the special gift ✨
The candle fragrance was a special creation I call Orange Creamsicle and boy did it throw me back to my childhood summers! 🍊🍦 (think frozen creamsicle ice pop or orange soda & vanilla ice cream!)
I’m also loving the recycled glass jar used for this candle... it has an aqua tint (think old Coke bottle and sea glass!) and I like it to so much that I’ve decided to add a variation of it to the shop as a candle holder... stay tuned for that!
These boxes are all SOLD OUT and if you received one, then I sure hope you love it!💙 And now on to August’s box, which is a beauty (I might even say *keepsake*) and you can sign up to receive yours at:
@yellowsolstudio #obxCANDLEbox #obx #outerbanksnc #beachcandles @ Nags Head Fishing Pier
Walking downtown Manteo on Roanoke Island tonight and I just couldn’t help myself... these old cottages (and sheds) are too cute not to stop and photograph! 📸🏡
I’m in LOVE with these adorable tiny mason jars of #outerbanks TREASURES that were the *special gift* in June’s Candle of the Month box! The contents included beach treasures like Scallop shells, Wampum shells & SEAGLASS!
If you got one, I hope you love it! And now I’m wondering if I should put these on the site for individual sale? 🤔 Who would love to get a tiny jar of beach treasures, or send one to their beach-loving friend? 😎🐚
Personalized votive candles for Blessed Body Day Spa in Edenton, NC 🙌🏼 Did you know you can add your business logo to your candle tags? 🌟 (Hello, sweet customer appreciation gifts! ✨)
There are so many ways you can personalize your candles for your business, event or wedding! Check out all the personalized candle packages at:
So happy for Blue Pelican Gallery on Hatteras Island for undertaking the giant project of raising their adorable shop to protect it from future hurricanes!
This historic, waterfront building has flooded many times over the years (the original floors even had plugs to drain the water! See the waves crashing around it during a hurricane last year?! 😣)
If you are fortunate enough to visit Hatter Island this summer, then @obxbluepelican is a MUST STOP! Owner Jenn Johnson is sweet and talented (she takes beautiful photographs, makes Ocean-inspired jewelry, unique resin art and she’s helping to keep the knitting addicting alive on Hatteras! 🧶😆)
And they feature a lot of other talented #outerbanks artists as well! Check out their shop or follow along to see their sweet goods and beautiful coastal photos 🤗
Jamie and I tandem surfing together for the first time in years (so graceful! 😂)... and Arrow catching her first wave! 🏄🏼♀️🏄🏽♂️🌊
Happy 4th of July! 🎆🇺🇸
Arrow says YAY for the HOLIDAY WEEKEND!! ❤️🤍💙🎆🎇
Most people’s 4th of July plans and celebrations look a little different this year (I know ours do!) We’re heading to a quiet beach 🤫😎😂 and missing our Cali friends that visit every year at this time! What about you?
July’s Candle of the Month boxes are being packed and shipped! 🙌🏼 This month’s candle scent is a throwback to some of my favorite summer childhood memories 🧡 Maybe yours too! 🤔
Plus something sweet from local #outerbanks artist Meg Rubino @yellowsolstudio 🤗✨ Sign up for your #obxCANDLEbox subscription today at:
If you’ve purchased a room spray in the last year then maybeeee you’ve noticed a typo on the back of the label 🤦🏼♀️ I ordered the labels in such large quantity that I couldn’t justify re-ordering once we picked up on it! 🤑 And since neither I, the graphic designer, nor the printer caught the error in proofing, we hoped that maybe you wouldn’t either 😂
Besides, I always say that imperfections add character. Small batch... small business... keepin’ it real 😉 [But I’m about to order new labels and this time I’ll be looking more closely! 👀]
Painting some new
𝗢𝘂𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝗕𝗮𝗻𝗸𝘀 𝗖𝗮𝗻𝗱𝗹𝗲 𝗖𝗼. signs for a few new shops that will be carrying the candles soon, including @cozycarolinaboutique in Elizabeth City! 🙌🏼
[Video complete with toddler cartoon background narration, courtesy of Arrow 😉 #momlife]
Melt. Measure. Mix. Pour. Repeat
On the docket for today’s CANDLES: Citrus Ocean, Pineapple Mint, Island Espresso, Coconut Cove, and Seagrass!
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It’s rare that all seven of us are in the same place at the same time... Rarer still that we would all have our hair brushed... And the fact that they *cooperated* for some family photos (that’s a generous statement), well that’s the stuff of miracles ✨😆
Thank you @hollycarterphoto for working your magic with our fam! 📸🤗😘 [more in stories today]
A few of the original cottages in Duck & last night’s beautiful sunset over the Currituck Sound!
[Shown: Duck’s Cottage Coffee & Books (originally the Powder Ridge Club for waterfowl hunting built in the 1920’s) & the original Post Office from Mamie, NC (just over the bridge in Currituck County) which was later moved to Duck Village]
Duck Merchants Association Town of Duck Ducks' Cottage Twiddy & Co Water Front Shops
Did you know that you get a FREE VOTIVE CANDLE with every online order? It’s the perfect way to try out a new candle scent that you haven’t sniffed yet (or have one to share with a friend ☺️)
Right now, choose from: Coconut Cove, Lavender Seas, Island Gardenia, Beachy Peachy, Water Lily, Pink Grapefruit or Pineapple Mint 💚
Happy 12th birthday, Maeli! MaeMae is the sweetest girl in the whole world & the best cuddler EVER! (It’s true. Sorry everyone else 😉)
[And if I say any more, I will risk majorly embarrassing this pre-teen 😂]
SOLD OUT// June’s #obxCANDLEbox was 🔥
And now July’s box is in the works in collaboration with local #outerbanks artist Meg Rubino (second pic)... and you don’t wanna miss this one!
Sign up for your Candle of the Month subscription at: www.theouterbankscandlecompany.com
Happy birthday to my DEAR FRIEND Wheeeeut!!! Whitney & her husband, Jesse, own the best frozen yogurt shop EVER @surfinspoon here in #nagshead! 🍦😋
But our friendship goes back long before she ever dreamed of froyo or I of candles. We were college roomies (I often woke up to her dog sharing my pillow🙄) We met in the ART department at UNCW (where we could be found giggling in the back of the classroom while the professor was trying to teach 🤦🏼♀️😂). We were bridesmaids in each others weddings 20 years ago (thanks for making all my wedding favors & I’m still embarrassed that I had all those flowers in my hair at your wedding 🙈)
And shortly after getting married, we moved to southern California together (with our husbands 😆), where we started our first creative business together “Artistic Designs by the Work of His Hands” (that was a learning experience!) And then years separately from one another, we all ended up back on the Outer Banks (where our husbands grew up surfing together and boy do they have stories to tell! 😳😂) You’d think that maybe the Lord had plans for us to be friends for the long haul 😉😘
If you know Whitney, or have been to Surfin’ Spoon, then you have seen her creative touches all over it! (And you also know how kind & friendly she is to everyone she meets... and don’t try to keep up with her, we call her the Whirlwind! 🌪)
Whit, you make the best signs, have the cutest handwriting & the greenest thumb (jealous), and you give the most thoughtful cards & gifts. And you have a gift for reaching out to & embracing hurting people & making them feel loved 💛
And while raising a bunch of kids, running businesses & ministries keep us from seeing each a whole lot, I’m ever so thankful for our forever friendship and all the history we share... and the arranged marriage in the works between sweet Wilder & little Arrow 🥰😍😉
#OuterBanks Room Sprays are perfect for freshening up a space! These guys are shown enjoying their stay at The Cypress House Inn... a sweet, historic Bed & Breakfast in #killdevilhills (see previous post for more about that 😉)
Summer Room Spray varieties:
This beautiful bride is Rachel and I’m so PROUD of her!! Last summer, after graduating from Wake Forest University, she came to the Outer Banks to help her future in-laws run their adorable bed & breakfast @cypresshouseinn ...and in her free time, she served as my unofficial CANDLE INTERN 🤗
And what a pleasure it was to have her in the candle studio 💗 (It’s a wonder we got any work done bc there was always so much to talk about!) I was sad to see her leave the Banks when summer ended & she headed out of town to her new teaching job. And when this school year took an unexpected turn, she bravely took it in stride. And then when the big wedding she had been planning was postponed, she took a deep breath, and embraced the new plans with a hopeful heart.
This weekend she got married in an intimate ceremony at the Bed & Breakfast where her (now) husband grew up (which also happens to be a beautiful wedding venue ✨) And it couldn’t have been sweeter 💖 I’m pretty positive there are a whole lot of life lessons from this season that they will carry with them on their journey. Rachel & Stephen, we are so proud & so happy for you! 👰🏼🤵🏻
I just visited my neighbor’s beautiful farm, The Flower Fields. She grows acres of stunning flowers as far as the eye can see... & you’d never know she’s tucked away in the woods just a stones throw from the ocean! 🌸🌼🌊
We walked the rows of flowers (in the rain 🌧) and talked candles & flowers, the ways the two art forms compliment one another and tossed around creative ways we can integrate them. (Hoping to do this soon in a Candle of the Month box!)
And I’d love to hear YOUR ideas about how you’d love to see candles & flowers come together!
June’s Candle of the Month box was a true representation of a summer DAY at the BEACH! And if your dream of going to the beach has been postponed, then these goodies were created to bring the beach to you! 😎
This box contained a new Citrus Ocean candle complimented by a miniature mason jar of beach treasures!... including authentic #outerbanks Scallop shells, Wampum shells and time-weathered sea glass (mostly from my own collection ☺️🐚)
There are a few of these boxes still available, so comment SOLD if you’d like to snatch one up for you or someone who could use a slice of the beach! 😎 [$35 including shipping & you’ll receive a private message with payment instructions]
"Citrus Ocean" = Grapefruit + Tangerine + Lemon + a splash of Pineapple & Coconut 🍊🍋🍍🌴💦☀️
You may have gathered that I have a deep love for OLD THINGS... old houses, antique glassware, time-worn furniture, vintage linens, the list goes on and on. Well, I had a dad who loved old things too. For him, his passion was 𝙛𝙪𝙚𝙡𝙚𝙙 mostly by old cars. (No pun intended) He was always restoring some old “classic” car (or boat or motorcycle) in our garage [and sometimes on our dining room table] 🤦🏼♀️
He instilled this passion, endless tinkering and the thrill of the hunt to me at a very young age. I spent many-a-Saturday roaming automotive junk yards with him. We fixed up our first Jeep together when I was 4 years old and he actually let me believe that I helped 😉
I credit my dad for a lot of the traits I carry with me today (including my entrepreneurial spirit). And boy do I miss him so much! But his fingerprints and legacy are all over my life, my family & my business. And thanks to his influence, maybe someday my kids will look back and fondly remember being drug around to [boring] antique shops and *helping* mom in the candle shop 💛
Happy Father’s Day, Jamie! This old photo is one of my all-time favorites.... maybe partly bc it shows how much FUN the kids have with you and partly bc it represents what a roller coaster ride it is to live in this family! 🎢😂 We love you!
These charming WHITE cottages in historic downtown Manteo on Roanoke Island have captured my heart 🤍🤍 ...and I can see why people come here on vacation & then go home to sell it all, pack up & move here! 🏘🏡
[My husband went to high school in this neighborhood, but somehow, I don’t think he appreciated the charm back then 😆]
𝟱 𝗧𝗛𝗜𝗡𝗚𝗦 𝗬𝗢𝗨 𝗠𝗜𝗚𝗛𝗧 𝗡𝗢𝗧 𝗞𝗡𝗢𝗪 𝗔𝗕𝗢𝗨𝗧 𝗠𝗘 (𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗱𝗼𝗻’𝘁 𝗶𝗻𝘃𝗼𝗹𝘃𝗲 𝗰𝗮𝗻𝗱𝗹𝗲𝘀)
1️⃣ I’m a huge Calvin & Hobbes fan... have been since I was a kid. I did my high school senior exit project (1996) on the mischievous 6 yr old boy and his tiger... & now my kids constantly read the book I made & are obsessed with Calvin & Hobbes too!
2️⃣ I played the piano & took lessons from elementary school thru college 🎹🎵
3️⃣ I pretty much hate exercise (I know, it’s terrible 🙈) Not sure what happened bc I used to be (somewhat of) an athlete & now I’m trying to MAKE MYSELF go on occasional walks (with little success) 😏🏃♀️ [And kinda hoping that making candles & chasing/ cleaning up after kids all day counts for something! 😂]
4️⃣ I started college as a psychology major for the first two years & then I decided the field was way too technical for my brain & swiftly changed my major to ART. Though I loved creative projects, I hadn’t taken any art classes in high school or college & was so scared & intimidated by all the talent around me! But I knew that God was leading me & that He is the author of creativity, so that would have to be enough 🙏🏼🎨
5️⃣ I never ever thought I would have a big family... We were *inspired* by the movie “Cheaper by the Dozen” after seeing it in the theatre when I was 8 months pregnant with Cason 🤱😂 (And on that note, I have really BIG babies... they were all between 8 1/2 & 9 1/2 pounds... & so I’ve had 5 C-sections! 😬)
There you have it! Anything surprise you on the list? And what’s something I might not know about you??
It was sleepy afternoon at the beach 😎😴🌊
Sweet little candles for an extra special baby shower 💗
Beachy Peachy votives with tags that said: “For this child, we have prayed.”
-1 Samuel 1:27
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It has been an extremely rainy week on the Outer Banks, but still least the flowers are blooming & the candles are burning! 🌸🌼🕯
[Shown here: the new AQUA mason jar candles in Pineapple Mint & Citrus Ocean, which burn very well together 🙌🏼 and a pack of #outerbanks matches with artwork by Meg Rubino. I had planned to make this a little candle-lighting video, BUT it’s entirely too loud & crazy in my house AT. ALL. TIMES!!!!! 🤪 Check out stories to see for yourself 😳😬]
A new batch of Kill Devil PECAN RUM candles are stocked at Outer Banks Distilling in Manteo on Roanoke Island! Perfect Father’s Day Gift 👌🏼
Kill Devil Pecan Rum: freshly distilled #outerbanks RUM swirled with sweet notes of pecan pralines 🥃🍯😋
Available [only] at their distillery or on their website at: www.outerbanksdistilling.com
Father’s Day is this Sunday and here are the TOP THREE guy-picks for Candles & Room Sprays!
Plus get a FREE Outer Banks matchbox with every order this week! (Bc everyone knows that guys love to light matches! 🔥😏)
ISLAND ESPRESSO: Rich, freshly brewed coffee with subtle notes of hazelnut & chocolate ... Yummm ☺️☕️
DRIFTWOOD VANILLA: Fresh hardwoods meet aged vanilla, with a dash of salt air 😎🌲🌊 (usually only part of the fall/winter collection... back right now for the dads!!)
VANILLA VACATION: Rich vanilla with sweet undertones will leave you wondering if someone is baking sugar cookies... or slathering suntan lotion?! 😎🍦
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