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It’s Official, We’re in Stores – Durham Makery

I’m so excited that I can hardly contain myself! Many of you know that Andy and I have been making candles on the side. This morning, we officially have them for sale in a store, a REAL store! It started when he came home one night with a huge cardboard box, an apology, and the hope that I’d jump on board. Little did he know that my mom and I used to make soap and candles at home on those nights we wanted to be crafty. Which worked perfectly in his favor. I was not mad, I was excited.

What started out as a hobby quickly turned into us trying to make a small business out of it. I found myself at 10 at night asking Andy if we could make a batch or two of soy candles, for fun, not because we had to. And our kitchen quickly was overcome with mason jar-filled soy candles, tins, and large pillar candles. We’ve actually had a really good response from friends, family, and Etsy for our scents. Then, a friend of ours suggested we take a look at The Makery in Durham. It’s this super cute store in downtown Durham that sells locally made jewelry, pillows, cards, soaps, and more. It’s cluttered, but in a home-y kind of way, like your crafty aunt’s house. We went in and fell in love.

We ended up connecting with the owners, who had me come in and show them our candles and scents. They were just as excited as we are about our scents, which made me super excited. Someone else liked our homemade crafty candles! So much so that they are going to be carrying our candles in their store!

They’re also going to be carrying our wooden signs. We only dropped off four so far at the Durham Makery, but my hope is that we can make some from customer suggestions. (I’m never 100 percent sure if everyone else loves the sayings and colors I pick for our reclaimed wooden signs.)

So that’s the big news. We’re selling our candles at The Makery in Durham. Please stop by and check out the shop if you’re at UNH or in downtown Durham!

Our candles online (and more):
Macintosh Apple
Nag Champa
American Lumberjack
Lemon Verbena
New Hampshire Woods
Rain Water
Home Decor

Home Decorating | Rustic Country

I can’t take it much longer, our home is a plain Jane. I will admit, I am not much of a home decorator, but I can’t handle having white walls and barely any furniture in our rooms. Part of it is my fault. I had not taken the time to assess all the furniture we had before we moved into our new place in December. In typical me fashion, I decided it was best to throw out anything that seemed like it would clutter our new place.

Well, surprise, I think we need more furniture. And the one thing I really really want, is a hope chest. Mine is in Florida at my mom’s house. My grandfather had made it for me when I was a baby. And I always remember pulling it out from against the wall to look at the little piece of paper taped to the back of it from him. I think it was a letter. I can’t remember now what it said on it, but I remember it. And I remember using the hope chest to stuff all my toys in, to sit on it to ponder all the really difficult decisions of childhood, and to stuff blankets in it when I was a teenager.

It’s just now that I’m realizing how important it was as a structural piece of a room. So that’s my number one item to look for.

Number two is just to get our rooms to feel a bit more full and homey, and only then will I tackle the walls. But I do want to keep it all moderately themed together. And I have been in a rustic chic mood, where everything feels very New England, very Vermont, very home. (Sorry guys, I may live in New Hampshire, but the Vermont girl in me will live forever.) Add the plaid blankets, a few wooden knickknacks and forest-themed wall decor. Yup, that would do it.

So I figured, I’d share some of my recent finds with you all.


Wooden Swing

Wooden Swing

At our new place, we have a huge front yard with trees peppering the lawn all the way down to the road. Tree swing? Yes, please. It reminds me of the playground my grandparents had at the campground, though that one was metal. The playground itself was in the woods, and under these two huge trees that framed the play area.


Wood and Metal Rustic Table

Everyone needs deer antlers in their house on a wood and metal side table, right?


Wood and Wire Trunk

If I can’t have my hope chest right now, I’d at least want something functional that I can store some stuff in that can also double as a small table or a bench. I need furniture that is multi-functional.


Secretary’s Secret Wood Console

No really, that’s what it’s called. But I think it would be a great piece to put all the junk that sits on our tables. Just something to store and organize at the same time. That whole having-one-junk-drawer thing does not work well for me.