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    Hi all,
    There's quite a few of us on here with experience from novice to expert and we regularly share where we're up to now, but how did it start? (inspired by Anna Rose).

    "I started making candles ........................." (why? where? when?)

    Cali x

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    Originally posted by Cali_ah View Post
    Hi all,
    There's quite a few of us on here with experience from novice to expert and we regularly share where we're up to now, but how did it start? (inspired by Anna Rose).

    "I started making candles ........................." (why? where? when?)
    Cali x
    What a lovely idea Cali, I look forward to reading the reasons why we all started out, so here is mine.
    I started making candles when I took early retirement(very early!) from my job as a lead nurse in a Glasgow hospital. I had various reasons for going when I did, but the main one was to have some ME time. One of my colleagues made candles and I think I was the only person who was actually interested when she used to talk about wick sizes and scent throws!
    Anyway I now work just a few hours a week, enough to stop the onset of Alzheimers! and I love spending my time pottering about and making my candles. I had no inclination of turning it into a business until people started asking to buy my candles. I never imagined making any more than a couple a month for my own use. I shied away from selling until I found this forum and kind of got caught up in the enthusiasm of those members taking on business ventures. So I now find myself at the planning stages of a new business and loving every minute of it. I'm looking forward to the future with a mixture of excitement and trepidation. I really enjoy the forum and have met loads of lovely, like-minded and helpful people. So heres to the future. Slainte!

    Isabel

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    Last edited by holehouse; 14-02-2013, 04:15 PM.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by holehouse View Post
      What a lovely idea Cali, I look forward to reading the reasons why we all started out, so here is mine.
      I started making candles when I took early retirement(very early!) from my job as a lead nurse in a Glasgow hospital. I had various reasons for going when I did, but the main one was to have some ME time. One of my colleagues made candles and I think I was the only person who was actually interested when she used to talk about wick sizes and scent throws!
      Anyway I now work just a few hours a week, enough to stop the onset of Alzheimers, and I love spending my time pottering about and making my candles. I had no inclination of turning it into a business until people started asking to buy my candles. I never imagined making any more than a couple a month for my own use. I shied away from selling until I found this forum and kind of got caught up in the enthusiasm of those members taking on business ventures. So I now find myself at the planning stages of a new business and loving every minute of it. I'm looking forward to the future with a mixture of excitement and trepidation. I really enjoy the forum and have met loads of lovely, like-minded and helpful people. So heres to the future. Slainte!

      Isabel

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      That's a lovely story, it made me feel quite emotional. Thank you for sharing a little bit of inspiration
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      • #4
        A brilliant idea for a thread and a great story from Isabel.

        Below is a very brief version of my story...

        Shortly after becoming the father to identical twin boys, it became obvious something wasn't quite right when a red mark rapidly began to grow on the cheek on one of my sons. Very quickly it spread to cover most of his jaw, chin and cheeks. He ended up in hospital soon after with breathing difficulties.
        Turns out the red mark was a rapid growing haemangioma and was both on the surface and deep tissue. So deep in fact that it was also growing on his windpipe and was very quickly closing it down.

        He spent nearly four of his first six months on this planet in intensive care and the picture below is him on shortly after we were told there was a strong possibility we wouldn't get to bring him home.

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        Between spending 8 hours a day every day at the hospital with him and then travelling 60 miles home and spending evenings with his twin, we were understandably in a constant state of exhaustion (see below. By the way, I'm the less good looking one, on the right!)

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        Being the determined little soul that he is (and his name is testament to that as it means "Strong Hero"), he surprised the doctors and made it through the worst of it. Eventually he was let home but many months of rushing back to hospital followed.

        All of that stress took its toll on my better half and I, and we very soon realised that we needed a distraction that would grant us a couple of hours a week away from the mental anguish that was not only looking after young twins, but looking after a sick child too. She took up sewing, card making, woodwork and a whole heap of other crafts and I settled on candle making.

        I actually have no idea WHY I chose candles, it just felt like the right thing, but I'm very glad I did.

        Oh, and by the way, he's a happy healthy, pain in the posterior of a very nearly 4yo child now and his haemangioma is nearly entirely gone

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        • #5
          Aww Spencer, what a lovely baby! (You look nothing like I imagined tho!)
          What a terrible time you, Mrs Spencer, Strong Hero and his brother have been through but delighted to hear both boys are doing so well.
          I spent the vast majority of my nursing career in paediatrics and cared for a couple of babies with haemangiomas, happy to say they too made complete recoverys.
          One of the things that always amazed me (and still does) was the resillience of these tiny wee scoots, going through so much at a young age but fighting every inch of the way. I was also amazed by the fortitude of their parents, many of whom had to make real big changes to their lives for the sake of their new family.
          I take my hat off to you and mummy Spencer you are very special people

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          • #6
            Thanks Isabel. It's very nice of you to say that.

            I too was a haemangioma baby, but to nothing like the same degree as my boy (Ethan) had.

            He proved to be a fighter indeed and despite scaring the living daylights out of us by stopping breathing and turning blue on many occasions whilst in PICU, he came through against all expectations, without having to have a tracheostomy.

            On a completely different note, and just out of interest... what did you imagine I look like? More like Grouty I bet

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Spencer101 View Post
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              On a completely different note, and just out of interest... what did you imagine I look like? More like Grouty I bet

              Honestly? I imagined you to be very fresh faced blond straight collar length hair with a floppy fringe a bit Curly Watts-like from Corrie- if you can remember that far back!
              Speaking of what people look like any clues/ideas as to what McMarion looks like would be gratefully received...since I'm meeting her at Ikea tomorrow!

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              • #8
                Originally posted by holehouse View Post
                Honestly? I imagined you to be very fresh faced blond straight collar length hair with a floppy fringe a bit Curly Watts-like from Corrie- if you can remember that far back!
                Speaking of what people look like any clues/ideas as to what McMarion looks like would be gratefully received...since I'm meeting her at Ikea tomorrow!
                Elle Macpherson, natch!

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                • #9
                  My days of long luscious locks are well behind me (as you can see from the pic), but I did go through that phase... Although a bit more Kurt Cobain than Curly Watts!

                  McMarion will be easy to spot in Ikea. She'll be the one bending the ear of a spotty sales assisant over the poor quality of the tea lights!

                  Although carrying one of those name cards like taxi drivers at the airport do might be a good idea. Just write "Fletch" on it and she'll come find you

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                  • #10
                    Mid-Life Chandling!

                    McMarion.jpgI started growing garden bedding plants for sale as a kind of response to the onset of what I believe is known as "Mey Prime"!

                    I realised if I didn't want to spend the GNP of a small country on heating greenhouses through the winter I'd need something to keep the business alive during the winter months.

                    I was already using FO to add to dried flower heads (last summer was a wash-out so lots of plants leftover). I dried them, added a fixative and fragrance oil and sold it as potpourri.

                    I'd also just put in a wood-burner and found myself making home-made firelighters from wax and a variety of different materials. I then developed a wood/wax-based firelighter and began churning them out. At first I used my brother's leftover candle ends (goodness what he does but he seems to have hunners of em!) then realised I needed to start BUYING wax. At the wax shop (Thornes) the manager persuaded me I could have a go at candles and I left with some aluminium cups, zinc-cored tealight wicks (hiss - mighty mushrooms), dye, FO & some of this new-fangled soy wax stuff! And the rest, as they say, is history.

                    I work 3 days a week at my local college, trying to drum the delights of IT into unwilling student heads and chandling (and the plants) is such a great way to de-stress. It also beats housework into a cocked hat!

                    Had I not discovered this amazing forum goodness knows where I'd be but it's been like being on a wonderful course with the best teachers in the world. No question is ignored and someone always hits the nail on the head.

                    I've loved reading the other stories here. Spencer - you have the cutest wee baby. I've come over all melty/gooey. So glad the wee one is fighting fit now. Obviously the laydeez round here were hoping you were the embodiment of George Clooney but we'll make do in the meantime.

                    And now all that remains is to have a mugshot of our very own Nurse Gladys Emmanuel/McKay. Come on Isabel - get the polaroids out! Or should we wear red roses in our buttonholes? I suspect they'll be going cheap tomorrow ...

                    Elle "Fletch" Macpherson

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by MarionT View Post
                      Elle Macpherson, natch!
                      I had you more of a Kate Moss.
                      I'm much more of an Eva Herzigova without the need of a Wonderbra

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Spencer101 View Post
                        My days of long luscious locks are well behind me (as you can see from the pic), but I did go through that phase... Although a bit more Kurt Cobain than Curly Watts!

                        McMarion will be easy to spot in Ikea. She'll be the one bending the ear of a spotty sales assisant over the poor quality of the tea lights!

                        Although carrying one of those name cards like taxi drivers at the airport do might be a good idea. Just write "Fletch" on it and she'll come find you
                        Or she'll be trying to bribe her way through the revolving doors with an envelope stuffed with woncers!!!!

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by holehouse View Post
                          Or she'll be trying to bribe her way through the revolving doors with an envelope stuffed with woncers!!!!
                          Slander, libel and infamy!!! (covering all bases)

                          ps there are REVOLVING doors in IKEA? Presumably the staff will be on hand to escort me through this miracle of technowizardry ...

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by holehouse View Post
                            I had you more of a Kate Moss.
                            I'm much more of an Eva Herzigova without the need of a Wonderbra
                            Help ma boab!

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                            • #15
                              And now all that remains is to have a mugshot of our very own Nurse Gladys Emmanuel/McKay. Come on Isabel - get the polaroids out! Or should we wear red roses in our buttonholes? I suspect they'll be going cheap tomorrow ...



                              I'm the classy burd in the hat!
                              Hairs longer now and I promise I won't wear the hat or bring the dodgy guy who crept in to the photo!!!





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                              Last edited by holehouse; 15-02-2013, 10:01 AM.

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