Inspiration: What I’m Loving & Appreciating Right Now

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I wanted to share some of my current sources of inspiration with you. How amazing is Angela Ahrendts? So proud that she hails from our home of Indiana and excited to see all that’s ahead for her at Apple. I’m really enjoying this Fast Company article, have you read it?

And how I love AFAR magazine. They’ve just undergone a bit of a design overhaul with a talented new creative director, Elizabeth Spiridakis Olson, formerly of another favorite read, Bon Appétit. AFAR has my heart because truly, all of us are vagabonds… embrace it….

Last but not least, I’ve been drooling over Devour Downtown here in Indiana and can’t wait to try a few more of these local restaurants this weekend: http://www.devourdowntown.org/2014_menus/

What’s inspiring you right now?

NEW Spring Candle: Persian Lime

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Just as in nature the flora and fauna seem to undergo a rebirth each Spring, so too do we crave a seasonal reawakening as the days grow longer. To celebrate the season of renewal, Linnea’s Lights has released three new scents for spring. The first I’d love to introduce you to is our new Persian Lime candle.

Bright and effervescent, this candle blends tart lime with crisp grapefruit and rich notes of vetiver. Combining natural soy wax, lead-free cotton wicks, and pure scents, Linnea’s Lights clean-burning candles are carefully hand-poured in small batches.

– Soy wax, fragrance oil, cotton wick, glass
– Double wick
– Scent: Persian Lime
– 9 oz.
– Handmade in the USA

Available for purchase, here.

Happiness Is Lots of Candles

Image courtesy of Wary Meyers' Instagram

Image courtesy of Wary Meyers’ Instagram

Came across this absolutely perfect image on the Instagram feed of the Wary Meyers shop. Couldn’t have said it better myself, and I love the vintage typography!

Thawing After the Polar Vortex Deep Freeze

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Since most of us are still feeling the effects of this week’s Polar Vortex, all I can think about is keeping toasty. Luckily, some of our largest candles are now on sale to help warm you up, wherever you are! Try our large, 18-ounce, triple-wick candle in our lovely Winter scent and enjoy the extended 85-95 hour burn time.

Our take on Winter is a divine blend of cedar spruce and mint topped off with hints of cranberries and cinnamon- a best seller year after year. And can I tell you a secret? It’s now discounted over on orangeandpear.com! Scoop one up today and shiver no more.

A Candle Spell to Ring in the New Year

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I like to take the first few days of the New Year to think about the year ahead with goals for myself and wishes for my family. A wealth of tradition helps to usher in the new year, a time for new beginnings, and is an opportunity to ensure one’s luck for the year to come.

I came across this whimsical yet poignant so-called “candle spell”, which I felt captured what I wanted to focus on in these first days of January, 2014:

As I light this candle,
I bid the Old Year farewell,
With gratitude for milestones passed,
And memories cherished.
And I welcome the New Year in
With love and warmth and blessings.
That the quality of this new year be assured,
I now dedicate a moment to visioning
Some ways to make this year
A year of excellence,
A year of fortune.

Pause for a moment to envision the kind of year that you want to have and the kind of person that you want to be. Enhance these visualizations by imagining your objectives charged with energy and bathed in glowing light. Then continue:

And thus do my wishes for the year
take on their own life and purpose.
So does the year itself
take on a glowing life and power;
A bright year, a bold year,
a golden year, a year of magic!
So may this year bring luck,
and peace, and prosperity
to one and all.

You can allow the candle to burn continuously, or relight it every morning to reactivate the magic of your celebration. Whether the candle takes a few days or a few months to burn down, you can be satisfied that its flames will radiate your blessings to last the twelve months out. Kind of a sweet idea, right?

How are you starting off your New Year?