Wrapping up the Harvest & The Chickens are out!

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Krista and Ms. Rhode Island Red. This is our first time having the Rhode Island Red Chickens and they are a great addition to our flock. These ladies are great egg layers.

I am just about done canning and storing our harvest for the season.  I pressure canned our carrots from our garden last week and thought, OK, I am done for a bit.  I am planning on making jam with our berries, raspberries, huckleberries, strawberries, and Saskatoon berries, during the winter months.  But for now, they are all bagged and sitting in our freezer safe and sound.

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Here chick, chick, chick! I love it when they all come running. Side Note: I left my chard and spinach for the ladies to eat. The greens are good for them.

Well, while I was walking our dog with my son I ran into a neighbor and he offered some apples from his trees and some Huckleberries he picked this year.  I could not refuse the offer.  My husband once said, You cannot turn down free food.  So after my show next week I will be making one last batch of applesauce.  Praise the Lord!  He provides.

So, now that I have harvested my garden, I put the chicken run together that leads them into our garden.  Our chickens are now a bunch of happy ladies.  Our garden is located in the front of our house, and so whenever I am outside I get to see the ladies and hear them cackle all over the place. Since we have been living off grid on our property, we have had chickens and I just love having the ladies.  They do not require allot of care and you get a present from them each day.

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Mark and Ms. Buff Orpington. We love the Buffs. They are such mild tempered birds.

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Mark and the Ladies.

Harvest Moon Bazaar – Come and See Us!

2016-postcard-finalIt is that time of year again.  Fall is here, Thanksgiving is just around the corner and the Harvest Moon Bazaar is about to begin.

If you are in the Boring, Oregon area, we would love to see you at our booth. My son, Mom and Dad will be helping me with my show this year. If you mention seeing this post/postcard, you can receive $2.00 off one of our Pauper’s Candles.

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My big helper at the 2015 Harvest Moon Bazaar!

The Harvest Moon Bazaar is one of my most favorite shows to do.  The show location is great, the vendors are of high quality, and the women hosting the show are wonderful.  If you enjoy  handmade and vintage products, you will love this bazaar.

We all hope to see you there!

Winner of the 1st Annual Labor Day Free Give-Away

Congratulations to our Winner.

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If you can see this video then you know the winner of our 1st Annual Labor Day Free Give-Away.  We are thinking of a harvest drawing as well.  We were thinking about giving away some of our Saskatoon jam and other cool stuff from our homestead.

Sorry about the video quality everyone.  I am using Onedrive instead of Youtube; I am still not ready to become a vlogger yet.  But, with a little practice, we’ll get there.

The winner of the Labor Day Free Give Away is Julie.  We’ll be messaging you shortly to get your address to send your free gift.  Congratulations!  Thank you everyone for your participation it was fun for us, and we hope you had fun too.

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Labor Day Give Away… Free from our off grid company

Join our Living a Sustainable Dream Free Give-Away!

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You too can be a winner... Join the Living a Sustainable Dream Labor Day Free Give-Away.You too can be a winner… Join the Living a Sustainable Dream Labor Day Free Give-Away.

Please join us in the fun for our 1st Annual Labor Day Give-Away.

We at Living a Sustainable Dream are giving away a free soy wax candle and air freshener from our off grid business, Pauper’s Candle Company.  The winner of the drawing may choose from our popular summer scents: Sweet Orange Chili Pepper, Cabernet Sauvignon, Toasted Marshmallow, Pomegranate, or Salty Sea Air.

How to be entered in the free drawing…

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  2. Post a comment either in Facebook or on WordPress below this announcement stating your favorite post you’ve read from Living a Sustainable Dream. The most popular post will be re-posted with more background info about it.

We will take the names of everyone who participated…

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Pauper’s Little Work Space

I was needing a little space in my house where I could use my laptop, process orders, do bills and store my “office materials” for Pauper’s Candles.  I decided to use the closet space in our guest bedroom.  I totally love the way the space came together.

Contrast old new paint

First things first: A fresh coat of paint in the closet before building Pauper’s Little Work Space. Nothing like Bright White paint – I have since finished painting the rest of the guest bedroom

Tool Basket

When one does not have a tool belt or tool box, a basket will do.

Stand up Shelf

This is a stand alone shelf that I built with re purposed wood from my local dump. I love this shelf!

Desk Parts

I wanted a little desk and had found these old table legs at my local dump and thought they would work great for the legs of my desk and the other wood I used was also courtesy of my local dump.

Shelves in Closet

Here is my finished desk. I just love old wood. I then made some top shelves with some book shelf brackets I bought at my local Home Depot. Again shelf wood is from my local dump. Did I mention I love old used wood?

Work Space Finished

I added a chalk board that I made from an old window I found at my local dump and I made a magnet board from an old cookie sheet I found at a thrift store. This cookie sheet had a metal loop on the end that was perfect for hanging it up. I just love old stuff!

My Pauper’s Work Space came together great and I wrote this post while sitting at my little desk.  I have also added curtains, so when quests come over I can close the curtains and they do not have to see into my work space.  This was a fun project.  Go Re-Purposing! Go Old Wood! Go Local Dump!

 

 

Farmers Market at Sandpoint is set for May 7th

Krista Baked Goods and Candles in Booth

This is our booth and the Sandpoint Farmers Market.

Pauper’s Candles will be at our local Farmers Market starting May 7th this year.  We are looking forward to another great year at the market.  We will be there with our Soy Candles and Air Fresheners as well as having some potted Aloe Vera.

Aloe Vera

Every house should have an Aloe Vera plant.

Be sure to come by our booth.  We are located on the street near the food court.

2015 Krista _ Kirt Farmers Market

Kirt will be with me at the market again this year. Good Times!

We have added some terrific scents to our candle line and we know you will enjoy them all.  I am totally enjoying Sweet Orange Chili Pepper.  I have been burning it in our bathroom and the scent throw is wonderful.  I also love the Pomegranate candle we are making this year.  It is a scent that I remember from my youth and the memories around this scent make this candle even better.  Isn’t it amazing how scents trigger memories, feelings, and situations we have had? I love that about candles.

Hope the see you at the Farmer’s Market!

OSU Mom’s and Family Weekend 2016…

2016 New Candles

Pauper’s Candles new candle scents for 2016. You are sure to love them!

Pauper’s Candle Company is going to be at Oregon State University Mom’s and Family Weekend Art Festival. You can see more information about this event on their Facebook page.  We will be there on April 3oth and the festival is from 10am – 5pm located near the Memorial Union building on the brick mall.  We will be in booth 14.  We would love to see you there.

This is our first show of the year and we will be debuting five new candle scents.  They are Sweet Orange Chili Pepper, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pomegranate, Salty Sea Air, and Toasted Marshmallow.  Come and stop by our booth and smell the new candles.  I totally love the Sweet Orange Chili Pepper.  I have always loved orange fragrance and this candle scent throws great and yet is not too heavy.

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Kirt helping set up our booth at the Sandpoint Farmers Market.

My son is making the trip with me this year.  He is looking forward to seeing Grandma and Grandpa, as we will be staying with them. He is also a great helper setting up our booth. It is always fun to see my parents and my mom will be helping me run my booth as she has been for many years now and my Dad always assists with unloading and loading my supplies for this show.  I love my folks.  They have always been so supportive.

Thank you to OSU for putting on a great show.  We are looking forward to another great time at the festival.

A Pauper’s Tea Destined to be A Pauper’s Coffee

My Three Sniffers

Natalie, Brooke, and Jennifer: Awesome friends to take time from their day to smell candles for Pauper’s Candle Company!

As I was testing new scents for 2016, I thought to myself that I would like to have some of my friends smell these new scents and give me their honest opinions. I thought that while they were smelling I could serve tea and treats. Sometimes a thought needs to become a reality. I invited three fiends from various backgrounds and occupations and they all indicated that they would love to come. I began to plan my first Pauper’s Candles Tea.

I have to give a pause and make a few statements. I live in Northern Idaho, on a dirt road, and have a quarter mile easement off my road to my solar powered home. I live in what I call snow country. If the temperatures rise during winter our road turns to slush and then mud. I was taking a chance by having my Pauper’s Tea at this time of year.

As the date for my Tea was approaching the temperatures were rising and we were getting rain and not snow. Our snow plow broke and was put in the shop not to be finished until after My Pauper’s Tea. Three days before my tea my road was a slushy mess and we could no longer drive our vehicles to our house. We had to walk the quarter mile easement and anything we needed to buy or take from our home we had to carry in our backpacks, or put on our sled to be pulled to our house or vehicle. I knew that my tea could not take place at my home. I started thinking what I could do. I could cancel or change the venue. I thought to myself where I could have a small gathering. I thought of a place in town and talked with one of my friends I had invited and she thought that this was a great idea and also suggested another spot she knew. I thought her suggestion was better and so I changed the venue to be at a place downtown that had a small coffee shop that opened early. All of my friends were so flexible and willing to meet downtown.

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Smelling, smelling and smelling some more candles!

My first Pauper’s Tea became my first Pauper’s Coffee. The day arrived for my Pauper’s Coffee and it was raining. I had to gather everything I would need for my friends to sample me new candle scents in a backpack because I also had a wholesale order and online order that needed to be sent in the mail and I had to use the sled to pull them to my vehicle. As I was walking to my car with my rain jacket on, backpack on and orders on my sled covered with a tarp to protect them from the rain, I thought to myself, “Only in Northern Idaho” and “Only in North Idaho would people totally understand and not think this strange.

New and Old Scents

Pauper’s Candles – Some will stay, some will go, and some will be new. Decisions, decisions, decisions…

I arrived downtown at 8:25am and I was the first to arrive. I was excited because I was able to put together the tables and chairs and set everything out for my meeting. I then met my friends and as they arrived they were able to get coffee and treats. I started my Pauper’s Coffee by introducing all my friends to each other and then we began smelling the new scents. It always amazes me how personal scents can be and how each person has reasons why they like certain scents over others. Two hours later, I had gathered some terrific information to help me decide Pauper’s 2016 Candle Scents. I want to give a huge THANK YOU to Natalie, Jennifer, and Brooke for taking the time to smell new scents and give me your opinions. I had a wonderful time and hope you did too!

At home looking at data

I have decided on Pauper’s Candles 2016 Candle Scents!

As I looked over the data I gathered from my Pauper’s Coffee with my friends, I decided Pauper’s Candles candle scents for 2016. Some scents remain, others discontinued and new scents added. Pauper’s Candle Company Candle Scents for 2016 are as follows:

Year Round Scents: LILAC, JASMINE, HONEYSUCKLE, VANILLA VELVET, FIG, WHITE GINGER AND AMBER, GRANDPA’S PIPE, RED CURRANT, LAVENDER, PATCHOULI LAVENDER, (NEW SCENTS) SALTY SEA AIR, SWEET ORANGE CHILI PEPPER, CABERNET SAUVIGNON, POMEGRANATE. TOMATO LEAF, BASIL SAGE MINT, CILANTRO N’ HERB, FRESH CUT GRASS, DIRT.

Spring / Summer Scents: HUCKLEBERRY, HAWAIIAN MIST, BLACKBERRY SAGE (NEW) TOASTED MARSHMALLOW.

Fall / Winter Scents: CINNAMON RED HOT, N. WOODS CHRISTMAS, CHRISTMAS CABIN, THREE TREES CINNAMON/CLOVE, PUMPKIN SPICE

I am excited for Pauper’s Candles 2016 Soy Candle Lines and Air Fresheners. I know that there is a scent for everyone to enjoy!