Sandpoint Style-Putting on the Glitz


My Mom and I putting on a little glitz.

On October 22nd I was a vendor at Sandpoint Style in Sandpoint, Idaho.  My Mom and Dad were visiting and so my mom was able to go with me to this event.  We had a great time as always.

As I am writing this post, memories of the many shows my mom has done with me over the years come to mind.

 I remember…

  • My mom coming with me when I was a vendor at my first trade show.  She helped me put my booth together, sell my candles, and support me in general with my small business adventure.
  • Doing a local Farmer’s Market in Oregon and mom would meet me there as we both traveled from our homes in different towns.  She traveled an hour just to help me with a four hour Farmer’s Market.
  • And will not forget doing a show in Oregon at Oregon State University.   The weather forecast for this particular show was a very high chance of rain.  But in Oregon you never know, so we set up the show with my Dad’s help and the rain started.  This can be handled, but then the wind started and continued to get stronger.  At several points the gusts of wind blew so hard that several canopies from fellow vendors flew into the air and destroyed their products.  I can still remember, my mom and I looking at each other and laughing, as I am holding down our tent during the big gusts, taking money from customers, and my mom wrapping their candles while tissue paper is trying to fly away because people were still buying our candles.  We ended up having one of our best days despite the weather.   We still giggle about this show.
  • Attending the Lavender Festival with my mom.  The day was picture perfect.  My booth was located next to the u-pick lavender field with rows and rows of  dark and light purple and pink lavender plants ready to be picked, the scent of lavender was in the air and the sun was shining.  My mom and I stated many time to each other that we could not have picked a better day.

I have so cherished the times with my Mom and they are memories I will keep with me for the rest of my life.  Looking forward to the next show with my Mom….

Love Fall & Winter


Our Drive this Fall


First Snow on Schweitzer

In Northern Idaho Fall has arrived!  The colors this year have been spectacular.  As the leaves have changed, so have the candle and air fresheners scents for Pauper’s Candles.  This time of year brings in the cinnamon, timber, spice, fall fruit, and warm scents everyone enjoys.  Filling our homes with great scents is a comfort we all love.


Fall captured in our town



Fall and Winter scents you will find at Pauper’s Candles include:

Harvest Moon, Spiced Pear, Cinnamon Red Hot, Cinnamon Clove, Amber, Nag Champa, Pumpkin Spice, NorthWoods Christmas, Christmas Cabin and our original scent Three Trees.

You can order our candles through our website at

May you and your family have a truly blessed Fall and Winter Season.


Clothes on our line in the Fall.

Blessings and Comfort,

Krista Webber – Owner

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!



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.

2015 Kirt at Framers Market

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.

My Three Sniffers 2

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:




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!

Fudge Brownies – Think Outside the Box

Fudge Brownies

Fudge Brownies

This last year I was on the hunt for a good, moist, chocolaty, brownie recipe.  I tried many different recipes and finally found this Fudge Brownie Recipe.  I have made it for many of our friends as a dessert and served it with our home made ice cream, which my husband makes and is absolutely fabulous!  Each time I have served the brownies I have had rave reviews.  If you want a nice chocolate dessert or are craving something chocolaty, these brownies will not disappoint. They are fudge-like versus cake-like.  My husband and I love these Fudge Brownies.

Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips and Butter Melted on Stove Top.

Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips and Butter Melted on Stove Top. I Melt the chocolate chips and butter first and allow to cool while putting together the other ingredients.

Since I baked these brownies I have not wanted to use a box mix again.  I always enjoy knowing what ingredients are in my food and baking from scratch allows me to do this.  This recipe is simple and it is relatively quick to whip up a pan of brownies. This recipe calls for vanilla extract and I bought, for the first time, Organic Vanilla Extract.  I found the best price for Organic Vanilla Extract at Vitacost online.

Brownies ready to go into the oven.

Brownies ready to go into the oven.

I also used my own eggs from my chickens, Real Butter, Organic White Wheat Flour, Organic Cane Sugar, and Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips.  My next step is to purchase organic semi sweet chocolate chips.  Baking with organic ingredients warms my heart in that if I am going to go through the effort to bake something to serve, I want it to be as healthy as possible, while tasting great.

Hand Held Sifter

Hand Held Sifter

The recipe calls for powdered sugar to be sprinkled on top of the brownies when they are done.  It has been my experience that you want to do this right after pulling the brownies out of the oven, otherwise the powdered sugar does not stick to the brownies.  A little kitchen tool that I totally love using to sprinkle the powdered sugar is a mini hand held sifter.  The powdered sugar spreads onto the brownies nice, fine and even.

Using my Vintage Hand Mixer to Mix Ingredients

Using my Vintage Hand Mixer to Mix Ingredients

My vintage hand mixer is perfect for the mixing in this recipe.  Sometimes it is the little simple kitchen tools that makes a recipe come together easily or assist in the finishing touches.

Snapware 2-Layer Cupcake and Cake Carrier

Snapware 2-Layer Cupcake and Cake Carrier

Snapware Carrier- All loaded and ready for Market!

Snapware Carrier- All loaded and ready for Market!

A Little Extra Tidbit: I have baked these brownies for my Farmers’ Market and I transported  them in my Snapware 2-Layer Cupcake and Cookie Carrier that I found on Amazon. I totally love it.

I bake my brownies the night before my market and once they are cool I put them in my Snapware Carrier on the cake side of the tray and they stay fresh until I am ready to sell then at my market the next day.

May you enjoy this recipe and feel free to copy the recipe below.  Happy Baking!

Brownie Recipe

Pauper’s Candles are at Azalea, Handpicked Style in Sandpoint, Idaho

Azalea Signjpg

Brooke Deccio owner of Azalea with Pauper's Candles

Brooke Deccio owner of Azalea with Pauper’s Candles

Pauper’s Candle Company is excited to announce that Azalea Handpicked Style in Sandpoint, Idaho is caring our candles.  Azalea is a cute, eclectic boutique owned by Brooke Deccio that is located at 322 N. 1st Ave in downtown Sandpoint, Idaho  Azalea Handpicked Style is a woman’s thrift and consignment clothing store and is open Tuesday – Saturday 11am-6pm.

Pauper's Candles features at Azalea in Sandpoint, Idaho

Pauper’s Candles featured at Azalea Handpicked Style in Sandpoint, Idaho

Azalea is caring a variety of Pauper’s Candles. The candle scents that you will find at Azalea are:
Grandpa’s Pipe     Mango Papaya      Che Bella                     Coconut
Ocean Breeze       Basil Sage Mint     Tomato Leaf                Blackberry Sage
Dirt                       Lettuce                  Leather                       Fresh Cut Grass

Azalea Store Window No SignIf you ever want to know what is new at Azalea Handpicked Style, take a look at its Facebook page.  Brooke posts new items several times a week.

We love having our candles at Azalea and know that you will too.

Sold Out :)

We SOLD OUT of our Lemon Blueberry  Pound Cake!

We SOLD OUT of our Lemon Blueberry Pound Cake!

Thank you to all my customers!

Last weekend at my Farmers’ Market in Sandpoint, Idaho, I sold out of my Lemon Blueberry Pound Cake.  I was so excited.  It has taken a little bit for people to know that I am selling some “Homestead” fresh baked goods along with my candles.

Krista at Sandpoint Farmer's Market

Krista at Sandpoint Farmer’s Market

I even had people ask if I had more or if I was out before I could write on my chalk board that I sold out.  I think that I am going to make a sold out sign to put on the board whenever this happens.  How cute will that be!

Next week I am going to bring some more Lemon Blueberry Pound Cake along with my Fudge Brownies.  I will blog about these in a future post.

Krista and Pauper's Sign

Also, I have enjoyed seeing people who have purchased our candles last year and are buying more and also giving them as gifts to their friends.  We are encouraged and are thrilled that you are enjoying our candles!

Again, thank you 🙂

Lemon Blueberry Pound Cake at the Market

Lemon Blueberry Pound Cake by the slice.  Mmmmm

Lemon Blueberry Pound Cake by the slice.

I came across this recipe and love it.  I love lemon tasting food and this recipe delivers.  It not only has lemon juice in the cake and glaze, but it also has lemon zest in the cake to give it that extra lemon zing.  I used fresh organic lemons for my juice and zest.  Nothing but the best I say!  I have been taking this cake to my Farmers’ Market and have been getting a very positive response.  I am excited and it is always fun to serve good food.

When making this recipe I used my farm fresh eggs, along with organic non-GMO white wheat flour,  organic cane sugar, non-GMO baking powder, organic lemons and zest, kosher salt, raw milk from an Idaho small dairy that is licensed to sell raw milk, and blueberries I picked and froze myself.  Mmmmmm!

The Original Microplane Classic Series ZESTER.  Made in the USA!

The Original Microplane Classic Series ZESTER. Made in the USA!

When I first made the Lemon Blueberry Pound Cake, I used an actual hand grater that has the big and small holes and grated the lemon peel with the small holes to make my lemon zest.   This did not make a fine lemon zest.  I went online and found a review about a “Zester”.  I thought to myself that this tool would be perfect to make nice finely grated zest.  I bought it and it works great! The “Zester” is called The Original Microplane Classic Series Zester.  It is made in the USA, which is a bonus in my book.  I bought it off of Amazon.  This is an amazing little tool that no kitchen should be without.  I look forward to using it when making my Lemon Blueberry Pound Cake.

My 1930's -1940's  J.K 30 Juice King.  What a great Juicer!

My 1930’s -1940’s J.K 30 Juice King. What a great Juicer!

A few years ago at a yard sell, I found a vintage J.K. 30 Juice King.  My husband and I use our hand juicer often.  I used this juicer to extract the juice from my lemons and it worked awesome.  I love the old hand tools.  Any juicer will work just as fine as our Juice King.

Baking Tip:  When baking this Lemon Blueberry Pound Cake, I start checking the cake about 5-10 minutes before the allotted time.  I like to pull the cake out of the oven just as soon and my toothpick inserted in the middle is clean or a tad on the doughy side.  This makes for a nice moist cake.

Freezing the Cake:  I have frozen the pound cake as well and it tasted as wonderful as eating it the some day I baked it. To freeze the cake, I wrapped the cake in parchment paper and then put it in a zip loc bag.  When I wanted to serve the cake, I pulled it out of the freezer the night before and let it defrost on its own.  The only thing I noticed was that the glaze is moist and not as hard as it was before freezing it.  This I minor to me and I would freeze my cake again in the future.

Lemon Blueberry Pound Cake Loaves

Lemon Blueberry Pound Cake Loaves

Enjoy baking this wonderful Lemon Blueberry Pound Cake!

Recipe for Lemon Blueberry Pound Cake

Recipe for Lemon Blueberry Pound Cake

Raspberry Cream Muffins at the Farmers’ Market at Sandpoint

Raspberry Cream Muffins

Raspberry Cream Muffins

Pauper’s Candles is debuting its Farm Baked Goods.  Raspberry Cream Muffins are on the menu.  I found this recipe and love it.  We have raspberry bushes on our property and are able to use our own berries in these muffins and our “ladies” chickens supply our eggs.  I also use organic cane sugar, organic white wheat flour, non-GMO baking powder, real butter, and kosher salt.  My thoughts are if I am going to make some baked goods, why not use the best ingredients as I can.  I love making good healthy yummy tasting food.

Rasp. Muffin Single


If you are in Sandpoint, come to the Farmers’ Market on Saturday and I will be there.  The market runs from 10am-1pm.  I would love to see you.

Here is the recipe for the Raspberry Cream Muffins.  You can make them yourself and enjoy them any time.  I know you will love these muffins!

Recipe for Raspberry Cream Muffins

Recipe for Raspberry Cream Muffins