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!



At the Moscow Food Co-Op you will find Pauper’s Candles!

New Logo 2Pauper’s Candles can be found at the Moscow Food Co Op in Moscow, Idaho.  We are excited to be there!

While Pauper’s Candles was at the Sandpoint Farmer’s Market in 2014, I, Krista and Owner of Pauper’s Candles, met Ashley Douglas.  She and her family were visiting Sandpoint and visited the Farmer’s Market.  Ashley, her sister and mother were enjoying the many scents of our candles and Ashley asked if we sold our candles wholesale because she was the Mercantile Buyer for the  Moscow Food Co-Op and was interested in bringing in our soy wax candles.

In the Fall of 2014, Ashley brought in Pauper’s Candles to the Moscow Food Co-op and our soy wax container candles were a success.  During the Christmas Season, the Co-Op carried many of Pauper’s Seasonal Scents such as Christmas Cabin, Northwoods Christmas,  Pumpkin Spice, Cinnamon/Clove, and Harvest Moon, as well as what has become their staple scents, Lavender, Huckleberry, Tomato Leaf, Vanilla Velvet, and White Ginger & Amber.

Our Tomato Leaf soy candle is a wonderful reminder of Summer

Our Tomato Leaf soy candle is a wonderful reminder of Summer

For the 2015 Spring/Summer Season the Co-Op is additionally caring our candle scents of Cucumber, Eucalyptus, and Fig.  Each Season Ashley brings in a few seasonal scents to keep a rotating variety of scents as well as staple scents you can always find.

All of  Pauper’s Candles are made with 100% soy wax ,cotton wicks and scented with either premium grade fragrance oils or 100% essential oil.  Pauper‘s soy wax is also non-GMO.  All of Pauper’s Candles are made using solar energy generated on our property for our home and home business.

White Ginger & Amber is Pauper's #1 Seller

White Ginger & Amber is Pauper’s #1 Seller

Whenever you are in Moscow, Idaho you should visit the Food Co Op.  They are located at 121 E. 5th St. in downtown Moscow, Idaho.  You can also get to know the Co Op by going to their website or face book page.

Enjoy the many natural products including Pauper’s Candles at the Moscow Food Co Op!

Pauper’s Candles and Sustainability

Our Home Run by Our Solar Panels

Our Home Run by Our Solar Panels

What does Sustainability mean anyway?  The definition of Sustainability is wide.  It basically means:

  • Living a life of dignity in harmony with nature.
  • Renewing resources at a rate equal to or greater than the rate at which they are consumed.
  • Living within the resources of the planet without damaging the environment now or in the future.

When I started making candles in 2003, I did not start my business, Pauper’s Candle Company, thinking that I wanted to make candles that were sustainable.  I am not sure the term was really used then.  But as I started to learn more about the products I was using and could use, I started to make conscience efforts to use products that were renewable, recyclable, and made in the US. This was the beginning of Pauper’s being sustainable without knowing it.

MK infront Panels

Mark and Krista with our Solar Panels in the Background

For almost five years, Mark and I have been living in Idaho and have built our home on our 10 acres with allot of sweat equity.  We were not necessarily thinking sustainability when we decided to build our home using solar energy.  We were thinking of having a lifestyle that was slower, simple, and debt free.  We run our home from our 10 solar panels and 12 batteries.  On average we pull out our generator 5-7 times a year.  Our life style has become sustainable.

As a result of our home being run by solar energy, Pauper’s Candles produces its products using solar energy.  I think that this is pretty cool.  Our solar panels generate the power to run our home business. I would say this is sustainability

This year at the Farmer’s Market in Sandpoint, Idaho, I will be selling what they call “farm baked goods” along with our candles.  Farm baked goods are those baked goods that have at least one of the top three ingredients from your property/farm.  Since we have chickens (eggs), grow and harvest strawberries, raspberries, and an assortment of vegetable from our garden each year, our baked goods are from food we raise and grow ourselves.  Again, this is sustainability.

With Pauper’s Candles, I also reuse all our shipping boxes and packing materials for us to use when we ship our products.  So, if you order Pauper’s Candles and see your order arrive in a box with another company logo on it do not be alarmed, we are recycling the box.  My local grocery store, Super 1, gladly gives me their empty boxes.  Just the other day a friend of mine had empty boxes from orders for her business and gave them to me to reuse.  And again, this is sustainability.

Additionally, we purchase our materials from companies who are located in the US and we attempt to purchase materials that are made in the USA.  I have become friends with a woman who has a Lavender Farm in Oregon.  They grow, distill, and sell their own Lavender Essential Oil.  This is the oil I use in my Lavender candles in my From Nature Candle Line.  And again this is sustainability.

My husband and myself believe that we are to take care of the dirt we live on and have a positive impact on our environment because we are in charge of taking care of God’s creation.  Pauper’s Candle Company is run with this in mind.  We want to produce products that are of quality and sustainability.  When we look back at how we ran our home business and made our products, we want the wake left behind us to be one that is positive.