Did you know that Full Circle Candles is tucked inside an historic pottery store? Hallelujah Pottery has a long, rich history and we love working together in this space. We always carry handmade local, regional, and global pottery. Some of the pottery is made and fired at our location by local potters. There are local, regional and global handmade gifts as well. Being a part of craft fairs and farmers markets, we carry jewelry, chai tea, art, cards and more from our most admired crafters. We make all candles in house and look for more of our handmade products such as scrubs, lip balms and natural bug sprays being added to the shelves this spring.
You will also notice a flourishing Little Free Pantry/Library for families in need that sits out front to greet everyone.
Come on by to visit and enjoy a free cup of coffee or tea that we have ready for you. Located at 1202 W Main Street in Monteagle, TN. Winter Hours – Thurs, Fri, Sat 11 – 4pm – 931-636-4717
As I hit my 40’s, I feel the tone of social media, news outlets, and even friends opinions have taken a big toll on my mind and emotions. I don’t think I am alone in this too. I had hit a time of well, hopelessness, and couldn’t see how possible to make a difference in such a world. It all felt too big to take on.
I have always had an attraction to anything dealing with the environment, earth and animals (probably largely in part to my Bob Ross and John Denver influences). It spilled over into college and eventually made it’s way into a bookstore I owned in Florida, The Knowledge Tree, which not only had books but also had a strong social activism side. So many good things happened at that little store, so many people joined in and it felt even the smallest gesture made a little difference.
So with all this said, I chose to shut down the civil media war online and TV and turned my head to concentrate on decent forms of journalism, good books, small non-profits, people and businesses doing positive work in this world. I found I was quickly inspired by so many working on grassroots levels making positive differences. They made me feel it is possible to still be involved. A little flame has formed in me again.
A large part of Full Circle Candles influences are when we moved to TN. Nature, hiking, animals, food, farmers and crafters helped lead me to create my own craft, candles, and more. Now it is coming around full circle to what I believe in and what I choose to be a part of as I walk on this journey. So in the upcoming days I am going to be sharing a new candle line that reflects the road Full Circle and myself are going on. I hope others will join in and learn lots with me! I could not have done this without such influential people doing amazing work every day. It is pretty uplifting when you read lots of good news stories. They certainly shine bright in this world and hence this is the name of the new line!
I picked each theme through much research and what I wanted to be a part of, what spoke to me the most, what felt the most authentic. Lots of work went into this, lots of great folks helped me, they kept it sacred and I have enjoyed this creating process immensely.
So enjoy the unveiling of 5 new themed candles this week (there will be more!) that hopefully they will Shine Bright in this World! This is just the beginning of the journey. I felt it was perfect to begin it in the month of one of my favorite holidays, created in the year I was born, Earth Day! Happy April! Onward!
Candle of the week ❤️ Lemon 🍋 lemony verbena…Called Sunny 😎 Day. When I was in my home 6 years ago I had all my new little supplies to make my very own soy candle. This candle was born. So fresh and full of citrus. Smells like a lemon drop! I threw all my glade and other brand name candles out and proudly added this healthier candle to my house. Just a new hobby born. Years later I celebrate this fresh candle, remembering where one comes from.
It is officially 2019 and into the new year we go. Linear time is the trickster and in the back of my mind the question of “does it really mean anything?” lurks. Indeed, ritual is important to us and in many cultures. So, yes, as the new year celebrations pass us by, we have a chance in our own life rituals to reflect, refresh, and reboot and focus on new goals.
As a crafting business, this is always my small winter break, but before I can refresh and reboot, I must seek out reflection and what was the biggest lesson to learn so I can move on and plan ahead.
At the end of year I had to face a most important meeting. Upon getting ready with picking out my nice skirt, my nice blouse, my special sparkly earrings, I realized, after just moving, my nice shoes were in a box somewhere. All I had were my sneakers and socks. The meeting I had to attend was over 2.5 hours away. I said to myself “Surely, as I find the meeting place, I can locate a Walmart or a shoe store near by and this issue would be solved”. Upon my arrival to meeting, 1/2 hour before it started, I parked and googled “Walmart near me” and it was only a few miles away but with traffic (which was heavy in the area) would take me about 15 minutes to get there. Gulp! I panicked for a moment. What if they see my sneakers? What will they think of me? I mean this is like a “suit” people sorta meeting. Then in one quick moment I looked in the mirror, fixed up my hair, saw the wrinkles in my face, smiled and said “screw it”. If they don’t like it oh well. I am going in and I am going for it. I grabbed my samples of candles and with sneakers and all I went in. On the other side of the door I was greeted by a woman, maybe in her 20’s, a very modern fun haircut, jeans and a t-shirt along with a HUGE supportive smile. No sneakers would matter in any of this meeting. Not one bit. She was interested in only my story and my candles.
The lesson for me was slapped in my face. In 2018 I was challenged by some others in industry to run my company with an energy to make bigger bucks, do it quickly, and pretty much if you run over others, so be it. Heart and Business don’t mix. Was this how to run a business? Was I a failure if I did not change my ways? Can I run a business, even in sneakers and socks?
I looked around at who I most admire in business. My most influential business and crafting friends. I saw nothing but them in their businesses. I saw it took them time, like me. I saw how they had to learn new business skills, just like me. They expressed how people took advantage of them in business, just like me. Also, I saw plenty of heart and when sharing my concerns, I got nothing back but be you, be unique, and no worries about what others do. Focus. My story, my candles, my meeting with this business woman was a huge “aha” moment. I was told my candles matched their goals, their ways. Sustainable, positive, and with a great story and passion driven behind it all. We made a good team. It was not just another candle. It had heart, it took me time and lots of energy and this was respected. At the same time we talked of business wisdom and how to move forward and expand. That was my most successful and validating moment on this candle journey. It felt wonderful to be me and to be accepted as the business woman I choose to be, even in my socks and sneaks.
So now that I have reflected on a big lesson of 2018 I turn away and focus in on 2019. I will be working with new stores, new ideas I have always wanted to put in place for years, and move forward with who I am through creating the candles. I look forward to the challenge of strengthening my business, learning new ways to accomplish goals, and always keeping the heart the center. I hope this message find you well through those doubtful moments in your business and or life journey. Always be your comfortable you, reflect, refresh, reboot, and focus.
Debbie Blinder is the owner/candle-maker of Full Circle Candles
Every Tuesday (if I have an online order) I deliver candles to the local farmers market up here in Sewanee. I have been selling on there for a few years now. If I recall, it is actually one of my beginning opportunities for selling my candles.
Every time I deliver, I stare around in amazement at this well oiled market machine. Healthy meats (no hormones, grass fed, pasture raised), organic veggies, fruits, jellies, flowers, coffee, soaps, and so much more. I get a feeling as I stand there, waiting to be checked in with my little order of candles, of such gratitude to be a part of this. It is indeed why I began making my own goods in the first place and here I stand in awe, glowing at all I see around me.
Moving to this place brought me to such an abundance of farmers markets and in this area of Tennessee (and hopefully other places) it is really thriving. People are working the land, creating wholesome products, making a living selling their wonderful goods to communities that support local beyond anything I have ever witnessed. I feel it is only growing stronger in many communities. I hope to always be involved with my local farmers market, learning and growing along with it.
Check out your own local farmers markets and dive in to all the goodies!!!
These classes are focused on forming a sacred space with creations that help bring the gifts of healing, stress-relief, increased self-esteem, self-awareness and togetherness.
Friday, September 22nd – Medicine Bag Workshop – The series opens up with the Native American energy of good medicine. With much honor, passed down knowledge will lead the class in creating a powerful, personal medicine bag to wear for many days to come. Please bring small, special items from home to place in your bags.
Friday, October 20th – Self Reflection Collage Art – How do you see yourself? What do you feel? What are you letting go of and what do you welcome in? Come on out for a night of celebrating all that you are through this mixed media art project.
Friday, November 10th – The Mandala – Known in Sanskrit for “circle” or “completion”, this art carries deep, sacred meaning. Mandalas will be made from scratch (no templates) as to see where the journey takes you.
Friday, December 15th – Journal Making/Creative Writing – Winter is a wonderful time for deep reflection, so we close our four part series with creating personal journals and participating in creative writing time with sharing.
All are welcome to these classes. Great for teens/preteens as well. Suggested Donation of $15 is appreciated. All classes begin at 6pm and take place at Hallelujah Pottery in the Full Circle Candles work space. 1202 W. Main Street, Monteagle, TN. Led by Debbie Blinder. Call 931-636-4717 to hold your spot as space is limited and or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As I work this morning to name one of my new fall/winter candles all the magic occurs.
The new white birch scent has had 100% positive feedback from customers so now it goes into the naming process. I have learned so much of the “paper” tree this morning. It is the state tree of New Hampshire, was used by Native Americans to make canoes and and was used for writing paper. Also, Native American and Celtic traditions have sacred teachings of its strength and the power to renew itself even after taking a hard hit, such as a forest fire. Similar to some of our stories in life as well, right?
It has a beautiful white bark and such strength in its roots. “Strong Roots” is born. More to come!