Grateful for Farmers Markets


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!!!



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Art n’ Soul Classes

Art n’ Soul Classes

Creating for the Body, Mind, and Spirit

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

“Strong Roots” Candle is Born

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!
white birch

Each New Day = Creation


Already a productive day. Coffee, creating, planning, learning, working on goals…what I am finding most about running a small business is how every day is a new day and a chance to create and take steps. It is never ending. If it doesn’t seem to be working, let it go and if an idea is working, keep it around. Experimenting is good. No fear. Focus. Keep on.


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Happy May Day – Candle Match Is?


Today is May Day all over the world.

May Day, the first of May is celebrated around the world. It has many meanings, pridometly, it is a celebration of spring and the coming of summer. It is celebrated with many spring flowers, many of them blooming right in your own backyard. So what best to feature than the English Garden candle. Full of Flowers Galore!! Infused with natural essential oils, including Lavender, Bergamot and Ylang Ylang. A garden full of flowers in a jar.

Check it out here!

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Earth Day 2017

Greeter Falls

Taking the passions of helping the earth and always making it a part of the journey for this candle company.

Full Circle Candles is proud of a small recycling program that started two years ago. People bring back their empty jars/lids and get a new candle for a discounted price. I didn’t know such a small gesture would grow into recycling over 400 jars in the last 2 years. We will continue this effort and also will be implementing some free gift candles for our dedicated recyclers. Look for this soon!!!

Full Circle Candles is also excited to be attending the Earth Day Festival in Centennial Park, Nashville on Saturday April 22nd from 11-6. Climate Change is on top of our list of concerns so we will be donating 10% of profits to the Alliance for Climate Education on that day and for rest of the month of April. This applies for online and local orders as well!

Earth Day is April 22nd and lots of events are going on around our country. Hope you get to participate in some outings that day enjoying this planet and learning how to take care of it better. Every little bit helps. It starts with you.


Ruts and Joys

img_8444I miss this. Sitting in a coffeehouse, writing to all of you in the early quiet mornings. We all know that ruts can take over our lives a bit, but it is sure good when we wake up for a moment, taking a small step. My rut lately in business has been stagnation and which road to move forward on. Slowly, as ideas present themselves, steps to move forward begin with a great sigh of relief.

I am glad to be a big fan of Shark Tank, but I always wonder after they get the deal well, what happens? The after shows helped to open my eyes. No one is alone in the pool of the the entrepreneaurial lifestyle. There are great joys with running a buisiness, but also great challenges. As the small business grows, the demand becomes bigger then the fulfillment. Glitches and stressful decisions increase. The learning curves feel more winding.  It moves you to face the challenges and find creative ways to swim through it all.

Best advice I ever received when facing a brick wall is tomorrow is always a new day. Everyday is a chance to put something in place, to make a call, to write someone, to refresh, to make a decision that helps you and your company. Accomplish a small daily task to create that newness.

My goals today are to fill up my calendar with craft fairs for my candle business and write another store about carrying my line of candles. I sit here drinking my coffee, listening to the community around me talking, living, and laughing. I am aware my office can be a coffeehouse if I choose, with inspirational events all around me and well, I wouldn’t trade this for anything, challenges and all.


Debbie, Owner Full Circle Candles