Togetherness

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

www.fullcirclecandles.com

Shine Bright In This World

Bee the Change

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!

Sunny Day – Lemony Bliss – Candle of the Week

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.

Click here for Sunny Day and more wonderful candles!

Happy New Year – Reflect, Refresh, Reboot, Focus

Planning 2019

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

www.fullcirclecandles.com


“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
Peace,
Debbie

Happy May Day – Candle Match Is?

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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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Standing Rock Candle – Stand Strong

image1A few days ago I wrote about Full Circle’s flourishing recycle program. It started small and grew and grew. Little did I know that this would lead to more ideas on giving back to causes I care deeply about. It has been a strong part of what I wanted for this special candle company. It is called Full Circle for many reasons, one simply being, to pay it forward.

From this inspiration of helping the earth it now moves into fundraising and the give back candle is born and the cause is Standing Rock. In my own life, the Native American culture is extremely close to my heart. I have been watching the movement at Standing Rock for months. If I was not a mother with a business I probably would be there too.

I recently found out that there is a great need for supplies and such to keep the camp flourishing, especially as winter approaches. Some wonderful folks in my area have decided to hold a fundraiser at a local Episcopal Church for this cause next Saturday, November 26th, and with their great support, I created a candle to be available at the event.

I am so honored to be a part of any little bit of this, even if small (like that recycle program). If this wonderful, sacred candle helps the people at Standing Rock, even one get some supplies, it is a success. So here it is and will be available on the website (in any scent you wish) and also it will be carried at my craft table for the whole holiday season!! It will be sold for as long as the people Stand Strong  (Nah’zhee Soo-tah) to protect their land. Hence the Mighty Buffalo Energy.

Here is a link to Standing Rock to learn more about the movement:

Standing Rock

A’ho.

Debbie

www.fullcirclecandles.com