1. What’s your name & Your Company Name
My name is Carrie Powell and my company’s name is Carrie’s Curiosities, LLC
2. Why did you decide to go into business? What was your motivation? How long have you been in business?
I’ve loved candles for as long as I can remember and I grew up with a very crafty mother, that encouraged me to try different outlets for my creativity. I actually went to bed one night thinking, “I wonder how hard it would be to make my own candles”. When I woke up the next morning, I began scouring the internet for any information on candlemaking I could find. (Luckily, I was able to find quite a lot!) After I read up on the process, I talked to my husband about learning to make my own candles. (I honestly thought he would tell me I’m crazy.) However, he encouraged me to get a starter kit and try it out, so I did and I loved it! From there, I started making candles for friends, family and neighbors and people really loved my candles, so I decided to start making them on a larger scale.
My motivation for the business was the prospect of getting to do something I truly loved and still be at home with my son. I really enjoy the fact that I get to be a business owner and a full time mother!
I’ve been in business for about a year and I’m still learning a lot. Everyday is a new adventure and I’m loving the ride!
3. What products do you make and sell?
Right now, I sell soy container candles (mason jars, Victorian style jars, tureens and tins), palm wax container candles, votive candles, tarts/melts and grubby pillar candles. (I also sell a few beaded ornaments on my website as well, but they aren’t scented!)
4. What are your business goals?
My current goals are to continue making high quality products and to build my online presence. I’ve also begun participating in local craft fairs and would like to continue building my presence within my community.
5. What are some products you use from Natures Garden; what are your favorite products from Natures Garden?
Oh goodness, I use Nature’s Garden’s fragance oils all the time! I’ve also purchased tins and clamshell containers and everything I’ve received has been excellent. I honestly love NG’s fragrance oils. There is such a large variety, that I just have fun looking through them all and making wishlists. One of my favorite scents, is one that I just used in my new vanilla line of candles, Coconut Vanilla scent. It is a terrific scent and I honestly don’t want to sell the candles I’ve made. I want to keep them all, because I love the scent so much!
Your Website: curiouscarrie.etsy.com
Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/CarriesCuriosities
~Carrie’s Curiosities, LLC~
“Home to lovely, hand poured, natural wax candles!”