It's A Gift

…some thoughts about gifts and giving and about life in general

Archive for June, 2011

Retailers — What’s Your Slowest Day of the Week?

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

I’m writing this on a Wednesday, which is typically the slowest day of the week for my hobby shop. My husband has suggested that this is because the majority of my customers live from paycheck to paycheck. Since most of them are likely to be paid on Thursday or Friday, it’s no wonder they don’t have much left by Wednesday.

This seems plausible, at least for those who are using cash or debit cards. On the other hand, since most on-line sales are made using credit cards, either directly or through services such as PayPal, I wouldn’t expect to see the same patterns there.

Comment Policies

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

In a previous post, I let the people who have so kindly left me so many spammy comments know what I thought about them. Now I think I probably should address a few specific questions I’ve been asked. One person suggested that I post my “policy” on comments, so here are my thoughts.

I fully realize that there are many people who simply look for “Do Follow” sites in order to leave links to their respective businesses. What you need to realize is although I have chosen to make this site “Do Follow”, I also moderate it before any comment is published!

Gel Candle-making – What if I Want Those Bubbles?

Saturday, June 11th, 2011

In my last post on gel candle-making, I gave you some tips on how to get rid of the bubbles if your goal was to make a clear, bubble-free candle.

Gel Candles — What about those bubbles?

Friday, June 10th, 2011

Gel candle-making involves a unique feature that doesn’t usually occur with any other candle medium. You will pretty much always get some air bubbles in your candles, but there are ways to minimize or maximize them, depending on how you want your finished candle to look.
If your aim is to make your candle as clear as possible (meaning few to no bubbles), the first thing you need to do before pouring your candle is to coat your wicks with gel. I cut my wicks to length, attach the wick tabs, then drop them into my heated gel and leave them there until they stop generating air bubbles. I use the longest pair of tweezers I could find to take each wick out of the gel and place it in the container. Any embeds that you want to use should also be dipped in the hot gel before you place them in your candle.