susantf on May 17, 2016
These candles are gorgeous and perfect for our wedding. I love the unique beauty of these candles and they will add a great deal to the ceremony.
Destiny on Apr 30, 2016
Very interesting and creative! Love it!
Art as therapy for our stressed souls! Be creative! Make down time a priority!
I began making "art" of some type or another in high school. I took all of the art courses available, some twice. In my later teens I was too busy to sit still and make art, but the spark was still there. Later, when I was staying home with a little one for his first three years, I found lots of time to create fun items!
That's how Pretty Petals Candles started, as an experiment that grew into a hobby business. I sealed some dried rose petals onto candlesticks. Then I moved on to pressed little flowers like wild morning glories or small pansies. I set up a stand at arts & craft shows all over the area, one almost every weekend. Shops in Rochester, Buffalo, and in between purchased candles almost as fast as I could make them.
I opened little gift shop in Perry, NY where I offered my creations and those of some other talented artisans local and around the state. I was making candles for other shops in between customers. Over the cute little front door was a sign, "Hidden Valley Farm - candles, cards and unique gifts." When I went back to work full time, I had to close the shop and take a break from making items in large quantities, but I didn't completely stop. In 2006, my mom told me about Etsy; I joined and it became a great place for me to present my creations in smaller quantities.
I created pocket-sized journals from recycled materials such as children's books - where people can preserve their ideas, memories, sketches or poetry. Artsy handmade bookmarks provide an outlet to feature my own creative writing. Small hand-bound books and holiday crackers (a.k.a. poppers or English crackers) make a nice variety so I never get bored!
Also in 2006, I began publishing a small monthly 'zine "The Other Herald" (TOH), with a goal of "Heralding the art of writing in Western NY and beyond." I wrote an occasional article but relied mainly on submissions of creative writing, art, writing exercises, articles, etc. from the public. A couple years later, I found my small folded-page format was restrictive; I was getting great submissions that I couldn't accept because of length. I changed the format to a 16-24 page booklet and began publishing the new format quarterly instead of monthly. Today, I get submissions from all across the U.S. and other countries around the globe. The Other Herald has grown into a nice small press publication for writers and readers, but it retains its artsy 'zine-like feel. Issues are themed and each is unique in its presentation. I try to keep up with it. Maybe I should get some other people involved!!
I've been making pressed flower candles, publishing books and 'zines, and generally "creating" things, especially papercrafts, ever since. Encouraging people to be creative is important to me... art as therapy for our stressed souls.
When I'm not over-working, I play at art and writing. Near Rochester & Buffalo, NY, my home is non-smoking and pet-free. The word ART is in heart. Keep it close. Be creative, or experience the creativity of others. Beauty & enthusiasm are contagious.
When I'm not over-working, I play at art and writing. Near Rochester & Buffalo, NY, my home is non-smoking and pet-free.
The word ART is in heart. Keep it close. Be creative, or experience the creativity of others. Beauty and enthusiasm are contagious. Have a great summer, everyone!!
Accepted payment methods
- Accepts Etsy gift cards
- Money Order
- Other Method
IF YOU LIVE IN NEW YORK STATE, 8% sales tax must be added onto any purchase (I cover the difference in your sales tax for your county location.) This will automatically be added via checkout on Etsy. Thank you.
I accept PayPal and check or money order, but beware that checks take longer to clear and any bounced check fees will be passed on to you. Paying via check is okay, but it willy delay your order being mailed out. PayPal makes everything easier!
I ship using the U.S.P.S. and most items ship First Class. Candles are priced to ship Priority Mail. If you want to request Priority Mail, convo me and I will gladly calculate the added cost and send you a second Paypal invoice for the shipping upgrade.
Shipping/handling charges I've added are approximate in nature, but intended to be as close to actual as possible. (For example: Candles weigh more, so shipping is by nature higher.)
Shipping is automatically combined when you purchase more than one item, and the additional items' shipping cost is reduced according to the charges I've set up. Insurance can be added if desired- please ask me to add it if you want it.
Refunds and Exchanges
Other than custom items--You must contact me right away if you are not satisfied with your order. You have 10 days from the date I mail the items to you, to advise me of any issue you are having. You must contact me in an Etsy.com "convo" and be specific about what item and what is the problem. Good communication is important; please know that I will always reciprocate with good communication, as soon as I am able to.
Sometimes something is just not what you thought it would be and I understand that. My policy about refunds is that I will refund sale price (but not shipping) for any item you are not happy with, with the exception being printed materials (I am not operating as a library, sorry). Additionally, the returned items must be in good (salable) condition when I receive them back and I must receive them back within 2 weeks of the date I mailed them out. You will pay the return shipping to the address I will provide. Detailed listing photos and written descriptions are provided specifically to prevent such misunderstandings or headaches for all!
<3 Thank you for your attention to these policies. To date, I have not had a dissatisfied customer. <3
Additional policies and FAQs
Note cards available locally at this store ~ http://www.burlinghambooks.com
Wholesale pricing upon request, with proof of retail operation such as web site or name/address. Wholesale orders will be in bulk quantity and made to order to fit your reselling needs.
Feel free to take a look also at my sold items and posted feedback!
Convo me with any questions or concerns...