Friday, November 19, 2010
There are so many candle lines out there, really- SO many. But when we met Laura Cler of Linnea's Lights at a small show in NYC organized by our favorite graphic designer, Erika Firm of Delphine studio, we knew this was a candle line to get behind and it has been amazing!
Throughout her life, Lynn Cler, co-founder of Linnea's Lights maintained a passion for fragrances and luxury items, and was inspired to create her own line of candles as a hobby. Often disappointed in the high price of luxury items, she knew she could create a superior product of better value. Lynn and her husband, Danny Manley, began selling her handcrafted candles at local craft fairs and markets in Indiana, and soon the couple had propelled their candle-making hobby into a small, freestanding company - Linnea's Lights had been conceived! After Danny's passing, Laura partnered with her mother, and, with the additional help of close family and friends, Linnea's Lights launched as the luxury brand that it is today. The dynamic mother/daughter team kept the name Linnea's Lights, which is in tribute to their Swedish family lineage. The Swedish name, Linnea, from which the name "Lynn" originated, has been in their family for five generations, and is a nod to the national flower of Sweden.
Linnea's Lights candles combine natural soy wax, lead-free cotton candlewicks, pure essences and fine fragrances to create clean burning, perfectly scented and highly aromatic candles. Each candle is triple scented so the subtle fragrance keeps throughout the entire burn. All of Linnea's Lights natural soy candles are meticulously hand-poured in small batches and tested for quality assurance. Every step of the process involves the use of human hands, and each candle is packaged and designed locally in Indiana with recycled or recyclable materials.
In our opinion, they are absolutely divine- beautiful scents, responsibly made and gorgeous packaging!
Our holiday candles, Winter, Fireside and Fir were all featured in this month's Shape magazine and online You should go get this issue- the cover is an amazing shot of Kelly Osbourne, 50 lbs lighter and looking so strong. She is my idol! Watch this adorable video of her. I just love her spirit.
The Winter candle which was also in last year's Martha Stewart magazine and has been our best seller by far. This year, it can be seen in this new amazing web magazine called Gifted by the ultra talented blogger Ez of Creature Comforts blog. Spend some time perusing this magazine. It is incredible beautiful. It has great product, amazing photography and gorgeous layouts and it is very inspiring, especially if you like to do crafts. We are so honored to be mentioned in such a beautiful magazine!
Monday, November 15, 2010
One of our favorite gift items of the season made it into the Real Simple Gift Guide and the Country Living gift guide! The IMM Living Best Years Chinese zodiac wine stoppers are fun, unique and a perfect gift (that is very well-priced) for that person who has everything! It's a great way to personalize your gift also by choosing an animal the correlates to your wine bottle or the year your friend was born. We used them for a baby shower this weekend. We put the tiger (for 2010) bottle stopper in a silver Chinese take-out box and wrapped up some custom made fortune cookies with characteristics about the Tiger. They were also chosen for the Country Living gift guide! Use coupon code: COUNTRYLIVING to get 10% off! Read more about these great stoppers here. Note: actually color is closer to the Real Simple picture.