Christmas & Winter

Winter’s Light Series - Hand-Poured Soy Candles (Cloved Cranberry)

Continuing with our Winter’s Light Series (read about it here), today I am introducing our next Soy Candle fragrance….Cloved Cranberry!

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Cloved Cranberry combines the crisp, fruity scent of ripe red cranberries with the warmth and spice of cloves, and a sprinkling of sweet sparkling sugar!  Wonderful for Christmas, of course (this was our best seller in December), but it doesn’t scream “holiday.”  Cloved Cranberry is a nice winter fragrance (our best-selling last month), having the warmth of spice, yet cool and fruity. 

If you didn’t catch the earlier post explaining all about our hand-poured soy candles, here is a recap:

We have been making these for quite a few years now, hand-pouring them in beautiful Union, WA on Hood Canal.  We use 100% soy wax, not a wax blend.  Why soy?  Oh so many reasons.  First off, it makes a wonderful candle.  The wax burns at a lower temperature, so you get a longer burn time with soy over paraffin.  It will also withstand a heavier load of fragrance oil, so they are very highly scented.  We’ve had a single votive candle sitting in our car as an air freshener for going on 5 years now, and it still smells wonderful!  Soy is grown right here in America, so by choosing soy you are supporting American farmers, not to mention using a renewable resource, as paraffin is a petroleum product and not renewable.  If that isn’t enough, you can remove any leftover wax residue in your candles cups with soap and water!  What’s not to love here?

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Currently, we are pouring standard-size votives, tealights, and an 8 ounce jar.  We do not use dyes in our wax, so the naturally creamy white color of the wax won’t compete with whatever your decorating palette you may have.  The votives fit in a standard-sized votive cup and will burn 10-15+ hours depending on how long it burns each time you light it (seems to burn longer overall if you keep it lit for a long time).  Tealights come in a clear plastic candle cup which can be placed out by themselves, or within larger hurricane candle holders or jars.  One tiny tealight will scent a whole room, and burn for about 6 hours!

Our jar candles have a classy, vintage-style look with their amber glass and black lids, reminiscent of antique apothecary containers.  Again, total burn time depends on how you light it, but our test candles burn for at least 70 hours (our tests burn on average 75-80 hours, but we say 70 to play it safe!).  Once you’ve burned the candle, the glass jar and lid are reusable for home storage!  Use for craft storage, cotton balls, herbs, vitamins, oil blends or creams, flavored sauces, bath salts, notions – whatever!  If you don’t want to reuse the jar, then please recycle. :)

Cloved Cranberry tealights, votives, and jars are in stock now.  Tune in tomorrow for the next fragrance! :)


Winter’s Light Series - Hand-Poured Soy Candles (Cinnabun)

For us, the beginning of January always starts with some serious nesting - finding homes for our received gifts, tossing out accumulated clutter in the frantic moments of December, cleaning and airing out the house after holiday travels, and trying to enjoy the outdoors and fresh air as much as possible without freezing our noses off.  We try to tuck in as much light here and there to ward January blues, as we’re cozied up inside during the shortest, darkest days of the year.  Candles, little lamps, specialty light bulbs and LED lights are among our top selling items in January/February, so I thought it would be fun to do a blog series to highlight some of our favorites. 

This week I’ll talk about our best-selling soy candles, made right here in western Washington, and introduce once scent each day.

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If you are unfamiliar with our soy candles, we have been making these for quite a few years now, hand-pouring them in beautiful Union, WA on Hood Canal.  We use 100% soy wax, not a wax blend.  Why soy?  Oh so many reasons.  First off, it makes a wonderful candle.  The wax burns at a lower temperature, so you get a longer burn time with soy over paraffin.  It will also withstand a heavier load of fragrance oil, so they are very highly scented.  We’ve had a single votive candle sitting in our car as an air freshener for going on 5 years now, and it still smells wonderful!  Soy is grown right here in America, so by choosing soy you are supporting American farmers, not to mention using a renewable resource, as paraffin is a petroleum product and not renewable.  If that isn’t enough, you can remove any leftover wax residue in your candles cups with soap and water!  What’s not to love here?

Currently, we are pouring standard-size votives, tealights, and an 8 ounce jar.  We do not use dyes in our wax, so the naturally creamy white color of the wax won’t compete with whatever your decorating palette you may have.  The votives fit in a standard-sized votive cup and will burn 10-15+ hours depending on how long it burns each time you light it (seems to burn longer overall if you keep it lit for a long time).  Tealights come in a clear plastic candle cup which can be placed out by themselves, or within larger hurricane candle holders or jars.  One tiny tealight will scent a whole room, and burn for about 6 hours!

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Our jar candles have a classy, vintage-style look with their amber glass and black lids, reminiscent of antique apothecary containers.  Again, total burn time depends on how you light it, but our test candles burn for at least 70 hours (our tests burn on average 75-80 hours, but we say 70 to play it safe!).  Once you’ve burned the candle, the glass jar and lid are reusable for home storage!  Use for craft storage, cotton balls, herbs, vitamins, oil blends or creams, flavored sauces, bath salts, notions – whatever!  If you don’t want to reuse the jar, then please recycle. :)

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Today’s fragrance is Cinnabun, our top-selling year-round fragrance.  Each season has its best-seller, but it is Cinnabun that is a consistent favorite all throughout the year.  The classic spicy warmth of cinnamon and cloves are sweetened up a bit with some vanilla and brown sugar.  Light this one up and folks will be sure that gooey cinnamon buns are baking in your oven!

Cinnabun tealights, votives, and jars are in stock now.  Tune in tomorrow for the next fragrance! :)


Christmas Cupcake Ceramics

I feel like I might never get sick of cupcakes.  I don't actually eat them all that much, I just love how they look.  They're just cute and fun and have lots of room for creativity.  Grassland's Road has a wonderful line of cupcake-themed ceramic, and I just love the Holiday Soiree collection.

Here are some highlights:

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Holiday Soiree Cupcake Salt & Pepper Shaker Set, by Grasslands Road

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Holiday Soiree Cupcake Box with Candle, by Grasslands Road

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Holiday Sweet Soiree Candy Dish, by Grassland's Road

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Holiday Sweet Soiree Candy Dish, by Grassland's Road

So much fun cupcake goodness!! :)  See our Gingerbread and Candy Theme under our Christmas Category for other fun holiday-related sweetness!


Dr. Seuss Christmas Ornaments

Hi All!  For those new to us, we are a year-round holiday store, with Christmas in October, Halloween in January, Easter in December....we're pretty much always swimming in all holidays at all times!

Today I want to show you some fun ornaments for you Dr. Seuss fans.  The Grinch, Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs & Ham...these are timeless childhood icons, perfect for a birthday, shower, or Christmas gift.

Here are a few:

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Hermey with Gift Ornament, by Department 56 / Enesco

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Green Eggs & Ham Ornament, by Department 56 / Enesco

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Cat in the Hat Ornament, by Department 56 / Enesco

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Grinch's Small Heart Grew Water Globe, by Department 56 / Enesco

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Cat in the Hat Ornament, by Department 56 / Enesco

Hope you enjoyed this little preview!  Check out our Christmas category for all other Dr. Seuss Christmas ornaments and decor.

Until next time! :)


Last Shipping Day 2014

Last Day of Shipping at The Weed Patch for 2014

 

If you've been reading our blog at all, you probably caught that we closed our physical storefront in order to spend more time with the kids during the Christmas (and other holiday) season. We're so excited to actually be able to dedicate some time to family, and friends, over the Christmas season. 
 
Our final day of shipping before Christmas will be Sunday December 21st, 2014.   
 
Our shipping department will be closed the week of Christmas to allow us time with our family.  We will have limited phone hours during this time.
 
Shipping will resume Monday December 29th, with limited phone support hours during the week of the New Years holiday.
 
Please anticipate a delay in shipping during the Holidays.
 
Feel free to place your orders - if the items are in stock and not special order, we'll be doing our best to get them out as fast as possible! Special order items will be ordered and shipped as soon as we receive them. 
 
We WILL have limited phone support hours during this time; this information will be posted on our blog, our website, and our Facebook page.


Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


Lang Christmas Cards

Now's the time to get your Christmas cards!  We have a large selection of Lang Christmas cards, our best selling brand that we've carried for many many years.  They feature full-color artwork inside and outside the cards, as well as the envelopes, by well-known folk artists, and come in matching keepsake boxes.  Here are a few of the selections:

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Christmas Tree Boxed Christmas Cards

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Folk Art Assorted Christmas Cards

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Frosty Boxed Christmas Cards

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Holiday Owl Artisan Petite Christmas Cards

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Wonder of Christmas Boxed Christmas Cards

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See all the Christmas cards here!  Enjoy! :)

 

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Now's the time to get your Christmas cards!  We have a large selection of Lang Christmas cards, our best selling brand that we've carried for many many years.  They feature full-color artwork inside and outside the cards, as well as the envelopes, by well-known folk artists, and come in matching keepsake boxes.  The Weed Patch - www.theweedpatchstore.com


Here Comes Santa Clause, 2013!

Santa Flies In on December 7th at 7pm at Country Village Shops in Bothell

Experience the magical arrival of Santa at 7pm. A traditional tree lighting follows his arrival, heralded by our own Town Crier. The Village will be decorated with thousands of twinkling lights and whimsical, animated light displays featuring a 40’ sea serpent, fiddling pig, giant dragonfly, marching ducks and more!

Complimentary hot-roasted chestnuts will be served at 4pm while supplies last, and local groups will perform holiday-themed music on the stage throughout the day. This event is free and open to the public. Train rides and pony rides are available for a nominal fee.


Christmas Extravaganza 2013!

Christmas Extravaganza 2013 at The Weed Patch

You're Invited! Our annual Christmas Extravaganza is coming up on Saturday December 14, 2013. From 6pm-8pm, you'll shop by twinkle light, enjoy some fun and games (the scavanger hunt, and we're working on some other ideas, too!), fantastic food and drink and samples of some of the things we sell, festive music, and so much more!

So, call up your friends, grab a date, and come on over to The Weed Patch to experience our annual Christmas Extravaganza!


The Many Faces of Sculptor Artist Dennis Brown

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We are SUPER DUPER excited to have artist Dennis Brown - literally known the world over - authorize us as a seller of his amazing original sculptures! Dennis has been sculpting for over 35 years, and was one of the co-founders and the original artist of "Reasons to Believe".

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He has been featured in dozens of magazines (from Better Homes and Gardens to 425 Magazine), as well as multiple appearances on Evening Magazine. His pieces grace homes around the world - from our own all the way to the White House, and everywhere in between.

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Artist Dennis Brown Santa in Black Figurine

We're still working to add his products to our website, but we've got a decent start so please check it out! These pieces are all handcrafted right here in his workshop in Country Village - about three doors down from The Weed Patch. Each piece is signed by Dennis, of course! Some of the pieces we are featuring are singles - meaning they are the only one exactly like it that Dennis will ever make.

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Dennis Brown Sculptor Santa With Hands In Pockets Figurine

Dennis is perhaps best known for his whimsical and touching Santa sculptures, but he is also extremely excited to be branching out in his art to cover other holidays as well as the fantasy world - so, whether you're looking for a Santa (or a Santa bust, or a Santa scene ...), Halloween, Easter, Wizard, Fairy, Goblin, Dragon ... the possibilities are endless!

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Sculptor Dennis Brown Goblin Wizard Figurine

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Harvest Sculpture Dennis Brown Pumpkin Elf

We will be working with Dennis on a daily basis to maintain our site, so if it's there it should be available - but maybe not for long! Additionally, we're discussing the possibilites of perhaps some pieces exclusive to The Weed Patch - so definitely watch our site, this blog, and our various social media outlets (Facebook, Pinterest, YouTube, Twitter, Google+) for more information.

Halloween Sculptor Dennis Brown Pumpkin Head

Artist Dennis Brown Santa Figurine

You can see more of Dennis' work on his YouTube channel, and we'll be posting additional photos and video as we have time to create them. If you have any questions about Dennis or his work, please let us know!

Santa Bust with Rabbit by Dennis Brown

Artist Dennis Brown Santa With Candy Cane

Santa Licking Candy Cane by Sculptor Artist Dennis Brown