Favorite Indy Candle Makers

With craft shows and businesses hosting events I have found some wonderful candle companies local to Indy.  I have found three locally made candles that you have to try.  We enjoy candles at this house.

These live in my home or have been given as gifts.  Rave reviews all around.

Night Lights Company

bellini jar candle from night lights company
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Night Lights Company offers hand-poured candles designed with luxury in mind.  The display she had at a local show was perfect for experiencing the smells of her candles.  Chelsea covers her candles with a glass lid.  It was not overwhelming when you lift the lid and you can have a pleasant smelling experience.

If you’re unsure which scent to select, a Discovery Scent collection is offered.  Four 2-ounce samples are included in the set.  If you’re opting for the gift set they can select their favorite scent and get a full-sized candle at no extra cost.  This is a wonderfully innovative idea if you’re unsure.

I’m excited about the Holiday/Winter collection being back in stock so I can enjoy the Merry & Bright.  The scent captures my favorite smells from winter.  Honestly, I’ve kept the candle and frequently get wafts of my favorite scent even with just a tiny bit of wax in the jar.

Friends and family will probably get one of these in their stockings this year.

Company Info

Website:  Night Lights Company 


Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nightlightscompany/

Sage & Bloom

black jar candle in a pepper scent from sage & Bloom
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During an event at the nearby Indy Beauty Room, they had sample candles from Sage & Bloom.  I brought home my Peony & Nectarine candle and instantly fell in love with the scent.  Then, I started following them on Instagram.  The aesthetic and overall look was lovely.  I was hooked on this brand.

They have introduced an Artisan Candle Collection that includes a colorful floral wrap.  I’m going to be adding one to my candle collection very soon.

After our wedding, we wanted a gift for those that were a part of our day.  We had not found the perfect thing for our parents during our honeymoon.  However, I did find a concrete Bigfoot my dad would have enjoyed.

I reached out about making custom labels.  For my maid of honor, it was named Chokehold & Veil.  That’s another story.  For our parents, Love & Support.  They got the Pink Pepper & Vetiver scent pictured above.  Everyone has raved about this candle and loves it.

Company Info

Website:  Sage & Bloom

Family – Owned

Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/sageandbloomco/

MDK Handcrafted

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This exact candle is currently in my bathroom and I love the scent.  It’s fresh and fruity.  I met this brand, MDK Handcrafted, at one of the few vendor shows I’ve been to recently.  Did you know they just launched their candles this year?

They offer a variety of bath products and I also bought a sugar scrub.  The summer is coming, my skin needs some love.  If your skin needs some love, be sure to check out their line of bath products.  They use simple, natural ingredients in their products.

What truly drew me to this company was their packaging.  The color palette, logo and their labeling was amazing.  I even asked about it, that’s how much I loved it.  Those little details always draw me in.  Then, I learned this is a husband and wife team working together to build a business.

Company Info

Website:  MDK Handcrafted

Family – Owned

Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/mdkhandcrafted/

If you purchase any of these products, please come back and let me know.

3 Things I’m Enjoying This Week 4.22

Happy Earth Day Sunshines.  Are you thinking about your impact today?  I am reflecting on how my hobby can full consumerism and waste.  However, it does have to be with the right resources and knowledge.

Scrap Quilts

Saving your scrap fabric and using those scraps for an upcoming project can give new life to your fabric.  The key to scraps is storage.  There is no right or wrong way to store your scraps.  Find the method that works the best for you and encourages you to use scraps.

If you don’t want to keep your scraps, you can always sell them.  Lots of quilters shop #thegreatfabricdestash on Instagram.

I make a number of scrap quilts so I keep scraps organized by size so I can quickly make pulls and sort fabric choices.  If I’m ever stuck I check my Pinterest board for ideas.

Look for a number of new scrap quilts coming soon.

Spring Weather

It finally feels like spring in Indianapolis.  We did have freak snow on Monday, but I hope that is all past us know.  Time to spend as many hours as possible outside.

They are yelling at us from the top

Family Time

We spent time with our families this weekend and it was amazing.  It was a great reset after so long months at work and busy schedules that are coming our way.  Hello, baseball and soccer mom duty.

There was a game of Uno that lasted at least 45 minutes with no winner.  I got to thinking about the games I played as a kid.  Tetris, Uno, and Yahtzee were my main go-to games.  No wonder I’m a Project Manager.

In Tetris, you have to make everything fit especially as the game speeds up.  With Uno, you have to be focused on what’s happening in the game so you know how your play will impact the next person.  Yahtzee is all strategy on what’s your best bet for that hand.  Thanks Mom & Dad.

I’m looking forward to more family time with the nice weather and being outside.  It is the best reset button.




3 Things I’m Enjoying This Week 4.12

Hello Sunshines.  Is it starting to feel like Spring near you?  It is finally feeling spring-like in Indy.  Weather today is sunny with low 60’s temperatures.  Perfection.

Good thing as both boys are starting spring sports.  Bring on the soccer and baseball games.  Our schedule will be full.

Last week was brutal.  Everyone was sick at this house and we are just kicking it.  So many tissues were used to combat the runny noses and watery eyes.  I’m glad we are healthier and back on track.  They only thing I was enjoying last week was naps.

You Can’t Be Serious

I’m not the best at sitting down to read a book and it’s never been my style.  Now, an audiobook I get behind.  Especially with a great narrator.  On a recent autobiography kick I came across Kel Penn’s book.  You Can’t Be Serious walks you through is childhood, college days, breaking into Hollywood, his political work, and ever so briefly touches on his dating life.

How are we still treating people like he was in the 2000’s?  Luckily he notes, it’s gotten better and newer generations are benefiting from his work.

What I enjoyed the most was Kel recounting his work with the Obama campaign and his time in the White House.  He talks about election night and all the emotions he felt when Obama won.  As someone who’s a sucker for sentimental moments, I got teary-eyed listening to it.  No, it wasn’t me being sick, but I recall that night so well.  It was historic and glad I was able to witness it.

Grab a copy or listen.  It would be a great easy read for a pool or beach.

Swanson Fabrics

We used to have these wonderful craft upcycling stores in Indy.  I loved to go in and grab something especially if I didn’t want to go all in as a hobby.  I just wanted to dabble.  Also great if I was looking for a unique fabric or trim and I wanted to keep costs low.  This is where I went for homemade holiday decor too.  I could get everything I needed at a fraction of the big store costs.  Porter’s Slimer costume was all sourced from one of these stores.

homemade slimer costume, irvington halloween festival

They have unfortunately closed their doors.

Enter TikTok.  I’m on there and have found some really great creators I had not found on Instagram.  Enter Lexi.  She is a creator that was sharing an entire series on buying fabric second hand online.  She mentioned Swason Fabrics and I went to check it out.


This week you can read more about Swanson Fabrics on the Craft Alliance site.  Yeah for second-hand options, yeah for online options, and yeah for promoting this.

Quiet on Social Media

I have intentionally taken a step back from posting as much on Social Media.  It has been a nice break to not feel pressure to create.  Instead, I have been quietly working away on a few things.  Look for a quilt show soon as there is a stack slowly forming in my studio.

There have been so many conversations around comparing yourself to others or that FOMO feeling from social media.  My Instagram following is curated around creators in sewing, quilting, DIY, and those that inspire me.  I want it to be a fun experience if I take the time to get on there.

At one point I thought I would pursue being a creator more and in all transparency, I just don’t think it’s my thing.  I love sharing the behind the scenes of a project.  I love talking about a project, but I don’t love that inner feeling that comes from feeling like I HAVE to.

I make and create because I love to and want to.  I share because I think it’s good for people to see that not just old ladies make quilts.

That’s mostly why I started this series on the blog.  Sharing what I found this week, what I’m loving, and maybe something that inspires me in hopes that it can inspire others.



3 Things I’m Enjoying This Week 3.28

Hello Sunshines.  The last month has been head down on work and taken a lot of time away from the things I typically enjoy.  That’s the ebbs and flows of being at a startup.

Shop Small

It is no secret that I love supporting small businesses.  One thing really irks me about others when they see a small business making something and/or their pricing.

“I can make that for less” or “I can buy it for less at X store”

Go right on ahead.  Will the item be unique?  Do you have all of the supplies to make this and make it well?  Or will it end in disaster and supplies just crowding a closet?  Are you really gonna make it?  Would it really be “cheaper”?

Not everyone appreciates a small business and just want the best price.  That’s okay.  BUT…keep the comment to yourself!  That vendor is gonna hear it tons of times that day.  You should praise their work, putting themselves out there, and the artristy they have.

Can you make that item exactly?  Probably not.


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In other words, don’t be a jerk, just move along.

Are we ready for a dog?

We are not ready for a dog yet.  We recently dog sat for my in laws.  It was wonderful having a dog in the house.  It’s a long term commitment I’m not ready for yet.

Lulu was fun.  She loved sleeping on Porter’s bed.  She could see everything happening in the neighborhood.

So, we will continue to be a family without a dog.

We are ready for Spring

We woke up on Saturday to snow.  What in the world?  Our family is ready for the warm weather that spring brings to Indiana.

Warmer weather means flowers to me.  My mom gave us a ton of seeds in 2020 for a flower garden.  With the moves we opted not to plant them.  On one of the nice days recently we freshened up the little garden bed out front.  All of those seeds were dumped into this bed.

Let’s see what grows.

We may get nothing or this could bloom into something wonderful.  Now we wait.

3 Things I’m Enjoying This Week 2.20

Well hello, sunshines.  Can you believe February has 8 days left?  That means we have a birthday coming up at our house and someone is excited.

This week’s favorites are more personal.  So let’s jump in.

My mom’s peach cobbler

Today I was visiting my parents and my mom made her peach cobbler.  I brought some home and will probably have it for breakfast.  It’s one of those things that I haven’t tried to make because I just like my moms.  So when I do have it, it feels special.

I do know her recipe just in case.

Excuse the poor lighting, I needed a picture before it was all destroyed.

We were discussing the best ways to eat the cobbler.  She likes it with ice cream.  I like it with some milk.  Similar I guess.  Is there really a wrong way to eat cobbler?

More rock climbing

Buckle up shoulders, we have more climbing in our future.  I took Porter rock climbing this week to use up the last of our Groupon deal and he loved it.  (Reach out if you’re in Indy and want the details) He did not stop and just kept going.

He had no fear.

He’s ready to go back ASAP.  Deal kid.

Closet Purge

While looking for my items to round out my spring wardrobe I decided it was necessary to evaluate what I had.  Since I have worked from home long before the pandemic, my wardrobe is really lacking.  I’ve been rocking the hobo chic look for a while because I could live in tights.

Those days are coming to an end and going back to the office occasionally is in the future.  I collected quite the bag of stuff that I’m not totally in love with.  When doing a closet purge, I let the bag sit for a few days.  If I go to look for that item in the next few days, then I still have.  However, most of these pieces, I haven’t worn in a bit.  Time to make space for something new.

Do you clean out your closet with the change of seasons?

3 Things I’m Enjoying This Week 2.13

Hello Sunshines!!  How has your week been?  I hope something amazing happened for you.  Even the little things can be amazing.

Let’s dig into my 3 things from this week.

Sport Bras

Yes, I’m bringing up bras again.  You need to get fitted because it’s a game changer.  But what about Sport Bras?  Well, they do come in your bra size.  You need to know what works the best for you and your activities.

I would love to wear one of those strappy cute ones.  They offer little support and rarely does everything stay put in those for me.  If you can wear them, amazing.

Kelly K Roberts noted that Adidas came out with 43 new sport bras.  Check out her reel and her thoughts.

Let me tell you about my recent favorite….Glamorise Wonderwire Sport Bra.  

Nothing moved in this one and it was comfortable.  Shopping for sport bras is almost worst than bra shopping.  You have to think about how you’re going to be active in that bra, if it rubs you wrong, and does it provide support.

Try lots of options and find the right one for you. I’m excited to try this new one on a long run.

Here is that resource guide I mentioned last week.

Spring Wardrobe

I have been planning the items I want to add to my spring wardrobe for this year.  The goal is to be intentional with what I’m purchasing and selecting the right thing.  Starting to look now gives me some time.

Here are my items:

  • emerald pleated skirt
  • lace sleeveless top
  • gray linen dress
  • embroidered shirt
  • black pants
  • lilac or periwinkle dress
  • something floral

I have a few items purchased from Poshmark that should be here this week.  Should I share those next week?

Indoor Rock Climbing

I haven’t climbed in a couple of years thanks to Rona.  Yesterday we decided to meet up with some friends and climb.  No regrets, but my arms and shoulders are SORE today.

Before we went, I did box in the morning.  That probably doesn’t help with the soreness.

I’m not a great climber but it was a great change of pace for a workout.  I made it up a few times and tried some more challenging stuff.  Not quite like some people that were with us.

It’s on the list to do again very soon.  Plus it’s a great way to support a local business.