Winding Down for Christmas

This last while has been crazy silly season - anyone who is involved in making crafts and selling at Christmas knows just how mad it gets. Months of preparation making stock, planning, calculating, designing, all culminate in what is really just a few weeks of actual selling.
I deliberately kept any heavy work to a minimum this year as I have been so unwell but still had a lot of work to do organising stock for shops and making sure that I had sufficient products for the few markets I did actually attend.

However, I'm all finished with most of the work for Christmas at this stage and I'm sooo happy to be able to relax again and get my house ready!

My last market was on Sunday gone by in Duckett's Grove, Carlow. It's always one of my favourites, mostly because I feel that it's one of a few markets where the quality of the craft products is vetted and consistent and the setting is just so beautiful. I love the drive there and approaching from the winding road, looking down on the castle below.

The Road to Duckett's Grove, County Carlow

Duckett's Grove Castle, County Carlow

It's also a chance to meet old friends like Madeleine from the Tearooms at Duckett's Grove, a gorgeous place to visit - you're guaranteed a warm welcome there as well as some gorgeous coffee and baked goodies.  
And because I couldn't attend the Summer Fair, I missed a chance to catch up with the lovely Ellen from Spiral Goddess, so it was really great to see her too and to chat with customers new and old.

I can't deny, though, that it was good to be finished and hanging up my hat so to speak :)

I do, however, have lots of candles available online in the Purity Belle Shop.

This year I introduced a new festive red jar and it has been going pretty well so far!

Christmas Spice Soy Candle by Purity Belle Candles

Orange & Cinnamon Soy Candle by Purity Belle Candles

Also new for this year is the Christmas Spice fragrance - I really like this one, it reminds me of gingerbread and mulled wine.

Christmas Spice Luxury Soy Candle by Purity Belle Candles

And of course I still have the old favourites like Spiced Nutmeg and Cranberry Marmalade.

Cranberry Marmalade Soy Tin Candle by Purity Belle Candles

Spiced Nutmeg Soy Tin Candle by Purity Belle Candle

And of course my candles are also available in some great shops which have an excellent range of beautiful handcrafted products. As always, I'm advocating spending at least a little money this year in local businesses, it makes such a huge difference if we all try to do this.

Some of my stockists are:

AndCo. Pop Up Shop, Newbridge

An Siopa Nollaig, Portarlington

RetroLife, Fairview

C & B Therapy, Portlaoise

The Tearooms at Duckett's Grove, Carlow

Sheelagh na Gig, Cloughjordan

Hope you're all getting ready to relax for the Christmas Season!

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  • Eimear
    Eimear 12 December 2015 at 09:27

    It must be crazy busy for you at this time of year but that's great too! I lvoe the look of your candles I must keep an eye out in those stockists next time I'm near them. I love the way markets and craft fairs are so sociable for everyone, the people attend them and the people who sell at them!

  • MummyTravels
    MummyTravels 12 December 2015 at 16:04

    Those are gorgeous photos looking up to the castle. And I bet you're ready for a rest now, it must be so hectic. Love the new red addition though.

  • Joanna Victoria -x
    Joanna Victoria -x 12 December 2015 at 23:42

    Gorgeous photo of the castle and winding road.
    I love candles and these sound great love the idea of the Christmas spice one.

  • Anosa
    Anosa 13 December 2015 at 04:38

    I can not even imagine the life of a crafter, all i know is that it drains my friend who does crafts then have to go to several markets to sell. I would like to try the Christmas spice candle and see what its like.

  • Mudpie Fridays
    Mudpie Fridays 13 December 2015 at 08:58

    I really like the look of the new festive jar, especially as my colour theme is white and red! Great that you have so many stockists too. Glad you are on wind down, the last couple of weeks at work have really accelerated but I finish on the 17th and can not wait to start getting everything sorted out as we are having Christmas at ours this year!! EEK!! xx

  • Unknown
    Unknown 13 December 2015 at 19:04

    It really must be such a crazy and busy time of year for you, candles are always so popular in homes and as gifts over the festive season. LOVE the sound of your new Christmas Spice fragrance! xxx

  • Tessa Holly
    Tessa Holly 13 December 2015 at 19:43

    Oh that red candle looks lovely, I can see why it's been selling well! So festive :) x

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