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Featured Artist: Everything Dawn Bakery Candle Treats

Meet Dawn from Everything Dawn Bakery Candle Treats. She makes sweet smelling treats with zero calories!Thanksgiving is just a week away, and many of us are already thinking about the yummy feasts and treats that will soon be eaten. Wouldn't it be great if all those sweet scents that fill the air on Thanksgiving day were zero calories? Yeah, you heard me, ZERO CALORIES!

You are definitely going to want to meet my friend Dawn from Everything Dawn Bakery Candles Shop. She can help you fill the air with those heavenly scents and nothing will go to your hips.

Who are you and where are you from?

I’m Dawn Mayo, and I’m the owner and lead designer at Everything Dawn Bakery Candle Treats. It’s a shop on a small corner of the web where I create and sell handmade, dessert style, scented home décor. I create these items from my studio in Hagerstown, MD. 

What do you create?

Oh wow. We create almost anything that looks like an edible dessert or baked good that you’d either create at home or get from a bakery or dessert shop. That would be your pies, cakes, ice cream sundaes, parfaits, doughnuts and cookies. We also create realistic looking biscuit sets with candles that look like jars of jam, loaves of bread. I have also had the opportunity to design more extensive creations that customers have requested as custom orders for their own unique occasions, such as the Croquembouche, the Bouche de Noel, and faux wedding cakes.

What is your favorite craft or hobby and how did you learn it?

That’s a really hard question to answer, but if I were to be honest. I think my most favorite craft would be cooking and baking. I began creating dishes in the kitchen when I was about 12 years old. My first dish was eggs benedict that I made for my parents in bed one morning. They still remember that dish, and will ask me if I can remember making it for them. It must have left a pretty good impression. My favorite cookbook was ‘The Joy of Cooking’ because was (and still is) my go to for templating. It’s my inspiration for creating my own food. I love creating in the kitchen, and since there are 12 of us at home, it’s something that I have had the pleasure of acquiring quite a bit of experience in over the years. My girls and I are always experimenting in the kitchen and coming up with creations. We love that time together. It really gives us a bond.

When did you realize your creative passion?

It’s funny that I have never really considered myself as being “creative.” In fact, I believe that if I’m viewed as creative, anyone can be creative. I’ve had people come up to me and tell me how creative I am and how much they love my work. I’m deeply honored, and I think that those comments are really what have made me desire to come up with more items that people love. I would also say that my children are a huge part of the creative passion in my shop because they have their own unique ideas and contributions to what’s in the shop. There are many times when we’re just brainstorming and one of them will come up with a brilliant idea of what to make next. Another will follow with something to add on to that one creation, and before you know it, we have a one of a kind creation that is uniquely our own. My 12 and 14 year old daughters, Caniah and Cayla, are also very instrumental in the creation process. I think that if I really do have any sense of creative passion, it truly comes from from the combination of the admirers of my work and watching my daughters as they imitate what I do. That’s what gives me the passion to keep creating.

What or who inspires you in your crafting?

I’m deeply inspired by food. If it’s a dessert or bakery item, I’m inspired to make it into a fake dessert. There are so many crazy new things that people come up with as desserts, like baking desserts in mason jars. Really, that’s what dessert candle makers have been doing for years. It’s funny that people would once look at the amazingly realistic dessert candles in jars and say, ‘Hey, that looks so real.’ Now, we dessert candle makers can find these really wonderful looking mason jar desserts on Pinterest and say, ‘Hey, that dessert looks like a candle I make.’ It’s also a lot of fun to have people contact me to create customized faux baked goods. I think that’s one of the biggest inspirations and challenges. So far, I’ve been able to duplicate desserts in photos, and I’m always inspired by the ability to hear an elated customer when their photo is crafted into a faux dessert display.

What’s your philosophy about crafting and/or life?

I think one of my philosophies would be to keep on pressing on. There are days I really want to quit, but nothing good comes without sacrifice. If I don’t keep pressing toward the mark, I’ll never get to the finish line. I look forward to the moment when I can really relax and enjoy the fruits of my labor.

Is crafting a hobby, business, or something in between?

Crafting is definitely a business for me. It’s no longer something that I do in my free time. In fact, I find myself having to take a bit of a vacation from it. It has definitely become a part of livelihood, but whenever I try to break from it, I find myself thinking about what I can create next. Food is always around me. I think I’ve lost about 20 pounds since the dessert creations have been keeping me so busy. That’s a pretty good thing.

How did you choose your brand or shop name?

My husband actually chose the name for the shop back when we were doing home décor alongside the candles. He thought that it would be good to call the shop Everything Dawn. Later, when I established my niche, I changed it to Everything Dawn Bakery Candle Treats.

What is a typical day for you?

Being a mom of 10 children, my days are very busy. I home school all of my children, so I start my day at about 5:30 or 6:00 a.m. We try to have breakfast at 7:30 with Bible study and our lessons beginning around 8:00 a.m. Some time around midday, when the children are having lunch, I’m browsing my email and checking orders. I check in with my admin team to see what’s going on, and I work with my girls on what we have to accomplish for the day. We spend the afternoon working on orders, doing household chores, and we try to stop all work before dinner. In the evenings, we may do some reading together or watch a favorite TV show. That’s about as typical as it gets for us.

What is an ideal day for you?

Ideally, I’d like to be able to get through everything on my home-school schedule and finish daily orders before 5 pm. Unfortunately, that has never happened.

What projects are you the most proud of?

I think I’m most proud of the Croquembouche. It was a monster to put together, but when it was done, I was very pleased. I think I was even doing a Croquembouche dance!

What is the strangest thing you have ever created?

I think the strangest thing that I’ve ever created would have to be the Buche de Noel. It’s a cake that is served around Christmas that looks like a log and has decorations that adorn it. It’s actually a Yule log that is served by the French around the Christmas holiday.

How do you deal with crafting failures?

I’m sort of a perfectionist with my work. I strongly dislike when things don’t turn out right. I think I turn into Gordon Ramsay in his kitchen (minus the language) when I’m in work mode. I’m learning to keep calm about these things, but it’s soooo hard when you want things to come out perfectly the first time. On the other hand, there have been crafting failures that have turned into brand new, well-loved items. This is why I have become a bit calmer when something doesn’t turn out right at first.

Where do you do most of your crafting?

I craft in my home studio. I’m not the most organizationally savvy person, but my studio is where you’ll find me when I’m not with the children.

What keeps you busy when you are not creating?

Are you kidding? Those 10 children keep me busy. I’m listening to stories, answering questions, helping, nursing, disciplining, teaching, and praying all the while. Right now, it’s 11:00 at night, and I can hear them running up and down the hallway. If you could possibly imagine. I’m always doing something. J

Is there anything else you’d like to share about yourself, your craft, or business tips to help others with small crafting businesses?

I’d like to say to anyone who is considering crafting as a business or who is currently operating a craft business to set goals. It was Ben Franklin who said, “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.” Goals help you to stay focused during those times when you’re not sure what to do next. They help you to remember why it’s important not to give up.

Also, don’t just rely on your crafting to bring you business. Share your craft by teaching others to do what you do. I’m not telling you to share your biggest secrets, but maybe a version of what you create. For example, I sell e courses that teach others the science of candle making as well as some easy recipes for making dessert candles. I don’t worry about not getting customers because the people who enroll in my courses are not buyers, but people who have an interest in crafting. So, in essence, I see it as capitalizing on sharing my knowledge with others who would likely not purchase from me anyway. It’s just one great way to expand my customer base. Find ways you can share versions of what you do and make more people customers!

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Tutorial: Lip Balm

Tutorial and 5 all natural recipes for lip balmI recently discovered how easy it is to make soy candles (here's the tutorial) and thought I could use some of the same supplies and techniques to make lip balm. The two projects are remarkably similar.

While it's not impossible to make one tube of lip balm, I recommend getting together with a group of friends for this project. If you have a daughter, it might even be a fun sleepover craft to do with the upper-elementary or middle school crowd.

If you melt the wax and oil in a mini crock pot, each person can choose there own favorite scents to customize their gloss.

Please note that some people have sensitivities to nuts and essential oils, so please proceed with caution.



Melt equal parts beeswax and coconut oil in a crock pot on the lowest heat setting.

Tip - Melting a blend of 1/4 cup of wax and 1/4 cup of oil makes approximately 18 tubes of lip gloss

The next part needs to be done rather quickly so the balm doesn't solidify before they get poured into the tube.
Pour 1 tsp of the wax/oil mixture into a small paper cup. Add 5 drops of almond oil and 4-8 drops of your favorite essential oils. Stir until completely blended.

If the wax mixture begins to solidify, you can microwave it on low for a few seconds.
Set a tube onto your work surface and fill it as much as possible. Be careful because the wax/oil mixture is hot. It's ok if the balm overflows a little. It can be wiped off after it cools.
An alternative to using lip gloss tubes for this project is to use bead storage containers. Please note that these containers are larger than the lip gloss tubes, so you will need to measure the capacity of the tubs and adjust the recipes accordingly.

Here are a few of my favorite flavor blends:

Rosemary Mint
1/2 tsp melted beeswax
1/2 tsp melted coconut oil
5 drops almond oil
1 drop rosemary essential oil
5 drops peppermint essential oil
Spicy Orange
1/2 tsp melted beeswax
1/2 tsp melted coconut oil
5 drops of almond oil
2 drops clove essential oil
6 drops orange essential oil
Mint Chocolate Chip
1/2 tsp melted beeswax
1/2 tsp melted coconut oil
5 drops of almond oil
6 drops peppermint essential oil
pinch of unsweetened cocoa powder
Orange Chocolate
1/2 tsp melted beeswax
1/2 tsp melted coconut oil
5 drops of almond oil
6 drops orange essential oil
pinch of unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 tsp melted beeswax
1/2 tsp melted coconut oil
5 drops of almond oil
2 drops peppermint essential oil
5 drops lime essential oil

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Tutorial: Scented Soy Candles

Clean out your fridge to find small glass jars to transform into soy candles.I have experimented with a lot of different crafts over the years, but one project that has always been on my bucket list is candle making. I don't know why, but I always envisioned it as a really complicated, time consuming process, but nothing could be further from the truth.

When I was planning my upcycled glass project for the 2015 Craft-a-Month Challenge, I decided to upcycle a simple glass jar and transform it into a jar candle.



For your health and safety, always remember that dishes and cookware that are used for crafting should no longer be used for food preparation.

First, you will need to choose a container for your candle. I used a seven ounce olive jar. Wash your container and remove any labels. Completely dry the container.
Next, you are going to heat the soy wax. I used a small crock pot to melt my wax. (If you use a larger crock pot, set it to the lowest heat setting possible.)

You can also melt wax in a double boiler on the stove. Make sure to read the package direction for melting your wax and never leave hot wax unattended because it is flammable.
While the wax melts, you can prepare your wick and container.
Add a small amount of wax adhesive to the bottom of the wick clip.
Center the wick clip in the jar and press it firmly to the glass bottom.

If the wick is longer than the jar, you can wrap it around a pencil. I found it was easier to trim the wick about an inch higher than the top of the jar and rest it against the pencil.
Once your wax is completely melted you can add a scented oil. Carefully stir the oil into the melted wax so it is distributed evenly.

Tip: A good estimate for how much scent to add is 1-2 teaspoons of essential oil for each pound of wax.
Use a ladle or large spoon to fill your jar.

A little common sense warning: Be careful because the wax is hot.

Make sure the wick is standing straight up in the bottle.
Let the wax completely cool and solidify. Once the wax has hardened, scrape any wax drips of the sides of the jar.

Trim the wick to about 1/4 inch above the wax.
Finally, you can decorate the jar with paper, fabric or a ribbon. You may also use other types of containers for candle making. I found a small, ceramic planter in the garage that also made a lovely candle holder. Of course, you should always be careful when you are burning candles. Don't leave them unattended and use caution around pets and children.
 Learn how to repurpose small glass and ceramic containers to create scented soy candles.

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