It's April 15, 2014 and heavy rain is forecast for Connecticut. Not such perfect timing as the almost clockwork event of the CT River spring flooding is upon us. It doesn't seem like Spring in CT unless we hear about the rise of the waters of the Connecticut River. Often impacted by the snow melt in Vermont, this year is sure to have an impact with the record snowfalls in the North. So how does this year compare to previous ones? Without getting into measurements, there are a several landmarks located on the river that visually tell us how it compares to previous years.
One is the Canoe Club, aka the renamed Harbor Park Restaurant in Middletown. This stretch of the river is notorious for flooding as is the Portland Fairgrounds and low lying areas in Cromwell. It's not unusual in years past to see the water surrounding the restaurant and parking lot. I can recall it rising over the highway adjacent to the restaurant in previous years. As we head south down the river the impact is less but still noticeable as the water makes its way onto shore and submerging trees.
We are witness to this event yearly as our house sits on the banks of the Connecticut River but at a height of almost 60 feet, we are thankfully spared the worry of water lapping at our doorstep. Some of the worst flooding on the Connecticut River was the Flood of 1936 as witnessed by some of the photos
Riverbank in Haddam, Connecticut, Spring 2014
Harbor Park, Middletown, Connecticut, Spring 2011
Harbor Park, Middletown, Connecticut, Spring 2011
Hartford, Flood of 1936
Hartford, Flood of 1936
Spring is here but Winter is not going out like a Lamb. To get you in the mood and ready for Spring and warmer weather, we wanted to spotlight some of our Floral Fragrances listed in no particular order. Review descriptions of all fragrances.
Lily of the Valley ~ Color: Natural White
This is a wonderful fragrance which captures the scent of this flower beautifully. A clean, fresh floral.
Honeysuckle Jasmine ~ Color: Natural white soy
Lot's of honeysuckle with just the right touch of jasmine. This may remind you of the one in the JM candle line.
Lavender ~ A lovely sweet, crisp floral scent like an enchanting meadow fringed with springs of lavender.
Lilac ~ Color: Light Purple
Such beautiful flowers and this candle captures them perfectly. Smells like true lilacs in full bloom. A strong realistic scent.
Plumeria ~ A floral scent of the most beautiful flowering trees of the tropics. Smells very similar to a well know BB Plumeria.
Birds of Paradise ~ A floral aroma with base notes of strawberry, vanilla, sweet pomegranate with hints of soft jasmine, rose petals and coconut.
We're pleased to announce we have a new Pet Odor Eliminator Soy Candle that will help to eliminate those pesky pet, smoke and cooking odors. Made with 100% soy wax, cotton wicks, this spice fragrance is infused with natural essential oils, including Orange, Grapefruit and Cinnamon. This fragrance is available in both our 8oz and 16oz jars and has an adorable label featuring a photograph by R.L. Heller Photography from Lancaster, PA. Shop online at www.ctrivercandles.com for this candles or others available in over 75 scents handmade by CT River Candles in Haddam, Connecticut.
When you think fragrances, you think holidays. With Thanksgiving and then Christmas and Hanukkah right around the corner, we wanted to take a moment to focus some of our most popular fragrances. You can't go wrong selecting one of these to make your home warm and inviting for the holidays.
This was one of our first holiday fragrances and it continues to be a best seller year after year. A festive pine scent with notes of berries, green apple and mistletoe. One of our most popular fall and winter scents.
Another new scent this year, this fragrance is just awesome. It has a sweetness but not too much. A combination of sweet roasted southern pecans and hazelnuts drenched in buttery brown sugar, sweet coconut and vanilla toffee. The coconut gives this a nice twist.
Our new favorite and very popular, Country Christmas combines orange spice notes from the kitchen, fir and pine notes from the Christmas tree, and an earthy smokiness from the fireplace. It's Christmas Eve, in a bottle, any time.
Spice lovers this one is for you! A combination of warm spicy nutmeg, tangy clove and a touch of cinnamon. A very inviting and welcoming scent. New to our fragrance lineup this
year and already very popular.
Everyone loves pumpkin scents and this one doesn't disappoint. A realistic fragrance bursting with fresh pumpkin, delicious notes of butter, sugar, and lots of spicy cinnamon and nutmeg, complete this bakery fragrance.
We find that many people are not aware of how to burn soy candles to achieve the best scent and most efficient burn. It's all about the length of time you burn the candle and if you trim the wick correctly. A typical question we hear is why does the candle burn down the middle and leave lots of wax on the sides of the jar, this is called tunneling. This can be caused by not burning the candle long enough for it to reach an full melt pool. The rule of thumb is
for each time you light the candle, plan on burning 1 hour
for each inch of jar diameter. For example, a 3 inch jar, 3 hours
is the rule. The wick should always be kept trimmed to
1/4 inch before you begin and after the burn timeframe. Sometimes you may have to blow out the candle during the
burn period and trim the wick. Where you place the candle
during burning can also have an impact on burn times. Keep
the candle out of drafts and never leave a candle burning
unattended. If you follow these directions and the candle tunnels than most likely the candle has not been wicked properly. Additional Candle Care information can be found on our website
The Connecticut River isn't looking very pretty this season. There is so much debris coming down the river it has become difficult for boaters to navigate nevermind swim on off the shores. The high water has taken lots of dirt from the banks resulting in very muddy waters. It's common place to see logs, brush and even full trees floating down the river. It's an obstacle course for boaters whose props can be severely damaged if they come in contact with the fast moving debris. Even Long Island sound has not been spared from the river's condition. This photo was taken a couple miles out from where the river meets Long Island Sound just south of Old Saybrook, Connecticut. It was really quite amazing to see.
In addition to boaters being inconvenienced by the debris laden river, those interested in seeing the fireworks at the Riverfest in Hartford were also disappointed. This event was cancelled due to the high water, abundant debris and unsafe navigating conditions for the barges carrying fireworks.
Farther north in Hadley, Massachusetts, marina patrons were complaining it's been the worse boating season ever as they are having their boats taken out of the water for fear of them being damaged by heavy logs in the strong current.
This photo taken from the river looking at Middlesex Yacht Club in Chester, Connecticut, show piled up debris and logs caught against the docks.
This last photo was taken in Haddam, Connecticut. It shows how high the river is as it engulfs this sidewalk
and inches up the staircase.
You know it's Spring when the Shad come back to the Connecticut River. There are "Shad for Sale" signs posted along Saybrook Road. The local Lions Club will soon be holding their Shad Bake using this fish as it's main course. It's really quite remarkable how these fish swim so far to spawn and then like many other species die after completing this task. However many are caught on their way north in nets by the Shad Fishermen. They can be seen in their boats after dark placing their nets in just the right areas to catch these fish.
Closed now, the Shad Shack, located on Saybrook Road in Haddam, Connecticut is a historic reminder of how long the Shad Run has been part of this area.
We received an email the other day from a customer asking if we had Gift Certificates
available for purchase. She wanted to give one to her Mom for her birthday. What a great idea and not sure why we hadn't thought of it ourselves. So thank you to that customer for suggesting. Gift Certificates are available in $25 and $50 amounts and can be purchased through our shopping cart. The recipient will receive an email explaining how to redeem them for products on our website. There is no expiration date on the Gift Certificates.
What a great article on our business
by Nature's Garden, one of our favorite suppliers of candle and soap supplies. Thank you Nature's Garden
for your great products and customer service. It's especially important for a candle company to have suppliers they can rely on for products that are consistent and quality made.
Description: A clean fresh scent everyone will love. A fragrance blend of fresh cut grass, sweet meadow clover and wisteria. Available dyed light green or natural.
Valentine's Day is right around the corner and if you're searching for a great gift for your sweetheart, look no further. The 2013 Craftsyble Valentine's Day Gift Guide
has many great products that are handmade with love including our Pink Sugar Soy Melts
. Our Soy Melts will provide many hours of yummy scent and Pink Sugar is just the perfect scent for Valentine's Day with a sweet aroma of cotton candy combined with vanilla, caramel and bergamot and then laced with touches of citrus, strawberry and plum. They come dyed in a pretty shade of pink and can be combined with one of our Plugin Tart Warmers
for the perfect gift.
Before wrapping up this post, I couldn't help but post a photo and the website link of this adorable bracelet handmade by For Love of a Dog
Also included in the Craftsyble Valentine's gift guide, it would make the perfect Valentine's Day gift for the dog lover in your life. We all know how much we love our pets. The CT River Dog
offered on our site was inspired by my own Yellow Lab, Dakota. In addition to bracelets, you'll find dog themed earrings, necklaces, pendants and pins by For Love of a Dog.
♥ Happy Valentine's Day ♥
Christmas is my favorite holiday. I just love how the smell of a fresh cut tree creates a sense of coziness to a home. Candles also are great at doing this especially during the holidays. Aromas of Cinnamon Stick, Jack Frost
and Mistletoe and Berries, make your home say "welcome".
Candles have a long history of being used during the holidays when many homeowners attached candles to the branches of their Christmas Trees. Martin Luther, a monk, is credited with starting this trend in the early 16th
century. The story goes that he brought home a tree and
lit it with candles to show his children how the stars
twinkled at night.
We certainly would not recommend doing this today but we
do recommend burning holiday scented candles and what
better candles to burn than eco-friendly soy candles made from 100% soy wax. This makes them the sustainable candle
choice for your seasonal decorations.
Have a Merry Christmas!
Are you looking for some great holiday handcrafted gifts?
Check out the 2012 Craftsyble Holiday Gift Guide.
These items for chosen from dozens of submissions and any would be wonderful additions to a holiday outfit or home decor. We are especially pleased to make this announcement because our CT River Inspired Mason Jar Soy Candles, were among the items chosen to be included in this great guide.
We are often asked what is different about Soy Candles and why they are a good choice for your home. There are several reasons why burning soy candles makes good sense. Soy wax is a natural ingredient made from soybeans. It's a great product for making candles because it burns slowly and cleanly. It holds scent well and has a nice cold throw while not in use and hot throw while burning. Soy wax can be dyed or left undyed in its natural creamy white color. We also offer an option of selecting our candles fragrance free for those customers who might be sensitive to scents.
However, while soy candles are great to burn in your home, there are some negatives to using soy wax. Soy wax can be sensitive to changing temperatures and exhibit small crystals in the wax called "frosting". This should not be considered a flaw since the candle will burn and smell fine. It is also an indication that the candle is made without using paraffin additives which help to combat frosting. These small crystals are more obvious in a dyed candle so select undyed if this is a concern.
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Excited to share a photo of our billboard which is located on Saybrook Road in Haddam, Connecticut. It will be up until the third week of December or so.We had this same one up in this location last fall and received lots of great feedback. The photo is pretty much the same but we did add Haddam, CT, our company location. We are going to enjoy this while it lasts because this spot has become very popular with companies like Geico and McDonalds. Funny how the cost went up substanially after the big wigs showed up. We hope you get to see it in person but if not, here's a photo!
Support Your Local Small Businesses - Shop Small Business Saturday on November 24, 2012. We will be offering a special coupon code to celebrate this day as well as Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Check back on the blog or on our our Facebook page
for information on the Coupon Code.
New Retail Location carrying our Mason and Preserver Jar Soy Candles in a variety of scents such as: Snowy Pines, Mistletoe and Berries, Gingerbread House, Pumpkin Souffle,
Dutch Apple Pie,Cranberry Marmalade, Jack Frost, River Sunrise and Very Vanilla. A great town to visit and a great shop to find lots of treats for your favorite pet and yourself!
Gracie's Corner, 43 Main Street, Essex, CT, 860-767-2350
Connecticut River Museum
My husband and I had such a great day out taking photos on the river. Having grown up in Essex, I just love to explore and see how different areas have changed. The good news is not much has changed at all. It's still one of the most quaint towns in Connecticut. When I take photographs for our candle labels, I try and get a good variety but I do find I am able to get some beautiful shots in this town. The photo below is of the Becky Thatcher
with passengers eager to see this beautiful resource. I think this shot was taken just south of the swing bridge by the Goodspeed Opera House. The landing field is seen in the background. The Essex Steam Train manages reservations for the Becky Thatcher. Our soy candles are
also available in the Essex Steam Train
Gift Shop. We loved customizing the labels with a photo of an old steam train.
How exciting! We will be making a candle especially for Mariska Hargitay, aka Olivia Benson on Law and Order, in a gifting sponsored by TAG. Just love this show and her character. We've given lots of thought to which candle scent she would like and we've decided on our Spa Jar Soy Candle in our Twilight Woods scent. We also came up with this cute hand crocheted bag to store the candle in. What do you think?
An Annual Event: The Spring Flooding of the Connecticut River
Floral Candle Scents Perfect for Springtime
Hand Poured Pet Odor Eliminator Soy Candle
Favorite Holiday Fragrances
Candle Care 101
September Tart Warmer Giveaway
High Connecticut River Hurts Boating Season
The Shad are Back