Craft Cafe Artisan Chat - Fairy Flame Soy Candles

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Meet Leslie Pickering from Fairy Flame Soy Candles

Please tell us about yourself:
I am a stay at home Mother of one awesome little boy and the full time wife of a wonderful man that lets me follow my dreams. I enjoy having a job that allows me to be home with my family and still contribute financially. It is really a treat to see people enjoy products I have created. I love coming up with new scent ideas, creative packaging and I really do love to take my product out to sell personally.

How long have you been in business?
 I have been selling since 2008

Please describe your business:
I make scented soy items for the home in the form of tea lights, container candles and wax melts. I also do many fundraisers, craft shows, online sales and gift baskets.

Tell us what inspires you:
This may sound odd  but I would say myself! I love making candles and melts that I personally would choose for my home. I love colorful, whimsical things. This is how we came up with my name actually! Fairies have been a favorite of mine for years and my good friend Rick suggested Fairy Flame in a brainstorming session.  He then proceeded to make my logo with the fairy lighting the "i" like a candle. There is a lot of myself in my products and I love that!

Please share with others, your best marketing techniques:
Craft shows and social media. I love talking with people at shows and handing out flyers and business cards.

What do you love most about your business?
I love being my own boss and putting a little bit of something that is me out there into the world. It is so rewarding when your products can make people smile.

Please tell us why have chosen Craft Café as a venue for your business?
I really like the idea of not having a per item fee or any other little extra fees. It is really straight forward, easy to manage and they do a wonderful job of promoting the shops.

What advice can you give for crafters/artisans just starting out?
Don't give up! If you are anything like me you will stress out until something is perfect, make it through your beginning stages and just know that everyone started somewhere. I could share many testing disasters myself. Just keep at it!

Where do you see your business in 5 years?
I would love to see it grow enough to consider a store front. I have so many ideas for that.

Lastly, would you like to offer our readers a special or coupon code for your Craft Cafe shop?
Absolutely! Use coupon code CafeChat for 15% off of your entire order at my Fairy Flame Soy Candles Craft Cafe shop
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We would like to send out a big THANK YOU to Leslie for all her love and support.

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