Saturday, February 26, 2011

Announcing the NEW Travel Candle Favor Gift Price Calculator!

The popularity of M Design Boutique Travel Candle Favor Gifts has been tremendous! My creative and ambitious customers have been using them for all kinds of great purposes including Wedding Receptions, Engagement Parties, Showers and other Gala Events...but also for promotional uses such as Real Estate Agent "Drop-In" gifts and most recently a favor gift for an album release party for a record label!

I have been flooded with requests for quotes, and so today my smart and generous husband (who is a software engineer) helped me make a very simple cost calculator for those of you seeking a basic price idea for candles for your event or promotion!

Look up in the top left corner of this blog and you will see it. Simply enter the number of candles you would like for your event to get the price.

The price quote does not include shipping or rush fees, but DOES include a custom label, fragrance and custom listing for your candles. If you like the price and would like to move forward, please contact me using the email button below the calculator. If you want to know more about pricing to understand discounts, rates for larger quantities and so on, please click the link below the calculator to see the cheat sheet.

Favor bags are not included in the price calculator, but can be added to your custom order at a nominal cost. Simply contact for your custom quote!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

What to Give Your Bridal Party or the Bride!

Several years ago I attended the wedding of my dear friends Heather and Jason. I traveled from Los Angeles to the Colorado Rockies for the occasion and was lucky enough to spend the hours and moments prior to the ceremony with Heather, her sisters, her Mom and several of her best friends. I have had the pleasure of sharing the pre-ceremony moments with a few brides (including my own)...and it is always inspirational to see how women rally to support the bride in those stressful, but blissful last moments before they tie the knot.

I mention Heather's wedding because that day I saw one of the most clever, thoughtful gifts for a bride that I've ever seen. I may be getting the source of the gift wrong, but I believe the "Bridal Survival Kit" was originally given to Heather's sister on her wedding day, and had been handed along to each sister for their weddings. The kit contained all of those little odds and ends a bride might need on her wedding day such as bobby pins, safety pins and other little emergency-helpers.

One of the clever things about it was that it solved problems for all brides alike, whether she be in a hotel room far from home, or prepping for a wedding right in her own yard! Who wants to go running around looking through junk drawers for a needle and thread two hours before the ceremony?!

So with Heather's amazing family gift in mind, I decided to create a Survival Kit for Brides, Bridesmaids, Flower Girls, Mothers of the Bride and Groom...and anyone else present on the wedding day who might need a little help getting ready emergency-free!

I polled my facebook fans to find out what they would have loved to have handy on their special day and I've come up with what I believe to be the perfect Survival Kits, from kits for the whole party to the Bride's Survival Kit (Deluxe style).

I am happy to accomodate custom ideas and orders for groups...including the option for custom labels with design and text to match the wedding and the names of each person receiving a Survival Kit. Here's a sampling of what is available!

Bridal Party Survival Kits for Everyone in your party. These make a great gift and you can add earrings, pendants or whatever little touches you want for each person. Starting at $20 per kit.

Bridal Survival Kit contains all the little touches plus a serenity candle and wine opener for the pre-wedding jitters! This is the deluxe kit which can also be customized for bridesmaids, etc.

The label can be customized with her flowers, to match invitations or other decor. Can also be customized with her name, wedding date or other information.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Travel Candle Favor Gift Examples

Here are a few recent examples of M Design Boutique's Travel Candle Favor Gifts. These are an affordable party favor, promotional give-away and all-around awesome personalized travel candle. With a custom label and fragrance to match your event or branding, you can't go wrong. Check out how some MDB customers have been using the 10+ bulk priced candles!

Birthday Party Gift Favor
Mexico Destination Wedding Reception Favor

Baby Shower Favor

Announcing Our Engagement

Engagement Party Favor

Wedding Reception Favor Gift

Valentine's Day Drop-In Gift

Promotional Gift for Clients

Monday, February 7, 2011

Wedding Candles Custom Made to Match Your Event!

M Design Boutique proudly introduces full wedding candle services!

We can make any candle you need, be it tapers, pillars, votives or gift tins...containers,, beeswax or paraffin.

Contact me, Melissa, and lets get your wedding or event candles started! I will ask you several questions and give you as much, or as little guidance as you would like to create a quote for the candles you want on your reception tables, cake tables, and anywhere else you envision the beauty and fragrance of candles on your special day.

Take a look below at a few examples below of some weddings I have created candles for.

 Pictured above are a few examples of votives in clear and frosted glass votive containers. These are a fragrant addition to the event, and the fragrance carries even outdoors. Consider fragrances that match the flowers in your bridal bouquet and centerpieces. For an Autumn wedding consider seasonal fragrances such as spiced apple cider, sandalwood and sunflower. There are lots of awesome ideas to explore, and when the reception is winding down, send your guests home with matching travel tin favor candles like this:

What a great way to send some memories home with your beloved guests. Labels and fragrances can be designed exactly to your specifications. I'm a graphic artist! Get creative!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Sneak Preview: M Design Boutique at Brooklyn's Artists & Fleas This Saturday February 5th!

For those of you in New York this Saturday, February 5th, please do stop by this awesome handmade and vintage Weekend Market! Brooklyn's Artists & Fleas in Williamsburg will be hosting lots and lots of great Indie Artists, Designers and Vintage Sellers.

M Design Boutique will be selling lots of great Valentines Day Gifts, Super Bowl Accessories and stuff to keep you warm! Lots of M Design Boutique handmade and one-of-a-kind jewelry will be available and everyone who leaves their name and email address OR business card at my booth will get a free gift!

Here is a sneak preview of the MDB merch that will be in New York this Saturday!

Be sure to stop by and feast your eyes on all the fun stuff! If you see something you like, but you want it in different colors, fragrances, etc, I will be taking orders for Custom Etsy Listings! That means you tell me what you want and I email you with your custom listing later. You buy it when you are ready!

Artists & Fleas Weekend Market has an ATM on site, and there are lots of details about how to get there HERE. Come by anytime between noon and 8pm! 

Tell all your New Yorker friends. The more the merrier!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

My First Podcast! Episode 001: Advanced Candle Making Techniques

This is an audio podcast. Click on the title of this post to listen.

I am new to podcasting, so please give me honest feedback so that I can improve. Suggest topics you'd be interested in, and if you are a maker, I'd love to interview you!