And so, I'd like to introduce Taos Light Works, my new line of beautiful candles, designed in honor and celebration of women everywhere. I'm making them myself now, but plan to expand to employ one or more local women. I also plan to donate $1 from the sale of each candle to local (and maybe global) organizations that support, assist, and encourage women. Years ago, when we were getting ready to move to Taos, a friend in Seattle raised her eyebrows at me, and asked, "Hmmm... are you a Light Worker?" I didn't even know what a Light Worker was then. But now, in an odd sort of way, I guess I'm becoming one through this. The idea here is not only to support myself and my family, but to help other women do the same thing. I want to shine my little light, and see how far it can go.
I've spent the last couple of days working out all the details I'm aware of at this point. I've figured out the cost of making them and shipping them, factored in what I can pay someone to help me, and searched for good sources for materials. Instead of cheap paper, I cover these "church candles" in beautiful fabrics, and add touches of gold paint and subtle glimmers of rhinestones. They're not only beautiful to look at, but have a nice rich feel in your hand as well. When the candle burns down, they can be used over and over again with little votive candles, or my favorite, the rechargeable battery candles. The designs so far are all beautiful women, but as I search for fabrics, I find so many others I'd like to use too. You can expect some expansion of the designs if this goes well.
I'm rebuilding my website and Etsy Shop next, and hope to have some candles ready to sell in just a few days. They'll be $20 each, and because they're heavy (over 1 pound each), I'll have to charge a bit for shipping. Of course, if you live in Taos, you can come and get them directly from me!
Wish me luck! And always shine your own little light. I still think we can change the world in small ways every day. I grew up in the 60's. I can't help it. (And yes, I'm still working on the cookbook too.)