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Blog posts December 2016

I'm so addicted,,,,,,

December 29, 2016


It has been a while since I have written.  I just can't help myself.  I am so addicted to making clay stamps!!  I have several pictures to share below but let me first get you updated on the happenings here and Candle Hill Farms and the future Parker House Pottery.

The etsy shop is now closed.  It will not reopen but will be totally deactivated on January 2nd.  I will sell all crafts except clay related items here on Candle Hill Farms.  All clay related items will sell on my Parker House Pottery site.  I will post the link to that on January 2nd when it is officially open.  I still have much work to do on both sites before the new year begins but if it is not completed I still intend to open for business.  I hope everyone understands that these are both growing businesses and so will change and evolve as the business does.

I hand carve all my clay stamps.  They are made from polymer clay.  They can be used on various ceramic clays and pottery.  They can also be used to decorate fondant for cakes or used to press into cookies.  Below are just a few pictures of the stamps I have been making, in various stages.  They will be available on the Parker House Pottery site.






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Creative juices are flowing,,,,,,,,,

December 13, 2016


My creative juices kicked into high gear and I have been in the basement working since 5am.  But I have been having a blast!!  I am working on clay stamp designs.  I make the clay stamps out of polymer clay.  To me, polymer clay is easier to work with, more durable and can be used on many surfaces including cookies and fondant but it makes a wonderful stamp for use in ceramics and pottery.

The pictures I am going to post are of the molds for the stamps.  Some are deep enough and ready to hard bake and make stamps with.  Others are not deep enough and so I soft baked them to hopefully, make it easier to etch them in a bit deeper for a crisper stamp.  I use the term bake because polymer clay is not fired in a kiln but rather, hardened in an oven.  I use a little toaster oven for this job.

   Two of these, as you can see, is plenty deep enough to make stamps with while the other one needs to be etched in more.

   Here is the tray ready to go into the oven for a soft bake.  Once cooled I will etch in the ones that need to be a bit deeper and then do a hard bake which will make them completely hard and ready to use.

All of my clay stamps will be available at my Parker House Pottery web site after the first of the new year.  I am still working on the site so have not published the web site address yet.  So check back here after Christmas for a link to the site.

As for my etsy shop.  The holiday sales are over, the last day for shipping in time for Christmas was yesterday and I am winding down for the year.  The etsy shop will be closed after Christmas.  I will sell all crafts except ceramics and pottery on this site and all pottery and ceramics on the Parker House Pottery site.  I can't wait for the grand opening!!

Until next time,,,,,,


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Last sale of the year,,,,,,,,,,

December 8, 2016


In celebration of my Great-great-grandfather, Benjamin Burlin Parker's 200th Birthday on Saturday, December 10th I am having one last sale of the year.    It is amazing to me to have a family connection that spans two centuries.  I feel blessed to have gotten to "know" this man through family genealogy research.  He was such an honorable man and a pillar of his community.  So, in celebration I am having one last Flash sale, Saturday, Dec. 10th only, 9am to 5pm central time.  Take 20% off your purchase and enjoy free shipping or drop shipping at my etsy shop only.  (Click on the tab above).  You must use coupon code  HAPPY200 at the check out to get your 20% off.

​Just a reminder, the last day to order for Christmas shipping is Dec 12th.  After the Christmas holiday, all sales will be moved here to my web site or to the Parker House Pottery web site and I will no longer be selling at etsy or  Don't worry, I will honor any sales or deals made on either of those sites even after they are closed.  Bookmark this site so you can get back here to shop after Christmas!!

Until next time,,,,,,,,,


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Working on it,,,,,,,,,

December 5, 2016


Are you wondering what I am working on?  Yeah, me too, LOL.  Just kidding!!  I have been working on both this site and the new Parker House Pottery site trying to get ready to close out the etsy shop and moving everything over to here.

You would think that would be a pretty easy task, but it is not really.  I want to keep etsy open as long as possible during the holiday season but I do not want to pay any more listing fees.  After all, the shop will be closed long before those listing fees run out.  So I have started deleting items as they are coming due.  And I have  been working on a shop page here that I will soon publish so if you don't see something at etsy you can look for it here.  I was going to wait until after the first of the year to open both the shop here and Parker House Pottery but I am not sure that is going to work.  I might miss a holiday sale if I do that.  Decisions, decisions!!  I will have to make up my mind for sure by the end of the week and let you know.

​My great-great-grandfather on my mother's side, Benjamin Burlin Parker, would have been 200 this Dec. 10th and I am thinking about a sale to celebrate his birthday.  Can you imagine, 200 years old?

​I still love doing genealogy and worked on it over the weekend.  I found even more relatives.  I find it inconceivable that back in 1860 the entire township, comprising of several small towns, villages or hamlets was less that 1000 population and it stayed like that until the 1940s when it started to grow a bit, can have so many families with the same last name and not be related.  For example, at last count there were supposedly 4 Myers, Meyers, Maiers families and none related.  There were supposedly 3 Parker families, none related, 3 or 4 Smith families all not related as well.  Boulder-dash!!  I see the family resemblance in photos of the various Parker families.  I am certain there is a connection, I just do not know what it is yet. But I will find it someday!!  Family rumors claim there was some sort of a huge family falling out, way back when and typical Parker fashion they did not speak to each other or acknowledge being relatives.  Parkers do carry a grudge into eternity, LOL.  Time will tell as I will not give up until I find the answers or die, whichever comes first, LOL.  So, I am working in it too, LOL.

And last but not least, I have started working on my book.  The first of many I hope.  The first one will be about trying to do my genealogy.  The ups and downs of the search.  The people who were helpful along the way, and those who were not.  The stories, rumors and gossip that comes out when someone is doing their family history, helpful tips I learned along the way and want to share with others.

Until next time,,,,,,,,


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