Woman Creates Candles As Excuse To Attend Hamfests
By WBØRUR, on the scene
WEST MOLINE, Nebraska – A Nebraska woman is offering a line of “ham radio scented” candles just in time for purchase at the Dayton Hamvention.
Maudie Carlisle of rural Milford County has been producing top-selling scented votives for over 20 years, but this is her first foray into amateur radio themed products.
She sells her wares – produced in her Nebraska root cellar – at over 50 arts and crafts fairs each year under the “Carlisle’s Cornhusker Candles” brand.
“Usually, we sell floral scented candles…with names like ‘Lilac Valley Surprise’, ‘Night in a Damp Rose Garden’ and ‘I See a Bright Chrysanthemum; Let’s Pick It,’” says the gray haired grandmother, who adds that she became interested in candle making after taking a class at the local extension service office.
“My husband’s been a ham radio operator for years, and he encouraged me to come up with “ham radio scented” candles so I can travel with him to hamfests,” she says.
Carlisle’s Cornhusker ham radio scented candles – stylishly designed to look good on any ham radio operating desk or fireplace mantel – will be offered in 5 intoxicating ham radio aromas:
- “MY FINALS ARE ON FIRE MUSK”
- “INSULATION BURNING OFF POWER LEADS”
- “BITTER, BITTER COFFEE AND CIGARETTE SMOKE”
- “SOMEONE NEEDS A SHOWER AND IT AIN’T ME”
- “I SHOULD HAVE LOOKED FOR THE CAT BEFORE I FIRED UP THE AMPLIFIER”
Maudie says the Dayton Hamvention is her first big hamfest experience, although she has sold product at local hamfests; usually next to the lady selling doilies, the lady selling home-made jewelry and the guy selling bottles of grape juice with amazing healing properties.
Carlisle’s Candles come in both 6 inch ($5.99) and 12 inch ($12.99) versions.
Look for Maudie and smell her aromas at Pavilion C, Booth 149.