HEALING HOBBY: How crafting candles gave an artist hope
THE creative passion that saved Donna Hey from a future defined by pain has the power to soothe other souls as well, the Warwick artisan said as she waxed lyrical about the healing she discovered through candle making.
Melting wax, mixing smells and crafting boutique candles has become the light in Mrs Hey's life since she was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis.
When the illness struck two years ago, it knocked her confidence as much as it did her physical body.
"I felt like I wouldn't be able to do all the things I wanted to do,” she said.
But when a friend suggested she start making candles to take her mind off the pain, Mrs Hey discovered peace for the first time in months.
That's how Windyhaze Creations was born and from there, Mrs Hey's business has blossomed.
Since her market debut in February, Mrs Hey is looking forward to sharing her passion with customers at the Easter Extravaganza market in Leslie Park on Saturday.
Mrs Hey said people were more willing to splash out for quality when it came to candles.
"When they are buying a candle now they don't just go and buy a cheap candle. They realise it is an investment in your home,” she said.
But there is more science to the candle craft than meets the eye.
Mrs Hey said room temperature played a huge role in getting the final product just right.
"Humidity is a big killer,” she said.
"I will be trying to ramp up production over winter before it gets too cold and start stocking up for summer because it is very hard to make candles in summer.”
Find Windyhaze Creations and dozens of other market stalls at Leslie Park on Saturday from 9am until 2pm.