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Lisa Beth Miller is the Entertaining & Weddings Editor for Miss A. She has been involved in the wedding industry for several years. Lisa is a bridal consultant and director of marketing and public relations for Blush Bridal Boutique and an event designer at Main Street Weddings, both local wedding businesses. In this capacity, Lisa writes the blog, website copy, and promotional materials for these businesses and assists with event planning. She was formerly a bridal consultant and did marketing and public relations work for A Formal Affair Bridal and Formalwear Boutique and was the creator of their Bridal University workshops. Additionally, Lisa teaches English, journalism, and photojournalism classes at Liberty High School in Bealeton, Virginia. She advises the school's award-winning publications, Talon yearbook and Patriot Press newspaper. As junior class sponsor, she also assists in planning Liberty's prom. Lisa has written several published articles. These include an article about advising student publications for Accents (Southern Interscholastic Press Association’s journal),an article about the royal wedding for Northern Virginia Magazine, an article about local proms for Warrenton Lifestyle magazine, and four stories about wedding planning and wedding fashion for the 2012 Northern Virginia Bridal Guide. Lisa holds an undergraduate degree in English and journalism education from Millersville University of Pennsylvania and a graduate degree in education and library science from Longwood University.

Hostess Gift That Gives Back: FlashPoint Artisan Candles

Photo credit: FlashPoint

Photo credit: FlashPoint

Looking for a hostess gift that is beautiful, useful, and supports skilled artisans in their craft?
FlashPoint Candle, a leader in creative candle décor and design for inside and outside of the home, is reinventing citronella with the introduction of five innovative citronella fragrance blends.  The luxury candle manufacturer announced plans to make Mango Citronella, Elderberry Citronella, Wild Blueberry Citronella, Garden Herb Citronella, and Water Lotus Citronella fragrances available for the their Saxon and Bennett size candles as part of the FlashPoint Candle flagship Artisan Series. This fragrance expansion is part of FlashPoint Candle’s 2014 outdoor candle line designed for outdoor enthusiast and outdoor lifestyle retailers. The company, which was founded on the idea that candles do more than just freshen the air in your home, will feature the new aromas at High Point Market this month.

The new blends soften and balance the harsh notes of regular citronella for a more enjoyable outdoor experience. These fragrances are so delightful they can be burned indoors as well. FlashPoint Candle Founder and CEO, Drea Groeschel explains the motivation behind the inventive blends, “I selected these innovative fragrances to fill a void in the availability of fresh, pleasant scents that provide the insect-repellent characteristic for which citronella oil is known.” Groeschel goes on to say, “The new blends provide a bouquet of fresh herbs, fruits and florals, all items that would be picked fresh from a beautiful garden.”

The citronella fragrance blends are unique and elegant complements to FlashPoint Candle’s collection of candles. The ceramic vessels of the flagship Artisan Series, considered works of art themselves, are sourced from an artisanal producer in Southern Asia, an area historically known for its ancient techniques in superior quality Earthenware and reactive, drip glazing methods. The containers are hand-dipped multiple times to give layer and depth to the rich glaze colors, and then fired in a special Tunnel Kiln, making each ceramic vessel an exceptional, home décor collectible that is reusable as a planter, fruit bowl, ice bucket, pillar display, or other artful addition to your home.

The fragrance formulations are combined with premium, natural soy wax blends, and FlashPoint’s candles are hand-poured and hand-wicked at a 160,000-square-foot production and warehousing facility in Ohio using multiple wicks to create a dynamic landscape of candlelight.The new citronella fragrance blends are available on all colors of the six-wick, 9” diameter Saxon candles, retailing for approximately $45.00, and the twelve-wick, 12” diameter Bennett candles, retailing for approximately $125.00. They join the 15” Hamilton, and 20” Beauregard to complete the flagship Artisan Series of FlashPoint Candles. FlashPoint Candle distributes its products through leading landscape and garden retailers, furniture retailers and casual furniture specialists, gift and boutique stores, and e-commerce merchants.

About FlashPoint Candle

Founded in 2011, FlashPoint Candle is a leading provider of multi-wick soy blend candles in decorative ceramic vessels with reactive glaze finishes. FlashPoint Candles are unique usable, distinctive pieces, many of which are hand-crafted, that extend beyond being a light source to serving as stunning pieces of art to be used throughout the home. Based in Brentwood, Tennessee, the company sources its ceramic containers from southern Asia and Europe and hand-pours and hand-wicks all its candles at a 160,000-square-foot production and warehousing facility in Ohio.

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