Who is Homestead Sparkle?
Sharron Gimik is the creator and owner of Homestead Sparkle and has been creating, crafting, and baking for years. She works full-time as a manufacturing engineer and like many, enjoys a wide variety of hobbies.
Update- I retired in 2022 to be a full-time candle maker and crafter!
Hi, I’m Sharron and you’ll find me in many places doing many things. I like building things, crafts, and a little baking too!
I believe everyone needs a little time to express themselves outside of work and explore their creativity.
Don’t worry if you’re not artistic, neither am I. I try to make up for it with creativity. Just use your imagination.
I’m not much of a writer either. I’m usually direct and straight to the point. I’ll do my best to add a little entertainment into the mix though.
I started my early years in the technical field of Quality Management and Engineering so I’m also the nerdy type (with flare).
I am a licensed Cosmetologist and specialize in hair color. I also love nail art and fashion.
My creative drive is also what lead me to my wonderful decorative cake pan collection. I’ve always loved to bake (and eat). The beauty of these pans and the craftsmanship that went into them just fascinates me.
My favorite crafts are candle making and woodworking. You can find me teaching candle making on YouTube @homesteadsparkle.
Homestead Sparkle: A Story of Artisanal Candles
Candles have been used for centuries for their therapeutic properties, to set the mood, and to add a touch of ambiance to a room. In recent years, the market for candles has exploded, with countless options available in stores and online. However, with so many options, it can be hard to find a candle that truly stands out. Enter Homestead Sparkle – a boutique candle company that has been making waves in the industry for its unique, artisanal candles. In this article, we’ll explore the history of Homestead Sparkle, their process for creating their candles, and the benefits of using artisanal candles in your home.
A Brief History of Homestead Sparkle
Homestead Sparkle was founded in 2020 by Sharron Gimik, a self-taught candle maker. After struggling to find candles that met her high standards for quality and scent, Sharron began experimenting with making her candles in her home kitchen. She quickly discovered a passion for the craft and began selling her creations at local markets and online.
As word spread about Sharron’s unique candles, demand grew and she was able to expand her operation. Today, Homestead Sparkle has a small team of artisans who hand-pour each candle in small batches at their studio in Hot Springs, Arkansas.
Homestead Sparkle was originally Down Home Wicks Candle Store located in Michigan. Down Home Wicks was founded in 2012 as a small hobby of making candles. Moving to another state prompted the renaming of its candle company and a new beginning. With the name change also came the expansion of a product line that included many related crafts and new candles.
The Process of Creating Homestead Sparkle Candles
At Homestead Sparkle, each candle is made with care and attention to detail. The process begins with selecting the finest quality ingredients, including natural soy wax, pure essential oils, and cotton wicks. The team then hand-pours each candle in small batches, ensuring that every candle receives the same level of care and attention.
One of the unique aspects and product lines of Homestead Sparkle’s candles is the use of essential oils instead of synthetic fragrances. This not only creates a more authentic scent but also provides the therapeutic benefits associated with each oil. For example, lavender essential oil is known for its calming properties, while peppermint essential oil can help with mental clarity and focus.
The Benefits of Artisanal Candles
In recent years, there has been a growing interest in natural, organic products, including candles. Artisanal candles, like those made by Homestead Sparkle, offer several benefits over mass-produced candles.
First and foremost, artisanal candles are made with higher-quality ingredients, including natural waxes, pure essential oils, and cotton wicks. This not only provides a cleaner burn but also ensures that you’re not breathing in any harmful chemicals or synthetic fragrances.
Additionally, artisanal candles are often made in small batches, which allows for greater attention to detail and a more consistent product. This also means that each candle is unique and has its character, making it a truly special addition to any room.
The Future of Homestead Sparkle
As Homestead Sparkle continues to grow, they remain committed to their core values of quality, sustainability, and social responsibility. They are always looking for ways to improve their process and reduce their environmental impact, including using recycled materials and reducing waste.
Looking ahead, Homestead Sparkle plans to expand its product line to include new scents and styles of candles. They also hope to continue partnering with local artisans and makers to offer a unique selection of home goods and gifts.
Homestead Sparkle is a shining example of the growing trend toward artisanal, high-quality products. By using natural ingredients and traditional methods, they have created a line of candles that stands out in a crowded market. Whether you’re looking to set the mood in your home or simply enjoy the therapeutic benefits of essential oils, Homestead Sparkle has a candle for you.
Sharron Gimik on YouTube @HomesteadSparkle
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