Note #82: The gift of fire (2013.12.9)
Here we are, already in the second week of December—I can’t believe how fast time is flying, especially considering how much I have to get done before the end of the year. I don’t want to think about that at the moment, though, so instead I am going to help you with your Christmas shopping (provided you live in the continental United States, that is, although special arrangements may be possible for those living elsewhere).
A shade over three years ago, I posted a very long entry about how I helped my brother the chandler build his website. Since then, a lot has changed in terms of the design of the site (it looks much, much better now), but some things haven’t changed. For one, most of the coding is still mine—and still working, I’m proud to say. And Brian continues to make some really nice custom candles. We have about a half-dozen of his candles in our apartment at the moment, and they draw attention whenever we have guests over. Having some candles around is always nice and helps to create a warm atmosphere, of course, but Brian’s candles are quite unique and beautiful.
Now you may think that this is just a shameless plug for my brother, but it’s not. Well, it’s a plug, of course, but it’s not shameless. Brian has a rare artistic sensibility that I have always admired, and that sensibility comes through in every candle he makes. He also happens to share with me a perfectionist streak, never resting until he gets things just right. As you can imagine, this can be stressful at times, but I think it’s a good trait to have if you are an artisan.
So, yes, I’m plugging Brian’s custom-made candles because he’s my brother, but also because I genuinely believe in what he does. After all, I’m not just the coder for Promethean Candle Boutique, I’m also a client (and if you recognize that line, you’re old enough to start buying some nice candles). So if you’re looking for an interesting gift this Christmas, go check out some of the candles Brian has to offer and see if any strike your fancy.