Life is Brighter Bridge Nine Lifestyle Blog

  • For the Girls

    For the Girls

    #MakeItBrighter


    This fall and winter, Bridge Nine Candle Co. is proud to support Girls Inc. of the Pacific Northwest in their vitally important mission to “Inspire all girls to be strong, smart, and bold.”

    By inspiring our girls, we empower them to accomplish great things. A more equitable culture and society is imperative, and Girls Inc. is striving toward that vision every day. Now you can help. When you purchase our limited edition Peppermint Bark tumbler now through December 31, 2018, $5 dollars of your purchase goes to Girls Inc.

    It’s all part of our quarterly Make It Brighter (#makeitbrighter) campaign. From the inception of Bridge Nine, it has been of the utmost importance to us that we give back to the causes and organizations that fuel our progress.

    Our girls need to grow to be strong and resilient to face life’s challenges. They must be smart and creative to navigate the constantly evolving environment and economy. And they must be bold to dream big, dare bravely, and achieve in great measure. I couldn’t be more excited to support this organization. The mission and aim of Girls Inc. aligns seamlessly with the values and vision of Bridge Nine Candle Co.


    Why Girls Inc.?

    • ONLY 4.6 PERCENT OF CEOS OF FORTUNE 500 COMPANIES ARE FEMALE
    • 3 IN 10 GIRLS WILL BECOME PREGNANT BY THE AGE OF 20
    • ONLY 2.4 PERCENT OF DOCTORATES OF STEM-RELATED FIELDS ARE HELD BY WOMEN OF COLOR
    • 1 IN 5 GIRLS WILL BE A VICTIM OF CHILDHOOD SEXUAL ABUSE

    The need for an organization dedicated to the success of our girls is as clear as day. Thank you for helping Bridge Nine Candle Co. make a brighter world for the girls of the Pacific Northwest. Your contribution is important, and we appreciate every effort you make to help us #makeitbrigther.

    To learn more about Girls Inc. or to contribute further in their cause, visit GirlsIncPNW.org.

     


    The Peppermint Bark Candle (limited edition)

    The Peppermint Bark candle from Bridge Nine is a festive blend of peppermint, dark chocolate, and vanilla. The aroma fills your space with holiday spirit. I encourage you to think of the girls’ lives you have impacted with your purchase of this limited time candle, and I thank you for your contribution.


    This candle makes a great and lasting gift (45 hour burn time). Wrap it snuggly in a colorful holiday bag and include a variety of edible peppermint and chocolate barks to create a gift your loved ones will remember for years to come. You might also consider a supplemental donation to Girls Inc. in the name of your loved one.


    Candle Maintenance and Safety

    The following tips and precautions will sustain a happy and safe candle experience: the first time you light it, please allow your Bridge Nine Candle Co. candle to burn for approximately 2 hours, or until the wax reaches the edges of the container. This will give your candle a good ‘memory’ so that it burns evenly for the remainder of its lifespan.Keep your wick trimmed to 1⁄4” to help prevent smoking and soot build-up. Keep your candle out of direct sunlight. Soy wax has a low melting point and candles will melt in extreme heat and direct sun.

    Do not leave a burning candle unattended.

    Keep candles out of the reach of children and pets.





  • Autumn Essentials

    These are a few of my favorite (fall) things

    As the leaves turn yellow and orange and fall rains dapple the burnt lawns of summer, we turn to the warm, the cozy, the nostalgic. Autumn’s arrival is like putting on a jazz record in a quiet room –– the scratch, the hum, and the cool, soft sounds.

    I have assembled some beautiful items for the Autumn Essentials collection. Each is handmade and imbued with the essence of fall. We have a sugar scrub and an infinity scarf. We have a pumpkin spice floral mug and a pumpkin pie s’more kit. We even have a cozy throw blanket to keep you warm as your read away the day next to our Bridge Nine harvest apple tumbler candle.

    When you visit the sites of these artisans and makers, take some extra time to look around at all that these talented artists have to offer. An immense amount of thought goes into the curation and creation of these handmade items, and it shows in their beauty.


    From Urban Oreganics we have a Tahitian cardamom sugar scrub that will have your skin looking supple and smooth. The harsh late fall breeze can do its best, but you will be feeling refreshed.


     

    Duende Decor has created the essential autumn wrap with the red buffalo fall plaid blanket scarf. When you are nestled into this mid-weight beauty you will be filled with all the feelings of fall.


     

    The pumpkin spice floral mug from Jessica Marie Ceramics has to be mentioned. Before you click, be warned, she is selling out fast. But don’t worry, there are dozens of other beautiful items from this talented artist.


     

    Harvest apple is the newest Bridge Nine Candle Co. scent. The aroma will remind you of walking through an apple orchard with the fruit hanging ripe on the branches, ready for picking.


     

    The pumpkin pie s’mores kit from from Nineteen27 S’mores is absolutely divine. The handmade chocolate and graham cracker have always paired perfectly next to the scent of a campfire, and this kit is ideal for fall.


     

    When you add the Seek & Swoon reika throw blanket to your collection, your fall essentials will be complete. The trap rocks, mountains, and glaciers of Iceland inspired this little piece of magic.


     

    Thank you for stopping by the Bridge Nine Candle Co. site. If you haven’t found us on Instagram yet, you can follow here. The entire Bridge Nine fall line is available now. We wish you a cozy and aromatic autumn.  



  • Fall Scents Fill the Air

    Each year I feel the future breezes of fall amid the summer’s sweltering heat. At Bridge Nine Candle Co. I get to look forward to the relief of each changing season. I’m especially excited for this coming fall. We have a brand new scent and a gorgeous collection of copper goods to really bring the feeling of autumn to life.


    As the days cool and shorten, I find myself inspired by the aromas from the fields and orchards surrounding me. I look forward to reading in my favorite chair with a small fire going –– my new Harvest Apple candle filling the room.


    I’m excited to share the Bridge Nine fall collection with you. May this autumn bring you colorful treescapes and a bountiful harvest.


    In our fourth collaboration with Covet & Ginger, we bring you our full fall collection in poppyseed clay tumbler glazed in grey. Our four fall scents are accentuated by the beautiful hand-thrown pottery.

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    You can find it in Pumpkin Spice, Harvest Apple, Spiced Cider, and Cranberry Orange. Perhaps the best part of our Covet & Ginger combination is the 50 hours of burning enjoyment ($32).


    Harvest Apple is new this year. It’s inspired by the Oregon and Washington orchards hanging heavy with harvest-ready fruit. It’s crisp and fresh, straight from the orchard, with a scent that makes for the perfect transition from summer to fall.

    Harvest Apple and the other three fall scents are all available in our traditional 4 oz. jelly jar and 8 oz tumbler. The scents work well mixed, matched, or standing alone.

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    Our tumbler candle is made to fit perfectly in our Autumn Boxwood Candle Wreath ($14). When you pair the wreath with your favorite fall scent, you invite autumn into your home.

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    The Bridge Nine Copper Collection is the ideal way to celebrate the fall. Copper has never been more beloved than it is today, and the double wick Copper Tumbler ($34), Hammered Copper Bowl ($18) and Copper Votives (3 for $34) make for the quintessential autumn collection.


    No matter how you mix and match our Bridge Nine Candle Co. fall collection, you will feel the full spirit of fall filling your home. Fall is a time for relief, reflection, and the celebration of our bountiful annual harvest. Join with us this fall by following on Instagram. Have a beautiful autumn season!



  • A Gift That Keeps Giving

    At Bridge Nine Candle Co. we take our environmental commitment seriously. That’s why I use hand poured soy wax with 100 percent cotton wicks and highgrade phthalate-free fragrances. That’s also why our jars and tumblers are reusable.

    The candle’s container is almost as important as the wax poured into it or the wick that allows it to burn. I carefully choose the styles and designs of the candle containers not just to match the colors and scents of the candle, but to be a valuable part of your home collection.

    The candle is the first chapter in the container’s story.

    I’ve snapped a few photos of the process as I recently turned my  round tumbler into a flower vase and the perfect cocktail glass. The cleaning process important. You don’t want your mint julep tasting like your favorite candle. So here is the four step process to cleaning and repurposing your Bridge Nine tumbler.

     

     

    Step One: Remove the remainder of the wick. It is attached to the bottom of the glass with a foam sticker. Use a spoon to scrape it out of the bottom of the glass. You'll want to make sure this is done before the next step, since the wick has metal on the bottom.


    Step Two: Once you have the wick removed (Step One), place the glass in the microwave for about 30 seconds to soften the remaining wax. If you don't have a microwave, you can use a double boiler system on the stove and place it in warm water until the wax softens.


    Step Three: Use a cloth to remove as much wax as possible. And Remember: NEVER POUR WAX DOWN THE SINK!


    Step Four: After you have as much of the wax removed as possible, wash the glass with soap and water or put it through the dishwasher.


    BONUS Step Five: Enjoy your new glass tumbler!

     


    The blueberry spritzer in that photo looks fantastic, doesn’t it? Well, it is! And the recipe is easy. The drink is refreshing, balanced, and subtly sweet. It’s just one incredible way you can upcycle and repurpose your candle containers.


    Blueberry Spritzer


    1 ounce

    gin

    2 ounces

    unsweetened blueberry juice

    4 ounces

    prosecco

    1 splash

    club soda

    4

    fresh blueberries

     

    Fall is coming, and at Bridge Nine Candle Co. we are already creating and storing our fall lineup. That means savings on our sale items!

    Remember to follow us on Instagram if you haven’t yet, and please tell your friends about Bridge Nine.