I am a breast cancer survivor and I am grateful to be feeling healthy again. A creative side opened for me after treatment and I started making candles, soap, and then painting. On March 20, the first day of spring 2018, I started Simply Ann's Lavender. It is handmade candles, soap, paintings, and so much more. This site has product information and where you can make a purchase.
Lombard Christmas Mart
Sacred Heart Church
Elizabeth St and Maple Avenue
9am to 2pm
Heritage Prairie Farm Artisan Craft and Food Fair
2N308 Brundige Road
November 12 and 13, 2022
My life changed in 2014 after having breast cancer. I am grateful my cancer is gone and I am feeling well again. However, this life event was truly a wakeup call. It was during my recovery from my last chemotherapy that I had the thought to make candles. Let me say that I had never made a candle in my life! However, I researched on how to make candles and I made my first batch using soy wax and lavender essential oil. About six months later I started to make soap via melt and pour method and lavender was my first batch of soap. I love the peace that comes with taking in the smell of essential oils while creating my soap and candles. In 2017 I was encouraged to give painting a try. The first time I painted was at a local art studio and we were to paint a lavender field. This painting is now my business logo. For my paintings, I buy my frames from local vintage stores and I am drawn to wood frames with good 'bones' or their unique shape. I then paint and distress them. My paintings begin with a positive word or affirmation then I paint the flowers in the colors that speak to me. I know a painting is done when it makes me smile!
I have been a nurse for over 20 years, completed a clinical aromatherapy certificate program, and now launched Simply Ann’s Lavender. When I am not creating then I like spending time with my two dogs and fostering puppies for a local shelter. It is an honor to be given this opportunity to follow my heart, share these gifts, and be on this journey with you.