WHEN Amy Everon had her first child she was looking for a creative outlet she could do from home.
She started making hand-poured, natural soy candles in her Thurgoona kitchen and found her hobby quickly became a business.
The former National Australia Bank employee launched The Nostalgic Wick about three years ago.
“I chose candles because who doesn’t love candles?” she says.
“Then people wanted to start paying me for them and my cousin started stocking them in her Albury florist shop, where they went nuts.”
Now mum to Patrick, 3, Max, 2, and Zellah, 3 months, with husband Matthew, Mrs Everon supplies dozens of Border retailers with her handmade candles and goes to Yackandandah and Rutherglen monthly markets as well as field days.
“It’s been growing and growing and growing,” she says.
“Max and Zellah went to their first markets at two weeks old.
“I don’t feel like it’s my job; it’s something I love doing.”
Mrs Everon says there are benefits of running your own business.
“I totally recommend it – do your research, check out what’s happening locally and choose something that other people will love as much as you do,” she says.
“The local support is amazing; from retailers to customers, I’ve made so many friends.”