Sunday, December 21, 2008

Christmas Tree Photo Contest

Just in time for Christmas! The Pink Pig is having a Christmas Tree Photo Contest.

Please send me a photo of your Christmas Tree along with a short bio about the theme you chose this year and why. All entries will be posted on my site on a special page entitled "Holiday Trees." One lucky winner will be chosen to win a $100 Gift Certificate at the Pink Pig!

All photo entries must be received by December 31, 2008. Winner will be notified by email. Please send your photo's to

This Contest is Closed. Winners to be announced soon!

Sunday, December 7, 2008



Just in time for the holiday season, Debbie Schrodt, owner of Pink Pig Cottage Antiques and the new Pink Pig on Main Street in Westport, New York, has introduced a beautiful natural soy candle.

This 7.5 oz straight glass candle is packaged in a pretty white box tied with grosgrain ribbon and would be a perfect hostess gift for that special holiday event to which you have been invited. The embodiment of strength and femininity, this exquisitely scented candle is blended with the delicate floral notes of Tuberose, Indian Jasmine, Lavender Buds, Geranium Petals and White Rose. Debbie says that she “has spent numerous hours with lots of help developing the scent” for this first annual candle in what will be a new series of six soy candles available at the Pink Pig.

Scented soy candles distribute more aromatic flavor…the incorporation of soybean oil lowers the melting point of the candle, which translates into cooler burning candles and faster scent dispersion. Also, the lower melting point of soy wax results in a larger size of the liquid wax pool around the candle wick. Did you realize that it is from the wax pool of candles that the true scent evaporates into the atmosphere? That is exactly why Debbie worked so hard to develop her own special scent for this delightful new candle.

Soy candles are a favorite for environmentally conscious people because they are not made from petroleum like paraffin candles. Burning of soy candles does not increase the CO2 level in the atmosphere. Soy candles last longer, and this newly available candle burns for approximately 60 hours.

Another benefit of soy candles is that they produce about 90% less carbon soot than paraffin candles. This is especially important for families whose members have allergies or asthma. It’s also a great benefit that furniture and walls are not coated with soot, which is often the case for those who burn regular paraffin candles in their homes.

Salespersons in either Pink Pig Shop will be delighted to help you select these soy candles for so many on your holiday list…and don’t forget those friends who celebrate their birthdays this winter season. At only $24.00, this new soy candle answers all of your shopping needs for that special person on your list. Take the drive to Westport on Lake Champlain or shop online at and see all of Debbie’s gifts, home d├ęcor, furniture and primitive antiques. The Pink Pig shops are truly one stop shopping for your holiday gifts.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Local Artist Brings North Country to the White House

Linda Parks is bringing Lake Champlain and the Adirondacks to a White House Christmas celebration this week. As part of the artist's depiction, both North Country landmarks are displayed on an ornament that will adorn a 20-foot Fraser fir, which will decorate the Blue Room.

Each year, first Lady Laura Bush chooses a theme for the White House Christmas tree. Last year, the theme was National Parks, but this Christmas Bush invited members of Congress to pick an artist from their district to create a scene that represents the area. Linda Parks used tissue paper to create a layered landscape of mountains in rich purple and blue for the lake and in light of the Christmas spirit, she then covered the ball with sparkles.

Linda wrote a little message around the ornament, which reads, "From the icy crystals of Lake Champlain to the purple majesty of the Adirondack, winter in the twenty-third congressional district, NY".

As an added honor, she and her husband, Robert, received an invitation at the White House December 2. Bush will be attending the ceremony, as will the other artists for this year's tree.