Sunday, December 11, 2011

12 Days of Home for the Holidays: Cheryl Waters


Cheryl Waters is a sweet friend and one of the most talented Mixed Media Artists.  She has been a
Lead/Founding Fiskateer (#002) since the inception of the Fiskateers. Cheryl has been widely published, but my favorite are the projects found in Sommerset Memories. You can find Cheryl blogging at Fiskaeers.
Cheryl has a new adventure.  She has opened an online store called Artsy Findings.  Artsy Findings features Melody Ross products, Donna Salazar,  GCD products, and more. Cheryl also has a monthly project kit as well as vintage findings and more.  Visit Cheryl's new blog Artsy Findings for great inspiration. 
 
Welcome Cheryl 

Cheryl Waters

Christmas time is a time for sweet celebration in our family.  It's a time of family, friendship and faith.  One of the fun traditions we've started over the last several years is a special visit to Logan's Candy Company in Ontario, California.  It's an incredible place filled with sweet smells and a memories.  I love that we've gotten to know the family over the years and that they have a 13 year old daughter as we do named Abby.  Logan's has been in business and making candy for over 70 years.  Their busiest time of year . . . you got it . . . Christmas.
  
Last year I organized a trip inviting family, friends and Fiskateers to Logan's and kids and adults alike were so delighted.  Let me tell you, there is nothing like the taste of a warm candy cane.  Logan's also houses so many different kinds of candy . . . chocolates and even the most beautiful ribbon candy . . . one flavor named after their daughter (and ours) . . . Sweet Abby Pie (now the name of my business).  

'The Candy Man' shares from beginning to end how to make a batch of candy canes and does so right in front of you . . . from cooking it in a pot to flavoring it, coloring it, rolling it out and then eating it (while it's still warm).  While a candy cane is still warm . . . you can mold it.

But it's more than just candy . . . at Logan's they share 'The Legend of the Candy Cane' while he's in the process of handmaking these lovely delights.  'The Candy Man' shares that a 'candymaker once wanted to make a candy that people could remember Christmas by so he made the Christmas Candy Cane.  He incorporated several symbols of baby Jesus' birth, ministry and death.  
He began with a stick of pure white, hard candy.  White to symbolize the virgin birth and sinless nature of Jesus.  Hard candy to symbolize the solid rock, the foundation of the Curch, and firmness of the promises of God.  The candymaker made the candy in the form of a "J" to represent the name of Jesus.  It also represented the staff of the "Good Shepherd".  The candymaker then included red stripes.  He used three small stripes and a large red stripe to represent the suffering Christ endured at the end of His life.  The candy became known as a Christmas Candy Cane.'

So with that each year we enjoy traveling to visit the 'Candy Man' and listening to him share the true meaning of Christmas.  Maybe one day you'll make it out to California and experience this "sweet" adventure.
Merry Christmas to all and wishing you 'sweet' memories made with family and friends.

Cheryl Waters
Artsy Findings Cheryl's Personal Blog

Remember to leave Cheryl a comment!

There is nothing like a Candy Adventure!  Thank you, Cheryl.  Tomorrow's 12th and final guest for these 12 Days of Home for the Holidays is Tammy Tutterow!

14 comments:

  1. Cheryl, I always love your stories of visiting the candy factory! Have a blessed Christmas!

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  2. Great post. i love the symbolism of the candy cane. There is a rock candy shop near us and they do the same thing every year where you can watch them make candy canes, and other rock candies.

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  3. Thanks for the sweet comments. So happy Debby asked me to share and be a part of what she's doing. So much to celebrate. Warmest wishes to all!

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  4. How cool to see the makings of candy canes. And I love the story behind it. Mmm, now you have me craving a candy cane!:-)

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  5. What a great fun trip to go see~a candy factory!!! Great post. thanks for sharing with us.

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  6. What a fun experience. Have never seen them being made.

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  7. sounds like another GREAT family bizness...so so hard to find these days...and it seems they have embraced you very well! sweet story for wonderful memory making. tyvm

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  8. Yes, one of these days I am making the trip to join you! Sounds like a lot of fun.

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  9. I Love this story!! I had heard that story about the candy canes a very long time ago! Thanks so much for sharing it!!! We need to hear these kinds of stories, such Great symbolism!!!
    debpaint16@aol.com

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  10. How exciting to have a warm, fresh candy cane?! I hadn't really thought about them being anything other than what we get in the store. This trip sounds like so much fun.

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  11. I remember this from last year. Cheryl is such an amazing artist, Fiskateer Lead, mother, friend and woman. She is beautiful inside and out!

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  12. Love the story about the candy cane. Great to see one of fiskateer leads featured! Mary #5509

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  13. I was one of the Southern California Fiskateers that was able to join Cheryl (along with my family) last year. It was such a fun experience for all. That warm candy cane was the yummiest! Looking forward to a future trip to Logan's someday!
    Tanya (#5407)

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  14. Hi Cheryl, that looks like such a fun trip. Love the explanation of the Christian side of candy canes. I'm a Fiskateer that couldn't make that trip, but I'm happy to relive it with you!

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