Hi I’m Michaela, the founder and maker behind Amber & Wood Co. I started making candles in late 2016 after buying myself a candle making kit for Christmas and I immediately fell in love with candle making. I’ve been a lover of candles my entire life, at one point owning over 70 candles at one time, and I decided it was time I made my own. I was excited by the idea of being able to custom blend my own fragrances and create truly unique scents that weren’t currently on the market. I created my very first official candle in January 2017, under the name Evergreen Candles. It was a fresh apple scent that I called Apple Orchard, to this day that particular scent brings back such nostalgic, happy memories!
Now that I’ve talked briefly about my candle making journey, you can learn more about why I decided to start a candle company on the Our Story page, I wanna get up close and personal and tell you a little bit about myself.
I’m a huge nerd! I’m obsessed with all things Harry Potter, Pokemon, Game of Thrones, Marvel, Star Wars, comic books, and I’ve been known to play Dungeons & Dragons with my husband from time to time. I’m a Slytherin, INFJ on the Myers Briggs scale, Enneagram 4w5, and Scorpio. Honestly that probably tells you all you need to know about me!
I’ve been married to my high school sweetheart for 9 years, been together for 12. We met in choir when I was just 17, I was also a huge choir nerd apart of 4 different choir groups. We have 3 crazy, rambunctious boys who are literally my entire world! Our youngest son was born with multiple birth defects that affected his intestines and heart, he had 3 surgeries before his first birthday and countless hospital stays. This played a huge factor in my business model and beliefs.
I was also a full time preschool teacher before quitting in early 2021 to focus full time on Amber & Wood. I taught 3 and 4 year olds and helped prep them for kindergarten. I taught basic social skills as well as introductory academics such as how to hold a pencil, tracing, ABC, shape, & number recognition, color sorting, etc
I’m a huge advocate for mental health awareness and self care. My entire childhood I struggled with depression and anxiety. I was officially diagnosed with clinical depression and an anxiety disorder when I was 15 and then diagnosed with bipolar disorder when I was 20. Candles and aromatherapy have played a big role in helping me manage my mental health and relax.
Thank you for taking the time to get to know me! I will always strive to be as authentic and transparent as possible in both my personal life and in my business.