About Me

I've always been drawn to artistic pursuits, though not necessarily in drawing. From knitting to woodwork, quilting to crafting signs and decals, these hands-on experiences laid the groundwork for my journey. As life unfolded, I was always in perpetual motion, I was either redecorating my home,  hosting craft nights with friends, or crafting handmade gifts for my loved ones.

Amidst the struggles with depression that marked much of my life, crafting became a solace, a therapeutic outlet. Later on, running entered the picture, adding another layer to my journey of self-discovery. Life's challenges persisted, but I was determined to overcome depression, pushing myself to train rigorously for my first marathon, which eventually evolved into tackling ultra marathons on the trails of Vancouver Island. Overcoming fears and disciplining myself, I accomplished this monumental goal. 

Yet, it was the gentle march of time and the echo of "time flies" that stirred something profound within me. Memories and cherished moments took on a higher significance as I realized that certain scents could transport me to better, simpler, and happier times. Fuelled by a lifelong love for scented candles, the idea of creating them for a business began to take root. In 2023, I launched my candle business. 

My introductory creations, 'Trail Run' and 'Sea La Vie,' were more than just names for candles to me; they were encapsulations of therapeutic experiences. 'Trail Run' embodied the essence of therapeutic forest runs and the triumphs achieved, while 'Sea La Vie' served as a reminder of the soothing sound of waves and the ocean's scent during my moments of beach therapy. ...

Our Story

Our name, Lost Villages Candle Co., pays tribute to the history of Eastern Ontario. On July 1, 1958, ten communities were permanently submerged during the creation of the St. Lawrence Seaway, displacing thousands of people. From this submerged history rose Kathleen's own home in Long Sault, originally from the lost community of Maple Grove, today it stands as a living relic, part of "The Lost Villages Museum" tour and an indelible part of our candle brand's narrative and direction.

Located in Ault Park on Fran Laflamme Drive, 3km east of Long Sault, Ontario is the Lost Villages museum site, it consists of ten heritage buildings, moved and restored to Ault Park from The Lost Villages and surrounding townships by the members of The Lost Villages Historical Society.

You can learn more about The Lost Villages, here: The Lost Villages