working at Meyer and Frank (Department store)

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A little bit about me....
Hello, my name is Diane Hillison.  I was born in Oregon City, Oregon and was raised in Molalla, Oregon.  I graduated from Molalla High School and was very interested in sewing.  I decided to go to a dress design school in San Francisco in lieu of college.  I had a great time and learned a lot.  One thing I learned was that I could look at a design and make it, but I couldn't think up original designs (not so good).  So, after graduating, I moved back to Portland and started  


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Oregon City High School

19761 S. Beavercreek Road

Saturday, November 12

(9am - 4pm)

Sunday, November 13

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Business For Sale

For 14 years, I have enjoyed making candles and meeting all of you.  Thank you for your support.   The Lord has blessed me abundantly with this business and it has been a hard decision to decide to sell it.  With that being said,  if any of you have a desire to start your own business, this might be for you.  There are endless possibilities for growth.  Online sales and many more markets to attend.  You can give me a call if interested.

 in the cosmetics section.  After working there for about 2 years, I was offered a  job in Seattle as a traveling sales rep.  It was an awesome job with travel, company car and an expense account.  I did this for 4 years.  In the mean time, I got married. Then I got a new boss that made my life miserable (no... not my husband....).  My husband decided to go into the Army and I quit my job and then I really began to travel!  I spent the next 26 years in ALA, WA, CA, KS, Germany, PA, Germany, PA and Germany. I have two children and two grandchildren.  The unfortunate part of moving all the time is that my son met his wife in PA and that is where they live with my grandkids!  We try to see them every year but it's hard having them so far away.  Fortunately, my daughter and her husband live only 2.7 miles away... I love it!  In 2001, my life changed.  My husband left me and I moved back to Oregon.  After picking  up the pieces, I got a job as an instructional assistant in a middle school. ( God has a real sense of humor.  Come and visit me at one of my events and I'll tell you about it).  In 2008, my life changed again.  This time for a good thing.  In June, I got married to a wonderful man that I'd known for 40 years!  I used to date his brother when I was in my 20's...( You'll have to hear that story when you come and see me too!!)  Then a few months later.....

A little bit about Cornerstone Candles....

A friend asked me if I would help her sell soy candles at a fundraiser for Doernbecher Hospital.  I agreed even though I didn't have a clue as to what soy candles were.  She told me all about them and I fell in love with them.  The second day, I asked her if she needed an assistant.  She said, "No.  Why don't you start your own company?"  I thought she was crazy even suggesting it!  I mean... I was OLD!  I'd never gone to college,  didn't have any idea how to form a company.  It  was nuts!  But I couldn't quit thinking about it.  I talked it over with my husband and he said I should "go for it" if that's what I wanted to do.  Then I started praying about it.  I felt like the Lord was prompting me to do it.  Then I started arguing with God!  Finally, one morning while I was reading my devotions, I said to the  Lord, "OK.  IF I do this , what would I call the company?"  I was reading about how Jesus is the Cornerstone.  All at once, it became a possibility.  After all, Jesus is the LIGHT of the world and I would be offering up a FRAGRANT SCENT to Him.  So, Cornerstone Candles was born.  But it's not really my company.  It's the Lords.  I only run it for Him.  With each candle I make, I offer up a prayer for everyone that smells the candles or buys one or receives one.  I am having a wonderful time talking to all of you, my customers.  Please keep coming by to say Hi.