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Making Scented Candles

Candle wax is a fascinating substance. I used to spend hours playing with a lit candle, dipping my finger into the hot wax, feeling it cool and then peel it off. On the assumption that candle wax would be a fun and interesting material to manipulate, I had done a couple of candles way back when I was much younger.

Lately my interest in candles has been rekindled (pun intended), mostly because of this blog. For the purpose of this post I decided to make a scented candle. The process was as follows.

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Things needed:

a clean empty jar,

some candles,

essential oil (your preferred scent),

a toothpick,

a piece of string.

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Method

Tie a piece of string to a toothpick and let it rest on top of the jar. Make sure that it touches the bottom from the other side.

Fill a pot with water and heat. Place the candle wax inside another pot, and place inside the pot of water. Heat until all candle wax has melted. Add essential oil and stir.

Pour the melted wax into the jar. Once the wax had set and started to cool, I sprinkled some beads on it. Allow to cool entirely, and then trim the wick. Use the lid to close the candle when not in use.

Always remember to be extra careful when working with candle wax. It is an extremely flammable substance, and it should never be left melting unattended.

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Surround yourself with flowers

A few weeks ago I was reading a post on Apartment Therapy where there was a great suggestion about how to decorate with flowers around the house. I’ve been using this method since! First of all, flowers are a brilliant way to brighten up a dull day, especially a winter day when all is gloomy and grey. A bright bouquet in the kitchen window sill just makes everything that little bit better. Anyway let’s get to the tip! Apartment Therapy suggests that you get a nice big bouquet of flowers, and rather than putting it in one big vase, splitting it into many different containers. The containers can be anything from small vases to vintage bottles and recycled glass jars. This way you have multiple small bouquets that you can put around your house; on your desk and on the coffee table, on your dresser and in the entry way. You can even decide to display them next to each other, however I’m a much bigger fan of splitting them in different rooms. You can still have the main bouquet, I like to keep this in the kitchen. Apartment Therapy also refers to flowers as a gift to your house, and they do make a difference.

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Pretty Sweets at Chloe’s Birthday Party

I’m not really the ‘cupcake’ kind of girl, and certain girly girl things make me cringe, but I do have a weakness for girly stuff that is done right. The whole Cake-boss influenced cake-decorating obsession is beginning to bore me, as well as all the reality-cooking shows that I normally find entertaining (yes I’m guilty!). Once in a while, however, I do come across some things worth sharing because they look like they have been created with love, and this is evident in their delightful presentation.

What amazes me about food decoration is the intense dedication to detail that in the end, doesn’t really last long. I think this is the reason why so many people are so fascinated by food sculpture and decoration in general; the fact that so much work goes into something that is ultimately consumed.

Snaps from Chloe’s 2nd Birthday Party 🙂 Pictures by Clive Xuereb. (Click pictures to view larger size)