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Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Home Keeping: Inspiration

A few weeks ago, the we went on a girl's day out.  Shopping and lunch with friends.  When I go out to shop with friends, I often am looking for inspiration for my home.  I like to be creative, so I make special trips to stores that inspire me.

On this trip we went to Terrain for a bit of inspiration. It is generally out of my comfort zone for spending, though I bought my beautiful Mother Fern there in January.  It was near to where we had lunch, and I wanted to pop in and 'see' what they were doing.  This place is full of inspiration.  It is a garden shop, lifestyles, event holding place.

The take away for me on this trip was seeing these - 

These are teak citronella candles.  When I saw them I loved them and immediately thought of a wooden serving 'bowl' that I had found at Goodwill for $1.97.  I thought of how great these would look with beeswax in them!


Here is my 'bowl' partway through the process.  I forgot to take a before photo.  I also want to point out that this piece is old and had some worn, splotchy spots.  I had been intending to use dark wax on it, and maybe give it as a gift.  But once I was inspired at Terrain, I decided I was going to keep it!

 I love beeswax candles, and had purchased beeswax to try making dip candles, but I never did it.

 I did a nice slow melt - the kitchen smelled so great!

 The beeswax is a beautiful honey color when it is melted!

Here is my finished candle.

Let me tell you that I made a rookie mistake.  The two end sections are too big to have just one wick.  They do not burn as well as the other two sections.  I will fix this before too long.

Now I am thinking about other things I can use to create these beautiful beeswax candles!

Are there places you shop that are inspiring to you and your home keeping?  Tell me about it!


podso said...

I am so impressed! What a great idea and it looks lovely.

Cheryl said...

In your area, Olde Mill Gift Shoppes is full of inspiration for me! I love the way that they have made the former home into a showcase of home ideas. When I visit, I want to move right in!

You had a great idea there! I love beeswax candles too. Your "new" candle is so cozy...and what a bargain!

LMJ said...

Love this idea!!

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