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100% Soy wax candles. A perfect Valentine’s treat

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Candles with 10% fragrance oils which produce a beautiful scent (same oil quantity as Jo Malone without the price tag!)

Made from 100% soybeans and botanical oils wax.
It has a good scent throw whether hot or cold. Emits less soot than other waxes with a longer burning time.

Midsummer Night scent.
Warm, a little spicy and very seductive. Perfect for a valentine’s day gift.

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Other scents:
Baby Powder
White Tea & Ginger
Lavender Sage
Oatmeal, Milk & Honey

The larger 150g candles have an approximate burn time of 25 hours and the medium candles of 100g have an approximate burn time of 20 hours.

£10.50 for large
£7.50 for medium

(Labels may vary)

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100% Soy wax candles. Run a bath and get relaxing!

Candles with 10% fragrance oils which produce a beautiful scent (same oil quantity as Jo Malone without the price tag!)

Made from 100% soybeans and botanical oils wax.
It has a good scent throw whether hot or cold. Emits less soot than other waxes with a longer burning time.

Midsummer Night scent.
Warm, a little spicy and very seductive. Perfect for a valentine’s day gift.

Other scents:
Baby Powder
White Tea & Ginger
Lavender Sage
Oatmeal, Milk & Honey

The larger 150g candles have an approximate burn time of 25 hours and the medium candles of 100g have an approximate burn time of 20 hours.

£10.50 for large
£7.50 for medium

(Labels may vary)

Cinnamon Decorations

One of our advent activities was to make cinnamon ornaments.  It was fun and easy enough for the dinky doo to be involved at each stage.

All you need is cinnamon, apple sauce, cookie cutters, ribbon and you’re set.

Between us we managed to create a snowstorm of cinnamon and cover every surface in my brother’s new flat-eeek.

You can add cloves to the mix too but as I couldn’t find a pestle and mortar and the blender [bad idea] added to the above spicy mess so we ended up leaving them out.

I used rough quantities. When you have a 3 year old present, whose attention span is limited to 10 minute bursts it was Jamie Oliver style rather than Mary Berry. I added about half more cinnamon than apple sauce.

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The fun bit. Get squishing the mixture. You want it to all come together. Not be too moist and runny nor to dry and firm. Don’t worry it’s quite forgiving.

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Once mixed, roll out and use festive cookie cutters.

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I used a lollipop stick to make holes before I pressed out the cinnamon dough. It helps to keep the shape.

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Cook on a fairly low oven around 150c for about half an hour. I use ‘about’ as I burnt ours! I thought the cinnamon scent had a rather nose twisting tang! But as I said these are really forgiving and apart from the deeper brown colour in places the smell is still divine.

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Once cool, thread with ribbon and adorn your tree or gifts for a mixed spice smell of Christmas.

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I hope these provide a messy fun time before the final rush of Santa preparations.

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Love ♡naomi

Another Sharpie Project

I am loving these Sharpies projects. Simples.

£shop mug, Sharpies, inspiration from my beloved pinterest and

Voila

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Hee hee. Isn’t he fun!

Go buy yourselves some pens and mugs!

(Remember to ‘set’ in the oven at around 170c for 20mins).

♡ naomi

Festive Pinecone Fire lighters

Homemade Christmas:
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I have seen many images of these pinecone firestarters gracing the boards of pinterest. Kate’s Creative Space in particular had a great post on making them which inspired me further.

As several of my friends have fireplaces in their homes they make a perfect winter gift. I have been for many autumn walks with my minou, bundled up against the cold pinecone hunting.

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Alas, no pinecones were to be found. In the end my mum bought a little bag for me. So here we go lovelies lets make some festive pinecone fire lighters:

Time: Give yourself the evening so you can settle into a rhythm and enjoy the process.

Equipment:
→ Pinecones
→ Cinnamon
→ Cloves
→ Orange zest
→ Ginger
→ Tea lights/candles
→ Cupcake cases
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1. You can just pop the tealight candle in a cupcake case and melt in the oven. I set it at about 160 celsius and kept checking on them.
I only had a few tealights hanging around so instead I chopped up half-used thin pillar candles. The advantage of this is that you can extract the full length of the wick and cut it to a good size.
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2. Once your wax has melted add your spices and zest. Place your wick in the wax and move it to the side of the case. Plop in your pinecone. Give it a good squiggle so that it fits snug in the wax.

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3. Leave to set. Once the wax has hardened gently peel away your cupcake case.
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Presto.
I experimented with different coloured wax and scented candles. In the end I made a big batch of plain white wax with only natural scent from the spices and orange. I love how you can see all the ingredients.
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I wish you could smell them. I wish I had a fire!
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Nothing beats a cold windy night outside, game of scrabble with a large glass of red and of course a festive pinecone in your roaring fire!

I am so excited about wrapping all my gifts. I need to think about how to wrap these up. I may try and find some clear wrapping cellophane.

Tip
I heated an extra case of wax as I went so that I could top up any of the pine cases that needed a little extra.

Enjoy
♡ naomi x