DIY recycle candle holders

I love using beautiful candles (now prefer soy wax ones, as you might have noticed), however, I do not like throwing out the glass holders. I am not too good at making my own candles, so I had to come up with something else to use them for, and I did. I recycled them into flower pots.

I found the most difficult part of reusing candle holders the left over wax. It turns out, it is not that difficult after all.

  1. Put the holder into a freezer for few hours and then the wax should start chipping out.
  2. Wash up with soap.
  3. Let it dry properly.
  4. Paint on it with glass paints if you wish to make it look different.

Succulents - aloe and money tree - byLiiL

I liked the glass look, so I just put some fresh soil in it and planted my two succulents in. The new aloe succulent and this little money tree baby. Voila! Now I have my two new flower pots!

How to reuse candle holders into flower pots - byLiiL

Recycling candle holders into succulent pots - byLiiL

 

Have you recycled your candle holders?

With love,

Lii

A more sustainable autumn ambiance

It is the beginning of September and I cannot believe it is autumn again! Autumn usually means two things for me. One: warm jumpers, candles, the start of school/uni and meeting my friends again and Two: rain, greyness and cold. This year I am not going back to Uni, which is making me a bit sad. I love Uni and studying, so I am dreading the greyness and rain. To keep my mood lifted I decided to research into some soy candles. Soy wax is much more sustainable than paraffin wax candles and as a candle lover, I think I should do the environment a favour and move onto using the more sustainable ones. Here I compiled some of my favourites from my research. I would prefer ordering candles from the UK, just because I live here, however, I do know that there are some US readers there as well so I did a small compilation of US sellers too. Enjoy!

US

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Park & Madison candles

Good information burning times and scents, as well as advice on why to use soy candles rather than paraffin wax candles. Amazing scents!

Motto candle co.

Good burning time and nice packaging.

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Witch City Wicks

Very good burning time, really nice packaging and scents!!

Legacy Candle Co.

Amazing mission, which I can appreciate! Good price and lovely scents. However, there is no information on the burning time, which I would really appreciate!

 

UK

CH Candles

Beautiful packaging, although a bit girly. Nice array of scents with a good price and good information on the burning time. Definitely considering ordering one or two!

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Beauty Scents

Candles look beautiful and the scents so delicious. The postage is also free in the UK! However, there is no information on burning time or safety information, which I find very important when selling candles!!

Croydon Candle Co.

Lovely scents and so cute and minimalistic packaging. Good information on burning time, which is long!

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Lollyrocket Candle Co.

So inspiring! Amazing little sentences, which are great for different events or for a mood-lifting in the middle of the week. Great collection of scents and amazing burning time!

Wax and Woodland

The cutest little candles, which I would never dare to burn! It does provide safety information but not the burning time. However, the price is very reasonable for the intricacy of the product!

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Have you used soy candles? Do you have any brands to recommend?

These pics are from each of the sellers etsy shops.

 

With love,

Lii

 

 

Home decor recycling diy

I’ve talked quite a lot about my excitement for recycling and today I wanted to share one of my home decor items, which is recycled from my mother’s house. We had this beautiful crystal lamp in our house when I was still a young girl. I loved the little crystal cups in it because my mum used to hide easter eggs in them when we did our easter treasure hunt. Last time I visited my mum’s house, she told me part of the lamp had broken so it would need to be thrown out. We started to dismantle the lamp when we realise that we could save all the beautiful crystal pieces from it. What a joy!

I know these little cups or maybe they are bowls.. have a whole in the middle, however, I did not let it stop me. These cups have this beautiful rainbowy tint on them and a scalloped edge to make them interesting. They can work with many different colours and items in them, and they reflect light beautifully.

I experimented with using shells in it. I have a lot of shells that I’ve gathered from beaches or being given as a present that hadn’t found a place in my flat. I love them and the way they bring a little air of sea life into the house. But living with two cats, they really need to be in something. If left on their own on the shelf I will find them on the floor every single day. This blue pyramid shape made out of stone (no idea which stone) is a souvenir from my boyfriend when he was in Egypt. He bought it from a man on a mountain selling different shapes made out of stone. I completely adore this little pyramid! Although, not sure whether I like it on it’s own or in the bowl with the shells. Additionally, I added this freshwater pearl and Swarovski crystal bracelet, that I made but don’t really wear, to bring some extra sparkle. I seem to wear jewellery rarely, but I love it! So often I put it on display to decorate the rooms.

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I really like how the bowl looks with the shells and the bracelet. Another idea that I could try as well is using it as a candle holder for those chunkier candles. Just need to remember to look after it, so it doesn’t crack the glass and it doesn’t burn through the hole.

 

Do you like reusing your old items in new ways?

With love,

Lii

How to get over the ‘lost’ feeling

You know the lost feeling after a big project? When you don’t know what to do or where to continue. It can distract your sleep, your mood, and your appetite.Similar to that after finishing a really good book or a tv show. One good example, which I have experienced, is finishing University. Feeling lost, sad and even anxious is never nice, but is part of the process before going toward your next big thing. For some people, this feeling can last for longer whereas others bump over it in no time at all.

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After I finished University it took me a long time to get over this feeling. I seemed to think that I should be able to do something wonderful if I finished University, but I couldn’t decide where to start with. These are some of the things I found that really helped to get over the feeling.

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  1.  Take a little downtime. Give yourself some time to reflect, relax and get the project out of your system. I love using essential oils to make me relax. At the moment, I burn them with a candle (you can see above my super adorable owl) during the evening. My favourite scents at the moment are lavender and white camphor.
  2. Stay away from people who might make you anxious. (I had so many people asking what am I doing now or in the future or what my plans are, when I wasn’t ready to answer.)
  3. Write. It can be a blog or your own secret notebook, but writing is a good therapy and helps you to clear your head.
  4. Meditation. I know this can be difficult to some people, especially for me. But I found yoga, jogging and going for a walk to help. During these activities I cannot concentrate on my thoughts, but rather let my them flow by, which is exactly the point. And it is wonderful how refreshed your mind can feel after that!
  5. And then, ones you are ready or if you are too anxious and lost, make new goals. It helps to reflect on what is important to you or to know what needs to be done (depending on how much time you have). I like to make goals about my professional life and self-development. This way even I have excitement and motivation even if something fails.

 

How do you get over the feeling of being lost?

With love,

Lii