We have recently been enjoying burning our own rolled beeswax candles, especially at breakfast time now that the mornings are so dark. There is something quite special about starting our day this way, despite it usually being a rush to get up and out. Lighting a candle seems to bring a little peace amongst the hustle and bustle of the morning rush.
I first discovered these wonderfully simple homemade candles over on Polly’s blog (here) and I couldn’t wait to have a go myself. I ordered the beeswax sheets and wick in bulk from Live Moor, the wax is 100% pure and natural. Did you know that burning beeswax candles actually helps to purify the air in your home?
Here’s how to make your own simple candles: Cut the beeswax sheet to size and warm it between your palms to make it malleable, this will prevent it from cracking when it’s rolled. I find warming my hands on my coffee mug first to be best! Then take the wick and tightly fold the wax around it before rolling up. Smoothe the edge with your fingertip to finish it off. Simple!
As we are fast approaching the gift giving season I have decided that these would make the perfect simple gift to give to our friends and family, handmade gifts are the best aren’t they? We have tied our candles together with twine and added seedheads, sprigs of fir or eucalyptus to make them feel extra special.
Are you making any of your Christmas gifts this year?
Thank you Polly for the wonderful idea.
My desk is my creative space, its where I do my freelance work from; where I write and where I edit my photographs, yet it’s never really been a space that I have paid much attention to in terms of its décor and styling. When Laura Ashley got in touch recently to ask if I would like to share a corner of my home and how I would style it for the colder months I decided it was the perfect opportunity to get round to giving my little desk a new lease of life and make it a cozy place to sit and work over the winter months.
The desk was a second-hand purchase online a few years ago. I stripped back the dark varnish to expose the natural wooden top and gave the drawers and legs a couple of coats of Laura Ashley furniture paint in dove grey; a beautifully milky shade that compliments the colour of the walls well. I am really thrilled with the way the desk has turned out, simply by giving it a coat of paint.
Next, I chose a few pieces from the Laura Ashley home accessories range to complete the look of my new workspace, selecting pieces which I feel compliments my home and interior style as well as being practical for the small space in which I work. I like to keep things fairly simple with a rustic feel and so decided the Kubu rattan storage organizer, with three separate compartments, was the perfect solution for keeping things neat and tidy. I particularly love it paired with my vintage stoneware pots and seed heads for a rustic look.
Lighting the desk space was quite important consideration since I do most of my work in the evening when my little ones are in bed. I wanted to choose a lamp that made the space feel as cozy and inviting as possible. The Tate lime washed lamp base with a neutral shade ticked all the boxes for me, it’s a small lamp that doesn’t take up too much room and most of all it sits nicely alongside the rest of the décor in the room. Like most corners of my home, you will always find a blanket in reach, I find comfort from the warmth of it draped over my shoulders whilst I work. I love the Henford cranberry chenille throw it is really soft and the colours are perfect for the season too.
The new desk space I have created, with the help of Laura Ashley, feels like a really lovely place to sit and work now. But before I go I just had to share what’s in my desk drawers with you, I think it may be my favourite bit …
Have you seen the Laura Ashley stationery range? I love stationery; being a designer I have a soft spot for beautifully designed notebook, diaries and pens. I love the Laura Ashley Garden Shop collection of stationery and gifts, it is illustrated simplistically with British flowers, berries and leaves in beautifully rich colours. The garden journal, in particular, is a real treat and has inspired me to gather together all the pictures we have taken of our garden over the year, all the seeds and seed heads we have collected and the flowers we have pressed and document the changes we have made along the way, my drawer currently feels like a floral treasure trove bursting with inspiration.
This is most definitely the season for adventures and a blossoming imagination. Being a mother of a two and a half year old has brought me so much joy as I witness my boy transition into the next stage of his childhood. He has a wild heart and is happiest when outdoors exploring! We have spent many afternoons at my parents exploring the overgrown pathways at the bottom of the garden, collecting apples and pretending we are on a bear hunt, squelching through the mud. These are some of my happiest memories and ones I hope he will remember for a life time too.
Arthurs outfit is from Little Cotton Clothes, who have recently introduced a range of boys clothes to their collection of beautiful childrenswear. For me, this brand is rooted in the joys of childhood – feeling free and comfortable to explore, to climb trees and jump in all the muddy puddles without a care in the world. The pieces are all made from natural fabrics with a simple and timeless design, which is something I have always been drawn to with children’s clothes. What I love most about the range is its simplicity, they are both practical and comfortable for little ones, whilst being ethically made and wash beautifully too.
Imogen and Leonie are the sisters behind Little Cotton Clothes, who set up the childrenswear brand after their daughters were born. Each piece of clothing is designed by them and draws inspiration from their own fun filled childhood here in England. They wanted to create clothes that are both beautiful and practical for little adventures, which I think they have achieved and I am already excited to see the launch of their SS18 boys range.
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