a) Getting cross with this cold, which is into it’s third week…most annoying!
b) Having my artistic integrity compromised (by a so called friend who bought a load of candles from me then 2 months later decided to start her own candle business, pouring soya candles into vintage items such as jelly moulds!)
c) Sleeping (in an attempt to get rid of my cold)
d) Eating (no change there) in an attempt to get some energy from somewhere other than huge hits of caffeine from too strong black coffee!
e) Sulking – because “Revenge” has finished and I was loving it! Got to wait until 2013 for the next series….
f) Making candles – surprise, surprise!
I found these gorgeous old spice jars in a charity shop for 50p each – yay! My lovely Christmas ribbons arrived from The Netherlands…..
the picture is slightly blurred, sorry about that. And I have been making my jam-jar candles look a bit sexier. What do you think? They have not been on sale for a while whilst I devised a way to get the tags to stay on (they were tied on with string and kept falling off!) I think the operation was a success, with some nice 1950’s ribbon purchased at The Nostalgic Mix Fair in Totnes last weekend…
My next fair is on Saturday in Exminster, I haven’t done it before but it has been running for a while and is supposed to be a great day out… see you there?
Well finally I have an empty, rainy day to sit down and get started on the Peagreen blog…… plenty of those in Devon so no excuses to not be making regular posts! Although I’m still in my pj’s with Woman’s Hour looming, cleaning to do, candles to make and furniture to paint it’s all about priorities and I choose blogging!
Just had word that a charity coffee morning, in aid of Macmillan, held at my lovely community-minded friend Teresa’s cottage in Combeinteignhead on Sunday morning, raised over £500! Well done everyone who attended & more importantly put their hands in their pockets. My nine year old, Meg, managed to win the best prize on the tombola (a bottle of Grants whisky) much to the annoyance of most of the men there. I swiftly offered her a fiver for it and put it away for my Dad’s Christmas present. Cold, hard cash always works well where she’s concerned!
I was pretty busy on my stall, helped by the lovely Helene – much needed support as I was suffering, too much red wine at my next door neighbours’ the night before! I was selling my natural soya candles, hand poured into vintage finds (Poole Pottery, glass jelly moulds, Meakin cups & saucers).
I did a bit of chatting to people about Peagreen, our recycling ethos and how we like to bring old pieces back to life with some funky fabric and a lick of F&B. This also applies to the candles (recycling – not a lick of F&B!) as the natural soya wax can be removed with hot, soapy water and the vintage item can then be reused or refilled, by me, for the cost of the wax! Anyway, we took about £100 which was fab and got some positive feedback so now onto the next step… website? Etsy? Notonthehighstreet.com? Think I might stay local for now and am going to contact “The Craft Hub” based in Exeter to see where that leads and there’s a meeting at my friend Blue’s in Teignmouth on Friday night about her Christmas Charity Bazaar, where local artists and crafters sell their wares. From what I hear there is going to be a bit of a chutney overload this year!