STARTING EARLY WITH HANDMADE GIFTS

Candle Making CourseA few weeks ago I had the pleasure of meeting the author of Junk Genius the lovely Juliette Goggin. It was a sunny Saturday and as we made our way through the twisting lanes out past Battle and into Ashburnham, we were welcomed by a smiling Juliette at her garden gate. Not being able to drive means I usually need a chauffeur for things I want to do off the beaten track, so the lucky husband got to join me on a candle making course (and he loved it)!Candle Making CourseI am crazy for scented candles, a welcoming glow and scent add to the and cosiness of the place and I have been meaning to make my own for ages so when I saw this course was quite local I signed up straight away. Above you see all the different tins and vintage crockery that we were allowed to chose from, tiny rabbit candle – yes please!Candle Making CourseCrazily it turned out that our fellow classmates had travelled over from Pett and Fairlight too, we could have carpooled had we known, this world just gets smaller every day! Next we chose a flavour, unanimously we decided on the fresh clean scent Orange Blossom for our container candles and sweet warming Spiced Apple for our mini pillar candles.Candle Making CourseCandle Making CourseWe then weighed out our wax and got melting, laying down newspaper in preparation for pouring while Juliette kept a watchful eye on the temperature.Candle Making CourseCandle Making CourseOur little jelly moulds made perfect gift sized candles and below the glass dish quickly got claimed as a keeper. The pillar candles above get gently drilled to add a wick once they are set and the dish candles had a wick placed in before.Candle Making CourseWith a little while needed for our candles to set, we had a good tidy up then sat down for a cup of tea and a rather large slice of Juliette’s homemade treacle tart!Candle Making CourseCandle Making CourseWaiting patiently for their wicks!Candle Making CourseThe next course is Christmas Gifts tomorrow! Saturday November 9th. 2-5pm A festive themed event, learn how to make a Christmas scented candle, pretty bath products and a vintage style lavender sachet. But if you have a few friends that want to learn to make lovely scented candles or gorgeous handmade cosmetics Juliette will also arrange private courses just for you, I can’t wait to go back, next time I’m taking my sister with me to learn how to make hand poured soaps, body scrubs and lotions. Thanks so much for a great day Juliette! x

4 Responses to “STARTING EARLY WITH HANDMADE GIFTS”

  1. Awesome! I made my own teacup candles as christmas presents two years ago and it was such fun to make. I’d love to go on a proper workshop day like this.

  2. Jeska says:

    I bet everyone loved them, Elizabeth. It was so much fun, the husband got right into it, lucky as I drag him along to these things quite frequently, I love making handmade gifts and now so does he! x

  3. All I could see was the treacle tart…..:)

  4. Oh I have candle making kit that has been sitting pretty for far too long – you may have just inspired to get it out and get on with it!

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