light up, light up…

Back in November, which feels a life time ago, when Mr T and I stayed in the really nice cottage that was a bit too small for someone of his height, (Poor lad had to walk with what I call ‘soft knees’ when he was downstairs) we were brave and went for a walk in the village.

wedmore cottage window

I say brave, purely because of a childhood memory I have of a grumpy village post office manager who was quite miserable when we went to the shop to buy a paper while on our summer holiday.

Note: my parents got a papers obvs not me.  I was most likely wanting to get postcards and sweets.

Everyday for two weeks, he would never make an effort to be friendly. As a family we thought this was a bit mean, so now I have a this idea that all village store owners will be scathing of holiday makers coming and spending their money in their shops, which I realise is most likely untrue.

While in a  second-hand shop we decided to splash out and buy some old tea cups that were £1 each.

I’m not sure if that’s a lot of money for an old cup?

As I was handing them over to the shop lady, who by the way said hello and was polite as can be and not atall like moody shop owner à la 90’s post office man, I dropped a cup.

Watching in slow motion with my mouth calling out in a slow-mo-low voice “Nooooooooooooooooooooo”


Good news though – it bounced on the carpet and did not break.


Then I felt a little sad as she asked “going to make some candles?”

“Yes” I replied. But I must confess to feeling a little deflated.

Was I that predictable and obvious?

Was she upset that her tea cups, without saucers I’d like to add, were not going to be used for drinking tea?

Who knows, I didn’t ask I was still a little embarrassed about the cup dropping and not smashing into a thousands pieces moment, so made a quick exit just in case I knocked a proper antique off a shelf.

Making your own candles is so easy and you can buy all the bits you need from most craft shops or online if you can’t be bothered to look or don’t have one near you.

All you need is:

  • Wax
  • Wick
  • Wick holder – they probably have a official name but I don’t know what it is
  • Glue dot – to secure the wick holder in the bottom of your cup

I followed the instructions that came with the wax and in an afternoon had made a batch. Some I’ve given as gifts and this one lives on top of my craft cupboard as a reminder for when I feel like making something but don’t have any ideas.




I think these make a nice gift for someone who’s having you round for dinner,  perhaps with some posh biscuits, you know like tesco finest or even marks and spencer if your feeling flash.

Unless they specifically ask you to bring wine, I wouldn’t suggest turning up with one of these saying “here’s a cup of wax instead.”

That might not go down so well.





2 thoughts on “light up, light up…

  1. Good to use second hand cups, more sustainable. Oh, is it so usual that you make candles with old cups?
    My husband made some candles actually out of the old candles that you can not burn anymore. I posted on my site. Everything that is sustainable! And many things more. Please check out and let me know what you think!


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