COSY UP WITH MY CHOICE OF 3 OF THE BEST ECO-FRIENDLY CANDLES…

If like me you love having your candles around then it’s important to know that the company you are buying from are creating them in an eco-friendly way. The biggest problem is that there are quite a number of companies that now say they sell the eco-friendly way so it’s deciding which ones to try our first.

Well, I have done a bit of homework for you and the following three I think are worth every penny and definitely sell the eco-friendly way I wanted.

1.The Mewstone Candle Company who are down south near the South Devon coast. They only use cotton wicks, 100% natural soy wax and vegan-friendly paraben-free fragrances. This particular one in a tin smells of rosemary, lavender and bergamot and will burn for around 50 hours.

They say each item from their Mewstone range is mixed, poured, packed and labelled by hand and this little tin is only £12.50 As well as their tinned candles they also wax melt bars, wax melt slider tins, room mists, pillar candles, beach towels, tea lights and notelets. Their gorgeous wax melters are made by hand by artisan potter Maryjane Macleod in South Devon in her stunning rustic pottery studio.

2. Boostology sell (amongst other things) these beautiful scented candles in a hand carved solid black marble tea light candle holder. Each product from this company is designed to give the customer, and the planet, a boost. They have over 20 years of experience in the business and developed a range of exclusive products that you cannot buy from anywhere else.

Boostology have gifts that are kind to you, and the environment and their range includes organic, vegan, plastic-free ideas and much more. As part of the companies commitment to the environment they have banned products that are made entirely from plastic. You will only find small plastic accessories (for example lids) on their website, where no pother alternative was available to them. They plant one tree for every order placed with them, which is truly amazing and is all thanks to a tie-up with ecologi.com. A natural, reusable scented candle gift that keeps on giving from £19.

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3. Vegan Bunny was born with a Vegan mindset evolving Into a Plastic Free, Carbon Neutral & reduced marketing concept. Their candles  are made with natural ingredients, natural Waxes & Pure essential oils free from toxic artificial fragrances, Zinc & pesticides. The main ingredient on every tin it’s love.

They also love to plant a tree. For years they have been planting trees and finally in 2020 they started planting one Tree per candle sold on their website. 

Their best selling candle set contains a different essential oil blend designed to enhance emotions and ease the day. Making it a complete candle set to use throughout the day. It includes 1. Playful Chai Latte Candle: Spiced scent for a cosy morning treat. Featuring clove, nutmeg, peppercorn, Cinnamon & benzoin essential oils for sweet and spicy notes.  2. Uplifting Ginger & Lemongrass: Awarded best vegan candle of the year for it’s citrus burn and strong character. Featuring: Ginger and Lemongrass essential oils, and number 3, Calming Lavender Candle: Flowery scent for night time and relaxation. Perfect companion on a home office to enhace peaceful thoughts or a relaxing session at bedtime. Featuring pure Lavender essential oil for £24.

TEN REASONS TO CHECK OUT IMAGES OF A HYGGE LIFESTYLE BLOG POSTS FOR MARCH…

In case you missed any of our posts in March I thought I would put together a post with a link to them all. I hope you enjoy reading through them again.

1.Five Ways to Create a Modern Kitchen Diner

2. Top 14 Hobbies We can Enjoy in a Hygge Home

3. Enjoy your Coffee the Eco Friendly Way

4. 10 Uses for Coffee Other Than for Drinking

5. Hygge & Knitting Two Words that belong Together

6. Inspiring Awe Organic Spa Magazine

7. How to Make Your Own Cake Stand

8. Why Housework is good for you Health

9. 3 Of My Favourite Sites for Sustainable Lifestyle Products

10. Snuggle Up with your own Granny Blanket

SNUGGLE UP WITH YOUR OWN GRANNY BLANKET…

With the sun well and truly popping its head out in the UK this week it makes us all want to chill in the sunshine but once that sun goes behind a cloud or disappears later in the day the chill can really be felt. After all it is still only March but I love being outside so I made myself a granny blanket during the winter ready for this day to arrive.

I wrote a post on this on Afternoon Tea4Two last year and wrote what inspired me to give it a go. “The knitted blanket is a glorious expression of any grandmother’s soul; it is the colours of her dreams woven in delicate and loving hands. She would sit in that old rocking chair, hands moving, brain at peace, and from those delicate fingers would come the blankets.” Reading that paragraph in a book I was reading really inspired me to give it a go.

I decided right from casting on the first stitch that I would knit six squares one after the other in different colours rather than individual squares. All my wool was double knitting and I chose a pair of needles in size 7 for a 9” square using garter stitch ( knitting every row) and casting on 35 stitches. I’m so pleased with the result I’m knitting another in black ( as I had lots of this wool). I then made lots of tassels with other bits of wool I still had.

Of course you don’t have to knit this blanket, you can also crochet it and there are lots of patterns you can download on Pinterest like this one below on Just B Crafty on Pinterest.

Knitting or crocheting is such a lovely way to pass some time by and you don’t need to be an expert to copy some of these patterns. I assure you I am not. Wool is accessible online so you have no need to wait until all the shops are open.

Do you know where granny blankets originated from? Well, Interweave wrote that a pattern for what is now called crochet granny square first appeared in print in 1897! Weldon’s Practical Needlework featured a pattern for the “Patchwork Square”, suggesting it is a good way to use up leftover yarn, and the patches can be sewed together into a blanket.

The Woman’s Day Book of Granny Squares (Fawcett, 1975), a collection of granny-based designs, notes that grannies have been around for “as long as anyone can remember… Making colorful afghans by joining small squares,” the book’s introduction states, “is one of the most traditional and American forms of crochet.” So strongly was this style of crochet identified with the United States that in Europe, say the book’s editors, it was called American crochet. They attribute the popularity of grannies to their portability, simplicity, and the fact that they’re excellent vehicles for using up scraps of yarn and for experimenting with color combinations.

And, they were called granny squares because granny’s crocheted them.