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Candle Safety

14 Mar Candles burn please enjoy them safely.

As a chandler I have candles burning all the time in my home … and I mean all the time! I am constantly testing wick sizes, new fragrances and new containers BUT I NEVER leave them burning in a room where there is no-one to keep a check on them. If that means I have to test an enormous candle in my small home office then so be it. My home, family and pets are worth too much for me to risk losing them to one moment of inattention.

I wasn’t always like this though. Yes, in the past I have left candles burning unattended, sometimes overnight! When I think back now I realise just how lucky I was on those occasions.

I suspect that one of the reasons I have been so lucky is that even in my foolish days I was always careful about where my candles stood. They were always on protective plates, always away from windows and window dressings, always clear of draughts and usually in the centre of tables or on mantelpieces with no decoration above.

Unfortunately it seems though that no matter how often we candle makers stress the safety aspects of burning candles there will always be those who don’t follow our advice. My candles have warning safety labels on the bottom and they all come with a mini card (usually stuck to the lid) with advice on how to enjoy the candle safely. Yet still I read about homes burning down due to candles being left unattended or too close to highly flammable materials.

So here are 6 simple tips on avoiding burning your house down. I’ve even included some answers for those who want to know why they should do as is suggested. 6 simple tips to help you enjoy your candle safely. And if you can’t be bothered with following all of them then at least take notice of TIP 6. Continue reading

{LIFESTYLE} A Jar Full of Sunshine for 2014 (aka happiness jar)

31 Dec

During the final week of 2013 whilst I was reviewing my year for both business and personal life, and preparing for planning for 2014, I came across this fantastic idea. Simply put, it consists of a jar into which you place notes about the things that have been good as you go through the year. Then at the end of the year you open up the jar and read through the notes.

It’s so easy to forget all the good things that happen as you move on through each day of your life and this is a great tool to help you remember and put a smile on your face. I envisage using the jar throughout the year on those days when I’m feeling a bit down or when my business is not moving along as I think I want it to. I think it is a great way to help refocus on the things that matter.

This year I took some time out to ‘really’ think about how the year had gone for my little business Just Jane. I thought about the things that had gone wrong, but also about the things that went well. I took some time to go back through my e-mails and Facebook pages and read through the messages and comments there. I looked back at my photos and blog posts (there weren’t many of them!) and took a few moments to view them as a stranger might. It was an enlightening experience and really helped to give some clarity to my plans for 2014.

But back to the jar of sunshine! As part of my strategy for the new year I decided to create my own ‘Jar Full of Sunshine’ where I will place notes about all the great things that happen throughout 2014 … I’m really excited about the prospect of reading them all through on December 31st 🙂

Here it is all empty and ready for the first note …

A jar to fill with happy notes.

Fill a jar with happy notes throughout the year!

I found this jar (and several others) a couple of years ago in my local Salvation Army store. Since then it has been a candle several times – and has always drawn positive remarks! – but it now has a suspicious looking hairline crack near the top and I’m afraid that the heat from a candle flame may cause it to crack completely. This is a great opportunity to keep it in my life and give it another happy purpose.

Happy New Year! May 2014 bring you everything you wish for!

Jane xx

{TIPS} How to clean your soy candle jar

6 Aug

Surprisingly, maybe, one of the most frequent questions I get asked as a maker of soy candles is how to clean the jar when the candle has burned out. I think this is because many of the shop bought candles around are made of a paraffin based wax blend that has a high melt point, is very hard in texture and therefore is difficult to clean up. I can remember trying all sorts to clean out pretty jars in the past.

Because soy wax (and I’m not talking about a paraffin/soy blend) is a soft wax with a low melt point cleaning up your jars (and spills) is actually very simple. There are several ways you could do it but this is my preferred method … I’m all for quick and simple! Continue reading

Mini Tags | Inspiration & New Product

20 Mar

Do you ever find yourself needing to thank someone and scrabbling around for a gift tag to brighten up your offering? I know I do.

I’m a big Kraft paper fan. It’s so versatile. You can wrap up a present and then pretty up the paper in so many ways. Here’s a few of mine from last year.

Kraft paper wrapped presents.

Kraft paper wrapped presents.

Well, last year I discovered another fab paper and cardstock called ‘Botany’. It’s a recycled paper and has the most gorgeous texture and look about it. It is very rustic and great for the environment. I’ve used it for all sorts of things including boxes for my tealight candles!

Tealight Candles

‘Botany’ boxes

This week I’ve been inspired to create mini tags using this beautiful card. These are the cutest things ever (even if I do say so myself)! They measure 7cm x 3cm and will suit all sorts of jobs. How about tieing around the stalk of that plant you’re giving as a thank you? Or maybe add it to a brightly coloured party bag? The options are endless. And what could be simpler than the black print on this gorgeous rustic card!

'Botany' mini tags. (c) Just Jane Designs

‘Botany’ mini tags. (c) Just Jane Designs

You could make these yourself or if you prefer pop over to the Just Jane Designs shop and purchase from there.

Recycled Jar Candles | Inspiration

11 Mar

Last week one of my customers brought some empty coffee jars around for me to fill with wax and turn into candles. She lives in a house which is entered via a set of outdoor stairs and was looking for a romantic way to light them up when she expects visitors.Using your old jam, coffee, pasta sauce jars, etc is a fantastic and affordable way to turn any outdoor space into a rustic and romantic area. If you don’t want to find a chandler to make the candles why not just pop a tealight into the jar.

Recycle your old jars.

Recycle your old jars

Dress up the jar with pretty papers and materials (making sure they’re well away from the flame!!) and you have a simple yet stylish candle display. You could also add wire and hang them from tree branches … the options are endless.