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Dinky DIY Projects for the Holidays

Images from top left to right: I can’t not include a Christmas wreath in this month’s DIY projects and I’m particularly loving the simplicity and understatement of this faux brass himmeli wreath courtesy of Heather from The Decor Fix. This is the cutest ceramic bowl and perfect for all those knitters and crocheters out there who need a place for their balls of wool and thread. See more adorable animal ceramics by Spanish makers Barruntando on Etsy. Anything gold-dipped exudes an air of luxury, don’t you think? Find out how to make these log candle holders and gold-dip them on Etsy (courtesy About Home). Everyone loves a handmade gift and these pocket notebooks look fun and simple to do. You could whip up a few for yourself in the process! Find them at You Handmade Me Happy. A game of ping pong or a light of ping pong? You could, of course, do the former first and when you’ve had enough turn the balls into a pendant. A great idea devised by Marie Claire Idees. Find out how to …

Luca Chiaravalle by Meagan Harding Photography

Interview: Luca Chiaravalle| L’Ascari

There’s nothing more evocative than a beautiful scent – something that might remind you of a long summer’s night, a dear friend or a special moment you don’t want to forget – wouldn’t you agree? Australian-born product designer Luca Chiaravalle of L’ASCARI not only combines amazing scent combinations in his various ranges of candles, bath and body products, but he has managed to meld his eye for design in his branding and packaging with a familial heritage of artisanal Italy to create hand-made, hand-poured products with a sustainable bent. When you buy a candle from their ‘Yellow’ range  L’ASCARI will buy one can of food to help feed pensioners, students, low-income earners, people with mental illness and the homeless. So far they have donated 1400 cans of food. All their candles are made with eco-friendly materials: they are free from toxic materials, pesticides and herbicides, are not tested on animals, and the soy is manufactured from pure soy beans so contains no petroleum (paraffin waxes). Not only do his candles boast more traditional fragrances such as Mediterranean Fig; French Pear; and Wild Freesia, Lavender and …

Jane and Meryl from Who'd Have Thought

Interview: Jane and Meryl | Wixen Vintage Candles

Now I will admit that today’s interview is slightly weird as it involves interviewing myself! But before you hit the delete button, let me explain. My business partner and I have just launched a unique candle range called Wixen Vintage Candles where we source vintage glassware and turn them into eco-friendly soy wax candles. As this blog is all about the stories behind artists, designers and creative people – from those who’ve just started out to others who’ve been around the blocks a lot longer – we thought readers might be interested to know a bit more about us and our new venture. Just like many of the people I’ve interviewed our backgrounds are varied and diverse. Meryl studied sciences before a career change to journalism. Her interest in Who’d Have Thought comes from her regular column on collectors in Australian Country magazine. Jane studied languages but ended up working in PR, publishing and as a freelance writer and editor. We’ve both lived in other countries and love that the world is a small place …

Making candles at Who'd Have Thought

Project | Candle Making

Today on the blog, I thought I’d let you in on a project we’ve been brewing at Who’d Have Thought. As we love vintage glassware and candles, we thought why not combine the two to create unique candles! The best thing about this is that each glass vessel can be either refilled once the candle has had its day or cleaned up to be used for another purpose. This is upcycling at its best. So, loving nothing more than the chance to get creative, we set about gathering together suitable glass receptacles and purchasing the necessary equipment: soy wax, wicks, candy thermometer, pouring jug. We watched a couple of online tutorials, read a few articles on candle making and away we went. First up, we fixed the wicks to the bottom of the vessels using a hot glue gun. We found it easier to do this first than put the wick in after the wax has been poured. Then we prepared the wax for melting: fill a large pot about halfway up with water, place two spoons at the …