Friday, June 11, 2010

Anyone for Afternoon Tea?

If creating cake stands wasn't enough we're now making scented teacup candles too. It's been a bit tricky to perfect the art mind you. After much trial and error and a fair amount of wax clogging up the dustbin and over my apron, finally, a candle in a teacup. Who knew that wick sizes and wax mixes and adding colours and scents was such alchemy? The results now are very pleasing, and we're greeted with a gorgeous aroma of highland heather and jasmine whenever we open the door to the workshop. The beauty of candles in vintage teacups is that when you've finished enjoying the scent and the ambiance you can use them again for a nice cup of tea with a slice of cake. Now that's what I call environmentally friendly. Tasty too.

The above cake stand is created from lovely powder pink Salisbury china plates dated from the 1950's. It was a fantastic find at a local antiques warehouse. Had to grab it before someone else did. We decided that the set should be kept together rather than split up to match with others. It has possibly spent the best part of sixty years displayed in the 'best china' cabinet after all. Someone else thought it was rather nice too and it quickly left us for a new home. I really hope they will love it as much as we did. The smell of that rose candle was delicious too. Perhaps they'll be eating cream scones from those plates with a good helping of strawberries on the side? High tea in time for Wimbledon. What could be more civilised and fashionable than that one wonders?

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