Day 8

CANDLES

I have heard our shop being called the candle shop, which was not my intention however if that is what you like to call us so be it. Because candles is something we do well, and we would happily fill the shelves with more candles. I have a plan that once we open a bigger shop (if everything goes to plan) we will make sure we have a wall for all the colours from Danish Ester & Erik. However I have lost track of how many colours they do now, think about 90 and then all the sizes and shapes!

We started slowly with candles, but when we saw these in a small interior shop in Sweden, we were both so impressed and thought yes!! We NEED these at Spektakulär! It was not a natural easy sell at first but now people travel to us to buy candles, especially at Christmas. Ester & Erik candles are so wonderful and we love them. Personally I adore these cone candles because you do not need a holder and you can create a beautiful display. Please remember these candles are made to be used, so please enjoy them or give them to a friend who enjoys some me time!

What does candles mean to me as a Swede? It is part of life, it is a natural as a cup of coffee! You light candles, a few tealights at dinner or indeed tall taper candles, and guess what, not just at a fancy dinner party but a homemade easy, quick dinner after work with the family. It is a way to just calm down and relax after a crazy busy day. You can light a few candles while watching a film, a scented candle if you prefer. Personally I am not a great fan of scented candles, can’t stand the scent of fake vanilla, it gives me a headache. However sometimes after the kids have been to the toilet one of those might be a good idea in the bathroom!

I have started to give candles to friends, instead of flowers, bring a bouquet of candles. Colourful and happy or why not some calm, soft colours that can bring a calm mood. However what I have noticed is how few of you actually have candle holders! So if you buy candles for a friend maybe invest in a nice candle holder too.

When I travelled to London in 2005 I packed up my flat and put it all in my dad’s basement thinking I will be back in three to six months. However we all know what happen. A few years ago dad said they were about to move house and needed me to clear my stuff. So I went down there and I cleared like crazy. I kept about a fifth of my belonging but what I did prioritise was obviously some of my old candle holders. My stuff are now in my mum’s basement instead (and I think she is less happy about it). My dream is to buy a house on the country here and a I would love to buy a summer house in Sweden. Basically just so I can unpack my belongings including my old candle holders. Or maybe so we can have or own place in Sweden , nah basically so I can unpack my candle holders. I think I need to buy a lottery ticket!

I hope you are all coping well! Our homeschooling is not going great today, but lots of pictures from snapfish just arrived and it is great to go though last year in pictures. Lots of happy memories and I guess it is time to create new happy ones which is a bit of a challenge but we can do it!

Have a super day!!

Charlotte x

Make A Wish…

As someone who loves a huge acrylic statement necklace (Prue Leith has nothing on me) I surprised myself this week when I fell in love with our new range of jewellery. Showy and shouty they are not – Timi of Sweden produce beautiful, delicate pieces and our new delivery is a super sweet selection of their wish bracelets.

TIMI are a new brand to us and we are delighted by the love our fab customers have already shown for the collection. The company creates a mix of youthful, happy and fun accessories packed with unexpected details and was founded by fun loving fashion enthusiasts. At the moment we stock their Make A Wish bracelets but are looking to extend the range to pins and necklaces. They are beautifully packaged on individual cards and make lovely gifts.

The tie part of the bracelet is made from 100% silk cord and attached is a beautifully made charm made from either silver or gold plated brass. There are so many different styles to choose from – geometric shapes, nature, animals, hearts and they look great alone or as a stack of 3 or 5 (I can only do things in odd numbers, always looks better!)

The idea is to make a wish as you tie them on and over the months of wear, the silk will disintegrate slowly and once the bracelet finally falls off your wrist, your wish will come true. Once off you can always tie another piece of cord to the charm or just add them to an existing piece of jewellery so you can continue to enjoy them (this will not affect your wish, I promise.)

As usual, my dilemma is just which ones to go for – way too much choice! Don’t wait too long to come and have a look, I expect they will be very popular over the coming weeks…

Ruth x