Star tealights (coming soon to the website! See below for a preview)
Brand new tealight packaging!
I think the new tealight packaging is a huge improvement! I absolutely love it!
I had the privilege of being placed between two amazing vendors – Soul Gardens and mixed media artist Karen Riley. It was Karen’s very first market!
I absolutely loved all of Karen’s pieces, so I left it up to her to share her favourite piece with us. Unfortunately, that one has a special place at her home, so we don’t get to see it. However, the next best is this amazing sculpture:
The picture just doesn’t do it justice! If you have an opportunity to see her art in person, don’t miss it!
I have to say her steampunk hearts really caught my eye. That said, it would have been extremely hard to choose just one piece as everything was so beautiful.
It’s finally happening… You’re getting married! You’ve already taken the first step in the journey to your big day, and a lot will happen between now and then. Whether you’re hiring someone to take care of some or all of the details for you or you’re doing it all yourself, there are so many choices to be made. From choosing a venue to the guest list to making sure your picky great-aunt is kept happy, the list can seem endless. Today, we’ll share with you some ideas for unique wedding favour ideas. We’re including ready-made options as well as more hands-on projects for the crafty people out there.
Custom favours are a great way to share a bit of your personality with guests. Many artisans are happy to customize their products for your big day. You can often choose fonts, colours, and sizes, so don’t be afraid to ask your favourite artisan if they can do some custom work for you.
Who said favours are just for guests to take home? Get twice the value by using them as place cards for the tables. Customize your favour with the guest’s name. You could even personalize the thank you!
Choose favours that can be set up as attractive centerpieces for the table. That way, they will be out of the way while your guests enjoy their meal and there is less for you to clean up later! Just make sure guests know they should take one before leaving at the end of the night.
Click here for the tutorial from Martha Stewart. These would be fantastic with bee-friendly plants. Your guests can support local bee populations AND enjoy the lovely blooms long after your wedding.
Think about weddings you’ve been to and what you’ve enjoyed receiving (if they did favours). Consumables tend to go over well as the guests can enjoy them without cluttering up their house. Here are some custom labelled lip balms I made for a wedding:
I think they turned out fantastic!
Just because you are giving something useful doesn’t mean it has to be run-of-the mill. There are many options out there to come up with a creative twist that can still be useful!
What better way to show your guests just how much you appreciate them than by making your own favours? Depending on your idea, this approach is not for the faint of heart; however, you can make it easier by enlisting some help. Organize a crafting session with friends or those who may be interested from the wedding party. This is a great opportunity to enjoy friends and family while getting some work done! Take it one step further and organize a potluck or order in pizza and make an afternoon or evening of it.
These tips can help make your crafting session run smoother:
Make sure you know what you want the end result to look like. Even better, have some samples for your helpers to reference while they work
Prepare as much as you can in advance. Make sure you have enough materials
It helps if each person picks only one task (for example, cutting ribbon or tags) and moves on to another only once they are finished. It’s more efficient, and the teamwork is part of the fun!
If you’re interested in making something yourself but aren’t quite sure where to start, look for local places that offer workshops for something you’d like to make for a favour. Contact the organizer to see if they will run a private workshop for your group. They should be able to assist you in making sure you have enough materials and the skills to complete your project. Depending how many favours you need and how many people you can recruit to help, you may not be able to complete everything during the workshop itself, so be sure to find out what support the organizer can give you post-workshop to ensure everything gets done!
For more inspiration, check out our wedding Pinterest board. We’re also happy to discuss custom wedding favours or assist you in making your own. Contact us today for more information.
Do you have pets? Have you seen this video on Facebook?
It’s been quite popular. If you’re interested in giving it a try, we have some great resources on where to get the ingredients locally:
Beeswax – we have 1lb blocks and 0.3oz blocks or contact your favourite beekeeper Coconut oil – try your favourite grocery store. I’ve seen it at Superstore, Costco, Co-op, and more Calendula oil – try Soap and More or substitute olive oil Avocado oil – try your favourite grocery store or Soap and More
If DIY isn’t really your thing, let us know and we’ll make some for you!
The HHAC sale was unbelievable! I came early to set up so I would have time to check out the other booths before starting on Friday. I’m very glad I did! There was so much to see.
Once the sale was underway, I had a chance to chat with Dana of DSL Crafts, who had a table beside me.
Dana makes all of her fabric animals from repurposed fabric. They don’t have any plastic parts and the limbs are movable. Dana also makes crocheted creatures of which she had quite a selection. The pigs were popular and sold out in short order.
She also had chickens and snow people. I know someone who would love to get their hands on a set of the snow people! Dana is happy to do custom orders and can be contacted through her brand new Etsy shop.
In a slow spell, I made a few rolled beeswax trees. I think they are pretty cute!
Thank you to the organizers of both the HHAC Craft Sale and Tea and the Vivo Craft and Gift Fair. Special thanks to Loleini for helping out at Vivo on Saturday. Thank you as well to Dana for being a great booth neighbour. Huge thank you to everyone who came out to the event to support local!
I love visiting greenhouses, especially in the winter. There’s just something about being among greenery in the depths of winter that is therapeutic for me. Last weekend, the Etsy One-Stop Christmas Shop was held at Golden Acre Garden Sentre. I have to say, I did wander among the plants a bit on one of my bathroom breaks!
I was fortunate to be beside Maryrose and Gabriela who are the brains behind RED Paper Boutique.
These two lovely ladies are nurses as well as paper fiends. It was great to chat with both Maryrose and Gabriela throughout the day.
I happened to be in need of a card, so it was fortunate we were beside each other. They have a ton of amazing cards including great Christmas card options such as boxed sets. One of the favourites they picked out was this thank you card:
It’s been tealight mania at our booth this season. I just realized I haven’t shared any booth pictures! We have some great scented tealights including seasonal Mulled Wine and Christmas Memories (only available until Christmas). We also have some decorative tealights featuring gingerbread men and trees that are available until Christmas as well.
I have to say, I had an amazing drive out to RockPointe Church on Saturday. It was clear and the mountain views were amazing! I had to pause for a moment to enjoy the view before setting everything up.
I was also fortunate to have a helper for the day. Alyssa was a huge help, and it was great to have her at the booth. I hope she’s able to make it out to other markets!
Located at the Inglewood Community Hall, it was nice and central. It was great to see some of the vendors we’ve met before including Stitch Plus Stitch and Lil Shop of Fairies. Thank you to everyone who came out to support this brand new market! Thank you to Loleini for doing a great job at the booth as well!
The second event we were at this weekend was the Aspen Crossing Christmas Market.
There were two greenhouses full of vendors with something to fit everyone’s Christmas list. I had the opportunity to wander for a bit and crossed one gift off of my list! This colouring book was created by local artist Brenda Jean Campbell (check out an article about her here).
It features 16 beautiful pages showcasing Canada from coast to coast. There’s even a hidden mouse on every page. I’m really looking forward to giving this!
This market is also the first market our beeswax melts are available! It was exciting to finally share them!
Huge thanks to Loleini for running our booth at the Artisan Winter Market on Saturday. Thank you to the organizers at both events. Special thanks to Kayla of Frizzle’s Antiques and More for all the hard work she put in to make the first Artisan Winter Market a resounding success. Thank you to everyone who came out to both markets to support local vendors. We’re looking forward to seeing you next weekend at the Crazy4Crafts Bearspaw Christmas Market and the Etsy One-Stop Christmas Shop.
Thank you to everyone who has stopped by our table this fall to check out our products, talk shop, and enter the draw! We’ve drawn the winner for the fall and would like to congratulate the winner, who wishes to remain anonymous.
This time, we have a set of goodies consisting of a beautiful glass floating candle holder, floating beeswax candles, a full size lip balm, and a mini lip balm.
Here’s what the floating candles look like from above.
I have been teaching candle making workshops in Calgary for over a year now. In that time, both the participants and I have learned a lot. Today, I want to share some of the beautiful creations I’ve seen in workshops so far. I’d also like to share how the workshops evolved and some of the brand new workshops we are offering this year.
For the last year, the focus of the candle making workshops was rolled beeswax candles. When I first started making candles, I made rolled candles. I have since branched out into making solid beeswax candles as well. That said, I still enjoy making rolled candles. The beehives are quite popular and one of my favourites too!
There are a few styles available in our store although I think making custom orders is more fun! From making custom sized pillars to supersized tapers, every order is new and exciting.
Make and Take
I love to share my knowledge with others, so I am naturally enjoying the workshops. I started out small by running what I call a Make and Take station at markets. Anyone with a few minutes to spare and interest in candle making can stop by and learn to make a candle.
I have had people of all ages stop by for candle making fun. It’s always a pleasure to see how excited they get about the finished product.
Candle Making Workshops
From here, I started running longer workshops. To me, workshops are more than just learning how to make something. I wanted to provide a opportunity for people to have fun with friends and family. As an added bonus, they get to do something a little different. Paint parties and ceramic painting have been around for awhile. I hadn’t seen any candle making workshops in Calgary.
Candle making workshops are great for newbees and oldbees (pun definitely intended). Experience is not necessary, but we do welcome those who have it! Not only do makers learn to create candles, they have an opportunity to socialize. Whether it’s with friends and family or strangers, we have fun. We’ve had groups of friends, date nights, and solo adventurers, so there’s a good mix every time.
On top of candle making, I like to share some of my bee knowledge. Makers learn a bit about where the raw materials come from and how bee colonies operate. The bees work hard to produce the wax. I believe it’s important to acknowledge their amazing contributions.
Candle making is part art and part science. Rolled beeswax candle making workshops are perfect for getting the creative juices flowing. Before coming to a workshop, I encourage participants to look for ideas. Google and Pinterest are both great resources. We have a Pinterest idea board to help makers get started. Sometimes the ideas work and sometimes not quite, but we can usually find a way to make it happen!
All the people who come to rolled candle making workshops leave with a unique set of candles. I love seeing the variety each person gets to take home.
Earlier this year, I was fortunate to partner with Sam from The Tea Wagon to do a combined workshop. Sam led the group in creating their own custom tea blend while I taught them how to make beehive candles. There were so many choices of ingredients for the tea blending! It was interesting to learn about each ingredient. We learned about the benefits they have and how they are normally used.
The beehives were beautiful and the tea blends sounded delicious! I am looking forward to partnering with Sam again for more workshops. Find out how you can sign up for our upcoming tea and candle making workshops below.
Upcoming Candle Making Workshops
This year, I wanted to come up with a series of new and exciting candle making workshops. I received a lot of feedback from previous workshops. One request I saw a few times was for lip balm. I’m excited to share we will be running a lip balm workshop this season!
From teacup candles to holiday themed candles, every month features a different project. I am excited to be partnering with The Tea Wagon again and Stitch Plus Stitch this season. Details on all the workshops we offer are available on our workshop information page. If you’re interested in coming to a workshop, registration links are available here.
Private Candle Making Workshops
Although our public workshops are quite popular, the dates don’t always work for everyone. For large groups or busy schedules, we are happy to offer private workshops. Private workshops are great for:
Corporate team building
Family fun nights
We can also help organize wedding activities including:
DIY wedding favours
DIY unity candle sets
DIY wedding decor
Contact us for details on how you can book a private event.
Candle Making Kits
If you prefer to fly solo and need a hand getting started, we have candle making kits. Kits come with materials and instructions to make your own rolled beeswax candles. No cutting required! All kits are available in the colour and style of your choice. They also make perfect gifts for young makers who may not feel comfortable using knives yet. Shop now to get yours!
For those who already know what they are doing, we also sell beeswax sheets. Local pickup is available year-round. With twenty four different colours to choose from, there is something for everyone. Check out the available colours here.