A Small Peeve of Mine..


This post is about something that irritates me. 
Many of you will flood me with praise -
"How brilliant!"  "How clever!"
"You should have your own TV show!"
Others may scroll right up to the 'x', give it a click and never return. 
Inwardly thinking:
"Wow, that chick is really cheap!!"
 I have posted this pretty shot to entice those of you who doubt me, to come back later.


Sometimes, when I get a good paycheck, I like to treat myself to an expensive candle.
Something soy, that smells divine, and is always white.
But, it's these very candles that burn out down the middle and leave you feeling..
well...completely ripped off.
Half a candle left, but no wick.
Seriously..I'd say that's an easy 15.00 worth there. 


Fed up, I broke my candle up, dropped them into a designated
"I don't want this bowl anymore" dish,
and put it in the microwave for a minute.


Shoot, I forgot, I need a new wick.
Remembering I had warped tapered candles from a wedding eons ago,
I broke those and pulled out the wick.


I poured my wax in this mini crock pot, and floated in a new wick.


Bloody hell!
 I think this is just one inch shorter than the original candle I bought.


An encore burning.


I even had some extra.
OK bloggers, call it..
1.  clever, crafty.. or even eco savvy?
2.  cheap, too much time on her hands, forget the candle, what kind of flowers are those?

49 comments:

cordelia said...

Its not cheap, its being thrifty in ingenuitive (I guess that isn't a word or I really can't spell)

ani's house said...

Definitely clever crafty and eco savvy!! Well done!

hostess of the humble bungalow said...

Reduce reuse recycle....very green...applauding from here!

Destiny said...

I would have to say clever AND crafty haha! I actually did that before...I also used to buy cheap jar candles at Michael's and melt them down on the warmer on my stovetop, then make "new" candles out of them in pretty jars and glasses. Glad you were able to get more use out of the candle! : )

Coastal Blue Ocean said...

Dear Heather,

Quite brilliant!

I think that for the most part we're
all trying to figure out the value of
an object before we decide to part with
our money these days.

Especially, as Mom's, we second guess the
purchases that we make just because.

Cheers to you!

Coastal Blue Ocean

sherilee said...

Very very clever. Not just one very. Very very. I'm inspired.

Tom Stephenson said...

Wow - you should have your own TV show!

Jane said...

My call... thank you for doing what i have always said i would do (and haven't done yet) with all that leftover wax! you have definitely inspired me to recycle and reuse. Jane x

Heather C. said...

It's clever. I have even done it myself a few times. No sense in wasting good wax you paid a lot of money for!

Sherry@ Ties2ThePast said...

I think that's brilliant & very eco savvy! Good for you!!!
♥'s
Sherry

mise said...

Ingenious! You could even mix fragrances when you have a few different hollow candles to see how it turns out. Or pour wax from one into the hollow of another (with new wick)?

kandeland said...

I call it awesome and smart! love your blog, xo

Amanda said...

I think that's very clever! When I buy the more expensive nicer candles I will think of this craftiness and believe I am getting a much better deal for my money.

Heksedamen said...

clever clever ;)

I hat eit when that happens actually... so annoying, esp when they're the expenisve ones!!!

Inspire Me Heather said...

I say: why not!

Paulette Phelan Kelly said...

I vote for Eco Savvy! Thanks for the Idea!

Razmataz said...

I get fed up too with clumps of wax left from nice candles. Never thought to melt it down until reading this. I think you have inspired your readers to be clever, crafty and eco-savy....

Pretty Neat Designs said...

clever, crafty, and eco savvy all seem good descriptions. And also maybe a tiny little bit too much time on her hands, but not cheap. Really good idea!

The adventures of Lilibet said...

Very savvy! I love it. I made some candles at the weekend, it's so rewarding. I'm a new follower.

Anne at Great Slamseys Farm said...

thrifty

Southern Lady said...

I vote # 1. I hate to waste things like that. My husband laughs because I add a little water to the last little bit of liquid soap in the dispenser to get out all of the goodie! Carla

Melissa said...

Very clever and crafty! Excellent idea actually.

Kim said...

funny! I've done the same thing before.

Rural Revival said...

Number 1..and absolutely perfect!

Audrey said...

I would fall in the #1 camp ~ and it's definitely eco savvy! I can't imagine it's having too much time on your hands with a young child and a farm to run!!!

kate / tinywarbler said...

well i like it! although i don't think i have the patience for it........i'm sure i would burn myself and make a big mess. it is really irritating when you spend alot on a candle and end up throwing most of it out.
but i found the cleanest burning candle ever, votivo, they make the freshest scents, but they aren't white........

Comeca Jones said...

I do basically the same thing but I just add a small tealight.Waste not want not.

Vintage Home said...

hahah...so funny Heather. I do this all the time I even have a special wax melting container! Very smart to put it in a narrow container like that as the size of the wick (thread density) determines how well the entire candle melts. i use tapers too ...much easier. Wow don't apologize for being smart & thrifty & creative!
You are still my hero!

amy said...

Genius. It takes all the indulging pleasure out of a special treat if it makes you feel cheated in the end. Definitely a great idea to get more from your "mad money".

pollydove said...

I have had that same idea but just never taken the time ... I LOVE it! Good for you. :)

Muddy Boot Dreams said...

It's intensely creative. You are very clever.

I was doing that for a while, but I had to stop. One night I had scraped the remains of a soy candle into a tin from a votive, put it in a glass holder and lit it. I left it in the living room, got into something else for just a few minutes in another room and forgot about it.

Ran back into the room to see the candle burning, and the flames going up to two feet high, I am not kidding.

Shocked, and realizing just how close we had come to having a fire burning in our living room, I have not burned candles since. I kind of have a history with candles, if they can be knocked over, I seem to do it. Even at our wedding I knocked over the candelabra and spilled wax down my Dad's pants.

So now it's the little battery operated ones for me, sad, but so much safer.

Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

Deanna (Silly Goose Farm) said...

Option One, fo' shizzle.

Elizabeth (Blue Clear Sky) said...

Brilliant! What a waste it would have been to just toss it.

Kathryn Ray said...

I'm with you on this one too. Especially for those expensive candles.

Allison at Novice Life said...

Sounds genius to me! Those candle can be quite costly!!

Heather said...

Gosh I am so picky when it comes to candles and I like the really fragrant, mushy soft ones that burn kind of fast.

I love the tip about the old tapers!

BECKY said...

CRAFTY ALL THE WAY!! I have done this before with a few candles I couldn't find anymore- not cheap just getting your money's worth!! =)

Anonymous said...

I think its fab... I think its all of the above and really for your viewers its priceless... we all have candles that have potental that WE DONT THROW AWAY! Thank you!

Diana @ Our Vintage Home Love said...

Crafty! I've done the same thing with leftover bits of my candles. Couldn't agree more!

kimberly said...

savvy- I hate having to pay a lot for really delicious candles and the waste makes me NUTS! bravo girlfriend! merci for the tip~
xx

LuLu said...

I say fabulous!!!!
xo,
LuLu

Andrea said...

I just have questions.....what's the deal with the wick? Do you have any tips - I have a similar problem to solve...do you just by rope and dip it in something? How to make a wick?

Victoria - Ozarks Crescent Mural said...

I think that's a great idea and it turned out so pretty. You should go into the candle business :) I have to ask you, if you don't mind, what photography equipment do you use because the quality of your photos is just mind-blowing?

simpledaisy said...

I think it's brilliant!!!!

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Lady Grey said...

Definitely creative and crafty!

Auntie Bliss said...

you nailed it! I just hate wasted candle or black soot top of the jar...

sarah, flourish design + style said...

well done!

Siddhartha Joshi said...

I used to make candles way back in school and then carve on them! In fact that's how I impressed the girl who later became my first girl friend :)