25 November 2015
22 November 2015
Xmas has arrived at our Rust Yarmouth shop, oh yes indeed! The reason we jumped at the chance to get our mitts on this shop was because we saw a beautiful shop front with a lot of potential, with a repaint and gutting of previous tenants cabinets in the window. It has two huge windows that are perfect for decorating. Now we are in the deepest depths of winter, we decided to go for a wintery forest feeling, so I cut out trees from white cardboard, and my mister went off to find some tree stumps cut to size. We ordered masses of fake snow and drew snow drops on the glass with chalk pen.
I have been making a few Junkaholique items for the shop too. I already showed you some of the linen pouches I made, but I also made some scented candles using little vintage coffee cups I have been collecting. I used pure soy wax (which burns twice as long as paraffin wax and does not create any soot or nasty toxins in the air) and essential oils. The smell in our kitchen was amazing. I used Pine, Bergamot and sweet orange essential oils so it was definitely getting me in the festive mood.
In the shop I spent all day making labels, very satisfying ; )
I have also been making huge mounds of xmas cards too, with added glitter of course! It was a bit too dark to get any good pictures but I will post more to our Rust Instagram soon.
And, I made a few little candles in tins which you can take traveling or camping, or anywhere!
The candles and pouches are only available to buy directly from our Rust shop in Yarmouth Isle of Wight. Happy November peeps!
16 November 2015
We had a little holiday last week, just four nights, but for us it is very unusual to pay for somewhere proper to stay instead of just camping. When you run your own business, you get used to not having any long holidays...no paid holiday, sick leave or maternity leave...(I was answering work emails the day after giving birth last time!) I much prefer it to working in a boring office that I used to many moons ago.
Anyways, it's been quite some year for us, my mister refurbished our Tokyo shop, then a few months later we signed a lease to our new Isle of Wight shop, shortly after that I found out I was having a baby, so working hard fitting out the new shop with constant nausea and fatigue was one of the hardest things I have done in my life...oh and entertaining a toddler a the same time! Needless to say, we needed a break, so we booked one of these wooden chalet type houses in the woods in Hampshire.
It was so lovely to get away somewhere different, although I never want the kind of life that you need a holiday from, it was nice not to be able to do anything or worry about work or the housework! Just looking out of the window or sitting in the hot tub (yes, me and my nipper were careful about the temperature ; ), playing jenga etc...
Our tot just never stopped running about the house since the minute we arrived. She had a huge meltdown when we had to leave. She loved the hot tub so much, we were talking about having one installed at home!
The forest is very near one of my favourite cities, Winchester, not far from the Isle of Wight. It is amazing at xmas time with so many gorgeous lights.
...and our favourite xmassy shop ,The Hambledon.
We had such a good time there, it's called Forest Holidays and I'm sure we will be visiting again : )