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Etsy Shop Feature Series: WayBackWax

The Shop Feature Series  is a blog segment where we get to chat with artistes and find out about their inspiration and story. My special guests today are Justine & Alexis, whose  work I found while browsing Instagram.  These ladies make gorgeous soy candles in interesting vintage wares. 


Here’s what the creators had to say when I caught up with them. Getting to know the artiste, isn’t that what Etsy is about?

How did you get started?

Wayback Wax is two friends from Upstate NY. One vintage lover (Justine) and one crafty mom (Alexis). We started in March 2016 while we were thinking of how to do something fun and creative together, that could also bring in some cash!

We scour estate sales and thrift shops to find unique and fun vintage vessels for our hand poured candles. Every candle is handmade in Stillwater, NY in small batches by us. We use eco-friendly soy wax that is natural and safe so that once you have finished your candle you have a cool piece of vintage to add to your collection.

How would you describe your pieces?

Our handmade OOAK pieces are for those who love natural, soy wax candles and enjoy showing off their vintage collections. They are an eco-friendly product with style, and make a wonderful personalized gift or great addition to a collection.

Is there is favourite piece in your current collection? 

The collection is always evolving as we find new pieces. Currently my favorite is this 70’s stoneware mug that’s filled with a Country Lemonade scent. It appeals to my love of all things hippie and the scent is just cheery and summery!

Vintage 70’s Stoneware Mug Soy Wax Candle Handmade $20 from Wayback Wax

Any alternative ways for reusing your pieces ?  

Once the candles burn down, the soy wax is soooo much softer than other waxes. Just some warm soapy water and the vessel is clean and safe for drinking, eating or any other use.

What can we expect from Way back Wax in the future ?  

We are playing with the idea of offering collections for wedding and/or party favors. Curated collections of the perfect mix & match for the occasion. For example, vintage teacups in coordinating colors & scents for bridesmaids gifts or candles for Pyrex Parties!

Stuck on a desert island, what are your 3 must haves?

Swimsuit, suntan lotion and Spotify!

Just for fun are you are tea or coffee drinker? 

Coffee drinker but my favorite drink is probably a nice cold beer!


A well made Soy candle
Mom You’re The Best ! Super cute!
This Wayback Wax candle in a vintage mug is perfect for Mother's Day!
This Wayback Wax candle in a vintage mug is perfect for Mother’s Day!

 

My personal favourite in the shop is this mug which is perfect for Mother’s Day. This is sure to be one of a kind- OOAK gift. That’s thing about Etsy… you’re sure to find one off pieces that have the ability to translate the right mood, tone and sentiment.  This is a great example!

I love the creativity in this shop and I’m looking forward to seeing more of your candles ladies! Check out Justine and Alexis on Etsy and be sure to follow them on social media for special offers.

IG: https://www.instagram.com/waybackwax/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/waybackwax/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/waybackwax/

 

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Vintage Cocktails Perfect for Christmas

Here are my favourites for the holiday entertaining season… and really year round. You can’t go wrong with these classics. These are taken from my vintage Fleischmann’s Recipe Book, so you can substitute with your favourite Scotch for the Fleischmann Preferred or Fleischmann Gin. I highly recommend Hendricks Gin for your G & T.

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If you’re like me, you can never find things when you need them. So I’ve made a download for you to print off. You can even use it as a Drinks menu when entertaining. Look at all those vintage illustrations.

As well as good ingredients, preparation is key for a tasty cocktail. Here are a few HINTS from Fleischmann for the Home Bar.

A final tip from me. Serve your cocktail in the appropriate glass. If you’re unsure, have a look at Replacement.com crystal guide. If you’re looking for vintage glassware, check out the Vintage Flicker shop. We have glass for every occasion. Several lots collected while on my autumn London trip 2016, if you’re looking for something a little exotic.

Do you have a favourite cocktail ?

I hope you’re having a lovely season with your friends, family and loved ones.

HOBONICHI INTERVIEW SERIES | The Hobonichi Society | A Community for fans

The Hobonichi  Interview Series  is a blog segment where we get a sneak peek inside the diary of another Hobonichi user. This edition is a little different… I’m so pleased to have found The Hobonichi Society Feed – it really highlights other Hobonichi users! Alison does a fantastic job curating her feed with lots of yummy photos…all while ‘Studenting’ in sunny California.  


Bio

  • Age: 18
  • Occupation: Student
  • City/Neighborhood: Los Angeles, CA USA

The Hobonichi has quite the cult following. How did you discover it?

A few years ago, I proudly purchased a traditional planner for school and made a resolution to write down homework assignments and test dates into the planner every single day. It didn’t last for long. I just didn’t like the format of the planner and I believed that I could remember everything my teachers said…until I started forgetting homework assignments and forgetting to study for tests. Therefore, I embarked on a long journey browing the Internet, looking for the best planner to suit my needs, and I ran across the Hobonichi. As soon as I laid my eyes on the sight of it (beautiful paper, interchangeable covers (!), and lightly inked dates), I fell in love. Two days later, I placed my first Hobonichi order, just in time for the Spring edition start (this is why I use the Spring edition, not because I like it better, but because I just happened to buy the Spring edition first and I can’t efficiently switch to the January version without either wasting a book or being Hobonichi-less for a few months).

Your can find The Hobonichi Society on Instagram and Facebook
Your can find The Hobonichi Society on Instagram and Facebook

Share 5 images from The Hobonichi Society feed and tell us a little about each ?

Alison has kindly chosen a few images to share… this was a difficult task. Have you seen the gorgeous images she shares ? Still it had to be done.

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Where do you find your inspiration for what to include ?

I usually write and doodle about my every-day life. So I often include drawings of food and beverages. I draw inspiration from everything around me – I always carry my Hobonichi with me so that I can whip it out and draw whenever inspiration strikes 🙂 . I think you don’t necessarily have to travel a ton or do super duper special things every day to find inspiration – it is finding the extraordinary in the ordinary that makes daily journaling so special and so much fun.

Do you have any recommendations for new users who say “ I can’t doodle/draw ?”

The beauty of the Hobonichi is that it’s not your typical journal or sketchbook, and it’s not like a traditional planner. Doodling and drawing skills are certainly not required to enjoy the Hobonichi. Each blank page is the perfect canvas for writing, planning, pasting stickers or washi tape, scrapbooking, you name it! I have seen beautiful pages where people wrote out their day or made a little daily calendar for themselves, and all doodle and drawing free. Of course, if you would like to learn how to doodle or draw, the Hobonichi is also a great medium. In my first Hobonichi, I challenged myself to draw a dish or some kind of food that I had every day. Having the dates printed on every page of the journal gave me enough push to draw everyday, and soon enough, I could start doing simple sketches with pen and markers. The Tomoe River paper inside the Hobo is perfect for beginner drawers as it is easy to blend and layer color onto the paper.

Stuck on a desert island with your Hobo, what are your 3 must have materials ?

My Uni-Ball Signo in 0.28, my 24 color Zig Clean Color marker set, and a Sakura Micron in size 02.

What’s your latest purchase ?

A Rotring 600 mechanical pencil with 0.5 tip. It’s by far the best mechanical pencil I have ever used, with enough weight to feel sturdy but with great balance.

Any other hobbies ?

I love crocheting and playing around with DIY projects, especially those revolving around upcycling old clothes. Crocheting is just so therapeutic and I love looking at the finished projects, knowing that they’ll always have a special meaning to them. Upcycling old clothes started as a way for me to save money while staying on trend but now I do it for my friends and just out of the blue for fun! I love the idea of turning something that was once loved into something that will continue to be loved for a long time.

Most Hobonichi lovers also seem to love tea or coffee. What’s your favorite tea/coffee ?

I don’t drink coffee but I love tea! I’m obsessed with anything rose flavored. My absolute favorite tea is Darjeeling Rose Camélia from Mariage Fréres. I’ve never been able to purchase it online but fortunately I have a friend who goes to France every year and brings me back a tin! Having tea and journaling/planning is just such a luxury.

 How do we find out more about The Hobonichi Society ?

  • Blog: thehobonichisociety.tumblr.com
  • IG: @thehobonichisociety
  • Facebook: facebook.com/alison.chiang.ths
  • Pinterest: pinterest.com/alisonchiangths

The Hobonichi Society isn’t just a name; it’s a community, comprised of each and every person who has a Hobonichi or is considering to buy one. I love interaction with members of the society, so please feel free to email me, comment on my photos, or message me on Facebook, Tumblr, or Pinterest! I promise to answer each comment or question to the best of my ability!


If you enjoyed this interview or have been inspired by other who you think I should feature in this interview series, please comment below! More information on the Hobonichi can be found on their website .

Teacup Collectors Interview Series | Joanna’s Love for Art Deco, Edwardian & Mid Century Teacups

The Teacup Collectors Interview Series  is a blog segment where we get a sneak peek inside the cupboards of people all over the world. My special guest today is Joanna,  the lovely owner of The Afternoon Tea Set on ETSY , from the North of England.


Teacup collecting has quite the cult following. How did you discover it? Tell us your story.

I had to give up work when my first baby was born, after they became ill. I knew i wanted to work for myself and fit doing so around my family. I started The Afternoon Tea Set originally as a some enterprise where i offered catered tea parties, with menus to choose from, a range of looseleaf teas to choose from and all the vintage china and silverware included. The business started to grow but customers kept asking whether I could sell them vintage china and the pieces I used, so i started selling vintage teacups as well. This side of the business continued to grow, so I gave up offering the tea parties and opened The Afternoon Tea Set on Etsy, where I sell vintage and antique teacups that I search for, along with all other vintage and antique pieces for throwing a tea party or decorating your home.  The rest, as they say, is history!

Continue reading Teacup Collectors Interview Series | Joanna’s Love for Art Deco, Edwardian & Mid Century Teacups

HOBONICHI INTERVIEW SERIES | INSIDE PALESTBLUE’S HOBONICHI TECHO PART 2

The Hobonichi  Interview Series  is a blog segment where we get a sneak peek inside the diary of another Hobonichi user. This is Part 2 of the interview with Palestblue, from Germany. In this post you will get to see inside her lovely Hobo! Check out Part 1 here. 


So what’s inside your Hobo?

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A typical spread from @Palestblue

This is a pretty typical spread in my Hobonichi. I really love doodling delicious food I ate and beverages I had and just random stuff that happened or that inspired me. I have a huge washi tape collection and I use quite a bit of washi on my pages. All doodles in this picture were outlined with a Sakura Micron 01 pen and colored with SchminckeHoradam water colours.

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Chibbi doodling by @palestblue

I just recently got into doodling Chibi-characters, they are so cute! Sometimes I will use a chibi drawing to illustrate my mood on a certain day. All of these doodles were outlined with a Faber Castell Pitt Artist pen in the smallest tip and then colored using Pitt Artist Pens with brush tips. The Pitt Artist pens dry very quickly and are water proof after drying. So they are very different to work with than water colors, but I love them very much.

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Doodling Movies and TV Shows by @Palestblue

Drawing logos of movies or TV-shows you watched or the covers of books you read is such a wonderful way of illustrating what you were doing that day. Sometimes I like to just stick to simple black pen and some water color doodling, if I don’t feel like using a lot of stickers or washi. All doodles in this picture were outlined with a Sakura Micron 01 pen and colored with Winsor and Newton Cotman water colors.

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Who says you have to doodle everyday things? by @Palestblue

I don’t always draw every-day things… sometimes I just draw random things that come to mind. I am very fascinated by Dinosaurs and visit Natural History museums a lot (in fact I try to visit the Natural History Museum in any city that I travel to). So my Hobonichi pages are full of dinosaur illustrations J. All doodles in this picture were outlined with a Sakura Micron 01 pen and colored with Schmincke Horadam water colors.

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Scary dinosaur ? by @Palestblue

In fact, I may be a little dinosaur obsessed haha.

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A Challenge… by @Palestblue

It is nice to challenge yourself once in a while… for this spread, I challenged myself to use as little color as possible (I only added a dab of pale pink for the sakura blossoms). I also mixed all my greys from scratch (using red, blue and yellow). It looks different from my usual illustrations, but I like how this spread turned out. All doodles in this picture were outlined with a Sakura Micron 01 pen and colored with Winsor and Newton Cotman water colours.

Anything else you’d like to tell us?

Thank you so so much for your questions and the chance to share my thoughts on your wonderful blog J

If anyone would like to contact me and connect via email or snail mail, I am always very happy to get to know people who love stationery and art and all things Hobonichi, so I would love to hear from you!!

 How do we find out more about Maria?

  • Instagram: @palestblue
  • YT: palestblue
  • You can also contact me via Email: email.palestblue at googlemail.com

Thank you Maria, for sharing inside your Hobo. If you’re looking for ideas or inspiration on how to journal in your Hobonichi, I’d highly recommend Maria. Go subscribe to her channel now and spend an afternoon with few nice cups of tea. Trust me, you’ll thank me later.

If you’ve been inspired by someone to journal, leave me a comment below. I’d love to hear about it.

HOBONICHI INTERVIEW SERIES | INSIDE PALESTBLUE’S HOBONICHI TECHO PART 1

The Hobonichi  Interview Series  is a blog segment where we get a sneak peek inside the diary of another Hobonichi user. This is Part 1 of the interview with Palestblue, from Germany. I found her Youtube channel one Sunday afternoon and was mesmerised for hours. A truly talented Hobonichi owner and a budding novelist too!


Bio

  • Age: 28
  • Occupation: Research Worker (Psychology/Neuroscience)
  • City/Neighborhood: Bonn, Germany

The Hobonichi has quite the cult following. How did you discover it?

I discovered the Hobonichi via the wonderful planner community on Youtube and Instagram J. Mitsuko (mylifemits on YT and IG) and April (april wu on YT, penguinscreative on IG) were a big influence! If you don’t know these wonderful, talented ladies already, you should definitely check out their awesome work! 

Maria's Hobonichi Techo with DIY custom cover
Maria’s Hobonichi Techo with DIY custom cover, custom watercolour palette and Coletto pen

Where do you find your inspiration for what to include?

I usually write and doodle about my every-day life. So I often include drawings of food and beverages. I draw inspiration from everything around me – I always carry my Hobonichi with me so that I can whip it out and draw whenever inspiration strikes 🙂 . I think you don’t necessarily have to travel a ton or do super duper special things every day to find inspiration – it is finding the extraordinary in the ordinary that makes daily journaling so special and so much fun.

Do you have any recommendations for new users who say “ I can’t doodle/draw?”

“Do or do not, there is no try.” So practice, practice, practice. With time, you will get better and have more control over your pen/brush. Promise! Also: If you find it hard to get perspectives etc right, it is always worth checking out some of the very inspiring artists that share tutorials online. Just browse the community for inspiration and tutorials J. If you feel a little bit overwhelmed, you could try and start with just a black pen and practice your outlines, then add some shading later. When you are satisfied with your black and white doodles, you can move on to colour.

Stuck on a desert island with your Hobo, what are your 3 must have materials?

My Kuretake water brush (the fine tip one), a 005 tip Sakura Micron pen in black and my Schmincke Horadam water color palette. Though I have been recently playing the 2013 Tomb Raider game again and I gather that a bow, some arrows and a flashlight may be a little more useful on a desert island tee hee.

What’s your latest purchase?

A Hobonichi actually. I just ordered the 2016 Hobonichi in the A6 size. I am going to try the Avec version next year, because my 2015 Hobonichi is getting mighty chunky…

Another A6 Hobonichi Techo with Mina Perhonen "Sometimes Lucky" cover
Another of Maria’s A6 Hobonichi Techo with Mina Perhonen “Sometimes Lucky” cover

Any other hobbies?

I absolutely love stories. I write my own (and really, my secret life plan is totally to get a novel published some day, hahaha) and I read a lot, too. I am a scuba diver and swimmer. Being in and under water feels very natural and wonderful to me and I try to go swimming and diving as often as I can .

Most Hobonichi lovers also seem to love tea or coffee. What’s your favorite tea/coffee?

Ah yes, I am no exception there. I am not really human before my first tea in the morning (or so I have been told). I really love some strong black tea with milk. And I also totally love the Iced Latte at Starbucks, yum!!

 How do we find out more about Maria?

  • Instagram: @palestblue
  • YT: palestblue
  • You can also contact me via Email: email.palestblue at googlemail.com

If anyone would like to contact me and connect via email or snail mail, I am always very happy to get to know people who love stationery and art and all things Hobonichi, so I would love to hear from you!!

Thank you so so much for your questions and the chance to share my thoughts on your wonderful blog .


If you enjoyed this interview or have been inspired by other who you think I should feature in this interview series, please comment below! More information on the Hobonichi can be found on their website . Part 2 will be up next week, with lots on photos of inside Maria’s Hobo.

Hobonichi Interview Series | Inside Chotskibelle’s Hobonichi Techo Part 2

The Hobonichi  Interview Series  is a blog segment where we get a sneak peek inside the diary of another Hobonichi user. This is Part 2 of the interview with Chotskibelle, from Singapore. In this post you will get to see inside her lovely Hobo!


The Hobonichi has quite the cult following. Did you know that?

In all honesty, I wasn’t aware of the cult following behind the Hobonichi until I started using it and posting photos on Instagram. I was amazed that so many people around the world were using the Hobonichi, as I had always thought it to be a culture unique to Japan. I was so wrong! It was great to be able to see how people were using the Hobonichi in their own ways and I began to look to Instagram for inspiration. For me, I think that the best thing that came out of my impulsive (and slightly delusional) decision to buy a Hobonichi Techo is the number of friends I’ve made through Instagram. Who knew that there is such a large global community of journaling and planning enthusiasts?! Well, I certainly didn’t and I’m loving it!  Continue reading Hobonichi Interview Series | Inside Chotskibelle’s Hobonichi Techo Part 2

Hobonichi Interview Series | Inside Chotskibelle’s Hobonichi Techo Part 1

The Hobonichi  Interview Series  is a blog segment where we get a sneak peek inside the diary of another Hobonichi user. My special guest today is Chotskibelle, from Singapore. I stumbled across her blog and immediately fell in love with it! I’m sure you will too, just read on! Start with Part 1 here.


How did you discover the Hobonichi? 

It all started when I was visiting a Tokyu Hands store in Ginza, Tokyo in Spring of 2014.

I have always been a fan of pretty stationery since I was a child and as with every trip we make to Japan, I had negotiated with the Hubby some time to myself to visit all the stationery stores in the area so that I can browse through every aisle to my heart’s content. (They have very interesting products in these stores!)  Continue reading Hobonichi Interview Series | Inside Chotskibelle’s Hobonichi Techo Part 1

Teacup Collectors Interview Series | Fuschia’s Flower Power

The Teacup Collectors Interview Series  is a blog segment where we get a sneak peek inside the cupboards of people all over the world. My special guest today is Fuchsia, a Global Investment Manager from London, England whose collection is available for hire !


Teacup collecting has quite the cult following. How did you discover it? Tell us your story.

It all began with collecting for my wedding, which is due to take place in a few weeks! I had seen delicate, mismatched china tea sets and plates become popular for a while, but it wasn’t until I saw my favourite cup, a retro poppy Meakin mug, in my cupboard that the idea of collecting bright retro and kitsch teacups and plates from the 60s and 70s was born. I felt that the carefree and bohemian vibe that these items brought would look amazing at my laid-back wedding.

Once I had built up quite a collection I decided that rather than letting my collection gather dust after the wedding, I would offer my collection up for hire for weddings, tea parties, hen dos – any event where a bit of 60s and 70s china would help liven up proceedings! Since starting to collect, I have realised that many other people also love the retro, more bohemian look and have been looking for alternatives to the more pretty, delicate sets (and I see that you have a fab retro Meakin tea set in your Etsy shop!). The seventies boho era has brought a lot of inspiration over on the wedding blogs, and the sixties continues to have an eternal appeal.

I now have about 10 big boxes of tea cups, plates, tea pots, cake stands and milk jugs, as well as picnic blankets and pineapple ice buckets, which I just couldn’t resist!

Continue reading Teacup Collectors Interview Series | Fuschia’s Flower Power

Teacup Collectors Interview Series | Ivy’s Love for Royal Albert

The Teacup Collectors Interview Series  is a blog segment where we get a sneak peek inside the cupboards of people all over the world. My special guest today is Ivy from the Phillipines, who has a thing for vintage Royal Albert bone china.


Teacup collecting has quite the cult following. How did you discover it? Tell us your story.

I was following someone in Instagram who was advertising another online seller who was mainly selling vintage teacups from Japan. The ad was showing a very pretty floral teacup, a Noritake, if I remember correctly. So I decided to click on the seller’s name, saw the lovely teacups, and hence started my teacup adventure.

Continue reading Teacup Collectors Interview Series | Ivy’s Love for Royal Albert