a scented story

As the transition from Summer into Fall begins, we Chicks have found ourselves coveting comfort decor pieces, particularly the wide variety of beautifully packaged and scented candles gracing the shelves of local shops like Anthropologie, The Cross and West Elm. Now that we are shutting our doors and windows a little earlier in the evenings and the natural fragrance of the summer has faded, we’re yearning for warmth and sweet smells - and these chic candle collections are definitely filling that void. While we would love to shop til our hearts’ content, there are simply too many lovely choices to have them all. We decided to look at how we can have a full roster of light + scent at home, without breaking the bank. Turns out a little time and a trip to Michaels (and the thrift store) was just the trick - we made our own! For under $50 (and less than an hour) we have a fab little set of naturally scented candles to fill our shelves.

Aligning with our feature in today's 24 Hours newspaper, here’s our super simple DIY to having your own collection - give it a go; draw yourself a bath or grab your fave read, light ‘em up and enjoy!



What you’ll need from a craft store: two packages of candle wax (we opted for soy to keep it au natural), candle wicks, natural scent blocks and a thermometer.

What you’ll need from a thrift shop (or your cupboards!): various pretty dishes or vases to create the candles in.



Using a double boiler and a medium heat on your stovetop, dump all the candle wax into the bowl; stir as it melts to ensure an even melt and to prevent burning.



Watch your thermometer, and heat the melted wax to 160 to 180 degrees.



Slice the natural scent blocks into thin wedges to allow for a faster melt into the wax.



Add the sliced blocks to the liquid wax; once it is also melted, lower the heat to achieve a temperature of 125 degrees. Don’t be afraid to mix the blocks to create your own custom scent (our fave was a blend of honeysuckle and lavender).



Trim the wicks to a height just lower than your various containers (about a 1/2” lower than the rim).



Dip the metal weighted end of the wick into the liquid wax, and then plant firmly in the bottom of the containers; as the thin layer of wax melts, it will affix the wick to the base of the jar.



Pour the liquid wax into the various containers, being careful not to spill on the outside of the jars (it leaves a film that is hard to remove and looks less pretty). If the wick has moved at all during this step, reposition it while the wax is still liquid.



Let the wax sit for about an hour (depending on the container size) then “dress” your vases as desired. We left the glass votives and vintage tea cup as-is, but opted for a vintage leather tie and charm for the mason jar. Stage up your shelves with these pretty little pieces, and it’s time to enjoy!


Shop Talk: the found and the freed

courtesy of Chelsea Jackson... This week I visited the lovely ladies at The Found and The Freed [pop up shop] in Gastown for a short Q&A to sneak some insight into their creative minds and finds. I fell in love with every piece as soon as I walked through the door - this store is nothing like what you’ll find in Vancouver, it's truly a gem. I had a great time chatting with the "Founders", Lindsay and Ainsley, and I  hope you get a chance to check out their store before they 'pop out'!

Q: How did you get started in the Vintage/Found business and what led you to where you are today? A: Both ladies started to collect cool vintage pieces that they each considered “too special to sell”. They kept them aside in hopes that they might start up a shop one day.

Q: Do you have a Vancouver muse or a favourite place in or around the city that inspired you? A: The old Sugar Refinery. It’s so mysterious and industrial looking and makes me stop to stare every time, always wondering what’s inside.

Q: When it comes to style/design, what is the one thing you covet the most? A: Having special objects that had a previous life, industrial materials, typography, different fonts of numbers and letters. Although it’s always changing! We always have to let go the objects we love to make room for new ones.

Q:Some people collect old cameras & typewriters, do you collect anything? A: Ainsley: Things with the number “7” or “2”  Lindsay: a few special compasses

Q: What is your favourite creative outlet? A: Kinfolk Magazine is my favourite but I love to read the French design magazines.

Q: Finish this sentence … "My day is not complete without ___" A: A couple of ciders from “The Irish Heather” just down the street!

Q: Tell me a little bit about your shop! A: We started collecting in Edmonton and gathered a bit from Montreal. This is now our fourth pop up shop and it get’s more exciting each time. We really got inspired to open up our own store after visiting “Style Labo” in Montreal.

Q: Do you have a most popular item? A: We’ve had a ton of requests for globes recently but our most popular item will always be chairs and stools. We have a book of requests for miscellaneous items that is constantly being added to. Find The Found and the Freed at 110 Water Street [gastown] or contact them at info(at)thefoundandthefreed.com