I remember late last year I cleared out my ever growing collection of candles. While I made room for my more recent additions, I began to question a few life choices.. Can one person really have too many candles?
The answer for me is a resounding no, while I hunt for the candle snuffers my Nan continues to buy for me. My fiancé on the other hand prefers to enlist a candle limit that I ehh… endeavour to test again and again 😉
Astonishingly I love candles and with my love of drawing and my love of lighting things on fire (limiting myself to candles and marshmallows) I knew there was no better way to combine my passions than to create a range of Lyn and I candles.
But how can I make candles prettier? I want a candle jar that is a feature not just an element of a design. How can I add my own personal spin on it? Well why not include my drawings on them, that sounds easy doesn’t it? Not really! But it’s been an adventure and challenge that has seen me learn some valuable lessons. Especially in business and being sure of what I want.
I won’t bore you with the whole process of acquiring my candle samples, but I will absolutely tell you of day I finally received them, performing a happy dance whilst soaking up the moment. I had something real and tangible in front of me. A representation of hours of work, thought and care, finally in my hands and I couldn’t be happier. After coming down from the dancing, I took note of all the aspects I would like changed or improved. I want a candle I would love to buy in store, and whilst my samples were wonderful jumping off points, I knew they required further tweaking to reach the level of quality my customers deserve.
The fun part about creating something from scratch is that everything is yours. Everything is from you and is such an expression of yourself. I see so many amazing designers online and think, oh what a fabulous idea or style, I wish I could be like that and do that. However, what I am learning is to love my own style, do things I love and hopefully people will come along for the ride of wherever this may take me. I hope you enjoy these snapshots of my samples as much as I loved taking them.
This gorgeous white tea candle is inspired from one of my closest friends Finding Femme, with a slight twist.
Liana has been an amazing support to me over this last year. As some of you may know, we worked together until recently when I finally made the jump into self employment. I am so lucky to have met such a hilarious and kind hearted person in my life. To have someone to be creative with and bounce ideas off, with her writing and my illustrations.
Taking inspiration from Liana’s Bond inspired photo shoot and from the privilege I had of nabbing a first copy of her writing. I created my first impression of Regan with a hint of her creator Liana. Liana’s captivating 009 character who turns out to be, “a thirty-something woman, bristling with sarcasm, facetiousness and a bad hangover, called York Regan”. Hopefully I’ve captured that here.
This is one of my favourites. To me it’s fun, colourful and yet, not overpowering.
For this candle I chose my staple fragrance; vanilla – my go to candle scent for everyday. However, because of its bright elements, I’d like to entertain the idea that it may better suit something more floral.
I’ve had a few people ask me when they can get these candles. I am hoping soon, or at least in the next 8 weeks. I have some alterations of designs, fragrances, colours and packaging to do, but I am SO excited to get these into people’s homes. If you’re looking to make a purchase or are interested in wholesale, please email me. It would make my day!