Colander turned ceiling light

The builders covered our ceiling light in plaster and paint. They were special that way (#dontgetmestarted). Having considered and rejected a number of alternatives (mostly on the basis of price – 300chf for a light??), I spotted a metal colander on a trip to Geneva’s best charityshop.

With a hole drilled in the base and the old fixing threaded through, it does the job beautifully.

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Best of all, when it’s switched on it makes a little star shape on the ceiling – love!

Beeswax candle experiment

Inspired by a tutorial on A Beautiful Mess, I ordered some beeswax yonks ago from Etsy but only just got round to experimenting with it.

Pure beeswax is supposed to burn very cleanly, smell lovely (if you like honey) and do all kinds of nice purifying things to the air. Also it’s a very pretty yellow – bonus. Essentially the process is fairly straightforward: you start by gathering your receptacles (I used old jam jars and charityshop teacups, gluegunned to their saucers). You then melt the wax, stick the wick in, pour in the rest of the wax and leave to set.  Continue reading