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Early Birdie.

Wandering home from work the other day I noticed this sign in my local AGE UK charity shop. 🙂


I like going in there for a teacup rummage…..but most of the charity shops in my town ( including this one) have put the prices up on Vintage Crockery. 😦 An ‘Early Bird Discount’ though was a great reason to head to the shops on a teacup treasure hunt!
So bright and early I  pegged it into town with my beadie eyes at the ready to bag a bargain. I literally galloped round the shop grabbing at cups and saucers until I realised there were actually no other early birds there ( tee hee) so I was safe to browse until the clock struck half past. In the end I only bought two pairs of trios and a hand full of vintage brooches….but they are quite pretty and were also half price. 🙂

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I have two ‘Duchess Ivy’ trios which were £2 each and two ‘Salisbury’ floral trios which were £3 each. My plan is to make them into teacup candles for my sadly neglected Teacup candle Stall . My first craft fair is booked for March so I had better get making !

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My trio of brooches were £1.50 each and my plan is to pin them to vintage playing cards and sell them on my stall too. They are so shiny!

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Whilst I took photos of my treasures Slinky the cat supervised. I think she was a bit put out that I was disturbing her cat nap though.

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Are you a fan of vintage teacups?

Making Tea cup Candle’s :)

Hi my #BEDM post today is supposed to be about my first job but as I am still working in my ‘first job’ and have been for about a gazillion billion years I am wandering off the topic today. I know i have blogged about how to make a tea cup candle before but I thought I would do a fresh post for any new followers who may have a penchant for vintage teacups.:-D

I think they make lovely gifts as they look adorable and if made in a bone china tea cup the candles give out a pretty translucent glow.

You can also scent your candle with a heavenly fragrance.I buy mine from Justasoap Today I shall make a couple of Rhubarb & Custard scented one’s.:-D


You will need:

A bone China Tea Cup ( Pick one up from a car boot or charity shop).
Soy Wax Flakes.
Pre waxed Wick.
Metal sustainer.
Blu tack.
Two long matches or reed difuser sticks.
An old microwavable jug.
An old fork or spoon.
Fragrance oil.

You can buy your candle making supplie’s such as wicks,wax and sustainer’s quite inexpensively on Ebay.


Method ( Makes one candle).
1) Thread your wick through the metal sustainer and attach to the bottom of the teacup with a small blob of blu tack.

2)Hold your wick in place inbetween two long match sticks or reed difusers.

3)Pour two teacups full of wax flakes into your jug and bob in the microwave on a medium heat for 2 mins  or until melted.

4) Stir in your fragrance oil if desired.

5) Pour the melted wax into your teacup and leave a couple of hours to set.Trim the wick with scissors if needed when set.

And Voila your candle is ready!

If you don’t have a microwave simply melt your wax in a small pan inside a larger pan of water on a low heat.

You can also use paraffin wax instead of soy wax if you wish though soy wax is more enviromentally friendly.

If you don’t fancy making one yourself why not take a look at Mrs Tibbs Teacups N Candles on facebook.:-D

This post is part of the Blog Every Day in May challenge over on Rosalilium.