Striving for a peaceful, healthy and happy New Year

Today I was thinking about 2015, the year that is about to leave us and I can easily say that it was a good one. I can't say that it was the most successful one but it was a decent one. Success it is not always measured with money, it is often measured with the goals that one wants to achieve. One of our goals was to go back to Spain to meet my brother and my friends and Greg also wanted to see Barcelona. It is a very unique city for its architecture thanks to one of the greatest architecture, Gaudi, and it may one day be the city where Greg and I will live. We had a great time with everyone in Barcelona.

During Christmas, I really miss my mom and I wish I had her here. I am looking forward to the day where I will show her the city, the places I visit here and enjoy the most, walking the High Line or finding ourselves sitting somewhere in Central park. Although I did not have my mom this year, my very close friends, one that lives in Canada and the other one that lives in Albania came to NYC. We reunited after almost 15 years and it was interesting to see that in some ways we haven't changed at all and yet we are so different in others ways. Seeing them was refreshing and re-energizing.

Although not all of our goals this year have been fulfilled yet, we are still grateful that we have a wonderful family and friends supporting us on whatever we decide to do. We are very thankful that we enjoy what we do and hopefully you will also appreciate our creative and unique candles.

Recently I was working on this candle which is one of my favorite pieces because the colors of the flowers are so vivid and it reminds me each time I see it that life should be vivid, full of colors and turn that negativity into something positive. 

On that note, stay tuned for our announcements in social media or in our blog for our upcoming events. The next one will be on the weekend of February 6-7th, 2016 @Artist and Fleas in Williamsburg.  More details to follow soon.

Here are some photos from yesterday, I hope you enjoy them. With that, I would like to wish you a healthy, peaceful and Happy New Year.

Lots of Love,

Eni and Greg


Artist and Flea Market show

Candles in the garden

Soooo, my big event is less than a week away and I am finishing the last candles tagging them and making sure that I am ready for it!

The event that is coming up is the Artist and Flea Market located at 70 North 7th Brooklyn, Williamsburg, NY. It’s on Saturday, September 12-13, 2015 starting at 10:00 am.  This is my first year participating in this market and I am so excited to be there. Many of the vendors will be there along with some more new ones this year. Please come down, it would be great to see you there.

Here are some of the candles I will carry at the show.

tea cup candle
tea cup candle
vita tea cup candle
tea cup candle
tea cup candle
egg  shaped trinket candle
mason jar candles
mason jar candles
mason jar candles
halloween candles


Brooklyn Bazaar

Our booth at Brooklyn Bazaar

Our booth at Brooklyn Bazaar

Hey There,

Greg and I wanted to share with you our experience from the BK Bazaar, which I must say that it  was wonderful and of course exhausting. We would not have had been able to make it happen without the enormous help of our friend Toon who drove with us to Brooklyn with a car full of trunks, crates candles and other props. I felt I was driving to Morocco and instead of Brooklyn. 

For those that are not aware of the BK Bazaar, it is located in Greenpoint at 165 Banker St, and it is open Fridays and Saturdays from 7pm-1am. This is what the place looks like on the outside...

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BkBazaar
BK Bazaar

The first day I was so anxious as I did not know what to expect. I hoped that people would like my booth the way it was designed, as well as my candles. With full confidence I must say that our booth was one of the best decorated booths there, people would approach it and say out loud that they never ever had seen such a thing before. The coordinator of the BK bazaar came to us and congratulated us, confirming once again, how cool our booth was.

Here are some of the photos

Me at the booth

Me at the booth

Many of our friends came to support us and I really thank them and appreciate the time they took to come and see us. A big thanks to all of them.

Toon printed our Ooh La La sign from his Uptown Fine Art printing studio. He did a stunning job.

People were impressed with our vintage teacup and trinkets. We used our vintage suitcases to display them and I also used some of the vintage gloves and hats of Aunt Agnes. We used lot of vintage props, old perfumes of Aunt Agnes, her gloves, a vintage makeup bag that Greg bought for me. This part of the booth truly represented the old and the vintage.

Vintage teacup candle
vintage teacup candle

On the other part of the table we had vintage mason jars or balls. They were placed at the crates our cousin Marie gave us, during our trip to Pennsylvania. Here we also used as a props some of Greg old cameras, a vintage lantern that we bought in Albania and some old spoons. Some of the mason jars I painted and some I left them as they were, with their original color. People loved them, loved the display and also the smell of the candles too.

Unique vintage mason jars and crocks candles

Unique vintage mason jars and crocks candles

Vintage mason jar candles
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We also brought some painted mason jars. People were surprised when I was telling them that I paint them and distress them by hand, one by one so no two come out to be the same. I remember one young guy came to me and said: I am so gay for candles. His girlfriend was laughing next to him. He bought one of the mason jars. The mason jars were placed on the top of the vintage toolbox and old army suitcase we bought from Greg’s friend Adam who owned a vintage store in Rhode Island. On top of the toolbox we also placed our water pitcher and bowl that was filled with lavender we bought it in Pennsylvania.

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Hand Painted mason jars candles
Hand painted mason jar candles

The Polaroid Transfers from Expired Film Studios added to the whole theme. The Polaroids are hand transferred to all different types of cool paper. Everything from watercolor paper to rice paper. Most of the images were from Paris. Here are some of his photos.

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expired film studios

As you can see we used lots of props to decorate our booth, and the outcome was just great. People were coming in our booth taking lots of pictures and buying our candles.

Some of the vintage candles and trinkets are marked as sold out on my site. I sold them at the bazaar. Soon I will upload new ones, so stay in touch. Here is a sneak peak at two of them.

The Perfect Sunday in NYC

A few weeks ago Greg and I went to see the AIPAD Photography show held at Park Avenue Armory located at 643 Park Avenue, New York. It was held from April 10th to the 13th. We loved the show. It included contemporary, modern and nineteenth-century photographs, as well as photo-based art, video, and new media. Greg was more interested in 19th century photography, especially tintype photos, which are created by placing the emulsion on a thin sheet of metal coated with a dark lacquer. Tintypes were used mostly during the 1860’s and 1870’s.

While me I liked the style of Paulette Tavormina (http://www.paulettetavormina.com) Her photos are amazing and this is how I would love to take pictures of my candles. That’s my style. Greg does not always agree with my photos taken using this particular style, as the pictures are very dark. He suggests something lighter and more open.

After the show we headed to the flea market on Columbus Ave and 77th Street. On the way to the market, I took some shots of beautiful tulips, which always remind me Amsterdam and Madrid. You can buy the tulips bulb at the Schiphol airport in Amsterdam. I bought black ones once, and planted in my garden in Madrid. They were just so beautiful. They remind me of very much of Madrid. El Paseo de la Castellana is full of tulips with many different colors during Spring.

Beautiful tulips remind me of Amsterdam and Madrid

Beautiful tulips remind me of Amsterdam and Madrid

I love flea markets in NYC. There are not many but when I have some time, a chance to go and some money I really want to go there and try to find some teacups. I am also on the lookout for other vintage things that I will use either for my photo shoot or clothing to wear.

While searching for my teacups I could not resist taking some pictures of the market. Are you ready to go through them?

Flea Market in NYC

Flea Market in NYC

Flea Market in NYC

Flea Market in NYC

This bread reminded us our baguettes we had in Paris, we finished them before we got home. When we were there we saw everybody in the streets with two baguettes under their arm; one to eat on the way home and one for everyone else.

Flea Market in NYC

Flea Market in NYC

I just love the vivid colors of this photo.

Flea Market in NYC

Flea Market in NYC

I am not a big fan of the pickles but there was something  about these barrels. Love it.

Flea Market in NYC

Flea Market in NYC

Flea Market in NYC

Flea Market in NYC

Flea Market in NYC

Flea Market in NYC

....and of course, I can't miss taking pictures of the scarfs. There were some beautiful scarfs, different colors and designs in the market.

Flea Market in NYC

Flea Market in NYC

Flea Market in NYC

Flea Market in NYC

How cute these two dogs in the bag... I see them everywhere now in NYC.

Flea Market in NYC

Flea Market in NYC

Flea Market in NYC

Flea Market in NYC

Flea Market in NYC

Flea Market in NYC

It really struck me the way these dolls looked. I took a picture as these were not the typical ones you see in the stores...unique.

Flea Market in NYC

Flea Market in NYC

The eyes of this man really show that the day is almost ending. Tired as he was, he smiled at me while I took a picture of him. 

Flea Market in NYC

Flea Market in NYC

How is your perfect Sunday? If you have not had one in awhile what you would consider a Perfect Sunday? 

I'll be sharing more photos on Facebook and Instagram, so stop by and say Hi if you have not done it already!

A touch of spring with Jelly Jars

Candles in Hand painted Jelly Jars

Candles in Hand painted Jelly Jars

Here we come, with a brand new finished and ready to ship product,  just in time for Spring!

I have been working on these guys for a while now, choosing the right color, mixing them together and adding the right fragrance that will represent Spring. Greg made the popsicle stick wick holders, that really helped me with keeping the wicks straight while pouring the wax. Here are a few creative and beautiful snapshots of our work in progress.

Hand-painted Jelly Jars candles perfect for your wedding favors

Hand-painted Jelly Jars candles perfect for your wedding favors

Hand-painted Jelly Jars candles perfect for your wedding decorations

Hand-painted Jelly Jars candles perfect for your wedding decorations

I love the pattern of the jars when painted with chalk paint and waxed in either the dark or clear wax. It brings a wonderful depth and texture to the jar.  The tops are the same size as a regular mason jar, but these are more compact and just so cute.

Candles in Jelly Jar

After spending time making my own wedding favors, I thought they would be perfect for decorations at a bridal shower, a wedding or as wedding favors. The advantage of these Jelly Jars is that they do not take up too much space on a wedding table and can compliment the other wedding decorations without overwhelming it. 

Beautifully painted Jelly Jars candles come in different fragrances

Beautifully painted Jelly Jars candles come in different fragrances

Hand-painted Jelly Jars Candles

Hand-painted Jelly Jars Candles

During this past weekend, we also worked on the tags we would use for our candles. I would love to share them with you on how we made them, but this will be for another day. Here is a little preview of some of the tags.

Our Candles

Our Candles

Tags for the candles
Handmade tags

Handmade tags

The tags come in different colors and design

The tags come in different colors and design

Sometimes people think that taking product photos is just pointing the camera and shooting pictures of the candles. The process is actually much more difficult then that. It takes lots effort and planning. We wait for the right light to come through our windows, we like to use natural light versus an artificial light, and we spend many hours trying different set ups. Once the pictures taken I spend some time with organizing them to make sure I got the right ones for my site. I use a Panasonic GX7 camera with a 25mm 1.4 Leica lens. Recently, Greg bought a close up lens adapter that allows me to capture detail that would only be possible with a more expensive macro lens. It works wonderfully, especially to capture the details of my teacups.

We are offering a contest for the month of April ....we want to get more colors of Annie Sloan chalk paint....Pick out one of the colors below and tell us why that color reminds you of Spring. The best comment will get a free Jelly Jar candle in the new color.  Contest ends April 30th.

All of the Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan available colors

All of the Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan available colors