The most popular candle for this year

I wanted to share a few thoughts on our last couple of shows @artistfleas. They were a great success for our local and charming Ooh La La Petite Boutique. The beauty of the Artist and Fleas market in Williamsburg is that during the years it has become an attraction spot for many tourists looking for something unique, made in Brooklyn. Tourists from London, Barcelona, Bogota, Buenos Aires, Vienna, Munich, Bologna etc. stopped by our booth. It was so great to mingle with all the different cultures and speak many interesting languages, just a wonderful experience overall. However, I don’t to forget about my loyal American customers who came back to buy more of my candles. That was just so unbelievably great.

The 100% soy wax candles in teacups and mason jars were sold out by the last day of the show. Our customers were buying the teacups candles mainly for their dearest friends or family members and mason jars for themselves.

The number ONE candle was this Mason jar hand-painted in cooper and coated with green patina. I think this color can blend very well with any color or interior design.

The number TWO most favorite candles were the teacups. As there are very unique and one of the kind, they make a very special Christmas gift but also they can be great for housewarming, birthdays, St. Valentine Day and more.

The number THREE most popular was this Mason jar painted in bronze with a blue patina. It was more popular among male customers as the scents were more earthy and masculine.

Also the hand painted mason jar in green and red was very popular especially during these days where people are looking to buy something more Christmassy.

In the end I would say that we really enjoyed our time at the market and we are looking forward to go back the weekend before St. Valentines Day.

Happy Holidays everybody and wish you have a great time with your Family and Friends!

Lots of Love


Happy Easter

This year we decided to spend Easter in an amazing city, Barcelona. I find Barcelona to be a happy city all year around with great weather and food, the best combination for vacation. Each time I come here I am amazed of the architecture, which is all very unique to this place, ads to the whole experience. As I have mentioned previously on my blog, this is the first trip for Greg to Barcelona and he can’t stop capturing the best of this city with his vintage cameras. We love it and hope one day we will be able to stay longer so we can fully appreciate everything Barcelona has to offer.

Since Easter is all about celebration, and joy we thought it will be fun to paint  these  eggs with Annie Sloan Chalk paint. 

Enjoy this Easter Sunday and follow us for more stories from our trip to Spain. I will add more candles poured in vintage porcelain eggs on my site soon so stay tuned. 



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...

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

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.

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.

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.

Two Vintage chests…

This week we bought two beautiful antique chests in Krujë. Located between Mount Krujë and the Ishëm River, the city is only 20 km from the capital of Albania, Tirana. When we saw these two unique pieces at the antique store, we instantly fell in love with them and tried to imagine about how they would look in our place in NYC. The chests are around 100 years old. From the design I can tell that they come from northern part of Albania. The colorful and flowery design of the chest has brought so much color in our place. We love them and I can’t wait using them as a spot to photograph my candles. I already took some pictures of the empty teacups bought recently.