One of my hobbies – other than trawling through rails of second hand clothes – is to make teacup candles. I first saw a teacup candle in a little shop off Columbia Road, in London. It cost about ¬£15 and I noted that, considering how many teacup sets you find for sale in charity shops, that it must actually be a lot cheaper to make them myself! So I did. One Christmas Tom’s mum bought my a beautiful set of teacups and saucers, and that same year Tom bought me a ‘make your own candles’ set. It makes me wonder that they hadn’t conspired with¬†each other…

Since then I have collected teacup sets I find in charity shops and like to make them into candles whenever I can, mostly as gifts for friends. I thought about selling them, much like the little shop on Columbia Road – but whether I’m at that stage yet or not I don’t know. Watch this space.