Maxine Munson: Tealights

On Saturday I was at the Victoria Tea Festival, and what a fun and inspiring afternoon it was! In addition to the many different teas to taste and tasty treats to sample, there were some creative vendors displaying tea-related jewellery, mosaics, Christmas tree ornaments, cards and more.

One lovely exhibitor was Maxine Munson, who had a table full of teacup candles that I wanted to show you.

Maxine started making the candles last summer. “I had three weddings to attend,” she says, “and I saw the idea on a blog and thought the candles would make a great wedding gift. The packaging and decorating was so much fun and really well received.”

Maxine’s candles are well made, and I love that she sprinkles petals and lavender into the wax… they look like tea leaves!

A dedicated thrift shopper, she goes straight to the china and usually can’t leave a store without a few cute teacups. “Eventually I had so many I decided to sell them at some Christmas craft fairs. I then met some people who told me about the tea festival and the rest was history. I had a lot of fun this past weekend and met a lot of interesting people who share my love for vintage teacups.”

So many different teacups… it would be hard to choose, don’t you think?

Maxine’s main focus is makeup and hairstyling, but her candles are currently available at the Hive Salon on Cormorant Street in Victoria, BC and will soon also be available on her Facebook page.


8 Responses to “Maxine Munson: Tealights”

  1. Patti
    February 23, 2012 at 10:17 pm #

    very pretty.. lovely idea.

  2. Charity
    February 23, 2012 at 10:39 pm #

    I love these! I saw something similar at a market in Australia too. My question is how does the heat not break the china?

    • February 23, 2012 at 11:28 pm #

      I’m not sure what Maxine’s trick is, but I believe soy wax melts at a lower temperature than paraffin wax… maybe that’s the secret!

  3. Sue Brown
    February 24, 2012 at 9:09 am #

    What a delicious idea!

  4. March 5, 2012 at 12:38 pm #

    ha! TEAlights…it’s brilliant, i love it.

    • March 6, 2012 at 2:04 pm #

      thanks…. tea-hee!

  5. Jill
    June 10, 2012 at 10:11 pm #

    Lovely idea. My mother collected tea cups and I’m hoping to get a lovely dozen together and make a teacup wall clock. Everyone thinks I’m kooky but I’m looking forward to the project.

    • Kate
      June 10, 2012 at 11:02 pm #

      That sounds like a great idea! I’d love to see a picture of your teacup clock when you make it!

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