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Gift It | Wedding + Housewarming
Gift It | Gift ideas for wedding and housewarming season with Swell Made Co.

Gift It | Gift ideas for wedding and housewarming season with Swell Made Co.

Summer is wedding + housewarming season, so we’ve come up with a GIFT IT list that has you covered all year-long. Keep it simple with these gift ideas that are tried and true to help you celebrate life’s milestones with friends and family. They’re thoughtful, but easy. Add a card with a note from the heart to make it even more personal. Our This Calls for Champagne and BIG DAY cards are the top-sellers for tying the knot.


Here are a few of our favourite gifts for newlyweds and new homes:

  1. This Must Be The Place art print by Swell Made Co. Whether it’s a new house or a new life together, this art print with lyrics by the Talking Heads is a new take on the classic “home sweet home.”

  2. Curl Up cotton throw blanket by Swell Made Co. Every home needs a good place to curl up. Gift this blanket to encourage slow living and together time. You know, the important things in life.

  3. Keytags by Swell Made Co. New life = new keys! It’s the little things that count. Grab a keytag for your friends and family that speaks to them. We have a styles for all.

  4. Green Glass Vase by Bloomingville. Give the classic gift of a simple vase. A vase is an easy way to bring in some playful colour, shape and texture into your recipient’s home. Fill it with flowers (also timeless) if you like. If not, the new owners will always think of you when they do.

  5. This calls for wine. For both occasions, of course. Pick up a good bottle of wine to commemorate the occasion. Bonus points if the vintage year is special to them (year they met, etc.). Like a good relationship, a good wine only gets better with age.

  6. Carafe with Glass from Maison Balzac. For the wine (and water) lovers, you can also pick up this carafe with glass. Another gift of classic coloured glass, this set is available in jewel tones and opaque options. You can also purchase additional matching gobelets in the same colour or complimentary colours.

  7. House plant. Calathea Freddie in a Hyde Planter from The Sill. A plant is always a great gift. Plants cleanse the air, promote a sense of calm and make a home look lived in with colour and texture. Choose a plant based on your recipients level of care (beginner to advanced) and lighting conditions. Pair with this self-draining planter available in 4 neutral colours.

  8. Johnny Cash art print by Swell Made Co. Johnny Cash knew a thing or two about simplicity. This quote describes paradise in his own words. Perfect for romantics and newlyweds.

Happy celebrating, swell friends! How many weddings are you attending this summer?


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How To | Make Your Candles Last
How to Make Your Candles Last by Swell Made Co. 5 Ways.

How to Make Your Candles Last by Swell Made Co. 5 Ways.

I love burning candles all year round, but when the temperatures drop it's a necessity. Snuggle up and create a cozy (hygge) vibe with your candles this fall and winter; but not without reading these simple tips. Here are 5 ways to make your candles last so you can get lit and prolong the burn.


How to Make Your Candles Last by Swell Made Co.

How to Make Your Candles Last by Swell Made Co.

HOW TO MAKE YOUR CANDLES LAST


1. Take the First Time Slow

Take things slow the first time. To maintain a clean burn with your candles, the first burn is the most important. For your inaugural burn, DO NOT blow the candle out until the wax pool covers the entire surface of your candle, or reaches the outer edge of the candle. This will ensure your candle will melt layer after layer and prevent tunneling. As a guide, a candle should burn an hour for every inch in diameter. Let the candle wax set after it is extinguished.

2. Keep it Trimmed

For a slow and even burn, keep your candle clean and trim the wick at about 1/4 inch before each use. Long wicks will cause the candle to burn too quickly. Plus, they can create smoking and soot which will inevitably kill the calm mood. Use a clever little wick trimmer like this one. Scissors will do as well.

3. Avoid Drafts

When burning your candle, avoid drafts. Drafts will cause your candle to flicker and cause erratic or uneven wax burning. It's best to keep things minimally breezy to make your candle last, but also to maintain a zen vibe. Not to mention, drafts can be a hazard as well. Always burn candles safely.

4. Store Candles Properly

Store candles away from heat and light when not in use. This helps prevent warping and discolouration (if tinted). Particularly if they're long tapered candles. Lay those flat when not in use.

5. Keep a Lid On It

If your candle has a lid, like this one, keep it on while your candle is not in use (after it's set). This will keep dust and other stuff (yuck) out of the wax to ensure a clean burn the next round. If you don't have a lid, gently wipe your candle with a with damp cloth if dust has collected between use.

Finally, when your candle has a 1/2 inch of wax left, it's time to say goodbye. It's sad, but with all these tips, your candles will indeed last longer.

That's it! I bet you didn't know there was so much to making a candle last. Neither did I, until I made the tunneling mistake a few times too many. Enjoy your candles and thanks for reading!

If you want to grab the candles shown here, view our collection of signature scents. Dreamed by Swell Made Co. and hand poured by our friends, Wax & Fire Co.

Keeping your candle wicks trimmed will help them last longer. Grapefruit, Bergamot and Rose Candle.

Keeping your candle wicks trimmed will help them last longer. Grapefruit, Bergamot and Rose Candle.

Lavender Mint and Winter Spruce Eco Soy Wax Candle. Dreamed by Swell Made Co. and poured by Wax and Fire Co.

Lavender Mint and Winter Spruce Eco Soy Wax Candle. Dreamed by Swell Made Co. and poured by Wax and Fire Co.

5 Ways to Make Your Candles Last by Swell Made Co.

5 Ways to Make Your Candles Last by Swell Made Co.

Love It | Swans
LOVE IT - Swooning over swans with Swell Made Co.

LOVE IT - Swooning over swans with Swell Made Co.

Valentine's Day is less than a week away. I usually do a Valentine's Day printable or Valentine's Day DIY, but this year I am swooning over swans. This LOVE IT list follows the heart day theme with an adoration of swans and what they symbolize. Creativity, grace, balance, beauty and of course, LOVE. Those are just a few.

Swans have made their way into art and design since ancient times. They're just so lovely. Swan fact - did you know swans mate for life? And, in many cultures they represent light and dreams.

Enjoy this fun list of swan inspired items for your home, or to simply play with. These aren't your grandmother's swans. Although there are some vintage swans seen above. Let's just say, grandma had solid taste in her day.

  1. Queen Art Print (11x14) by Swell Made Co. This art print is as elegant and graceful as the Queen of the pond herself. Pair with King for the perfect match. Or, pair two Queens. Two Kings. Love is love!
  2. Swan Pouch by Indigo. Bring this dreamy, Swan Lake inspired pouch wherever you go.  
  3. Vintage Brass Swans found on Etsy. Bring some vintage (mid-century) elegance into your space with this set of brass swans. You can also find beautiful brass swan planters and use them for succulents and air plants. Make it modern again.
  4. Swan Tumbler by Xenia Taler. I love the simple graphic work by Xenia Taler, including this swan tumbler with metallic copper finish. 
  5. Gold Swan Pool Float by Fun Boy. Float like a graceful swan (hah!) with this fun pool toy.
  6. Gold Stationery by Swell Made Co. Tell your mate(s) how much you adore them with these gold foil cards.
  7. Deco Bottle Opener found at Leif Shop. Swans had their heyday during the Art Deco period. Pop a bottle with this balanced and beautiful brass opener. A work of art to add to your bar cart.
  8. Swan Chair by Rove Concepts. Show a love for swans mid-century style with this whimsical Swan Chair (Arne Jacobsen). Available in an array of shades, but especially stunning in bright cashmere and boucle wool colours.
  9. OUI OUI Art Print (8x10) by Swell Made Co. Because this is a post about love, after all. Also available as a mini 5x7 art print.

Follow Swell Made Co. on Pinterest to see more swan love. Happy Valentine's Day! Much love.