Happy Valentines Day ……

“There is only one happiness in this life, to love and be loved.” George Sand

 

Happy Valentines Day!  I thought Valentines Day was a bit of a made up ‘Hallmark’ holiday, however, it seems people have been giving flowers and chocolates (or keys in Europe, as a symbolic gesture of unlocking their hearts) to celebrate Valentines Day since the 14th century and although it has been hijacked a little by the card companies, isn’t it nice to have a day which celebrates love.

Thanks for stopping by.

Isobel

 

Heart Shaped Candle Mould

….. and relax

 

Some of you may know that I have just had my hip operation and am recovering at home for a little while.  I’m taking it easy with a few magazines and some tea and muffins and enjoying the aroma of Blueberry Muffin from the wax melts we made using our new wax melt tray.  This tray makes 12 wax melts, two of each design: swirl, flower, heart, two different patterns and one plain.  We made some in pinks, purples and yellow.  How pretty would these look in a little box as a gift for someone?

 

  

I’m going to get back to my tea and magazines now.  And don’t worry, the girls in the office have got your orders covered while I’m off so it is business as usual.

Thanks for stopping by.  Hope you have a great week.

Isobel

Candle Making

We often get questions from people starting out making candles for some tips on how best to use our candle moulds so I have put together a little tutorial.

 

 

Cut a piece of wick long enough to go through the mould and allowing extra at both the top and bottom.  Put the wick through the hole in the base of the mould and secure with a piece of blutac, this will hold the wick in place and prevent the wax from leaking out.

 

 

 

 

Turn the mould upright and spray the inside with mould release spray or coat with a little olive oil.

 

 

 

 

Place a wick holder across the top of the mould and secure the wick.

 

 

 

Heat the wax and then add the colour.

 

Turn the temperature down and add the fragrance if you are using it.

Allow the wax to cool a little before pouring into the mould.

 

Allow the wax to cool and set fully before removing from mould.

And there you have your finished candle.  This is by no means a comprehensive tutorial on candle making but hopefully it will get you started without too many problems.  Any of our readers who have more experience in candle making, if you have any tips you could share, we’d love to hear from you.

Thanks for stopping by.  Hope you have a great week.

Isobel

 

 

Plastic fantastic???

 

The hot topic at the moment is plastic or, more specifically, the recycling of plastic.  I’m sure you have all read in the newspapers and heard on the news these last few weeks the concerns for the amount of plastic waste building up in the UK since China’s ban on importing the millions of tonnes of plastic they previously took from our small island.

The concept of reducing plastic waste and recycling is nothing new to us here at Proops. Our parent company, Linic Plastics, who make a lot of the tools we sell, have been recycling their own scrap and buying in hundreds of tons of reprocessed polymer for over 35 years. Wherever suitable, recycled material is used and our products are then packed in minimal packaging. The use of mixed material and difficult to recycle packaging is kept to a bare minimum.

 

 

Look for the logo on the products which we make from recycled plastic.

 

 

Thanks for stopping by.  Hope you are having a good week.

Isobel

 

Lost in the post ………

 

Lost in the post …. does that sound familiar?  Unfortunately the Postie is usually the first to get the blame whenever any packages go missing and, as a company who receive and send lots of parcels, we understand that it can be frustrating and difficult for them when things are addressed incorrectly, but we really had to chuckle when we received this package back in the office this week with a sticker saying it couldn’t be delivered because the address was incomplete…. errrm, is that perhaps because whatever machine it got stuck in at the Post Office destroyed the address label (and bent the scraper)?

Don’t worry, no Post Office staff were hurt in the making of this blog post and the rightful owner of the pastry scraper has received a nice new (flat) one.

 

 

Hope this brings a smile to your day!  Thanks for stopping by.

Isobel

 

Love is in the air ……..

Our newest candle mould is here just in time for Valentine’s Day.  This heart shaped pillar mould would make a perfect gift for your candle-making Valentine or if you are a candle maker, what better way to say ‘I love you’ than with heart shaped candles lighting your room, perhaps even scented with some of the lovely spring flower scents available.

Of course, these candles aren’t only for Valentine’s Day, hearts are the perfect way to say I love you for any occasion, or even not for a specific event but just because.

If you like keeping up with current trends why not make some in Ultra Violet, the pantone colour of the year.  They would make the perfect decorative finishing touch for your room.

And here’s a little sneak peak at our latest wax melt mould which is just about to go into production.  These will be available soon, so do keep popping back to our candle mould section and have a look.

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a great week.

 

Isobel

January Blues ….. and Yellows and Reds and Greens

 

I hope the first week of the year has been kind to you and you are easing back into your routines.  Have you all made lots of resolutions and plans for 2018?  I don’t do New Year’s resolutions, it’s too depressing when the diet fails or the bad habits restart before I’ve gotten through my first full week back in the office and sometimes those bad habits are the only things which get me through the long days of January – it really is my least favourite month, dark and cold and summer holidays seem a long, long way off.

I have been cheering myself up with some lovely bright colours here in the office in the shape of our new macrame rings.  We are now producing these in blue, green, yellow and red and they can be used for loads of crafting projects other than macrame.  They are also great for young children for stacking, sorting and for use in heuristic or treasure baskets.  As they are made from plastic, they are easy to wipe clean and there are no sharp edges or danger of splinters to hurt small fingers and mouths.   Pop over to our craft section and have a look, they are sure to cheer up a dull day!

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great week.

 

Isobel

We wish you a Merry Christmas ……

 

The  presents are all wrapped and under the Christmas tree here at Proops and we are almost ready for Christmas.   We are all feeling very festive after having our annual Christmas Jumper Day in aid of Loros and the Linic and Proops Christmas Dinner and Skittles Championship!

Christmas Jumper day in aid of Loros, everyone got into the spirit and gave a donation to wear their jumpers!

We had a great staff night out with a meal and a game of skittles at our local pub.  It did get quite competitive during the skittles game but thankfully everyone is still on speaking terms!!

Presenting the Winners Trophy to the Champion ‘Skittler’, Darren who scooped the prize after scoring a perfect strike on his last throw!

We are working right up until Friday 22nd December and will be processing orders until 11am when the post leaves.  Unfortunately we cannot guarantee any delivery dates on orders placed this week as we are in the hands of Royal Mail and the courier companies and as both are so busy at this time of year, combined with holidays this inevitably results in everything taking a little longer to get to it’s destination.  Orders placed between Christmas and New Year will be processed, however, there could be a delay in dispatching over the bank holidays.

This has been a fantastic year and we would like to thank all of our customers for their support. We have more new products to list for 2018 and some new candle moulds in the pipeline so do come back and visit the website at the beginning of the year.

Our New Year’s resolutions are to continue to provide good customer care and quality products at a reasonable price.  We hope you will continue to shop with us.

Thanks for stopping by.  We hope you have a lovely Christmas and a very happy New Year.  See you all in 2018.

Isobel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fat Ball Bird Feeders

It’s that time of year when the birds may need a little extra nourishment and they love fat ball feeders. I use our sphere candle moulds to make mine, it’s the perfect shape and size and the wick hole is ideal to put the hanging string through, saves messing about cutting holes in yogurt pots or getting your hands covered with the greasy mixture.

I use the fat ball recipe from Gardener’s World.

What you will need:

  • Proops Sphere Candle Mould
  • Saucepan
  • Spoon
  • String or Twine
  • Lard
  • Bird Seed Mix (you could also use raisins, currents, oats or peanuts – this is what I used)

Method:

Melt the lard in a saucepan over a medium heat, add the bird seed mix (or alternative), two parts bird seed to one part lard. Stir until all the mixture has been absorbed and the mixture sticks together.  Place a piece of string or twine through the hole in the bottom of the candle mould, long enough to hang the finished ball up with.  Pack both halves of the candle mould with the lard mixture then join the two halves together and place into the fridge overnight to set or for a quicker result put in the freezer. When set, remove the mould and hang your bird feeder in the garden.

  

Enjoy watching the birds with a cup of hot coffee, or better still a glass of mulled wine!

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a great week.

 

Isobel