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Laura ✨ The Smallest Light

🍃Lighting the path to seasonal living 🍂Essential oils tuned into our seasons 🌲Candles | good & natural 🍁Me, books & cups of tea in S.Wales

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Hello to #smallbusinesssaturday ⭐ I am planning on sharing lots of my favourite small shops and makers in my stories later today, (and doing some gift shopping too!) There is so much joy to be had in buying from a small business, when you know so much love and time is poured into every product. Don't forget for a few more days you can still get FREE DELIVERY on any order which includes a natural room mist! Just pop the code 'decembermist' in at the check out page. . . #shopsmall #shopsmallbusiness #naturalcandles #essentialoils #anaturalhome #naturalchristmasgifts at Wales

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Do you hang a wreath at this time of year? I read today that the word 'wreath' comes from the Old English word 'writhan' meaning 'to twist'. I haven't made one yet this season, but I love seeing them appearing on everyones front doors! To make and hang them at this time of year is a winter tradition which has a very long history. The most widely known meaning of the wreath these days, comes from it's connection to Christmas and the Christian faith, where the circle of the wreath symbolises eternal life. But this tradition also grew from ancient Pagan celebrations of Yule and the winter solstice. The circle of the wreath representing the circle of the seasons, and the promise of the return of the sun. A promise that winter doesn't last forever. (On a wet, cold, grey day like today, I am grateful for the reminder!!) . . Image by Anita Austvika via @unsplash . . #afestivewhisper #mytaleofwinter #festivefolklore #wintermood #anatural_midwinter at Wales

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My kids have been very vocal in pointing out our disappointing lack of festive decor or flashing lights every time we drive down our street this week. I have promised we will dig out the decorations and find ourselves a tree this weekend.🎄 They have informed me that the usual glowing star I put in the window is just not cutting it and I had to break it to them that there won't be any flashing reindeer moving into our garden anytime soon! Willing to compromise on a few more twinkly lights though. . . It may not look festive from the outside but it sure smells it inside! I have been making and restocking the Natural Room Mists this week - and I have a special discount code for FREE DELIVERY on any order via my website that includes a Room Mist! . Add a Natural Room Mist to your basket and use the code: 'decembermist' to claim your free postage for all items you purchase within that order. Its valid for one week from today.⭐ . . #christmasdecorations #anaturalchristmashome #wearenotthegriswolds at Wales

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With every festive candle duo purchased you also receive one of these beautiful greetings cards! ⭐ Designed last year by the talented Margie @everydayartefacts these beautiful wreath designs are printed on recycled card stock. The card can either be left blank for you to write in, or, if you are sending directly and leave me a note on your order, I will pen your greetings and messages of seasonal love for you! . . #seasonsgreetings #anaturalchristmashome #tistheseason #prettypost at Wales

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Happy December!❄ Advent is here and I am glad to see a new month arrive after a tough week of illness and other things in our house, the 1st of December feels like a fresh festive start! I spent yesterday in Cardiff City Hall at the @cavetsy Etsy Made Local Christmas market. It was brimming with so many talented Welsh makers and artists, plus carols from an amazing choir and harpist.🎄 Loved every minute! Thanks to everyone who made it along, brilliant meeting you all and I had such lovely feedback on my stall and products - it's so good to sell in person for a change!⭐ . . . #etsymadelocal #etsyseller #etsy #cavetsy #shoplocal #shopsmall at Cardiff

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Feeling festive after hearing my first Christmas song on the radio while doing the school run this morning! It's been a challenging start to the week with a winter sickness bug hitting our house - one of the less joyful aspects of the season! So currently cleaning everything in sight and spritzing Star of Wonder everywhere - it's full of Peppermint and Clove essential oils which are both brilliant for cleansing the air. All fingers and toes crossed we will be back on form by the end of the week! . . #winterdays #thatfestivefeeling #christmastunes #alliwantforchristmasistonotgetsick at Wales

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It's a very slow start to Sunday in this house - welcoming the chance for some peace and quiet before the business of December hits next week! I will be boxing up some of these later though, to get ready for the week ahead. The Festive Candle Duo includes both Comfort & Joy and Star of Wonder - 120ml of soy wax and pure essential oils chosen to spread a little peace and joy throughout the winter celebrations to come. Lots more detail on each of these essential oil blends can be found on my website (link in bio) and @etsy store too! . . #thatfestivefeeling #naturalcandles #christmasscents #yulecelebrations #wintermood #festivefaffing #stylingmycreativity at Porthcawl

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Holly trees full of bright red berries. I have been seeking them out and planning a little foraging this week for a few branches to make my stall extra festive at the #etsymadelocal market in Cardiff next week.✨ I have also been making, making, making whenever I can! To keep orders going and have enough stock to take with me... always tricky to judge how much will sell. An extra big THANK YOU for the orders - especially today - on #blackfriday when I know there are so many deals and discounts around - as a small business it's hard to compete with the noise of big sales, so I really appreciate every purchase! 🖤 . . #wintermood #thehollyandtheivy #openuptowinter #festivefaffing #anaturalchristmashome . 📷 @anniespratt via @unsplash

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Wednesday and I am @ikeauk bound to pick up a few extra essentials for my stall at next week's @cavetsy Christmas Market.✨ Last year I had a smaller, taster stall so took my wooden ladder shelves along. But this year I will be having a bigger table 👏 so I need a few bits to make it look extra special. Lots of plans in my head involving twinkly lights, branches and plenty of berries & eucalyptus 🌿. What attracts you to a stall at a market - any tips for me?! . . #etsymadelocal #etsyseller #smallindiebusiness #creativelifehappylife #christmasmarket

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As the autumn season draws to a close and winter begins to rise, it's nearly time for me to start preparing the winter Circle of Season packages. 1st December is the next delivery date for the lovely folks receiving the subscriptions, I will be popping in a little extra festive treat from me too! ⭐ . . If you are thinking of ordering any of the Circle of Season subscription options as a Christmas gift ✨ there is plenty of info on my website on what your loved one will receive and when - but do drop me a DM any time with any questions! (I will be adding the last order dates for Christmas onto the website this week!)📮 . . #thecircleofseasons #anaturalhome #candlesubscription #athoughtfulchristmas #changingseasons

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Late autumn and the slow turning colours of the trees and hedgerows are just incredible. I am in no hurry to say goodbye to the golden brown magic of this season.🍂 . . #lateautumndays #thatautumnmagic #aseasonalshift #seasonalliving_autumn at Garw Valley, Bridgend

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Ginger has been used for centuries as a warming medicine for the soul. I love using this sweet, woody, spicy essential oil around the house during the winter months. Inhaling it can assist with respiratory infections and well, it just smells like Christmas! 🔥 In the Comfort & Joy blend, ginger is combined with cinnamon and majoram essential oils to provide fragrance that is rich and warming, with just the right amount of spice. So excited to be offering this blend as a natural room mist this year, perfect for spritzing the house before guests arrive over the festive season! . . #anaturalchristmashome #essentialoilmagic #aromatherapy #aromatics at Wales

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✨✨ S H O P U P D A T E ✨✨. . November days are here and as we tip further away from the sun, here in the northern hemisphere, the first frosts have begun to appear and the nights will lengthen further as we edge closer towards the shortest day, the Winter Solstice in December.❄ . I felt the cold, crisp air on Friday and for the first time really began to feel the turning of the season in my bones. So it seems like the perfect time to shift onwards from Autumn and look ahead to Winter Celebrations - and time for me to bring out the Festive Aromatherapy Blends! . . The Festive Duo includes Comfort & Joy - a blend of Cinnamon, Ginger and Marjoram essential oils and Star of Wonder - which includes Basil, Clove and Peppermint. Each duo candle gift set also comes with a complimentary festive greetings card 🎄. . . Both blends are available as a 120ml Soy Candle or a 100ml Natural Room Mist now on my website - link is in my bio! . . #anaturalchristmashome #yule #thefestiveseason #winterlights #naturalcandles #aromatherapy at Wales

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We woke to our first frost this week. Cold, crisp morning air to breathe and crunchy leaves under our feet! There is a definite shift in the season and I am gearing up for the busy times ahead. The last few days I have been trying to get organised - buying extra stock and supplies for the weeks ahead as well prepping for the @cavetsy Etsy Made Local Christmas Fair in Cardiff at the end of this month!✨ . . I have also been updating the website and after the discount offer this week, I have very nearly sold out of all my Autumn stock! (thank you everyone who ordered!) So - I have decided, I won't be making any more batches of Autumn blends. It's a little earlier than I planned to finish up, but feels like the right time for me to shift. If you missed out and really do want to order from the Autumn range - then just drop me an email or DM and I will see what I can do! 🍂 . . Onwards then we go into the Yule season! I will be releasing the Festive Aromatherapy Blends this weekend! ✨ With the Winter ones to follow closely behind in a couple a weeks.❄ If you are a subscriber, then keep a close eye on your inbox! ✉ There will be a special festive discount to welcome the new blends, winging it's way to you very shortly. . . Image via @unsplash Photo credit to @anniespratt 📷 #aseasonallife #anaturalhome #leavestagram #signsofwinter #impressionsofautumn

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What simple pleasures will you look forward to in November? I know many of us dislike the colder, darker months but, if we take some time to think on it, we find those pockets of joy. Knowing it will be time to get out your cosy jumpers, walk the first frost in your favourite boots, watch the sparks of a bonfire disappear into the night sky, light your candles or fill your home with your favourite winter scents. Small seasonal rituals like these bring happiness and allow us to begin to see the months ahead in a different light, illuminated with the glow of these positive, simple moments.✨ . . #november #thesimplethings #lighttheseasons #teaandseasons #candlemaker #openuptoautumn at Wales

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🍂 A U T U M N 🍂 O F F E R 🍂. . . As the darker evenings gather pace and the rain beats a steady rhythm on our window panes, I thought perhaps we could all use a little pick me up?! It's been a decidedly wet and stormy start to the month and I know I am seeking out all things warm, cosy and soothing to ease into this next seasonal shift. So I am offering a 15% discount on the autumn aromatherapy candles and room mists - valid over the next week! . . Just pop the code 'autumndays' into the coupon box on the check out page of my website to claim your discount. (Applies to all current stock on the website - except annual subscriptions!) Enjoy a cosy Sunday evening folks! ✨ . . #openuptoautumn #embracingtheseasons #aromatherapy #essentialoils #naturalcandles #anaturalhome #bevisuallyinspired at Wales

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November stretches out ahead. A leaf strewn path into the darker half of the year. 🍂 The last of the leaves will fall over the coming days and winter will be with us once again. So I am cracking on with the festive and winter aromatherapy candle blends, I hope to finish off a few details this weekend and have them ready for sale next week! A special discount will be winging it's way to my subscribers once the new range is released. If you'd like to join my list I would love to have you! (Link in my bio to sign up.)✨ . . #hellonovember #aseasonalshift #aseasonalyear #winteriscoming #candlesattheready at Dinefwr

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So the humble pumpkin reaches it's yearly destiny tomorrow. Hollowed out, carved up and lit from within. I have read that it was the Irish who brought the tradition of carving a Jack O'Lantern to America. But, the original Jack O'Lantern was most definitely not a pumpkin! Ancient Celtic cultures in Ireland and across the British Isles are said to have carved turnips on All Hallow's Eve. They placed glowing embers within, to ward off any potential evil spirits on the night when the veil between worlds is at it's thinnest. These days the miniture pumpkins and pastel pretty gourds take all the glory... probably for the best in this case. Carving out a pumpkin is task enough- a rock hard turnip would be a right old mission! . . #allhallowseve #seasonaltradition #pumpkinstagram #gourdsofinstagram at Wales

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