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Chalkboard Décor

I like the sound of chalk tapping on an old-school chalkboard. It makes me think of pre-school/kindergarten/elementary school. I think an entire chalkboard wall could be a fun thing to have in an office to make it seem a little more playful, or maybe as a stove backsplash where you can jot down recipes and grocery lists.

These are a couple of sets I designed for Polyvore’s Chalkboard Décor Contest.

I think my favorite item would have to be that chalkboard pig statue in the first set. It’s just so darn cute.

What do you think of chalkboard-inspired home décor?

Rosy Rings Apothecary Jar Candle | Honey Tobacco

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If you’re like me and are absolutely repulsed by the smell of cigarettes or cigarette smoke, then the thought of a tobacco-scented candle might sound like a terrible idea. But I was pleasantly surprised by this particular candle.

I’ve been hearing raves about tobacco-scented candles for a while, so I was curious. I know that Paddywax and Pommes Frites Candle Co. make some popular ones, but I decided on this particular candle because of the honey flower and amber notes; I enjoy sweet fragrances, and I figured that if I didn’t like the tobacco smell, I may still find the candle tolerable if it had other notes that I knew I enjoyed. This one is from Rosy Rings. I found it on Amazon for around $17.00, but they do have their own website as well.

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According to Rosy Rings:

[…]Honey Tobacco is almond, honey flower, crushed tobacco, patchouli, warm amber, sandalwood and tonka bean.

Not sure what I was expecting. I’m thinking “ashtray,” maybe? But it’s nothing like that at all. It’s sweet, but there’s warmth and depth to it. A bit spicy, heady, and masculine. And the sweetness isn’t cloying either. Is it possible for a candle to be sexy? Because that’s what this smells like. My husband wasn’t too keen on the idea of a tobacco-scented candle at first either, but he admits it smells quite lovely too.

What do you think of candles with tobacco notes? Would you give it a try?