Candle Making, Take 1

Who doesn’t love the smell and aura of a burning candle? 

I make votive candles from already burnt or broken candles, old wax, crayons, scensy bars, and other materials. I buy my wicks with the anchors already attached and pre cut off of Amazon

I have 8 votive molds, and some glass vases that I use as pillar molds. I mix scents and colors, and love creating my unique candles.

My next batch of candles will probably be a citronella batch, as I have some old garden stake candles that need to be refurbished. Check back soon to see my candle making process in action!

My Crafting Center

I was lucky to move into a house with a sunroom… an extra space that I could create things at my own pace. This room has become my crafting center.

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I have supplies here for candle making, sewing and mending, making epsom salt blends, coloring, and miscellaneous paper crafts.

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I have supplies here to do seasonal displays around my house as well. River rocks, colored marbles, baskets, leaves, and flowers, both dried and silk.

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On the other side of the room, I have gift wrapping supplies and my stash of greeting cards and envelopes, painting, glitter, pottery, ribbon, string, tape, wool, and so much more.

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This is my organized mess of art supplies, craft ideas, and a few unfinished projects. As I find time, I will organize, create, and muddle through new ideas here.

*editors note* If you see something in my supplies that you have questions about, or if you see an idea you would like to develop, please let me know!

Adult Coloring… Yay or Nay?

20161005_165120.jpgAccording to Wikipedia, adult coloring books became very popular from 2010 forward. They are known to be therapeutic, and some even state that coloring is a form of meditation.

For the majority of people, coloring is an easy way to relax for a short time, but there have been mixed results. Some people find it increases stress when they are put on front of a picture with a hand full of colored pencils.

Personally, I find it quite relaxing to sit and color for an hour or so, but not to the point of meditation. My primary goal in these projects is to create something beautiful and take some time for myself.

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I like abstract pictures, mandalas, sea life, words, and mystical pages personally, and have many different books and loose pages lying around my house. Once I have completed a page, I often will cut it out or pin it up so it is not a colored picture hiding in a book, but rather a colorful addition to my artwork collection. I have also done a set of the same picture, colored in different ways or styles, and hung them side by side so I could compare and enjoy the differences between the two.

Colored pencils, crayons, felt tipped markers, watercolors, pastels… there are many tools- many mediums a person could use to create or color a picture. for the books I have, I find that simple colored pencils work the best, as crayons don’t stay as nicely inside the lines, and felt pens tend to bleed through the pages if not used carefully.

I have seen many great pictures done by a few of my friends in their own coloring books. I love the detail and creativity that is put into these works of art. Because it is both a cause of enjoyment and a mode of relaxation, I find this a perfect way to relax after a busy day.

(Pages in photos colored by Wilma DH)

New House

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Today marks the first step towards a new life….

Aww, who am I kidding? I’m MOVING!! In exactly a week, I will be hauling boxes and furniture through the door of my new house. I am looking forward to new experiences, new church family, new school for my daughter, new job, and new projects in the kitchen and my craft center!

I have spent the last few weeks making BIG plans. I need to measure out plots for raised garden beds next year and build them, figure out where to put pots and plots of flowers… I need to design a herb garden, and set up a herb drying station inside as well… and make lists of what I would like to plant. I also need to get some of the bulbs that I bought into the ground fairly quickly, so they will have the time they need to bloom in the spring.

Inside, after my kitchen is unpacked, things will be just as exciting! There is frost in the air, which means my baking spidey sense has been activated. Shortbread, snickerdoodles, white chocolate and candy corn cookies, breads and loaves of all kinds, and my favorite (and everyone else’s too) BANANA SPLIT PIE…And I haven’t even gotten to dinner yet!

I will also be undertaking some upgrading projects, like turning a dresser into a front entrance bench, with hooks and cubbies and a place to sit.

First things first… I need to get moved in and settled. Expect to see updates on these projects and more very soon!