Thursday, June 17, 2010
Monday, June 14, 2010
So, a few weeks ago my wonderful husband and I spent the weekend in Jekyll Island, GA for our anniversary. I am a Georgia girl, but had never, in my memory, been to Jekyll Island. It was so lovely. I loved the foliage, the greenery, the water.
Sunday, June 13, 2010
Thursday, June 10, 2010
So......I told you I dont have very good hand strength right? I will give these punches to anyone who might want them. They are too hard for me to use. I will ship them but would like to get the cost of postage out of it.
They all worked for me fine when they were new, but over the last decade, I can hardly get them to punch. Any takers????
I gather up all my candle containers, empty, and clean them to get ready for new candles. I then measure the wick string, which I usually buy new, but have recycled sometimes, and cut each one to the length of the container. Today we ran short, so Daughter #3 had a bright idea to use a button on the bottom to pin down the wick to the jar. Such a clever girl!
The next step is to brace each wick up so that the hot wax will not fold it over into the candle. That is where these little popsicle frames come in handy. I then dip the wax from the pot and into the containers just a little at a time with an old measuring cup. ½ cup at a time. When they are full almost to the top, I let them cool. This usually takes about an hour, sometimes an hour and a half.Lastly, I come back, reheat the last bit of wax and refill the containers to the top. You have to do this because the candle wax cools leaving a large concave area all around the wick.
Someting else new on my craft front. Quilling. I have been teaching myself, along with some very lovely internet instructions how to quill. I have made a few necklaces, some cards, and various shapes. I really like the look of this paper quilling stuff.
This is the beginnning of a mobile for daughter #2. I wrapped a ribbon around a small embroidery hoop my mother in law gave me a few months back and tied some nice white cording onto it in a criss-cross pattern and glued some of the butterflies onto it. I would like to add some larger butterflies but have not cut them out yet. It is already very cute, but will be great when really finished.
I always look for good handles, the wooden or hard plastic kind that can be sewn to a new handbag.
So....from icky plastic placemat to lovely little girls purse, we will show you the results later this week.