Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Christmas Candles

I think candles make really lovely Christmas gifts.  Good quality gift candles are a bit out of my price range and I find the cheaper ones a bit synthetic smelling, So I quite often make my own, using soy wax, which I buy in bulk. I squirrel away jam jars and old tea cups all the time, so I always have a little stash in my shed.
There is still some time left to make a few easy gifts, so I thought I would share a little tutorial about how to make them. 

 You will need

Soy wax flakes
Essential oils (I used cinnamon for some that I wanted to be specifically for Christmas and lavender  for those that I wanted to be general presents.
Clean jam jars or tea cups
Candle wicks
Optional - dried lavender
Sauce pan. I now how an old one that I use for candle making, but you can use one that is still in use.  soy wax is not toxic and is very easy to clean.

How to make

1. To work out how much wax you will need; pack the jar very tightly with the soy wax flakes, double this amount and this is how much you will need for each candle.  I throw in a very small handful extra into the pan for good measure.  Repeat for how many candles you intend to make.

2. Melt the wax on a low heat.  Once melted, add the essential oil.  I added 2 ml per candle.

3. Pour wax into the containers.  If using dried flowers sprinkle a few onto of the wax.

4. Leave the wax to cool for about twenty minutes or until it becomes cloudy.  Push the tabbed wick into the wax until it reaches the bottom.  You my need to pour a little more melted wax on top of the candle to make the wax even again.

5. Allow the candles to set over night.

I attached printed labels and rosemary sprigs to finish mine off.   

Happy making

Thursday, 3 December 2015

And that was November

This month's round up will be short and sweet, at 39 weeks pregnant I have energy for little else.  It's felt like it has rained every day this month.  We have failed to spend much time outdoors. My body craves fresh air and rosy cheeks, i'm sure i'm probably vitamin D deprived by now.  My daughter takes a little gentle encouragement to get out in the wet weather and this month I just haven't been able to muster up the energy to prod her in the right direction. That being said, when the weather has stayed dry we have enjoyed a few stomps out in puddles close to home.

It's been a very difficult month for my little girl, her behaviour has been challenging to say the least and not like that I have witnessed from her before.  Her behaviour has left me depleted and it's been difficult witnessing her feeling so sad and angry.  There have been times this month when I have felt like a rubbish parent and tears have been shed and other times when, after she has finally gone to bed, and I am slumped on the sofa, that I have patted myself on the back, scoffed a packet of chocolate biscuits, and thought, yeah, I handled that ok.  It's been challenging and exhausting but we appear to have weathered the storm and she seems to feel more secure now.  The new baby and Christmas overload seems to be the cause of a lot of her anxieties. 

I had a birthday and we visited The Ditchling Museum of art and craft The museum is beautiful and worth a visit for friends who live Sussex way. 

I have been reading Elisabeth Dunker's fine little day book.  I love her blog and instagram account so it was a real treat to receive her book for my birthday. 

And now to December..... A new baby and Christmas to contend with.

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