Monday, June 23, 2014

Snail Mail LOVE!

Hello! If you know anything about me, you know I am obsessed with snail mail. I love sending and receiving snail mail. Now that summer break is here I am excited to have more time for pen pals and writing letters.

If you would like to receive a letter in the mail from me, complete the form below and I will send you one! It is so much more fun than receiving bills!



Have a great day!

Friday, June 13, 2014

DIY: Tea Cup Candle


As a young girl, I had a lot of tea parties with my American Girl Dolls. I loved the beauty of tea cups and still do! However, I do not drink tea (I know, I am the worst southern girl ever). I thought, how I can I display a beautiful tea cup in my home if I don't use it to drink tea?  Then it came to me! I love candles and a tea cup would be the perfect candle holder!



I bought all of my candle materials at Michael's or AC Moore. If you use their smartphone apps or coupons, you can get everything for a great price. It cost me about $10 and I was able to make 3 medium sized candles.

Materials Needed:

soy wax
wicks (make sure you pick out the right size based on your container)
scent
color dye
container
microwavable container (or a double boiler or melting pot)
microwave (or stove)
spoon pr spatula to stir
clothespins
cloth or potholder

Directions:

1. Gather all materials
2. Pour wax into microwavable container (using the microwave was much easier and faster!)
3. Place your wick in your candle container. I usually use a clothespin to hold the wick in place, this time I used chopsticks. The clothespins work better.



4. Melt the wax in the microwave in 15 second intervals (follow the directions that came with your wax)
5. Take out the wax and stir occasionally. Use a cloth or potholder, your container will continue to get hot!

This is what it starts to look like as it melts.


6. Once most of your wax has melted, it will begin to look more clear add your color to it! I used red. Add the dye blocks and stir until you get a color you are happy with. Keep it in mind, the color will lighten some as it starts to harden.



7. Then add the scent to your melted wax. I used a strawberry scent. You can add as much or as little as you want depending on how strong you want the smell to be.

8. Pour the wax into your candle container! Don't pour too fast.

Here the color is more of a red, but it actually turned out a rose pink!

9. Wait for the wax to harden. Then trim the wick and enjoy your new candle! 


Overall, I am very happy with how this turned out! I love how beautiful it is! I can't wait to light it and have my home smell like strawberries!