Showing posts with label project a day. Show all posts
Showing posts with label project a day. Show all posts

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Want An Easy Way To Make Candles? Try Wax Crystals!


Making candles is a skill I have been working on in the last year. I have done the melt and pour method, the beeswax sheet method, and the wax crystal method so far. The wax crystal method, by far, is the easiest method. 

This method is great for a beginner! You can do this school age children. You can do this with friends and have a great, easy addition to your emergency preps. Shali made these as graduation gifts for her friends when she graduated from high school. 


What do you need?
Wax Crystals - We got ours from Hobby Lobby two years ago. I have also found them online.
Wicks - I used these wicks.
Wick Tabs - I used these tabs. (Or use this combination!)
Glass jars - I used old jars that are not okay for canning anymore.



To start, I cut the wicks to length of my jar plus one inch. You can always trim down, but you can't add more. Attach the wick to the wick tab by either trying a knot or using a bit of melted wax to hold the wick on. 

I choose to do layers of different colors because I liked it. You can do just one color or whatever floats your boat! Start pouring the wax crystals in carefully while holding the wick still and straight. Speaking from experience, you might be better off with a second person holding the wick so you can pour. Just saying. 




Continue to pour the wax crystals in until you have reached the bottom of the neck of the jar. You should have at least one inch of wick hanging out. Trim the wick down to 1/4 of an inch. 




This may seem crazy, but light each candle for a bit to harden the top of the candle. Then the wax crystals will not "accidentally" fall out when you bump the candle. Then you might need a vacuum. 

An easy project, a great gift to make and give, and a great boredom buster in the winter! Have fun!

Thanks for reading,
Erica


Tuesday, July 8, 2014

July Project-A-Day Challenge: Week 1

This week has been crazy, but got a lot done (in my mind)!

In case you missed last week's post, I am doing a project-a-day challenge in July. While I may not get everything accomplished in one day, I want to be working towards something every day. I want to get as much done in July as I can. July is my "quiet" month in the summer and I need to get the maximum amount of things done that I can.

This last week I have been pushing to do at least one or more things every day. I call this project-a-day challenge, but really it is about getting something done every day. I usually make sure I do something relating to prepping, self-sufficiency, homesteading, home maintenance, gardening, natural living, or food storage. I have binders full of ideas if I run out of things on my to-do lists. I just want to get things done!

However, I have a twist to this for you. My projects this month have to be no cost or very low cost. I have another name for July. I call it "broke" month and with senior pictures and a school trip this month, we will be broke! I am going to use the motto, "Use it up, wear it out, make do or do without!" Another good saying would be "Reduce, reuse, recycle!"

Last week's projects included:
Getting 1/2 of the garden weeded
Cleaned out the chicken coop and put down new bedding
Cleaning up my room and tackling the paper piles in there
Made 2 more batches of DIY Liquid Castile Soap
Cleaning the kitchen - I found my counters again!
Got the carpets vacuumed except the kids' bedrooms
Both bathrooms got cleaned and bath tub scrubbed
Listed several books on Ebay

Yeah! I was happy with the progress especially what got done in the house. I dislike doing housework in the summer and it has a tendency to slide until September.

This week projects include:
Cleaning the fish aquarium
Finish weeding the garden
Pick up hay and mulch the garden
Fix the weed trimmer and trim around the house

Not sure what else I will get into, but some of those projects might be two day projects depending on time!

What did you do last week? Who do you plan to do this week?

Thanks for reading!
Erica


Monday, June 30, 2014

July's Project-A-Day Challenge!

I am a lazy person and a procrastinator by nature. I would rather curl up with a book or a magazine than do anything. So this summer has been all about getting things done and not indulging myself until after 9:00 pm. This last week I have been aiming and succeeding at doing at least one thing a day that I would consider a project or something that I would normally procrastinate doing.

You know what? I have been very thrilled with this. So much so that I am asking you to join me!

I want to get as much done in July as I can. July is my "quiet" month in the summer and I need to get the maximum amount of things done that I can. The weekends I cram as much as possible into, but weekdays are my major downfall. I leave home about 7:00 am every morning and get home around 5:00 pm every afternoon. By the time I get home, make or plan supper, and take care of any kids' needs, I am ready to call the day.


This last week I have been pushing to do at least one or more things every day. I call this project-a-day challenge, but really it is about getting something done every day. I usually make sure I do something relating to prepping, self-sufficiency, homesteading, home maintenance, gardening, natural living, or food storage. I have binders full of ideas if I run out of things on my to-do lists. I just want to get things done!

However, I have a twist to this for you. My projects this month have to be no cost or very low cost. I have another name for July. I call it "broke" month and with senior pictures and a school trip this month, we will be broke! I am going to use the motto, "Use it up, wear it out, make do or do without!" Another good saying would be "Reduce, reuse, recycle!"

Think you can do this?

If you want an idea of what I am talking about, this is what I did my last week:
Monday: Weeded the strawberries and daylilies
Tuesday: **Can't remember!!**
Wednesday: Built chicken roost
Thursday: Weeded and mulched blueberry bushes; Went to Dane's last ball game
Friday: Made 9 pints of strawberry jam and dehydrated the rest of the strawberries
Saturday: Day of rest, spent the day with family
Sunday: Made bread, banana bread, hung Dane's white board, covered the windows in the well room/root cellar
Monday: Sprayed tomatoes for blight; Made DIY Liquid Castile Soap (from Backdoor Survival - so easy!)

Let me know in the comments section if you would like to join me. Please feel free to share this challenge with others. Every Monday, I will post what projects I did every day and I invite you to do the same either by leaving a comment or linking to your blog post.

Join me in July for the Project-A-Day Challenge!

Thanks for reading (and participating)!
Erica

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