Monday, 27 June 2016

Recycling Old Candles.

Sea breeze, Frangipani, Vanilla, Mulled Wine, Gingerbread, One rainy wish...... I could go on and on  with the names of the lovely scented candles that abound in the shops these days and although I didn't like them for years and years,  I do now ( who would know why ) and have them burning every day that I am home.

I don't know why, but I keep the old butts or candle bums as I call them. They still smell sweet and it seems like a shame to waste these bits and pieces.

So.....what to do with them?  Recycle of course!

Get the containers ready by cleaning and fitting new wicks.

Melting the left-overs using a little gas cooker and my hubby's nifty pot. See the great pouring spout he fitted? It looks dirty but is just stained.

Pour into glasses (these were ones that came with candles in them) and leave to set.

I left a bit of old wick in the yellow one but I'm not too worried about that. They solidified with a little dent near the middle, I just need to melt some extra and fill in the little divots, but I have run out of gas! Note to self: - get some after work today and finish these little gems off.

Next I need to trim the wicks and they are ready for use.

I am pretty pleased with these and can't wait to light one to see how it burns and smells. I can always try again and do things differently next time if I'm not happy. 

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

One Sided Laundry Makeover.

Do you ever wonder why you are able to live with untidy little corners that never seem to look or stay neat and clean. Well I have this area in the laundry that has hats, bags and a couple of boxes of STUFF from my last job!

So with a little inspiration from Pinterest ( I'm turning those "one day projects"  into reality )  I went from this.........

To this!

I found a suitable cupboard with open shelves with the right dimensions on a local buy, sell and swap site for not a lot of money and proceeded to re-purpose  it to suit my needs. I still need a couple of knobs for the two bottom draws, so it'll be off for a look around the shops for something suitable.

Before.................... Plain Jane and dark.

After........light and bright and with the addition of a few $10 baskets.

Now both sides of the laundry look neat and tidy! Don't know why it never bothered me before!!

Do you have a corner in need of a makeover?

Sunday, 5 June 2016

Ta Dah........ Block 6 Done!

Boy was I quick with this one! Nah! Had a head start with Block 6 of Gentle Domesticity  and I just love it. I think this is such a pretty design it has become my favorite!

If you are wanting to stitch this lovely 12 set stitchery BOM why not head over to Jenny of Elefantz and pick up your free design today. 

Can't wait for the next one!

Saturday, 4 June 2016

Catching Up Fast on Gentle Domesticity.

OK! So I started at block 4 of Gentle Domesticity and had to work my way through 1, 2, and 3   before getting on to block 5. Does this make sense!

I guess at the time I didn't know what to do with the designs so I stitched the one I loved the most first, but somewhere along the line I thought about putting them into a quilt ( which is still in the design phase) and that gave me an new enthusiasm to get stitching.

So for a recap here's Block 1.

Block 2.

Block 3.

Block 4.

Block 5.

Tomorrow it's time for the release of Block 6 so head on over to  Jenny of Elefantz's  on Sunday to find out how to download the next block and let's get stitching.