Weekend Ramblings | This is how I’m spending my Sunday

Making Candles
Making candles. And soap. I’ve wanted to do both for a long time, but now that I’m in the midst of doing them, I realize that there’s a good reason people buy these things instead of making them themselves. It’s a lot of work! And spilling soy wax all over your stove? Very hard to clean up.

Did you spend the weekend frantically getting stuff done for Christmas or have you been ready for a while? I really want to be the type to have my shopping, crafts, and baking done well in advance, but I’m always so busy that it never happens. But I’ve learned my lesson this year! Next year I’m going to be on top of things. I’m going to have my Christmas shopping done in September. Really!

Kiersten Frase

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    • Kiersten Frase says

      I’m posting the tutorials on Dealectica, but I will probably link them here sometime this week. The candle holders I made were definitely worth making, but I don’t think I’d bother making candles again. But mostly I’m just bitter because I had my heart set on making scented candles & I didn’t have the right kind of oil for it!

    • Kiersten Frase says

      Well, I did melt-and-pour soap, which is kind of cheating. :) I bought olive oil and honey soap bases, melted them, mixed essential oil & strawberry seeds (for exfoliation!) into the melted soap, and then poured it into molds. It was really easy, but it was just a lot to do two batches of soap AND candles AND baking all on the same day!

    • Kiersten Frase says

      I was going to post a tutorial, but I didn’t want to be responsible for burning down people’s houses. :) But basically, I melted the wax (soy wax) in a double boiler & poured it into the glass jars. I wanted to use pine oil to fragrance them, but at the last minute I found out the kind I had was highly flammable–so sad!

  1. says

    You made me laugh Ohkeeka! Don’t we all say that we’ll need to be on top of things *next* time. It’s like Colbert Report’s famous tag line “Let’s make a better tomorrow, tomorrow!” =D I love that guy….he cracks me up too!

  2. says

    Wish Wish Wish I had the time to try making candles. Something I’ve always wanted to do but never quite found the time. Now with blogging I’m not sure I’ll ever find the time lol… Looks like alot of fun though

    Enjoy your new venture.


  3. says

    I haven’t made candles before and after reading this I think I might just buy mine. Though I did make soap once, with an expert soap maker’s help. I would actually love to do that again someday for Christmas, when I have all my other stuff done in advanced, which may never happen. :)

  4. says

    Looks like you did a really good job! I love making things, but candles and soap would be out of my league. I can just see the mess I would make. My big weekend adventure was going to the grocery store today…LOL My husband is off for the next two weeks and I wanted to make sure he had plenty of things to cook.

    • Kiersten Frase says

      Well, the candles look good, but I was disappointed because I bought pine oil to scent them with and then I found out that it wasn’t the kind that could be used in candles, so I couldn’t put it in. :( I really wanted pine scented candles! I think next time, I will just make the candle holders & not the candles themselves!

      It’s so nice to have time off at the end of the year like that! I hope you get some time off for the holidays too. :)

  5. says

    Shopping was pretty easy this year, since I mainly only bought stuff for my nieces and nephews. We close on our house this Friday, so that’s my husband’s and my gift for ourselves :) And we are taking our in-laws skiing this winter, so a travel based gift is a lot easier than buying everyone individual presents.

    I haven’t attempted baking yet, but my coworker suggested baking dough in advance and freezing it, which sounds like good advice.

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