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Monthly Archives: April 2012
If you’re like me you have about a million of these hanging out around your house.
Dead candles. You know, the ones where the wick has burnt all the way down. Or the ones where the wick has buried itself in wax. Most people toss these. I have a box in the garage where I toss them for later use. The wax is still good. Real good. Good enough to make more candles with. And here’s how…
-Old/used candle wax
-An old pot, one you don’t plan on cooking in, hit up a thrift store for a cheep one
-A metal container like a coffee can
-A Glass or metal jar or container
-Candle Wicks (you can get these at your local craft store)
-Wick holders (you can get these at your local craft store)
1. Break up your wax and put it in the coffee can. I had a pirouette can so that’s what I used. Crimp the side of the coffee can so it creates a hand pour spout. Fill your pot 1/2 way with water and put your can full of wax inside. Turn on the heat and get the water boiling. Your can may float a bit, stick something heavy on top to keep it from floating.
2. Once the wax melts use your pliers to pull out any old wicks and wick stoppers.
3. While you’re waiting for wax to melt, prep the rest of your project. Put your dish town on your counter top and cover it with wax paper. This is to make any spills easy to clean up (and reuse).
5. Put your wick in the wick stopper and crimp it closed with your pliers.
6. Grab your glass jar or metal container (tin cans work wonders). I used a jelly jar. Measure your wick in your container and leave a good amount of space at the top. Tie it off to a pen, screwdriver, popsicle stick, whatever. This is to keep the wick from sinking in the wax as it dries.
7. Pick up your coffee can full of melted wax with your pliers (CAREFUL it’s HOT). Pour it into your jar. Insert the wick and let the pen rest on top of the jar. You may need to adjust where you tied it off. (See how I spilled on the wax paper? Yeah that happened because I didn’t crimp a pour spout. You just let that wax dry and then slide it into your melted wax can for use later.)
8. Let it dry overnight. Don’t let the wax fool you. It will look dry in a few hours. You’ll take off the pen holder. And when you wake up in the morning your wick will have sunk in the wax.
9. Note, you may want to go back after a bit and do another refill. The wax tends to contract when it’s dry.
10. Enjoy your new candle!
There are 100s of ways to change this up. Most craft stores carry molds where you can make more pillar candles. I only buy unscented or vanilla candles so I didn’t have to worry about mixing scents. BUT you can always add more scents too (also found at your craft store). You can play with the containers, add coloring, whatever. But the best part is, you’re reusing material (wax, coffee cans, jars, etc.) instead of throwing it away. Go you!
Melissa and I worked together to style her senior photo session. The goal was dreamy and whimsical with a touch of mystery. She has a great eye for fashion and picked out all her clothes. This was actually the same location we did the photo session with Tiffany and her girls, but to our surprise all the the tall grass had been mowed which completely changed the landscape of the location. It also revealed a plethora of blackberry vines which Melissa, Bill and I ate from throughout the shoot. Oddly enough, Melissa eats blackberries every morning and so it made the session even more “her”.
This lady is a fantastic woman. There is so much about her that reminds me of myself at that age. She’s beautiful and thoughtful and just all around awesome. And I’m in love with her photos…
(Because I take a feet shot of every client. It’s kinda my thing.)
(This one was an artistic experiment, I’m still not sure if it works.)
And that is Melissa.
PS. I’d love to hear your feedback on these images; which is your favorite, likes, don’t like, etc. Just leave it in the comments.
1. Galveston- Just after Easter Bill and I went to Galveston, TX to shoot Riann’s one year photos and decided to use the time there (since we had to get a hotel anyway) as a mini anniversary getaway. Our 3rd anniversary was actually this past Tuesday but Bill is in Atlanta for work so we thought it was appropriate to celebrate a little early. We stayed at the San Luis Resort and I highly recommend it. All the rooms have a balcony view of the ocean, they’re huge, and the pool has a swim up bar. Awesome. We spent a lot of time exploring the island, looking for shoot locations and trying out the local fare. I always forget how great Galveston is, I spent a lot of summers there as a kid, and it’s a stones throw from our house (or like an hour’s drive). I need to take advantage of that more.
1. Our feet in the sand (I need a pedicure, don’t judge). 2. The view from our room at the San Luis Resort. 3. A DELISH shrimp Po-Boy from Shrimp N’ Stuff, go there, it’s AMAZING. 4. Breakfast at ShyKatz Deli, adorable little place, great food, great atmosphere. 5. Bill drinking a giant orange juice at Easter breakfast with mom before heading out to Galveston. 6. The new Pleasure Pier, opening soon!!
2. Busyness – In high school I went to a church by myself, not that my parents didn’t go to church I just really liked this one church so they let me go there. It was them allowing me to define my own path and faith. Anywho, on father’s day they gave all the dads this book called The Man in the Mirror. Somehow I ended up taking one home and since I read just about everything back then I thought hey, why not. One of the main things it mentioned was that it was ok to be busy but you had to be busy and balanced. It’s something I’ve always strived for but I think the busy has been outweighing the balanced lately and I’m working on that.
3. I am a photographer. – When there is a desire deeply rooted in your heart it becomes the thing you question the most about yourself. It’s personal and it’s tied to you. I constantly have to remind myself that I am a photographer. When people ask me what I do and I say it out loud I always sound silly to myself, or like I’m faking them out. But I really am a photographer (along with a lot of other things: wife, counselor, graphic designer, christian, daughter, gardener…), and sometimes it surprises me. For example I did a photo session with Tiffany and her two adorable girls and I don’t know if it was their beauty, or the location, or that it was the magic hour or a combination of all of those things but when I finally got the photos on my computer a few of the images made me gasp. I questioned if I actually took them. I don’t mean to sound conceited or anything but they blew my mind a bit, I surprised myself. This both frightens me and excites me, because I think it may mean I actually am a photographer. (You can see more images from their session here.)
4. My Garden Is Growing – We planted our veggie garden a few weeks ago and it’s doing VERY well. I’ll actually be picking our first banana pepper sometime this week. My parsley, cilantro, cucumber, and basil that I planted from seed all came up. I worked in the rain on Sunday putting weed block (that black plastic stuff) all around the outside of the raised beds so I can eventually build little pathways around them. The whole thing makes me SO happy that I just sit out there and stare at my plants. (This picture is actually from two weeks ago.)
5. I Have a Fabric Addiction – I bought more fabric recently from Five Monkey Fabrics on etsy, from Paper Thread Fabrics and Joanne’s. I have about 5 or six sewing projects going all at once. The quilt for the living room, a second quilt (though it’s just in the planning stages), the fabric rose tree skirt, reusable swiffer dusters, a vintage half apron, and this tutorial from A Beautiful Mess. I have SEVERAL others in the hopper too (top of the list is this burp cloth tutorial from Made for all my friends who are about to pop out kiddos). Basically my pinterest has been filled with sewing ideas and fabric swatches.
I can not believe Riann is a year old.
It seems like only yesterday we were at the farm shooting Kristen’s maternity photos and Riann’s newborn pictures (even though she was several weeks old cause decided to come extra early), and then her six month pictures. I’m going to blink my eyes and then I’ll be shooting her senior graduation photos. Where does the time go?
It’s been so fun to watch her grow and develop into this little lady with her own personality and a complete honor to photography her through the stages. It was so fun to be a part of her one year photos too. We decided to do her one year session on the beach as a nod to her surprise birthplace in San Fransisco. It was her first time in the sand and surf and it was so fun watching her experience it all. She was very clearly a lover of the water…here’s a lot of images.
She did indeed ride the waves.
We’d sit her down for a shot and within seconds she’d be crawling back into the surf!
(In case you forgot we’re in Texas.)
Happy birthday baby girl, I’m so glad I get to know you and your awesome parents!
Tiffany is a gem. I think we had to reschedule her session…three…no…four times. Between travel schedules, a ton of rain, and kid schedules it’s amazing we finally got to do this session. I can’t thank her enough for her flexibility and her willingness to try a new location and to just play and have fun during her session. Her girls are freaking beautiful and there is so much love and joy between the three of them. We really worked together to style her session and I love that she was able to bring her grandmother’s antique tea set for our impromptu tea party. Her youngest, Angelina just loved Bill, reaching out for him to pick her up on more than one occasion, and then calling him monkey after he picked her up. Adorable. We had so much fun.
Thank you for scrolling through all these images. There were about 40 more that I could have posted, there were just so many lovely photos from this shoot, these ladies are just so beautiful.
1. The Tulsa Trip - It was a great success. Lots and lots of photo sessions. Lots of good quality time with some friends, leaving me incredibly thankful for the people in my life. To those I missed this trip I’ll be back with Bill in tow in June. By day two Tulsa’s AWESOME tree pollen had me blowing my nose every five seconds and wishing the itchiness in my throat would subside. I’m now about three hours back in Houston and I’m already starting to feel better.
2. 27 Gigs of Photos and Video – I did a lot of photo shoots this weekend. I have a looming 27 gigs of photo and video to mull through but I’m saving it for tomorrow because…
3. To Do List – My to do list is about a mile long. I’ve got tons of client e-mails to return and meeting to set up and graphic design work to finish. I’m pretty sure I’m going to be playing catch up for a few days. If you’re waiting on a response from me on something please know I will get back to you shortly.
4. New RAM – I’m thrilled because when I do eventually get to those 27 Gigs life will be sweet because my good friend Joel installed some more RAM in my computer this weekend and it goes lightening fast. I’m in awe. I’ve also given another year or two to the life of my computer. Yay!
5. Babies – I got a good healthy baby fix this weekend. I got to spend some time with a few of my friends’ BEAUTIFUL children. They’re so squishy and wonderful and cute and just fun. Thanks for letting me play with your kiddos. It made my heart very happy.