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Beeswax candles update

In an earlier post I shared my beeswax candlemaking experience. I went by a receipe that called for 1.5 pounds of beeswax to 1 cup of coconut oil. Sounded good, wouldn't melt as hot as pure beeswax and was for beginners. I didn't realize at the time that there were different wicks for different waxes and different size candles! I had already ordered some #2 all cotton wicks so I was going to wing it!

I put this off as long as possible, I guess out of fear! I was having too much fun with my soaps anyway. Well, two out of 4 candles cracked in the wax. I'm still not sure why? I tried looking up what I could do to salvage the two with the crack in the wax. Didn't find much help. I stumbled across another website that makes beautiful pure beeswax candles: 
 A little bit about them here; In June of 1999 we were transplanted from Holy Nativity Convent in Boston, one of the country's largest producers of 100% pure beeswax tapers.…

Full moon, Red moon, Lunar Eclipse, Breathe!

This was yesterday morning, Sunday the 27 of 2015. 

 The sun was beginning its ascent before the clouds took over.  It was an overcast day, which was actually perfect for a day at the beach.  The water was really nice and it seemed like the tide was high to me, but my husband observed that it was not.  I had forgotten that it was the big day of the "full moon, harvest moon, super moon, and totaleclipse of the moon—this one has it all. ..." 
Actually I'm not even sure if it's over, lol. Anyway, I needed a day away from it all. It felt good to be somewhere that I didnt have to "do" something except breathe. Sometimes we need that reminder; to breathe. I realized a long time ago while working at another job in a galaxy far, far away, that I hold my breathe alot. I remember trying to balance the days receipts and get the safe open to deposit it all and feeling totally overwhelmed. There were a ton of things to do before you closed up the store and I was a…


In between dreaming up soap recipes, I started crocheting a little lamb security blanket for my granddaughter.  I had all this extra yarn laying around for a "garage sale" sale flopped because it rained within an hour of setting everything up!
Anyway, I found this pattern online and just happened to have an overload of the colors called for.  This is what the finished product should look like:
I found the pattern online at
This is a fast forward of the first few sections.  i originally tried stuffing the head and body with clean socks because I was over anxious and didnt have any stuffing material.  I did not like the way it looked and figured it would wash like a mess, so I put it off a day and bought a bag of proper stuffing.
 Here I started on the blanket portion which was the easiest for me.  I think I could have done a better job on the lamb itself, but no matter, it's done now.  Plus, I used a hook that I think was one size bigger th…

Beeswax Candles

So today I finally got up the nerve to try making my own beeswax candles.  Why?  Well the main reason is because I love candles but my husband chokes on the scent and always points out the black soot around the glass of the candle container.  I did some research, and as it turns out, that soot is toxic.  Most of the candles that are store bought and have all the beautiful fragrances are made from parrafin. Parrafin wax starts out as the sludge at the bottom of the barrel of crude oil.  Even asphalt is extracted before paraffin in the refining process! This sludge is filled with toxins and undergoes bleaching and treatment with carcinogens like benzene and toulene.

On the otherhand there is Beeswax. Beeswax releases negative ions when it burns. Pollen, dust, dirt, pollutants, and any other junk in the air all carry a positive charge, and that is how they can be suspended in the air. The negative ions released from burning beeswax negate the positive charge of air contaminants, and the…