The big quiet has already started.
Although not when I look out of my window. The square in front of my house is completely parked up. Last Christmas shopping, I imagine. The fourth candle on the advent wreath has been lit, and the holidays are there. I am waiting. For my mother’s arrival late this evening, and for a Christmas message. Is Mr A already on the piste?
I’ve just done a last minute pressie for my mum – a personalised candle for her big window. I’m quite chuffed with the results, really, and it was so easily done.
Looks a bit rough around the edges – mainly due to the candle, which I also made myself from the left-overs that I have been collecting – but on a smooth, shop-bought candle it would look less rough. And it’s made with things you have in the house – a white candle, tissue paper, a spoon, a printer.
First you create a design (mine is a ginkgo leaf representing my dad, and the initials of my mum, me and my 2 kids) – or choose a picture that you want on your candle. You need to stick some white tissue paper onto a regular sheet of paper (because otherwise the flimsy tissue paper will not go through your printer) and then print your design on the tissue. Then you take off the normal paper and rip or cut out the printed design, as close to the image as you can get. Place the image right way up on the candle and hold it in place. Heat a tea spoon over a candle (hollow side down) and then use the back of the hot spoon to rub carefully over the image. The wax underneath the picture will melt and the image attaches to the candle. The whole thing takes about 5 minutes to make. And the result is a handmade, pretty unique gift.
If Mr Guylty wasn’t watching me with hawk eyes, I’d make one with RA’s mien on it, now. Just for fun.
Sorry for this cross-over to my crafty hobby, but well, who knows, maybe you need a quick stocking filler that will look impressive, but really was just as fast as reading this whole blog post.
OT announcement over. I’ll go back to lurking on Twitter, waiting for the Christmas message 😄