inspired by my very talented friend tracy hildebrand, i set out to make some beeswax ornaments last night. being the middle of winter, tracy had no pressed botanicals handy when she went to make her beeswax lanterns. she improvised with tiny cutters and decorating wax and came up with a sweet star and moon motif. i loved the idea and had been wanting to make this smaller version of the lanterns to have some to hang on the tree.
after the kids were in bed and the beeswax was melted matt and i set about dipping our wee water balloons. he has been busy this season both working long hours and doing quite a bit of making himself (more on that to come!) so this is the first time he has gotten in on the holiday crafting with me this year.
i love his completed ornament! he chose to hang his as a bell rather than a bowl.
it glows bee-utifully when strategically placed near a christmas bulb and releases its soothing aroma (thanks to tracy's daughter, emily, for the tip!).
it's one of my favorites, to be sure. it was difficult to get the balloons to be anywhere near symmetrical when filling them with water. because we were only filling them a little ways, they had a tendency to be lopsided and terribly off center.
finally i had a great shape and was so tickled with the way the above ornament turned out! i am blessed to be in a very special ornament swap (more on that to come, too) and knew this would be just perfect for my partner.
then today i needed that outdoor photo. as i headed out with the two ornaments above and my camera, the ever present multi-tasking monkey on my back took over and steered me toward the mailbox. well, it's christmas eve eve and there are cards and wee packages in the mailbox. as i go to retrieve the first parcel, i dropped my precious ornament, cracking it nearly in half! :( lesson learned. i spent the next hour or so with my hair dryer trying to repair my error. i have patched it well enough to grace my own tree, but not to gift to another.
the beeswax is hot and the intoxicating scent is filling the air and i am ready to go give it another go! i will post pics of the final ornament after it is sent. this one came out much too large to hang on the tree. it sat upright on the counter until inspiration hit and i went to scavenge an led tealight.
this little beauty is now by sienna's bedside. tonight she said she wished she had an extra large one to light the night for her. ;)jasper is obsessed with the beeswax. well, we all are, to be fair. he likes the chunks that haven't been used or the scraps and leftover bits and he also likes to carry around the mold ornaments and make little beds for them. he holds them to his nose and inhales, he rubs his cheeks with them, and breaks the scraps into tiny bits.
his other new habit is sticking his arm down my shirt and fondling my *nurnies* (somehow that word evolved from *nursing*). *they are so warm!*, he will say in his cutest little voice. when these two beeswax forms above were deemed rejects i thought of jasper right away. i tried to pass them off as his beeswax nurnies as a replacement for the need to stick half of his upper body in my sweater. though that didn't work entirely, he did enjoy playing with them today (because they are nifty beeswax cups, not because they are portable breasts!). ;)one last photo for you. since solstice, the beeswax has been flowing around here. we have made a couple of lanterns, poured ornaments into molds, poured our own beeswax tea lights, and made these candles above. also inspired by tracy h and a project she did with her daughter's 2nd grade class, we rolled sheets of beeswax, then dipped them to make them more solid and to burn longer. then we decorated with modeling wax. so fun! the scent of warm beeswax is now interwoven into our holiday traditions for evermore.
here's hoping you have a wonderful christmas weekend with your loved ones! i appreciate each one of you and the beauty you share in this space. with love and appreciation, rae
p.s. happy birthday, renee!!! we love you! xoxoxo