Handmade Holidays: Wax HacksĀ 

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I’ve been wanting to try this little DIY for months, and I finally got my chance — the super-melty art of recycling crayons.

By virtue of Pinterest and art fairs across the country, this is not a new craft, and a lot of people are already well aware of the how-and-what. But the results are so darn pretty I thought I’d share the recipe anyway.

First, I had to gather a slew of broken crayons. That’s not hard in a house inhabited by a toddler, but I’d also been squirreling away bits and pieces in a plastic bag in the junk drawer for a while. I did a final sweep last weekend and organized the unbroken crayons along the way.

I removed the remaining paper wrappers, and broke all of the pieces up into bits small enough to fit into the cups on my mini-muffin tin. In some, I grouped like shades together, but I also made a few color concoctions.

Into the oven they went — at 275 degrees, for about 10 minutes. The crayons melted into swirly little soups of wax, and the most difficult part of the whole project was removing them from the stove.

I set them on the counter to cool and then into the freezer overnight to set. The interwebs of crafty-craftertons debate whether the freezer-step is necessary, but when I turned the pan over the next day, each new crayon slipped out right away.

I think they’re very cute, but I’m happier that I now know this life hack actually works. It gives me the confidence to -maybe – get a little fancier next time. 

Check out the Pinterest board below for some of my favorite future fails…

Blogtoberfest is Upon Us

The Bloggiest of Them All.

I love hosting Blogtoberfest each year.

It’s not something I invented; in fact, it was quite popular in the earlier years of blogging, and has waned. But I still love it, and the reason why is still the same: The People.

The bloggers. The podcasters. The influencers. The content producers. Every year, this little one-lady fiesta of mine reintroduces me to old friends and colleagues as it introduces me to new acquaintances.

Some of them aren’t even posting in the traditional sense… some (hi, Mum) are religious readers and avid commenters who add to the conversation as it evolves.

That’s the point … so let’s keep talking. Through the doldrums of November, the haste of December, the depression of January. We got this.

Special Blogtoberfest Thank Yous to

The Writers

Cory Mahnke <– The Winner!

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The Promoters

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Winstanley Partners

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Read the entries:

Japan: Random Observations

The Making of the Mummy

Two Weeks in October: A Memoir

How to Build a Poker Bankroll from Scratch

The Controversial Take