Thank you so much to everyone who left a message on my giveaway post, and to those who thanked me for the free design on Among the Gum Trees! Your positive response has filled me full of warmth and humility. THANK YOU! :-)
I sat at my computer this morning and chose three winners using the True Random Number Generator:
The final number drawn was no. 68, left by Michelle (no blog).
Congratulations ladies, I shall email you with the two pattern designs this evening!
For anyone wishing to purchase my designs, they are available in my ETSY store (just click on the button below to take you there). Both designs will be published next year in Country Threads and Handmade magazines - Just a reminder for the Aussies among you who may want to wait until the magazines are on the shelf!
Well, I have had a busy afternoon and learned the fundamentals of a new craft!
I met up with four dear friends (the girls I used to go painting with at Kerryanne’s studio), and the lovely Karen taught us how to make scented soy candles. It was so much fun!
But that wasn’t the only treat! Marisa and Anne are attending a ‘chocolate-making’ short-course at the moment and Marisa brought along some cute and mouth-watering delights.
The chocolate-coated Xmas puddings contained either marshmallow or mixed-fruit (soaked in Port). They were delish! Not to mention cute – have I said that already?!!
Anne made a beautiful moist Hummingbird cake:
Then after we’d finished lunch and cake we had our first lesson in candle-making!
We prepared the first ‘batch’ of candles (or rather, Karen did! Don’t you just love that “Universal WE”?!!) and chose ‘spiced orange’ for the fragrance, and added some orange dye to the soy. Here is an example of one candle, poured into the glass votive and cooling. The wick is held in place with a wooden lolly stick that has a hole drilled in it.
As it solidifies, the soy begins to lighten in colour and looks like this:
There was no waste either - as the soy that was left over was poured into these latex “ice cube” moulds - and will be used as “melts” in our oil burners.
I need to wait 3-4 days before I can burn my candles, to give them time to cure. They smell wonderful already, even before they’re lit!
What have you been up to this weekend? Whatever you do, I wish you every happiness!
Until next time – warm ‘orange-spice’-filled hugs! Vikki x