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Saturday, April 6, 2013

Welcome Spring!

Welcome, Spring! And Welcome to the Spring Blossoms Blog Hop!  I don’t know where you are located, but in Chicago, Spring has stalled, and needs a mighty PUSH to get it rolling.
So hop along with us as we inspire Spring to get its butt in gear and to get your creativity going!  If you’ve come here from Robin’s Blog, you are hopping on the right trail.  If not, no worries, start at Lori's Blog so you don’t miss all the festive flowers and Spring projects along the way.

Today I was really missing my robins and crocuses and fat little squirrels scurrying about.  The robins are shivering in their nests, the crocuses are just clear of a thin layer of ice, and the squirrels, well, they’re sitting pretty in their tree holes, popping those nuts in their mouths and getting fatter.

So I really needed to push the Spring envelope and came up with a Spring Blossoms candle.  I used a combination of Prima flowers and some feathers.  It's easy to alter a candle.  You just need the items you want to embed into your candle, a heat gun and some wax paper.

Arrange your items (tissue paper, stamped images, flowers, sequins, etc) onto the face of your candle and place a sheet of wax paper much longer than the diameter of your candle (so you can grab the ends of the paper) tightly against it all.  Then use your heat gun to warm up the paper.  The side of the paper up against the candle will heat so much that the wax will melt and form a layer on top of the items you placed there.  You can do this several times to build up the layer, but once you're done you will have a personalized candle, either for yourself or as a gift.
Mine is going to my new daughter-in-law, who LOVES the color purple!!  Her birthday is later this month, she's a crafter, and she is going to flip when she sees this.  

Speaking of daughters, my own teen-aged daughter, Wendy, a crafter in her own right, helped me make the beautiful mirror you see below.  We pulled the blooms off a couple bushes of silk flowers, along with a few leaves.  We had an oval mirror that she was ready to give to Goodwill, but I rescued!  She hot glued the leaves, blooms and buds to the edges of the mirror, and she now has a beautiful Spring mirror to hang on her wall!  She loves it, and so do I!  The photo has a bit of lighting blur from the flash, but I think you get the idea.

I hope you like our Spring Projects.  Now it's time to hop along to Cicily's Blog.  Don't forget to leave a little love before you go!!  And for one lucky random commenter, I have a goody bag of prizes to send your way.

Here's the list of blogs if you get lost:

Lori  -
Lucy  ~
Teresa ~
Melissa -
Robin -
ME   -
Cicily -
Sarah -
Christine ~


Cut One Designs by Robin said...

What an awesome project!!! I love your candle. I have never tried this technique. Certainly a must try!!!


Lori Apgar said...

Gorgeous!!!! LOVE the purple too :)

This would be great for wedding center pieces!!!

Glad to be in this hop with you!

Creative M said...

Very PRETTY!Awesome job!
Have a wonderful day,
♥ Crafting With Creative M ♥
♥ 2 Creative Chicks ♥

Pink Dalmatians said...

first off, love your candle project. I didn't know how easy you could do that. I'm going to pin it as a great gift idea & maybe raid my candle stash! and great rescue on the mirror!

TampaStamper12 said...

This is a really great project!! I love it! Thanks for swinging by my blog and leaving such a nice comment. Great piece you did!!!
ps. Maybe your daughter in law won't want it or something. I love candles-----hint, hint... hugs, sueH

Sarah Biswabic said...

Your candle is gorgeous! She will love it! Your mirror is so adorable!

Charlene Mitchell said...

Pat, you're so creative and how nice to have a crafty daughter and DIL! The candle is stunning and the mirror is so pretty!