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How to make your jar candles last longer

No matter what I do my candles always end in a tunnel. you know the one, wax inches above where the wick is. I found this great article in the December’s Real Simple magazine. I’m anxious to see if my luck with the tunnel issue.

Abigail Cook Stone the founder of Otherland Candle Company says trim the wick to 1/8 inch every time you light the candle. It helps the wax burn slower at a more even pace and avoid soot build up around glass. “A good rule of thumb is to burn your candle an hour for every inch the candle is wide.” says Kristen Pumpfrey, Creative Director of PF Candle Company. So if the candle is two inches wide, two hours should do it. “Blow out candle gently ( to prevent wax splatter” or use a sniffer to extinguish.

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Easy Halloween Wreath Suitable for Chronically Ill People

I decided to get into the holiday fun with this adorable wreath! Having several chronic illnesses and POTS, I always have extreme fatigue and my hands become numb after a while. There are a lot of things I am not able to complete but I decided to get involved in the Halloween spirit and make a craft! Remember even though life can be hard, and you’re hurting it’s important to still have fun, and do things to get your mind off of things. I loved this craft and it makes you feel good to accomplish it! Anyone can do it however, for those with a chronic illness and get tired easily this is perfect for you! It was inexpensive, I did it on my couch, and it only took an hour! It didn’t overly tire me out and didn’t make my hands go very numb. I did take several breaks, so the break option is completely up to you! It is an easy project to have a lot of stopping points, therefore, it allows you to take breaks whenever. I bought all of the products at Hobby Lobby, they have a large and fun supply of Halloween options! Lets get started!

Supplies needed

12 Inch round Styrofoam Wreath

Black 6″ Glitter Tulle

Orange 6″ Glitter Tulle

Scissors

A Little Halloween Sign to go on your Wreath (optional)

Hot Glue Gun * Only if you decide to put a sign on it (Optional)

Directions

  • I find it easier to cut a lot of strips first, cut an arm length strip. Fold the strip in half and put the folded tulle under the wreath.



  • Grab both ends, so the tulle is wrapped around the Styrofoam. Grabbed the two ends and pull through the loop, and pull tightly.



  • Make sure the knot is on the outside portion of wreath. The loose end of the tulle needs to stick straight out to provide the tutu wreath look. Where the knot is, make sure you fan out some of the tulle to cover up the white wreath.
  • Repeat steps 1. and 2 until you fully cover the wreath. Fluff out tulle. * NOTE* If there are some tulle that is longer than others you can always trim the longer piece.

  • Optional* If you want to put a sign on it, hot glue were you want the sign and stick it on there. Make sure it is very secure on there.


That’s it! Super simple and also very cute! It’s not super tiring and it gives you something to be proud of! Leave me a comment if you’ve done any Halloween crafts or tell me what your favorite Halloween activity is! I can’t wait to hear from you! Good luck and Enjoy!

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Valentine’s Day Wreath Suitable for the Chronically Ill

This wreath is the perfect holiday craft for anyone, but it is suitable for those with a chronic illness. A chronic illness brings joint pain and hand numbing, so it’s hard to find fun things to enjoy when you’re hurting. This is the perfect craft to complete that will give you a sense of accomplishment…

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Valentine’s Day Candle Suitable for the Chronically Ill

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Gavin Kerslake Featured Blogger for December

Introducing

It’s an honor to introduce good friend Gavin Kerslake as Featured Blogger for December 2017. Gavin’s highly successful personal site Noir, http://www.sedge808.com. I have no doubt you will want to follow his work. Gavin also contributes to http://www.survivorsbloghere@wordpress.com, a Survivors community.

Gavin is a Professional Photographer, Music Lover, Street Dancer and Published Author. His first book ‘Noir’ released in September 2017.

20 something

What hobbies do you have outside of photography?

Music is my favorite thing in my life. I’m into electronic music, but love all kinds of music. Film (movies, TV Series etc) are a big thing in my life. Love Horror and Science Fiction, but also like Foreign Films very much too. I watch a lot of them.

When did you start dancing? Did you dream of having a Studio? 

I started dancing in my late teens, and went to jazz classes every week. In my early 20’s I took up full-time study. In my 30’s I became a dance teacher. Ballroom, jazz, Techno, Latin and Rock and Roll. I never had a desire for a studio.

Tell me about performing with the Australian Ballet Company.

It was a huge honor. They travel around Australia to each city. Myself and another man were chosen to perform with the ballet. A bit like an extra in a movie. It was awesome, a lot of fun. Wore a full Scottish kilt, for each performance and stage make up

Your first photos were in color, why did you switch to Black and White?

Very good question. Color was very much my thing when I started photography in 2009. The Flickr community got me interested because I was seeing a lot of Black and White photography. That’s when I made the change, and joined WordPress. My followers were used to me doing color, when I started B&W, they didn’t like it. I decided to use WordPress for my B&W photos.

Your book Noir looks incredible, the photos flow so well. How did you decide on layout?

Thank you very much. It took a lot of effort, and I got RSI from all the work I put into it. I wanted to have themes that flowed throughout the book. I’m very happy with the result.

How do you feel with a published book?

Proud and happy. There are more books coming in the future, but they will be color.

It’s a pleasure to work with friends, hugs…thank you Gavin.     Melinda

winged Gav

Here are additional outlets where you can find Gavin’s work.

http://www.fluidr.com/photos/sedge808/interesting

http://www.redbubble.com/people/sedge808

http://au.blurb.com/b/8048225-noir

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