Moving in less than a year

Cody and I just had a long conversation while driving Lucy (our Westfalia) out to a little overnight camping trip for the first time with our new puppy Duke. We talked the whole time about how stoked we were to be leaving once Cody graduated(we actually passed our freeway exit because we were so distracted). We’ll be living in the Westfalia for around a year(or more!) to travel the US. united states map

Since I am the ULTIMATE planner type and Cody is the “go whichever way the wind takes us” type, I think we will even each other out. Since I am the planner I have been staring at the United States map ALOT. Our plan is to leave a few months after Cody is finished with school in December of this year. So we will probably leave in March or April 2015?

We both have a million projects we would like to shoot while we are on our trip. Like portraits, landscapes and architecture. I have a big attraction to old signs and I really want to expand on that. I also have recently been throwing around the idea of writing a travel guide while on the trip. I also want to RAID every thrift store on the way… How could you not want to take full advantage of something so fun!?

It might be just me but I am in love with the open road and all of its possibilities!

What are the must-see places? I could use all the help I can get! In the upcoming months, I’ll be planning and planning… and PLANNING 🙂 You can’t really be TOO prepared can you?

Candle Making – 2 Ways – Part 2

Candle Making Part 1

After I made the tea cup candles from wax from an unscented candle, I wanted to try to get real wax. I ordered my wax and wicks and recieved 10lbs of ‘Natural Soy Wax’ chips. Its a lot of wax, but it was pretty cheap so if you really like making candles order it. I also ordered a bag of 96 wicks! It will take me a long time to go through all of these, but I have a lot of ideas for them.

essential oils candle makingI use essential oils for several things at home but I decided to try making a scented candle with them. I found this forum on aromatherapy mixtures pretty helpful. In the forum it also mentions using cloves + Cinnamon and Lime/Lemon + Citrus’ in candles to scent it. This is going to be my next project as I experiment more.

When making candles the forum suggested, “A general rule of thumb for quantities = 1/4 oz of fragrance oil per pound of wax – and 1 teaspoon of essential oil per pound of wax. 1 teaspoon is about 5 ml essential oil – depending on viscosity.”

If you’ve never purchased Essential Oil’s you know that it is expensive and using such a large amount, each of the bottles I have are .5 FL OZ bottles. I was using small white mugs so measuring for these I wasn’t sure. I used 15 drops of each scent (I only used 2 scents per candle). I mixed the Peppermint+Eucalyptus and Tangerine+Lemongrass. For my next candles I will use 25 drops, the scent is very light, but it might be exactly what you want!

double boiler melting candle waxLike I explained in Part 1 of this series, you will make a double boiler in a large pot with a heat safe glass (I used a pyrex measuring cup that I don’t use with food) and bring the water to a boil. Stir the wax in the heat safe cup and when its melted add the essential oils.

You place the wick in the cup with something straight and rigid to hold the wick up. I used pencils; you can also use chopsticks, skewers or pens.candle_dry_Once the wax is melted completely; using oven mitts (its going to be very very hot!!!) pull the glass dish out of the water and pour it into the form you are making a candle from. You have to wait until the mug from the outside is completely cool. Usually takes a couple hours before you remove the pencils from the top.

Chambray custom shirt

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There’s probably been 1,000’s of chambray shirt re-do’s… so why not add 1,001?!

I really like the finished product, and it was pretty simple.

I purchased the fabric at the flea market and the shirt at Target.chambray shirt embroidered fabricThe material had a few embroidered designs on it so I just chose the flowers and cut out a strip bigger than the back panel piece that I wanted to attach to. Getting the material to fit right on that area was a little tricky. My advice is just pin it to the shirt and keep cutting away a little bit of the fabric at a time until you have it cut out about an inch to half inch bigger all around. I also used a disappearing ink pen to draw out the edges of the area. I later found out that because my disappearing ink pen is so old (probably 10 years?) the ink never disappeared, but it comes right out with a little water.

I used iron-on fusible web to attach the fabric to the shirt and then used my sewing machine to do a stitch around the edges.

Super simple.

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-PK