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Making Old Candles New Again

This Christmas we had fun making some of the gifts we gave to our loved ones. After coming across vintage tobacco tins at an antique store and little bowls on clearance at Anthro, we were ready to make candles!

I was surprised that it was so easy and a great way to resource old candles! All I needed was retired candles, and a pack of wicks that I got at Michaels. I cut up the candles and then added them to a metal bowl over a pot of water on the stove. (I didn’t want to use my double boiler because I thought it might leave a wax residue on something I use for food).

Next I dipped the base of the wicks in the melted wax and centered each one in the tin or ceramic bowls to help them stay put.

Once the wax was completely melted I poured it (carefully!) into the tins and bowls.

Here they are after drying for about 20 minutes. The bowls were great but the tins had a few bumpy spots. Once they were completed cooled I poked a few holes into each one and then added more hot wax over the top. This makes it so you have a nice even finish over the top.

And here is the final product in our friends Chris and Caitlin’s beautiful home!
(photo by Chris Low)


How to: Picture Frame Tray

Jordan & I discovered this beautiful map at a garage sale and love the simplicity of the blue and white design. We’ve been wanting to make a tray for our coffee table and this was the perfect fit!

Here is the frame in it’s original form.

First we gave it a coat of spray paint… my favorite thing!

Then we cut and fit the map, screwed the handles into the sides and now we have this fun little tray for our coffee table. It was quick and fun!

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You’re the Top: Personalized Mugs

In our home we love letting Valentine’s Day be a small thing. Our favorite gift to give each other is just a quiet night together. There’s always a never-ending list of things to do, so it is refreshing to rest and spend time together.

Jordan gave me this fun vintage magazine holder. I love how it looks like a harp!

I wanted to make personalized coffee mugs for Jordan because mornings are my favorite time with him. We enjoy playing cribbage, drinking coffee and catching up. This past summer we had fun watching The Dike Van Dyke Show on Netflix and this quickly became one of our favorite scenes:

So I used this great Porcelaine 150 pen (that I got at Michael’s). It’s so easy! Just write or draw whatever you want, let it sit overnight (for 24 hours) and then bake at 300* for 35 minutes.
tip about baking: put your mugs in the oven before heating it up to allow the mugs to heat up slowly. Then, once it is finished baking, turn the oven off and let the mugs cool in the oven before removing them. This will prevent the mugs from cracking due to sudden temperature change.

We strive to make each other “the top” over our own wants, or our own desires. What a sweet reminder each morning of this shared goal.



reason #234 why I love spray paint

My dear friend Caitlin bought this vintage fan for me. We plugged it in and it “works”, however the sparks and loud buzzing made for a slight problem. So we decided to spray paint it!

Ah, that’s better!

Happy Thursday,


A Weekend Getaway

The weekend before last I had the joy of spending a few days in San Luis Obispo, Morro Bay, and Cayucos. Wow, it is a beautiful area! My mom, sister, and I went to visit our family who live down there. It was a great weekend with loved ones, sunshine, delicious food, and great memories made. I’m so thankful to call these people family.

Here’s a peek inside our weekend getaway:

Sisters on the beach

Sisters on a boat

Sweet cousins

Great food & great weather (not so great flight; cancelled flights=BOO!)

Cousins, In & Out!, visiting where my cousin works, and the sweet farmhouse where my cousins grew up. (Isn’t that house so cute?!)

One of the days we rode cruisers to the beach!

Sisters, mothers, daughters, cousins & friends