Thursday, June 24, 2010


Team Awesome Photo - New

Al on the left and Jen's new patch of reclaimed garden on the right.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Slow Growing Candles

Alicia sent me my latest project when I still lived in America.  Which would mean we're talking about March.  Which would mean I'm a crap craft blog partner.  But, on to the new news.

Al sent me some adorable teacups, a ceramic watering can, microwaveable soy wax, wicks, french vanilla scent and a link to design*sponge's teacup candle tutorial.  I had been eyeing this very project myself, and was stoked to have all the materials at hand and get started!

I hotglued the wicks to the candleholders. 

Team Awesome candle project

I need a new glue gun.  Mine is cute and pink but it's a little ridiculous to require a transformer to power a three inch long glue melter.

I melted the soy wax in the microwave, then allowed it to cool down to 140° to add the fragrance in.

Team Awesome candle project

Team Awesome candle project

I probably could have filled the watering can a little more, but I wasn't entirely confident the laws of physics would stay on my side and the hot wax wouldn't come bubbling out of the pouring spout.

All in all, this was a fun and very easy project and I'm thrilled with my three new candles! I almost always have a candle going in the kitchen and often one in the living room, as well. I'm looking forward to coming up with new vessels and scents and burning the midnight oil. Heh heh.

Team Awesome candle project

Team Awesome candle project

Look forward to a new Team Awesome Photo tomorrow!

Saturday, June 5, 2010

New Feature!

Team Awesome is adding a new sporadic feature to the mix.  Team Awesome Photos!  We've been talking about doing this for a while, but waited for Jen to move across the ocean and get settled and become happily unemployed before we started up.  The idea is we'll come up with a word - a theme or adjective- and each put up a photo based on that word.  The word I picked to kick it off is PURPLE.

Jen is spending a weekend in France with her family, so she sent me her picture to edit and put together.  The idea is that which ever one of us comes up with the word will also create the diptych and post it.

So here's the first one!
Jen's photo of French jam is on the left, My photo of purple flowers from my yard is on the right.
(click thru to Flickr for a larger photo)