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DIY Soy Candles

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Looking to create a unique gift? Or do you need an activity to keep the kids entertained these school holidays? Look no further! Soy candles are simple to make and best of all they are non-toxic, deliciously scented, and slow burning. What’s not to love.

1What you’ll need:

Soy Wax – Soy wax is 100% vegetable, made with pure Soybean oil, which means it is all natural and biodegradable. We bought the supplies from Perth Candle Supplies. You can place the order online and pick up in-store or they can ship Australia wide.

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Small Jars  – This is where you can get creative with how you like the candles to look. Small glass cups, mason jars, tea cups or tins make great containers.

Pretabbed wicks – these wicks have a flat surface so you can attach an adhesive (like candle stickers or hot glue) to the bottom and secure to…

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Seeing the Year Out by Su Tung-p’o

Leonard Durso

Want to know what the passing year is like?
A snake slithering down a hole.
Half his long scales already hidden,
how to stop him from getting away?
Grab his tail and pull, you say?
Pull all you like–it does no good.
The children try hard not to doze,
chatter back and forth to stay awake,
but I say let dawn cocks keep still!
I fear the noise of watch drums pounding.
We’ve sat so long the lamp’s burned out.
I get up and look at the slanting Dipper.
How could I hope next year won’t come?
My mind shrinks from the failures it may bring.
I work to hold on to the night
while I can still brag I’m young.

translated by Burton Watson

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December 3rd -‘Lumière’

Monday morning vs me in the bed

CAN’T BLOW OUT THE CANDLE

MINIATURE SURREAL WORLD – ZEV HOOVER

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ZEV HOOVER (FLICKR)

Purple Rain in Watercolour

Katherine Scrivens Eje

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Every time I get my watercolours out I remember just how much I love painting with them! This little piece on paper was intended as a sketch for a larger oil painting. But I think it is a little finished piece in its own right, so I’ll be framing it ready for the gallery in the coming days.

Have a lovely weekend everyone. Until next time, Katherine x

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LIKE STARS – MARY OLIVER

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“Snow was falling,
so much like stars
filling the dark trees
that one could easily imagine
its reason for being was nothing more
than prettiness.”

Mary Oliver