Guest Post: Summer Memory Votives with My Bit of Earth

Thanks so much to Meryl for suggesting we swap blogs for the day!  You can find me at My Bit of Earth.

As the days begin to get shorter, I feel like I should buy stock in candles. When we're losing 10 minutes of daylight a week I burn through them, but they feel absolutely necessary as we slide past the equinox into the dark half of the year.

With rosy candles glowing through photos of summer memories, these votives are not only seasonal for the first of fall, they're quick to put together, too. While there are many more elegant techniques for transferring images to glass, this one does the job and requires very few supplies. 

The key is to use thin copy paper. Also, be sure to use flat sided jars. I love Ball jars for everything else, but the raised writing on the side makes them unsuitable for this project. Save a few spaghetti sauce jars and recycle those instead.

Summer Memory Votives


Several photos, photocopied or printed in black and white on thin copy paper

Several flat sided jars

Mod Podge or other white glue, thinned with water to the consistency of milk

An old paintbrush

An old towel



Cut one of the photos to fit the side of a jar. Using the watered down glue wet the back of the photo until it's very saturated, then slide it onto the jar. Carefully coat the top of the photo with glue as well.

At this point the glue will be dripping and running all over the jar. While you can dampen the towel and use it to neaten things up, I prefer to work with the mess instead. I leave the towel dry and use it to rub the glue all over the jar, which gives it a weathered look like it's been sitting in a barn for a decade.

Repeat with the rest of your photos and jars, allow them to dry, then enjoy the glow as the seasons turn.

Meryl writes about chickens, babies, knitting, gardening, food, photography, and whatever else tickles her fancy on any given day at My Bit of Earth. (www.mybitofearth.net)


This Week

photo by Mike

This week:

::  Oh, the guineas.  If we had only known how noisy they really were, we'd have never ordered them.  Imagine a car alarm going off constantly, from sun up to sun down.  Unfortunately, the guineas have to go... for all our sakes.

::  Jake is off house sitting for the week.  His first gig as an official adult.  Adult.  I can't believe I just typed that.

::  When everyone else went back to school, we unschoolers went kayaking.  

::  Knitting, of course.  Adair mittens for a lovely customer.

::  Building is still in progress.  The bathroom floor is up and if the rain ever stops (10 inches this month) we may get the roof on the house this weekend!


Reclaimed Pallet Wood

Mike and I were talking about adding a small deck off of the french door last week, but don't have any money in the budget for extras right now.  Wouldn't you know, while driving through town, we found a commercial air conditioning pallet next to a dumpster.  I really didn't know what it was at the time, but couldn't believe anyone would throw out such good, usable wood. I stopped to ask the owners if we could take it, if they were indeed throwing it out, and after looking at me strange, they said yes, as long as I took it all!  Ummm, ok.  There were four panels made from brand new treated 2x4's, 2x6's and 2x8's, most about 6 or 8 feet long.  

Total cost: 
* Gas to town and back
* Three hours of our time to dismantle the boards and remove the nails.  

We have more than enough lumber to build our deck and some of the nails are even reusable for other projects!



Plant Dyed Yarn: Wild Sunflowers

It turned out lovely, didn't it?  I can always count on the wild sunflowers to produce a nice yellow dye.  It's a tad on the gray side, from the mushroom dye, and turned dark brown in spots where the buds sat in one spot too long, but I don't even care.  I was able to dye yarn, outside on my wood stove with plants gathered along the edge of our woods.  All is good.  

Cole has already suggested I knit him a hat.  

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