Monday, December 11, 2017

December Hand Lettering and Illustration Challenge

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Friday, December 8, 2017

Dancing in a Winter Wonderland!

-  A  Blogmas  Weekend  .  Mississippi  Snowfall  .  Performing  Up  A  Storm  .  - 


 The Ballet Magnificat Christmas performing season is just beginning to rev up. We've had two run-out performances this week so far. We've had one performance of "Light Has Come" in North Augusta, SC at Grace United Methodist Church on Tuesday as well as one in Gulfport, Mississippi on Thursday at Northwood Church, when then after the show driving on our way back home to Jackson, MS we had a surprise snowfall! The sight of the snow had me acting all giddy like a little child full of excitement the whole drive home. The next morning we awoke to several inches of snow still sticking to the ground and everywhere! So much snow falling in December in Jackson, MS is such a rarity. It was such a beautiful sight to see. 

This weekend Ballet Magnificat Alpha will be presenting four dances in a Christmas production being put on by a local church here in town called Crossgates. If you're local you should come out to support us! After working with the Crossgates church this evening during dress rehearsal, I can assure you that it's going to be a fabulous production featuring talented singers, an adult and children's choir, live music (which I LOVE dancing to!), as well as Joe Castillo a sand story artist. More information about the Crossgates Christmas shows can be found at the very end of this blog post so check it out! With only 10 days left before Christmas break the dance season will finish out for me this year with a small performance this coming Sunday for my own church and then lastly, but not least, the annual shows that we present at Thalia Mara Hall. I hope you are coming! 😁

This  past  week  in  snapshots :



It's the most wonderful (and busy) time of the year! schedules, schedules everywhere!


A  Day  in  Gulfport  :


  • We start our day Thursday morning meeting at the vans at 7:15am. The total travel time for our trip from Jackson to Gulfport ends up being 3 hours.


We arrive at the church at 11:30am and immediately start unloading our trailers and setting up



Margot and a volunteer assembling lighting poles

These are just a few of the stage lights that get hung on the poles

Rachel and Grace work together on setting up the lights

My setup job is always setting up the merchandise table in the lobby with Hannah, but this time with Christmas Decorations! I love my set up job and my set up buddy!

We pause our setting up for a casual lunch break at 12:45pm

Pictured here is one out of our two costume boxes that gets sent to the green room

Pretty Christmas headpieces

After setting up we get our hair and makeup ready. There's Taylor!

We begin going over our steps/ reviewing/ marking on stage at 3:00pm

practicing the presentation of our stage-sized cross fabric for an opener piece called "Immanuel"



The show in North Augusta went well. Pictured here is a photo snapped during our piece called "Immanuel" 

On our way home after the show, we drove through the night. Since I am a night owl, during the night shifts I love sitting shotgun to help the driver stay awake. I snap this precious selfie to capture the excitement of Margot and I as we discover snow beginning to fall some point past midnight.

Driving through snow looks so cool!



We arrived back to home base at 1:49am. What a day.

The next day I wake up to this outside my window!

A winter wonderland!


A  Few  Performance  Pics  From  North  Augusta   :















If you've never seen Ballet Magnificat perform, you need to! It's an experience like no other. Keep your eye on our booking calendar for when we come to a city near you!


Dress Rehearsal at Crossgates  :



Warming up back stage

A snapshot during rehearsal

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Recycling Old Candle Jars | DIY Candy Jars


-  Blogmas  Day six .   Do- it- yourself .  Recycle .  - 


Do you ever wonder what to do with those leftover candle jars hanging around your house just collecting dust? Today I'm going to share with you what I do with mine. This is an easy DIY project and a great way to recycle both the candle jars and the leftover wax in them. This is actually like two DIY's in one!



Any sized jar will do!

What  You'll  need :


  • A candle jar with a low wax level


  • A semi-flexible little container  


  • Dish-cleaning supplies, dish soap (Dawn works best!), a rag, perhaps some steel wool, etc.


  • Some kind of sweet treat to fill your jar with in the end


  • Decorative ribbon is optional

  • Easy as 1,2,3!




    The  Steps :


    1. The wax in your candle jar needs to be melted. You can either light your candle for a couple of hours until the wax is completely liquefied, or you can simply boil your candle jar in a pot of water and get the same results faster. If your jar has a label on it, I found that boiling your jar also helps with the removal of that, depending on the stickiness of your label. I used a Burt's Bees candle for this tutorial and the label came right off with the hot water! Otherwise, I suggest getting some help from Goo Gone or some other chemical agent, and some steel wool, to remove your label. Click the following link to an awesome recipe for making homemade Goo Gone. I've tried this recipe and it works! Homemade Goo Gone Recipe

    2. Once the wax is melted, either blow the candle out or if you went the route of boiling your jar, then remove it from the pot of water. Either way, the jar will be hot so BE CAREFUL. You may want to use an oven mitt, or a cloth when handling the jar. Next, immediately pour your hot liquefied wax into your little semi-flexible container. Set it aside and let it cool for several hours.

    3. Now that you are left with an oily waxy jar, remove the wicks that are left, most likely held in place by a weak glue, and go wash and dry your jar out until it is oily and waxy no more!


    4. Congratulations! Now you have a beautiful jar to repurpose and regift. Fill your jar with some kind of sweet-treat or little-happy and give that baby away!

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    5. After a few hours, revisit your wax in your semi-flexible little container. It should appear cooled down and solidified. Next, you want to remove the wax from the container. Do this carefully. Being that your container is semi-flexible, give it a little squeeze until air is able to slip between the sides of your block of wax and the container. Then just jostle it a bit until the block slides loose out the container.

    6. Congratulations now you have a block of wax for yourself! What do you do with the block of wax, you ask? Well, you can reuse your blocks of wax to make new homemade candles, but I'll save that for another blog post. You can also simply use your fragrant blocks of wax as potpourri. Stick them on a shelf in your linen closet to make your towels smell good or if the wax is not too oily, I also like to stick them in a few of my dresser drawers with my clothing to make them smell good.

    Enjoy!


    melting the wax the old-school slow way by flame

    boiling your candle jar in a pot of water is another option

    transfer the wax into your little semi-flexible container and remove wicks from your jar

    Let cool.

    All cooled down!

    Using a heart-shaped container I got from the dollar store, some of my wax molds came out in the shape of a heart! How cute!
    My glass jar is all cleaned and ready to be used for anything!

    The finished products are ready to be given away!


    Glass jars are really trending these days thanks to the Mason Jar phenomenon.
    I hope You find this DIY useful. let me know what you thought 
    about it in the comments below!
    What other kinds of DIY's are you interested in me posting about?
    Thanks for stopping by! And until next time, Happy Crafting!


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