Monday, February 15, 2010

1,000th Post!

This is officially crazy!
Over the past three years
I have typed 1,000 posts!!

Well, this definitely cries
out for a give away.
I'll have to put some
goodies together!

Watch for that later this week!


But for today, I wanted to link
up with Smiling Sally's Blue
Monday with this 72 ounce monster
custom candle order.



This was a challenge because the
container was way too tall for my
standard pre-tabbed wicks.

I hoped and prayed that I still had
some rolled wick. Back in the early
days of our candle making Beverly would
take a roll of wick and carefully prime
each and every bit of it with our soy
wax. That was a big job but she did it
well. I have since cut out that step
by purchasing ready to use wicks.

I was so relieved to find a small spool
of this wick remaining!



The next problem I ran into was that
the container was too wide for my usual
wick holders. Without something to hold
the wicks in place I would end up with
curvy, sloppy wicks...most likely lost
in the candle itself.



Again, I had just what I needed. Alternative
wick holders that I don't enjoy using but
which were much wider than my usual ones.

I placed the wicks and poured the candle.
Each and every one of those wicks popped
off the bottom!

Uggghhhh...

This doesn't happen often, thankfully,
but it is such a pain when it does.
Usually it just means that the hot
glue wasn't really ready when I used it.
It needs to be so very hot to really bond
the wick holder to the glass.

This meant that I had to pour the wax back out
and completely clean the container...
the glue won't stick to the bottom if there
is any residual soy.

I kept praying that I would not break this
lovely but rather fragile piece.
It was huge!

Finally, the wicks were set,
the wax was poured and a lovely
candle was the result.



I knew it was going to be the topic of
a Blue Monday Post.
Such a challenge, it was.

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34 comments:

Maggie B said...

Hi Becky just came over from Blue Monday and have to say your candle is fabulous. What a challenge it was but well worth it I should think.
We're having a giveaway at quimperclubinternationl for our 1st Anniversary, pop over if you get the chamce.
~Maggie~

Debbie said...

1,000 posts holy cow you have been busy!!~ I can see it does not take much though I have only been blogging for about 5 weeks and I have 91 posts? Love the blue candle...and Happy Blue MOnday!!~

Marydon Ford said...

G'morn, Becky ~ Well worth the effort it took you.

Have a beautiful day!
Hugs, Marydon
www.blushingroseboutique.com

SmilingSally said...

Congratulations on posting 1000. I love that color of blue; it's so smooth and soft. Happy Blue Monday!

Mrs.Rabe said...

Holy Cow Becky, 1000 posts! I have not even reached 900 yet! sigh...

That candle is huge! What does something that size cost? It is perfect for your Blue Monday posts!

Becky K. said...

Mrs. Rabe...

Since she provided the container, my fill fee is fifty cents per ounce. So her total was $36.

chubskulit said...

Yay, congratulations on your 1,000th post! Love the photos too.

Pre-Valentine Date

xinex said...

Congrats on your 100th post! Wow! You've really been a blogging machine. The candle turned out looking really good, I bet it smells really nice too...Christine

AkaPJTheGreat said...

and I was so proud of my 45, LOL... well done beautiful cousin... I should have purchased a candle from you while I was in PA! I love soy candles.

Vee said...

One thousand posts?! What an achievement as finding that many topics...well, it can be challenging. Glad that you're a part of Blogdom and here's to a thousand more at least.

The candle is very pretty and a lovely shade of blue. I didn't realize all that goes into candle making.

Pat@BPM said...

Congratulations on 1,000 posts. My 3rd anniversary is next month and I'm just now heading toward 500!

Brittany Ann said...

Congrats on 1000 posts!

LV said...

I thought I had performed a miracle at 200, but reaching 1000 post blows my mind. Good for you and keep it up.

Melissa G. said...

You did a wonderful job! It's beautiful and BIG! How long will one like that burn for?

Congratulations on your 1000th post! =)

Mary said...

1000 posts! My congratulations. Your candle is really lovely. It seems you can do anything you set your mind to. I hope you have a wonderful Blue Monday. Blessings...Mary

Elena said...

Congratulations on your 1000th post! Your blue candle is beautiful.

Lindy MacDuff said...

Congratulations on your 1,000th post! I like the blue candle you made.

Amazing photos of your snowfall. We are getting more today but we have not had anywhere near the amount that east of the Indiana/Ohio line has had.

Stay safe and warm!

jeanne said...

Hi Becky, I have often thought of making candles. However, Your experience makes me realize I do not have the patience. (or the many supplies)OR THE KNOWLEDGE! Laughing here. Your finished candle is beautiful.
Happy Blue Monday, Hugs, Jeanne

Diann @ The Thrifty Groove said...

Congrats on your 1,000 posts!

you did a really nice job on that candle!

Happy blue Monday!

Beansieleigh said...

My goodness.. I guess that IS the Big Daddy of all candles, isn't it?!! Very pretty though! Happy Blue Monday! ~tina

The Muse said...

happy blue monday and thank your for visiting me at my blog...even though it was filled with snow :)
candle and soap making are two arts i have not tried...your candle is an art piece.

Marice said...

what a cute candle! congrats on your 1000+ post!

u may view mine here

Irene said...

Congratulations! 1000 posts, wow!
And thanks for visiting my photoblog!

Karen said...

Congratulations, Becky!

You did a great job on the candle-it is beautiful.

daylily777 said...

Great candle !
Happy Blue Monday !
Blessings,
~Myrna

♥ Kathy said...

Congrats on 1000 posts :) Happy Blue Monday

Blessedmom's Simple Home said...

Wow, 1000 post! I think I'm at 37 or 38. I'm still under 40 anyway. That's incredible. The only candle I've ever made was in Girl Scouts. It was the kind you make in sand. I never realized the work involved.
Blessings,
Marcia

Eden said...

Wow, congratulations to your 1,000th post. Love that Monster custom candle.

Karen at Nittany Inspirations said...

That candle is so nice. It was a lot of hard work but well worth it in the long run. My grandmother used to make candles from parafin. She would whip it and it looked like snow.

Fifi Flowers said...

1000th post.. WOW!!!

Tracy said...

wow! 1000 post. We love you keep on posting! I love the candle beautiful.

Carol said...

Wow! That's a milestone! Come see my give-away!

Freda Marie said...

1,000 Posts must have brought you many pleasures. bless you.

JD said...

Becky, congratulations on your 1000 Posts...so glad you decided to joing blogland...