Stinky Man and Campfire

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I think that the sexiest scent out there is dirty man.

You know what I’m talking about ladies. . .

. . . that smell a man gets when he’s been working and his deodorant has been stretched to it’s limit?

Yeah, that’s the smell I’m talking about.

Man, pure and simple.

Well, I’ve discovered another scent which I find ALMOST as attractive.

Bonfire.

Yes, that smell your clothes get when you’ve been sitting around the campfire chatting with your family and friends.

You don’t really smell it at the time but when you go to wash your clothes later and you catch a whiff of that burned wood and smoke scent, you have to bury your face in your dirty sweatshirt and BREATHE DEEPLY.

That’s what I’m talking about.

CAMPFIRE!

And now, according to Etsy, I can buy campfire scented candles and wax tarts to scent my bedroom JUST LIKE A CAMPFIRE.

Now all I need is the borderline stinky man to enjoy the campfire with, eh?

Stinky Man and Campfire

michelleNow.

I think that the sexiest scent out there is dirty man.

You know what I’m talking about ladies. . .

. . . that smell a man gets when he’s been working and his deodorant has been stretched to it’s limit?

Yeah, that’s the smell I’m talking about.

Man, pure and simple.

Well, I’ve discovered another scent which I find ALMOST as attractive.

Bonfire.

Yes, that smell your clothes get when you’ve been sitting around the campfire chatting with your family and friends.

You don’t really smell it at the time but when you go to wash your clothes later and you catch a whiff of that burned wood and smoke scent, you have to bury your face in your dirty sweatshirt and BREATHE DEEPLY.

That’s what I’m talking about.

CAMPFIRE!

And now, according to Etsy, I can buy campfire scented candles and wax tarts to scent my bedroom JUST LIKE A CAMPFIRE.

Now all I need is the borderline stinky man to enjoy the campfire with, eh?

Glow, baby

So my friend Michelle and I went to Glow Candle Lounge in Willow Glen to make some candles on Saturday morning.  I was envious my friend Jeanne did it a week before me so I was in a rush to get there myself.

There was a little girl’s birthday party there and the sight of a dozen 7 year olds building candles made me feel childish and goofy.

But I got over it because Michelle and I had a GREAT time making candles.

Basically, this is the process.

  • You select a metal candle mold for the candle you want to make.
  • You select colored squares of wax to fill the mold.  Each mold takes a different number of squares.  Mine took 10, Michelle’s took 4.
  • You select wax pips – little wax designs – to put in your candle, if you want.
  • You assemble your candle by cutting up your wax squares and inserting the wax pips into the mold.

  • When your mold is filled, you select a fragrance which gets drizzled over the inside of your mold.
  • Your mold gets filled with hot clear melted wax to fill in the voids and make a solid structure.

Here’s my candle, halfway filled with wax.  Exciting stuff, no?

This is me looking pretty pleased with my craftiness…

My initials, which I put on the bottom of my candle.  Every artist has to sign her work, right?

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Here’s my mold finally filled and topped off with my initials.  It’s looking good, no?  I did a gradient of blues in the shape of a pyramid.

And here’s Michelle’s candle which she made for her nephew – a camping and sports themed candle.

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The final products?

All in all it was a ton of fun and the time flew by.  The best part, I’d have to say, had nothing to do with candle making.  It was getting to hang with Michelle and catch up on her life.  I got to hear more about her job, her engagement, and her thoughts on everything from working with contractors to raising chickens. [Michelle is now a proud urban owner of 5 chickens.]

My only regret is that we didn’t stay longer and make more candles.  But since my candle cost $50+ to make, I figure one was good enough.