Happy Little Clouds


In the spring and summer I usually pick back up on my painting since the extra daylight gives me additional hours of good working time on the weekends and weeknights.  Inspiration struck me from one of the Instagram photos taken on the way to Colorado last year and decide to try my hand at painting it.  One of the neat tricks that was learnt from my art lessons was if you are paining from a photograph, turn it upside down.  Your mind will then focus on the shapes and colors instead of the whole picture.

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I start by sketching out the image first with a blue pastel then mix my colors, choosing the most dominant colors for the background.

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I use a lot of different techniques – wet on wet, dry on dry, blending.  I don’t really pay much attention to it and do what looks best to me.

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Beside ocean waves, clouds are my number two favorite to paint.  When I’m working on them I hear Bob Ross’ voice in my head “Happy little cloud”.

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DIY Recycled Candles

B and I love candles and have both collected a few over the past years. Instead of tossing them out I started stashing them in our Buffet in our dinning room.  After seeing a pin on Pinterest on how to reuse the old wax by converting it into layer candles, I gave it a go.

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What you will need:

  • Wicks and Wick holder (found at craft store)
  • Chopsticks
  • Metal Tongs
  • Large pot to hold candle
  • Old towel
  • Clean Container  ( I used a Fossil tin that my watch came in for one and a canning jar for another)
  1. Find a good place to setup – either a counter or table and lay down the old towel.  I recommend doubling it up if its a thin towel.
  2. Fill up the pot half way and put in your candle to melt the wax.
  3. In the mean time -put the wick in the container and thread through the wick holder.   If you are using a wide-mouth container like my Fossil tin then you will need to lay the chopsticks across and the wick holder on top.
  4. Once the wax is melted then grasp the container using the metal tongs and pour into the new container.  Let it harden enough so that the wax is cloudy instead of clear.
  5. Start the process again with the next candle.  Once wax is melted then pour on top of the harden wax.  Its pretty easy just be careful not to burn yourself with the wax.

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You can get creative in how you use the wax – organize it by color or by smell.  Just make sure the bottom layer is pretty hard otherwise the wax layers could mix.

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