For years I’ve been told by countless teachers, friends, and family members just haw much I look like my mom. Unlike most teens, I think that there is no greater compliment than being told of my resemblance to this incredible super woman. She has a speech pathology degree, a model-esque body, and endless charm, yet she chose to dedicate her life to raising my three sisters and me. If that kind of pure selflessness doesn’t count as a super power, I don’t know what does.
I owe much of my academic success to my mom’s tireless dedication to doing everything in her power to help me. From dropping me off and picking me up at Habitat for Humanity sights that are almost an hour’s car-ride away to running back and forth among all of the art and building supply stores in town to help get me all of the obscure materials that I needed for my architectural models, my mom has never once refused to help me in any way possible.
Not only has my mom been my biggest cheerleader over the years, she also has been my best friend. She is my closet confidant, my shopping buddy, my kitchen companion, and the person whom I can always rely on to try new things with me. While my mom always tries to encourage me to catch up on my zzz’s, when I end up staying up to the wee hours of teh morning, it’s usually because she’s by my side chit chatting with me all night over a shared orange and a few cups of green tea.
I feel so incredibly blessed to have this amazing woman to enstill a sense of endless possibility and to guide me throughout my life. Without her support and daily readership, this blog would not be possible, so thank you Mom!
If any of you lovely readers want to show your apprecaition for your mommas out there too, check out this quick and easy craft as a great last minute Mother’s Day gift or an idea to tuck away for the future. These sweet little tea cup candles are the perfect way to add a touch of vintage chic to any house or office. The great scents of these decorative gems are an extra bonus!
What You’ll Need:
- small sauce pan or pot
- teacup, with a saucer if you so desire
- meltable wax (find this at craft stores like Michaels or melt down existing candle stubs)
- candle wicks with holder, at leas an inch or two taller than your cup
- dye and essential oil (skip these if you bought pre dyed and scented wax like me)
- First scour your local vintage shops, flea market, or grandmother’s china cabinet for a cute teacup.
- Generously measure out the amount of wax that you will need to fill your teacup.
- Melt the wax in your pot and place the thermoneter in it to monitor the temperature.
- While waiting for the wax to melt, tie the top of your wick around a pencil or popsicle stick.
- Once the wax reaches 185 degrees, gently dip the wick into the wax, then place the base of the wick into the teacup and let it set.
- Balance the pencil or stick on the teacup’s rim, and place the teacup in the sink.
- Gently pour the melted wax into the teacup, making sure to stop 1/2 inch below the rim of the cup.
- Let the wax cool for at least an hour, then untie the wick from the pencil or stick and cut it to 1/2 inch above the wax line.
- Wrap it up cutely and give it as a gift. Punny tea references encouraged.