Tuesday, 2 February 2010

candlemas

Is it February already? Goodness me, time flies indeed! In a few weeks' time, Sofia will start at preschool. She'll be doing two sessions a week until September, when she goes full time. My little baby is growing up so fast.

She and I spent most of the morning playing with dolls and planning what to do with her kokeshi amigurumi once they're done. Poor Sofia, having a mother who's possibly the slowest crocheter (crochetist?) in the world. I've only just managed to finish the body and one sleeve for her first doll. I hope I can finish at least two dolls by the end of this week. She's been cooing over the pictures that came with the patterns I bought at Etsy, and saying things like, 'I can't wait for my new dolls because I'm going to have a snuggle with them!' Sweet.

We took a break off dolls this afternoon, though, to do our Candlemas activity for the year. We started the tradition last year, and the kids really enjoyed decorating candles with melted crayons last year. This year, we decided to make our own little candles from old ones. We only managed to find a few old candles that we were happy to get rid of so it was a small lot of candles that we came up with. We had a lot of fun watching the old bits of wax melt anyway, and pouring the wax into the waiting ceramic pots.

Here's an empty pot with a waiting wick:


The melted wax gets poured into the pot:


Et voila! New old candles:


We had dinner by candlelight, of course. And by candlelight I mean a great number of candles. S managed to take some photos of the kids during dinner:







And so now we'll just sit back and wait for spring—and hopefully milder weather—to return.

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